Who Is Jesus?
spirit doesn't speak of Himself. He just finds what the Father wants, and He reveals what the Father wants. The Bible
tells us that in the Book of John.
Not only that, it tells us in the Book of John that the Holy Spirit will take the things of Jesus and make them known to
us, so now what Jesus likes, the Holy Spirit can put on your heart. So don't follow tradition, don't follow your old ways,
don't follow what you think is best. Start to listen to the Holy Spirit, because those who are led by the Holy Spirit are
the sons of God, or they will be the bride prepared for the husband. The moment that she went in she was
immediately favoured, because she let the Holy Spirit prepare her, so yield to the Holy Spirit.
Here's the last two now. Matthew 25, there's one found there. Look at this, Matthew 25 Verse 10, and it's about Jesus
teaching about the end times. He says look, the kingdom of heaven is like a wedding, and guess what's happening in
the wedding? The virgins are chosen, five wise, five foolish, and the five foolish of course didn't have any oil. Then
the midnight cry came, Verse 6, and the bridegroom is coming, go to meet him, and all the virgins rose and trimmed
their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, Verse 8: give us some of your oil, our lamps are going out. They said no,
lest there's not enough, you go and buy for yourselves.
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. Oh, we won't go into all of that. I have taught on that before, but here's what this says. You notice it
says: those who were ready? Those who were ready had paid a price to have oil for their lamp. Now you are the
lamp, you are the light of the world, but what ignites you? Huh! Oil, Holy Ghost! Oil is always a type of the Holy
Ghost. You and I need to be full of the Spirit of God! Excited by the Holy Ghost! Praying in tongues, letting the Spirit
of God energise you day by day. He said: there's a price, it just doesn't happen. You get up, and you pray. You set
discipline in your life and pray, begin to arise and ask God to empower you to pray, and you pray. You spend time in
the word of God, and as you spend time in the word of God - the word of God by the way, it says it's like a mirror, that
when you look into it, oh, you see what you're really like. The Holy Spirit points out where you need to change - and
so notice this. Some were ready, some were not, so while all were invited, some prepare, and some do not.
Let me ask you, what is happening in your life? Are you preparing your life? Are you in connection, communing with
the Holy Spirit? Are you letting Him talk to you about your life? Are you letting Him put the finger on things which don't
make Him happy at all, but rather grieve Him, things like anger and bitterness and resentment and jealousy, pettiness
and small mindedness, exclusivism and all that kind of stuff, pride? All those things grieve Him. Are you letting the
Holy Spirit in - are you building a prayer life? What a great - why don't we this year make a decision, we will prepare
ourselves, for the new things that God has? And here's the last one, I'll finish with that, and go back to where we
started in Revelations 19 and Verse 7: And His wife has made herself ready. How about that? She made herself
ready, so don't leave it all up to God. There's something you have to do. It requires a choice.
I've had God speaking to me about the use of my time, about using time carefully, because time can be spent, but not
regained. You can get money again, but you can't get time. For many time is running out, so how are you using your
time? What is wasting your time? You'd be surprised if you watch the news every day, how many hours a week that
will amount to. You'll be surprised if you spend a lot of time watching this and that, or doing this and that on games,
how your life disappears, and you cannot get it again. You cannot get it again - so what are you doing with your time?
Here it is. His wife has made herself ready and - Verse 8 - she was arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine
linen is the righteous acts of the saints. I see here's the last thing that makes us ready. It's not just about our prayer
life, and our intimacy with God. It's not just about spending time in the word. It's about our life becoming beautiful with
acts of compassion and kindness.
Notice it said: she was arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteous acts. The words righteous acts means things you
do out of your relationship with God, and in the Old Testament the word righteous was the word tzedakah, meaning
to have compassion on people, to be generous to people. So here it is. You can see it all there. We see the different
aspects of preparation, making yourself ready: your relationship with the Holy Spirit, your response and yielding to the
Holy Spirit, you're building a life of prayer, a life where the Spirit of God moves easily and quickly through you, and
you let it overflow to the reaching of people in our community, the people around you; acts of kindness, acts of mercy,
acts of evangelism, acts that reach people, and let them know there's God that loves them. And to her it was granted
she would be arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteous acts of all of the saints.
So we have some choices to make today. Why don't we just close our eyes just quickly now, and I want to just ask
you to consider how you will respond to Jesus Christ. How will you respond? How will you respond to Him being the
groom? How will you respond? Number one, if you don't know Jesus Christ, the first response you could make would
be to receive Him as your saviour. Jesus said to everyone who received Him, made Him welcome in their life, He
gave power to be a child of God. If you're here today and never made the decision to personally commit your life to