By Paige Hunt
I hope that this series has been, and will continue to be, an adventure in the heart of Daddy God. Like Dorothy exploring the beautiful land of Oz, we want you to know that you already have everything you need to experience God’s love in tangible, intimate and prophetic ways. The shiny shoes of His grace and favor are already on your feet. We want to encourage, mentally equip, and inspire you to journey well through the paradise of your inheritance in this kingdom of Daddy’s love. Your tour guide in this journey is always your gloriously sweet, comforting, and creative Holy Spirit.
“What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12
This gloriously happy family of the Trinity desire for you to feel so comfortable in God’s kingdom (your family home), that you are fully familiar and comfortable with what is in every room, and can help yourself to all of the goodies of the wealthy, cosy, exuberant household.
Through faith in the love of Daddy God, we enjoy our inheritance. As we engage our imagination in spiritual truths – that everything Christ is and has is freely ours – it creates a channel in our minds for these spiritual realities to flow through, so that they can become practical actualities in our circumstances and emotions. God desires for both your internal and external life to look exactly like heaven. Because our inheritance is so beautiful and vast, The Holy Spirit as a good tour guide provides us with a map! This map is the Bible – through it, we discover all the blessings that are freely ours in Christ, and we grab hold of those blessings and say a great big ‘AMEN’ to them!
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20
As this is nearing the conclusion of our ‘How do I experience the love of God?’ series, I want to provide you with two very practical ways to enjoy Daddy’s love and your inheritance in Christ, every single day, even when circumstances seem difficult.
- 1. Seeing Christ in the Mirror
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was”. – James 1:24-25
A doer of the word is described in James as a person who associates themselves in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – someone who finds their identity in Jesus, and fully engages with and associates themselves with this identity; thus, throughout the day they ‘remember what they look like’ . It is someone who personalizes the love of Daddy God, and thus understands their identity as His beloved child. Being a ‘doer’ here is not about putting yourself on the treadmill of a religious lifestyle, but about embracing the good news of God’s acceptance and grace towards you – knowing that you have unconditional love and acceptance, and an incorruptible identity as Daddy’s beloved child. You are at home in the comforting, exuberant household of the Trinity. Just like in Alice in Wonderland, when Alice enters through the looking-glass, we behold the love of God and the true life of our design in the ‘mirror’ of the resurrected Jesus. As we associate ourselves in Him, knowing that our lives are hidden in Him (Colossians 3:1-3) because we are defined by all that Jesus is and has, rather than by circumstance, then we pass through the mirror of Jesus into the realities of the kingdom of God –the tangible, experiential ‘kingdom of the beloved Son’ (Colossians 1:13), which re-defines our whole lives!
Colossians 3 in the Mirror Bible speaks of our current, actual reality so eloquently and practically. Re-define your thinking according to these truths and you will experience a change in your emotions, lifestyles, and circumstances.
“You are in fact raised together with Christ! Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in Him. Relocate yourselves mentally! Engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand.
Becoming affectionately acquainted with throne room thoughts will keep your mind from being distracted again by the earthly (soul-ruled) realm.
Your union with his death broke the association with that world; see yourselves located in a fortress where your life is hidden with Christ in God!
The exact life on exhibit in Christ is now repeated in us. We are being co-revealed in the same bliss; we are joined in oneness with Him, just as His life reveals you, your life reveals Him!
Consider the members of your body dead and buried towards everything related to the porn industry, sensual uncleanness, longing for forbidden things, lust and greed, which are just another form of idol worship. (Idol worship is worshipping a distorted image of yourself!)
These distorted expressions are in total contradiction to God’s design and desire for your life.
– Colossians 3:1-6 Mirror Bible
The best thing that you could ever do is to define your life by Christ and not by your emotions or circumstances. Emotions follow thoughts, and sometimes, if we’re just letting our thoughts run on auto-pilot, based on the soul-ruled realm, we will discover ourselves encountering outbursts of anger, fears and insecurity, irrationality, and performance-orientated ways. There is a superior way to live and it is always found in Jesus, who is our very life (Colossians 3:3). As you define your life by Christ, you will discover that you are in Daddy’s kingdom as the child that He loves! You are enveloped in love!
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” – Colossians 1:13
2. Seeing God’s Design in your Neighbor
Once again I am speaking from the wonderful wisdom contained within Colossians 3. A big stumbling block to experiencing God’s love can be other people, because as you probably already know, it doesn’t take much for other people to fill our emotions with annoyance, or to get us focusing on and engaging with lies, rather than on our inheritance, and the truth of how loved we are.
“and [you] have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” – Colossians 3:10-11
Just as I encouraged you to see yourselves as looking just like Jesus, it can really help us to encounter God’s love in our daily lives, through the glorious artwork of everyone around us, as we define everyone else by Jesus, whether they are Christians are not. Wait, don’t rush to conclusions, let me explain! Jesus is God’s design for humanity. We are each a unique expression of God’s thought, and God’s original love-dream concerning humanity is summed up in Jesus, and Jesus alone. He is the template of our design, and we look better, more ethereal and glorious than any other definition would ever have us believe. Every other definition is an ill-fitting lesser glory, and a limitation to us (Romans 1:23). Whether your neighbor has let Jesus deal with the sin-disease in their spirit or not, does not mean that they are sin. In the parable of the lost coin, the coin’s value always remained. People may be acting in a way contrary to Jesus, but God still adores them and longs for them to discover their authentic blueprint, which always remains the same. It is through Christ’s death and resurrection that God invites us back into the life of our original design, dreamed up by Him for us. This reality is the superior wisdom of mankind.
In the Scriptures, people are exhorted to ‘remember the rock from which you were hewn’ (Isaiah 51:1). In the same way, God wants us to see our neighbours as made from the imagination of God’s heart, in His very image and likeness. So when someone does something that is out of line with the character of Jesus, know that their design is contrary to this, and so their actions are not intentional, but are the result of a wrong mind set. They have forgotten the rock from which they were hewn, and because of this, they are missing out on enjoying life to the full in the present moment (John 10:10).
Now that we have discussed these two new ways of thinking, I encourage you to put them into practice. In our next article, and the conclusion of this series, I will provide you with two more practical points to experience Daddy God’s love for you personally. These points are going to continue to empower you to surround yourself with wonder, cultivate an atmosphere of faith, and overcome performance mentalities (no matter how successful you may think you are according to the world’s standards!)