Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?
Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2 NLT
The tenets of this path were inspired by the Book of Esther.
The beauty treatments prepared for the maidens who were to go before the king consisted of 6 months of purification with oil of myrrh and 6 months of perfumes and cosmetics. As I continue to “walk as the Bride”, I am growing in understanding as I experience it. Prayer, Praise, Purity, Practicing the Presence of God and the Beauty of Holiness are metaphorically speaking, the ingredients that detoxify our hearts and minds, to increase our capacity to receive spiritually. As we activate the 1st 5 treatments, we are being cleansed of the dead weight that we have been carrying around most of our lives. Low self-esteem, guilt, insecurities, past hurts, shame, etc.; all these and more are drawn out and burned by the fire of the Holy Spirit as we pray, praise and practice His presence in order to heal and make us new in Him.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61
Let me be clear, this walk is about Christ Jesus! The above scriptures were spoken by our Lord when he introduced his ministry on earth (Luke 4). Christ is our Bridegroom. Our growing in intimacy with God through Christ brings the reality of “Christ in you” to bear in our lives!
The cleansing water of the Word of God and the precious Blood of Jesus entitles us to partake in that which has been obtained for us. It is our intimacy, our developing relationship with the One who loves us that enables us to acquire and establish the Kingdom of Heaven within. Not head knowledge only but a true experience that can be seen and demonstrated in our lives. Thus the purpose of becoming “oaks of righteousness”, whereby those in our circle of influence may come under our shade to grow in the things of God and to establish His Kingdom in their lives.
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
“Initiatic Science regards the human being as a microcosm created
in the image of the macrocosm, the universe. And since the Lord
reigns from the highest point of the universe, in human beings
there is also a peak representing the Lord – their higher self.
So when you concentrate on the Lord to ask him to grant your
wishes, you touch the highest point of your being, and very pure,
subtle vibrations are released and spread through you, producing
highly beneficial changes. And even if you do not receive from
the Lord all that you asked for, you do gain something, some very
It is true that your request often is not granted, because from
heaven’s perspective what you are asking would not be
particularly good for you, and so it may be refused you. But your
request is useful in that you have succeeded in reaching this
peak within and so been able to release a higher power, which
spreads through you, influencing all your cells and all the
entities within, and bringing you extremely valuable elements.”
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
First, I would like to thank you for visiting. My writing is pointless without readers to receive the message.
The Walk of the Bride in the Kingdom of God consists of 10 tenets: Prayer, Praise, Purity , Practicing the Presence of God, the Beauty of Holiness, Humility, Giving, Singleness of Mind/the Mind of Christ, Consistency and Trust. We have briefly explored each Beauty treatment and I sincerely hope you have been experiencing the many benefits. Clearly these are spiritual exercises that require action, allowing us to observe our experience from the inside out. Hmmm, am I really mixing Christianity with Quantum Physics? Yes! We have previously explored the nature of the brain during prayer and it was enlightening from a scientific point of view. Now let us consider the nature of the observer and the world around us.
In Quantum Physics, things act or react based on whether or not they are being looked at or focused on.
It is attention or intention that produces results.
I am not a physicist. Nonetheless, I believe this perspective helps us understand Christ consciousness. The Bridegroom who will come for the Bride without spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27) is WONDERFUL and GLORIOUS. Moreover, the Bride accepting and receiving the Bridegroom is in itself Christ consciousness. This is the ultimate reality. It is the engine behind “ Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”(John 14:12).
The Apostle Paul says, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
The spiritual is above and beyond the natural flesh and blood world. We do not want to miss this reality as we walk as the Bride. It is the Spirit that gives life; to our hopes, our dreams, in the here and now. Too deep? Maybe, but look at it again. What do you see?
Faith is believing what we do not see and the reward for this kind of faith is to see what we believe
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.
It has been awhile and we have 3 more guideposts to explore! Why the sudden disappearance? As I have mentioned in previous posts, these guideposts were revealed to me by the Holy Spirit during my personal Bible study. I am walking in them day by day, and discovering “Christ in me” as I go. Walking with God and growing into a full citizen of the Kingdom of God is an ongoing event. The closer you get, the deeper you go, and still there is more!
How about I let the Apostle Paul do the talking on this one:
“That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us; any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy”. Romans 8:18-25 MSG
Have you ever felt that you were missing out on the promises of God even though you consider yourself to be a “good person”? Christ Himself said, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” Luke 18:19. I believe that Christ was expressing a very important truth; that all goodness comes from and through God, the Father. As His children, we have been given authority and dominion in this earth. However, nothing will come of what we have been given if we do not give ourselves. I know some of you are probably thinking, “Here goes the money scam, pleas for donation, etc…” Not at all! Remember, this is about you, about all of us living our fullest potential in Christ, as full citizens of the Kingdom of God. The tenets or beauty treatments being presented to you are guideposts to that end.
Giving is our 7th key. I call it a key because giving opens the doors to abundance. Everything in this earth began as a seed. A seed in mind, a seed of faith, a seed of hope…any deed, good or bad plants a seed. Our giving is most often represented by our actions, what we say, what we do when no one is looking and how we treat people. It seldom has anything to do with money or material objects. There is a scripture that has encouraged me for many years that speaks to the act of giving-
“A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great” Proverbs 18:16.
What do you want your harvest to be?
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!