Last week I’d left you to ask Him what HE wanted to speak to you about, stating that I would do the same. I trust He did, indeed, have something special for you because He did with me. He led me to go through the first chapter of Moving Mountains.
Reading it made me not just laugh—it actually left me so amazed that I shared this with several women in my life because that chapter was about doing the “impossible”!!
The reason this is so amazing to me is that my daughter, Tara and I, are facing the impossibility of her getting her visa to enter into Brazil even though we’ve purchased her ticket, leaving Japan in October. (Hopefully, you’re all partners so you’ve been watching her Betrothed taking her around the world, preparing her for the husband she’s saved herself for; if not, talk to your HH about becoming a partner).
Now for this week’s message. When reading the title, did you recognize those three words “Eyes were Open” realizing it was taken from Genesis 3:7? It’s this week’s title because this is what my HH used to explain the sudden and horribly heartbreaking change that I witnessed in so many of our precious ex-ministers.
After sharing how “Eve Was Deceived” what happened to a few was there “Eyes were Open”—not really opened to the truth, but to the ugliness of the “world” our HH wants to spare us from as His bride.
We know that prior to this while living in the garden both Adam and Eve enjoyed ongoing bliss due to the Presence of Him as they fellowshipped in perfect harmony. Sadly, the moment they chose to believe the lie, both of their “eyes were opened” and immediately we see them both feeling shame. Suddenly they ran, hiding from the One, who just moments before, was who they walked freely with enjoying every perfect creation, even living together in complete harmony.
Yet, due to their lost innocence, no longer looking to Him in the same way, they were banished from living in bliss and began living in the harshness of the world.
Seeing the results of the “Little Lies” so many former members chose to believe, robbed so many of the innocent, carefree, lovestruck glow, which I witnessed had left them. You can hear it in the tone of their emails, the lack of praise, and sense it in the struggles—struggles of this life, which as His bride, we shouldn’t feel—which I honestly don’t feel.
Nevertheless, no one is immune. On several occasions, both Tara and I have spoken how close we each were to the precipice and had we peered down into that abyss, we can’t fool ourselves into thinking that we were immune to falling into this trap ourselves. It took great effort to turn around and then push our minds back to focusing on Him, yearning and begging Him to help us fall in love more deeply and passionately with Him and asking it be to an even greater degree of love and admiration for Him than we’d imagined was possible. Which, of course, He did.
Soon after asking, He helped each of us over the shock, then asking Him for more of Him, He gave me a brand new love song to sing to Him. I began to sing our many love songs loudly as I drove around town running errands, and that led to me waking up singing them in my head and heart. Very soon I felt that same unbridled joy as a lovesick bride again. “My Beloved is mine, and I am His” “For I am lovesick.” Song of Solomon 5:8, 2:16
Darling bride, it could be anything at all that causes you to be tempted to be deceived, especially since we women are prone to it, which is why we must always remain under the protection of our Husband. An even greater threat, when you are deceived, is to come to the place of your eyes opening—not to see greater things as the serpent and liar is infamous for saying would happen—but when you open your eyes and others see you’ve lost the joy everyone once could see in you. A joy you’d once known and cherished. Being lovesick is where I want to remain since the opposite will leave me with a countenance fallen, which is what I will share in next week’s message.