Haven't you wondered why even after Jesus won the victory yet there are still battles for us to fight? Why didn't he just vanquish the devil once and for all and allow us grow peacefully as an Ecclesia?
"That is why the Lord left those nations in place. He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all. These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle." (Jdg 2:23-3:1&2).
The Hebrew word for Jesus is Joshua, so God did not allow Joshua to completely conquer the enemies. It will not be too difficult for Jesus to wipe out the devil, but that will leave us with nothing. The woman that the Lord desire is a warrior bride, she must be trained in the act of war. So a defeated devil is left roaming about so that we might use him to flex our muscles. The beauty that the bride possess will radiate when she is tried as gold glitters after passing through fire. She must come out most glorious for the final consummation of her wedding. All the battles we are seeing now is to bring out the glory in her.
She must be stressed to her limits, pestered and frustrated until she can no longer be lazy, playing religion. She must be pushed to brink, till she pick up her weapon and fight, she must master the act of war, the strategizing, the war devices. Yes, she must be a master of war strategy, and she must know her enemy so well that she can predict his every move.
She must learn to keep fortifications; so sealed that there is not a single crack or point of breaking in, and so strong that it cannot fall over. Oh, can we have that kind of holiness, a holiness without a single crack! But the bride must learn and master this. She must learn to fight with her many members as one body. Even her weapons must feel like another extension of herself.
And when she comes out of the battle she should come out with no scar, cut, spot, or even wrinkle. She should grow so fierce that she makes war look like child's play. Haha, some have begin to say in their hearts, "this is impossible, we can never get there", but that is the glory that resides in her and it must come out. The Lord will not let her be till that glory come out and shine. There is no hiding, no escaping from this, she will be beaten and beaten, dragged in defeat till she learn. Don't think Jesus will come and rescue us, that is not what his second coming is about.
"When He comes to be glorified in His saints [on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people], and [He will] be marveled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed." (2The1:10).
He will come when his bride has finally proven herself and emerge gloriously in this battle. No, he is not coming for a half baked warrior bride, she must be prepared in all ramifications.
This is an excerpt from my book; The Procession Of Holiness
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