I have to confess, as I was writing the title to this post, I was singing "Dress Us Up" By John Mark McMillan haha.
I posted a little while back about the need for the body. Today, I want to share an encounter I had when I was maybe 16 or 17.
I was praying in my room and all of sudden I was no longer in my room. I opened my eyes and immediately was aware I had entered into the abode of God. Or Heaven. I saw a worn down little workshop. I felt pushed to go inside. Everything around me was alive. Not like here, but really alive. The stones were singing, even the air was alive and singing. I went into this workshop, and it was clean, but you could tell it was well used. It appeared to be a carpenter's shed. Tools were hanging all over on the walls, but very neatly. Then Jesus walked in. With dirty nails I might add. He had a torn white cloth which He carried as of it was the most important treasure on the planet. He laid it down on the work table, and began sowing with a red thread. As I moved closer I saw that the shape of a dress was forming. He laughed and said "Everyone only wants to wear the part that fits them. No one wants to fit together. Right now my grace allows them to do this." At this point He started weeping loudly, "My grace allows them to shred the dress that they are suppose to be wearing, but it will not always be."
"I am coming back for one bride who wears one dress. This dress. They must learn to unite. I created a unite, a bride. I am coming for a bride who wears the perfect stainless dress, and here it is"
At this point He showed me that the red thread He was using was not thread at all, but His own blood. He continued sowing. I then noticed the percilur method in which he was sowing. He was not sewing as a seamstress sews a dress, but it looked far closer to a surgeon placing in stitches. He sewed it one piece at a time. One stitch at a time. He was healing us. He was repairing us like the doctor He is.
"There is a dress that I will not fix. I will not repair it, and it will be much smaller than this, but only those who fit in are worthy to wear it. But it will be a dress that grows. I'm placing a high price on unity, and a high reward for those who seek it."
I did not understand all I know now. I did not know what He meant when He said "There is a dress that I will not fix, but only those who fit are worthy to wear it. I will not repair it, and it will be much smaller than this. But it will be a dress that grows."
I now believe that it means the bride that is willing to work together as one will be much smaller, and many will fall away when this is required. I feel like something is going to happen where we have to work together. I feel like any who want to stay alone, outside of community, will fall away. I think it means those of us with so much pride will not fit. I think that when He said it will grow, it meant that as a Unit, we will be able to reach more. We will make a greater impact for the Kingdom. Only as A bride can we accomplish this!
The Bride is lovely, so beautiful in every way. I dare not carelessly speak against the bride of my Lord. But we MUST speak the truth in love. If I am to speak love, I must speak truth. The relationship between the two can not be broken. I must speak my love for the bride, how can I hold it back, and I must speak the truth, otherwise I do not truly love her.
In our times, the biggest division is always a steam from offence. The bible clearly says our generation will be one who walks in offence, and this would make our hearts grow cold. We must work together, pushing past our offence, so that we can burn. The bible also clearly points out that when we separate from each other our hearts will grow cold. The fire that ignited us comes from Him, but can only be maintained in community.
I want to talk more about offence in the next post, but I just wanted to share the encounter with everyone this time.