|Source: We Believe 2016|
Song of Solomon 5 tells us that the Shalamite woman heard a knocking at her door but she was sleepy and slow to get off her bed, when she did eventually get off her bed and open the door her lover was gone. I pray that Holy Spirit will help the Bride of Christ to never be sleepy; Revelation 3:2 ‘Wake up!’ I pray that we will be wide awake and always ready with extreme excitement for when our lover returns. Imagine the excitement of a newly married couple coming together for the first time on their wedding night. I believe that they would be so focused on one another that nothing from the world would distract them from their night of intimacy. What an even greater honour and privilege for the Bride of Christ Jesus, to be in a intimate relationship with the beloved son of God Almighty, to Love Him, to Praise Him and to have fellowship with Him.
The marriage covenant is so important to God that it is woven through the pages of the Bible from the book of Genesis right through to the book of Revelation. The goal of a covenant marriage is to Glorify God and exemplify Christ to the world. Jesus makes it crystal clear that if we are to be His Bride we have to give up this life; Luke 9:23-24 ‘Then he said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it’. Jesus will not tolerate anything coming before him; Matthew 10:37 ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’. Jesus even warns us of the cost of following Him where He tells us in Matthew 10:22-23 that we will be hated by this world just like He was hated. We are also warned in Revelation 2:10 that persecution is coming, but we must stay strong and not conform to this world (Romans 12:2). We should know with confidence that we are born again of water and of the Spirit; John 3:5 ‘Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit’.
The Living Holy Word of God warns us so many times that Jesus will return for His bride like a thief in the night; Revelation 3:3 ‘Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you’. It is therefore our responsibility to be ready at a fraction of a moments notice.
Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit I pray that you will continue to protect your Church on earth so that everything we do brings Glory to your Name. Help us to always have the oil in our lamps (Matthew 25 1-13). Use us to be the beautiful feet of Jesus that bring the Good News to this world and let the people know that one day soon and very soon we are going to see the King. Thank you God Almighty for loving and protecting your children and thank you for the incredible gift of your beloved son Jesus. We love and adore you with all our hearts. Amen.
Songs of Solomon 8:6 ‘Place me like a seal over your heart…….’.
Author: Christina O’Neill
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