By Paige Hunt
The woman in Song of Solomon utters a cry that is relevant even today, as if it were an echo from our own hearts:
“They made me the caretaker of the vineyards, but I didn’t take care of my own vineyard.” – Song of Solomon 1:6b.
The language and method of mundane humanity wears us down. We can become so busy doing things for God, and passionately, zealously ‘organizing’ our lives and our faith with all the ‘right’ answers and projects (or simply insert any form of demand and self-exertion here!), that we lose sight of our authentic love-union with Jesus: a union that hinges solely and completely on His perfect love for us. Faith is all about allowing that cookie-dough comforting, and sweetly satisfying reality to fill your heart and emotions (Ephesians 3:19), and surrendering your self-efforts to the beauty, poetry and comfort of that. It is all about enjoying the love of God towards unique you, in personal, intimate, and sentimental ways that fill you with wonder, comfort, and awe. You can be aware that your Daddy is personally adoring you in any moment during any activity, because the language of union is unconditional, and the language of our resurrection in Christ is irreversible.
Because of those truths, we can let go of the worn down, tiresome wisdom of this world. We can stop trying to take care of the vineyards of life, and trust that our Daddy’s love truly is sufficient and empowering in, for, and through all things in our life. Jesus is always and forever the handyman within our lives. He is the gardener of our souls (John 20:15), and the responsible Daddy who declares to us the same truths communicated to Moses in Exodus 14:13a, 14; 15:17a:
“Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid, stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today…Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still…You [LORD] shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance.” (emphasis mine)
Jesus does it all! Our posture is one of relaxing, reclining, and enjoying all of the benefits of our inheritance in Christ. Our posture should be one of letting God be the doting Daddy, and our abundantly good and kind provider. There is an old proverb which says that ‘the wisdom is in the wine’, and we not only discover true wisdom as we drink up this rich wine of our Daddy’s love for us, we also experience it in our emotions. This is the most beneficial thing we can do in life. Song of Solomon 8:5 thus declares:
“Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.” (KJV)
“Who is this sweeping in from the desert, leaning on her lover? I aroused you under the apple tree, where your mother gave you birth, where in great pain she delivered you.” (NLT)
A deeper look into this verse reveals that our Daddy loves it when we lean upon his love for us (c.f. 1 John 4:16). It is this easy, trusting, exciting posture of resting in what Christ has accomplished on our behalf , and filling our lives with the exhilarating truth of His fondness and love of us, that carries us out of our ‘wilderness’ areas in life, and causes us to see the promised land that we have been already been planted into in Christ. The second half of this verse speaks of the ‘pain’ of the cross (Jesus hanging on that ‘tree’ in order to ‘raise us up’ and ‘arouse’ us back to God’s original thought and design concerning us), to show us the depth and detail of God’s tender care for us (see Song of Solomon 8:6). We once again are reclining with our Daddy in a completed, finished garden of pleasure, in which all of our desires will come to pass in the natural realm, and all of our wilderness areas will ‘be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.’ (Isaiah 35:1). What has already occurred in your spirit will become manifest as you rest securely in the comfort of our heavenly Daddy’s arms.
Throughout this series, I want to look at three Scriptures in Hebrews to encourage you to lean passively upon your heavenly Daddy’s provision and care towards you. You can be as bold as a lion in all of the things that Christ has accomplished on your behalf (Proverbs 28:1). You do not need to complete your already perfected salvation to enjoy all of the blessings of your inheritance – blessings personalized to your deepest desires, such as a happy, healthy marriage, abundant friendships, wealth, health – the list goes on and on!
Now, onto the book of Hebrews:
“5:8 – As a son, he [Jesus] was in the habit of hearing from above; what he heard distanced him from the effect of what he had suffered. (The word often translated as obedience is the word upoakuo, under the influence of hearing, or hearing from above. “By” the things he suffered, is apo, away from, distanced).
5:9 – By his perfect hearing he forever freed mankind to hear what he had heard. (He now makes it possible for us to hear in such a way that we may participate again in the full release of our original identity; the logos finding voice in the incarnation in us.)” – MIRROR WORD
One way to ‘lean’ upon God’s love is to simplify your ‘mental hearing’ so that your thoughts are in harmony with your already-accomplished righteousness, joy, and peace (‘eirēnē’ peace here means more than simply a nice emotion. It also translates as security, safety, prosperity, a blessed state – Romans 14:17). It really is as basic as de-cluttering your mind in the daily experiences of your life, through (when faced with situations that bring negative emotions, anxiety, a sense of shame or limitation, and the like) asking yourself if what you are thinking is in accordance with the state, atmosphere, and personality of heaven. As you transform your thinking, you actually ‘distance yourself from the effect’ of those negative emotions and thought patterns. You even allow the transformation of areas of death into Christ’s oasis of life and flowing blessings in the here and now.
Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to confirm this
“3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (emphasis mine)
Paul states that in order to ‘wage war’ and gain success in the Christian life, seeing the blessings of God manifest with our own eyes, we have to take every thought captive to ‘the obedience of Christ’. This very clearly is not about our own obedience. That would be tiresome and take us further into that struggle against our own self-efforts. In order to focus on our own obedience we have to get up from that place where we are seated on Daddy’s lap, being kissed and adored by Him (Ephesians 2:6). We stop leaning and we start interrupting Christ when we try to be obedient, because Daddy is completely satisfied and self-sufficient. He is always the benefactor, and we are always His happy beneficiaries!
We take our thoughts captive to Christ’s obedience. This means that we align our thinking with the truth of what Jesus accomplished personally on our behalf through His own obedience in His life, death, and resurrection. We are co-resurrected with Him, hidden in Him, and seated with Him. Therefore, anything that the glorious Trinity is and has, we are and have, without an ounce of our former failings, sins, or limitations. And we didn’t even have to lift a finger to receive all of these benefits of heaven.
We can live as passive instruments, receiving Daddy’s highest care for us. Our heavenly Daddy can take better care of us than we could ourselves. He desires to bless us in ways suited to our own personal desires and needs, more than we could ever hope or dream! (2 Corinthians 10:9-12). Taking our thoughts captive to Daddy’s obedience is about leaning on His love for us and trusting that He has already eradicated completely every obstacle between us and our greatest breakthroughs and blessings. We rest and trust in this.
We can get into the habit of hearing from above. Heaven sings the same song over and over, and that song is the song that our Daddy loves us and that everything we could dream of or desire has been freely accomplished already in Jesus, so we have already been established in blessings. This distances us from the effects of anything less than heaven. As we hear correctly (that Christ has accomplished it all and there is nothing left for us to do but enjoy it!) , we ‘participate again in the full release of our original identity’.
Resting in these truths is truly ‘waging war’ and being active and alert.
Practical Application Point
In each article of this series I want to provide you with at least one practical application point. Today, to further encourage you to get comfy and familiar with hearing above (hearing the language of your first nature), I recommend speaking in tongues.
Speaking in tongues is a great way to enjoy your authentic life, because it is like a child in a playground, engaging their senses and in the fun and joy of life. You are letting go of the soul-ruled dominance which ‘feels’ a compulsion to have everything figured out, and ‘tries’ to gain words from God.
In tongues, you aren’t able to dominate the form of your faith life down to the last detail, but you are letting Daddy’s fun, inspiring, joy-filled rivers of living water within you flow (John 7:38) as you speak blessings, beauty and praises. It is like letting your heavenly Daddy lavish you with tangible kisses, or eating a great feast – you enjoy every minute of it because as you speak, you are embracing the goodness of Daddy towards you. Your mind does not have to grasp hold of everything. You are letting go to let His supply flow, rather than running on auto-pilot in the compulsions of demand.
As John Crowder has commented in his book Mystical Union*:
‘The other disciplines and sacraments of the church are entirely graces for our benefit. Not means of helping God out, purifying ourselves, or adding to the union we have in Him. Disciplines such as prayer, communion, etc. are modes of enjoying God, not methods of appeasing him…Exercising spiritual gifts is seen by many as an important discipline. But spiritual gifts should be fun. We need to return to child-like innocence with them’
He also comments:
“The great saint Brother Lawrence – known as a man of continual prayer – says he stopped praying! He started enjoying and just rolling with the Glory – whatever his “state” obliged him. He just followed the joys of God’s prompting…If I am standing in line at Burger King, ordering a happy meal while blissed out in the presence of God – then I am in prayer. And I may even be fasting! Whenever you are enjoying harmony with His Presence, this is prayer…Speaking in tongues for instance, where Paul says, “rapt in the Spirit, he is uttering mystic secrets” (1 Corinthians 14:2, WAY). The highest forms of prayer are always passive states of the heart before God. It is funny that so many people think they are helping God out with their prayers. Did you know that prayer was originally something designed to help you out?”
*Footnote: John Crowder, Mystical Union: Stuff they never told you about the finished work of the cross (Sons of Thunder Ministries & Publications: Santa Cruz, 2010)