In Matthew 25:13, Jesus concludes the parable saying, “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”

Jesus can’t stress it enough. He wants His people to be on alert. When we are not paying attention, we easily fall into the traps the world has laid out for us. In the parable of the ten virgins, we learn about preparation, awareness, and alertness. We have to prepare ourselves for whatever situation that God puts us in to be His witness. He is our provider and will always deliver us. We must not be blind to the methods of deliverance. Many times we try to put God in a box. We limit Him to only the ways we think He can work. This causes us to lose sight of all the opportunities that God has placed before us. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to be of sober spirit and to be on alert. Our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. The devil has his means of setting traps for us to fall in. The devil is too smart to put stumbling blocks in obvious places. Instead, he sets detours here and there along the way. One mistake leads to another until we find ourselves in  a place we never wanted to be. However, God has His means to preparing us to overcome the traps of the devil. We should always be on alert!

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