Journal Entry: May 5, 2010
Title: The Bride
I was standing in the back of an empty church and the pastor was standing behind the pulpit all dressed in black. I saw a bride wearing a beautiful wedding dress. She sat on the front row pew looking straight ahead.
The pastor looked straight at her and said, “I will select your music and choose your dress.” He went on to dictate other matters in her life. She had heard enough. She stood up and said loudly, “It is my wedding! I’ll select my music and I’ll choose my dress!”
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The dream reveals how man treats Christ’s bride and how she is dictated to and controlled from the pulpit in so many areas of her life. Many have personnaly suffered great consequences from the abuse of power in the organized church system in their life from time to time. The way man looks at people and the the way Christ looks are very different.
Christ looks at believers at His bride like this.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you. “Come with me from Lebanon, my bride, May you come with me from Lebanon. Journey down from the summit of Amana, From the summit of Senir and Hermon, From the dens of lions, From the mountains of leopards. “You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, With a single strand of your necklace. “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, And the fragrance of your oils Than all kinds of spices! “Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up. “Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates With choice fruits, henna with nard plants, Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, With all the trees of frankincense, Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices. “You are a garden spring, A well of fresh water, And streams flowing from Lebanon.” Awake, O north wind, And come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance, Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden And eat its choice fruits!” Song of Songs 4:7-16
Christ calls His out of the world and from places of danger unto His garden where she is loved, refreshed and nourished with choice fruits. The ultimate personal invitation by Christ is to “Come with me.” Christ looks upon each believer much differently than we do ourselves. We see our faults and failures as well as those who surround us. However, He sees us finished and complete in Him. He sees us as what we will become in Him, not where we are at today. What a beautiful picture of the bride and Christ in the verses above. Stop beating yourself up for all your faults and mistakes. Just open your heart before God from time to time and allow Him to show you anything that is unpleasing in your life. Then He will free you from the guilt, shame, lift the burden, and break the yoke by the anointing of Holy Spirit.
Christ does not control or dictate to people but is the consummate gentle loving Lord, who continually pulls and draws individuals to Him. He desires nothing more than to be in a personal intimate relationship with you.