Tag: Bride of Christ

A willing servant and bride!

Scripture reading for January 14th:  Genesis 24-25, Mark 9, Psalm 4

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 24:57-60 “They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.”  And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?”  She said, “I will go.”  So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.  And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him!””

Mark 9:34-35  “But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  And He  sat down and called the twelve.  And He said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  

God uses humble servants who willingly go and fulfill His will.  Jesus’ disciples were arguing about which one was the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thinking called them to sit down and explained a principle of the kingdom illustrated by Abraham’s servant in going to seek Issac’s bride and illustrated by Rebecca.  Abraham’s servant obeyed his master and humbly went to a strange land, depending on God to help him find the bride.  The bride simply said, “I will go.”  What a blessing was spoken of coming greatness!  If you want to be first, be a willing servant.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus thank You for these examples of godly men and women and for Your powerful teaching of truth.  Help me to keep a servant’s heart as I go out into the world in obedience to your command to call the bride of Christ!  Give me those who would respond like Rebecca!

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

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A Wife given to adultery!

Scripture reading for September 5th: Hosea 1-3

Hosea was a unique prophet called by God to let his whole life, marriage, and his children become a prophetic word to God’s people.  Hosea was told by God to marry an adulterous woman named Gomer.  God’s plan was to show Israel how they behaved toward Him and give them a visual picture of His love for them. (Hosea 1:2)  His children’s names also would speak to God’s people of their spiritual condition.

Hosea married Gomer and took her as his wife.  She conceived and bore him a son.  The Lord told Hosea to call the son “Jezreel”, because He was going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel and put an end to the kingdom of Israel.  (Hosea 1:4)  Gomer also had two daughters and they were also named by the Lord.  One was Lo-Ruhamah which meant “no love left” and the other was “Lo-Ammi” which meant “not my people”.  God was telling the Israelites about a coming judgment on their nation because of their adultery against Him.  He wanted them to be reminded every time they saw the prophet and his family of their own state and God’s word spoken through those children’s names. (Hosea 1:4-8)

As we read this prophet’s story,  we must look in our own hearts for spiritual adultery and idolatry!  (Hosea 2:5-6)  Have we turned away from loving God with all our hearts?  Have we run after the things of this world and trusted in our own strength and abilities rather than God?   Do we belong to Him alone?

As Hosea was commanded to take back his unfaithful wife and buy her back from her adulterous lovers, so God has done the same for us!  (Hosea 3:1-2)  Christ died to deliver us from slavery to demonstrate His love for us! (Romans 5:8)   Hosea also told Gomer to leave her life of adultery and he would live with her.  Today, God tells us to depart from sin and live a holy life or we won’t see the Lord!  (1st Peter 1:14-15)

Jesus Christ is coming back for His Bride, the Church!  She will be a glorious Bride, without spot or wrinkle, clothed in the white linen of His righteousness!  Check your life today and check your robes!  Your loving Husband could come today!

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The wise woman!

Scripture reading for July 13th: Proverbs 30-31

As Proverbs comes to it’s conclusion, it ends with emphasis on the godly wife and mother.  Wisdom was a virtuous woman in several locations in Proverbs. (Proverbs 8 and 9:1-12) The opposite of this virtuous woman was another woman, “Folly”.  (Proverbs 9:13-18) Folly was a prostitute and lacked sense.  She wouldn’t stay at home and was often on the prowl.  Her door led to death and many were the number she had slain!  (Proverbs 7:26-27)

Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the wife of noble character.  This description of the noble wife has stood as a pattern for women throughout the ages of godliness and righteous living.  This godly wife was a worker and trustworthy. (Proverbs 31:11-17)  She got up and was busy providing for the needs of her household.  She cared for the poor and needy with her excess.  She was thoughtful for the future and planed ahead.  She clothed her children with scarlet and her husband was honored in the city gate.  She spoke with wisdom and clothed herself with dignity and strength.  Her children and husband blessed her!  She feared the Lord and will be rewarded at the city gate!

This woman is also like the Bride of Christ!  The “Bride” is a worker and faithful to  Jesus Christ.  The Bride is busy and cares for the needs of the household of faith.  She provides garments of scarlet–coverings of the Blood over all her true children!  She reaches out to the poor and needy with gracious giving.  She is mindful of the future return of the Bridegroom and makes preparations and is assured that She will be ready!  She speaks with wisdom and is clothed by her Husband with dignity and strength!  Her children and Husband honor her!  She will receive her reward at the city gate and Her works will praise Her–The New Jerusalem!

I thank God for the godly women in my life that have modeled Christ’s character to me.  I thank God for the Church of Jesus Christ!  The Church also models godly wisdom to the world as we work diligently for the Master!  He is coming soon!

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The Godly Wife!

Scripture reading for July 12th: Proverbs 30-31

As Proverbs comes to it’s conclusion, it ends with emphasis on the godly wife and mother.  Wisdom was personified as a virtuous woman in several other places in Proverbs. (Proverbs 8 and 9:1-12) The opposite of this virtuous woman was another woman, “Folly”.  (Proverbs 9:13-18) Folly was a prostitute and lacked sense.  She wouldn’t stay at home and was often on the prowl.  Her door led to death and the grave and many were the number she had slain!  (Proverbs 7:26-27)

But Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the wife of noble character.  This description of the noble wife has stood as a pattern for women throughout the ages of godliness and righteous living.  This godly wife is a worker and is trustworthy. (Proverbs 31:11-17)  She is up and busy providing for the needs of her household.  She cares for the poor and needy with her excess.  She is thoughtful for the future and plans ahead.  She clothes her children with scarlet and her husband is honored in the city gate.  She speaks with wisdom and is clothed with dignity and strength.  Her children and husband bless her and honor her!  She fears the Lord and will be given her reward at the city gate!

This woman is also like the Bride of Christ!  The “Bride” is a worker and is faithful and trusted by Jesus Christ.  The Bride is busy and cares for the needs of the household of faith.  She provides garments of scarlet–coverings of the Blood over all her true children!  She reaches out to the poor and needy with gracious giving.  She is mindful of the future return of the Bridegroom and makes preparations and is assured that She will be ready!  She speaks with wisdom and is clothed by her Husband with dignity and strength!  Her children and Husband honor her!  She will receive her reward at the city gate and Her works will praise Her–The New Jerusalem!

What a great day we live in!  Thank God for godly women in your life–wives and mothers!  Thank Him for being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ, His holy Bride!   Let’s stay busy and working for the day of His appearing is coming quickly!  This is true and godly wisdom!

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