THE BRIDAL PARADIGM
“I believe we need a paradigm shift once again among God’s people with regard to prayer. In the activity addicted, performance-oriented entity that is the Church, we have largely lost sight of the experiential intimacy with Jesus to which we have been called, and we need a restoration of that understanding. The new perspective makes room for believers to define their lives before God not on the basis of what they do for Him, but on the basis of the declarations of His ravished heart as the Heavenly Bridegroom.
“We need a shift in the way we read the Scriptures, with a resultant shift in our theological thinking and ultimately a shift in the way we relate to Jesus, to ourselves, and to what we do in His Name. Our experience of the Christian life needs to be deepened and changed. The path the Holy Spirit is opening into this deeper experience is the way of intimacy with Jesus as our Bridegroom.” (Gary Wiens, Bridal Intercession, Oasis House, 2001, p. 22.)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
|Born Again but bound|
John 11:43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior we become what the Bible calls “Born Again”. To be “born again” is the process of regeneration by which God renews the human heart, making it alive when it was dead.
Regeneration is necessary we are all descendants of Adam and Eve and have inherited their sin. Because of this we are morally unable to do what is good. Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church that people are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. In this state, they are without God and without hope in the world. Not in response to their merit, but freely and in love, God speaks the word that raises the dead.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from death and called him to come forth, the Word tells us that Lazarus was still bound in grave clothes. What does this mean? It means Lazarus was still wrapped in cloth like a mummy and would not have been able to walk or function properly
|Still in bondage to the past|
Loose him and let him go!
|He has been made free|
Song of Solomon
Although Solomon composed 1,005 songs (1 Kings 4:32), the one before us from his gifted pen was in a class by itself, which he named, “The Song of Songs,” meaning a very excellent song, or the most surpassing of his Songs. Because of the sexual atmosphere of this song, or poem, there have been those writers who have protested against its inclusion in Holy Writ, not only because of its love content, but also because it is destitute of any declared divine name or truth. Solomon’s “Song” is not simply an oriental love poem, full of exquisite beauty and charm, set amid beautiful pastoral scenes. It is also the portrayal of a lovely yet lowly maiden from her northern home who could not be swayed by the wealth and splendor of a gorgeous court life. She loved her beloved for what he was, not had, and gave him all her love, and was adverse to his sharing his love with any other woman.
Immersed in polygamy as Solomon was, and which in his heart, he knew to be against God’s law, it may be that he wrote this Song as a protest against an almost universal practice, and as a portrayal of the purity and constancy of a pure woman’s love and of the ideal relationship God ordained for a man and a woman. Today, human society is saturated, to its detriment, with lower ideals of free love, loose practices and easy divorces. The attractive Shulamite impressed upon the ladies (?) of the court her love and loyalty to the one man who had wooed and won her heart. That she triumphed can be gathered from her confident confession, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is towards me,” and many waters could not quench such singular love. Spiritual minds all down the ages have seen in this remarkable Song a symbol of the new union and communion existing between Christ and His true church—His Bride.
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Friday, May 15, 2015
The faithfulness of God is true and has been proven many times. In the Holy Scriptures, we can see that God is faithful and His Word is true. Hebrews 6:18 says God cannot lie, nor can He break an unconditional promise that He says He will fulfill. Every covenant He made is kept. Every promise or foretelling has or will come true. Testimony after testimony of God’s faithfulness is certainly found throughout the Bible and is still given in testimonies by people today.
In fact, accounts of covenants between God and His people can be found approximately 277 times in the Bible. Deuteronomy 7:9 says “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."