A number of years ago, I was asked to speak at a Retreat and the theme was “Preparing the Bride”. Below is part of the message I shared. It came back to my heart recently and I feel that it’s a current word for us. This is the final part of the message.
To recap, I have been discussing the Lord’s pursuit, provision and passion for His bride as seen in the Jewish wedding ceremony. Now why is that important for us to know? How does this understanding play a role in preparing ourselves as the Bride of Christ?
Let me unpack that this way: If we are not completely convinced about the pursuit, the provision and the passion of God for us, we will never have the faith to stand up in our authority in the heavenly places. Our identity needs to be settled now if we are to walk out the destiny that God has purchased for us. But what I’ve seen and experienced is that we’ve had it all backwards. We’ve had the mindset that we are pursuing God, trying to convince Him that we’re worthy of His love – even though we don’t usually feel like we are. Then when we blow it, as we are bound to do, we run and hide from the Lord. But we need to realize that He’s been pursuing us all this time. His passion for you came before you. Before you drew a breath, He decided to provide for you and pursue you until your heart was won over.
If we are not completely convinced regarding the amazing depths or love and provision that Jesus has given to us, we will question Him every time hardship comes, every time we can’t see the end from the beginning and every time we screw up. We will vacillate between faith and fear depending on every wind that blows in our lives. Like the bride of old, we can’t see our Groom; so we must be solidly convinced that He loves us with an unshakable love that He has provided for us even when we have done nothing deserving of such goodness.