I am still processing. One thing that really hit me is that God is going to return--VERY SOON--and He is coming back for a bride that is to be prepared for that return.
A bride that is not found wrapped up in the arms of another lover....... when He holds out His hand and bids her--COME!
I have said before ......... I know and fear -as a bride-we are not ready.
I can evaluate my own life and say that I am not without wrinkle or blemish.
Ephesians 5:26-28 (King James Version)
26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
We want to wear the label--CHRISTIAN-because it is our ticket to heaven--but have we truly put ourselves on the altar as a sacrifice unto God?
Are we walking away from a world that says they believe in God but don't believe in the TRUTH and POWER of God? We don't believe that God truly has the power to make for Himself a perfect bride. So we will just live the way we want till we get to heaven.
2 Timothy 3:4-6 (King James Version)
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
I have thought in the past, Well, I may not be perfect but one day God is going to come for me and I will be perfect as He is perfect. That is part truth. But, if you go back and read the verse in Ephesians, Jesus is coming back for a bride that is without spot, wrinkle. A HOLY bride.
That should make us think.
Am I............ Holy and without blemish?
Now, the most common response to this would be--Well, the blood has made me Holy and with out blemish in the sight of God. True--in part. But, can I sit down here and live the way I want to live and sin the way I want to sin and still think God is looking at me as
Holy and without blemish?
I don't think so.
If that was the case then why in Ephesians 5: 26- would Jesus be about the work of cleaning up His bride by the washing of the word?
When is the last time that you allowed Jesus to go about the work of
sanc·ti·fy --from the dictionary
1. to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
2. to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
3. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
4. to entitle to reverence or respect.
5. to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.
This is not something we can do ourselves. This is the work of Jesus through the word and the Holy Spirit.
If we try and do it ourselves we become no different than the Pharisees. We become a religious organism instead of the living word of God here on the earth.
This is stuff we have all heard before. But, I pray that this time we would allow the Holy Spirit to shine a light on our insides. Let Him show you the hidden spots and blemishes that our enemy keeps us from seeing. He is the deceiver-that is his job. So we can all admit that we have been deceived at one time or another in our life. The important thing is that we allow the Spirit to show us that deception.
Remember--man (that is us) looks on the outside and thinks "hmmmm, not bad".
But, God looks deep into our inner man. He is coming for a bride without spot or blemish or wrinkle. Ask Him to show you what that means . Then ask Him to get you ready for the coming of your groom.
Let us not be found in the arms of another lover.