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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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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)

How Does Obedience Fit Into the New Covenant? – Part One

By Paige Hunt

One of the questions that many people have when confronted with the Gospel of grace is ‘how does obedience fit into this new covenant?’ or ‘how will you stop people from being apathetic and irresponsible, if it’s all about God’s grace?’  – It can be a scary and daunting thing to trust in God over and above our own efforts. This is why some subscribe to the Old Covenant way of thinking, the belief that the substance and root of faith is obedience. However, the Gospel of grace declares to us that the substance and root of faith is God’s grace, God’s obedience, God’s favor, and God’s unconditional, irrevocable love towards us.

The Scriptures declare to us repeatedly that we do not need to live with a long religious to-do list in front of our noses anymorechecklist-1643784_1280, because in Christ, God has, will, and does take care of the details. In the New Covenant, obedience is a fruit of right believing, and not the root of faith – it is no longer about the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, it is about the finished work of Jesus Christ, and our perfect, eternal union with him. Take 1 Peter 5:7 for example:

“casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” (AMP)

This Scripture presents to us a covenant where God takes care of all of the details. Our job is to sink into his detailed, watchful care of us, trusting him with the essence, details, and fruits of our Salvation. apple-1717583_1280 After all, it takes no faith to follow rules and regulations, or to subscribe to outward forms of religious obedience such as reading the Bible, but it DOES take faith to trust that God cares for us, that God is a personal God of love, and that his grace is sufficient for us in all areas of life – in areas of strength, and particularly areas of weakness (See 2 Corinthians 12:9).

So let’s look at the topic of obedience today, and how this fits specifically into the Gospel of grace. In the book of John, Jesus declared, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ (John 14:15, KJV) This trips a lot of people up, as it sounds like a demand. However, we must look at the Bible as a whole. Although we are often much more able to imagine God as a deity of demand and requirement, Jesus in his perfect sacrifice revealed to us that God is not as was pictured in the Old Testament – in the Old Testamentviolinist-735413_1280 we saw fragments of the Father’s true nature, yet Christ came to reveal God as the God of grace and love, eradicating the impartial image of God as a Being of wrath, demand, and legalistic pleasure (see Matthew 11:27-30).  God is the God of supply. He is the Benefactor, and we are his thankful beneficiaries as we partake of the many blessings and riches of Christ’s finished work, and enjoy our union with his resurrection.

‘As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.’ – John 15:9-10, KJV

Let’s take another look at Jesus’ words about obedience. Here in John 15, Jesus clarifies that obedience is an overflow of receiving and abiding in God’s love. Jesus’ first words are: ‘As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love’. (KJV) In other words, we are able to cosy up in the Father’s unconditional, practical, detailed, lavish affections. As we do, we will effortlessly keep his commandments. Obedience is not a stoic demand; rather, it is all about recognising and partaking of our union with God through Jesus Christ, enjoying God’s limitless love and unconditional grace!

It is also interesting to note, as we allow the Bible to interpret the Bible, that God’s commandments are NOT the 10 Commandments depicted in the Old Testament. Without going into detail about this now, Jesus has completely shut down our obsession with being obedient to the Ten Commandments by declaring in John 6:29 that: ‘This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.’ (KJV) In other words, obeying God’s commandments, and doing the ‘work of God’, is all about resting and trusting in Jesus Christ and his finished work. It flows effortlessly from seeing and depending on his love and unmerited favour. Galatians 5:6 articulates this well:

‘For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.’ (KJV)

I hope you are beginning to grasp by now that obedience under the New Covenant is all about embracing grace. Every gift, blessing, and manifestation of our righteous, holy nature in the New Covenant comes through receiving, apresents-153926_1280nd not through achieving. Obedience is a gift of grace, springing forth from a revelation of how much the Father loves us. Obedience is received, not achieved, so, even our achievements are received by, in, and through the finished work of Christ! Our lives are composed of grace through our Union with the Godhead.

Many other Scriptures declare these same truths, such as:

  • ‘We love him, because he first loved us.’– 1 John 4:19, KJV
  • For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:’ – 2 Corinthians 5:14, KJV
  • ‘”I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.’ – Luke 7:47, NLT
  • ‘Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin’ – Romans 6:6, KJV

Obedience in the New Covenant is a fruit of receiving the love of God, and abiding in the revelation of the finished work of Jesus Christ. We were co-crucified and co-resurrected with him! (see Galatians 6:14).

One of the most powerful verses concerning the love of Christ is Ephesians 3:17-19:

‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.’ – Ephesians 3:17-19, KJV

It is not the degree to which you love God which determines the level of victory and power that you experience, or the level of obedience that you manifest.candy-1678933_1280 Rather, as you rest in how much God loves you, Scripture declares that you will be filled with all the manifest fullness of God. You do not have to depend on your own resources, on your love ‘for’ Christ, when God wants you to simply know and receive the love ‘of’ Christ. This is such good news!

[Look out for Part 2 next week. Subscribe to make sure you never miss a post]

 

 

 

What Does the ‘Wrath’ of God Actually Look Like?

What does the wrath of God look like? We know from the Bible that there is something, given the name ‘wrath’ that involves God and that involves people. But, what does it mean? How does it, or has it played out. What does the wrath of God actually look like?

Many people for a long time, inside the church, and out, have been taught the idea that God, in the past, developed some serious anger, and that it was because of the sin of humanity. Many believe that from the first ever sin – from Adam and Eve partaking of the Tree of Knowledge and good and evil, God’s wrath waxed hot against us all. 1But is this true? I mean if you forget the fact that it was actually man that hid from God, not the other way around, and if you forget the fact that God acted pretty cool about the whole thing, he was even gracious and merciful, he even provided for mankind in covering their shame with the skins of animals. So, if you forget those things, and also the truth that God displayed outrageous kindness to Saints throughout the Old Testament… you can kind of believe that God was actually the one who needed space from humanity. But we can’t forget the truth! Many though, still believe that God was getting ready, if not for Jesus, to destroy this world and every one in it.

In the beginning, as detailed in Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve hid from God. It’s important to remember though that God didn’t hide from them nor harm them. God, from before the beginning loved and adored humanity, and nothing changed after the ‘fall’. After Adam and Eve ate from the ‘law’-tree God commenced his rescue mission to save mankind and grant them access to this great Salvation we know today!  6Genesis 3:15 tells part of this glorious rescue mission, it says: ‘And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’ (KJV) God did not withhold his love and adoration from humanity – he in effect says: ‘I am not going to do nothing while sin, sickness, poverty, and sorrow hurt my children – I’m going to crush all that oppose them!’

However, although the grand story throughout the Old Testament, and of course Jesus himself, testify that God wasn’t angry with humanity itself, just that which would harm her; many still insist that the wrath of God is his anger toward mankind.

Many get their view of the wrath of God from religious idea which lacks creativity – you know, it’s really a mashup with concept from other religious ideas and texts from the Old Testament. When one ignores the grand story, good contextual tools, and of course the reality of Jesus and his Finished Work, one can concoct a whole host of funny doctrines – including that of the wrath of God being his anger against humanity, and of course the like of penal-substitution etc.8

But, this isn’t accurate! It’s not how it is! John explains in John 1:18 that no one has ever seen God apart from Jesus. Many take their understanding of God from accounts written by people who didn’t even see the fullness of God – they only saw a shadow of the true and good God that we see revealed in Jesus! It is in the shadow reality that his passion was mistaken as anger – to those who saw dimly it was only right that God would want to destroy those who opposed him.

But the truth revealed in Jesus shows that his wrath was for that which opposed his creation. The truth about God, indeed about his wrath is revealed when Jesus appears on the scene in a body. Jesus and his finished work reveal what God’s wrath actually looks like! Many define the atonement by their idea of God’s wrath, but the finished work of Jesus actually, and accurately, defines God’s wrath! On the cross we see a good and kind God who would rather suffer than forfeit our fellowship. 4We see a God who cries ‘forgive them’ (Luke 23:34), and we see Jesus, looking weak, but destroying that what would dare to oppose the Almighty’s creation; namely sin and the curse.

In John 3:14 Jesus backs this up and relates his finished work to that of Moses lifting up the snake in the desert – the account details the Israelites been bitten by snakes and suffering under the cruel effects of the poison. Moses lifted a bronze snake on a pole and everyone who looked at it got healed. And likewise, Jesus took the curse, the poison of death and brought it down to the grave – he wasn’t busy appeasing his Father, he was actually saving us from that which we needed saving from: sin.

This is the good news – God is for humanity! Yes, even the wrath of God is something to be celebrated – even his wrath is for humanity!

Romans 8:3 explains God’s wrath further, it explains that sin has been condemned in the body of Jesus! Sin needed destroying and its death sentence was carried out in Christ; it wasn’t that God condemned the fruit of your sin in Jesus so he wouldn’t have to condemn it in you – no God condemned sin itself and all of its effects in Jesus so that sin couldn’t kill you.3 John 3:17 backs this up and states that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world. Sin was condemned – humanity was always meant to be saved!

Now, the idea that the wrath of God was his anger against humanity for their sin has a lot of whacky resulting ideas and doctrines, and this is another reason it’s so important to know the truth of what Jesus has accomplished and the motives behind it. This is why it’s important to know what the wrath of God looks like! One of the resulting whacky ideas that follows the idea of God’s wrath as his anger against humanity, is the idea that the wrath of God was aimed at the Son on the cross. This idea is erroneous; how can the Father be against the Son, or the Son be against the Spirit, or whichever way you want to phrases it. No, the Bible clearly teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself!7

God doesn’t need target practice – his wrath wasn’t aimed at Jesus – the Godhead knew who they were after – and they did it –they got him – they took down the old creation, and every form of evil and every bit of the curse.

God’s wrath was his anger, not at us, nor aimed at the Son, but toward sin. The wrath of God should be rightly defined as his passion to save us! In fact, the Greek word for wrath correctly and accurately denotes ‘passion’!

You know, some read verses that talk about God’s wrath, for example Romans 1:18, to be saying that God’s fiery anger was poured out against human-kind for their evil behavior. But, the Greek word for wrath, orgē, can be translated; ‘passion’, as I said above, but also ‘movement of the soul’,’ impulse’, or ‘desire’. (BlueLetterBible.org). You know, God has always had a fiery passion for his creation, and this was what we see happening at the cross – Daddy God’s passion for us was revealed from heaven against all that would dare to threaten and harm his beloved.

The judgment and wrath of God aren’t coming, they already came. In Christ God put an end to the spiritual evils which plagued us, and he set us free – free to enjoy the fullness of his love and grace, and as we do that we see manifestation of his glory which is the answer to all earthly ills! 5

Did you know the wrath of God and the judgment of God go hand in hand? His judgment – the eternal judgment of the Godhead is that we were worthy and worth saving! We see this further in John 5:22 where Jesus said that the Father entrusted all judgment to him, and Jesus’ judgment was the same as it has always was – Jesus says in John 3:19 that the verdict had arrived when Jesus arrived – light has come into the world – the purpose – the verdict was the redeem, not punish!

Your Daddy God’s purpose and heart has always been grace-centered, gospel centered! Wrath, as in wrath being his anger against humanity, isn’t the ‘other side of the same coin’. God is Love. Pure Love. And his wrath is perfectly in line with the revelation of his being!

Judgment took place upon that cross, through the resurrection, and in the ascension, but it wasn’t scary – it was beautiful! The wrath of God has, already, been displayed, and it was beautiful too! We are now, as Jesus put it in Luke 4, quoting Isaiah 61, in the acceptable year of favor!2

Know today that your heavenly Father, your heavenly family – the Godhead, are so in love with you! You are in the New day of the New Covenant! Let’s be people who proclaim the gospel and show people the result of God’s judgment! Let’s be people who delight in the result of his wrath.

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Good from Our Good Father

Ephesians 1:2

‘Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (KJV)

When it comes to God and his goodness many subconsciously believe that there is a different dictionary to be referenced, a ‘divine’ definition of goodness to be used. But God’s goodness isn’t bizarre; it’s not strange to us. He is good. He is good to us; he wants you to be convinced of his goodness. In ways we can understand, in ways that will bless your heart! Maybe you have lost hope in God’s goodness, or maybe you have watered down the unlimited-ness, the outrageousness of God’s goodness? Well, as you turn to Holy Spirit you will inevitably find yourself hoping and believing in the goodness of the Godhead – the goodness which was revealed in Jesus and through his finished work, the goodness that God desires for you to see manifest in your life!

God is incredible good and we can see that through our great Salvation; we can see God’s goodness in this: Jesus is Lord. Jesus’ Lordship isn’t something that we create when we believe in his grace – Jesus is Lord of the cosmos. He fought, won – conquered. His Kingdom is inaugurated. And, guess what? His Lordship, his Kingdom is one correlated with unquestionable goodness! The Lordship of Jesus testifies to the goodness of God, and as you embrace your inheritance and the Kingdom of King Jesus you will unquestionably testify to the reality that God is good and that from him came grace and peace!

Only good comes from God. God is good. This is far more than just Sunday school talk – although Jesus did say that the Kingdom of God belongs to the innocence, imagination, and belief of little children – this is a huge, massive foundation of all theology. So today, believe that God is a good God. Then, go further and believe that this good God is your loving Papa, and that he longs for you to see his manifest goodness and enjoy his gift-giving skills and kindness in your life! Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, and that his Kingdom is one of grace and glory – proclaim that you will see the exuberant goodness of God ‘in the land of the living.’ (See Psalm 27:13 KJV)

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Rested Abundance

“You must obey God’s law about the Sabbath
and not do what pleases yourselves on that holy day.
You should call the Sabbath a joyful day
and honor it as the Lord’s holy day.
You should honor it by not doing whatever you please
nor saying whatever you please on that day.
Then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will carry you to the high places above the earth.
I will let you eat the crops of the land your ancestor Jacob had.”
The Lord has said these things.” – Isaiah 58:13-14 (NCV)

The Sabbath throughout scripture is a shadow of Jesus Christ. In Christ we discover a true, abiding Sabbath rest as the Gospel revelation of who we are in him, who he is to us, and who he is for us ushers us into the eternal realm of God’s all-sufficiency which brings delight and refreshing. As we enjoy the finished work of Jesus Christ, we enter into the Sabbath realm of faith, where God has completed all that needs to be finished, worked out, and sorted in our lives. In Christ, God has done it all, and He desires that we simply recognise this, so that we can enjoy the manifest blessings of his heart! God longs for His people enjoy the benefits and blessings of resting and trusting in the all-sufficiency of Christ within the New Covenant. This joyous living entails recognising that you are in a perfected, righteous union with the Godhead, having everything that they are and have – everything that is true of them, is true of you, and everything that is not true of them, is no longer true of you. You are not a dirty rotten sinner, you are the dearly beloved of God, and a wonderful expression of his being! 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares that God ‘made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’.

Understanding the New Covenant of God’s gracious, supply-filled rest effortlessly and completely transforms our language. As we recognise that God’s way of prosperity and victory is to enjoy the fulfilment and manifest arrival of our salvation in Christ, we begin to be confident in our God rather than in ourselves! We no longer live ‘doing whatever we please’ out of a false, independent, limited sense of self. Instead, we will ‘find joy in the Lord’ who has ‘carried us to the high places of the earth’, and will continue to do so as we trust and believe in His finished work! God is a good Daddy and he wants to manifest success and influence throughout our lives, saturating everything in our world with his abundant unmerited favour! Through placing our trust in the all-sufficiency of Christ, will feast on his blessings which follow us everywhere we go, and discover that as we do we no longer speak, think, and function out of a sense of deficiency (‘nor saying whatever you please on that day’). We will speak God’s words of faith, which release the power and life of heaven into our circumstances!

As Hebrews 4:3, 9-10 (NKJV) articulates: ‘we who have believed do enter that rest…there remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For He who has entered His rest himself also ceased from his works as God did from His’. So beloved of God, relax, recline, and receive the blessings of the New Covenant. No matter what you are facing today, there remains the powerful, wonder-working word of grace, spoken by the Father and articulated in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This word effortlessly transports us into the realm of rest and abundance, in which God has already provided for you. The revelation of faith has the power to bring you abundance and blessing, carrying you to the high places of this earth! You are wired for success through ceasing from your own works, to enjoy the devoted doting of the Godhead through Jesus Christ!

 

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Safe, Protected, Healed, and Whole

Psalm 91:10

“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (KJV)

As we read the calming, soothing verses of Psalm 91, we discover that faith is an adventure of exploring and resting in the goodness of God and the limitless reaches of his grace in every day, practical living. God is the perfect Daddy who desires his children to be prosperous, secure, healthy, healed, and whole in every way. He loves for us to feel cosy and comfortable around him – to know and experience his personalised, detailed love for each of us on a daily basis. Psalm 91:1 encourages us that as we ‘dwell in the secret place of the Most High’, we will ‘abide under his shadow’. This speaks of leaning upon and relying on God’s faithful provision and practical, unconquerable goodness each day. It speaks of intimacy and trust which produces consistent safety and security in our lives, and in the lives of our family members. As Psalm 91:10 articulates, NO evil will befall us, and NO plague will come near our homes – no means no! In Christ, our homes are peace-filled, disease-free, security-abundant spaces!

1 John 4:15-16 is the key to understanding what it means to abide under God’s shadow. John declares that as we recognise the authority and grace of Jesus Christ, we begin to abide in God, because the message of grace floods our heart with faith and hope so that we can recognise experientially that God is love. Recognising that God is love effortlessly causes us to lean on and depend upon him more and more, producing all of heaven’s blessings, protection, and security throughout our lives. As we continue to hear the good news of the Gospel, our hearts are filled with faith and trust in our heavenly Father, and we naturally abide under the ‘shadow’ of Jesus’ Almighty finished work on our behalf. God’s love woos and convinces us to trust him! As Romans 10:17 states, the key to wonder-working, secure faith is simply through hearing the good news of Christ. As we continually hear the good news of the Gospel our minds become fixed on the realities of heaven, and walking in the spirit becomes our natural rhythm and our consistent mode of existence. The finished work of Jesus Christ is enough to protect you and your home from any and every evil, sickness, and disease! You do not have to worry about the latest news reports. Simply recline in God’s goodness, enjoy his benefits and blessings, and enjoy the Disney-world of joy and fun that is the authentic Gospel of grace, peace and love!

Isaiah also writes in Isaiah 55:3 that life and success comes through hearing the message of God’s love. It is always our dependence upon the good news message that leads to us naturally sinking into the rhythms of God and walking in the Spirit, who always brings life and safeguards us from all harm. Isaiah writes: ‘Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David’ (55:3 KJV). We are to continue to hear new covenant messages of grace and life. As we do, we will automatically be walking under the correct ‘shadow’ or image of God. Hearing the good news will always produce results, as God always confirms his word with signs and wonders! (Mark 16:20). Your life will become a living testimony that Jesus keeps us safe, protected, healed, and whole!

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