Friday, November 16, 2012

Bride of Christ

It takes a lot of work to prepare a bride. There are so many details, so much to do, so many things to get "right". There is the nails, the massage, the hair, the perfumes, the under garments, the the dress, the jewelry, the shoes, the veil and that is just the bride's attire nothing to do with the actual wedding. 

We are the bride of Christ. Each of us individually but also the body as a whole. What are you doing to prepare yourself? The rest of the body? 

James 3:13-18 (NIV1984)

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Are the brides and the bridesmaids fighting? Has the marriage supper of the lamb become a free for all? Or, are we performing as eunuchs preparing the bride to be fit for her king?

Jane Harmon:
Have you seen or met someone who has accurate revelations but their words are harsh, cutting, presumptuous, prideful or inappropriate? Are you having trouble in your soul realm?

Proverbs 21:23 (NIV1984)

23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue
    keeps himself from calamity.

How many times does God warn us to keep our words sweet? Remember the bitter/sweet water out of the same well? Avoid evil gossip, slander, back-biting, tale bearing---guard your words.

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV1984)

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

How are we preparing for the bride?

Is your intercession preparing each detail?


  1. Love this Sally. This is where we see the importance of relational discipleship. Without people helping us see what is out of place or needs adjustment we will not be able to get ready for the wedding alone. I love how Esther shows all that is entailed in preparation for a marriage to a king. Its amazing to me how even those outside of covenant are involved and instrumental in the process. It seems that intercession is more about the investment in others rather than focus on self-improvement. The quality of intimacy and devotion is what prepares our life. But its others who help hold up the mirror during the process

  2. Rob--thank you for your comment--you always get to the heart of what I was trying to say. Your last line completely sums it up. Thank you for always bless me.

  3. So good! I really enjoy reading your posts.