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From Revelation to Realisation

1 John 4:13-16 (NRSV)

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”

The open heart of Jesus, poured out for us in His cross and resurrection, is a never-ending fountain of vitality and life! Words cannot express the quality and depth of its meaning. It is through the open heart of Jesus Christ – the realisation that we are in him, engulfed into the reality of His heart through the love of the Godhead, planted in the likeness of his death and raised within his resurrection-reality (see Romans 6:5; KJV) – that our own hearts are opened up to receive and live within the entirety of our inheritance. Seeing the established, unshakable work of Jesus Christ on the cross opens up our hearts so that what we receive is not just revelation, but realisation – not just a mentality, but a continual experience. The Gospel is not taught to oneself through mental sternness; it is caught as a heart-revelation, as we drink from the open heart of Christ as our living, breathing fountain of life – the animation of our heavenly existence! The Derby Bible translation says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is both the ‘leader and completer of faith’. Jesus’ open heart provides us with His faith that heaven is here now: that heaven has has swallowed us up completely, surrounding us to permeate our hearts and minds, until we have fallen into this scandalously divine perspective!

We are falling through the trapdoor of the cross, the enchanted wardrobe of divine humanity, into wonderful articulations of God’s manifold, continually flowing, blessings. When we know the open heart of Jesus Christ, and simply drink from that fountain of reality, we begin to discover and explore the dynamics of who we are in this Gospel revelation, and experience how much the Godhead love us. As we become acquainted with these truths, God’s quality of life naturally expresses itself through us. We effortlessly float along on this fountain of Christ’s spiritual richness, moving organically, naturally, to those healthy, whimsical patterns of God’s blessing and grace. The Gospel reveals to us the most satisfying life, the life of our design, the reality of dreams-come-true, in Christ. It awakens us from the centre of our being so that we can live in harmony with the Trinity in spontaneous patterns – the geysers of the heart that spring up through the revelation of Jesus Christ’s faith on our behalf! God did all the responsible works on the cross, we can rest and trust that the open heart of Jesus continuously pours out to, through, and for us! Through the open heart of Christ we are engulfed into heaven as an experience of life, as Christ as all and in all (Colossians 3:11). You no longer have to experience distance, delay or dis-ease concerning you and the Godhead – the future you have been waiting for, and indeed all things, are yours in Christ (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-22).

Under the fountain of the New Covenant, we are able to declare with God that we know him – experientially, truly, from the heart (see Hebrews 8:11). We know him in this entirely new world that Christ has established us in, the reality He has carried us into in His love-flow. Jesus has taken full responsibility for the outworking and manifestation of our salvation – He has proven himself as the saviour of our world, the establisher of an evil-free existence – we simply abide in this whole new world, drinking up the atmosphere of the spiritual climate, which is heaven on earth right now (see Matthew 3:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17). As we drink from the open heart of Jesus Christ, the no-conditions, no-exertion reality, we effortlessly move from revelation to experience.

 

 

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Supply!

The revelation of the Gospel is a revelation that in Christ, we have been blessed with a limitless supply, and have become a passive instrument of the grace and glory of the Godhead. In our union with the Godhead, it is an entirely new world where we can enjoy Jesus in everything, following our happy, holy hearts as they flow upon the bliss of Jesus, 702carrying us into every blessing further than the imagination can reach and brighter than even hope can shine. 2 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV) declares:

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

The love of God flows to us and through us – we effortlessly receive this never-ending, decadent supply. We rest in this reality of God’s love: the comforting, cosy substance of his affections – we rest and receive passively, becoming a recipient of every blessing as God takes care of all of our needs and supplies us with our happily-ever-afters in Him, in the here and now. This love is the wine of God’s wisdom (Song of Solomon 1:2), and it causes all dis-ease to dissolve as we sink into the reality that ‘one died for all’. This love articulates the wisdom of God throughout us, transforms our circumstances outwardly, reflects the character and nature of God perfectly to us, and answers all questions. The statement that ‘one died for all’, means that the cross of Christ transformed our reality and world, our entire perspective, as it brought us into the heavenly wonderland, into the rest of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). We can know that we died, and were co-raised to a new kind of existence; an existence of superior quality where, Galatians 6:14 (KJV) declares, “… 703.jpgin the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”. The cross has torn open the heavens , the great piñata jubilee, and has poured upon us all sweet goodies and blessings of God. We are in a candyland of God’s sweet kindness, delight-filled affections, and delicious, glory-filled grace. This is the objective reality that we can experience with our senses and see manifest!

Romans 6:4-10 also articulates this:

“We were dead and buried with him in baptism, so that just as he was raised from the dead by that splendid Revelation of the Father’s power so we too might rise to life on a new plane altogether. If we have, as it were, shared his death, let us rise and live our new lives with him! Let us never forget that our old selves died with him on the cross that the tyranny of sin over us might be broken—for a dead man can safely be said to be immune to the power of sin. And if we were dead men with him we can believe that we shall also be men newly alive with him. We can be sure that the risen Christ never dies again—death’s power to touch him is finished. He died, because of sin, once: he lives for God for ever. In the same way look upon yourselves as dead to the appeal and power of sin but alive and sensitive to the call of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (PHILLIPS)

In Christ, we have ‘risen to life on a new plane altogether’, experiencing an entirely new quality of existence in a heavenly paradise, through our union with Christ’s resurrection. This is not a future promise – we are not perfected by time or death, as if they were our saviour – Christ is our already-established, fully victorious Saviour who HAS saved us and set us free to the uttermost, so that our faith can be IN His resurrection as the basis of our reality and essence, and we can EXPERIENCE all that is true of the risen Christ in the here and now, through our union with Him. This revelation brings emotional, mental, material, tangible blessings, because God’s finished work in Christ is the substance and essence of 704.jpgreality – and you are one with this reality in your union with the Godhead! One to feel and experience your holy, righteous, bliss-filled state! (1 Corinthians 6:17). This is why the James Moffatt Translation of Hebrews 9:11 states that “Christ arrived as the high priest of the bliss that was to be…” – Your life can be filled with Christ’s joy and bliss, effortlessly, through the supply that is in us and fills our world in Christ our Saviour!

Habakkuk 2:14 (KJV) speaks of our present reality through Christ: “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” – The earth is saturated in God’s glory, and we can know and experience this through the revelation of Jesus Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”’ (Colossians 2:3; KJV). 1 Corinthians 2:16 comments that we have the mind of Christ; therefore, even our mind is awakening to the redemption realities in Christ, as it receives the revelation of the Gospel and passively rests in the very active supply of God, sinking into and awakening into the realities we have in Christ.

Just as 2 Corinthians 5:14 speaks of a love which compels and constrains through the knowledge of Christ, the previous verse tells us that this revelation brings us out of our own mind (i.e. our own self-sufficient, independent ways of thinking):

“For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God’s glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13 (Weymouth New Testament)

“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” (NIV)

The experience of God’s love, the reality and knowledge that we have been co-crucified with Christ and co-resurrected into an entirely new world where ‘one died for all’ to usher us into the rest, God’s glory, comes as we enter into the mind of Christ – no longer clinging to an independent, D-I-Y existence. Instead, we are ‘beside ourselves’, knowing 705.jpgand personalising our union with Christ. Understanding that what is true of Christ is true of us, and what is no longer true of Christ is no longer true of us, because we died with him and subsequently rose with him to a new quality of existence. We literally underwent a death to all that is less than glory, and rose into gloryland – heaven on earth in the here and now – a realm of God’s creative, manifest affections. The ‘I’ that made me ashamed and embarrassed, the ‘I’ that was so full of competiveness, insecurity, pain, issues, and that was attracted to sin and lesser pleasures, has been completely crucified with Christ. Christ has replaced ‘I’ with His glorious Presence!

We no longer have to live within the mindset of sin, sickness, disease and curse. We can live with union-consciousness and effortlessly receive all of God’s eloquent, articulated supply flowing to us effortlessly, organically and naturally in the revelation of who we have become and what we have received in Christ. All else effortlessly fades away – there is no principality or power that can contradict us or come against us as we sink into the ease of the authentic Gospel of union-consciousness. Heaven is here right now, and we can experience and enjoy the eternal vacation – the blessed-full, evil-free existence in Christ! We are partakers of the divine nature, and can live as such (2 Peter 1:4).

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  – Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

Your identity is wrapped up in Christ, who completely and totally redeemed you and your entire world, declaring that the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Our job is to simply ‘repent’ – to step into the mind-set of the risen Christ –so that we can experience all of the glorious, beautiful, pleasant, sweet fruits of resurrection effortlessly, as a recipient of his701.jpg divine nature! (Matthew 3:2).

This new world is preserved, sustained, established and secure all through Christ’s love for us. Truly, through our marriage with Christ’s resurrection we were gifted with the entire cosmos as a personalised, joyous honeymoon gift! (Romans 4:13; Romans 8:17). Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) comments that: “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

1 Peter 5:10 announces that the God of all grace called us to ‘eternal glory’ – meaning that in the here and now, through the revelation of our co-union with Jesus Christ, this divine romance, we can experience the fullness of God’s glory! (see also Romans 5:2, and 2 Thessalonians 2:14). 1 Thessalonians 2:12 reminds us that we were called to share  in God’s kingdom and glory. That is our calling – the pleasure and delight of walking in the fullness of God, His finished works, in the here and now. Living in the eternal vacation of God’s heart of imagination, effortlessly receiving and enjoying his overwhelmingly intoxicating supply. Christ has replaced self at the centre of our lives, and because of this, we can delight ourselves in the full-fat substance of Colossians 1:27 (AMP)

“God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.”

You have been completely glorified in Christ. This is not a low-calorie Gospel. This is a creamy, sweet, delicious truth filled with delights! Song of Solomon 6 declares to us that as we meditate, enjoy, rest in, and sink into the supply of God in our union with Christ, putting on the mind of Christ (union consciousness, where an independent sense of a sinful, lacking ‘self’ is annihilated, as Christ has infused our unique essence with his perfect holiness!), we begin to experience and see heaven on earth in the here and now!

“One day I went strolling through the orchard,
looking for signs of spring,
Looking for buds about to burst into flower,
anticipating readiness, ripeness.
Before I knew it my heart was raptured,
carried away by lofty thoughts!” – Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG)

As we enjoy God and the realities of our union with Christ, we experience a raptured heart, 707glorified emotions, and a confident, positive expectation of good in all situations. God saturates our world in wild, untamed, child-like wonder! Brother Lawrence in his book ‘The Practise of the Presence of God’ had truly understood something of this wonderful truth:

 

“we should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his”

“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.”

“I have quitted all forms of devotion and set prayers but those to which my state obliges me… I make it my business only to persevere in his holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention and a general fond regard to God, which I may call an actual presence of God; or, to speak better, an habitual silent and secret conversation of the soul with God, which often causes in me joys and raptures.”

Wow! Brother Lawrence truly understood the enjoyable experience of union with God! It is an experience of the glory of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus Christ! As John Crowder has written in his article ‘The Divinity of Man’:

“Your divine nature is a God-given and Christ-dependent reality. Nothing has been independently vested upon you, but rather you are intrinsically dependent upon the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The glory you experience is no result of a two-dimensional transaction between you and God based on your faith. This is Trinitarian. You are effortlessly graced to participate in the Spirit because of Jesus’ relationship with the Father. He prayed, “Now, Father, bring Me into the glory we shared before the world began” and then just after added, “I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one” (John 17:5, 22). You have been infused with the same glory that the Father and the Son shared from the dawn of time.”708.jpg

This is a glorious reality that we are infused with the never-ending supply of God’s practical, detailed goodness, love, and manifest blessings – his glory!

 

 

Limitless Life Devotional

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Limitless Life Devotional

Experiencing Jesus!

Psalm 34:8 (KJV)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”

Faith is a substance – God’s tangible opinion of the reality of your co-resurrection in Christ – to be drunk down and enjoyed (see Song of Solomon 5:1)! It isn’t a stoic intellectual ascent; rather, it is a moment-by-moment experience of being loved by God, as His holy excitement, his exotic, enjoyable emotions, flow through us, filling our heart and enlightening our imagination so we effortlessly enjoy and recline into the reality of realities: the Gospel of wonder!  In Christ, through your co-resurrection with Him, you have been immersed into the glory realm and share in everything – and I mean absolutely everything – that the doting, bliss-filled Trinity are and have (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Of course, it is good for us to remember that experience of the Gospel, of the emotions of God, is not the pathway to intimacy and union with Jesus. Rather, your experience of the Gospel is secured through Jesus: it is the effortless result of the intimacy that we share through being grafted into the Godhead, cut from the same cloth as them, through Christ’s finished work. We are encompassed by favor, seated in the beloved! (see Psalm 5:12; Ephesians 2:6). Scripture clearly reveals to us that it is the works of Christ, and not our own works, which ushers us into the experience of the Gospel. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to manage and manifest our emotional climate (see Galatians 5:22).Our responsibility is to simply recline into the good news and enjoy wave upon wave of God’s affectionate, cosy, warm love, being soaked by His perspective of the ‘in Christ’ reality (see John 1:16).

We are to sink into the expectancy and all of the emotions of Christ’s faith on our behalf, letting God do the ‘serious’, ‘responsible’ work (solving any circumstantial, personal, and relational issues), as we drink up the imaginative, positive-limitless implications of our union with the Godhead. You could never out-imagine God’s goodness. He is so wildly glorious that even our best attempts to over-exaggerate His goodness and joy do not scratch the surface! He is the source of all creativity and wonder, the great, epic fantasy adventure of the soul. This is why we can rest assured that through Christ, the fruits of our lives will be emotional wholeness and joy! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). This is why Psalm 34:8 describes to us that we taste and see (experiencing and knowing in every facet of our existence, including our emotions) that God is truly good through simply trusting Him! Song of Solomon 8:9 (NASV) also writes this same truth: “And your mouth like the best wine! It goes down smoothly for my beloved, flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep” – This verse may sound confusing, but it highlights that as we ‘fall asleep’ to our own efforts, allowing ourselves to be loved on, adored, provided for, and encouraged by the Gospel message – becoming recipients of God’s sweet perspective, His good news and love – we discover ourselves ‘tasting’ delicious experiences of God’s love! (see Song of Solomon 1:2).

The delights of Christ, the wine of God’s wisdom, transforms everything about our world, intoxicating us with positive, delight-filled emotions. As we allow our imagination to take a tour of the realities of faith, we discover ourselves filled with a tangible sense of God’s blessings, love, and affectionate, intimate delights. Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG) describes this as such: “I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I was aware, my desire set me among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince” – The delight-infused reality of faith carries you into various emotional experiences, enabling you to perceive in many ways the realities of your inheritance in Christ. The details of the Gospel truly set you free in the area of your emotions, so that the dynamics of faith express themselves not only through your mind and material world, but also become tangible in your physical body. This is why disciples in Acts 22:17 and 10:10 ‘fell’ into a trance (ESV). This speaks of an emotional experience of the Good News!  You were created to experience Jesus – to taste and see that your inheritance and reality in the Godhead is good!

 

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).

 

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