How to Live and be Ready for the Rapture of the church.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Spiritual Preparation & Spiritual Perception…
1. Spiritual preparation
Matthew 25….10 virgins
They all knew the bride groom was coming
Half of them missed it
What was in common
They were all expecting his coming
They all had equipment
They all gathered in the same place
They all heard the call
They all arose to meet him.
Until close to the end they all look the same. You couldn’t tell who was going to make it and who wouldn’t.
He took the wise in and then he shut the door.
There was no second boarding call.
There is no second shuttle- there’s no I’ll get you next time I come around.
What was different ?
What they were watching was the only difference
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
5 wise watched up and watched in
5 foolish watched up but not in.
Many people are suffering from split focus.
Their eyes are on many things
These foolish people would say I know that he’s coming I know that he’s coming soon I want to be ready when he appears. I am watching for him yet they are not watching with both eyes.
They were watching up but not in.
The foolish virgins allowed the oil of their life to dry up. Their flame went out. That which testified of their salvation that which set them apart from the darkness of the world. The light of their spiritual life went out.
The sad thing is is that they didn’t even recognize it until his appearance. They became so comfortable living in the dim and then in the dark.
You must watch for him and be ready at his appearance. For when he calls we must have attention upon him and upon our own spiritual condition.
Preparation has to be made
People always prepare for what is important to them
The foolish virgins showed up at the right place but they were unprepared
If someone shows up unprepared you can tell the level of priority that they put into what they do.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Watch and pray- they may say they’re watching they may say they’re praying but if their entire focus was upon being ready they would have noticed they didn’t have enough oil to sustain. They might have been watching halfway but they did not pay attention to the contents of their own spiritual condition.
2. Spiritual perception
We must become spiritually aware
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
There is a difference between being in the spirit and in the flesh.
Most Christians fluctuate between the two
The Bible says that we are not just to be occasionally in the spirit, But we are to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
Walk in the spirit not in the flesh
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
How did you get the spirit?
How do you walk in the spirit?
Did you Work hard or hear faith?
You begin with hearing faith
You mature with hearing faith
If salvation came through hearing faith
The walking and the working of the gifts of the spirit come by hearing faith.
We must be aware of our spiritual existence
We are a spirit
We possess a soul
We live in a body
Our body has five senses.
Sight hearing smell taste touch
These five senses are processed through our mind and our memory.
In the same way our spirit also has senses.
The senses of your spirit are also processed through your mind and memory.
What you do in the body affects your mind and spirit
What you do in the spirit affects your mind and body
The language of the head is logical. Reasonable practical makes sense
It is Structured – left brain
The language of the heart is creative spontaneous inspirational full of design -right brain
There is a natural creativity and there is creativity enhanced by the spirit
Art and music is a release of the creative part of your brain. The release of such can be very spiritual. Can originate from the spirit. It can be Godly or it could be demonic.
The spirit gives impressions, spiritual feelings, spiritual vision, spiritual thoughts.
Some people have trained themselves to ignore that which did not come to them logically.
The spiritual person learns and practices. He work on discerning what has come from his spirit what has come from his own emotions and what has come from the devil.
The Jews use to cover their head with a shaw to pray. By doing this they shut out many of their natural senses. This would help them to focus on their spiritual sense
Watch to see what the Lord will speak to me
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
We must be spiritually prepared and have spiritual perception to walk in the spirit and be ready for his appearance.