Be Ready for the Groom

I don’t usually share my dreams/visions with others.  But this one was so powerful, I had to share.  Please read…

I dreamt there was a wedding happening.  I have seen many visions/dreams about weddings but this one really stuck out to me.  There were different people shown and when I awoke, I asked God about them.  He has a word to us about being ready for his return…

*The first person was very busy preparing everything from the flowers to hoovering and getting the cake ready.  Now this would seem normal in most weddings.  However, this person was so busy doing things, she didn’t realise what was going on around her.  She was engrossed in what she was doing and didn’t even recognise the Groom when he passed by. So often we can be so busy serving others, doing what has always been done that we totally miss out on the intimate relationship with the Groom.  Just doing works is not going to get us into heaven.

And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved. –Romans 11:6

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. –Ephesians 2:8-9

*The second person was too busy looking at the past.  He was trying his best to make sure he was “clean” enough to meet the Groom.  He kept apologising to everyone about all he did.  He was stuck in a never-ending cycle.  He thought he would never be “good enough” for the Groom to love him.  Jesus says to him, you are forgiven.  All that you have done is under the blood.  Trust him.  Stop looking backwards.  The past is in the past; leave it there.  The past cannot be redone. The past has nothing new to say, so stop listening to its lies that you are not good enough.  God loves you just as you are.  He wants you to stand up.  Be brave. Move forward.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. –Philippians 3:13-14

*The third person was in love with Jesus.  He was passionate and on fire.  Then life changed and he changed.  He completely walked away from salvation.  He turned his back on Jesus, rejecting everything Jesus gave him.  He didn’t want to walk into the hall where the Groom was waiting.  In fact he never showed up!  The Bride was hurt and the Groom was sadden.

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.  For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. –Hebrews 3:12-14

*The last person was the Bride.  She was so busy trying to be perfect, getting ready for the Groom.  She kept starving herself so she can fit in the perfect dress.  She knew the right words to say, she knew the word very well.  She could recite passages from the word from memory.  She loved to sing the songs.  She was amazing at helping others as well. She was making sure the others were ready to meet the Groom.  There was no question the Bride looked the part.  However, there was one problem.  She had forgotten the joy of knowing the Groom.  She honestly had no idea who he was anymore.  She was so busy looking after everyone else and making sure she was “perfect,” she had no time to be in a real relationship with the Groom.  Yet, the wedding must go on.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!  You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.  I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. –Revelation 3:15-19

I saw all that was wrong with us as part of the “Church.”  However, I wanted to know what we can do to be ready for the coming of the Lord and for the wedding feast with the Bridegroom.  Simply, God said to me follow the two greatest commandments Jesus spoke of in Matthew 27:37-39: “Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

Yes, works is great.  Reading and memorising the word is great.  Serving others is great.  However, these things will not get us into heaven.  Jesus said that we are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.  Let go of things from the past that don’t matter anymore.  If we keep our eyes on the past, our heart, soul and mind are not on Christ.  If we are so busy looking after others’ needs, our heart, soul and mind are not on Christ.  If we are too busy trying to make ourselves just right before God, our focus is on ourselves, not God.

The first priority is simple.  Return to our first love.  Love God with all our heart- our very being.  Love God with our soul.  Love God with all our mind.  When we have our heart, mind and soul focused on God and God alone, we will be ready for the Groom.

The second command is to love our neighbours as ourselves.  What if we don’t love ourselves?  In our love for the Lord, we will see our identity in Christ.  Focus on that identity and declare it over and over again.  Ephesians 1 is a great place to start.  Love others.  Treat them the way you would like to be treated.  Don’t put them above God though.  God has to be first and foremost and out of the love for God love for others will flow naturally.

I will close with these words from Jesus in Revelation:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.  Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.” –Revelation 3:20-21

Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honour to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” –Revelation 19:6-9

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