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February 23rd

"Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps during, and be like men who are waiting of for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks....You also must be ready, for the Son of Man (Jesus) is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12: 35-36, 40 Jesus is telling His disciples that they must be ready for when the Lord returns! Jesus is telling them about the kingdom of God and what is going to happen. Jesus is preparing His followers for the Cross, His burial, His resurrection from the dead, and that He was going to go back to heaven, but is coming again!The church today must realize that Jesus is coming again, and we need to be ready for His coming. Jesus tells the followers then and today, that we must be READY!How many people are really ready if Jesus should come back today? What does it mean to be ready? Jesus tells us that we must STAY DRESSED. That means we need to be prepared spiritually with the armor of God on daily. When you are dressed you are ready to leave. When we go home and we get undressed, we relax, take it easy, get into our comfortable clothes. How many Christians have become relaxed, take it easy in this world, get comfortable in our surroundings spiritually. Jesus says if you are going to be ready, stay dressed, stay prepared, stay ready, because you are expecting the coming of the Lord.Jesus tells us that we must be READY FOR ACTION. As Christians we are in a battle, and we need to be ready for action when the enemy attacks us. We must be prepared by the Word and the Spirit to fight off every attack of the enemy. We must be ready to minister to other people, to prepare as many people for the coming of the Lord Jesus.Jesus tells us that we must KEEP OUR LAMPS BURNING! This is referring to stay filled with the Spirit in our daily lives. Remember the Parable of the 10 Virgins. There were 5 who did not prepare and the oil ran out of their lives. The 5 wise virgins brought extra oil to keep their lamps burning. We need to daily be filled with the Spirit so that our lamps are burning every day until Jesus returns.Jesus tells us that we must BE EXPECTING JESUS TO RETURN. Expectation and faith is what prepares us to be ready. Living with the expectation that Jesus could come today!Lord, help me to be ready today! Because this could be the day that You return.Are you really ready if Jesus should return today?

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