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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Revelation of the Bride...

First... a little backstory:

For a couple of months now, my right eye has experienced varying stages of dimness, darkness, limited and/or obstructed sight.  The least of it - a swirling floater of aggravating dark gray in the center of my viewing line.  The worst of it - a mass of congregated blotches of solid light gray patches that block any information from coming through.  The most of it - a small, whispy swirl of black in the center and a few light gray patches with space for limited sight and a tunnel type vision surrounding.

So, yesterday I asked the Lord for the FAITH needed for my healing.  I did not receive my healing (again) and so I do not know if I received that faith, but I must assume and trust that I did because I know my prayers are heard and this is the confidence I have in, knowing that He hears me, I know I have the petitions I desire of Him.

So, today I asked the Lord for the REVELATION that will manifest my healing TODAY.  I am tired of waiting, praying, crying, begging, pleading, demanding, decreeing, declaring, stating and affirming, analyzing, and then starting all over again - all to no avail - even while knowing that the prayers of the righteous availeth much.

So, after my prayer time today - I came to the place of analyzing again.  Because - yesterday, when I prayed for faith, I was stating and affirming.  But when I woke up this morning with the darkest of the dimness fading like the slow dawn of the morning light into the lightest of the dimness - I put my mind on the word of God and thought:

"The light of the body is the eye." Luke 11:34 - it is the darkness in the body that clouds the eye.  So, what darkness was still within me?  The darkness of doubt - for sure. 

  • And doubt is a form of fear. 
  • And perfect love casts out all fear.
  • And herein is our love perfected... that as Jesus is, so am I
So, I began to remind myself, and to re-confess who I am in Christ:
  • I am the righteousness of God in Christ
  • I am adopted into the faith and inherit the promises of God
  • I am a daughter of the most high God and healing is the Children's bread
  • I am the Bride of Christ
Wait...  I AM THE BRIDE of CHRIST!  And Brides are in love.  Brides walk in the most heightened expression of love in anticipation of the wedding.  The perfect love of a bride's fiancĂ© can cast out all fear of the unknown of a marriage.

Suddenly, I forgot about my eye and the REVELATION OF THE BRIDE dawned on me like the light I was praying to dawn in my eye!

For years now, there has been a word, a phrase and a concept that has separated the traditional church from a new and emerging church that is preparing for the Lord's return.  This word, phrase and concept has separated the cold churches from the hot; the cold Believers from the hot and has been spitting out all the lukewarm in between. (See It's Spitting Time).

This word, phrase and concept is: KINGDOM
  • Preachers are preaching the Kingdom of God
  • Pastors are building the Kingdom of God
  • Believers are seeking the Kingdom of God
  • Evangelists are saving souls for the Kingdom of God
  • And I am believing for God's Kingdom, Power and Glory to be made manifest on earth - soon!
But a Kingdom mind-set is a last of the latter days mind-set.  Is it a Kingdom mind-set that prepares for the return of Jesus - Thy Kingdom COME, thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven.  It is a mind-set that should be preparing for the marriage feast like the 5 Wise Virgins.

Back then... the Bridegroom prepared the marriage feast.  And today, Jesus is preparing the marriage feast of eternity to receive unto Himself a Bride - free of spot or blemish!

But today... Brides prepare for the marriage feast - otherwise known as the wedding.  And Brides today tend to do more thinking about what the marriage than the guy does.  Unfortunately, this is NEVER if rarely anything a Christian or Believer thinks about regarding our relationship with Jesus.

But if you have received Christ as your Lord, Savior and Bridegroom - male or female - the time has come for us to come to a new revelation of Jesus - through the perspective of ourselves (the church collectively and each Believer individually) as HIS BRIDE.
  • Brides are wildly in love
  • Brides are loving and loveable
  • Brides think the best of their Bridegroom
  • Brides experience a sense of anticipation, excitement and expectation daily
  • Brides are hopeful (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Brides are faithful!
  • Brides are thoughtful and conscientious about their bridegroom
  • Brides anticipate the union and intimacy of the relationship
  • Brides anticipate the differences and benefits of the name change (literal and symbolic)
I'll bet you the 5 foolish virgins would have been BRIDEZILLAS!

We pray the prayer saying... "thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven."  But the Kingdom of God is come... for a BRIDE not a Bridezilla!

Jesus has betrothed us to Himself and only He knows the date of the Wedding Feast.  But I send you this invitation now.... will you receive the revelation and BE the Bride of Christ?

Power, Love & Peace, ya'll -
~Pastor D

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Destiny's Journey

Some journeys are well traveled roads. Common, familiar and easy. We cruise along the path oblivious to the process as we habitually turn each corner, climb each hill and break each slope. Only to arrive, blink and wonder how we managed without incident or memory of the trip.

This journey - my journey - is not like that. This journey is one of reluctance, hesitance, unsurity, insecurity and yes, a moderate amount of fear.

As I open the window for you to view my progress, you will undoubtedly come to your own conclusion based upon the progress of your own journey - and your observations will be varied.

Some might say that I am making slow but steady progress toward a clear destination. Others may say that I am floundering and wandering aimlessly down a muddy road with too many directions to choose from.

I say my journey has just begun, although it started more than 10 years ago. I say I still have such a long, long way to go, although I am teetering on the precipice of completion. I say the journey has made me weary, leery and weak, although I trudge on with a strength and endurance that is beyond me. I say the path is muddy, with many obstacles, directions and difficulties still yet to come. However, my destination is clear - crazy, unimaginable, overwhelming and clear.

When this path first appeared it was like a hazy, dirt road on a foggy day. I peered at it without knowing what it was or where it was going - then tried to ignore it as inconsequential. When the path persisted I joked as to where it might lead, then still tried to dismiss it as a path not meant for me.

It was years before the view of the path cleared and I was able to see the destination more clearly. It was absurd to think that the reality of where this path could end up would be in a place far more outlandish than even my most absurd imaginings! OK, maybe - just maybe this path ended up in a very good place - but a place still not meant for me. Definitely not me.

Why not me? Who else but me, since I was the only one to see? Please, Dear God, not me! Yes, me. This path was meant for me.

And so I watched it, argued with it, denied it and tried to imagine a life without pursuing it.

Four - no five, has it already been five? Five years ago I accepted it. I stuck out a big toe like testing the cold water of a pool - then yanked my foot back like I so often would. I wrote about it, dreamed about it, and tried it on for size in the privacy of my dressing room of life. And by the way, I still watched it, argued with it, denied it and tried to imagine a life without pursuing it.

Three - sorry, I forgot - Four years ago I made up my mind. I packed my bags, said good bye to the sanity and sanctuary of friends and family who always had thought they understood me, and I took my first hesitant and frightened step.

In these last four years I have walked, sometimes trotted, but never quite run toward a goal I think is crazy. I have stopped, I have even sat down and I have wistfully looked back to a time when I did not know and could not see what was meant for me.

But I will not stop. I packed my bags (all my baggage), and made up my mind. Armed with nothing but 2 scriptures and a great deal of hope, I continue to trudge on driven by the surity that if - just if - I happen to arrive at this awesome, fearsome destination, it will be extraordinary, phenomenal and inconceivably wonderful. This destination...

A destination, a journey to a place that is called destiny. My destiny. Destiny's purpose in life. My God given purpose.

Sometimes while we travel, we see another driver, glance in that direction and never take note or give them another thought. Perhaps that is how you will see me.

Sometimes we see another traveler and something catches our eye. We may watch a moment, muse a moment or even briefly wonder... Then they continue on their own separate way and thoughts of them fade as quickly as they do. Perhaps that will be how you see me.

Other times we get caught in traffic, bunched up with drivers because of fate. And whether we cruise along peacefully or struggle with road rage, we share a community of progress, each with our own destination. Perhaps that will be how you experience me.

And on rare occasion on our own individual roads of life, we travel a path where we encounter another driver - seemingly traveling to the same basic place. At times they follow us and then we follow them. We may take note of who they are and what they drive - possibly even read a licence plate. We'll share a moment or even a long while - silently and separately together, with maybe a glance, a smile or a brief a wave of acknowledgement. Perhaps that will be how you experience me.

I cannot say how long this path will be for me, so whether you glance and move on - never to take notice; or whether you wonder a moment at who I am and where I'm going; or whether you follow a while, smile and wave or better yet, if you decide to stay for the journey, I invite you to come along for the ride.

Please click on the "Stuff From Before" link to Destiny's Journey to make your comments.