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Summary: Don't put off salvation and living for Jesus

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DON’T WAIT TOO LATE

MATT 25 VS 1-13

Matthew 25:1-13 (NKJV)

1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'

7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'

9 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.'

10 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.

11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'

12 But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'

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

**IT IS SO EASY TO LOOSE FOCUS ON WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT IN THIS LIFE ISN’T IT?? WE OFTEN TIMES GET FOCUSED ON THE TEMPORAL AND THE DAY TO DAY GRIND THAT WE TEND TO FORGET OR LOSE SIGWDON’T WAIT TOO LATE TO BE SAVED- HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE MINDSET THAT THEY WILL BE SAVED ANY TIME THAT THEY FEEL LIKE IT, PERHAPS ON THEIR DEATH BED EVEN, BUT DEATH ARRIVES WHEN THEY LEAST EXPECT IT AND CATCHES THEM NOT READY. EVEN IF WE COULD WAIT TILL THEN TO MAKE THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE THAT ANY OF US WILL EVER MAKE, WHY WOULD WE?? AS I HAVE SAID AND MANY OF YOU HAVE SAID ALSO, THE ONLY REGRET THAT I HAVE CONCERNING MY SALVATION IS THAT I WAITED SO LONG BEFORE I RECEIVED CHRIST, I LOST MANY YEARS THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN REALLY LIVING INSTEAD OF SIMPLY EXISTING.

** I KNOW THAT WE DON’T REALLY LIKE THINKING ABOUT IT, BUT I WANT TO REMIND EACH OF US THAT NOT EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE JESUS, IN THIS STORY 5 OF THE 10 WERE NOT READY, THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE “OIL” WHICH REPRESENTS THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THEIR LIVES. LISTEN TO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:

A. Genesis 6:3 (NKJV)

3 And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

B. Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV)

6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

C. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

18 "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

D. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV)

2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

E. Matthew 25:10-13 (NKJV)

10 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.


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