OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL
MAY 1ST, 2014
HOW PREPARED ARE YOU?
Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom: and with all
thy getting get understanding.
Read: Matthew 25:1-2
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven
be likened unto ten virgins, which
took their lamps, and went forth to
meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and
five were foolish.
Wisdom has been described as the
right application of knowledge. This
is reflected in a person’s active and
constant preparation for success. A
wise man prays when others play,
fasts when others feast and plans
when others loaf around doing
nothing. There is no gainsaying the
fact that spiritual and physical
success depends on active and
constant preparation. One who fails
to plan has already planned to fail.
How prepared are you?
A study of the scriptures will reveal
many ingredients for active and
constant preparation. These include
seriousness and faithfulness.
Determination is an indispensable
requirement for spiritual and
physical success. This is resolution
and firmness of purpose. It takes
determination to be successful in
life, business, marriage and
ministry. How determined are you?
Added to determination is
endurance. To endure means to
suffer, to undergo pain, hardship,
difficulties, problems and all sorts
of hard situations without giving up.
There is always a price for good
success. Endurance requires
discipline – self-discipline. To enjoy
spiritual and physical success, you
have to discipline yourself.
Discipline your appetite for food.
Discipline your desire for sleep and
comfort. Discipline yourself in
prayer and fasting, and discipline
your tongue. Another ingredient for
good success is seriousness. This is
the active part of determination.
Seriousness means acting on
success. It is possible for someone
to desire to be successful, endure
pain, hardship and difficulties
without becoming really serious
about success. To demonstrate
seriousness about success, you
identify those things that will make
you successful and act on them.
One who is serious about success
does not play with opportunities.
He or she would rather make the
best use of them. An important
aspect of seriousness is
faithfulness. To achieve good and
enduring success, you must be
faithful. Faithfulness denotes being
completely loyal to a cause. You
must be faithful to God who is the
author of good success. You must
be faithful to yourself and the
assignment entrusted to your
hands, and you must be faithful to
others. It takes strong will to be
faithful, and the one who aspires to
be faithful must be diligent.
Diligence means whole hearted
searching. In your quest for good
success, seek the Lord with all your
heart and serve Him in holiness and
Think about opportunities you have
missed in the recent past, what
better level of preparation would
have helped you to take those
opportunities. Start preparing for
your next opportunity now.
Bible in a Year:
Revelation 12-15; Psalm 94
OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL