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THIS IS THE HOUR OF THE 10 VIRGINS – RIGHT BEFORE THE RETURN OF CHRIST

THIS IS THE HOUR WHERE YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN OIL.

Read again this important parable that the Lord Himself gave to us concerning the days just prior to His return:

Matthew 25:1-13

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,  but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’  Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’  But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’  But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Notice that Jesus said…..”I do not know you.”   These five foolish virgins had a lamp.  They were expecting the coming of the bridegroom.  They were hanging around the wise virgins.  But they did not have something the others did.  You see – NO ONE ELSE CAN GIVE YOU A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS!  They can lead you to it, tell you how to get one, instruct you how to have oil…..  but they can’t give you a relationship with the Master.  You have to get that all by yourself.  It is personal.  DON’T DELAY IN DEVELOPING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IN PRAYER, TALKING TO HIM, AND STUDYING THE WORD.  MEDITATE ON IT.  PUT IT IN YOU. PRAY IN FAITH BELIEVING THAT HE HEARS YOU AND WILL PREPARE YOU.

For the wise virgins …..strengthen yourselves and realize that you cannot do this for others.  You need to stop enabling those around you by doing the spiritual work for them. Help them by praying for them and pointing them into a relationship development of their own.  If you do not they will drain your lamp of oil and wear you out.  God does not expect or desire you to do that.  Your eyes are to be on the coming bridegroom.  Instruct others – but continue to face the door of the coming of your Savior.

The hour is late.  Strengthen what remains.  Do not enable others to be lazy in their walk with God. You are big hearted people, but some have taken advantage of your love and grace just as they do to God.  Pray always for mercy on those God has placed in our lives,  but cast your care on God.  Pray that God will open their eyes to their own need to seek God with all Their Hearts!!!

Rest in God and stay vigilant in His Word and prayer.  You will need all the oil you’ve gotten, through relationship with Him, knowledge of His Word, and being filled with the Holy Spirt, and obedience…. to walk in these last days, overcome,  and give Him glory.  Remember:   “If God is for us who can be against us….”

It’s not too late to get things right between you and God.  Seek and you shall find.  Seek Him with all your heart, fill your heart and soul,  and let your light shine.

God bless and shalom

Romans 7:24   “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Even the great Apostle Paul struggled with his flesh….we have to take up our crosses DAILY  and crucify the flesh and the lies of the enemy that try to defeat us.

God is for us!!  Every day we are in a battle – like lambs to the slaughter….but thank God that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.  We get up –  ask forgiveness and know that each new day is a gift. You are a child of God and God doesn’t walk out on His children….He keeps helping them grow.  

So when Satan comes with condemnation – even if you blew it in an area.  Repent – and enjoy the forgiveness and fellowship bought and paid for by Christ.  Don’t let the devil steal your joy.  The Bible says:   “ His mercies are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness”   God’s grace and power is there to help you overcome sin and the flesh and the devil.   Don’t give up.  There is a crown awaiting overcomers and we are overcomers as long as we don’t quit.

Remember you were chosen to be alive at this time.  God has a plan to use you for His glory and He can’t wait to reward you.  He is a good Father.   I know we don’t do it for the reward….nevertheless He spoke and wrote it because it was important to Him that we know this.  The Bible teaches we will all throw our crowns at Jesus feet because He is so worthy.  He did for us what we could not ever do for ourselves and freely gave it to us!!  The ability to become the sons and daughters of God and part of His family forever.

If you get time read Romans 8 again.  It is packed with so much!

Love you all!!!  I am cheering you on in Christ and praying for you!!  I can see the beauty in you!! I can see you as the bride of Christ dancing before Him in the beauty of holiness. 

(Don’t cringe at that!  lol  I know you see all the sins you’ve lived in and don’t see how – one day at a time, one battle at a time.  I remember well the battles in the beginning! Keep going!!!!  There is special honor for end time believers that don’t give up and endure till the end!!  You’ll never be perfect….that’s not your goal…..to follow Jesus and His Word as best as you can and stay close to Him.  Never get caught up in the “doing”  ahead of just “being” with Him .  It’s out of relationship that change happens !!)   Many will be purified by these times – so stay close to Him and discover His peace that dwells deep inside of you no matter what happens in the world.  

“Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord.”   Zechariah 4

As we lean on Jesus……

Romans 8:31  If God is for us, Who can be against us.

Much love and prayers

Grandmama Jean

The apostle Paul reveals this to us when he wrote…..1 Thessalonians 5:23     “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  1. Man is a spirit  (the part of us that gets born again when we accept Jesus as our Lord, the part of us that connects to God). 
  2. We have a soul  ( our mind, our will, and our emotions)

3.  We live in a body  ( the apostle Peter called his body his “tent” that housed his spirit and soul  2 Peter 1:13-15)

Our spirit can be born again when we believe – but our soul – mind, will and emotions – can still be ALL MESSED UP.  Honestly that is most of our situations.  Many people give up on a life with Christ because they don’t understand this simple truth.  Our spirits are instantly changed when we repent for our sins and accept Jesus as our Savior – but our souls may be very damaged from things we have been through.  God understands this and has great compassion on us.  He will never leave your or walk away from you as you are in your growing process.  It takes a long time to grow, heal and change our souls.  God is patient and He will help and heal us.  (but we must humble ourselves, admit the hurt/problem and ask for help)  

Our souls can be sick and hurt just as bad as our bodies.  And this is something we must work through with God and His word.  But the FREEDOM that comes from our souls being set free in each area is awesome and worth every minute we spend on it.

The scriptures have all the answers we need as it is a living book given to us by our Creator.  Who knows you better than the One who designed you and created you?  But why am I so messed up and wounded inside?  John 10:10 tells us that  “Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” And he is ruthless.  But God comes to give us life and that in abundance.  (love, joy, peace, goodness, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, faithfulness).   

So the question that God is asking you – “Will you come with Me on a journey of honesty and truth and let Me set you free?”   Sometimes we get daggers in our souls that only God can heal.  Sometimes freedom comes by acknowledging to God that what happened really hurt us and asking God to help us to forgive someone that did the hurting. (not condoning what they did – just releasing it to God and getting free from it’s damage)

Freedom awaits you – if you will look inside – honestly – and go on this “journey to the center of your soul”  with the One who loves you and wants to see you free and lift the burdens from you.

John 8:36

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Believe and Receive.  Jesus calls you friend.  John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

My prayer is that you will let Him be your friend and do for you what no one else (or yourself) can do for you.  You are loved.

With the holidays almost here, just a little encouragement to keep you from the trappings of perfectionism.  The definition of perfectionism is ‘refusal to accept any standard short of perfection”.   It can drive you mad!!  It is actually your own perception that drives how you view perfect.  It may come from upbringing, teaching, or your own ideas.  If we look at it, what drives it is ,I believe,  from the root of pride.  Or wanting to please or be perceived as perfect. Sometimes we don’t even see it at work in our lives and inner thoughts.  It can simply be ingrained in us by the world. 

It is a sad way to live because it is often in imperfections that something is made unique and beautiful.  We were never made to be cookie cutter humans.  Just look at our finger prints.  God gave us each one that is like no other.  Or like snowflakes or the grain of wood.  You get all that, so I will make another point.

Personally, it was my upbringing that imprinted this deep into my psyche .  It was sad as I watched my mother try to live up to her own self imposed image.  Perhaps it came from her upbringing too.  At any rate I promised myself I would try to live an authentic life and I am probably more vulnerable and open than most.  But I still have those lingering subconscious pressures I have to fight against.  

I have to work at it.  Catch myself tensing up and even more if  someone begins pointing things out.  I have to look within and regain my peace and commitment to be kind to myself and realistic about my limitations  Personally my health doesn’t permit me to do “all things”, maybe for you it is your job, energy level, finances.  These things are real and I think God wants us to have true mercy for ourselves.  A perfectionistic spirit is not realistic. It is subtly tormenting.  We can choose to be realistic and give ourselves a break.   

As a believer and follower of Christ, I also know that the enemy of our souls (the devil)  is an accuser and loves to get us to condemn ourselves.

Fortunately my family is mostly used to my imperfections and limitations.  My family is small though, yours may not be and you may have some pretty big criticizers in your midst this holiday.  I encourage you and remind you that God the Father knew we could not reach perfection or righteousness on our own so He sent His Son who was strong enough to never sin and destroyed sin on the cross for us!!  What a gift.  We are covered as we accept what He did and we try to walk in His ways – imperfectly.

So give yourself a break, determine now to reject any petty criticisms about your home, cooking, anything at all.  Protect your soul.  No criticisms allowed.  And know that you are okay and that this is a day to focus on more cherished things like….love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience/long suffering , faithfulness…  let these things be in your mind and heart.

Enjoy the many things about the holidays that are special to you.

You are loved. You are beautiful.  If someone else can’t see that…..it is their issue.  Let it fall off.  Protect your soul and know quietly inside that you are are a blessing.  Period.  

Much love and have a great day!

Sometimes it’s those insignificant seeming prayers we say that can carry a lot more power than we think.  For example “Lord thank you for protecting the house” as you pull out of your driveway, or “Lord protect my kids at school today”, as you drop them off. Sometimes I pray over an important letter that it will arrive on time, or a package undamaged.

We don’t really notice it until we forget to pray and begin to see a difference.  For instance, I always prayed over my luggage when I used to fly.  “Lord keep the plane safe, no accidents, and that You would put angels to keep my luggage from getting lost or stolen. Amen

Pretty regular prayer.  Except the day I forgot to pray about the luggage!  Not only did my bags not arrive at my destination.  It didn’t even make it to the right country!  It went to Mexico!  Whaaat??  I think God must have chuckled and I certainly got the point.  Those “little” prayers WERE being answered.

They may not be said in fanfare, passion, or hardly with any thought at all, but God is listening and things are happening in the unseen realm even when we don’t know it.  That’s where faith comes in and we continue to pray, trusting that it’s making a difference.

Now this is a silly one, but you ladies can relate.  I had purchased some nice bras for myself when I was living in an apartment and had to do laundry in the community laundry room.  I tossed my clothes in the washer and as I walked out, under my breath, and almost without a thought I said,  “Satan I bind you from stealing any of my new bras in Jesus name.”   They weren’t cheap so I guess that’s why I singled them out.  But when I came back to get my clothes, someone had stolen every single pair of underwear – except the bras.  I had to laugh.  That “in Jesus name” carries weight.  And there are some spiritual rules even the devil must obey.

So I guess my point is that there really is no “dinky” prayer.  Even a little prayer to us is being answered by a great and mighty God.  His ways are higher than ours right, and He instructs us to “ask (and keep on asking) and you shall receive.”   I truly believe that He loves to answer the smallest of prayers because He loves us so much and is happy we are including Him in the everyday things of life. We are not bothering Him like the enemy and our own reasoning tries to convince us of.  He loves us and that our thoughts turn towards Him. He delights in you and the relationship that continues to grow for a lifetime if we let it!

Much love and have a great day!

Sometimes you just never know when God is gonna just break out somewhere.  You’ve been there – when you suddenly feel God is in the place.  

Well I was sitting in a small room with about 10 other people at the cardiologist office waiting for a stress test. (to see if the ticker is working right)

Not something I looked forward to and besides that why in the world did they say it would take four hours. And what’s with the “nuclear” part of the test?

I was  uneasy in the way that you are when there are a lot of unknowns.  I noticed that most everyone was looking at their phones or magazine with only minimal conversation between people and the ones that came with them.   Then I asked a lady what the test was like.  She was older, but I could tell she brightened up at the opportunity to share some wisdom.  She walked me through it and a few others chimed in with their additions to the knowledge I was getting.  It was sweet!  

All of the sudden, everyone in the room started talking to others.  At times the whole room was participating in one group conversation.  A far cry from the isolationist feel it had when I walked in.  I could feel the Holy Spirit moving.  I love it when He shows up outside of church and does a suddenly.

One of the ladies began to share her heart about having had several heart attacks and possibly cancer.  The weight and burden on her face made me want to cry.  I knew that God wanted to lift her burden, especially her.  

So most of the room cleared out and I began to tell her of my near death experience as a teenager.  I saw heaven and was describing what I saw.  I could see a familiar peace come on her.  I knew that she already knew the Lord, but she leaned in towards me as if to soak up the words of truth.  A reminder of what she already knew in part.  I pulled out a Closer cd that I had made a decade ago and gave it to her and she was excited.  Her countenance changed and her mother began to talk about a revival she had been to in her past.  It was an easy conversation, and you could almost see how much lighter the room was as well as these “family” members in the body of Christ.  I got called out for the test and wish I could have prayed with her – but she got something better I think. She remembered to Whom she belonged.

I don’t know.  I just love when that happens.  I know prayer helps them happen – but sometimes God just busts out!!!  I can’t wait till the next time and I think I will ask for more!  How about you!?

So this morning I got up and life started very peacefully.  I finished listening to a teaching on youtube I had started the day before and planned to move into a quiet devotional time with the Lord.  

Then the hurricane (or Ed as I like to call him)  came in the room.  He had lost his wallet and was supposed to go fishing with a friend.  He had to cancel the trip which actually I was relishing the thought of a nice quiet house to get some things done and study , so I was bummed.  As we looked and looked with no luck finding the wallet – I began to worry.  I guess a better word is “fret”.  Thinking of all the things, like working tomorrow, that he would not be able to do.  Then remembering how my wallet got stolen last year my “fret” level rose again.  Canceling credit cards, getting a new license, waiting for a new debit card….  What a pain in the derrier!   So I started getting his stuff together he would need to get a new driver’s license today.  His birth certificate was not where it should be and my frustration was…..well ….let’s just say I’m sure my blood pressure went up.  Haha

So as my husband went out the door to attend to all this stuff, I felt a little bad and frustrated at myself for letting my emotions escalate like I did over something I should have trusted the Lord on and kept calm.  I returned to my “devotion” spot and picked up Streams in the Desert, looking for todays date for the reading.  I opened it and laughed out loud when I saw it and said, “Okay Lord, I get it!!”  The scripture for the day was simply:   “FRET NOT”  Psalm 37:1  In case I missed the gentle dealings of the Holy Spirit – here was the command.

Most of us do this if indeed you are human.  Some of us were raised around it and it has become the fabric of the background noise in our mind.  That’s hard to break, but recognizing it is half the battle.

What do we do?  You say?  The right question is “What does God tell us to do and how to handle it?”  First off – don’t feel condemned!  Jesus often told his disciples “fear not”.   So we are in good company.  God also tells us in  John 8:31-32:   To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Hold to His teaching and know the truth.  Those are both statements that require something.  The action of getting into His word and knowing it.  But the reward?  FREEDOM   Especially from the lies the devil implants in us to keep us from the goodness of God. 

So what do I do instead of “fret”?   Here are a few scriptures that are good to commit to memory.     

1 Peter 5:6-8

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Humbly acknowledge that God is big enough to help you and cast your care on Him by praying and asking for that help.  Remember that one of the Holy Spirit’s name is “HELPER”  so I don’t think He minds and in light of the fact He is called that – I think He really wants to help us if we will just ask.

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

So next time you (and I)  catch ourselves spinning around a problem – Remember that God doesn’t want us getting ulcers.  Give the problem to Him.  Invite Him in.  Let Him lift the load so you at least don’t feel alone!!!  Sure you may have to do some things to work through the issues.  But it doesn’t have to be with anxiety, fear and frustration.  Hey – I have not arrived – but God has put me on the right path – His ways.  Which I think are helpful to all of us.   Have a great day.  Shalom  (peace)

Look up, look up, look up I say
Jesus instructions for those living in this day
Don’t look at the storms, don’t look at the waves
Keep your eyes on heaven, bad things will pass away

Do not mourn at the doom or cry at the gloom
Know that a childbirth is coming very soon
The earth groans and travails, the Word has said
Until the sons of God have been revealed

Great things can happen in the midst of it all
Many will come forth, though many shall fall
Purified by fire, refined like gold
Takes place at the ending, just like we were told

Hang on to Jesus, draw ever near
No need to doubt, and no need to fear
Feast on His promises so you can endure
Our faith will be challenged, but come forth so pure

And we must remember to keep heaven in sight
He’s prepared a place for us which comes after the night
In the darkest hour, never forget
Jesus is waiting, your place He has set

We are His bride, a wedding feast to come
We’ll be wearing white garments, see God on His throne
No more corruption, no more tears,
No more pain or long difficult years

We will all celebrate, like never before
Our Father is waiting, He has so much more
Remember “Look up”, there’s more on the way
That will help us endure these present crazy days.

copyright 2019 Jean Chamblee Thomas

Luke 21:28
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”