Be Full of Joy!
John 15:11 that your joy may be full:
John 17:13 And come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves
John 24-26 my meat is to do the will of my Father
Nehemiah 8:10 the Joy of the Lord is my strength
Romans 13:10 wake from slumber, for now is our salvation nearer than we first believed
Be the Remnant!
Romans 9:27 though Israel like the sands of the sea, only a remnant will be saved
Jude 1:14 behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints...
John 15:1-9 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.
2 Corinthians 13:5-7 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
1 Peter 4:7-11 But the end of all things is at hand, be sober, watch unto prayer have fervent charity among yourselves; hospitality without grudging minister to one another, minister, speak as oracles of God that God may be glorified
1 Peter 5:8-10 be sober, be vigilant...your adversary seeks who he may devour
Matthew 7:24 a foolish man built his house on sand, a wise man on a rock. The foolish man didn't do what he was told.
James 1:22-23 But be ye does of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.
Romans 2:13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in Gods's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Luke 21:29-35 parable of the fig tree and all the trees, behold they shoot forth... and ye know in yourselves that summer is now nigh at hand (I heard that this is vernacular for "time to clean your house, do spring cleaning").
Luke 21:36 watch and pray that ye be found worthy to escape the things that are coming upon the earth and stand before the Son of man.
Luke 21:25-28 Lift up your heads, your redemption draweth nigh.
Hebrews 9:28 Unto them that look for Him shall He return... Be joyful looking for your redeemer!
Walk in Faithful Obedience
Matthew 25:14 remember the slothful servant who hid his master's talent-there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth
Matthew 24:45 faithful and wise servants found doing when master returns make ruler over his household to give meat in due season.
2 Peter 3:3-4 think in his heart; my lord delayeth his coming...and begin to beat his servants...
Be Ready! Have Oil In Your Lamp
Ten Virgins Parable Matthew 25:1-12
The cry was made, Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him!
Matthew 25:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
25 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom [a]is coming: go out to meet him! 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut."
11 "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' 12 But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
There were 5 wise virgins and 5 foolish virgins. They all slumbered and slept as they awaited the return of the bridegroom. They all had their lamps. They all began to trim their wicks when they heard the cry! Only the foolish virgins had not enough oil in their lamps. In the Word of God, foolish servants are those who do not obey the Lord's instructions (ie: the house built on sand, the 5 talents)
Verse 9 suggests that there is a price to be paid for the Oil. "go and buy for yourselves." You might ask as I did, "how is that possible?" Look at Isaiah 55:1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. The wine of Holy Spirit, the Milk of the Word of God! ?
If not filled with the Holy Spirit, our Lord says we can simply ask him to fill you.
"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who as him!" Luke 11:13
Of course we know that time with God keeps the oil supplied.
We must have our lamps filled with oil, the Word of God mixed with faith! It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path!
In the natural, candle wicks must be trimmed 1/8 inch at all times to control the amount of soot, and allow for a brighter flame! In the spirit, the oil of Holy Spirit, 'the oil of gladness', burns brightly as we rid ourselves of all ungodliness and hindrances. Allow the anointing and power of Holy Spirit to spawn obedience to do the work for which the Lord has ordained and created us! The Wise Virgins were found having their lamps trimmed and full of oil. This says to me that they were able to present works of righteousness, joyful praises, and intimate worship. They walked in continual communion with the savior, lover of their souls, as they awaited his return.
Believers must not run out of oil. Men aught always to pray, that your faith fail not, let not your heart be troubled, let your joy be full. This is another teaching for another time, but remember that our Lord has afforded us many re-fillings after that initial infilling of Holy Spirit. As they slumbered/slept, the 5 foolish were not watching or did not have enough to last the long delay. Perhaps they did not discern that the wait would be so long? Made their own plan without consulting the bridegroom or the father, were not ready as instructed to be ready at all times. Imagine hearing your bridegroom say "I don't know you!" These things were written as an example to us.
Have your wick trimmed to get rid of the soot that would make a bright flame impossible. In other words, get all residue of sinfulness and excess out of your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay in the presence of God.
Be full of joy, anticipating His return, joy of obedience; oil of joy for mourning.
Isaiah 12 therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Pastor Angela Miller