“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Matthew 18:19-20
There have been many positive changes in my life since I began Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God. Over the past year, I have continued to grow spiritually, increase materially and change physically- lost 30 lbs and I no longer have high blood pressure! The path is an ongoing process as I do not think you “arrive”; you just go higher and higher in Him.
One area that has been a challenge for me: People. I am not one to migrate to large groups or cliques so I tend to be careful about whom I engage one on one. I attended corporate prayer at my church this weekend and the prayer minister asked that we join hands with someone to share a prayer that we have on our heart. I watched everyone pair up and planned to continue to pray on my own. I noticed a man that I had never seen before and I felt a familiar scratchy feeling in my spirit (haven’t figured out how to describe it yet) that inspired me to go to him. As I shared my prayer, the man squeezed my hand. When it was his turn to share, he had a similar request. After we prayed he said, “Maybe The Lord sent you over here because we are praying about the same thing”.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
On Monday, the concern that I had prayed about was resolved. I believe my answer was resolved quickly because of my obedience to that “scratchy feeling” that inspired to me “touch and agree”. Most of all, I believe it was a demonstration of the Word of God in action.
It is up to us to activate the Word!!!
Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed an increase in search visits regarding consistency. Interestingly, I have been in prayer about this aspect of the path in recent days.
Perhaps the Holy Spirit is moving in this area.
For in him [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.17 He is before all things and in him all things hold together.
Consistency is that which strengthens our faith. It is as we walk this path daily, moment by moment, that we are knit together in Christ, as the Bride, advancing in the things of God. Consistently praying, praising, pursuing purity and practicing His presence; it is cultivating the seeds planted in the spirit. As a practitioner, I have noticed how a lack of consistency in one area impacts all. If I pray on again, off again because I am so busy with life, I find life becomes busier. As I become overwhelmed with the busy-ness, I’m too frustrated to be thankful and nothing seems quite praiseworthy. If I am striving, without praise, it is so much easier to snap off than speak peacefully and the pursuit of purity is like trying to untangle string. Get the picture?
The idea is to be aware, keeping tabs on where you are in your inner life. Something as random as stomping your toe on the way out of the house is a good signal that you may need to check where you are. There is a reason behind the pain in your throbbing toe. You don’t stomp your toe every day, do you? If so, an intervention is pending!
Take a day off or at least a few hours and have a spiritual retreat.
Remove yourself from noise, clutter, anything that could distract your peace.
Take this time to get your Soul Train back on its rails!
Where have you been missing it? Who or what has you off course?
After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.”
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful people lay hold of it!
What does it mean to “Walk as the Bride in the Kingdom of God”? It is a mindset, a pathway to the higher things in Christ. It is a journey of discovery, of growing in intimacy with God, through Christ in you!
The beauty treatments we have covered up to this point are:
Practice the Presence of God
Beauty of Holiness
The Mind of Christ
The order is relative to the individual as these tenets are practiced continuously. Some steps may need more attention than others, it depends. The Holy Spirit knows and (s)he will guide you.
I cannot make definitive statements as to outcomes because I think it is according to the will of God for each individual that practices this path. This entire process, including the title “Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God” was given to me in dreams, inspirations from spiritual teachers and wisdom gained from age old writings of Hebrew and Christian thought that I have been introduced to over the past 20 years. I am a messenger. My directive? “Walk as the Bride in the Kingdom of God and write about it”.
Our 9th guidepost is Consistency.
* “One day as I was sitting at my typewriter typing notes and listening to tapes typing notes and listening to tapes, I read Mark 11:23.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.
Suddenly, the truth of that last phrase just jumped out at me. And the Lord spoke to my heart and said, In consistency lies the power. He was telling me it’s not just the words you speak when you pray that change things, it’s the words you speak all the time”!
* Gloria Copeland
The imagery of marriage is often used in the Holy Scriptures to describe our union with God. In the Book of Esther, the opening chapters describe the path that Esther walked and how she was chosen to be Queen, receiving the full benefits of the Kingdom. Spiritually, this is an experience that we can have, which will move us beyond the commonplace into the fullness of Christ.
John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete (John 3:27-29 NIV).
These ‘beauty treatments’ are what I call “Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God”.
Our 8th treatment is the Mind of Christ.
Have you ever noticed how people who spend a lot of time together begin to mirror each other? Recently, I had the pleasure of dining with a young married couple, who are very much in love. The husband often finished his wife’s sentences as if he was inside her head. His wife seemed to know her husband’s every desire, including ordering to exact specifications the way her husband’s steak should be cooked. They spend so much time together; it is as if they are becoming one person.
This phenomenon comes to be for us also, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, preparing us for our Bridegroom, Christ Jesus.
How did Esther gain the advantage to be selected over the maidens taken from around the Kingdom to go before the King? Hegai, the King’s chamberlain was asked to oversee their preparations to be chosen as bride by the King. A chamberlain was one who managed the household of a monarch or noble. He was the “right hand” man to the King. In our story it says that Hegai had the custody of the women. So it is safe to say he knew what the King liked. Esther (then known as Hadassah) found favor with Hegai over all of the maidens presented to him. We know from the earlier description that Esther was very beautiful but that was to be expected of all the maidens brought to the palace for this opportunity. There is also a spiritual dynamic woven into the picture of who Hegai was. Or is it who it is he may represent? The Holy Spirit whom Jesus Christ spoke of and later asked of the Father to be sent to us is a type of “Right Hand” Man. He makes the Word of The Lord known to our spirits. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us- if we are listening. He makes all things known to us (John 16:13 NIV). It is the Holy Spirit who directs us to walk in the things of God, helping us to become more”attractive” to the Light.
What set Esther apart to be favored by the King’s chamberlain?, I wondered. What will set me apart and make me attractive to the Holy Spirit? We have the Holy Spirit within us if we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. Which brings us to this point in our journey-Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life? Do you understand that Our Heavenly Father gave HIS Son Jesus as a representative of the Father to demonstrate HIS Love for us? Do you believe that taking your SELF off of the throne of your life and placing Jesus Christ upon that throne will not only save you from a future darkness but He came that you may have an abundant life in the present? If the answers are yes, fantastic. Just checking! If not, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life.
“Lord Jesus, come into my life to help me to live the abundant life that you came to provide for me. I believe you walked this earth to demonstrate the Father’s love for me and to direct me to the Highest and Best in God for my life. Today I accept the Father’s precious gift and I receive you as Lord and Savior”.
That’s it. Things are about to change!