GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 24
GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 24~ ~ Deuteronomy 7:9 ~ ~ “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
In the traditional wedding feast, we have been in the interim time between the betrothal and the wedding feast for the last 2,000 or so years ~ ~ since Christ celebrated His last supper and drank from the betrothal cup with them. Remember, in the wedding rituals, the groom goes back to his father’s house to build a new room onto the house for himself and his bride. Jesus did this after His resurrection. He is building that for his bride now. That’s you and me if you’ve received Him as your Lord and Savior.
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
While the groom is building the house, he is sending gifts back to the bride, and Jesus is to His bride on earth, (those who are His by their decision) Remember this~ ~ if you want to believe He is whom He says He is, but just don’t know for sure, please ask Him to show you. Intent is all He needs, if you truly want to obey Him. He will make it clear and real to you if you want that. You can say with the father of the child in Mark 9:24
“Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
When we admit that we have sinned, and repent of it, knowing that Jesus paid the price for our sins, then we obtain salvation, not because of anything we did, but because Jesus paid our price for our sins. That price is death—-eternal separation from God. Jesus was separated from His Father for a limited time on the cross, but in that time, He took on what would be an eternity for us. Therefore, we don’t have to spend eternity in hell to pay for our sins, because He has already done it.
Once we have accepted that fact, we can know that our spirits have been brought to life and we are able to connect with God through Jesus.
At that time, we have another gift, we are grafted into the Vine, which is symbolic of Jesus, because we now obtain all our strength through Him, just as any branch obtains its strength from the root of the main vine.
The other branches on that vine, are the Chosen Race, the Jewish nation, who will forever be God’s chosen people, after their eyes are opened to see Him as their Messiah. By clinging to their Messiah, we tap into all the promises that they inherit. Together we are the Bride of Christ.
He told the Jews this:
“The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt”.
And so it is with us. We weren’t chosen because of anything good in us, because, short of our connection with Him, there is nothing good in us. It’s His Word, and His Covenant (agreement, or promises) which cannot be broken, that we have a chance to accept the gift of salvation and join with the chosen people as the bride to be wed to the Bridegroom, and qualify for all the promises of His chosen people.
For a while, we’re going to focus on the gifts that the Bridegroom is constantly sending back to us, His bride, as we wait for the Father, (who, remember, is the only one who knows the time of the marriage)
to tell His son, “Go get Your bride!!!” And so, we will forever be with the Lord!!!
But, I want to be perfectly clear, that the promises are only available for those who have accepted Jesus as their Messiah, Bridegroom, Lord and Savior. Just loving Him in your own strength, and not having submitted control of your life to Him, will not qualify for being a member of the bride.
Please, make that decision today, so you will be happy for eternity. The alternative is hell, and misery forever. It’s a clear message! Today’s gift is salvation and grafting into the True Vine.
Another gift tomorrow….Please make sure you’re in line for that!
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