Thursday, September 13, 2018

Warrior Bride Says Yes to the Dress



The Warrior Bride of Christ
Have you ever been in a Bible study that inspired you and moved you to take action? Have you heard about the bride of Christ in waiting? Have you been convicted of not using a God given gift lately? 

Yes, yes, and yes are my answers to these question. 

Beth Fortune was our ladies’ Bible study teacher this summer in a six week series called Completely His: Loving Jesus Without Limits. She began by showing us through scripture A Love Story Like No Other in one of our sessions. Beth reminded us that our bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us and that our love story is from everlasting to everlasting. 





 "I go to prepare a place for you." Jesus said in John 14:2.


Then Beth opened our eyes to the Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony with supporting scriptures that showed us Jesus Christ’s proposal, the price He paid, and what we are to wear while waiting for His return. This section was called, Saying Yes to the Dress: What does it look like to be the Bride of Christ…waiting on her Bridegroom. As we looked at scriptures, we saw how we are to live in the wait using the gifts from the Son, gifts from God the Father, and gifts from the Holy Spirit. 

I was convicted and motivated to use a God given gift I haven’t used in twenty years, Then deep inside me, to draw a concept of the Bride of Christ standing ready on the battlefield of life. Prayer was my weapon when fear and doubt caused me to throw down the pencil and run from the task. Like the Warrior Bride, I put on the full armor of God, picked up the pencil again and to applied what was given to me by Him.  

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readings given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,     Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV

With the thread of Beth Fortune’s teaching, the fabric of the Word, and a pencil as my needle, I crafted The Warrior Bride of Christ sketch. At the end of the Bible study, Beth gave each attendee a bookmark with the picture of the drawing to remind them of the Groom’s return and the accessories He has given us in the wait. 

What about you, have you attended an inspiring Bible study or challenged to use a rusty gift lately? 

     
Beth Fortune 
  If not, check out Beth Fortune’s Bible studies, retreats, and encouraging blog posts at  www.bethfortune.net




Uplifting blessings, 
Carolyn 

7 comments:

Jeanne Doyon said...

Love this, Carolyn. I am preparing to begin teaching a study on the Armor of God (Eph 6) and would love to get a copy of your bookmark. Are they available? I wish I lived closer...I would enjoy your Bible study very much

mviscuse said...

Carolyn, what a beautiful reminder! I love that you use your talents to bless others. You are His artist and I hope you continue to draw and share. I would love to see more! Blessings to you, Michelle V.

Carolyn Knefely said...

Jeanne,

I'll send you the layout for bookmarks with the Warrior Bride tomorrow after you send me your contact information that I can create for the backside of bookmark. To have your information on the back will remind the ladies from whom the got it and the study you taught. So pleased to hear you're teaching the Word.
Shine on!

Carolyn Knefely said...

Michelle,

Thanks for the encouraging words for me to continue drawing for the Lord. I've made myself available to serve when and where I can and He showed me the need to pick up a pencil as a service tool. Miss you.

Jeanne Doyon said...

I will email you. Thank you so much

Beth K. Fortune said...

Carolyn,
I'm so glad you picked up your pencil again. Can't wait to see what the Lord leads you to draw for Him next. Thanks for being obedient. I was blessed, along with many others, by you saying yes to God.

Thanks for sharing this for others to get a glimpse of what it means to be a Bride and a Warrior with God's armor on us.
Write . . . and draw on ;)
Beth

Carolyn Knefely said...

Beth, your teaching was my inspiration in creating the concept of the Warrior Bride. Answers to prayers moved the pencil to show what wearing the full armor of the Lord could look like.

Your Bible study was a transformer that began with the foundational basics to expectant prophecies in Revelations. I look forward to more of your insightful Bible studies that transforms the church to take action while waiting for the Groom's return. Teach on!