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Florence Scovel Shinn

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Secret Door to Success

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The Secret Door to Success - Bricks Without Straw - And Five of Them Were Wise - What Do You Expect? - The Long Arm of God - The Fork in the Road - Crossing Your Red Sea - Watchman at the Gate - Way of Abundance - I Shall Never Want - Look With Wonder - Catch Up with Your Good - Rivers in the Desert - The Inner Meaning of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - Contents -


Chapter 3 - And Five of Them Were Wise

"And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them." --Matt. 25:2-3

My subject is the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. "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." The parable teaches that true prayer means preparation.

Jesus Christ said, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Math. 21:22). "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). In this parable he shows that only those who have prepared for their good (thereby showing active faith) will bring the manifestation to pass.

We might paraphrase the scriptures and say: When ye pray believe ye have it. When ye pray ACT as if you have already received.

Armchair faith or rocking chair faith, will never move mountains. In the armchair, in the silence,

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