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.
Miracles, breakthroughs, promotions and turnarounds happen when opportunity meets preparation. Encounters are not to the available or the participant, but to the prepared. Just like passing an exam is not for the writer of the exam, but for the prepared. Success is determined in the place of preparation, not in the exam hall. It does not matter how serious the candidate may look on the day of the examination, if he or she failed in the place of preparation, failure is imminent. The foolish virgins failed in the place of preparation; they had no oil for their lamps but the wise ones got themselves well prepared in readiness for their encounter (Matthew 25:1-4).
One way you need to get prepared for your encounter with God is by sanctifying yourself. What does it mean?
Your preparation in the place of sanctification is so fundamental to having your desired encounters. It is being properly dressed spiritually for the occasion. In Matthew 22, there is a parable JESUS used to give an illustration about the Kingdom of Heaven. It was a marriage feast in honour of a prince. The king sent his servants to the city to bring in the invited guests but they would not come and so the invitation was open to all and sundry. Then, when the king came in to see the guests who accepted to attend, there was a man who was not properly dressed for the feast and the king asked his servants to cast him out. What was his offence? He was not wearing the right garment; he did not sanctify himself; he did not prepare well for the feast. But was he invited? The answer is yes; since he was not sanctified, he got humiliated – Matthew 22:9-13.
If cleaning up and purifying one’s self is a requirement for appearing before a king who is a mere mortal being, how much more God, Who is the Creator of the entire Universe? I.W.C is your meeting place with God and that you are going to meet Him is enough for you to clean up, sanctify yourself in a fast and abstain from all defilements.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
OLD TESTAMENT: ESTHER 4 – 6