The Bride Makes Herself Ready
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed through the awakening of the bride, as she prepares for the wedding. She makes herself ready by choosing white, the purity which comes from the cleansing of the Word, as she washes away all the filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and remembers them no more.
For she is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), now by the blood of the Lamb, she walks in righteousness and truth, she spreads joy everywhere her feet step, and her shadow brings revelation healing and leads others into salvation. Those who have been touched do not even understand what just happened to them, yet they desire to know and find out what it was that they encountered.
She places her armor on so that when she walks into dark places, she is not influenced, because she knows who she is. She walks with authority and truth and it influences those that she touches with even just a soft loving voice to offer what she has encountered.
Every day she awakens with a new song in her heart (Psalm 40:3). Every moment she thinks of how it will be when she weds her Beloved. It takes her breath away as she recalls the first time they met. She was never the same again. Her heart fluttered as she looked into His eyes. She knew that He was the One.
But how could this be? She was in filthy rags and He was perfect in every way! Yet He said to her, "I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord." (Hosea 2:19-20) That is when she melted.
She felt like she was in a dream. When He spoke those words to her, she became undone. She knew that He had her heart forever. Everything she knew, she forgot. She didn't forget from where she came, but she knew that was no longer her life (Isaiah 43:18). All she could think about now is how she could please her Beloved. She knew how He felt about covenant, and that His promises are always kept. Even when He said, "For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." She knew that she had to draw nearer to Him.
She became undone again. The thought that nothing can separate her from His love (Romans 8:38-39) brings her to tears of joy every time. No matter what happens in life, she knows that she can turn to her Beloved's love and receive. Even her circumstances don't matter anymore. She knows that He will take care of what concerns her (Psalm 138:8). This delights her!
Beloved, you are called to make yourself ready. This requires time with the Lord, and in reading the Word. Make time for Him, and you will begin to encounter the One and true living God. He speaks to us in spirit and in truth. If you lay aside the worries of this world, and surrender it all to Him, you will see what I am talking about. You will never want to go back to the old ways!
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in Him.
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands-remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-13)