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September 1, 2020 7 min
Lady V’s Devotional Episode  “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise.”   “The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.”  “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.”  “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’  “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”  Matthew 25:1-13, NIV  Devotional  For the wise, preparation is an essential ingredient in all areas of life. For the ‘Kingdom of God’, it’s essential for—eternity.   A relationship with God is spiritual preparedness that will ready us for life after this one. When Jesus returns for His people, our time spent in God’s Word and in His presence will have made all the difference.   And like the story of the ten virgins, only the five, prepared, wise girls—reaped the benefits. The wise took His return seriously.  Meanwhile, the foolish five were preoccupied with other things.  For the foolish—HE was not a priority.  Another way to look at it…  When you’re looking for Jesus to return, not only do you want to be ready, but spiritually prepared. His arrival is not something you take for granted.  Spiritual preparation is learning His voice, His Word, and His ways, so we are not led astray by wolves in sheep’s clothing claiming to be HIM.   After all, His sheep know His voice.   The sheep cannot recognize who to follow, without time spent with, the ‘Good Shepherd’. When you‘re focused on Jesus, and His Word, wisdom imparts in you for the right time, and the right season. Then you will be ready.  Without a doubt, it is in our spiritual relationship with God, Jesus, and His Holy Spirit that awakens us to hear the call—He’s here!   So, don’t be like the foolish five, that didn’t seem to believe He was coming. If they had, they would have prepared for His arrival.   The Bridegroom, Jesus, knows the ones that are waiting for Him. He recognizes the ones that stay close to Him and rely on Him. We cannot live without Him!  We know Jesus as our LORD and Savior!   And as a believer in Jesus Christ, pretending to wait is not an option. The expectation of His return is one we’ve been waiting for. We have an invitation card with our name on it at the ‘Heavenly Wedding Banquet’ in eternity with Jesus.  He’s worth waiting for!  Beloved, let’s be wise, prepared, and keep watching; for the King of kings and the LORD of lords is coming again soon. Are you ready for Jesus’ return?   What will you be found doing? Tell someone about Jesus!  Have faith in God! Jesus IS LORD!!!  Lady V  Listen to We R S.H.E.Talks Podcast  Use web player above blog post to listen or subscribe and listen via your favorite podcast platform.  More devotionals you may like     Set Free for a New Start     JESUS is the Faithful Love    Rest in the Secret Place of GOD  Check out these links    Get Merch with Positive Messaging  Credits   Intro & Outro Music by Joakim Karud     Devotional Background Music by Bensound 
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