Quiet Time with Jesus – The Bigger Picture

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A man and a woman would take time and effort to prepare for their wedding and marriage thereafter. Especially for the woman, she would want to look her best on that special day. She would want to put on a white wedding gown, look as radiant as pure light. What a beautiful and glorious sight!

The Bible tells us that Christ is the Bridegroom and the Church is His Bride. Just like a woman who wants to look her best, the Church ought to have the same desire.

The Bible says that:

Christ gave Himself up for His Bride to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
— Ephesians 5:25-27

According to the Will of God, the Bride shall be radiant, holy and blameless on the Wedding Day.

The Bible is very clear about how the Church is to be cleansed. It is BY THE WASHING WITH WATER THROUGH THE WORD. Just like the washing of our physical body, we need to bathe daily... We need to remove impure thoughts from our mind, and fill our mind with the truth - with the help of the SPIRIT OF TRUTH. (Read John 16:5-15) Jesus said that the Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth. (John 16:13a)

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, 

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth WILL SET YOU FREE.
— John 8:31-32

We need to be set free from bondages, strongholds and anything that is holding us captive. We need to be set free from the power of sin. We need to be set free from what is NOT true. The Bible says that Christ gave Himself up for us to make us holy - cleansing us by the washing with water through the WORD of GOD. We need the SPIRIT of TRUTH to teach us.

An average person needs to complete about 20 years of education before he obtains a Masters Degree. How long would an average person take to study the Word before He can declare that he knows the Whole Truth?

For me, the more I read, the more I realize how little I know. I believe God expands our ‘vision’ and enables us to ‘see the bigger picture’ as we draw nearer to Him and know Him better…


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Please continue to expand our vision… It is our desire to become the pure and radiant Bride, holy and blameless – IN YOUR SIGHT.

JESUS is our Bridegroom. He gave His life for us. He conquered death, and is coming back for us that we might share His love forever. We know that it is Your desire that we become like Christ as we spend time with Him daily reading Your Word and as we lay down our lives for others. Your delight is to be with us always… Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

 

Grace Be With Us.