It's so easy to lose our joy when a lot of the time to those living in the world it would seem that we, you and I, as Brides are the ones that are deceived...
I have been struggling a lot with feelings of humiliation, mostly because I have been struggling with leaving the past in the past. For many months I have been thinking about a very "public humiliation" that I had to endure... The thoughts creep up so easily when I don't want it to, things that I remember that makes me cringe. You see, a lot of the time we are deceived into losing our joy because there could be people, family, colleagues or friends that are witnessing your journey of restoration, becoming His bride. Due to them not understanding so many of the principles you are learning, they will come to you to make you aware of a situation that you are already aware of but have made the choice to LET GO and leave with your HH to take care of...
Matthew 5:38-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."
Those that are witnessing the wrongs being done to you who do not know or understand His word will accuse you of being a fool, of being willingly ignorant and turning a blind eye....
Not knowing His word we ARE easily deceived by the standards of the world. As a bride, you will ALWAYS handle a situation differently and it will always be contrary and sometimes even raise eyebrows, you could even be pitied.
I found myself this past week after I had read this Week 29 “Eyes were Open” Living Lesson having to do what the writer speaks of and that is to every day ASK my Love and beg Him to help me to live in perfect harmony with Him like Adam and Eve before they ate the apple.
To fall more deeply in love with him and have a deeper intimacy with Him. I literally wrote notes on a piece of paper, key sentences from the Living Lesson Week 29 “Eyes were Open” to remind myself to ask my Beloved and to be encouraged. I realized that the more I ask Him the more joy and intimacy He gives me until one day I'm sure I will burst with joy!!!
Hahaha, you would think this is something I would know to do as I have been on this RJ for a while now... But let me tell you that I totally understand... It is so easy to find yourself at the edge of that precipice holding on when faced with difficulties and most of the time those difficulties are caused by our emotions, our fears, and our pride.
“My Beloved is mine, and I am His” “For I am lovesick.” Song of Solomon 5:8, 2:16 Lovesick is what I want to feel.
Say a quick prayer with me: I long for more of You and your presence and your leading and guidance in my life. Help me with those areas you have laid on my heart to change. Forgive me for allowing all the negative thoughts and emotions to take hold of my heart instead of giving it to you. Forgive me for all the times I allowed myself to dwell on them.
Dear Bride, be aware, just like this Living Lesson speaks about, it is so easy to lose your joy when you are not focused on your HH and find yourself on the precipice, sometimes barely holding on. Imagine Him taking your hand, pulling you up and walking with you and as you walk holding His hand tell Him all about it!!