Received on August 31st, 2009 - 4:24PM Last Updated: August 31st, 2009 - 4:24PM
The HolySpirit was showing me these two stories, which we can use to remind ourselves of what (and Who) is really important.
There were two stories of an arranged marriage.
In the first, you have been promised to this Man for your whole life. But, you continue to rebel against it because it was not your choice.
You look for other people, trying to find what you believe is "true love." But, the more that you look, the more you continue to see these other people only have one or two of the traits you desire.
As you see these traits, you begin to realize that the Man to whom you were promised in marriage has all of the traits. After all that time, you discover he was your soul-mate from the beginning!
In the second story, you have also been promised to a man in marriage. But, the closer you get to the wedding, the more you see you have nothing in common with him. As you look for ways out, a Man comes along who awakens true love inside of you. Slowly, you realize that He is the One for you, not the one you had been pressured into marrying.
The truth is that in the first story the first Man was Jesus. Everyone else was an impostor, and you now realize you were created just for Him and He is all that you desire.
In the second story, the first man was the Devil. Others had pressured you into marrying him, but you were rescued from that fate by seeing the beauty of this other Man, Who is Jesus.
No matter which story witnesses to your heart more, in both stories, the end is the same: Jesus is your answer!
He is the One with whom you can live happily ever after!
Every time you feel as though something is wrong, consider these two stories from the HolySpirit. You were created for Jesus.
Whether you feel like you are being tempted by others and need to remember He is everything you want all in one, or whether you feel like you are destined to never find love and wonder if He could be the One... He is the answer!
2For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy. For I married you to one husband, that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:2-3)
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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26He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live, and move, and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also his offspring.' (Acts 17:26-28)