PREPARED FOR SUCCESS | Matthew 25:1-12 | Bryant Bell
Matthew 25:1–12 (NIV84) “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’

A. Preparation is an act of wisdom

B. Believers who don’t prepare, are setting themselves up to fail

C. We cannot only prepare for a rainy day, we must also prepare for success

D. Failure to prepare for success is preparation for failure

E. God calls on those who are prepared for His purpose

F. God cannot use a person who is not prepared because He cannot trust them

G. When a person is not prepared, God overlooks them for opportunities

H. Being unprepared is tantamount to being unqualified

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