Jesus told the story of, “Ten Virgins”, Pastor Larry unpacks this more today about the, “Cry at Midnight.”
Matthew 25:1-13, NIV. “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins (not the world) 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, 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 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. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”
1. TheTen Virgins represents the“CHURCH.”
He did not say, 10 sinners, 10 prostitutes. He is speaking about the church at Midnight.
2. The Timing this story represents, “THE MIDNIGHT.”
Talking about cry in the middle of the night that precedes the 2nd coming. We don’t know how long this “midnight” cry is heard but there was enough time for them to awake, get dressed, and the ones who had “oil” to prepare.
3. The Church is in a deep, “SLEEP.”
In this story, all the women were in a deep sleep. What does that say about the church when the midnight cry comes? What do we need to do today? WAKE UP!!
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him,for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and thatHe is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
“Whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of my humble disciples, I promise you, he will not go unrewarded” (Matthew 10:42 TPT).
Many are hesitant to believe this. So they LIMIT GOD.
“Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel” (Psalm 78:4).
“Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:28).
Believe that God is a REWARDER.
Believe that God wants to REWARD YOU.
Sow seeds today EXPECTING a RETURN and REWARD.
Have a great day,
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Janet and I attended the funeral service for Pastor Frank Navarro. His family gave him so much honor, especially for the Christian example that he was to all of them. At the end Johnny Dorris shared, concluding a very encouraging and God honoring service.
As I sat there, I gave God thanks that Johnny and Patty Dorris moved to Ontario over 40 years ago and planted the Praise Chapel church. Because, it was at an outreach where Johnny met and witnessed to Frank Navarro who soon after gave his life to Christ. Johnny said, “He never turned back.”
Frank and Renate Navarro went on to plant a church in Hayward, CA., and then in Germany. They have served and been a part of Praise Chapel all these years. The impact of his life upon his Children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren was amazing to hear as they shared about him. Only now as he is in heaven will he understand the impact of his life.
This is the impact of Win- Build- Send.
One couple responded to plant a church in Ontario, California. One man got saved at an outreach. Generations of people are saved around the world.
Never underestimate what God is doing through your life and ministry. God may have you where you are serving for just that, “1” person or one family. Jesus stopped for one woman at a well and as a result an entire village received him.