Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"On Fire": What It Means for God to BRING and PRESENT You to 'the One'

This morning...

While doing some praying for the "On Fire" gals, "awake" was the word that the Spirit (John 4:24) gave me.

I immediately knew what God was referring to. So many single women are out here trying to "shake men awake", in the spirit realm, when it comes to marriage, and all they're doing is frustrated themselves. Oh, and annoying the fellas in the process.

And I discern that a big part of it is because more focus is put on Proverbs 18:22 ("He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord") being the "anchor text" for dating/courtship rather than Genesis 2:18-25. THAT is where God's *perfect will* for mankind is revealed:

"Now the Lord God said, 'It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary for him.' So the Lord God formed out of the ground every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. And the man gave names to all the livestock, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper [that was] suitable (a companion) for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man He made (fashioned, formed) into a woman, and He brought her and presented her to the man. Then Adam said,

'This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.'

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed or embarrassed."---Genesis 2:18-25(AMP)

In God's perfect will (and don't you want his *perfect will* for your marriage?--Joel 2:3), he puts the man to sleep---*after the man cultivates a relationship with the Lord and begins to operate in his God-instructed and God-ordained purpose*---and *then* God begins to fashion and form the woman that he has in mind for him:

Fashion: to give a particular shape or form to; make; to accommodate; adjust; adapt

Form: external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration; a particular condition, character, or mode in which something appears;the manner or style of arranging and coordinating parts for a pleasing or effective result, as in literary or musical composition

Allowing God to fashion and form you is a process. *It takes time* (Ecclesiastes 3:11, James 1:4)...

And I really like that last definition of form. I've heard people refer to marriage as "a dance". And look at what forming consists of: allowing God (not you or the guy *but God*) to arrange and coordinate parts in such a way that it will be pleasing to both people while bringing forth an *effective result*---again, for both people.

In the Garden of Eden, God was doing the work...
Of cultivating a marital union between two people...
Not man.
Not woman.

Let's keep going...

So, according to God's perfect will and original plan for marriage...

*After* a woman is formed and fashioned to suit the man that *God* has in mind for her *while the man is asleep* (meaning not always or necessarily "conscious" of what God has going on), GOD then brings and presents the woman to the man.

What does that mean exactly?

Bring: to carry, convey, conduct, or cause (someone or something) to come with, to, or toward the speaker; to cause to come to or toward oneself; attract; to cause to occur or exist; to cause to come into a particular position, state, or effect; to cause to appear or occur in the mind; evoke or recall; to persuade, convince, compel, or induce

God causes the woman to come towards the man with the words/instructions that he gives.
God causes the woman to be someone the man is attracted to---spiritually, most of all.
God causes to the woman to get into a particular position or state.
God causes the woman to appear in the man's mind.

When a woman tries to do that, it makes me think of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and how all of that drama went down (Genesis 3). The serpent, through deception (I Timothy 2:14), convinces her to eat the fruit God told Adam *and then her through Adam* not to. And then she hands it to Adam. Yeah, don't convince a man to take you. That's not your job and if you're moving ahead of God's will, you may just find out the hard way that you weren't the right one for the guy in the first place.

Next word...

Present: to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act; to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way; afford or furnish (an opportunity, possibility, etc.); to introduce (a person) to another, especially in a formal manner; to bring before or introduce to the public

(Yeah, you see that to be presented isn't to be sneaking around and/or hiding, right? You can come out in PUBLIC!)

OK, "formal" sure is showing up a lot. Let's look that up too...

Formal: being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional; marked by form or ceremony; observant of conventional requirements of behavior, procedure, etc., as persons; ceremonious

I remember reading an author saying that God was the first Father to give his daughter away when he presented the Woman to Adam (dig that!). That definitely would explain one side of the "formality" of being presented to a man.

Another that's awesome is being in accordance with requirements and being observant of conventional (in this case, "biblical") requirements of behavior/procedure.

In the spirit realm, by allowing God to present you to the man he has for you, it means also allowing him to show you what his standards are in the dating/courtship process. (One of those would be *abstinence until marriage*---Hebrews 13:4, I Corinthians 6:16-20-Message)

This all makes me think of a quote that I recently read from an author named Shannon L. Alder: “Chasing a person doesn’t give you value or build values in you. You earn your value by chasing morality and practicing dignity.” To allow God to bring you to your husband is a moral and dignified approach to dating and courtship.

*And then* comes the word "awake"...

Awake: to wake up; rouse from sleep; to rouse to action; become active; to come or bring to an awareness; become cognizant (often followed by to)

*God* put Adam to sleep.
*God* also woke Adam up.

And because all of God's works are perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4), Adam was awakened---*he became active and aware* at just the right time. At the time when he wasn't wondering who the woman was who was standing before him. He immediately declared her as his bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh...*as his wife*.

The Woman didn't tell him who she was...
She followed God's leading (Proverbs 3:5-6)...
And then Adam awakened, became aware and *told her*.

I know that I know that I know someone is in a situation where they were looking for some clarity regarding it. Prayerfully, God's original and divine blueprint had shed some light (Psalm 18:28).

God had a plan for you and yours before you were born...
Adam and the Woman's love story provided oodles of insight.

We tend to make things more complicated than it has to be...

Let God form and fashion you...
Let God bring and present you...
Let God awaken "him".

Watch how simple (not always easy but simple) your own love story can become.

Amen. And amen.



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