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Glorified!

John 17:22-23 (AMP)

“I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.”

The love of God and the glory of God hand in hand! In fact, Jesus explicitly declares that we can live the glory realm consistently and constantly, because His life within us has gifted us with such glorious grace. Jesus has already immersed us into glory land through our union with him, so that we can experience a superior quality of life, the riches of our inheritance, and the ease of perfect union with the Trinity each and every day. We can live within the detailed supply of the Father, the simplicity of heaven on earth in the here and now, not through our efforts but through our source, Jesus!  Indeed, we are not simply in the glory realm, we are composed of the glory of God, which flows from our union with the beautifully gracious, abundantly happy Trinity! We were infused with their very own life-essence and glory-flow through our co-resurrection with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Many are striving for the glory of God, not realising that the glory surrounds us! It is simple and uncomplicated, gifted freely to us in Christ. There is nothing to figure out, nothing to attain or strive for. No secret tips or warfare techniques. Christ alone is the mystic secret, and Christ dwells within the believer in fullness! The reason that people miss this is not because it is complicated, but because it is so simple – God loves you, God has been good to you, God has supplied you the riches of His glorious grace! Simply sink into the ease-filled reality of John 17:22-23 – rest in it and enjoy it:  ‘I have given them the glory that you gave me’ (NIV) – You see, it’s entirely simple! God has already given us the glory! These wild words will convince you that simple trust and faith is the key to experiencing every manifestation of God’s creative, exciting, wonder-inspiring glory. It is an entirely new quality of existence in Jesus!  Jesus’ words in John 11:40 echo the same truth, speaking a reality of such wonder at how effortless this Gospel of experiencing heaven on earth in the here and now truly is:  “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”  (NLT). Christ alone is the mystic secret, the key to heaven that unlocks all treasures and riches of God’s tangible love and goodness.

Colossians 1:27(KJV)  establishes us in this same truth that ‘the riches of the glory of God’s mystery’ is not made known through a formula, prayer closet, or spiritual meeting – but Christ alone is our effortless connector to the glory of God (heaven on earth in the here and now!). The allusive secret is now made known that Christ in you is the hope (confident expectation) of glory! – Christ is the glory realm – Christ, ‘whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.’ (Romans 5:2; KJV). Christ’s grace has ushered us into glory land in the here and now, as God has torn apart the sacred/secular divide. We can enjoy Jesus, being conscious of his transformative, creative glory resident within, to, and through us, in each daily activity. Allow your imagination to engage in the delight-filled, creative, personalised, delicious glory-expressions of Christ, through resting in and remembering who Christ is within you, and what you have gained in him. As Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) writes it: “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,”  – this fond affection, this enjoyment of your elevated reality in Christ, will effortlessly spill over in manifestations of creative miracles and glorious, power-flowing blessings, causing your hope levels to sky-rocket. Matthew 3:2 encourages us to repent, because the Kingdom of heaven is here! His glory is here!

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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).

 

Remaining Calm and Composed in Christ

Scripture declares that we are destined to reign in life through the abundance of grace and the freely given gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). The Greek word for ‘reign’ used in 43.jpgScripture means to ‘exercise the highest influence; exercise kingly authority’ over a situation. In other words, the revelation of our righteousness in Jesus and the grace we have been gifted with in Him will cause us to walk in royal authority and confidence, knowing that every situation and circumstance is destined to conform to God’s blessings. As you rest in the Gospel of grace and your inheritance in Christ, your situation is destined to come under your feet (Hebrews 10:12-14), you are destined to reign above it and remain on top of things (Deuteronomy 28:13), so that you will see all things working together for your own, personal good (Romans 8:28). God is so creative that he can completely transform any and every bad circumstance so that it ends up working for your favor.

Child of God, as you walk in a relational awareness of God’s grace and your righteousness in Him, not only are you destined to see complete restoration in your circumstances (Joel 2:25-26), you will also see what Romans 5:17 calls God’s ‘MUCH MORE’ restoration – restoration that is over and above what circumstance calls for, over and above what you expect or deserve, over and above what you have experienced before; even over and above what you could ask, think or imagine (Isaiah 61:7; Job 42:10; Ephesians 3:20). In fact, you are destined to experience such an overload of restorative, sweet, favor-filled blessings that Scripture declares that the shame, insecurities, and anxieties of the past will be completely forgotten (Ezekiel 39:26; Isaiah 54:4). It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, what you’ve been through, or how long you have been stuck there, God is willing and able to bless you in such magnitude (according to His grace and not according to your efforts, how much you deserve it, or whose ‘fault’ the situation was), so that those things will have NO effect on you anymore and no trauma, sorrow, regret, or pain attached to them. Instead, rejoicing will have swallowed up sorrow, and beauty will remain in place of 44.jpgashes (Isaiah 61:3). The promises of God are able to speak personally into each situation in your life. For every contradiction, concern, or trial, there is a promise of God found in Scripture and given to us freely in Christ, so that not only you, but your whole family, entire household and all of its appliances and rooms, can be furnished fully with the blessings, security and provision of Scripture (2 Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 122:7; Jeremiah 33:6; Deuteronomy 28:1-13).

Believe it or not, it gets even better than this. Scripture declares that as you continue to walk in the revelation of ‘the abundance of God’s grace’, and your ‘free gift of righteousness in Him’, you are going to grow in such an understanding of this that:

“He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee” – Job 5:19 (KJV)

In Scripture, the number seven always points towards completion and perfection. In other words, you can get to a place in your walk with Jesus where you have such a full and complete revelation of God’s grace, and your inheritance in Him, that your life will be smooth and trouble-free forever more, with not a hint of evil, trouble, or contradiction. As we are growing in our understandings and revelations, sometimes trials and contradictions come up against us. We can be confident that God is delivering us, and will deliver us every time, as Job 5:19 in Scripture says. However, God’s intent is for us is that we would always experience an evil-free, curse-free existence, abounding in blessings! You have been redeemed from EVERY curse, to EVERY blessing imaginable (Galatians 3:13-45.jpg14). This is because your righteousness in Christ is both a defensive weapon to protect you from harm, and an offensive weapon to cause curses and evil to flee.  2 Corinthians 6:7 (KJV) declares: “By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,”

Spiritually, the righteousness of God is the substance of light, and it fortifies us from darkness, the works of the enemy (see John 10:10), and all contradictions. Our righteousness in Christ is a powerful revelation: Psalm 37:8 (KJV) declares that God will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and Psalm 91:11 (KJV) says that those who know they are righteous sow light wherever they go. Let’s take a look at what Isaiah 58:8,11 says about God’s light as our protection:

“Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard…And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (KJV)

This verse declares that the revelation of our righteousness in Christ will go ahead of us into each circumstance, making the path smooth and ushering in God’s provision blessings! It will also completely cover our past, so that no matter what mistakes we have made, no darkness, punishment, guilt, condemnation, or fear can come upon us (see Romans 8:1). This is what a believer looks like when they know that they have the free gift of righteousness and the abundance of grace! They are completely free, and totally fortified in God’s unconditional, irrevocable blessings! (Galatians 5:1). This is why John 1:5 (AMP) comments that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot find or 46.jpgcomprehend it!

The glory and beauty of these grace-truths make us bold in the reality that we have the ability, power, and security to be calm in the midst of opposition, knowing that no harm shall come near us or our loved ones (Psalm 91:10), and that God’s favor surrounds us as a shield so that we can live a smooth life of uninterrupted blessings, health, peace, and security (Psalm 5:12). Luke 10:19 boldly declares: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (KJV) – Behold these truths, beloved! They are freely yours through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness!

 

 

 

 

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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