Without Measure

Recently as I was worshiping the King of kings in my Secret Place, a cloud floated toward me. It wasn’t a white, glowing cloud so I wondered what it was. When it was directly over my head it poured out the Spirit of Jesus and drenched me. The off-color represented water.  Just as the water-turned-to-wine at the wedding of Cana was the best toward the end of the celebration, so the Lord intends to pour out His Holy Spirit on us toward the end of this age. Without measure. I enjoy the liberally outpoured Spirit every time I come into my Beloved’s presence.

John 3:34 AMP  For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God [proclaiming the Father’s own message]; for God gives the [gift of the] Spirit without measure [generously and boundlessly]! 

Then, a few days later I saw a large wooden barrel tipped to pour out its contents. This time I saw a slide show beginning with faces and symbols representing evil. Then houses followed. Many houses of all kinds, including huts. I interpreted these to represent peoples and nations under the influence of evil. Jesus’ heart is yearning for the lost to discover Him and come for forgiveness and all that salvation embodies: peace, joy; emotional healing; freedom from enslavement to addictions, severe abuse and trauma, generational curses, etc.

Within the last month to six weeks I have seen with my own eyes the Lord’s generosity in healing and integrating multiple personalities (DID) and immune system issues caused from early trauma that in the past have taken some time to work through. God’s work is tender and beautiful and complete as we submit to His sweet Spirit within us. He is an awesome God! He wants a holy Bride and He is pouring out Himself to ready peoples and nations for a wedding like none we have ever seen or imagined!

John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Psalm 60:4
You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Psalm 107:2-3  Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story – those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

Isaiah 43:5-7…Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west. “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.…

 

Origin Of Easter

The origin of Easter is actually based on an ancient pagan celebration. Christians recognize this day as commemorating Jesus’ resurrection, but like so many other “Christian” holidays, Easter has become commercialized and mixed with non-Christian traditions like the Easter Bunny, Easter parades and hunting for Easter eggs.

The superimposing of a Christian holiday upon a pagan holiday is called syncretism. This was a  strategy of the Roman Catholic Church to draw new converts away from heathenism into Christian practice. That resulted in muddying the purity of the Gospel. So today we have fertility rites being practiced by Christ-followers who may or may not understand how defiling of the resurrection it is.

Actually, Easter is not a remembrance of the resurrection. The resurrection is remembered by the celebration of the Passover as a feast of the Lord found in Exodus 12 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/search=Exodus+12&version=NIV). The feasts of the Lord are based on the lunar calendar so they vary from year to year.

Origin of Easter – Its Pagan Roots
The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, not long after the global flood in Genesis 6-9 of the Bible. Nimrod, a grandson of Noah, had turned from following his grandfather’s God and had become a tyrannical ruler known for a lifestyle that promoted unspeakable evil and perversion. Later he would become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion his wife Semiramis created in his name would be called Baal worshippers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other evil practices.

According to the Bible, it was in the city of Babel that the people created a tower in order to defy God. Up until that time, all the people on the earth spoke one language. The building of the tower led God, as recorded in Genesis 11:7 to confuse their tongues to keep them from being further unified in their false beliefs. As the people moved into other lands, they took their pagan practices with them.

Contemporary traditions such as the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg can be traced back to the fertility rites established by Nimrod’s wife. To read more details about this, please click on the following link: https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/origin-of-easter.htm

 

 

If the Foundations Are Destroyed

Psalm 11 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? 2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. 3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? 4 The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. 5 The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. 6 Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.

Recently, in a vision the Holy Spirit showed me infinity. We stood on a shelf overlooking a vast void of grays and browns as far as I could see. Our universe was a pin point in the emptiness. I pressed against the Holy Spirit in fear. If I should fall I would never come to a landing but would fall forever.

Again, a second time, the Holy Spirit came to show me the vast void and I pressed against Him again. This time He turned me around to step back onto terra firma, and I glanced down to see that the ground was wrinkled. I bent over to get a better look, and to my horror the foundation of earth was cracked and crumbling.

I knew I was being shown this condition of the earth for a reason, so I asked the precious Holy One what He wanted me to know. “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalms 11:3). What steps can we take to make sure that we and our children are not infected? That foundation is in jeopardy. Forces are at work to undermine it, causing it to crack and crumble under the load of a civilization weighed down with guilt. It is as the Apostle Paul prophesied:

In the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Yet these characteristics of modern humanity are merely the outward manifestations of a deep, seething rebellion breaking forth against the Creator. Paul also described this in vivid terms,

… their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie… Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind…They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice… (Romans 1:21-29)

Like David, we can choose to say, “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1)

The answer is not to run away or be in denial.  David said, “How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’” (v. 1) God is available. “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven” (v. 4). Nothing is beyond His control, and He is ready to hear our concerns and requests when we come to Him.

If we don’t deal with our sins, they will hinder our prayers. Only after our lives have been cleansed will He be able to hear us and use us in whatever ways He chooses.

People who don’t know Jesus become frightened when the foundations around them crumble and circumstances become difficult. They look for ways to protect themselves, but we can encourage them to look to the Lord.  He will show Himself strong to those who are willing to trust Him (v. 7).

The difficult times we face are larger than our own issues; all the nations of the earth are in trouble. The solution is not found in political leadership, but in pleading with God. According to history, revivals began with just a few people who humbly sought the Lord. If we sincerely and humbly turn away from sin and turn to God, a handful of scattered individuals can become a body joined together to cry out to the Lord for our nations.

 

 

An Appointed Time

Habakkuk 2:3 AMPC For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.

This promise was given to me in 1981. From time to time I revisited it and wondered if the Lord had forgotten His promise. As you may have read in my early posts, my siblings and I grew up in an extremely abusive home. Some siblings will turn against each other but we did not. As adults we grew apart but I prayed earnestly for us to come back together after our parents died. God gave me the above promise during a family crisis in 1981 and I held onto it desperately. Now we are all older and various health issues are becoming noticeable.

Recently an older brother was put in a nursing home. Our prayers focused on him intently because he was the brunt of physical and emotional violence as a child that shaped his life, his marriage and his children. Although he is a Jesus-follower, he has carried bitterness that made staying in touch difficult. Still, we saw the good deep down inside of him and understood the deep wounding, and increased our prayers. When I went to visit him, he was open to listening to some of my gentle comments about how God had healed me. Even after forgiving our parents and others, I still had unhealed wounds and discovered that Jesus would take my griefs and sorrows and give me a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

A younger brother has managed to forgive and cancel our parents’ debts and has also experienced extensive emotional healing. The two men live several states away from each other, but recently the younger made it a point to visit the elder brother. After a casual conversation the younger brother offered to pray the Aaronic Blessing over the elder brother with words of explanation.

The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 RSV)

When the prayer was ended both the elder brother and his wife were weeping. Then to the younger brother’s surprise, the elder brother blessed his younger brother! Oh, what a surprise and utterly thrilling! It was an unexpected and very sacred moment. Though the younger brother has blessed his siblings in lieu of an absent father, nobody has blessed him. That his elder brother would bless the younger one took on huge meaning. Later I shared with the younger brother the above verse promised to me so long ago. There is still spiritual work to be done in our family but our faith is high that our Lord and Master will complete His work in us and we will become one in Jesus.

Are You Afraid of Intimacy?

Intimacy means to be known by someone. They know your strengths and weaknesses, your hopes and dreams, your fears. God created the need and desire for intimacy within human hearts. Not only in marriage but in friendships. Relationships are the very essence of who we are as believers. Godly relationships provide stability and a sense of value and belonging. On the other hand, intimacy gone wrong can cause disappointment and intense pain when someone betrays us. Rejection and abandonment are traumas that children experience early in life and may withdraw from any offer of love from that point onward.

Intimacy reveals our weaknesses and neediness and we don’t like others to see that part of us. There is also the unspoken belief that we don’t deserve the love others extend to us. When we take the risk of exposing ourselves, we can end up tattered by deep wounding and rejection. Yet, we desire, we yearn for the closeness of love and acceptance.

People who avoid intimacy fear being controlled and manipulated if they share themselves. So they attempt to stay in control of their relationships. They enjoy rescuing and being looked up to by the needy and helpless. Those who have been abused as infants and young children identify “love” with the abuse they’ve suffered and they want no part of it as an adult.

When I first started fellowshipping with charismatics the men stood outside the place of worship to greet me with a hug. I guess they thought if they hugged me enough I would learn to like it. I did not. Distrust was a thread that ran through my being and I finally drifted away. I had walls instead of healthy boundaries. Even shaking hands a little too long was disturbing to me.

Being a Christian did not change this behavior but it did increase my longing for even one trustworthy friend who could celebrate my small joys and commiserate my griefs with me. When I started on the journey to emotional healing of Dissociative identity disorder (DID) I discovered that Jesus was that trustworthy friend I could pour out my heart to. He listened with such love as I could never have imagined. Slowly, as I felt secure in His compassion and mercy, I began to feel more willing to risk sharing myself with others. Resisting the urge to run from their love was a challenge but the deeper I went into Jesus (allowing Him to go deeper into me) the more stable I was.

I was elated to discover that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He never changes. I asked Him if I could come to Him often for a hug, a kiss, or a lingering conversation and He reminded me of Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Since that time I have come to His throne often, sometimes several times a day just to worship Him and to be loved by Him, my Beloved. There are still times that I feel so undeserving, but if I step back from Him I immediately feel the cool breeze of distance and seek reconciliation.

Psalm 27:13 TMBA I would have fainted unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Even here and now in my 79th year I have been granted the privilege of not only seeing the Lord’s goodness but reveling in it. He is good beyond measure. He is amazing and beautiful, and fragrant. He has carried all my sins and griefs and sorrows. He has healed me of immune problems, broken generational curses and given me a healthy body with a lively step. He is worthy of all my love and trust.

God’s Hidden Ones

Isaiah 49:2 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)  He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand has He hid me and made me a polished arrow; in His quiver has He kept me close and concealed me.

Hebrews 4:12 (AMPC) For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

I’ve been watching various videos of some individuals known for their abilities in healing, deliverance, miracles, signs and wonders. I’ve also observed the attendees and their various questions, comments and  testimonies. One comment that sticks with me is that “I had to dumb it down for the common  people.” That disappointed me so much in the speaker and colored my perception of everything that followed. Attendees wanted to be noticed and acknowledged; testimonies needed to be more amazing than the other guy’s. How is this different from the traditional churches these individuals left?

Jesus didn’t seem to be the center of conversation. Relationship with Him didn’t seem to factor in except as it involved the power individuals wanted, and my heart sank. Fortunately, the names of leaders who deeply value relationship with Jesus were mentioned occasionally, so I knew those in the videos knew that Jesus would be first or He would not bless their striving for the miraculous. The miraculous should flow from relationship, should it not?

In contrast I attended a meeting where the person ministering knew Jesus and reached out in patience and gentleness to a small congregation who understood little of the supernatural. After patiently repeating concepts several times, he opened the meeting to those needing healing. Among the conditions he called out were multiple personalities in one individual who got a miraculous healing. Others received healing of diabetes, thyroid problems, arthritis, etc. My faith was so enriched and affirmed. I was one of those healed of arthritis.

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What about Jesus’ followers who are quiet and pursue Him passionately for who He is? That brought me to Isaiah 49 and verse 2 spoke to my heart. There are those who know the Lord and Master for who He is – Lord and Master. They bow down and offer themselves as bondservants, love slaves. And they know they are hidden until the Master releases them. They know the power in their Master’s words. They have submitted to the sanding of rough edges, and then being dropped into His  quiver to await the right time for being released. Meantime, they have learned the power of His Word and have learned from precious experiences that their Master is trustworthy. So they are pursuing intimacy with Jesus while waiting expectantly for God’s timing for their release into His divine purposes.

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry.

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

God has not forgotten either you or His promises. He is absolutely trustworthy and you can count on Him. The time for your release is drawing near and He will reveal Himself through you, the humble, soft-spoken (no need to shout God’s words), and deeply committed ones.

Fierce Defender

Isaiah 49:24-26 Amplified Bible (personalized)

24 “Can the spoils of war be taken from the mighty man, Or the captive (my brother) of a tyrant (Satan) be rescued?”

25 Indeed, this is what the Lord says, “Even the captive of the mighty man (Satan) will be taken away, And the tyrant’s spoils of war (my brother) will be rescued; For I will contend with (my brother’s) opponent, And I will save My child (my brother).

26 “I will make those who oppress (my brother) consume their own flesh [in mutually destructive wars] And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine; And all mankind will know [with a knowledge grounded in personal experience] that I, the Lord, am (my brother’s) Savior, and (his)  Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

 I have been pleading for the healing and restoration of a man who is fighting for his mind. He has been consigned to a nursing home as having dementia with other serious physical disabilities. His siblings are believers in Jesus and healing but they don’t know how to approach God’s throne boldly in faith. I suggested the above Scripture as a prayer to be prayed back to the One Who wrote this passage and is also The Healer.

Sometimes the most effective prayers are the Bible verses you feel drawn to as prayers in another person’s behalf. God’s promises to His little children for their protection are breathtaking. I have personally experienced my heavenly Father’s defense against opponents far bigger than me, even when I didn’t deserve it. The triune God is intensely jealous of His children’s love and runs to their defense when He hears their weak call for help. He is honored by those standing nearby, watching to see what God will do, when He thunders a warning and reaches out to lift the tormented one to safety.

Our God is an awesome God, worthy to be trusted as little children trust their parents. Thank you, Lord God, for Your gentle loving care when we are weak and helpless. Your tenderness and mercy are overwhelming. You leave me wordless!

 

Cheap Grace

The Christian journey is meant to be a turn from selfish pursuits to selfless sacrifice. While Christian maturity doesn’t happen all at once, salvation is a definite turn from one to the other. When Christianity is merely status it is not what Jesus intended it to be. Jesus did not intend following Him to be comfortable. In Luke 14:26 He said His followers should “hate” father and mother and even their own lives. In Luke 14:27 He admonished potential followers to think seriously about the cost of following Him.

Culture influences how people think about God’s Word. Too often culture shapes people’s concept of who God is and His expectations for them.

Christianity is not about a list of dos and don’ts. It is not about a name but a relationship. It is not a declaration but a transformation. Jesus made it very clear about what He expects from His followers who seek status, who are halfhearted, indecisive, irresolute, tepid, uncommitted.

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold,  I will vomit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16-17

Jesus rebuked five of the seven churches John wrote to in the Book of Revelations. He strongly disagreed with the idea that Christians need never again to repent. Far from believers being unaccountable for their sins, they must answer to Jesus for their disobedience.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. II Cor. 5:10

As Jesus was preparing to go back to Heaven He promised that the Holy Spirit would come and that He would teach believers all things and remind them of everything Jesus had said to them (John 14:26). Why would the Holy Spirit remind Jesus’ followers of His words if they were no longer necessary? In fact, in Mark 13:31Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”

I John is a brief letter to believers. I John 1:9 begins with the word “If”.

If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We confess and repent to establish and maintain an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father and His only Son, Jesus.

The idea that one can have Jesus as Savior but not necessarily as Lord is a concept of carnal Christianity. As long as one makes a profession of Christianity, obedience to Jesus’ commands to live a life of holiness is unnecessary. Those who advocate for carnal Christianity distinguish the call to salvation from a call to discipleship.

However, salvation is a call to discipleship.  One cannot have Jesus as Savior without also acknowledging Him as Lord.

The New Testament uses the word for “Lord” (kurios) 748 times, and 667 of those times it is used in reference to God or Jesus (e.g., “Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 1:4). In contrast, the New Testament uses the word for “savior” (soter) only 24 times. It seems clear that the emphasis in the New Testament is on Jesus Christ as Lord, not as Savior. Now in saying that, it is not meant to downplay or denigrate the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross. What a glorious and gracious provision God has made for His people in providing Jesus Christ as our atoning sacrifice who thereby guarantees salvation and eternal life for those who believe in Him. Jesus Christ is most certainly our Savior, but this cannot be separated from the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord, and as Lord, He commands and we obey.

Jesus told a crowd of listeners that salvation and obedience go hand in hand: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).

Jesus’ Frightening Warning

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does (present tense; speaks of direction not perfection. Speaks of obedience as a servant would obey their “master” or adonai) the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many (not just a few!) will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ (Notice He does not dispute their claims) And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart (present imperative) from Me, you who practice lawlessness (present tense).’ (Mt 25:41; 2Th 1:8, 9, 10)

 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2). Salvation by grace alone through faith alone is so much more than simply mouthing the words “Jesus is Lord.” We are saved by a living and active faith (James 2:14-26), a faith that manifests itself in repentance, obedience and love of God and our neighbor. Salvation is not a transaction; it’s a transformation. Paul says it best when he says we are “new creations” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is nothing “cheap” about grace!

Honoring the Bible

When the Bible is not honored, as in American institutions of higher education, there are strongholds of racism, gender bias, extreme competition, dishonor of life (abortion, euthanasia), dishonor of marriage (sexual perversion), etc.

Where there is NO Bible, all of the above exist in addition to diseases of filth, violence in the streets, filthy social and personal habits, lack of sanitation (flies,  fleas and lice, vermin), illiteracy, hunger from poor farming practices, demon possession, mental illness, misuse of personal, social and political power.

Faith in God the Creator and prayer to Him sanctifies a nation. The most Christian  countries in the world are also the most advanced. That includes both Israel and the United States of America.

Those who have traveled abroad have had the experience of searching for a clean toilet, clean food, gasping for air in crowded conditions, observing the mentally ill thrashing alongside busy roads, fortune tellers sitting along sidewalks doing a good business, meeting people who fear authorities who misuse their power for their own purposes, etc. I have seen all these things while living and working abroad.

From her infancy the Christian church has experienced constant attack. But political and physical persecution failed to stop or even slow the rapid increase of converts. However, with acceptance politically and socially, the church began to encounter attacks from within of division, worldliness, heresy, and pagan religions. That condition continues down to the present, but external persecution is realizing  a resurgence as well.

The answer to this situation is not to abandon one’s faith but to increase one’s  respect for God’s Word as the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament admonishes. It is deeply gratifying to observe the ground swell of new passionate believers following Jesus. The increase of believers ministering healing both physically and emotionally, working miracles, signs and wonders is exciting. Being on the receiving end of some of these events beggars description!

The writer of the Book of Hebrews 10:35-39 urged believing Jews to not abandon their faith in Jesus when persecution came. Compromise is to lose one’s intimate relationship with Jesus and still possibly not escape persecution.

Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not  delay. But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him]; and if he draws back[shrinking in fear] My soul has no delight in him. But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God  through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul.

 On the other hand, Jesus will never abandon His followers. Hebrews 12:1-4 (AMP).

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet struggled to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;

Encounter with My Bridegroom

I have been having moving encounters with my Bridegroom. They are intensely intimate and I am reduced to streaming tears. What does my Beloved have in mind? We stand before each other totally vulnerable with not so much as a silk scarf between us. We have no boundaries – either of us. If I come into His presence with anything on my mind other than Him, we can’t enjoy intimacy. He is supremely Lord or the relationship is suspended until I come into unity with Him. He reminds me that He wants a Bride that is without spot or wrinkle. That is not negotiable. He will not be unequally yoked with His Bride.

Today when He came to me, I was wordless, overcome with His majesty, gentleness and self-restraint. I was reduced to weeping and trembling in His loving presence. At last, unable to resist His fervor, I slipped into a peaceful sleep for a couple of hours although it was still morning.

Fully His Bride

As I allow Jesus to help me surrender my earthly identity, the Holy Spirit opens  my eyes to what God sees me as. In a vision I saw myself as His Bride. I was small and no light came from within me. But as Jesus prayed for me and loved me  passionately but oh, so gently, I began to grow. I gained trust in Him as He poured Himself into me day after day so patiently and respectfully. He treasures me! Our relationship was sacred to me as I honored Him as Lord of lords.   At last I  stood fully His height and a blue light shone out from within my breast, purely and spotlessly His equal. My body was transparent, glowing in glory, beauty and dignity.

The scene shifted. What an incredible sight as I gazed at her, His Bride, as described in His Word (Rev. 19:8). The Bride’s gown appeared to be pale blue linen which billowed gracefully as she moved to greet her Beloved.

Jesus will never be unequally yoked. But as we obey Him, He will continue His  miraculous creativity in bringing us to Himself in holiness and the most  thorough purity.

He Who began a good work in you will continue developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Phil. 1:6

See Transparency of the Bride October 29, 2017