Is Jesus a part of your life now? You may have felt the Holy Spirit so strongly, not to long ago, but do you feel so now? Is that passion to follow Him still exist inside of you or does it need to be awakened from a deep slumber? Ask yourself this question, if Jesus came now, would I be ready to great Him in all His glory? Would Jesus know me? These are all great questions to ask ourselves. We must be willing to examine who we once were and who we are today, in the presence of God. If we were once all in for Jesus but years have gone by and that fire has died down, do something about it. Continuing to live a life that isn’t for Jesus is not healthy. It isn’t just bad for our soul and body now but can be devastating after death. 4A life we once lived for Christ means nothing if we now have chosen to walk in the ways of the world. 1Anything that is not for the Lord is against Him. We can’t believe that a life once given to Jesus will save us. This is a false notion of salvation. Sure, you once knew Him but have since long forgotten Him. Your fire has been burnt out. 2Just like five of the ten virgins, that originally wanted to meet the bridegroom, there is no oil in your lamps. You started down the path of following Jesus but have since gone astray. If this is your life, then come back to Jesus and repent. Don’t put this off till the end. It would be awful to see you trying to enter heaven, in judgment, but then hear Jesus say, 2“I know you not”.
If any of you have strayed from the path of God then get on your knees now and pray. Confess your sins before the Lord. Ask for forgiveness in all sincerity of heart. Ask that Jesus wash you from all your iniquities. You may have gone astray but you still have a lamp. Let the Lord fill your lamps with oil. Come to Him often that you may stay in His light. Your lamps will shine with Jesus in your life. If you were once fallen in your sinful nature but have since been rescued by the hand of Jesus, then cling to Him. Never let the Lord leave your side. Don’t be fooled into going back into a life that only brings destruction. Find safety in the storms through the Bible. Read God’s Word daily that you may be nourished by every word. The Lord will speak through every word of scripture and lead you ever safely on His path. 3Even the fiery darts of the Devil will have no match to the Holy Spirit that is inside of You. Your faith will be raised to defeat the hand of the enemy. Living a life for God will be the greatest joy you will ever experience. I know this to be true. Every day of my life that I am out doing God’s work, His fire burns inside of me. When I am loving Him and my neighbor, I am less needy for the things of the flesh. 4The lusts in my heart are squashed for love has overcome everything. Giving worship to the Lord in prayer brings me great joy. I love spending time with God. Let your life be a life of love towards God and others. This is a life of true joy and happiness.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, You are worth living for. I learned from the dark times of my life that sin is not worth it. Getting pleasure through sexual sin never lasts. My lusts have only brought sadness and grief in my life. When You came for me and rescued me from death, I was amazed at what fullness of life is. Your love has helped me become the person I am today and I am forever changed because of You. Lord, for the longest time, I strayed. My lamp was not lit. I put You off and You could have easily given up on me. Thank You for saving me. I am forever grateful for the cross. Because the blood that was shed, I am washed. I am clean, for You have redeemed my soul. Help anyone that has lost their way to come back to You. Help anyone reading this message to know that You love them and care for them so deeply. Please bring them back to Your presence. Give them oil and light their paths. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Matthew 12:30-33 (KJV)
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
2Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV)
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
3Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
41 John 2:14-17 (KJV)
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.