THE KISS OF THE BRIDEGROOM
I am longing to draw you close to Me, face to face. I will kiss you; yes, even on the mouth. I will breathe life into you, My church, once again. For I long to be intimate; no holding hands or keeping distance between us. For a marriage is to be consummated, is it not? Who ever heard of a marriage where the bride and groom just hold hands? You must learn to trust Me; for I only long to do good. Rest in My embrace, and receive Me fully and completely. Yield to Me and My ways, for they are better than yours. I am a jealous lover—I will have no other lovers come between us.
Pray for the church to give up her idols and false lovers. It is time to consummate the marriage, for I will share My bride with no one! Pray for revelation to come upon My bride; that she has sold herself out, but that I am coming back for a pure and spotless bride. Make yourself ready, for the time is short. I will have My way, for I am a jealous and holy God. I am also merciful and kind. It is time to wake up, Sleeping Beauty! I will kiss you, and you will arise to My purposes! You will be a victorious, overcoming church once again!
Song of Solomon 1:2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Oh, that he would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is more delightful than wine.
James 4:7-10 The Message (MSG)
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
Isaiah 61:10-11 The Message (MSG)
10-11 I will sing for joy in God,
explode in praise from deep in my soul!
He dressed me up in a suit of salvation,
he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo
and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers,
and as a garden cascades with blossoms,
So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom
and puts praise on display before the nations.