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January 28, 2003

Preparation of the Bride

Gina Tanner

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. Rev 19:7

My entire perspective on being the Bride of Christ has changed as a result of revelation from the book of Esther. Many in the Church today are waiting for their beloved Bridegroom to come and take them away. In reality, Christ is waiting on His Bride to make herself ready!! He has been waiting patiently because He so much desires us even more than we desire Him.

What bride, in the natural, would show up on her wedding day having made no prior preparations for the event, except for a verbal commitment to the groom to be present? Many have made a verbal commitment to the Lord, but are they continually “making themselves ready” for the marriage? Would our Lord desire for His Son to be married to one who has not prepared herself?

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev 21:2-3

What is the preparation? God clearly shows us in the book of Esther.

King Ahasureus (Christ) is having a feast in the third year (third day - NOW) of his reign. This feast is symbolic of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is to be fulfilled in the end-time church. On the seventh day (NOW!) the King calls for his queen, Vashti (church at large) to come to the feast, but she refuses and even has a separate feast of her own! This represents the church at large, lovely to look at from the outside, but refusing to come into the fullness of Christ, the Feast of Tabernacles. She is wanting a life in both worlds - living in the palace but being disobedient. He even sent seven eunuchs, representing the seven spirits of God (fullness) to bring her, but she refused! In verse 19 of chapter one we see the King “giving her royal position to another who is better” (removing the candlestick), to the Bride Church.

In chapter 2, the King is gathering all the virgins(all those with potential of becoming the Bride) to His kingdom. As Matthew tells us, many are called, but few are willing to pay the price to be chosen. Why was Esther chosen Queen instead of any of the other virgins, and how can we be chosen as part of the Bride?

In verse 4 we are told that the young woman who pleases the King will be chosen. In Hebrews 11:5, Enoch pleased God by faith.

5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Faith involves surrender and active obedience....

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Romancing Your King

Bonita Chapman

Pure hearts – what is a pure heart? What do you consider to be a pure heart? What do I consider to be a pure heart? When you think of a "pure heart", do you think in terms of sinlessness in that heart? Most of you do, and that is part of it. But in My eyes, a pure heart is so much more!

In My eyes, a pure heart is simply this: a heart that loves ME – first, foremost, passionately and wholeheartedly! A pure heart is one that is turned to Me in adoration and submission at all times. A pure heart ROMANCES YOUR KING!

I am so jealous of your love! More than following rules, more than your "pattern of living", a heart that romances Me fills Me with unquenchable joy and never-ending tenderness. Why was David, My faithful one, always singing about my lovingkindness and tenderness? It’s because he had a heart that romanced Me. He spent time just thinking of Me and singing to Me, out of sheer love for Me!

Are you too busy to romance your King? Surely not! Are you too "strait-laced" to love Me so abundantly and unashamedly that others might call you "strange" or even worse? Should that even matter to you? Surely not, for I placed My love in you when you first turned to Me. I placed in you also the seed of the fullness of your love for Me! You CAN love me as I desire you to because I Myself placed that desire and ability within you. When I bring you home, you will spend eternity romancing Me, loving Me purely and completely, without restraint! Even as you fulfill all I have for you here, you will rejoice and bow down and adore Me with full and complete love – a love that goes well beyond in intensity the sterile, pallid, "spiritual" so-called love that many view as the "love of God."

But I tell you, My love for YOU and your love for ME is not pallid or weak in any way, but is strong and passionate, putting any of your world’s so-called "great romances" to shame! My desire is for you to begin NOW to learn to walk in this strong and passionate love, that you would begin NOW to romance Me, your King, as I have always romanced you.

Open your heart to Me in a new way and allow that seed of love to grow into a glorious plant in full bloom, a plant of great beauty and of delicious fragrance, delighting My eye, and filling my nostrils with the sweet smell of your delight in Me. Do not be afraid – I will TEACH you how to romance Me and I will reveal to you My strong and passionate love for you.

Don’t wait for eternity to walk in this love! The benefits of loving me in this way are more than you can imagine. A heart that is inwardly always turned to Me in worship and adoration is in a place unreachable by the enemy. A life that is spent in romancing your King will thrust away the deceptions of the enemy. It will change you in ways you cannot imagine if you will let yourself go in your love for Me!

Come! Let’s share in this eternal, passionate love! Come!! ROMANCE YOUR KING!!

I Am

Daniel MacKelvey

My child it is written in my word that I AM

I Am All to you
I Am the one who will never leave even when all others abandon you.
I Am the one who knows your voice and hears your prayers
I Am the one who loves you so much that I number the hairs on your head
I Am the one who loves you even when you think that you are not lovable
I Am the one who created you.
I Am the one who knew you before you were conceived.
I Am the one who came to save you when you were lost
I Am the one that will show you the way in the darkness
I Am the one who will help you walk the narrow path
I Am all that I am all that I Am I give to you if you will trust that I Am who I say I am.

Glory and Majesty

Priscilla Van Sutphin

I have a plan. It's a good plan. It is a plan I worked out from the beginning of time. I have not abandoned MY plan. I have worked all things, and am working all things to it's fulfillment. I have not called you to abandon you or leave you behind. I AM that I AM. I AM going to catapult you into your destinies…

In the mean time I am shining My glory on you to expose what is hidden in your hearts that you did not know was there. I'm not doing it to condemn you. I am not angry with you or surprised when you can't do what you want to do. I am all-knowing and a Wise Father who gives good gifts to His children. I don't give them to you because you are perfect. I do not give them to you because you have achieved anything, or performed well. I give them to you because I LOVE YOU…and so you can show that love to others who don't know it. I am bringing you forth as gold…AS GOLD OF OPHIR.

RELIGION will be gutted from MY church. I AM turning over the tables of the money changers. I AM establishing MY kingdom, whether anyone wants to or not. I WILL have a spotless BRIDE who loves me with passion and I will pour out MY unfailing LOVE upon My Bride and she will be robed in majesty like a queen. She will be soaked with perfumes like Esther…a representation of My character. She will move mountains in MY NAME. Authorities and dominions will bow to My name and I will give you the treasures in darkness. I have many jewels strewn throughout the nations. Some of them are still set in hard rock. They have not even been plucked from the dark caves. But I will pluck them up, pull them out, cut them into perfect precious stones and polish them faster than you can imagine. They will grow by leaps and bounds nourished in My love and grace, My mercy and kindness.

Do not think to try to stop the shining of My precious jewels…as they shine with My light moving through them…there will be healing of nations…and the earth will be covered with the knowledge of My love and majesty…as the waters cover the seas, I will spread forth My MIGHTY HAND and RESTORATION will come like a flood. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise up a standard against him. YOU are that standard I will raise. I WILL give you VOICE. I WILL give you My power and authority with which to trample the works of the enemy in the lives of those I love.

It's time My children…IT'S TIME TO SHINE ! COME to ME, that I may pour in all you need…Do not hesitate. There is no defense against forgiveness and humility that the enemy can muster. LOVE ONE ANOTHER as I HAVE LOVED YOU ! Those who lead others to righteousness will shine like the stars in the heavens.

Priscilla Van Sutphin

Be Not Fearful

Bro. Yada

For those of you that are truly my children and have died to self and taken up your cross and are following me. There is nothing to fear. For I the Lord your God am with you. For it is I, saith the Lord that chooses the paths you walk in. I lead you by my Spirit and in my peace. I have taught you to hear my voice and to know my prophetic voice when you hear it. I speak to you not as my servants but as my friends that you may know my will.

Do not fear what man can and will do to many of you, but fear God your Father and he alone shall you fear. As you press in to me, as you go forth to do the will of the Father, many will hate you. Some will seek to harm you and yes even kill you. But I say to you be not fearful for I the Lord am with you even to the end of your lives here on this earth. You will live with me forever. As you have grown and revelation has come to your heart you also have come to the point to be willing to lay your lives down for your brothers. In this you have become like me.

Your training has been hard, many mistakes made along the way and you have slipped and fallen many times. But you have grown to know that it is truly not about your strength, but mine. You have learned to trust me. I have come to know that I can trust you to speak what I tell you to speak; to whom I tell you to speak and when I tell you to speak it. You know when to be silent and in this, I am pleased with you.

Because of your obedience to be doers of the word, my anointing is increasing in you. The deeper you go into the revelation of me and me in you, the deeper you will walk in my anointing. Soon you will mature to the point where you will walk the earth as I did and as the founding apostles and disciples did. Then you will have the same success as we did.

No my friend, it is not you that should be fearful, but Satan and all the enemies of your God should be walking in great fear. Your Father is sending great judgment in the earth upon the ungodly, the wicked and yes, the lukewarm believers also. But you that have chosen to receive my fire and have allowed it to purge you of all ungodliness in these days, shall shine as a great light in the earth.

You shall walk in great joy, peace and power. So I say to you, be not fearful! For I the Lord am with you even to the end of the age. Again I say, rejoice! I the Lord speak to you as my friend, my lovely bride to be; soon we shall be together forever. Make yourself ready for my coming saith the Lord!

Brother Yada

Come Into the Deep!

George G. Delo

Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? (Isaiah 50:2).

It is time to believe in the power of God to save us to the uttermost, to deliver us from the flesh and sin and transform us into the image of Christ. He is looking for a people of faith through whom He can manifest His glory and bring to completion His plans. He is looking for His glorious church to demonstrate His wonders as living examples of His transforming power. We have been crying out for more of His power and more of His Spirit all the while God is crying our for more of us. He has already given all of His power and all of His Spirit. It is there for the taking to those who will meet the conditions. It is not a matter of God giving more but rather a matter of us repositioning ourselves to receive what He a has already given. He began pouring forth His Holy Spirit 2,000 years ago and He has not stopped since. We just need to get in under the flow. When we align ourselves with Him and His will there is no limit to His presence and power. When we become willing vessels of obedience there is no limit to what He can do through us.

"Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, 'Son of man, have you seen this?' Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river" (Ezekiel 47:1-5).

Please read this passage again and notice what it is really saying. The flow of water does not increase. Ezekiel was brought through the waters. The only reason the water rises upon Ezekiel is because he is constantly moving further out into the river. The farther out he went the deeper the water was until he was consumed by the waters. This is what the Lord is looking for. We have been praying and crying out for an outpouring of His Spirit, but God has already poured out His Spirit. He is waiting for us to launch out into the deep and cast ourselves wholly on Him in absolute trust and confidence, letting Him have His way to do His work. He is waiting for a people who will step out in faith and walk on the waters of His word to set us free and form Christ in us to become the vessels of His habitation and the manifestation of His glory. We are to be the trees of His righteousness bringing healing to the nations and life to the desolate places. He has already spoken. He has already done it. We must leave the shores of complacency and comfort and launch out into the depths of His glory. We must move into the deep and become a part of the river of life that is flowing into the dead places to revitalize and renew.

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform (Romans 4:20,21).

George G. Delo
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