The second step is to guard what we allow to enter into our being. Carnal relationships and television will rob us of our spiritual perception and hunger. We often delay our going to bed, and then are too tired to get up when the Lord comes, seeking our fellowship.
These patterns must be broken and a schedule set, so as to make room. We must determine to remove those things that could become a substitute for our spending time in the Word and in prayer.
We will never become the overcomer who finds himself among the five wise unless we develop a disciplined pattern of life. The foolish said, "Give us of your oil." But the wise responded, "Go and buy for yourselves."
No one can give to another their commitment to spiritual obedience. But they can share the testimony of what they have received, which will make others so hungry that they also will begin to seek for themselves.
The third step is to spend quality time in the presence of the Lord. There is no substitute for the time we spend with the Lord.
When we do our part, the Lord will do that which we cannot do. He will create within us the hunger to propel us into the presence of the five wise.
Only then will we be prepared to enter with Jesus "in that day," through the open door into His Millennial Kingdom.
Reprinted from Elijah List. Nancy Taylor Warner, daughter of Wade Taylor, spent most of her childhood in a Bible school environment due to the calling on her father's life. In 1981, the Lord called her to support his message, and she since has functioned in a variety of positions. Today, in response to her dad's wishes and the encouragement of its board of directors, she now oversees Wade Taylor Ministries (wadetaylor.org). Nancy travels at times to speak and pray for others. Nancy's special gift of relating to and loving people stems from her own love for Jesus and His Kingdom. Her spiritual life messages flow into the hearts and spirits of those to whom she ministers.
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