John replied, “A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing at all] unless it has been granted to him from heaven [for there is no other source than the sovereign will of God]. You yourselves are my witnesses that I stated, ‘I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ but, ‘I have [only] been sent ahead of Him [as His appointed forerunner and messenger to announce and proclaim His coming].’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this pleasure and joy of mine is now complete. He must increase [in prominence], but I must decrease. (John 3:27-30)
I have heard the phase many times that we are to be the bride of God, but what does that mean? I don’t think that one can possibly conceive an accurate mental picture of what this means, since the world has butchered what the union of two people should actually look like. Nevertheless, what if we just stop trying to imagine what it looks like, and just decide to try Him for ourselves? Does it seem scary to you, are you unsure of what you may have to relinquish? I think all of the questions in your head are relevant, but just think about all of the things that you are missing: Love, assurance, reliability, and most of all a constant. You have married everything else: your job, your kids your spouse, your family, your friends, and even your money, but you are still broken. Why don’t you make the decision today, to give yourself fully to the one who truly loves you?
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been selfishly living for myself, and I recognize my wrongs. I need You Father here in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I desire to receive the Your forgiveness that You have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now for the rest of my life, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my King, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be married to the things of the world, or to the desire that please my flesh, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”
Contributed by: Sharessa Bass
Sharessa is the CEO of The Real Me Foundation. She is a devoted mother of 5, originally from Whiteville NC and is one of 7 siblings. She is a faithful covenant member of The Sanctuary, and is passionate about sharing her faith in a very real way. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for S