“Jesus told the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins to warn religious unbelievers to wake up to their true spiritual condition. In Jesus’s parable, all 10 women fell asleep.  The five who represent true believers should not have fallen asleep, but they had oil in their lamps.  When they woke, they trimmed their lamps.  They went into the wedding banquet when the bridegroom appeared.  But the five women with no oil in their lamps were unable to enter.

The five who were spiritually lost thought they were saved.  Until the last moment, they seemed almost the same as their believing sisters.  They received the bridegroom’s invitation, responded positively and waited for his coming.  They were sure they would attend the wedding.  Though they were not ready when the bridegroom came, they expected him to admit them.  They were stunned when he said, “Truly, I tell you, I don’t know you”.  What great danger there is for one to think everything is well with one’s souls when it is not.

Paul warns that the “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime , not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

As we chose to live for God, he gives the strength and grace to resist sin; and enable us to remain awake in the Spirit.

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