Anticipating the Kingdom

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Matthew 25:1-13, John 14:1-4, John 14:18, John 14:25-26, Colossians 3:1-17, Romans 8:28-30, 2 Peter 3:11-14

While we wait for Christ’s return, the Spirit equips us to live faithfully in light of our redemption in Christ.

Most of us have experienced a nightmare in which we arrive for a work presentation or a school exam unprepared. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to school in a decade or to work in weeks—the panic of being unprepared sets in, and you wonder how you could have forgotten to study or do the work necessary to perform well. For me, I wake up in a state of stress and don’t calm down until I realize the scenario isn’t real.

The parable of the ten virgins feels like this nightmare. How could the five, foolish virgins not have been prepared to meet the groom? They obviously knew what needed to be prepared, yet they were foolish enough to forget to bring plenty of oil with them to keep their lamps burning until he arrived.

We should heed the warning that comes with a life not prepared to glorify Christ daily and welcome His return. We don’t want to miss the kingdom of God at work in this world today or the return of our bridegroom Jesus.

The five, wise virgins who came prepared with extra oil for their lamps remind me of a woman who is living a life of “holy conduct and godliness” (2Peter 3:11). Though she may not know the hour of her groom’s return, she endures the wait. Easier said than done, I know. For a follower of Jesus, His coming kingdom can sometimes feel like a mystery too difficult to understand and a promise that seems too far away to actualize.

Thankfully, the mystery has been made known: “You know the way I am going,” Jesus tells His disciples (John 14:4). Jesus Himself has gone before us, prepared a home for us, and will lead us. He reassures His disciples, saying, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (v.1). We can rest now, knowing that kingdom-living is not impossible because we have assurance for our future place in God’s kingdom and the Holy Spirit to help us live faithfully today.

We are asked to wait, trusting in Jesus’s promise. Peter tells the church that “based on [Jesus’s] promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells… Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace” (2Peter 3:13–14). Let’s be women who are prepared—not anxious for the future because we walk with Jesus who presents us as a spotless bride, but eager with anticipation as we wait for our bridegroom to lead us to the banquet table.

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  1. June Pimpo says:

    So rich a reminder ❤️

  2. June Pimpo says:


  3. Terri Baldwin says:

    Love this!

  4. Claire B says:


  5. Teresa Donley says:

    You prayed a beautiful prayer that I am now also lifting to God.

  6. Teresa Donley says:

    Praying for complete recovery and for Gods comfort and peace as your daughter, and you, begin to walk this journey.

  7. Teresa Donley says:

    “ Make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace.” These words, and other like them always give me pause. For I know that there are many spots and blemishes in my life. Paul tells us that we can’t work our way into heaven. The only way is through faith in the grace of Jesus. I come to the conclusion from our readings today that we need to be perfect. But I know that is impossible for me. I am so thankful to Jesus for his death on a cross that washes away my sins. Now when God looks at me, he doesn’t see an ugly mess of sins. He looks through the perfect sacrifice and sees only a forgiven person, one he loves. May I be comforted today to know that even though I’m not perfect, God sees an unblemished soul through the blood of Jesus.

  8. Kris says:

    I am all for believing in a God who is our close-up and personal friend. But these verses remind me that He is still very Holy and must be revered, taken very seriously. We must stop making excuses for wrong behavior and instead use the power given to us to live holy lives. I don’t want to make the error of being one of the foolish virgins who didn’t take the Christian life seriously. Father, fill us with your Spirit, giving us the power to make good decisions, to live a holy life without blemish, to treat others the way You would want us to, to be examples of holy living in a very evil world, and to spend the time with you daily to fill ourselves up with Your oil so that when You come again, we are ready!!!

  9. Dorothy says:

    Father God watch over us as we go out into this world of unknowns, of sins, of unbelievers, and of wrongs. Help us to show those around us the Christ-way to live. Watch over our families and be with them as they too battle these same unknowns and help them to walk the Christian walk they need to walk. In the name of Christ, amen.

    Be blessed and spread the Word by your actions not so much your words sisters.

  10. Lynne from Alabama says:

    NANCY S— Praying for strength for you as you walk through this tough battle of Alzheimer’s with your husband. I have prayed for you every day for a couple of months but it is always nice to hear that people are praying. ❤️

  11. Lynne from Alabama says:

    RITA ANN—Praying for complete healing for your daughter, wisdom for her doctors, and peace for you. I am a 14 year survivor of breast cancer myself and know how scary that diagnosis is for everyone involved. ❤️

  12. Mari V says:

    Rita, I’m praying right now.

  13. Kerry Rowley says:

    Congratulations SARAH D

  14. Rita Ann says:

    May I ask for prayers for my daughter? She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, a call no woman want to

    1. Vickie Muller says:

      Prayers for sure.. I have walked this journey with my daughter… while a tough challenge feel God’s strength and love…

  15. Nancy S says:

    Believing & trusting in God’s forever kingdom is the hope my husband & I cling to in the journey with his Alzheimer’s disease.

  16. Lizzie T says:

    Tiffany, praying for you now, that you’ll spend time in prayer and the father will draw near to you. There are days where I too feel like my devotions are mere reading, but when that happens, I stop, close my eyes and pray to rid myself of distractions and focus on Jesus. Prayers for you sister!

  17. Chrissy Holmes says:

    I, too, love to be outside with my flowers, fruit trees/bushes, and veggies. Seeing how God created each one to grow from seed and produce fruits. I love your analogy! I pruned my roses early this year and they are flourishing! So many blooms! Imagine our lives if we were to prune away the sins and let Him fully work in our loves – the fruit we would bear! 

  18. Brandi says:


  19. Aimee D-R says:

    Holy Spirit come close. Breathe truth to my heart and mind when I am in doubt. Prompt me when I am not living as Jesus taught. Remind me I am loved. Father forgive my sins and my doubts; reward my faith. In JESUS name, Amen

  20. Searching says:

    DOROTHY – praying you have an awesome first day on your new job! ❤️

  21. Casey Evans says:

    Amen! God help me to be prepared!!

  22. Tori Tolson says:


  23. Brandy Deruso says:

    I dont mind waiting on you lord!

  24. Paula Strong says:

    I worry because I don’t own a home. We went through several layoffs with my husbands jobs. We had to sell our home and move across states. 5 years later we are still renting trying to save money for a down payment. Thankfully our credit is back! PTL This reminds me not to worry about that. So we rent right now – God is preparing my heavenly home that has already been purchased for me.

  25. Carol Rimmer says:

    *@Tiffany C

  26. Carol Rimmer says:

    I pray that God will help you

  27. Jennifer Ficklen says:

    Praise you God!

  28. Angela White says:

    Thank you. This is beautiful.

  29. Mercy says:

    Kate Emmert, lifting you up in prayers and into God’s hands. I pray that God’s truth shall be your shield and buckler (Psalm 91:4) against all lies of the devil.

  30. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Praise God

  31. Kate Emmert says:

    Feeling so anxious and not enough. Having trouble figuring out how to rely on God and anticipate his kingdom in peace. Need to remember Gods promises and that He works to make everything good. His Holy Spirit lives in me as my helper.

  32. Adrienne * says:

    He WILL come…
    Perhaps today…

  33. Miri am says:

    @Melanie the Good News is you don’t have to be enough because Christ is enough! He offers you his robes of righteousness to cover your blemishes because none of us will ever be perfect. Praying that the Holy Spirit guides you deeper into the word to help you with your questions

  34. Miri am says:

    Thank you @Churchmouse! “We do not have a choice but to wait… we have a choice in how we wait” That is so refreshing and encouraging.

  35. Victoria E says:

    Mercy, thank you so very much for your encouragement

  36. Andrea Silverstein says:

    “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

    It strikes me that this does not mean put on a show of your best behaviour. It has taken me a long time to unlearn the idea that God is waiting for us to trip up, to fail. He doesn’t have to wait, he knows we’ll mess up. He loves us anyway – because of His perfection, not ours.

    This also does not mean we have a ‘get out of jail free’ card. God expects us to do our very best, everyday, for as long as it takes, to live our lives in relationship with him. I’m grateful for the understanding that I am to do my best to live my life right, rather than living my life trying not to be wrong.

    Blessedly, God helps us navigate how to live our lives right. He tells us, “Set your mind on above, not on earthly things.” (Col 3:2). He instructs us to “…put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… Above all, put on love.” (Col 3:12-14).

    Thanks be to God.

  37. Donna says:

    I am so thankful for these wonderful scriptures that remind us to always keep our eyes on our true home and not to get so caught up with the things that are passing away. This is freedom, to me, from this world’s control. No matter what happens here, it will pass! The oil often represents the Holy Spirit in God’s word and His anointing on us to do God’s will. I think keeping our lamps filled with oil represents continuing to walk in the Holy Spirit’s power and anointing – yielding to and abiding in Him rather than yielding to our flesh. We fall, but the main thing is we get up and put our hand in Jesus’ and stay close to Him (which will change our desires and actions). We don’t stay down or go in the opposite way from our Lord! These scriptures are to benefit and not burden us, and we can be filled with confidence and thanksgiving as we set our mind on Christ and all we have in Him – even in the midst of a world full of trouble. We are encouraged that this troubled world will pass away and our true kingdom is eternal!!! Thank You, Jesus!!!! We anticipate Your coming with great joy!!!

  38. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I hope that I can live a life that is worthy of Christ. I pray that when he returns, he will find me doing his work.

  39. Mercy says:

    Victoria E, praying for you and your husband. I have witnessed a friend with repeated miscarriages and successfully had a baby girl just through prayers. They were shocked and overwhelmed with joy. “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” Genesis 18:14. Fill in your name and pray to the Lord, as He did it for Sarah, He too will do it for you. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. Just believe in His promise. Keep your praise and thanks for God. Awaiting for your good news!

  40. Mercy says:

    Having the lamp is not enough, but remember to bring plenty of oil (fuel). Invest in your oil right now. Lamp without oil is useless in the dark hours of the night. Those virgins that have zero oil, Jesus says to them, I don’t know you. But whoever loves God is known by God (1 Corinthians 8:3). Maintain your love for Him, keep your love going (love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength). Dwell in His presence daily to fuel that love so it won’t die out. Carry His light with that love you demonstrate for His name. Be a virgin. Keep your purity. In the unknown moment of the night, all ten virgins fall asleep, all slumber, the disciples could not stay up, they too slumbered, and the thief in the night came. But a call will be given so we can wake up. What a parable. May God give us wisdom and diligence to manage our oil. Manage your oil. Whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16).

  41. Krystle Scott says:

    Congratulations Sarah! We are proud of you!

  42. Victoria E says:

    Angela- the good news is that if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us! Rejoice in this!

  43. Victoria E says:

    Sheryl Thank you so so much for your prayer !

  44. Victoria E says:

    Free indeed- thank you! I pray God’s blessing over you as well!

  45. free indeed says:

    WOW!! Thank you so very much for your sweet prayers, encouragement, and advice over the past few days. I am truly taking it all in and I am so encouraged. I read every comment on here daily, and I am so blown away by the care and good intentions this community shares for each other. This is Jesus at work in us. Thank you, Lord!!

    I have been repeating this phrase to myself: the truest thing about me is that I am fully known, fully loved, and fully forgiven by God. There are other things that are true, a lot of them that I am not proud of. But that is the TRUEST thing. And thank you Lord that it will always be more important than anything else!! It has given me so much freedom to remember that no matter I FEEL based on my emotions and circumstances, this is TRUE based on scripture!

  46. Sheryl Gunderson says:

    VICTORIA E, praying for you right now, sweet girl! Praying that through all of the heartbreak and pain and difficulties, God would bless your faith and endurance with the birth of a beautiful child! Holy Spirit, wrap your comfort and peace around them as they go through this next round of IVF and that their prayers will be answered!

  47. Carla Munoz says:

    Because of Christ’s sacrifice, you are worthy Heidi! praying for you to fully see the beautiful gift we all have at every moment of your day! ❤️❤️❤️

  48. Carla Munoz says:

    Praying for you Tiffany! ❤️

  49. Carla Munoz says:

    What a beautiful reminder! Jesus I’m ready for you to return! ❤️

  50. Alicia Gilbert says:

    Sarah Joy, I needed this comment today. Thank you for sharing and blessing me today!

  51. Victoria E says:

    Sarah Joy you were also preaching to me and I needed it ! Sisters can I please ask for some prayer ? Some of you know I have been struggling with infertility and miscarriage and the resultant anxiety. I need the peace of Christ in my life more now than ever as we go through an IVF cycle. Thank you so much for praying.

  52. Sheryl Gunderson says:

    Jessica, what a blessing to look forward to this Friday! Praying that this precious miracle will arrive safely into your arms and for peace in your heart and mind. Thank you, Father, for this new and amazing life.

  53. Traci Gendron says:

    I also feel like I’m surrounded by unbelievers. It makes it hard. I can be judgmental in how they live. I need to put on LOVE. I have prayed for God to bring christian women into my life and He has! What a blessing that is. What a wonderful study!

  54. M H says:


  55. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    @ Melanie, and to any other sister who is struggling with this… if you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior – meaning, you have believed that Jesus died for your sins (and all of ours), that it is His shed blood that cleanses us and that He alone saves, not our goodness and you have asked for His cleansing of your sin (1 John 1:9) – then you are saved, born again, a child of the king! That means, Yes! He will let you in because you are His child! You don’t have to be perfect – none of us are (Romans 3:10) – just forgiven. If you have trouble believing that this is all you have to do, tell it to God, ask Him to help you believe the truth of His promises – and He will!…Praying for you today, may you rest in His promises and in His peace today and everyday. Our assurance of salvation – 1 John 5:11-12, as a child of God, NOTHING can separate us from His love – Romans 8:38-39. ❤️&

  56. Mari V says:

    As I sat down outside with coffee in hand and ready to start my devotions, my friend Gretchen shoots me a text saying that I was going to love this. And she was right! I am so moved that I don’t have words.  Can’t wait to see my room someday. And maybe even hear the sound of a waterfall outside my room.

  57. Maura says:

    Praying for you Tiffany, that you can lay down what ever is heavy upon you. He is big enough to take it and hold you. Audrye L praying you feel Him draw you and speak His love over you and lean in to His Arms. Melanie, the question isn’t are you enough? Your question and forgive me if I am speaking wrong, is God’s love big enough for you and your kids. And His answer is Yes, yes He lies you more than you can fathom, it is why He sent His Son, really as the Trinity, Himself to die. Because His love is enough and full of grace and He is light and life. You do not feel worthy, I get that, none of us are, grace is a gift, it is undeserved favor and God has it for each one of us. We can’t arm it, it is grace and encapsulated forgiveness and it is only by Jesus that we are given this gift. And when you turn your eyes into His grace and can let go of thinking you have to be enough you can see His love and feel it wrapped around you. amWe all are sinners Sister. We all have failed, But God, loves us right where we are at and calls us His beloved, family, children. Will be praying for you and your family. Jessica, Rejoicing over your new baby. Will be praying for much joy and His peace over you and for your sweet Baby girls safety and health as she is born. Hugs and love to you and your family! Erb, again you bless me. ❤️

  58. Nads says:

    @FREE INDEED, praying for you!

  59. Megan Osborn says:

    This is a WORD!!!!

  60. Jeannie Wilson says:

    @Churchmouse preach! Thank you for your post! Amen!

  61. Sarah D. says:

    Well, today is my graduation ceremony from college!! Thankful we were able to have it in person, even though split up between the different departments. It’s definitely been a really challenging four years, but I have grown so much. God is SO faithful. SO faithful. And I know he always will be. Thank you SRT for helping me grow these past four years, as a woman in the Word of God every day!! Love you all!

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  62. Tiffany C says:

    I’ve been struggling to keep my eyes on Jesus during covid and it’s showing in my actions and attitudes and less love/care for others. I’m still doing devotions, but most days it’s mere reading than intimacy with our Father and Friend. I’m lacking prayer and worship. Praying that I will delve into intimacy with God. May He change my desires to be on Him and his kingdom.

  63. Rita Ann says:


  64. Rhonda J. says:

    Dear Lord Jesus, Wash away every spot and every blemish I carry in your eyes! Help me to follow your way today, every day.
    These passages today are so lovely, so convicting, and so exciting! Oh Glorious Day! I can’t wait for the day Jesus comes back for us!

  65. Nancy Singleton says:

    Melanie, you believe in Jesus. Therefore you have already entered the narrow gate & are part of God’s kingdom on earth. Draw near to Jesus, & He will draw near to you. No one but Jesus is perfect!!

  66. SarahJoy says:

    Many times I find the idea of “being holy” feels like one more task that I fail at doing.

    This time of year I spend time in the yard with our plants. Look at the plants, specifically a fruit tree. When I care for the apple trees we’ve planted, they produce buds and someday fruit. Do the trees struggle to produce fruit? If they are maintained, it’s what they were created to produce. When I water (scripture and worship) and cut back the weeds (deal with sin) in my life, those buds and fruit will come. How does this happen? The Creator has created me for good works! Ephesians 2:10 (I’m preaching to myself this morning.) God created me, Jesus redeemed me and the Holy Spirit guides me to live out of who I was made to be – God’s DAUGHTER. As a Father who has done the work to be in relationship with me, He is thrilled at my attempts. And HE is bringing forth fruit, even if it looks like golf ball sized apples to me. My “two pennies” of sacrifice done in secret are just what He wants. Mark 12:41-44, Matthew 9:13

    Something tells me that if we are not sure we are doing it “just right” and we hope and pray that our belief is enough, our heart probably has taken the right position – humility and trust in the One bigger than ourselves.

  67. Taylor says:

    Thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice and feeling extra thankful for the Holy Spirit who will lead me and guide me to live faithfully! Thank you to whoever said “May I choose wisely as I wait.” I wrote that down in my journal as it was encouraging and convicting :)

  68. Rae-Ann Lentz says:

    I was reading 1 Samuel this morning and was struck by this passage. It’s so true today and I pray it encourages you Audrey to keep your eyes fixed on Him who provides for us and gives good gifts to His children…

    “Samuel replied, “Don’t be afraid. Even though you have committed all this evil, don’t turn away from following the Lord. Instead, worship the Lord with all your heart. Don’t turn away to follow worthless things that can’t profit or rescue you; they are worthless. The Lord will not abandon his people, because of his great name and because he has determined to make you his own people.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭12:20-22‬ ‭CSB‬‬

  69. Miriam says:

    Melanie, the awesome thing is we don’t have to do anything ourselves! We don’t have to be the perfect one or have the greatest belief out of everyone, etc, because salvation is all JESUS. HE is enough, HE is the perfect one. And if you put your faith and trust in HIM and HIS sacrifice to save you, He won’t let you down. We can never be enough to get into the kingdom of heaven on our own but JESUS is enough and look to HIM to save you and not yourself! Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

  70. LeAnn Schmitt says:

    These passages this morning make me smile, actually truly rejoice in our Savior who has gone to prepare a place for us and who will do what He says because He always has. Yes, we each carry our troubles here, but what a powerful reminder these passages are that everything here is temporary and one day, one glorious day it will all be made new. Amen and amen!

  71. Audrye L says:

    I love reading the comments and am encouraged by the hope and faith you ladies have in Jesus. I am not surrounded by the most faithful, believing group of people and sometimes it is really hard to put my hope in Jesus when everyone is putting their hopes in their dream relationship, house, job, vacation, etc. The hustle and achievement of these things is the definition blessed and their minds are set on these.

    In response to being surrounded by this mentality, I have a hard time putting my mind on things above where Christ is and where my life is hidden with him. This isn’t always tangible and often it’s painful to wait and not be idolatrous when everyone has their idols to comfort them. I’m praying the Holy Spirit will make the Kingdom and the King more desirable than anything else to me and the people around me.

  72. Angela Sutherland says:

    Jesus didn’t leave us here to wait alone…He sent His Spirit to comfort, guide and teach us. To lead us in Kingdom work so that we can be ready and help others be ready for His return. Spirit, lead me today in Truth. Keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, where I know who I am! May I be diligent in keeping my lamp oil stocked so I’m ready when the bridegroom calls. Be blessed today, sisters!

  73. Sue Dalos says:

    May we choose wisely as we wait.

  74. Adelynn Campbell says:


    I struggled with this for many years, and still the Devil accuses me of being a fraud. I condemn him and encourage you with Psalm 35:22 “the LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”

  75. Adelynn Campbell says:

    @Jessica, I will be praying for you and a healthy delivery!

  76. Jessica Walters says:

    Beautiful reading this morning. If I could as for prayer, I am having my first baby this week. Husband and I go in to be induced Thursday night and she will be born sometime Friday. I ask prayers for peace in my heart and mind, as well as a healthy baby and smooth delivery. Thank you ladies ❤️

  77. Heidi says:

    FREE INDEED- You’re already demonstrating enormous bravery, I hope you take a minute to see that. The fact is most people who have had a background of recognized trauma (and i say it that way bc SO many of us have had “unseen” trauma that we put a label of “oh that’s just how it was back then…” on it and never seek healing) will not go through the deep, often painful, intentional process of healing. It’s easier to learn to cope than to fully heal. Take time each day to purposely look at/make recognition of the steps you’ve made and the process you’ve allowed up to this point. ALSO- i want to encourage you to keep your eyes out for the ways in which your enemy will try over and over to keep you in the place he wants you- covered in fear, shame, defeat… hopeless. But you have been covered by the blood of Christ. You have been clothed in strength and dignity. You have been made new, set free, and been seen/identified/labeled as worthy, precious, beautiful, and loved. Do not let old labels have power over you when they have been removed and replaced. Someone once encouraged this action for me and it has saved my mind in so many areas- every time (and I mean EVERY SINGLE TIME) the enemy places a thought of shame or ugliness in your mind- IMMEDIATELY turn to prayer and scripture. Save verses as wallpaper on your phone so that you can memorize them. I will make you this promise out of experience and out of truth- if every attack from your enemy sends you running into the arms of your Savior, he will stop those means of attack. It’s the last response he wants to see because it will bring you true freedom. Praying for your mind and heart to catch up to the identity that has been spoken over you by your King..!! ❤️

  78. Melanie says:

    This has been a hard read for me. I always wonder am I enough. Will my faith be enough for Jesus to welcome me in. I have believed in Jesus for decades but I read things like the gate is narrow and I wonder if he will let me in. I not perfect at all. I try. People say you have to believe but is that really enough? I love reading these every morning and being in the word more but this study had left me with many questions. I than think of my loved ones and my young children. I pray their belief is enough

  79. Karen says:

    I heard a great sermon on this passage a few weeks ago at church. It doesn’t matter how bright the light is, how much influence you have in the world…being big and noticed isn’t what matters. What matters is the oil you’ve saved up, the relationship you’ve built up with the Lord. The daily walk with the Lord by reading His word and praying. It’s not something you can just give to someone else. It’s personal. That’s what it means to be prepared.

  80. Churchmouse says:

    We do not have a choice but to wait. We do not know the time or the season of His return. We do however have a choice in how we wait. We can tremble in fear. We can eat, drink and be merry. We can study Bible prophecy, comparing current events with those described Revelation. We can wring our hands over whether we will be left behind or not. We can stand firm on His promises. We can trust in His character. We can focus on the cross and the empty tomb and be confident in our faith. We can calmly live in this chaotic world and explain Who gives us this peace. He’s coming again. That’s a fact over which we have no control. How then shall we live until that day? That is a choice we do have.

    1. Erica Chiarelli says:

      @churchmouse amen!! Thank you for the reminder!!!

  81. ERB says:

    ANGIE, I remember you sharing this quote before…but it really hit me today!! Thank you for sharing it again!! I will be ruminating on this….

  82. ERB says:

    Maura, YES!!! And Amen!!! I hadn’t noticed that it said sanctuary in Isaiah 8!! How AWESOME is that!!! Reminds me of Exodus 33:22 and Psalm 91:1 all talk about God hiding and protecting us..He is our safe place, our sanctuary!!! LOVE that!!! Really love and appreciate your insights so much!!! Thank you!! When reading chapter 9 I felt like life was being breathed on and poured into me. Life and HOPE!!! So refreshing!!!! For He is such a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an EVERLASTING Father (I meditated on this for a bit, mind blowing!!!) He is THE Prince of Peace!!! SO good!!! I am loving seeing the way God moves… He cares so deeply for us, and wants so badly for us to choose to be by His side, to leave the ‘old’ behind and walk in the new!! He wants us living prepared. I am so encouraged not only by our reading in Isaiah today but our devotional reading too!!! I find myself just in a space of true THANKFULNESS & GRATITUDE…. Lord, please help me to be and stay prepared… my delight is in YOU alone Father God. Amen!!

    Have an awesome and fulfilling day ladies!! Be Blessed!!

  83. Angie says:

    I don’t remember if I shared this here but, something one of the teenage girls said keeps circulating in my mind. This place (earth) is the closest thing to heaven unbelievers will ever see. This place (earth) is the closest thing to hell believers will ever see. Jesus, I am thankful for today and so anticipating your presence, face-to-face when the Bridegroom comes for His bride. Thank you Lord.

  84. Kelly says:

    Lord help me abide in You so that my lamp has an eternal source of oil.

    PRUE ANNE – Thank you for your encouraging words
    FREE INDEED – Jesus is walking with you
    STRUGGLING – Psalm 71:21

  85. Carol Rimmer says:

    That’s a beautiful way of putting it, ‘as we wait for our bridegroom to lead us to the banquet table’.
    May we be ready to be with Him.

  86. Maura says:

    Love this Bailey, thank you! I want to be prepared, have enough oil, endurance, patience, to wait for the Lord. Help us to be prepared Lord Jesus for your coming, to be found without spot or blemish in Your sight as it says in 2 Peter 3:13. And the realization is that time with you Lord God in your Word and “ But, the Counselor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” It is You who gives us the fuel, You who prepares us, You who makes us able to be found without spot or blemish. Thank you Lord God. In Jesus name, Amen. Erb, I so enter the lyrics to the song you shared yesterday. and finally had a chance to look at ch 8 in Isaiah. I also noticed Isaiah’s declaration of faith in verse 17: “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in Him.” He is standing on His faith. And in the verses you spoke of I noticed right after in verse 14 “and He will be a sanctuary” I absolutely love this God as our sanctuary, our safe place to come to, it says this right after stating that “The Lord God is the One you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the One you are to dread, and He will be a sanctuary.” Love this. So much great and familiar in chapter 9 and we see hope even for the Gentiles. Here I love verse 2 through verse 7. Jesus and His glory, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. So so good that He would come here, leave heaven, for us. Amazing Love!! Happy Tuesday Sisters.