Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Are You an Apathetic Bride?


Believers, there’s a wedding coming. Are YOU getting ready? I had a really vivid dream this past month and I want to share it with you.

I was a bride getting ready on her wedding day. I wasn't very excited about getting married and wasn't even sure I wanted to wash my hair. I could see that my hair wasn’t fresh and was almost greasy. I asked a friend if she thought I should wash it. She said, I think you really should.

Someone came and got me from my dressing room to do pre-wedding pictures. And NO ONE was ready to do pictures. I was really irritated!
END OF DREAM

As a friend and I prayed about an interpretation later, she had some great wisdom. She said, "Your dream is about the Church and how apathetic they are being about getting ready for the Bridegroom."

Ouch!! There is a sting to that interpretation. After all that Jesus has done for us, after all that He has warned us would happen at the end of days, we are still not truly getting ready.

Who would even think to not wash their hair on their wedding day? Honestly in the dream it was because I was being lazy and didn’t want to go to the extra effort. Washing my hair in the dream was a parallel to washing our minds and renewing them in holiness. This is exactly what we are doing. We are being lazy about renewing our minds. We are conforming to the pattern of this world.


It really broke my heart to think that this is how Christ’s Bride is behaving. He gave His life for us. He suffered cruelly, was abandoned by everyone, allowed Himself to be mocked and spit on. They nailed Him to a tree that He created and plunged a sword into His side to make sure He was dead. He did this to redeem us out of the clutches of death so that we could one day be with Him. And this is how we repay Him? By halfheartedly preparing to be His Bride?

We desperately need to pray to be delivered from our apathy and our lack of enthusiasm! He is worthy of so much more than we are giving Him. Are we going to begin to set aside our earthly lives and prepare our hearts for the wedding?

We need to renew our minds!!

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind...

Are you willing to turn the TV off for an hour in the evening in order to pray and study more? Are you willing to prepare your children by having them play one less sport so you can spend more time with them, training them in the things of the Lord? Are you willing to wake up earlier, stay up later, give up your lunch time in order to spend more time with God?

Are you willing to humble yourself and spend time allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of things that need to change in your heart and mind? We must know the truth about where we stand if we are going to give the Lord the Bride He deserves.

It is unfortunate that many believers who are called to be the Bride will simply not do the work required to get ready. If believers refuse to get ready they will still live for eternity in heaven, but instead of being the Bride they will end up being guests at the wedding.

Rev 19:7-9 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God."

Are you going to be the part of the Church that is the Bride of Christ? Or are you going to be a guest at the wedding?

If your desire is to be the Bride – then I submit these words to you as a word of prophecy from the Lord…

     "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:14-16

If anything in this world fascinates you more than God - then you don't have what God wants you to have. - Smith Wigglesworth


2 comments:

  1. Powerful teaching! Thank you for being used of God my sister. Thinking deeply, I contrasted the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 with the non-virtuous one of Proverbs 14 and likened the two to Matthew 25:1-13, the wise and foolish virgins.It describes the consummation of the Kingdom of Heaven which takes place when Jesus returns. Yes, a great day is coming; a day when those in the kingdom will find themselves in two different groups - those who prepared themselves and faithfully watched for His coming and those who were not prepared!

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    1. Great thoughts Michelle! Thank you for sharing.
      It is deeply sobering to think of being one of the foolish virgins.
      To wait all of that time and then to be left behind would be terrible. May we be prepared and finish well!

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