Rewrite your vows!
Here is a word that I received in my spirit during prayer time this morning. This word makes me weep with joy and also with sadness for all the glory and awesomeness we miss because we’re too busy chasing the here and now.
This word is for all of us because we all have moments when we are not chasing hard after the only thing in this temporary land that matters – the eternal. This word makes me sad because we have things so backward and wrong in this world compared to what God truly wants for us. What Jesus died to give us. Here is what He spoke:
I desire to shower you with lavish gifts. I love you as a Bridegroom loves His bride. I AM your Bridegroom. I wish to take care of you in a way that you never have to fear. In a way that you never live in lack or want of anything.
This is the vow that I SPEAK to you:
I, Jesus, take you, my beloved, to be my lawfully wedded bride, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better and never for worse, in richness and never in poorness, in health and never in sickness, forever, not even death can separate us.
I chase after you always.
But you don’t see Me. You don’t look My way. You chase after things that will never bring you wholeness and fulfillment. You look to one another to bring you things that only I CAN.
When will you look to Me? What will it take for you to see me standing here? How long before You accept my vows of marriage?
In this time of prayer and meditation, He brought back memories of new romantic relationships ~ courtships. He brought back those sweet memories of dating and the excitement that came with the newness of the relationship. The memories of wanting to do something nice for that other person who suddenly became so very important to you. The heart to shower them with gifts to show your love. This is what He brought to my heart this morning.
The tenderness, sweetness and innocence that exists in the closeness.
Jesus feels these things for us. He wants to shower us with His good and perfect gifts. He desires for us to rest in that tender, sweet innocence with Him. And He desires for us to not just rest for the moment but to settle in to it. To get comfy and put our feet up and stay there! Jesus is not just our comforter and protector. HE IS COMFORT. HE IS PROTECTION. These things to Him are tangible and part of his DNA that cannot be separated from Him.
He is standing there with His arms stretched out just for you.
Do you see Him there? Do you sense His excitement and eagerness to love you and lavish His goodness on you?
This word completely unglues me even as I am experiencing it again as I type these words. And this is just a mere shadow of what we’ll experience with Him in eternity.
So why do we fight against it? Why do we twist and distort His Word by bringing it down to what we can comprehend and explain?
What He showed me when He spoke the wedding vows is that the vows we speak when we marry our spouses are completely opposite of what He wants us to speak.
Man-made vows speak of illness, poverty and death.
The vows that are most commonly used today are rooted in religion ~ from man. You can do a Google search and find the origins are rooted in the medieval church in England. What you cannot find are the vows in Scripture with one exception. Ironically, the one part of the vow that you can find in the Bible is the piece that most people omit because they find it offensive – for the wife to vow that she will obey her husband.
For centuries, has no one asked where these vows came from? Who wrote them and were they inspired by God to do so? If someone were to say they were inspired by God to write these vows, why do they not line up with Scripture?
These are questions I’m asking myself after hearing Jesus clearly speak His vows to me this morning. He clearly denounced the “sickness, poverty and death” words that currently exist in our vows.
Jesus died on the cross for us a broken man so that we could be whole. He died in lack so that we could walk in abundance. His Word clearly states that death is not final. God desires for us to walk in the fullness of Jesus Christ. And that fullness is not sickness, poverty and death. That fullness is total wholeness in all areas of our lives with abundant fruit and gifts.
Wholeness and nothing less is what Jesus died to give us.
We need to rewrite the vows! The wedding vows must be modeled after the love of Christ and the truth of Christ. They must include grace, complete surrender, covenant bonds of undying love. UNDYING love – not death.
We need to stop watering down the Word of God to accommodate our limited, finite thinking. The minute we begin logically explaining who God is, is the minute we should fall to our knees and repent of idolatry. For when we put God within the limits of our thinking, we are creating a false god to worship.
God is outside the limits of our thinking.
He is SO incomprehensibly huge and powerful that we cannot possibly know anything about Him other than what He’s chosen to reveal to us.
The minute we start putting God in the confines of our mind is the minute we begin rationalizing why there is sickness, poverty and death in our world. It’s okay to not have answers to life’s tough questions. What’s not okay is to try to wrap theological doctrine around not having answers. God is a God who will hide things from us in order for us to search them out. And when we search for the things of God, He is so good to show them to us.
Rewrite your vows today.
Speak life, health and wholeness into your marriage. Take out those things that are not of God. Seek Him above all things and He will show You all things. Don’t stop there either. Rewrite your vows with God. Ask Him to scrub your heart clean and purify you in His Word. His Word is cleansing and it will reveal to you all the things you are searching for in this life. His Word will reveal Jesus from front to back.
Chase hard after Jesus.
He chases after us and pursues us with a self-discipline we know nothing about. He is intentional about US. Let’s get intentional and self-disciplined about HIM.
HE IS all things.
Period. Nothing less than ALL things. And in Him we find our fulfillment and all of our emptiness is suddenly gone.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment center.
He wants to be the center of your life. Will you let Him? It’s a decision we make that will alter the course of our life for eternity.
Time is short. Total surrender to Jesus is the only way to live the few short years we have on this planet. You see, this life is not what it’s about. This life is but a mere test for eternity.
I remember as a child I would often lay on my back in the grass staring up at the clouds, trying to think about eternity. I use the word “trying” because eternity is so big that it’s hard to grasp. It’s hard to fully get your mind wrapped around what “forever” means. No end at all. Compare 70 or 90 years to forever. It’s hardly any comparison at all.
When we shift our thinking from temporal to eternal, we find a lot of things in this world that once seemed huge and insurmountable become like mountains that can be cast into the sea.
This is the word for you and for me today.
Rewrite your vows and chase hard after Jesus.
He is waiting and He longs to lavish us with gifts and love.
Stay in the Light and Love always,