A Passion for Christ Ministries: February 2005 Newsletter  

"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul" Acts 4:32(a)
Love Letters to the Bride
FEBRUARY 2005
 

"I love you. You are all mine and I am yours.
I chose you. I am your God."

In a love letter, you look for those special "sweet little nothings," whispered through a line or a phrase. It may be so small yet mean so much. Many miles may separate you from your special loved one. Waiting, waiting and hoping, you go to the mailbox day after day searching, with anticipation, for that love letter. You know, without a doubt, that it will contain some word or phrase to cheer you up, and something that will bring great, great joy to your life.

Sweet Little Nothings

The Lord, through His holy Word, has written many, many love letters to His bride. The Bride of Christ, what love the Master has for her. She is adored by her groom, Jesus. He has spent so much time writing to the Bride, leaving sweet little nothings of love to encourage her, to keep her pressing on until the day they both shall meet face to face.

You are Revived

During the betrothal, there may be many, many letters written in anticipation of marriage. Maybe one or the other is away at college, while the other stays and works at home. Those precious love letters can bridge the gap of time and distance with such words full of love and hope of an expected future together. The letters will be read over and over again. Sometimes perfumed with a great fragrance, the love letters bring great joy during times of weakness, fear, frustration, sickness and weariness. Suddenly, you are revived and ready to endure until the end—until the day that there will no longer be any separation.

Our Soon Coming King

Christ, our soon coming King, has written many letters to the Bride. You must now look more closely at the Word of God which contains the greatest love letters of all time. Draw me, we will run after thee (Song of Solomon 1:4). Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? (Song of Solomon 6:10)

You must, with much anticipation, search those letters for the promise of His soon return. Search diligently through His holy Word and discover how much you are loved, in this last and final hour, child of God. You are greatly loved by your Lord. You are loved with an unending love. You must not turn away from those precious love letters. You must never become weary of their contents. Let those letters refresh you over and over again.

Arise and Take Your Place

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 41:30). Seek to spend more and more time with those letters, holding them close to you now, desiring to follow oh so closely the instructions given to each member of the bridal company. Daily you must arise to take your place. You must not allow any darkness to turn out the light of blood love given in the Word of God—those blood love letters.

What a Responsibility

The love letters contain such a responsibility. Such discipline and direction are outlined for each member of the bridal company. When you gave yourself to Christ—you became ALL His, answering to His beckoning any hour of the day or night—you are on call 24 hours around the clock—no matter the cost to self.

You became a part of Him, taking on the responsibility of a lost and dying world which contains over six billion people. If you are born new today, your soul has been washed in the blood of Jesus and you willingly accepted the responsibility to help evangelize the known world. You became a joint heir, no longer walking afar off. You have been made nigh through the shedding of the precious blood of Jesus.

Love Letters to the Bride.

BUT IT WILL!

There will be many discouraging days as the wedding approaches. It will seem as if the day will never arrive BUT IT WILL! The love letters encourage you to not look at the things that are coming upon the earth, to not let your heart be troubled about this hour. You won't be defeated. The letters are full of God—full of the promises of God. You are to draw strength as you read and read again of the glorious morning to come. Jesus, our faithful groom, will not send another for us but He will come for the Bride Himself.

St. John 14:1-3: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Never Alone

We will never be alone. The love letters warn us of the destruction to come. Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet (Matthew 24:6).

The Days of Noe

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be (vs. 37-39).

Those precious Love Letters tell us of the persecutions to come, reminding us to stay awake in this hour. No power can destroy us because God, thru Christ, raised us up for this hour. We are encouraged and warned not to allow any darkness to take us from the path planted for our feet. What love!

In total obedience, we cherish the time we must spend with those Love Letters. In His presence, we unravel, contend and discern the mysteries once secluded within those Love Letters. As we read and read those precious letters, we want more of them; no hour seems too late—too early to be in the presence of those letters. We are drawn with great magnetism to each verse, each chapter and each line. Hours pass us by while we remain engulfed and enveloped in the story of its unending love for each member of the bridal company.

Lift up Your Head

Oh, child of God, lift up your head and see how much you are loved today. You are never alone. Decide today, "I am greatly loved." The love letters are for "whosoever will." The compassion that pours forth, gives you a sense that they were individually written—each letter fits every situation in your life.

Demas Hath Forsaken Me

There are some who once enjoyed the love letters but now they have turned aside to do other things. They no longer hunger and thirst after the hidden treasures within the letters. For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world (2 Timothy 4:10). We won't let the failure of others sway us. We will be given great love in abundance and that love will multiply as we journey on, doing God's great will for our lives.

The Birth of a King

This love letter brings great news of a new born king. His arrival had been foretold down through the years—the prophecy had been kept alive through many generations. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Matthew 2:1-2).

Traveling to see the prophecies of God fulfilled, wise men came to behold the toddler—the Christ. The Jesus star led them all the way to where the Christ child was. Like the wise men, the star of Jesus still exists today for the true children of God. We, too, are compelled by His great star to make the journey—the journey which starts at Calvary and culminates at rapture ground.

He Hath Borne Our Griefs

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4,5). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

Love Letters to the Bride.

What Love

What love the Father has for you. He gave all that He had—Jesus Christ. What a demonstration of great love the Groom has for His bride. God used all of His love when He gave Jesus. Jesus Christ, in turn, gave all of Himself to over six billion people when He went to Calvary. To be crucified was the most horrific, shameful death laid upon someone.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16). And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). Christ left us such an example of love, His blood applied to our souls. What a love token! We have access to that precious blood daily. We can tap into that source as many times as we need during each day. Not one drop of Christ's precious blood was wasted. It has never lost its power. It is as strong now as it was when Christ allowed audacious men to pierce His side, paving the way for redemption for all mankind. What love hath the Father bestowed upon us!

Prepare me a Body

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10:4-10).

The blood of bulls and goats was never God's divine plan of redemption for man. It simply was a token of things to come—of a "better way" to come. Christ brought that better way. The spotless Lamb, Christ, is the only way to be rid of the sinful nature of man. The blood of bulls and goats could never, never free man from the shame associated with sin.

The Sons of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). Love Letters to the Bride. The love of Christ brought great love and power to the bride. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).

Love Letters to the Bride.

Out of the Tombs

There was legion. And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him (Mark 5:1-4).

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him (vs. 5,6). A mad man, Legion was out of his mind. Just think how his family must have felt. They were afraid of him. There is no power—no force as strong as love. Love is strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6).

There is Hope

It seemed that all hope was gone but the love of God is greater than any sickness, disease or even death. There is hope for everyone who wants Christ. Don't count yourself out, no matter the condition of your body or your mind. It doesn't matter how long your body or mind has been in such a condition. What was the answer for Legion? What power, what force delivered him? For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit (v. 8). The great love of God, thru Jesus Christ, set Legion free and Christ can set you free. Legion had a cry in his heart. He didn't want to continue living as he did, cutting himself and crying. After deliverance, the man once called Legion wanted to stay with Christ but Christ sent him home to his family. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee (v. 19).

Love Letters to the Bride.

You are Greatly Loved!

Oh, child of God let the Love of the Lord make you new today. You are loved by your Lord. You are loved with an unending love. Put both of your hands into the hands of your Lord. Your personal Saviour, Jesus Christ will walk with you all the way; you will never be alone. Oh, child of God, you are needed in this final hour by your Lord. The love of Jesus Christ will give you such a peace; a peace so full of joy and love in abundance. Why not repeat this simple prayer asking God, through Jesus Christ, into your heart. Run, run child of God, into the loving arms of Jesus. He's waiting with open arms. Come home. Come home.

Oh, God! I have sinned against you. I am so sorry! I have come home, and I'm going to serve you, Lord, the rest of my life. I do believe. I do believe that you are able to deliver me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ can make me clean and whole. Come on into my heart and help me. Help me, Lord. I trust and believe that through the blood, I can make it. I do believe that I can make it with your help. Oh, Lord, I want your help. Save my soul. Love me, Jesus. I must have your love. Love me, Jesus. I will answer your call to salvation today. Come on into my heart, Jesus! Come in!

If you meant that prayer, He has come.

Praise Him, He is Yours!
 

Yours with a Passion for Souls,


Pastor, A Passion for Christ Ministries


Please write and tell us how this newsletter has blessed you.
We want to hear from you.

 
E-mail Address:
passions@apassionforchrist.org
 
Back to top of page

Home  •  Service Times  •  Outreach  •  Newsletters  •  Photo Album  •  Contact  •  Salvation

©2002-2005 A Passion for Christ Ministries