Rescuing His Bride

Bride of Christ

God’s women are scattered around the world, but we have one desire, and that is to prepare to meet the Bridegroom when He returns to take us to the marriage supper. This is one of the aspects of the Feast of Trumpets along with Christ returning to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Christ is coming and in a sense, rescuing His spiritual bride, the church. I’d like to speak concerning this not only to you younger women who have been blessed with a stable family and home, but also to all you ladies who are hurting, those of you who have been raped, battered, abandoned, and/or abused….and there are more than you think sitting next to you during weekly church services. These women often keep the secrets of their wounds hidden for fear of being judged. Oftentimes their abuser convinces these women that they were not good enough to deserve respect and deserve the punishment they are forced to endure, not worthy of anyone’s love, and that includes God’s. Yet, God in His mercy has clothed all His chosen people in linen white if they come before Him in true repentance. We are special and treasured by our betrothed, not belittled and made to feel ashamed. When we feel defeated, we need to hang on to those promises no matter who tries to convince us otherwise.

The church needs be a place of safety for those who are hurting, extending its hands to those women, and we can do our part by having a nonjudgmental ear. The church needs to be a safe place for them to talk of their hurts and confusion. I pray that all of our churches have a ministry to those women. If you are one of those women, perhaps you have mixed feelings concerning Christ’s return. What if we are not good enough? What if we are not worthy? While we need to consider these things as we prepare for Christ’s return, women who are still deeply wounded from their experiences perhaps feel overwhelmed by these feelings and no matter what they do, they feel unworthy to be invited to the wedding supper; but, they don’t need to be. We are all worthy of death, and without God’s grace, we would be standing alongside each other on death’s row. We thank God for His mercy for all of us and His loving kindnesses.

Most all of us have read the story of Cinderella, etc. and internally put ourselves in the place of these fictitious characters, being rescued by our prince charming. Sometimes those women who have been abused feel a great deal of comfort by these scenarios. After all, one  does not have to be perfect to be rescued. Unfortunately, these stories of fantasy don’t tell the real story.  It’s not a magical being whose powers they must depend upon.  In this world of secularism, the Bible is also looked upon as a myth, a story told and retold and does not hold any real truth to its origin. The truth is, however, that it is neither a myth nor magical, but accomplished with a perfect God, Who has chosen to to cleanse us to make our sins white as snow if we repent and trust in Him. God’s word is a sure foundation, speaking of our future with Christ, reigning as kings and priests under His rule.

We are to imitate Christ as we rule. Who is this King? Who is our real Prince we look forward to, to become His bride in His kingdom? Let’s look in scripture and find out the heart of our Betrothed Jesus Christ.

Psalms 34:18 “The LORD is near unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.”

Psalms 147:3 “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.”

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Psalms 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

And Christ is the same today as He was yesterday, a God of all mercy.

Deuteronomy 10:18 “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loves the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.”

Psalms 68:5 “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.”

Psalms 10:14 (NKJV) “But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay [it] by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

In fact, the women who have gone through these experiences, those given the victory and comfort in Christ are in reality equipped to work a great work to render comfort and hope to those wounded who have experienced like pain and suffering in that soon coming World Tomorrow. At His return, they can play a vital role in showing the mercy and comfort He has given bestowed upon them, teaching others that God is a God of love and compassion, and teaching them their true worth that God bestows upon them, that being much greater than any man can give. We are so loved by Him, that He gave His own precious Son so that we could live forever. (John 3:16)

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

If you are struggling with someone abusive, there are many places of safety. Please call your local hospital to gather those resources. You are not worthy of beating or any other abuse. Many times these women are beaten down so mentally and physically, just so that the perpetrator can gain the upper hand.

To all you women who have been abused in any way, I speak to you. God, is not like your abusers, but steps down from His throne to lift you up and set you in a safe place with His precious care and is looking forward to holding your hand personally and taking you to His wedding supper in His Kingdom that shall never end.

*If you are presently living in these situations, please take respite in shelters where you will be safe.  God does not want you to suffer from the hands of men, but wants you in a safe place, where you will be protected.  You are so precious to Him!

To learn more about Christ’s return and articles concerning abuse, see below for more information:

Christ’s Return

http://www.ucg.org/booklet/gods-holy-day-plan-promise-hope-all-mankind/feast-trumpets-turning-point-history/

Articles on Abuse

http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/abuse-take-action-your-life-may-depend-it/

http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/word-what-christians-need-know-about-sexual-abuse/

http://www.ucg.org/files/reprints/pdf/Abuse.pdf

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