Its been a long long long time but I finally have something I wanted to share. I was listening to a sermon by the ladies of Hillsong Church. They call their group Sisterhood. Isn’t that beautiful! So I never heard a Hillsong sermon. I love their music but I guess it never really happen. I didn’t really have any expectation, I kind of really didn’t want to hear it. I was like, “okay I’ll give it a shot and if it is a bore I’ll listen to another podcast.” Yeah, I had to stop it and continuously rewind it to take note because, yes I did stop and got my pen and paper. OMG! It was so good! So what I needed. It filled me with so much hope and knowledge and purpose. Girls, you have to download these podcast (Hillsong sisterhood).
As you can see the title of the podcast I heard is, “Heat it up baby, Heat it up.” It started with a little story about Matt from survivor and about how something in survivor (the show) always has a little speech that fans remember really well. Fire is life. And here is where she bring her point.
Fire is life. God is God in the fire.
God has shown Himself in the fire in so many critical and important parts in the bible. He has shown his huge power with fire. He was God in the fire. (God is so cool!)
She opens her sermon with the parable of the ten virgins. Okay, at that point I was like…wait fire…virgins…? So here are my notes and what I learned.
PLEASE READ THE PASSAGE! click it and it will take you to where you can read it.
The Bridegroom is of course God and he is late. We are one of the bridesmaids waiting for the groom.
Their are the wise bridesmaid. The five that had extra oil that were prepared and knew he was going to be late.
Then their are the other five bridesmaids. The foolish bridesmaids, that didn’t have enough oil to last the wait and missed the whole wait.
We have the torches that represent our love for the bridegroom and how we stay in love but for some it gets snuffed out.
At this point of her explaining the basics I was like. Breath…Think…soak it in…WOW!
then she goes to the next passage and slowly it starts clicking…
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
And after that passage she asked… Is our light well lit? Are you on fire for God?
She gave example of peter how Peter said he was on fire for Jesus and how he would die for him and would kill for him and then… he denied him.
Is our fire external or internal. That is the real question. Are you foolish or wise?
A Foolish bridesmaid represent
- Unprepared: didn’t have enough oil
- Wrong Expectations
- Differ from personal responsibility (tries to borrow…Tries to borrow faith)
- Lets the darkness engulf her
The Wise Bridesmaids represent endures, outlast, are the ones that are invited
- Devotion (reading the Bible)
- Prayer; that is how we communicate with God. because prayer is a Refining fire. (have the Lord’s Prayer in mind)
- Be renewed: renew your mind. let it be renewed. Phillipians 4:8
- Finds Community: It’s hard, you must work hard to find people you can trust and be trusted to help you in your walk. That you can invest in and they invest in you
- Right expectations: care about God Jeremiah 29:31. See God as an awesome, giving, loving God. Think well of God.
2 Timothey 2:7
Endure the Dark! Be encourage to keep going to wait to be a wise bridesmaid as we wait for our groom! It’s hard but we can do it. We are strong with Him. Be on fire for Him! What does it take? Fan that flame! and Like she said in her closing remarks, “Heat it up Baby, Heat it up!”