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Abiding Sweetly

John 15:5 (KJV)

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Is your primary mode of living one of exertion, are you drowning in a sense of demand? Or are you soaking in the rest and supply of Christ’s finished work? In Christ, we are swallowed up into the good news that, one with the Godhead, our only job description is to abide in our new reality – the life of the Trinity (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Abiding is the posture of rest and simple trust in the all-sufficient, practical nature of God’s love and kindness. Because Christ has enveloped us, engulfed us into union with him, and immersed us in a whole new world of unceasing glory, we know that this passive posture of just being loved by Father God is a canoe on paradise waters, where God carries us into every single one of our blessings. We are living eternally on the paradise honeymoon-island of God’s heart, discovering one blessing after another in this good news message of who we have become and what we have gained in and through Jesus Christ.

Just like a branch, we rest in our union with the divine – our inclusion in this good news that heaven is here now. This posture of abiding makes us to experience the nourishment of the Father’s love and provision, his grace, and we discover that we effortlessly behold and manifest glorious fruits in each aspect of our life. Our natural posture is one of fruitfulness in the good news – as we rest, his fruits flow through us, with vitality, life, glorified thoughts and emotions, miraculous blessings, honey-glory, security, comfort and so much more. Psalm 23:2 (KJV) tells us that ‘he maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.’ (emphasis mine), as the magnitude of this positive gospel message presses in on us from all sides, so that we are passive recipients of the Father’s beauty and grace (see 2 Corinthians 5:14). This is why John 15:16 (KJV) explains that we are ‘ordained’ to bear fruit. A branch does not strive or exert effort to produce or maintain fruit, it just abides in the healthy branch, simply remaining in reality, and sweet nectar flows and produces all kinds of pleasant fruit! We are carried along in the bliss-revelation of the good news. This is why the Greek word for ‘ordained’ used in John 15:16, tithēmi,  is also translated ‘established’. God has established us in heaven on earth in the here and now (see Mark 1:14-15), so that our effortless, natural existence is pure, heavenly vitality. The heavens are already open and are flowing consistently to and through us, in our union with the Trinity (see 1 Corinthians 6:17). Sink deeper into this reality, continually abide…

Psalm 46:10 (KJV) tells us that we are to ‘Be still, and know that I am God:’ We have permission to be conscious of nothing but the heavenly reality (see Colossians 3:1-3).  All and every gift of heaven is freely ours; we can simply relax into and enjoy the honey-pot of God’s glory through abiding. It will begin to captivate us and articulate itself through our daily life, in our emotions and through our imagination, as this good news message, whilst being completely relational, organic, and simple, is truly not shallow. It has endless depths of glory, wonder, inspiration, and delight. It is an entirely new world. In Christ, Romans 6:4 (PHILLIPS) describes to us that we have risen to life ‘on a new plane altogether’. As we know this, the old problems, the bitter circumstances, are completely destroyed, without us having to figure anything out, lift a finger, or even understand how the situations worked themselves out. Christ is all and in all, in and through our lives, so we can enjoy the life of the Godhead in all things (see Colossians 3:11). This is why Meister Eckhart, a Christian mystic, has declared that “nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness”. We can be still, simply abide, and recognise that the old has gone, and the glory of God is here in Christ! (see 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

 

 

 

 

Separating Truth from Religious Behaviors and Rituals (Part Three)

Faith as Substance!

Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17 (AMP)

Scripture is clear that the reality and substance of life is Christ and the faith of Jesus Christ – what His grace knows to be true of us and our world in our union with Him – our co-resurrection in Him! (Galatians 2:20).  This is also revealed in Hebrews:

  1. “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” – Hebrews 10:1 (NIV)
  2. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

The reality (substance, material) of the believer’s life is the blessing of God in Jesus Christ (see also Colossians 1:13; Galatians 3:13-14) and our whole new reality of existence in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). Darkness however, has no real substance or reality. It simply means there is an absence of light, and throughout Scripture, darkness is used to symbolize a lack of understanding about our identity and blessings in Christ (Isaiah 60:1-3; Colossians 1:13-15). This is why sin (anything that is the result of the fall of man, such as sickness, disease, punishment, condemnation and pain etc.), is the Greek word ‘hamartia’. Romans 3:23 in the Mirror Bible explains this perfectly:

Everyone is in the same boat; their distorted behavior is proof of a lost blueprint. (The word sin, is hamartia, from ha, negative and meros, form, thus to be without form or identity…” (MIRROR WORD).

Sin and darkness have no real, active form or substance. The word ‘sin’ itself means ‘without form’! Throughout Scripture, Jesus, the substance, is referred to as light (John 8:12; John 1:4; John 12:46).Darkness, however, is simply the absence of light, which means that Jesus and His reality is the ONLY one that has substance –  He enlightens the believer to their true identity, and the objective reality of Christ as all in all  (Colossians 3:11). He enables us to live within, engage with, and enjoy true reality, experiencing and manifesting the substance in and through His finished work. We have become partakers and receivers of God’s substance! Our bodies, our minds, our lives, and our relationshipsflower-181984_960_720 have gone from empty-desert wanderings to a blossoming garden of exuberance, beauty, creative-joys – all the substance of life! Truly life is an adventure of bliss and glory!

Christ’s faith in the power of His cross and resurrection (and your inclusion in that) is your effortless connector to all supernatural blessings and bliss, your ‘light switch’ in this world. Simple trust in His perspective enables you to see ‘in’ and ‘through’ Christ’s eyes, effortlessly flowing with the frequencies and vibrations of reality, manifesting all that Christ is and has in the here and now. Ephesians 3:6 declares to us that through the Gospel we become partakers of the promise of Christ (KJV).  This is why you cannot actively receive darkness and curses, as darkness is nothing. Christ’s light has come to reside within you, and the darkness has fled! Darkness has no form, order or substance to receive from. It does not belong in your reality or world anymore and has no hold in it. Simply knowing this truth enables us to be set free from feeling an obligation or necessity to engage in many religious behaviors and light-bulb-1407610_960_720.jpgrituals that pass as ordinary and commonplace in the church. You do not need to engage in warfare when joy-fare is rich and abounding in the substance of reality and power, because it engages with God’s faith, with the objective reality of Christ and life in Him! (see Nehemiah 8:10).

Being ‘in Christ’ means that you have been engulfed into the reality of heaven on earth in the here and now, to sink into it and enjoy it. Darkness and light is not in an active battle. Jesus poured out all of the wisdom of His substance in His cross and resurrection to release you into the revelation and subsequent manifestation of His life and the goodies of His heart and imagination – you have been plunged into the reality of realities! This truly is joy unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8; KJV)

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” – Colossians 1:13 (NIV)

You do not need to live a life of religious suspicion or paranoia, which has no relevance to Christ and His finished work (the new, eternal age of the Gospel!). You cannot actively receive ‘the curse’, or even any curses, because the curse has no substance to actively receive from, and you are already in possession of the light-substance of Christ, which fortifies you!

 Many religious burdens are placed on people through false teachings in this area. The truth is that curses are without form and substance. They do not exist in your reality, the objective reality. So, for example, even when you or people around you speak negatively and not in faith, it does not impact or affect reality, as it is not drawing upon any negative substance. It’s not drawing upon anything at all! Yet whenever you enjoy the realities of faith in any form, that POSITIVE substance effortlessly flows into your world by grace through faith, protecting and fortifying you from sin, sickness – all darkness – because power-poles-503935_960_720.jpglight is reality, and no darkness can withstand it. It is this reality of light that HAS rescued you from the life of sin (no form, no reality), where you stumbled about in the dark, vulnerable to every ‘work’ of darkness.  

There used to be a ‘source’ that people COULD receive bad from (well more accurately, a system in which people could not engage with the good, as the law is not of faith – Galatians 3:2). However, the law was only a shadow, and Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). The curse no longer exists anywhere, it is not in reality, so there is only one source that believers can receive from, enjoy and flow with, the Holy Spirit. If someone doesn’t trust in Holy Spirit, and speaks and lives in a faithless manner, it does not mean that they will receive the bad – as the bad has no active form or substance – it just means that they aren’t actively enjoying the light (the realities of the Gospel) in those moments.

You are in union with the Godhead and can enjoy all that they are and have in the here and now!!!

As we believe in – simply co-see with God –  the finished work of Jesus, we naturally and effortlessly enjoy and experience the blessings of faith and grace – and so do our families, who get actively blessed through our faith. Negative words and actions have no active spiritual consequences; they just don’t have any positive power to release the blessings and substance of faith, so the person engaging in negativity isn’t enjoying the realities of faith in that moment. This is why Christians do not need to get into religious behaviors and rituals to try to ‘balance’ or ‘counteract’ faithless words or works. A lot of prophetic ministry today is shadowboxing, engaging in empty religious behaviours and rituals with no spiritual value, as Christ already completed the work and defeated the devil! Christ has already carried us into the substance of all blessings, the comfort and detailed affections of His love-dream come true!

Christianity should not be about what we have been delivered from (as looking back to the ‘dominion of darkness’ is pointless. We’re not there anymore!). Christianity is all about girl-918734_960_720what we have been delivered TO! – This is engaging with and enjoying the power-packed, creative-joy dynamite of faith!

Today, you can simply enjoy the realities of the Gospel, knowing that the faith of Jesus Christ is the only reality, and that as a believer, you ARE naturally in the Spirit and surrounded by heavenly blessings and realities at all times (see Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25). There is NO condemnation and NO active spiritual consequences or curses for us in Christ (Romans 8:1). That is why Psalm 23 says that goodness and mercy are CHASING after us, as they are the only active forces – blessing is active, it has substance. However, darkness is like ‘the valley of the SHADOW (without form, substance, or reality) of death’ (see Psalm 23:5), yet even when we walk through that as believers, we walk WITH Christ, and his truth effortlessly leads us out of any areas of wrong beliefs and words (shadows).

Many preachers act as if darkness has substance, as much substance as faith even, but that is not true, and it places unnecessary demands and burdens upon people. Faith is substance, which is why when we enjoy faith in any form, we can actively, effortlessly move mountains with the realities of blessing that is released. God is so good and he is the Source!

The message of Christ’s finished work (our co-resurrection in Christ and subsequent inheritance in Him!) renews our mind so that we can enjoy the blessings of Jesus that are already ours, and be effortlessly transformed as a result, more and more in the natural realm, in a way that blesses us, others around us, and our circumstances (hence why the blessing of Deuteronomy 28 reaches to external circumstances and even farther – to our homes and families)…..That is why whenever you enjoy and comprehend faith, you know and can rest assured that your entire family and home is irrevocably, irreversibly blessed as a result, without you having to lift a finger! You’re all blessed and you can’t do anything about it – you certainly can’t speak your way out of a manifestation of that blessing, as all blessings are BY FAITH THROUGH GRACE. So there’s no words or efforts involved, and therefore no words or efforts which can disqualify you from receiving. FAITH, the active substance of blessing, is released WHENEVER the Gospel is heard:

  • “faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.” – Romans 10:17 (AMP)
  • “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 (KJV)

However, because we can ‘receive’ faith in a manifest way, does not mean we can ‘receive’ darkness. Darkness has no substance. Faith is light, and darkness has never understood, threatened, or come near that light. It just flees from it (John 1:5). Just like when you switch on a light, all the darkness flees. Darkness is not an active force, and all darkness ‘died’ on the cross with Jesus when he made a spectacle of all principalities and powers through the revelation power of His reality….So words and actions are NEUTRAL if they 16are not an outflow and overflow of Christ’s substance of blessing and hope. The power is not words or our efforts or actions, but faith – faith is all about Christ and the realities of blessing we have through his finished work. Faith is co-knowing with God what He knows to be true of us in our union with Him. That is where the power is.

So carry on enjoying faith in grace-rhythms, in the ways that are normal, natural, and personal to you. You don’t need to counteract anything. Warfare is swallowed up by joy-fare in the New Covenant, because Jesus won the battle and carried you and your family to the victory, so you can enjoy and experience all of His blessings without hindrance or opposition! Under law, when the unclean touches the clean, circumstances became unclean. But under grace, your cleanliness in Christ is a constant reality, and so the unclean becomes clean effortlessly.

You are filled with the substance of faith! You can’t receive darkness, only blessing.swimming-1925391_960_720.jpg Believer, be set free from religious rituals and behaviours! Allow the Gospel to enlighten your mind, and as this occurs, religion will effortlessly fall from you, and you will discover yourself living effortlessly in the unforced rhythms of grace!

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23 (KJV)

Separating Truth from Religious Behaviours and Rituals (Part One)

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)

Grace is a rest!

636Many sincere believers base their lives upon their own efforts to achieve faith and the results of faith. Rather than resting in and enjoying the freedom of Christ’s finished work on their behalf (i.e. who they have become in Christ, who He is to them, and their vast, grand, already established inheritance in Him), simply trusting in his detailed care, provision, and love (1 Peter 5:7), they spend their time striving to produce results and manufacture the promises in Scripture. However, God wants us to get to a place where our burdens are completely lifted, and where there is no pressure for our own efforts to ‘produce’ or ‘manifest’ anything. Believer, you have uncompromised freedom in Christ, and are well able to simply enjoy and embrace the unshakable, secure realities of being ‘in Christ’ – sharing in all that He is and has (Romans 8:17). Faith, grace, blessings, fruits – absolutely everything in the Christian faith – is a rest. Galatians 5:1 (KJV) states that as believers we can “stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

If what you are experiencing or doing in your grace walk doesn’t actually – in essence – feel like grace, but rather something you have to maintain and sustain with your efforts – no matter how Christian those efforts feel – then that is because what you are experiencing and doing isn’t grace, but a response to a legalistic belief or teaching that has impacted your understanding and awareness. Empty religious teachings feel burdensome, wearying, and provide no deep-seated peace. However, Jesus desires that you be free from all burdens and cares, so that you may discover the ‘rest, renewal, and blessed quiet’ of soul that is given freely in Him. You see, the essence of grace is honey-sweetness, 637.jpggoodness, and delight (Psalm 119:103; Psalm 34:8; Psalm 94:19; Isaiah 58:14; Psalm 21:2; Psalm 37:4). When you are under grace, there is an effortless, uplifting, revitalizing sense of ease, rest, and well-being.

The fruits of grace are therefore rest, refreshing, ease, encouragement, comfort, uplifting, total well-being, joy, and security – the list goes on and on! Grace encourages us that we are in a total, perfect, fortifying union with the Godhead, well able to rest in their love and protection, tasting of their benefits and blessings freely (1 Corinthians 6:17). I love the way that The Message Bible translates Matthew 11:28-30:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (MSG)

Believer, you were designed to live ‘freely and lightly’. The rhythms of grace are ‘unforced’, and certainly are not ‘heavy’ or ‘ill-fitting’! Religious bondage feels burdensome, heavy, ill-fitting, uncomfortable, and pressing. However, grace is a natural enjoyment of abundant life in Christ! (John 10:10). The focus of grace is Christ and His faithfulness, and not us and our works of faith. The essence of religious burdens is pressure and demand, but the essence of grace is overwhelming supply, because grace 638.jpgfocuses on Jesus and your already established reality of blessings in Him! Religion begins with self-sufficiency and lack, but grace begins with all-sufficient abundance in Christ and ushers in all the glories, beauties, and blessings of His finished work! Grace is the essence of success!

Therefore, if you feel you ‘have’ to do something to experience and enjoy manifest blessings, and that ‘something’ feels like an obligation or a demand, then it is a religious burden and not of grace. The reason it feels like hard (maybe even impossible) work is because of the resonance of Jesus’ freedom within your heart: you were created to live in the unforced rhythms of grace!

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Limitless Life Devotional

Sweet Communion with Jesus

Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

The way for a Christian to walk is in love, and I don’t mean our love for God, but His love for us. We no longer have to live from our limited resources and unreliable emotions. Rather, we can live in sweet communion with the love and grace of Jesus, allowing our spiritual lives to be articulated and expressed through enjoying and relying upon God’s personal love for us. As we walk in an awareness of God’s love, we begin to walk in emotional well-being, both experiencing and manifesting the sweet-smelling blessings of His grace: the fruits of Christ’s resurrection, and our inclusion in that. Galatians 5:6 communicates to us that ‘faith worketh by love’ (KJV). In other words, walking in the Spirit is simply walking in a revelation of God’s special love towards us (Romans 8:4 Galatians 5:25). Likewise, 1 John 4:16 declares, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (KJV)

As we are conscious of the love of Jesus, setting our minds on this love, we enjoy and experience the spiritual realities of our inheritance in Christ (Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:1). The power source of our lives, which causes God’s faith, blessings, and glory to manifest effortlessly both to us and through us, is God’s love.  Ephesians 3:19 writes that our goal as believers should be to ‘know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.’ (KJV). As we know the love of God towards us, we walk in the sweet-smelling gifts and treats of our inheritance in Christ – the ‘sweet’ spot which is characterised by ease, blessing, and manifest power and glory. In this place of being loved by God, the power of God comes alive for us, and we discover even bitter trials that would naturally overcome us, are defeated before us and transformed into total and utter sweetness. Like Samson, when we know the love of God, our lives will become a declaration that, “… Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14:14; KJV), because the love of Jesus in all of its transformative creativity and mighty power is both sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion (Judges 14:18). The love of God is therefore the context of our conversation and communion with Jesus – it is the matter and flow of the spiritual realm.

The love of God brings substance, sense, and context to all the blessings and giftings of our faith – an example of this is prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:3 describes prophecy as such: ‘But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.’ (NLT). Prophecy is therefore giving a voice to the power, insight, and intimacy of God’s love. Song of Solomon 5:16 (RSV) gives further context to the voice of prophecy: “His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem”. – Prophecy is therefore a beautiful, articulate way to enjoy our sweet communion with Jesus in the love of God, as it is listening to the voice of your beloved friend and hearing of his sweet, desirable blessings for you! The glory, power, and wisdom of God is expressed in fullness in the sweet-smelling love of God. As we taste and enjoy the delicious goodness of this love in the revelation of Jesus Christ, God’s power, glory, and wisdom is continually magnified and manifested through our lives (Psalm 34:3,8).

 

From Fear to Faith

By Paige Hunt

And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the scouts who had searched the land, rent their clothes, and they said to all the company of Israelites, The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.” – Numbers 14:6-9 (AMPC)

Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, and all of them except Joshua and Caleb came back with bad reports, influenced by the fear and intimidation of the circumstances surrounding them. Numbers 13:28 and 13:33 reveals that the ten spies saw their opposition 635as strong and courageous. And themselves as weak grasshoppers. Their beliefs were summed up in these words, “we are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are” (AMPC). In the natural, this may have looked to be so, yet Scripture states that those spies brought back an “evil report” (13:32) – one influenced and shaken up by the enemy, rather than springing from faith in the truth of God’s word and promises. Romans 12:23 informs us that “Whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin” (AMPC). In other words, your perspective in any given circumstance will be dominated by faith or fear; from God’s perspective of truth or the enemy’s perspective of deception.

Perhaps today you are facing a situation that seems large, looming, and insurmountable. It may be a financial crisis and a mound of debt, a relationship issue, a health complication, or any other negative circumstance. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by an “evil report”. Rather, rest in the revelations and promises of Scripture and allow faith to make itself manifest throughout your emotions, mind, and heart (Romans 10:17). Now, before I continue I want to address something about faith…

You may be worried that perhaps you do not possess the faith to remain strong and courageous in the midst of huge, demanding challenges, and your experiences may seem to back up these worries – perhaps at the first sign of opposition, you turn and run, or get filled with crippling anxieties and doubts; perhaps, at the first sign of opposition, you find yourself submitting to all kinds of stress and rebellious behaviour. Although this may have been your past experience, be encouraged that Scripture declares that God has given to each believer “the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). As a believer in Christ, when you were raised and ascended with Jesus, the same power – including that same faith – that rose Jesus from the dead, lives within your Spirit in fullness (Ephesians 1:19; see also 1 Corinthians 6:17). This means that your Spirit contains the faith of Christ, and is able to 18live victoriously through him (Galatians 2:20), and perceive each circumstance from His position of unshakable might and authority. You can renew your mind according to God’s word, so that the faith within you transforms your outward emotions and actions (Romans 12:2). Believer, you are destined to be successful and faith-filled, and to walk in the Spirit-filled boldness of Joshua and Caleb. This is your identity in Christ!

Romans 3:27 expresses that there is such thing as “the law of faith” (KJV). In other words, there are keys which govern faith, so that without fail you are able to experience faith manifesting from your Spirit, into your mind, heart, emotions, and your circumstances. There are ways that you can manifest confidence and authority that you are “the head and not the tail” of all circumstances, “above only, and not beneath” in all situations and in the fact of all contradictions (Deuteronomy 28:13; AMPC).

As you learn the promises of God towards you in Scripture, i.e. the blessings and benefits you have been gifted with in Christ, the law of faith will go to work on your behalf. There are two key Scriptures that speak of how the law of faith functions:

  • “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (AMPC).
  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 (KJV).

Scripture declares that as you (continually) hear of the promises and blessings of God in Scripture, which are all given to you freely in Christ (the original Greek translates ‘word of God’ as ‘word of Christ’ in Romans 10:17), then you will gain an awareness of how much God loves you and how dear you are to Him. The law of faith, through the word of God and the love of God, will go to work for you, on your behalf, causing faith to manifest itself in all facets of your life, strengthening you in faith above and beyond all circumstances and 2contradictions, and transforming the way you think. You will discover yourself no longer shaken up and wavering due to circumstances, but energised with the hope (confident assurance) that faith brings. Hebrews 6:19 (AMPC) writes:

‘[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,’

The word will anchor your soul upon the truths of God, so that you can walk in your God-given victory, authority, and peace above all contradictions. Then, as your faith is re-directed from circumstance and the natural realm where the enemy can shake you up with ‘evil reports’, to Jesus and your inheritance in him, you will be renewed in the attitude of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Faith will always manifest with assurance in your soul, as you anchor your life upon God’s word and stand upon the promises of scripture.

Ephesians 1:18-19 describes this renewal as such: ‘….having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty 6strength,’ (AMPC). Like Caleb and Joshua, you can renew your mind according to the promises in God’s word, and gain an enlightened perspective of your authority and inheritance in Christ in your circumstances, completely transforming your perspective, and releasing manifest boldness and power. When this is so, like Caleb, in the face of contradiction you will naturally declare “we are well able to conquer it!” (Numbers 13:30; AMPC). You see, Caleb and Joshua knew that every opposition is “bread” – a chance to feast upon the promises of Scripture and see the abundant harvest of faith, sure that God’s promises will manifest.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV) declares, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…my cup overflows”. Likewise, Jesus stated in John 4:11 (AMP) that the great trial of Lazarus’ death, something standing in great opposition to God’s will and intent for mankind (see John 10:10), was an occasion to ‘honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.’ (John 11:4, AMPC) You see, Joshua and Caleb were able to perceive that every trial was an opportunity for a fresh revelation and manifestation of God’s favor and grace.

Believer, God has already supplied you with the faith to overcome the challenges you face with boldness and authority. The nature of God is supply!

Limitless Life Devotional

An Abundant Harvest

Mark 4:14, 18-19 (AMPC)

‘The sower sows the Word…And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.’

God desires for you to live a victorious life, accessing the blessings of your inheritance, the riches of His manifest favor! In Christ, as we hear the good news message, God sows the word of faith (our inheritance in Christ, the riches of His finished work), into our hearts. This word is destined to supernaturally produce a harvest of blessing throughout our natural bodies and natural world, as faith always manifests itself and brings a positive harvest whenever the word of Christ is sown (Romans 10:17). It is important for you to know that as a believer, you already possess Christ’s faith in your spirit. You are not trying to conjure up faith, it is a free gift of yours in Christ (Romans 12:3; Galatians 2:20). This is why as you hear God’s word, you can be sure that the faith of Christ will manifest itself through you, renewing your mind and ushering in all of God’s blessings! (2 Corinthians 3:18). You are holy and righteous in Christ and are not a hindrance to the flow of faith, in fact, your natural design is the good soil in which the word of God flourishes and manifests itself in a variety of ways such as abundant prosperity, health, joy, and peace! In other words, as you remain in the word, you are naturally designed to have the word produce a bountiful harvest! Matthew 13 proclaims that the seed which falls onto good ground “brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” (KJV)

You may be wondering why your life does not always manifest this brilliant and beautiful harvest. The answer is the flesh. The flesh is a mechanism you use in order to get your deepest needs, such as acceptance and security, met outside of Christ – Mark 4:28-19 describes what this looks like (engaging with ‘the cares and anxieties of this world’, ‘the distractions of this age’, ‘the false glamour and deceitfulness of riches’, ‘the craving and desire for other things’ – in other words, choosing to actively live, embrace, stand upon, and believe that which is contrary to the truth of God’s word and your vast inheritance in Christ). As a believer in Christ, you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Romans 8:9). However, you still have the ability to think according to the flesh, and this happens as you do not know what is available to you as a believer. Remember, the flesh is not your true nature or identity, so it is much easier and more natural for you to walk according to the Spirit, something that effortlessly happens as you discover the truths of your inheritance and blessings in Christ, and His all-sufficiency for you (allowing the seed to be sown into your heart). Romans 8:5 says: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (KJV)  – it’s all about what you fix your mind on. What your fix your mind on and engage with and enjoy, you will naturally walk after.

As I previously stated, God’s word (the gospel of grace) is destined to produce an abundant harvest in your life as you rest and abide in it (see Romans 5:17). Your heart has been made good soil in Christ! (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 8:10). The key to victory therefore is to renew your mind according to the word of God (His promises to you, your inheritance in Christ), so that when a concern or worry presents itself before you, you will effortlessly be able to stand upon the message of faith and the realities of your inheritance, and not allow those worries to enter into your heart. It’s all about what you know of your inheritance! You have the ability to not be rocked about or chocked by any thorny messages, through the assurance that the faith of Christ will always work the works of Christ throughout your world as you rest in his grace. As Philippians 4:19 declares, “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (AMPC). Romans 14:23 articulates that every action has one of two sources – faith or fear. Yet Scripture also encourages us that as we engage with and hear God’s word, and discover the promises that are ours in Christ, faith will effortlessly rise up within us, fighting our battles and producing a vast, super-abundant harvest!

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Fortified from Fear

Job 3:25

“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” (NIV)

The Gospel is good news, and in the good news, there is no bad news! That is why the Gospel has declared that in place of dread and fear, as we enjoy this message of Christ’s grace, God will continually fill our heart with the presence and power of His lavish love so that we can live bold in the freedom and irreversible blessings we have been freely given in Him. His love fortifies us from that which we fear and dread. 1 John 4:18 writes it this way: ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.’ (KJV). Instead of shame, dread, and fear, we can live life confident that every promise and every blessing imaginable is ours in Christ, without fail. Unlike the old covenant of works, which Job was under, the new covenant of grace gives us a full and perfect image of God’s practical, detailed love –a love which, I will repeat, fortifies us from that which we fear!  This is why Romans 5:5 articulates that ‘hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’ (NIV). In other words, as you focus on and enjoy God’s love, fear will be swallowed up and God’s good blessings will manifest in your life. You will never have to declare with Job that your fears and dreads have come true, because in Christ you are sure to consistently, constantly abound with prosperity (Deuteronomy 28:11).

This assurance that our fears and dreads will not come upon us comes through the Gospel alone. In Christ, we can declare that we are under a continual fountain of blessings, with every curse eradicated. We get all good, and no bad. We live in the reality of Proverbs 10:22 [“The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” KJV]; the reality that Christ became a curse for us, being cursed in our place, so that the blessing of Abraham could rest upon our lives through Christ’s faithfulness and not our own – that means firm, unshakable, fixed blessings (Galatians 3:13-14). Note that Genesis 24:1 declares that ‘the Lord had blessed Abraham in ALL things’ (KJV). So when you read verses such as Job 3:25, be reassured that you live under a NEW covenant with SUPERIOR promises. A covenant where, like Abraham, you will be blessed in ALL things, meaning that you will experience fear and dread in NO thing! Hebrews 8:6 states:’ Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises’ (KJV).

These better promises mean that we do not have to depend upon our efforts to fortify us from that which we dread, because Christ has hidden us under the shadow of his wings (Psalm 91). So although Scripture declares that Job was a righteous man who often offered up prayers for his children (Job 1:5), Job did not see continual manifest blessing, because Job was under the old covenant, and his security was centred upon his works, rather than upon the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Job saw his prayers as the atoning work, rather than God’s power, because did not understand the love and goodness of God, made evident in the gospel of Christ (1 John 5:20). He did not understand that he could rest upon God’s faithful all-sufficiency, rather than having to live in a world of dread and fears. As a result, Job’s prayers brought no relief, because they did not look to the Answer, but remained focused upon his worries and works.  What seemed like faith was really a dead work, and as Hebrews states, believers under the new covenant are those called to move on from dead (lifeless) works, to embrace faith in God (Hebrews 6:10). So today, if you find yourself living in fear and responding to its compulsions, rather than responding to faith, take a big rest! You are fortified and free in Christ, under a new and superior covenant, and in order to experience your freedom from fear and dead works, simply continue to hear the message of God’s love and grace. As the writer of Hebrews has spoken, under this new covenant you can experience the reality that Christ’s finished work has purged you completely from your need for dead works to fortify, protect, and bring blessing upon your life: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)

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Leaving Dead Works Behind

Hebrews 6:1 (KJV)

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works…”

Scripture exhorts us that a foundation of faith is ‘repentance from dead works’. Dead works here do not refer to sin, but to those actions we do to try to gain favour with Jesus or to achieve righteousness. Dead works are the root, which produce sin as a fruit in our lives. We are no longer under a system of receiving from God through the works of the law and our own self-efforts. Rather, we receive everything in the Christian life through ‘the hearing of faith’ (Galatians 3:2). As we continually surround ourselves with the Good News Message the fruits of our life become ‘perfection’ and righteousness. This is why Jesus tells us to ‘repent and believe the good news’ (Mark 1:15, NIV). Repentance is the Greek word metanoeo which simply means ‘to change one’s mind’. This happens as we hear the Good News, and allow it to convince us of the love of God towards us, and the lavish kindness we have received in him. Dead works are swallowed up by life as we continually hear, and are thus convinced, of the truths of faith. As Ephesians 1:3 declares, ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ!’ (NIV). This is an unconquerable, undefeatable fact in our lives, as Christ’s finished work has united us with the Lord and made us one spirit with him! (1 Corinthians 6:17).

Because our spirits are holy, this means that our roots (the deepest parts of us) are holy – the more we are aware of this, the more the fruits in our life conform to this perfection and holiness! Dead works, and a lifestyle of sin, become irrelevant and invalid as we understand that we have perfect righteousness in Christ. As 2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it, ‘For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’ (KJV). This is a past-tense statement to convince us of our firm, unshakable, consistent righteousness in him apart from works – righteousness through Christ has already freely been given to us, and we do not have to work towards this. Our only job in the New covenant is to hear the Good News, so that we can effortlessly believe, and thus receive, what is included in our freely accessible inheritance, and consequently experience every blessing in Christ!  (John 6:29; Hebrews 4:11).

It is of utmost importance to remain under the message of grace, enjoying the all-sufficiency of Jesus, because dead works will never produce the desired results in our lives. 1 Corinthians 15:56 details to us that ‘the sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law’ (KJV). In other words, the more we try to gain righteousness through our own efforts (the law), the more the symptoms of sin and death will manifest in our lives. Yet the message of our righteousness in Christ always results in manifest life and peace! (Romans 8:11). The message of God’s grace revealed in Jesus is God’s only mechanism for successful living, and through it, you will receive every miracle and breakthrough that you have been longing for!  – You do not have to worry about grace resulting in sin or apathy, either, as Titus 2:12 (NIV) articulates: ‘the grace of God teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age’. In other words, grace inspires and motives us, not only to avoid the wrong things, but also to enjoy the correct things. So under grace, you will still pray, read the Bible, and worship Jesus (perhaps more than ever before!), yet the motivation for these activities is entirely transformed. Under grace, praying, reading the Bible, and worshipping Jesus becomes filled with positive expectation, love, and joy. We no longer do these things to become right with God. Instead, they become adventures of discovery; mechanisms to enjoy the limitless beauty, riches, and kindness of Jesus, and to see and experience all that which has been included in our vast, wealthy inheritance. We have been made more spiritual than ever before in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ! When you say ‘hello’ to the message of grace, you simultaneously say ‘goodbye’ to dead, dry, tiresome works!

Living from the Heart

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” – Colossians 2:6-10

When we become Christians, the first thing we get taught is that God loved us so much that he gave to us. We are told in a hundred and one ways that God is a good Father, who cares for us intimately and provides for us practically and lavishly. Yet for some reason, after a short while the language of those around us begins to change, subtly communicating that our sweet communion with the Lord needs to be conformed to external images of ‘maturity’, which often involves a hefty to-do list and a bunch of 19serving ideas. Christianity begins to look less like Christ in your heart, and more like the sweat of your brow, the very curse that Christ died to redeem Adam’s descendants from. I am not saying that God wants us to be lazy and passive, but I am saying that God does not get delight from our toil. When we become so busy with the ‘cares of this world’ (Matthew 13:22), whether that is the cares of a secular job, or of a Christian organisation, the word of life within our hearts is choked. In other words, when we try to put our programmes and suggestions onto others, what was created to be a spontaneous, organic, inspiration-from-the-heart faith, becomes a culture of performance. Kingdom power is replaced by human traditions.

In the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus speaks clearly of this. He states that the good news is sown into our hearts. When God created us, he gave us spiritual senses that can interact with God’s Good News on earth, such as eyes that see heaven and ears that hear his heartbeat. These spiritual senses of ours are flooded with the images and inspirations that impress themselves upon our hearts, and from these spiritual senses, we perceive the world and conform to the patterns of the world that we perceive, through the resonance of their inspiration. As Bill Johnson has once said, ‘we live under the principles of the Kingdom we think the most about’. The best way that I can describe the word being sown into our hearts is to imagine that the heavenly realm is as a song sung by our Creator. This song has vibrations and frequencies of everything good and perfect, and these rhythms resonate through our hearts with tangible excitement and vitality. These sounds are the song of Christ’s hope, articulating in various forms, as He expresses himself to us in unique, creative ways suited to our one-of-a-kind personalities, so that we can walk in the pattern of our heavenly Artist’s design. Imagine this song like Aslan’s Creation Song in C.S Lewis’ Narnia book ‘The Magicians Nephew’:

“A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Diggory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. It was hardly a tune. But it was beyond comparison, the most beautiful sound he had ever heard.”

This song is the song of heaven on earth; the sound of Spiritual Wisdom, in vibrant hues of joy and peace. Like parrots fluttering vibrant wings and tweeting to one another in a 20tropical rainforest, his voice is one of breath-taking refreshment and captivating colours. He is the Source of all creativity and wonder; or, as Albert Einstein put it ‘…the source of all true art and science’. Thus, the song is both practical and inspirational. It moves us from our core and articulates our actions and our rhythms of life, naturally and passionately.

However, there are other sounds that come to us, which prevent us from hearing the song – blocking us from seeing its patterns and sensing its impressions upon our heart. When we take upon ourselves the heavy, ill-fitting yokes of others’ expectations (whether individual or cultural), we begin to live from ‘deceptive philosophies’ and ‘elemental spiritual forces’ of this world. We live from the outside in, rather than from the inside out. This can manifest itself in ‘a form of godliness, but denying its power’ (1 Timothy 3:5), and therefore can include religious activity, as well as the more unholy flavours of living. Therefore, no matter how well-meaning and sincere the people who place these external demands on you are, you must learn to be rooted and built up in the Gospel of God’s grace from your heart. As Colossians 2 states ‘just as you received Christ, continue to live your lives in him’. Live your life within his energising song of victory!  This is what living ‘in Christ’ is all about – being able to see and experience within your heart, all that he died to give you, and all that you share with him in your co-resurrection! (Colossians 3:1-3).

Everywhere you look there is a myriad of religious activity, prejudices, and every other ill-fitting external demand. Yet Jesus invites us to a higher perspective of living from the heart, the most natural, simple life available – the life of receiving his love, and flowing with it, as a freestyling poem of heaven,  as the echo of Christ’s resurrection articulates itself through us in elegant, whimsical designs. You have a unique way of seeing, and thus bringing, this song of heaven to earth, as you filter it through the giftings and wonders of your natural personality. Do not be conformed to an external ‘culture’ – a limited, set way of behaving – as you contain the vastness of heaven’s Kingdom within you with all of her glorious, holy cultures (Luke 17:21). In Song of Solomon 6:4, Jesus names you as beautiful as Tirzah, which is the city of delight!

Therefore, remain plugged into the message of God’s grace and love, as ‘faith comes through hearing the word of Christ’ (Romans 10:17). It is through Christ that our hearts beat with the clarity and power of heaven on earth, and we can discover who we are, and how vast this Kingdom within us really is – the Kingdom that waits for us to flow with its inspirational ways and wonders. Jesus reveals to us our unique prophetic sound of heaven, by appearing to us in our humanity and tearing away layer upon layer of misunderstanding and external pressure. Through the new wine of his message of life, pouring itself into our old, rigid wineskins, we begin to burst with inspiration once more – we begin to flow with 21.jpgthe resurrection-rhythms of the heart, being practical bringers of our unique, one-of-a-kind, divine flavours of heaven to earth. Some of us will be called to seemingly traditional roles, yet some of us will be called to transform cities into creative gardens. Some of us will be called to do a mixture of the ancient and the new! The possibilities are endless, just as the realms of creativity within each of us are multi-faceted and priceless. There is no one else who can reveal your flavours and styles of the divine! You are a one-of-a-kind expression of the Trinity’s affection.

Jesus comes to each of us and he asks us to live ‘as we received Christ Jesus our Lord’. In other words, from the resonance of love, inspiration, and grace within our hearts. As Jesus has stated in the parable of the sower, it is the one who hears the good news within their heart and ‘understands’ it, that produces an abundant harvest. The word for understanding here is important, as Jesus reveals that the understanding of the Gospel is the action that produces a harvest. Well, the Greek word for ‘understanding’ that Jesus used is the word ‘syniēmi’. This word means to synergise what has been heard within the heart, with your perceptions of the world around you. A definition of it is to ‘put together 22the perception with the thing perceived’. This means that the word is effective for those who are able to discover, with wide-eyed wonder, how their personalities are designed to bring heaven to earth, as they flow with this heavenly song.

Yet, let it be clear that it is not even us who bring ourselves this understanding through human reasoning and the basic principles of this world. Christ articulates himself through us in our patterns, as we remain plugged into his good news. He is the one whose tongue is the pen of a skilful writer (Psalm 45:1), and who is the author and articulator of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He causes us to recite our verses of life before our King, in many various, spontaneous actions, as he reveals to us the life of our design. His faith stirs up our hearts with that heavenly resonance once more, which is why Scripture unveils that ‘in the Gospel God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith’ (Romans 1:17). As we behold him, the wind of his Spirit flutters through our hearts with impressions and inspirations, awakening every single one of our spiritual senses, and revitalising and healing us back to his original song of serene bliss and intoxicating tranquillity (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Let us be those who can synergise heaven with earth, as we live from inspired hearts set ablaze with amazement and wonder. The inspiration of the Gospel is received and then flows through us, colouring in our world with his living descriptions of hope. This Gospel message produces results, not as we translate it into a religious to-do list of many and varied rituals to make so-called Christian organisations work, but as we allow Christ and His message to be a living, active inspiration. He dances through our personalities and 23comes skipping to this world with his unbridled hope! We are called to perceive the author of our faith, Jesus, within our hearts, and as we do the result is that we receive the implications of his finished work of love and grace.

The implications are many and multi-faceted, culminating in the over-arching truth that ‘as he is (right now in heaven), so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17). This is all related to his generous, lavish love. 1 John 4:17 states that as we grasp this truth that we contain all of Christ within us, love is made complete among us. The tired and weary lady in Song of Solomon cries out that she is a busy-body for religion, worn down with the to-do lists of her surroundings.

“my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” – Song of Solomon 1:6

She knows that the cure is the Christ-kiss, to tangibly feel the love and grace of Jesus, the good news, personally, within her own heart. This brings transformation and life. She cries ‘let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes, your name is perfume poured out’ (Song of Solomon 1:2-3). Allow Jesus to be that fragrance of pleasing, delicious life. As we connect with his love on a personal level, we allow his kisses to ignite our heart with heavenly impressions.  It is through receiving the joy of Christ’s manifold affections that we begin 24to perceive heaven on earth with all of our senses – as all of our spiritual senses are awakened. Through his love we perceive and see with the eyes of our heart.

“…and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23

These verses state that as we receive the revelation of the Christ, we begin to perceive heaven on earth within our imagination – not only as a distant hope but as a living and active thing, powerful enough to conquer any contradiction. Through our perceiving, faith is released that we have both the riches and the power to bring heaven on earth through our hearts, as we have an all-sufficiency in Christ, whose resurrection is our resurrection. This is true, authentic Christian service. This is living from the inside out, and it is all about resonating with the Spirit of Love!  1 John 4:19 states that ‘we love, because he first loved us’.

Understanding Christ in our hearts, then, is continuing to hear the Good news of the Gospel. The Gospel brings a whole new lens to us – an entirely different way of seeing and perceiving. It gives us heaven’s sights, sounds, scents, touch, tastes, and emotions! These ‘heaven on earth in the here and now’ spectacles, these rainbow-tinted lenses, enable us to tangibly see and experience that ‘in Christ, it is a whole new world’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). 25Our perspective is completely transformed to one of holiness – the Incarnate One inhabits the colours of our heart once more, and in this space he kisses us with inspiration so that we can interact with heavenly realities through the revelation of the fulfilled promises of God in Christ’s love and affections towards us.

These promises of heaven on earth colour in our perspective with living hope. The bible calls this living, active vision ‘faith’, as ‘faith is the substance of what is not physically seen yet’ (Hebrews 11:1. Through faith, heavenly power explodes in firework-beauty through us, as we behold and release the authority we have gained in Christ. We are called to transform earth to look like heaven through this rainbow-perspective of Christ; the colours and impressions that his love and grace paints on our heart. We see everything through Christ’s perspective. As Isaiah 11:2-5 details:

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears
;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain
,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
 as the waters cover the sea”

This was the song given to us through the finished work of Christ. The multi-faceted, life-transforming, earth-shaking revelation that Christ makes available for us to hear and receive once more!

The Spirit of God which flows in wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, worship, and delight (Isaiah 11:2), presents to us these many facets of God; each gifts to us a new, living colour of heaven, a new heart-revelation, a new note in this song, so that we can hear once more the melodies of salvation, and engage in the dance of heaven on earth.

These refreshing revelations of God bring enlightenment to our senses so that we can ‘not judge by what we see [naturally], or decide by what we hear with our [natural] ears’, but 26instead can see beyond, into the pattern of God’s design, to bring the harmony and serenity of heaven to earth. Christ is the ‘little child’ whom Isaiah says leads this movement of tranquil harmony, the movement of the love of heaven caressing earth. It is his fresh perspective, and his innocence in perceiving heaven on earth through his heart, that enables us to do the same, and to bring to the earth the manifest knowledge of the Lord – his glory!

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” – Luke 10:19

Seeing Contradictions Clothed in Christ

By Paige Hunt

“Just as the body gives expression to the spirit, so actions give expression to faith” – James 2:26 (MIRROR WORD)

I want to address earthly contradictions that we sometimes face in our daily adventures with Jesus. Maybe you have a particular situation on your mind at this very moment, such as an unexpected illness, a fractured relationship, or any other painful emotional bruise. I want to address this with sensitivity, and the tender, doting love of Jesus towards you as an individual. My desire is to help you to hope again, and to meet with you where you are at. Everyone has times where life can ‘hurt like hell’, or, where we feel just like David in Psalm 6:3-5 (emphasis mine):

“My soul is also in great anguish. But you, Yahweh – how long? Return, Yahweh. Deliver my soul, and save me for your loving kindness’ sake. For in death, there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?”

In our times of pain, it can feel like God is very distant, and that it is impossible to ‘remember’ him in the uniquely personal way that we were created to. Of course, we believe in union with Christ, 296and we understand that He loves us, yet in the face of our contradictions, it can be difficult to tangibly experience that life.

Firstly, I want to encourage you not to let your worry get out of control, because all of your personal hopes and dreams of heaven on earth are secure, even when you cannot see or feel them just yet. Your healing is safe, your marriage is safe, and your prosperity is still abundant. Christ’s love for you is a detailed and personal world in which your incorruptible essence, blessings, and wholeness reside continually, even when they’re not manifesting in the natural (Colossians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). It is this invisible world within you that is going to flow out of you like refreshing, renewing, restoring rivers of living water and inspiration (John 7:38), as you keep on letting Christ carry you through this time of contradiction. Keep on persevering in the truth that your heavenly Parent, who is both Daddy (Romans 8:15), and Mummy (Isaiah 66:12-13; Luke 13:34) is going to pour out upon you the grace wisdom that you need in this situation, so that you can experience your already-open heaven.297 Your body, as James 2:26 states, is going to give expression to your state of spiritual bounty. This includes divine health, wealth, and complete restoration. You shall soon declare, “The land Daddy has given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!” (Psalm 16:6), as your miracle effortlessly makes itself known in the tangible. It is destiny for your earthly life to look just like your wonderful spiritual state, as the body gives expression to the spirit, and the supernatural always births the natural.

Secondly, believe and declare that you are getting through this contradiction completely unharmed. Everything is going to be redeemed. The experience of unique you being loved so entirely by Daddy God is liberating and it is revolutionary – it will cause your cells to sing and all of your paths to be made straight and serene, until you are able to experience in your emotions the creative essence of heaven and the atmosphere of heaven’s beauty and wonder with every breath that you take. Christian Scientists such as Bernie Siegel also echo this conclusion. She states:

“If I told patients to raise their blood levels of globulins or killer Tcells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same change happens automatically. The truth is: Love heals”

God’s love for you is a healing love (1 John 4:19). Dr. Caroline Leaf, a wonderful Christian psychologist, also writes on this subject with articulate wisdom: “Your perception of any given thing at any moment influences your brain chemistry, which affects the environment around your cells, influencing what happens to them”. In other words, God’s love for you is going to transform your perceptions of your entire world, and surround your cells with the comfort and effortless joy of His perfect, intoxicated love. As this occurs, the radiance of your spirit is going to conform your body into its perfect harmony and peace. This peace will have a ripple effect into your circumstances, and every path in your life will be made straight (Luke 3:5). Nothing is too difficult for God!

Consider the scriptural account of Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, an Abednego (Daniel 3, 6). Daniel had to face the lion’s den, and his friends had to go into a burning hot furnace. Yet miraculously, each one of them came out unharmed. Now, God never causes pain and suffering, but he still redeems all contradictions, because He is gloriously good!! Everything that springs from the paradise of God’s heart and imagination is a rainbow of all that is sweet, desirable, and lovely (Song of Solomon 5:16).  This is how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could go into the furnace bound, and come out loosed – they went through a contradiction and got rid of even more bondage during that time!  298The heaven within you is an abundant haven of your personalized perfection, all because your Daddy loves you and he ‘crowns your year with goodness’ (Psalm 65:11), as well as ‘daily loading us with benefits’ (another translation here says he ‘daily carries us in his arms’) (Psalm 68:19). So, know that not only will you begin to experience your heavenly abundance flowing within you to nourish your whole world, you will also experience the full concentration of it, which is 100% the Trinity, 100% paradise, and 100% blessing! You’re going to see more heaven on earth than you could have even dreamt of. As Ephesians 3:20 says:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”

Your life is so filled with good news, and marked by the kindness and goodness of His love (Ephesians 1:3). In fact, soon enough, you are going to see your contradiction completely redeemed, to the point that your mouth will effortlessly declare: “The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (See Proverbs 10:22).

Keep on connecting with Daddy’s grace in whatever ways suit your unique personality. You do not have to feel the results of it straight away, but they will come flooding into your life. There is one work in the New Covenant and it is this:

“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one He has sent” – John 6:29

Christ’s cross and resurrection means that you have an all-sufficient heavenly abundance daily, in the reality of realities. Your Daddy always finds you adorable, and He always cuddles you and blesses you with good gifts. As you believe that your heavenly family loves you, and that through Christ you are in union with the Trinity (everything Christ is and has, you are and have), you will experience heaven: the pure, 100% blessing of the Father’s love, filling your life with sweetness and eradicating any and all contradictions. All you have to do is keep on believing. You don’t have to ‘feel’ your way to salvation, because Christ is your representative, and His faith has become yours. Keep on believing this truth, and your senses will align with heavenly realities! Believe that Christ’s senses have become yours, and you will experience the reality of this.

Your life is more than mere circumstance and contradiction. Your life is hidden with Christ in the meadow of your spirit – your resting place (Colossians 3:3). That is the place of your authentic essence, and nothing can ever threaten or harm that meadow. It is the realm of your Daddy’s grace and love for you, and there is nothing in the entire world as wonderful. Your life is a unique Christ-flavour and Christ-essence to the world, and your meadow is personalized to who you are, with every good and perfect gift thought up by the Father of pure, glorious, sparkling light, in whom there is no darkness, no insecurity, and no change or corruption! (James 1:17).

Therefore, daily, we can ‘put on’ Christ. Faith works in our lives through His love for us (Galatians 5:6). We don’t have to see it or feel it just yet, but as we believe in His love for us, His senses become more real to us than our own. We sink into the ease of His faith on our behalf, and the glorious truths of heaven permeate our being, transforming everything about our lives, from our emotions to our bodies! Listen to how Jim Richards describes it in ‘Moving your Invisible Boundaries’:

“I took identity Scriptures and coupled them with the names of God, and spent time every day acknowledging the truth of these Scriptures in me, because I was in Him. I did this at a time I was desperately ill with an incurable genetic disorder, and had more debt than I could ever repay. I experienced Christ in me; I experienced the reality of His promises. When His view and opinion became more real to me than what my five senses were telling me, my five senses lost control of my life”

Faith is an enjoyable adventure into the depths of Christ’s heart and emotions towards you as a unique individual whom he personally loves and enjoys in a special way. 299You are a beautiful, precious and rare gem to Christ, and you are His baby. He loves and adores you!

Your contradiction may seem large and looming at the moment, but in Christ, it is microscopic, and you will see this reality with your own eyes.

Remember, you will see the manifestation of His goodness in your life! (Psalm 23:6). Colossians states that we are complete in Christ. The word for complete also means ‘to fill the heart’ and ‘to cause someone to think in a particular manner, often as a means of inducing behavior’. Christ’s fullness is going to shape the way that you think and feel, and you will see the glorious truths of faith manifesting through your life. You are co-seated in heaven with Him (Ephesians 2:6).

 

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