3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: What you need to do to be at the wedding supper with the lamb

1st Thessalonians 4:16-18

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we, who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

What we have just read talking about us. That’s all of us. You could say we are going on an adventure. Gods got something very special planned for us. Jesus is coming back to take his bride. That’s you and me.

Do you believe you are going to be with Jesus? Yes! Put your hand up. That’s good you believe Jesus is coming, and because of that you have this wonderful event we have just read about to look forward to.

Which of you then who knows that a wonderful event is going to occur in your life, would not make preparations? None I bet!

So you would also plans how to be ready for Gods event. The wonderful event God has for you to attend, would you not?

If you believe God is coming for you, it seems reasonable that you would be planning for it. If you don’t then it would seem reasonable you would not be planning for it.

Believing is the 1st step, and if you believe you should see clearly the need to be planning, making preparations to be ready, just like you would for any event you wanted to be at.

How can you then be ready for God? What planning do you need to do? Well of coarse your planning will be of a spiritual nature, rather than physical. That means God will be in control, and that you need to allow Him to prepare you for this event, where as with other things like holidays etc you basically do all the planning to be ready, here you need to let God get you ready for the return of Christ. Lets go to a scripture

Matt 19:25 last part who then can be saved? Jesus looked at them and said with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Unless the Lord shall build the house the weary builders toil in vain

Why do you need God to get you ready can I hear you asking? Well doesn’t God love me just the way I am?

God loves you just the way that you are there is no truer statement, but it’s also just as true He doesn’t want you to stay that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus! There fore you need to let Him change you.

Not only must you be washed in the blood of the lamb, have your sins forgiven. But, you must let Jesus be Lord of your life. Be willing to, desire to surrender every part of your life to Jesus, this is absolutely essential.

Lets look at the 10 virgins Matt 25: 1-13

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who 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 is not enough for you and us: 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."

We can accept Jesus as Savior but yet not give Him Lordship over our lives. Even though we believe He is coming again. We must desire to surrender every part of our live to Jesus. With the 5 foolish virgins there was a measure of the Spirit of God within them but they hadn’t allowed the Holy Spirit to completely full them, they had put something in the way. In other words they wouldn’t and were not prepared to surrender every thing to Him. We to can keep back a part of our old life that’s wrong; because it is fun and something we enjoy doing, its may be drinking to much watching porn shows materialism, you fill in the blank. Five of the 10 virgins had not given all their faults sins to God to take care of. This message is a warning against doing that, and one to heed.

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