Thursday, April 28, 2011

Away With Me......

It seems as of late, I am keenley aware
Of something anew, a change in the air
Anticipation and yearnings, e'en groanings within
'Tis a daily occurrence, o'er and again

My spirit's awakening, I feel it inside
Is it the Lord, preparing His bride?
I feel I can breathe it, O what can it be;
What is it I sense; what is happening to me?

Is it foolish to think it's God's voice that I hear,
Drawing me, telling me His coming is near?
Is it wrong, even vain to suppose that I know,
Heaven's gate is to open, and soon I will go?

Perhaps it is hope's perfect work in my heart
A longing desire from this world to depart
My quickening spirit though, cannot deny
'Tis Jesus who's calling; yes! He draweth nigh

Hush, soul; quiet, spirit; simply listen and pray
Occupy till He cometh; be still and obey
Dove's eyes watch, Lo I'll hear His own words when He comes
"Away with Me now, it is time, My Fair One"

By: Marilyn Higgins; May 2009

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Claimed...

In stillness I can hear Him; midst throngs I'm made aware
He's ever present near me; ne'er a time He isn't there
Each season of my life, tho, lends a cross I've always known
When companion doth surround me, in truth I'm kept alone

It matters not my being, that joy should fill my soul
Or flood-tides o'er take me, with sorrow, pain, and woe
Tho love be round about me, with family and with friend
Alas, I'm but a pilgrim, sojourning till life's end

God purposed this; He knew t'was best, for me this way to take
I'm set apart; claimed by The King, 'tis all for Jesus sake
My path at times has lonely been, and often have I cried
And lo He whispers in my ear, 'tis all for thee, My bride

The Master of the universe He is, and yet He's chosen me
To reign with Him in Heaven's court, throughout eternity
I'll run the race before me set; with patience to endure
My life, my heart, my faith like gold, by fire is made pure

By: Marilyn Higgins; December 2009

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

So, why Dove's Eyes.......

Marilyn Higgins  I chose to call my blog page Doves Eyes because....  

Behold, thou art fair, My love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks.  Song of Songs 4:1a KJV

It is for this reason that God designed the bond of “oneness” in order for us to grow and deepen our relationship with Jesus and have eyes only for Him.

One who has “doves’ eyes” is seen as beautiful, like a turtledove with singleness of purpose and devotion to her mate for a lifetime. As believers, our eyes should be of spiritual perception, veiled with a beauty and love set apart for Christ alone.

The dove, a bird of love and sorrow, also served as an offering and sacrifice upon the altar for poor families, such as in the case of Mary and Joseph’s two turtledoves offering in Luke 2:23– 24. It is also symbolic of the Holy Spirit, as seen in Matthew 3:16 when the Holy Spirit came upon the Lord as a dove and helped Jesus complete His ministry while here on the earth.

The Lord desires to see the reflection of the Holy Spirit in our eyes. It is the Spirit that gently woos believers to come into a deeper intimacy and helps us prepare as the bride, just as Hegai, the king’s servant, helped Esther prepare for her king.

In the Song of Solomon 6:7-10 it says,

As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks. There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?

For many are called, but few are chosen.  Matthew 22:14 KJV

Many followers have entered in through the door of salvation and are part of the Body of Christ and will enter into Heaven.  But, their hearts have turned away from the Holy Spirit's invitation to enter into a deeper intimacy with Jesus. The Lord calls those followers His concubines, queens, and virgins, as seen in Song of Songs 6:8.   The Bible says in Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, few are chosen.”  In this Scripture “are” is italicized; in other words, it was added by the editors and should read, “few choose.”  It is we who will determine how close we want to be with our Savior.

Revelation 3:20 says, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

Our Heavenly Bridegroom refers to His beloved bride as the only “one” who has said yes to His request, “Open to Me,” and has entered into a deeper relationship, identifying with the shame of His sufferings and the full mystery of His death on the cross......~Doves Eyes~ 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Revelations

Mysteries hidden in Thy Word, revealed now to my heart
Secrets unbeknownst afore; ‘tis knowledge You impart
A little here, a little there, precepts and lines unveil
Renowned men of Ancient days, yea, angels in rebel

Wisdom’s treasure buried deep, to those that will, shall find
Teach me, Lord, Thy truth to know; quicken, Thee, my mind
Discernment crieth out to man; God’s counsel to reveal
Remove the scales that blind the eyes that hide and doth conceal

The days are short until the end; Thy spirit beckons “HEAR!”
Awaken, thou, O, sleeping one, His coming draweth near
Heed His voice; I AM will come, and shall not tarry long
In but the twinkling of an eye, His chosen ones be gone

The trumpet of the Lord shall call in order each to go
Only them that bare His Name; the rest to suffer woe
Yea, Noah's days are likened to the end of time to come
Lift up thine eyes unto the cross, 'tis Jesus Christ the Son

Sons and daughters speak forth God's Truth herein these last days
Young men see, and old men dream His purpose and His ways
Pour out Thy spirit on me, dear Lord, to boldly thus proclaim
All that Thou wouldst have declared in Thy precious Holy Name

By: Marilyn Higgins; April 2010

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Loving one another.......

Marilyn Higgins I want to share something that has been on my heart recently. I believe that sound doctrine is essential (1 Cor.15) and needs to be taught precisely and thoroughly.  But, I also believe, we should have the freedom to hold different opinions on peripheral things without it dividing us and causing us to lose our love for one another. Can’t we simply choose to let God’s Love flow through us regardless of our various eschatological interpretations?  Isn’t the Christian life a ministry of reconciliation?  Doesn’t 1 Corinthians 13:2 teach us that even if we have “all knowledge” (all Biblical truth), “but have not God’s Love, we are nothing?”

Can we only fellowship and love one another when we theologically agree on everything?  What does this mean for Calvinists trying to fellowship with Arminians or for Pentecostals fellowshipping with Baptists or for believers in the Church of Christ getting along with believers in the 7th Day Adventist church?  Are these brothers and sisters unable to love each other because of their theological differences?
Where is the dividing line?  When do we say “you’ve gone too far in beliefs that are different from mine, I can’t love you anymore.”
Now, I’m not at all saying that God’s Love is never a tough Love, or of a necessity, a discipline kind of Love.  It is!  It has to be!  It’s critical that we balance our Agape Love with the wisdom of God (or the Truth), but again, knowledge, without God’s Love, is just a “tinkling cymbal.”

To me, the bottom line is: What brings glory to God?  What reflects His image?  What pleases Him?  And, what does the Word tell us to do? 
Loving the way God wants us to love is a choice.  And, it’s a choice we need to make constantly—yielding ourselves as cleansed vessels, not only for His Love to flow through us, but also so that His wisdom can be made manifest in our lives.  As brothers and sisters, we need to be “living examples” of how God would have us reconcile these two things.  And thus, it would be an encouragement for others who are watching us to apply the same principles in their own personal lives (in their marriages and in all their relationships). 

Romans 12:18 tells us to “live peaceably with all men.”  I would hope that we could be those reflections of Christ that not only bring glory to God, but who also show forth His Love as well as His truth in our words and our deeds. This is so desperately needed in the Body of Christ right now.  Truly, Agape is a choice.  ~Doves Eyes~