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ARE YOU
DISCOURAGED?
Have you ever wondered why the Lord says the “ten virgins” were sleeping?   Virgins as we know are pure, so there is every reason to believe the Lord is talking about the “Born Again” believer in this scenario; since not a one of us is without sin, and it’s only through the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ and making Him Lord of our lives that we are made pure.  Let’s take a closer look at this shall we?

Matthew 25:1-5                                                                                                        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.

According to the Greek dictionary the word slept and slumbered in this context is having rested and slept from fatigue.

The question is why were the five wise Christians over taken by fatigue to the point of “sleeping” just before the Lord came for them?  The carnal Christian is already half asleep, but these five virgins were on fire for the Lord and ready to go to Him.  What is this about any way?  And what about these other warnings, why do we need them?

Galatians 6: 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

And:

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

If we are in love with the Lord then we “are” busy going about the Lord’s business aren’t we?  Or are we?

In these last days the Lord spends much time warning us not to give up, but to keep running the race and not growing weary of doing well.  He knew this would be a time of extreme trials,  in fact it’s the sincere Christian that has more trials coming our way then the one that doesn’t care about walking a deeper spiritual walk.

Have you noticed a real struggle taking place within yourself concerning studying the Word of God?  I know we read it because we are trained to and there is a love in our hearts for God’s Word, but, is the fire still there as it once was? 

Is it taking self control for you to get into your prayer closet, and when was the last time you felt the Spirit of God travail within you?  I know we all pray, but I am speaking of the true intercessor, praying with passion.  Is the fire of God still aflame within your breast as it once was? Do we run to the prayer closet with the anticipation of meeting the Lord there?  If not, where is the passion we once had? 

This may surprise you but many “mature” Christians are having a real struggle staying on top spiritually.  We are being hit very hard with a spirit of malaise, a sense of despair and just plain spiritual and physical fatigue.  It’s subtle and deadly at the same time.  Those of us that are more mature in “Spiritual Warfare” are being blind sided by this treacherous spirit.  It’s as if our senses are dulled. It’s very humbling as well as very frightening.   No one seems to be so strong or so wise that they are above these attacks.

The Lord gave a friend of mine this word while she was in this battle:  “they do not seek me, who do not possess me” thus saith the Lord. 

The enemy would love to get us to believe that we are fallen away and will be left behind or worse.  I am not speaking here of the back slider, who has lost their love for the Lord. I am speaking of those of us that are having a rough time hanging on to the fire. 

This is a call to fight off the malaise and slumbering spirits that are trying so hard to destroy our victories.  We are over comers!  It’s called “Over Comers” because there are those things we must over come in order to keep walking in the Lord.

Ok you say, “Great, now I know I am not the only one going through this, but, what do I do about it?”.   

The very first thing to do is drop to your knees in sincere repentance for allowing this to come on you. Yes, we did allow it.  Cry out to the Lord with a broken heart and He will hear you.

Then, you must get into the Bible each day at the same time, and study and study. Do not just read a chapter then lay it down.  But, study it, savoring the words, eating God’s Word with gusto.  As you read be in an attitude of prayer, asking yourself if you are doing or not doing what is being discussed.  Do this each day.

Then, separate yourself from all distraction, shut off the TV, put on some soft worship music, then begin to worship our Lord and Savior.  Now, go into your prayer closet, taking the time to listen to Him.  Our Father has things He would love to say to us, but too often we are too busy to hear Him.  I’ve heard people say that God doesn’t speak to us any more.  Well my comment to that is, “be quiet and listen for His voice”. 

After you study and pray, then go about your day with worship music on and His scriptures on your lips.  Here is an example of what I speak through out the day when I need a new refilling:

Mt 7:7   Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Ps 63:1  O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Psalms 9: 10
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Remember dear ones; the Holy Spirit in you is what calls you to this place of repentance and desire for a new refilling.   We must not weary of doing well, but keep focused on the Lord and take each day at a time.  I know the churches are in bad shape, but perhaps the Lord will use you to bring life into it. 

I hope this has been encouraging to you, we all are in a struggle these last days not to be fatigued, it takes real dedication and determination to stand firm in our Lord.  We must stay focused on the Lord not focusing on the troubles in this world. 
No one is so strong or so wise that they are above these battles.

Remember, the day is fast approaching when we will be lifted up and taken home.  Glory to God, come Lord Jesus, Your bride awaits you.

My prayer is that the Lord will bless you mightily as you walk in His light.
                                                            


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