Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any extra oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil also along with them with their lamps. While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming, they all began nodding their heads, and they fell asleep. But at midnight there was a shout, Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him! Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order. The foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise replied, There will not be enough for us and for you; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves. But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came and said, Lord, Lord, open the door to us! But He replied, I tell you the truth, I don’t know you. Watch therefore and give strict attention, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. [Matt 25:1-13]
ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRIT. Living in the Power of the Indwelling Holy Spirit
Blessed Jesus…You assured me, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be fully satisfied.” Abba Father…this is the most intense desire of my heart, above everything else: my heart is inflamed with yearning to be holy as You are Holy, to be perfect as You are Perfect.
Father, I understand; I realize and acknowledge: I cannot literally be holy and perfect as You are. It is not humanly possible while I am still living in this body of flesh, and subject to the insistent desires of my sin-enslaved human nature. In the power of my sin-enslaved human nature, I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to stand against the onslaught of temptations and sins…or to free myself from these sins. The overriding characteristic of my sin-enslaved human nature is that it is enslaved by sin. Why would I ever think that the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature would voluntarily choose to deny its own self and put forth effort to give the Holy Spirit free reign over the conduct of my life? That is absolutely contradictory to my self-serving human nature! It not only does not have the power to do this…but in no way does it even want to! My human nature is held captive by sin, imprisoned by sin, in bondage to sin, enslaved by sin…and it has no desire whatsoever to be free of sin. It likes sin, wants to continue living in sin, and refuses to give it up for You! And it can’t be fixed; it must be crucified.
Abba Father, I know I can never attain righteousness by trying, by my own efforts and in my own strength…that any efforts on my part only serve to hinder Your Spirit from working righteousness in me. Sanctification is the work of Your Holy Spirit, not mine. My place is to hate sin, love righteousness, and cooperate with the work of Your Indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is the One Who works in me both the desire to obey Your will and the Power to do Your will. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.
My beloved child, I counsel you to live your everyday manner of life in the Power and under the guidance of My Holy Spirit; then you will not gratify the desires of your sin-enslaved human nature. Your heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked…your sin-enslaved human nature has a strong desire for its own will to be done and so to suppress My Holy Spirit, and My Spirit constantly has a strong desire for God’s will to be done and so to suppress your sin-enslaved human nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are hindered by your sin-enslaved human nature from freely doing what you desire to do in obedience to My will. But if you are living your life guided by My Holy Spirit, your life is no longer under the guidance of the demands of the Law, which has no power to suppress the desires of your sin-enslaved human nature. For the Law of the Spirit of life in My Divine Son Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and its resultant death. The fruit produced by My Holy Spirit dwelling within you is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no Law prohibiting such things as these…rather, they fully satisfy the demands of My Law. Those who belong to Christ My Son have nailed the passions and desires of their sin-enslaved human nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since you earnestly desire to live your everyday manner of life under the guidance of My Holy Spirit, be careful, then, to follow the Spirit’s guidance in every part of your life.
My child, your heart can be perfect; the ultimate standard for purity of heart is perfection of heart. Purity, holiness, and righteousness…first of all and above all…is a matter of your heart. It is in your hidden life within your heart…in your mind, your thoughts, your imagination…where a pure, holy, and righteous life has its roots. True Christianity lies in the heart; the only righteousness acceptable to Me is purity of heart. Without that purity, your physical life makes no difference. My Divine evaluation takes place in your heart. I judge the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation in your actual physical life.
Those who are truly My children will be motivated to purity. The deepest desire of the redeemed child of God is for holiness, even when sin hinders the perfect fulfillment of that desire. If you, for example, earnestly desire to commit an evil, but cannot, because I put time, place, and opportunity out of your power to do so, you are nevertheless fully chargeable with the iniquity of the act, for I search and judge the heart. In the same way, if you earnestly desire to be righteous, which at times you fail to perform and commit sin, your desire is credited to you as righteousness, because I take the earnest desire of your heart for the deed. Then, when you confesses your sins, I am faithful and just to forgive your sins, and I am faithful and just to cleanse you of all unrighteousness.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: