Tuesday, August 16, 2022

A Bishop Thought!!!!

Well I have so many funny and happy memories with Bishop that I’ll be sharing with you all soon, buuuuuuuuut… I’ve been heavily having on my heart a brief thought he had for us once in the middle of one of his messages.
I can’t remember how long ago it was that I heard him preach this, but I remember it was long enough ago that he was standing at the pulpit without being weak or needing his scooter. He was preaching about being ready for when Jesus comes back for us and he was telling us the story of the 10 virgins with their lamps…

Matthew 25 

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

And  after verse 9, Bishop stopped and said, this isn’t what I’m preaching about tonight, buuuuuuut those wise virgins should have had enough oil in their lamps to have shared some with the foolish virgins instead of sending them away to get their own oil. 


That was all he said before he went on to finish preaching his message about being ready when Jesus comes back! Buuuuuuuut after all these years, that that thought keeps playing through my mind over and over again!!!


We need enough Holy Ghost inside us that we can give some of ours away and keep living for God without faltering! We have to have enough oil inside that we can help ignite some else’s lamp 🪔 that has gone cold. 


I’m not saying to just hang out and socialize with sinners for fun, buuuuuuut we shouldn’t have to say I don’t want to see so and so because I don’t want to backslide myself. No! If you think that, it’s good that you’re wise enough to be guarding yourself BUT it is also an indicator with yourself that something is NOT right!!! You NEED MORE OIL!!! Tell yourself I need to get more Holy Ghost!!! I need to be praying more!


We are living in a evil and sinful world! This world is bold about their sin but as Holy Ghost saints of God we need to be bolder! They’re lost and going to hell and we’ve got to do everything we can to stop them! If someone you loved was in a burning house, you wouldn’t just say, weeeeeeeeeellll I don’t want them to burn, I pray they figure out how to get out!!! You would PRAY as you did EVERYTHING in your power to get them out of the house!!! And you guys, there’s people we love that are on their way to a LAKE OF FIRE 🔥!!!


We need to pray and let the Holy Ghost move through us to pull them out!!! We’ve got to reach our hand into the darkness to pull somebody else into the light!!!! 


We don’t want to be mean and intentionally offensive but we’ve got to boldly speak the truth in love! Your lost, but you don’t have to be, because Jesus LOVES YOU!!! You’ve sinned, buuuuuuut the blood 🩸 of Jesus will wash away your sin! You’re bound, but God can deliver you!!! You don’t have to go to hell, because the Bible says that God is not willing for any to perish but that ALL should come to REPENTANCE!!!


A reminder from Bishop Abbott YOU NEED to have enough oil to give done to others!!!! Get more oil!!! Get more Holy Ghost!!! Someone needs their lamp lit and you shouldn’t have to send them away to get more oil from someone else!!! Have EXTRA OIL TO SHARE!!! 

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

(Acts 1:8)

♥Mary Frances :)