Today's Scripture and Message:


Psalm 63:6-8

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

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Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. 

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2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

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Come Closer

My Bride,

Open your heart to My speaking to you, My Beloved. Receive what I say to you, as one would receive rare jewels. My speaking to you is not rare, because the Creator does commune with His created ones. I ask you to receive My words at the communion table of your heart. Receive. Partake. Carry within you that which I have given to you. Know that you are Mine, and that I am yours.

You are My Bride and I draw you closer to Me. Do you not yet know that I am close by? Why do you doubt that you are chosen by Me? Is it that you discern by your feelings alone, and not by faith in who I am and in what I say to you? Will silence cease to make us one? Will you wander around looking for Me, or will you know that I am with you, even in the silence? Will you press into My presence whether you sense Me near or not?

I know that you feel alone and forsaken, yet you keep turning to Me in prayer. This is what I love and receive as bouquets of flowers at My feet. Come closer. Do not fear. Enter in. You do not need heady manifestations, but only loyal devotions to Me. This is a stretching of your love for Me, when you love and pray when I seem hidden from you.

I am ever present and ever faithful, My fair one with the longing heart that only I can satisfy. Do not grow weary or despair, for I am with you always. Sit with Me in quiet stillness, even when your mind is racing. This is only a stage of pruning away of fleshly desires for satisfaction. Come to Me unencumbered, with no agenda and no expectations. Bring only yourself. You can do no more and I will do no less than promise to be waiting expectantly for you.

I await your sacrifice of love upon the altar of My presence. I am with you in the chambers of your heart. That is our special hiding place where we meet in the Spirit and the flesh does not detect us, but believes that nothing is happening. The flesh is deceiving, but the Spirit sees. I will give you a spiritual vision; vision to see what I see. Until then, look with new eyes of faith. This time apart is a honeymoon for us, where I get to feed you. Allow me to feed you in My own special way, My Bride. Do not insist on what others are consuming. Your journey is your journey, not another's. We have had many blissful memories, but this is a time for a different level of love. Will you trust My love and not look longingly at how I love another? Remember, there are stages of growth. The stages are not meant to punish you, but to draw you to a new level. Do not resist the process as it is truly in answer to your heart's desire.

I am preparing My Bride, who must change garments in order to come and follow Me. Do not wear clothes of mourning for what once was and appears to be lost. Instead, joyfully wear the garments that I give you, knowing that I am pleased by what I am doing in you. I keep you apart for Myself. You are not cast off, but in preparation. Be in the waiting room of Love.