Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:3-6, KJV
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13, KJV)
The ten virgins represents the Body of Jesus Christ of people that are promised eternal life as long as they are applying themselves to the Word and will of God. The bridegroom represent Jesus Christ the Son of God. We as followers of Jesus are His bride to be one with Him as well as with God the Father for eternity. Five wise virgins went in to the marriage. The five foolishs virgins were left out. The five foolish virgins was not allowed to come in because they did not supply themselves with what was needed to get the bridegroom when the call was made that the bridegroom is coming and to go meet Him (Jesus Christ the Son of God). It is wise for us as believers to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes we get carried away with the things of the world that pulls us away from applying ourselves to the Word, will, and works of God. It is vital for us to apply ourselves to His Word and will. God has provided us Holy Spirit and the fellowshiping of one another to be led and guided unto all truths as Holy Spirit keeping us sealed until the day of redemption.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. (Proverbs 26:4-5, KJV)
There is a time to answer a fool and there is a time to not answer a fool. When to answer a fool is when a fool is sincere in his or her heart in their ignorance. Therefore, let them know the Truth so that they won’t remain in their ignorance. A wise person discerns the spirit and heart of others and know how to respond without strife. When not to answer a fool is when a person tries to fool someone in their folly without knowing how wise the person that they are trying to play. Therefore, it is wise for us not to try to fool anyone in any evil way to get your way. Honesty and Truth is the best policy. God will always back us up when we walk and live by the Truth of all things. Let us put God first and be wise in all that we do. Peace and blessings to those that will consent to wisdom.
One of the important features of the christian life is prayer. Without prayer, no Christian would be victorious in attempting to live godly in Christ. Therefore, a clear and complete understanding of prayer is vital.
The believer’s prayer will also begin with a desire. However, the believer’s desire must be pure. It can not be born out of covetousness. If it is, God may not grant the request.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3, KJV)
In addition to a pure desire, prayers have to be in line with God’s will (promise) for our lives in order to see our desire come to pass.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (I John 5:14, KJV)
It is certain that if we ask according to His will, we will have what we ask for. We have a promise that we will receive the petition.
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:15, KJV)
In order for this promise to be of effect, we must be aware of God’s will for our lives. Even though our motives and desire maybe pure, God may not honor our prayer. If this occurs, God will grant wisdom to understand why.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, KJV)
Along with the proper desire and knowledge of God’s will, we must have faith in God.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. (James 1:6a, KJV)
Every desire presented to God has to be by faith. Without faith, we will frustrate our reception of our prayers.