The Reigning Bride
May 8, 2019
In the spirit, I saw a massive, ancient door. All of heaven anticipated this moment, for it had been sealed for ages. Its release would mean but one thing: the Bride of Christ was prepared to receive that which was hidden behind it. Although it stood dark and ominous before me, I understood it contained extraordinary treasure.
Abruptly, I heard a crack. With the sound of wood splitting, shafts of dazzling light pierced forth. This was the brilliance of the Kingdom of God - the light which bears the promise of the reigning Bride walking fully in Christ's triumph. It was through this army of conquerers that the government of Heaven would emerge on Earth.
At last, Heaven’s prayers would be answered and the prophesy in John 14:12 would be fulfilled. "Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done and even greater works." The triumphant church – Jesus’ precious bride - would rise with revival in her wake and take her rightful place by His side. There, she would learn to reign with Him in power and authority.
This is the dawning of a new day for the church!
The Terror of Hell!
If you examine the life of Jesus, you see how loving he was. But you also understand that He did not coddle demons. He rebuked them. When He encountered demonic forces, He took authority over them. He reigned with compassionate authority and refused to allow the enemy to harass or abuse those He cared for. He did not try to reason with the enemy; He simply commanded their departure.
Wherever Christ went, He spoiled the works of darkness and caused chaos in the enemy’s camp. Where there was sickness, He brought healing. Where sin had taken hold, He provided revelation and deliverance. No demon was safe in His presence, for He did not cease to take authority over them. He was relentless. Demons trembled at His approach. He was the terror of hell.
Because of the authority He walked in, hell feared Him. They had every reason. He knew who He was and Whose He was! He lived in the realm of the miraculous; His life was hemmed by one miracle after another. Blind eyes were opened, lame men walked, the dead were raised, demons fled and lepers were cleansed. He astonished the world and then set the stage for you and me to walk in the same power.
Christ’s Plan for Us: Greater Works!
If you are awed by the miracles He performed on Earth, be prepared to be more amazed. It was promised we would do even greater works than He did! He wants you to do so much more. It is His plan for you. It was His idea. He desires you and I to dwell in the realm of the miraculous. His intended outcome for our lives is not to just tussle with carnality but to overthrow it and reign over the kingdom of darkness in our lives and world.
We are to meet sickness head on and bring healing power where needed. Where there is demonic activity, we must cancel its assignment and cast it out. We are called to tear down, rip apart and ravage the strongholds of darkness. We are much more powerful than any principality - there is no contest! We have the same heavenly Father Jesus did and He overcame this world by doing all the Father asked.
Heaven holds its breath in anticipation for the awakening of the reigning Bride. Heaven sets the stage for its government on earth upon the great emergence. We will see its realms touch Earth and we must match its anticipation with a deliberate embrace of the authority and triumph given us. We must steal victory over every aspect of our lives.
No longer should we hang our heads in false humility or let shame wear us down. Passivity must be cast off in order to realize our role. Christ has destined us to reign at His side, to care for the world as He would. It satisfies Him to see us walk in compassionate authority and dispel darkness by infusing light.
As His Church and bride, it is our responsibility to ignite the fires of revival mounting on the earth.
Untapped Resources of Heaven
The enemy has been occupied with harassing the Body of Christ. He works to weigh us down with accusation and condemnation until we feel weak and incapable. But why? What does he fear? Why is he trying so hard to condemn us, to persuade us we are powerless?
Because he is absolutely terrified. The thought we might actually realize our access to the power of heaven is horrifying. So out of fear of us, he hounds and harasses.
What Satan sees when he looks at us is the righteousness of God (see 1 Corinthians 5:21) and untapped resources of the power of Heaven. Christ’s prophesy looms before him and he knows that at just the right moment, the church will erupt with the authority of the Bridegroom… and reap an unconscionable harvest of human souls.
Yes, the enemy is petrified of you. Though you may feel insignificant, you are what hell fears! When you stand to your feet, hell trembles. When you kneel to pray, it panics. And when you speak forth the truth of God in the authority of Christ, demons quiver.
There are no little saints in the kingdom of God. Each one of us plays an important role in the army of Heaven. We must all do our part in plundering the enemy's strongholds and rescue those bound in darkness.
You are important to the kingdom of God. He needs you! It is your duty to employ Heaven's authority in governance over the earth. The power of God gains access to this world through you. And through you, His will is done on Earth as in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Beloved… you are the threshold by which Heaven reaches Earth.
Christ defeated the hold the enemy had on us through His victory on the cross. He stripped the enemy of his power over us and gave us the keys to the kingdom of Heaven (see Colossians 2:15). That, my friend, is the truth of who you are.
As we take ownership of our identity in Christ, we dispel Satan’s lies. It’s time for the past to stay in the past. Rip off the chains of condemnation and guilt and use them to strangle him. You ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and greater works shall you do! Claiming all that your righteous birthright entails is more than enough to destroy the work of the enemy in your life.
The light that beamed forth from the cracks in the door was so radiant, it would have been blinding had it opened any more than a mere crack. That is how truly powerful His righteousness is. As the door continues to open, we are privy to the truth of our Savior as He is in heaven and we will be sincerely overwhelmed by the glory of Christ Who bled and died to retrieve us from hell's grasp. When we see Him as He truly is, walking in His authority and victory will come not only easily but automatically for us. We will marvel at how we could have possibly doubted His might. What He did on Calvary was only the beginning… the very beginning of a whole new world on earth!
Beloved, please take a moment to recognize yourself as His reigning Bride. Even now, Christ is revealing your true potential as He uncovers more of Who He is. It is you He has chosen to reign by His side and preside over the world with all the power and love He has. You are the reigning Bride of Heaven!
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