The Reluctant Bridegroom
 shared by Suzin McNeill
dove of christ 

  Activities always increase before a wedding. The smallest details are assigned and entrusted to those who will faith- fully serve to make this one day all that it is called to be for both the Bride and the Bridegroom. From the day the Bride is born to the day she marries, she anticipates all during her life what this special day will be like.  When the dawning of this day comes, she is ready,prepared and dressed to walk the isle towards her Bridegroom.

 Oh, that My people would rouse themselves from their complacency. I have called early, prepare. I have called and called, prepare your hearts. I have extended the invitation to holiness. I  have set the table before you. I have given My name to bring deliverance, cleansing, and restoration to My  Father.  I have given you the very blood of  MY Son JESUS to cover and eradicate any stains upon your hearts and stains upon your garments. I have cried and sent My prophets declaring, prepare the way of The LORD. I have sent a dowry to My people and yet, they are impoverished and weak.

 They have used their dowries to obtain things, rather than holiness before Me. My Bride, you have heard the call to know Me intimately. It is the  third day before the wedding. Are you looking unto Me or are Your eyes upon your own self? Are you readied to walk in My Holy Spirit, or are you still dancing in the dust of the streets of this world?  Yes, your temples are built with worldly grandeur and stand tall and proud on every corner. They have been used for many marriages, but as The Bridegroom, I am rarely there, nor invited.  Weddings go on as planned without noticing that The Bridegroom is absent. All eyes are  upon the Bride named SELF.

 It is the second day before the wedding. Caterers are busy, busy, busy  preparing their sweet delicacies, and in each one,  the message is engraved, we shall fly away in the rapture, and we will be present in the glory. These delicacies may be sweet upon your lips, but they yield few nutrients for the growth and strengthening of the body.

 As The Bridegroom, I come to you in both glory and in judgment. Will you meet Me with the stains of the world and your loves within the world still upon your skirts?  What shall you say when your skirts are lifted and what shall I say as I  look upon thee? Will your inner garments be as white as your outward appearing? You appear chaste in your white dress, but the scent of your other loves is very evident. Will the dirt from the world be upon Your inner garments?  

How pure is your heart towards Me? I have called come close, and closer still. I have desired intimacy with you, but you have chosen other things in lei of My will and My love for you. Now, without forethought, you say, I’m ready as a bride to fly away  to the arms of my Bridegroom. I am mature and prepared for my walk, the walk of the Bride.  

It is the day of the wedding and the Bride is anxious. So many important people have been invited.The soft seated, velvet pews are filled. The church is adorned with flowers that will fade in a day but not  adorned with My glory. Three notes are sounded from the organ and all heads turn. All eyes are upon the Bride who stands in the doorway. She walks with an upraised head. She is  cloaked and hidden behind  her lacy veil of white. Step by step she slowly walks down the aisle. She walks alone, without her Father. She knows that all eyes are upon her and seems to relish in the slowness of her own stepping. She has waited a lifetime for this single day. Slowly she steps, not noticing that The Groom is not stand- ing in front of the pastor, nor behind him. She keeps her eyes fixed toward the pulpit. She is almost at the end of the isle now, and still all eyes are upon her. 

Few have noticed that The FATHER of the Bride is missing. Fewer still, have noticed that The Groom  is not present. It is “her day,” and she is having it “her way.” She will utter vows but they are only words unto her self. She will speak of the marriage union and fidelity but, she will return from the walk of the church aisle to walk again in the ways of the world. She has forgotten the one true vow unto Me, says The LORD.  I have vowed but have not been heard. I have spoken but few have followed My words to walk.

In Gethsemane I vowed the vow. My heart was torn for the weight of it, and My body was pierced. No golden ring was placed upon My finger, but a thorn crown was upon My brow. I have vowed unto My FATHER  the tender words from a heart torn from love. I vowed, Father, I will do Your will.  From this vow  the marriage in oneness is consummate. From this vow spoken from the altar of your heart, I become one with you. Oh, My remnant Bride, we shall go out and compel new guests to come unto this wedding union, where all eyes will be not just upon the Bride, but also upon Me, as I walk down the aisles of your churches. We will stand and all  shall see.  We shall walk and dance and sing as you grow intimately in love with Me, for I am truly, the Bridegroom Who calls longing for My Bride in oneness. I AM The Bridegroom, and I call to you to prepare for the holiness that comes through our union of oneness. Prepare Your heart, for  "surely I come quickly". 

Psalm 51  
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness according unto the  multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou might  be justified when thou speaks, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me   to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  
Yet My people have forgotten ME, days without number.
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