I have performed many weddings over the years of my ministry. I have been invited to countless rehearsal parties, dozens of receptions and even a few bachelor parties. But there is one place I have never been invited. There is one place where three is a crowd, indeed. That place would be the bridal chamber! It is the place of complete union. It is, I dare say, the holiest place of all! It is sacred and precious. It is intimate and profound. There, all inhibitions and fears are released in a crescendo of hope and vulnerability to one another. It is where the will of one is released to the will of another in the expectation, assurance and full conviction that what can be accomplished by being two can most certainly be exponentially increased by being one.
If this be true in the natural, how much more in the Spirit? Please remember “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”(Eph 5:32)
The holiest place in all the universe is where mere mortal man chooses to trust the Lord Jesus with real union. It is where we lay down our will, our plans and our hopes to take on the will of God. This is not ‘getting saved’, it is a solemn recognition that His ways are higher than ours and we will trust Him more than we will trust ourselves. Just like a marriage, trusting Him is not a one time event, it is a daily, consistent yielding to His loving plans for our lives.
The most precious and most powerful thing we possess in this world and in the spirit world is our free will. It is more powerful than God’s will, for it is the only thing that can successfully prevent God’s plan from coming to pass in our lives each day. With our free will, we either yield to union or prevent it. We either invite the mercy of God or we reject it.
It should now be coming clearer as to why the church system cannot co-exist with the Church that Jesus is building. They are at polar opposites in desire, purpose and function. The system points to its own self-perpetuation, building and securing its own future through whatever means necessary. The church Jesus is building will always release God’s people to their own destiny in Christ, with mercy, favor and true power to accomplish one goal: to establish only one Kingdom in the earth, His.
Founded Destiny Image Publishers in 1983, and it’s non-profit arm, MercyPlace Ministries in 1998. Ministers worldwide and is the author of many books including Romancing the Divine and Secrets of the Most Holy Place. Lives with wife Cathy at the foot of the Appalachians where they raised five sons.