Longings of the Bride – Diana Pulliam

Bride Longing
When I received ‘The Proposal’ on June 12, 2017, several weeks went by before my feet touched the ground again.
During the visitation, Jesus had said,
“You are My beloved!”
        “Will you be My Bride?”
The morning after my acceptance of His proposal, I was told,
“Prepare yourself for Him!”
When I heard those words, I could hardly contain myself!  I immediately began to ask, “Lord, how do I prepare? Please show me how to prepare for Him!”
On June 22nd, during a day of fasting and prayer, the Father answered me:
“He is your Betrothed.”
        “You must remove any vestige of previous lovers.”
“Your primary role will be to continually seek ME in prayer and fastings.”
“You are to receive from your Bridegroom and be a witness to Him.”
“I have prepared you for Him!”
“He will spread His covering over you!”
After these two experiences, it was like I was floating a foot off the ground for the next few weeks.  I felt the love of the Father for His Son, and the love of the Son for me.  What was so amazing was the love I felt for Jesus, my coming Bridegroom!  It was like that “first love” I’d experienced upon first becoming a Christian, except so much more.  This love was a supernatural love given me from the Father for His Son!  He was my Betrothed, and would be coming for me soon!
The morning of July 6th, 2017, I’d just gotten out of bed and began to walk across the floor when the Holy Spirit spoke the following:
“Your faith will be stretched beyond anything you can possibly imagine.”
Little did I realize the importance of those words, and how I would soon cling to them.
The Wait:
It wasn’t long – just a matter of weeks, when things of this world began to come against me as never before.  Distractions from every quarter, and persecution like I’d never experienced gradually began to take their toll.
Numbness crept in, spreading over me like a blanket.  I cried out to the Father, asking why the wait had to be so long. The love I felt for my Bridegroom was so strong it began to feel painful to me.  Now, when I thought of Him, it was just a reminder that He was so far away…
The Doubts:
Soon, doubt began to wash over me in waves.  What was happening?  Hadn’t the Father told me He had prepared me for Him?  Did He not say He would spread his covering over me?  If that was the case, why was everything so hard?  Why did I feel so absolutely alone?  Instead of celebrating what was to come, I found myself in a state of mourning!
The Solution:
Gradually, I came to believe that since I had to go it alone for now, the less I thought about being united with Him, the easier it would be to make it through the day.  The truth was, every time I let myself dream of Jesus coming for me, the harder it was to face the stark contrast, that physical reality around me.  It felt like I was on a roller coaster, with extreme highs and lows… So I began to busy myself with the things I was involved in before the visitation, prior to The Proposal.
The Lord Responds:
The middle of August, just as I awakened from a deep sleep, I heard the Lord say,
“Do not look at the things of this world.”
“Fix your eyes only on Me!”
Just then He reminded me of what He’d told me in July,
“Your faith will be stretched beyond anything you can possibly imagine.”
He began to minister to my spirit about the days ahead and how everything I was going through, the Bride of Christ will also experience – but multiplied a hundred fold as calamities and persecution skyrocket!
As the Betrothed of Jesus, we must prepare ourselves for Him!  Once we accept His proposal, we cannot go back to the previous “loves” of this life.  We cannot allow ourselves the luxury of distractions in our attempt to numb the pain of our unmet desire to be with Him.
No, the Bride of Jesus must turn completely TOWARD Him!  She must fully EMBRACE Him!  For it’s during this betrothal period, that He reveals more and more to her about who He is!
As the coming Bridegroom is revealed, His Bride must be a witness to Him.  She represents Him, and is His Body on the earth.
She must become like Him in order to be united with Him!
The final step of the Bride will be her total surrender to Him! 
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh…” (Mark 10:7)
Notice when the man leaves his father’s house – he and his wife become one flesh.  Could this be the reason no one will know the day or hour of Jesus’ return – but only the Father?
Only the Father will know when the Bride’s heart has totally surrendered to her Bridegroom, when she has fully embraced Him, and their hearts now beat as one…
To Be Continued…
Scripture References:
Matthew 11:29, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of me….”
Acts 1:8, “…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem…and to the end of the earth.”
2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Ephesians 1:22-23, “…the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him…”
Mark 10:7, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh…”