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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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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

Locate Yourself Correctly

By Josh Hunt

6The gospel is the greatest message in the Cosmos! What God has done in Christ has ensured our happiness for all time! Are you enjoying the reality Jesus came to give you? Well, as I have heard Joseph Prince say – paraphrased – ‘there’s nothing wrong with the message, and there’s nothing wrong with you.’ Often when preachers assert the validity of the message they preach they blame their listener; [read in angry preacher voice] “there’s nothing wrong with Jesus, there’s nothing wrong with the Word, so the problem is with you!”

But there is nothing wrong with you, in-fact, Jesus has made you right! The message and reality of the gospel is true. There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s nothing wrong with you! But allow me to ask you, are you enjoying it? Are you enjoying the glorious news of the5 New Covenant? Enjoying is imperative for, well, enjoying. Faith enjoying is a glorious way to see and enjoy the spiritual inheritance in the tangible! Are you enjoying? It’s so fun! Life with our Daddy is so exciting! His goodness overwhelming!

So many people are hearing the grace message, yet some are struggling to feel it in their emotions. Some are left saying; “Thank Jesus for the cross! But, where is the joy?” There is a difference between intellectual assent and enjoying and believing the truth. Many are becoming free intellectually, and knowing the benefits to an extent; however, in order to enjoy the full benefit, we must enjoy the reality by faith. It’s possible to learn the truth of new birth in Christ, but still locate ourselves in deadness. Worry, fear, anxiety, depression, can be all signaling signs that we may be, at times, locating ourselves incorrectly. As Joseph Prince says; ‘right believing produces right living.’ The same is true; wrong believing produces wrong emotions.

Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural. Don’t be deceived into thinking and believing that a contradiction, whether an emotion or circumstance, can dictate the level of glory you can experience! Didn’t anyone tell you that you have been joined to Christ? Mortality was swallowed up by immortality! Your life is supernatural! You are supernatural! One with deity, Married to Majesty! And, don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Don’t be tricked into thinking and believing that you have got to build a relationship with God in order to enjoy the gospel. Some people are so worn out through trying to attain happiness and joy through prayer, fasting, or ‘abiding’. No, didn’t anyone tell you that you are joined to Christ, Married to Majesty?! Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural, and don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Instead, ‘settle’ into the arms of Daddy God, and rest in what Jesus has 7‘achieved’ for you! In other words, the key is to enjoy the gospel by faith!

You are not ordinary, so stop locating yourself in the ordinary! You are not a victim to your circumstance. It is not fitting for the wonderful (you), to locate themselves anywhere but heavenly realms. You may have spent your whole life locating yourself in the natural, believing you are less than who God says you are, but today, you can relocate! Maybe you’re struggling with negative circumstances? You have options you may not know about!

It will help you in locating yourself correctly if you understand what grandeur you have been plugged into! You’ve got a great inheritance:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 KJV)

Union with the King of the Universe has its benefits; you are blessed, with every blessing God has! The Christian life is not a process of one becoming blessed, or receiving spiritual treasures. The Christian life starts with unequivocal wealth and blessing! The phrase “who has blessed” is one Greek word, eulogeō, meaning to ‘invoke a benediction upon’. In Christ, God has pronounced every pleasing blessing heaven has to offer on you! You have a great inheritance. Also, just because it says “spiritual blessing”, doesn’t mean that the 8blessings aren’t those that can translate to tangible realities. No, “spiritual” is telling us where these blessings are located. The treasure chest is in the spiritual realm.

You’ve also got a great identity:

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5 KJV)

You are something very special! The Spirit longs for you to know your royal identity, to see yourself as you are, located in Christ. These verses reveal so much about the believers great identity; 1) We are holy (hagios = “pure”, “saint”, free from sin, made holy at the core of being). 2) We are blameless (amōmos = “faultless”, “unblamable”, united to Jesus therefore forgiven and unpunishable). 3) We are before him (katenōpion = “directly in front of: before (the presence of)”, the NIV says “in his sight”, however, this isn’t just a Jesus-goggle thing, God doesn’t just see us as holy and blameless even though we’re really not. No, he has made us to be holy and blameless and seated us on his lap, we are before him, in his presence continually.) We are also, as Ephesians 1:4-5 goes on to say, “adopted as his sons” – You are declared to be God’s baby and given spiritual life and immortality!

And you’ve got great power:

“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” (Ephesians 1:18-19 KJV)

Paul doesn’t pray that the mighty Spirit of God would make us weak vessels strong. No! Paul prays for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened – enlightened to know that we have a great power on the inside of us. Enlightened to know that we are powerful, sharers of 9God’s great omnipotence! My goodness the believer is powerful. You are packing so much glory and power. If you realized just how powerful you actually are you would walk with such confidence! Agree with God. The Old Testament exhorts the weak to say that they are strong (Joel 3:10), but under the New Covenant God has made you strong – strong with his incomparable power and strength.

So, you have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power. But, are you locating yourself in the great? Are you enjoying truth? Right now, right here, where are you locating yourself? You see, even if you aren’t locating yourself in the gospel reality, it will still be true, you will still have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power, but you won’t be able to enjoy it to its fullness. You are designed, however, to experience heaven on earth. You will only be at home when you locate yourself in heavenly places. And, through enjoying and locating yourself in heavenly places you will make your home like heaven!

Every one of us has a built in GPS system. We wake up in a morning and often allow our GPS to locate us in the natural, in our circumstances, in our wrong beliefs. Sometimes people live in this negative auto-pilot; some continue to allow themselves to locate themselves in the natural – this then produces negative feelings and emotions, a stability that is built on an unstable foundation. However, when we start to realize the other realm, the heavenly realm, we allow ourselves to locate ourselve10s in the heavenly realms. When we locate ourselves in the gospel reality, in Christ, we see the power and glory of God manifest in our outward lives, bringing the full force of our inheritance with it. We see heaven on earth! So, locate yourself correctly! Start to enjoy faith. Live your life with an enthusiastic awareness of the kiss of heaven. Locate yourself in heavenly places. Locate yourself in the gospel reality!

 

Renewed Mindfulness

By Paige Hunt

 “Your very next thought, feeling, or action can begin to uncover the deepest spiritual wisdom, which flows pure and free as mountain waters in spring” – Deepak Chopra

In Christ we have been planted into a whole new world. This world is the dimension of ‘being’ that Romans 6 invites us to bask and bathe in. It is the wisdom of the ages revealed in full clarity (John 4:24; Colossians 2:3). Instead of living from inferior mind-sets and22 desires, we can live from the heart and mind of heaven – the true pattern of our design. Our every cell bathes in heaven’s substance. Indeed, our substance is a unique flavour of Jesus. Repentance is not simply changing our own minds to believe this truth – it is going beyond an independent sense of ‘self’, to the flavoursome consciousness of Christ, expressing himself in unique and whimsical ways through you. It is sinking into a unique, satisfying, expressive-divine union with Christ.

“Well then, by virtue of undergoing baptism into death we were buried with him, in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we, too, might live and move in a new kind of existence” – Romans 6:4 (God’s New Covenant: A New Testament Translation)

We have been given a new quality of life, a new kind of existence in union with the Godhead; a divine-spiritual kind of humanity which is serenity, tranquillity, and garden-beauty. J.B. Phillips articulates this wonderfully, stating that in Christ an entirely new plane of existence, a new dimension of living, has opened up to us:

“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, 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” – Romans 6:4-8 (Phillips)

This kind of life is one of full immersion into the Godhead, where we can instantaneously access all of the atmospheric and practical virtues and blessings of God’s quality of life, no longer having to be dominated by any of those ancient habits and wrong ways of feeling, thinking, and being that we tried so sincerely to rid ourselves of. The problem was that we so falsely believed that this uninspired, dull, sin-way of living was our identity and the 23pattern of our design. Francois du Toit in the Mirror Bible accurately reveals to us that the power of Romans 6 lies in the fact that when we died, these false realities were completely eradicated from us, torn apart from our sense of consciousness, so that we could experience a new kind of fullness – the fullness of God’s nature and core-material. Francois states that the truth of Romans 6 “have set a new standard to become the pattern of your life; the grace of God ended sin’s dominance…consider your life now, there are no outstanding debts; you owe sin nothing! A life bonded to God yields the sacred expression of his character, and completes in your experience what life was always meant to be.” – Romans 6:17, 22 (Mirror Word)

The new reality which we experience through Christ results in consciousness-expansion, so that we can feel each aspect of us at rest, in the ease and lightness of the glory realm of God’s love – swimming in the psychedelic inspiration-colours and delicious abundance-aromas of heaven’s life. We are bonded to all of heaven, expressing the inspiration and composition of God naturally, through our personalities and hearts.  The river of life flowing within us once gurgled and slopped with a thick, murky sludge-like quality, glooping lazily through a garden of death, yet Christ was the mystic portal that transported us through the looking-glass of life, and now we are a dancing, living, fresh-pure stream, flourishing in a garden of life and lofty beauty. We are free, where we once were stuck in muddy, difficult mind-sets. We are in the ease of the Breath of life. 19

“…If we were planted into the garden of His death, surely we shall be planted into the garden of His resurrected life” – Romans 6:5 (Cotton Patch)

It is not simply that we ‘shall be’ – the context of Romans 6 reveals that we already are. Another way that Paul describes this is in Colossians 3:9-10:

“Seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man”

We are therefore instructed to SEE and BEHOLD the realities of Jesus to experience what is already true of us at the core of us, in the spiritual realm, in the here and now. Interestingly, the words for ‘put off’ and ‘put on’ in Colossians are the Greek words ‘ekduo’, and ‘enduo’. These words describe sinking out of one thing and into another. – We have sunk into his resurrection garden through resting in his love and faithfulness on our behalf! So to see this new life manifesting through our bodies and circumstances, all we have to do is keep on sinking into the glorious realities of the Father’s love for us! Rest into the cosy comfort of his detailed, lavish goodness.

Seeing this beautiful garden of our essence is the Father’s aromatherapy.

“The bliss of God is the essence of holiness itself. Many confuse holiness with the outward form of legalism or external religious activities. But holiness is not the absence of sin; it is the Presence of God. A lot of people think they are in God’s will because they have gotten rid of a lot of sin, but emptying out all of your bad stuff does God no favors. You can be empty of sin, but still be empty! Don’t be empty; instead get full of God! Being filled with the Spirit always produces fruitfulness and wonders…The more you drink His Presence, the more you believe what he has already done. The more you believe, the more virtue you manifest” – John Crowder, The Ecstasy of Loving God.

The Romans 6 reality is a great drink of, well, Reality! As you drink of the revelation of the resurrection of Christ, which is the Song of all songs, you begin to realise that forgiveness of sins is only one half of the Gospel – the entire power of God is in the revelation of our heady resurrection with Christ. A resurrection that has turned our whole world upside down – that has placed us in a new kind of existence. The Kingdom of God is at our fingertips, and it is not about words but it reveals that we bathe in, and are surrounded by, the POWER of God’s goodness and glory. His very essence flows through our veins. (1 Corinthians 4:20). This world is Jesus Christ, our all in all (Colossians 3:11). His Spirit of 20tranquillity is that mystic spring. The nourishing elixir of life. As Psalm 36 states, God ‘gives us to drink of the wadi of delights’. We are invited to simply sit in the Presence of God, free of religious obligations and stoic, religious ideas. To simply sit and drink up the new world.

“When anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world. The old order has gone, and a new order has already begun” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New English Bible)

We are not simply planted in this world; we are also composed of it. Galatians 2:20 in the Distilled Bible says, ‘I consider myself as having died and now I am enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body’. Your whole body is filled with the Presence of Jesus, flowing with this holy, heavenly, happy life of bliss. Indeed, our very breath is the ruah; the life-breath of God. The Kingdom of heaven is an experiential reality, and not some castle in the air.

“When you own your own breath, nobody can steal your peace” – Author unknown

Jesus calls us to enjoy his bliss through a conscious awareness that we are united with him at the core of us. We are breathing the Holy Spirit – the fullness of God in the here and now. Inhale the beauty of this whole new world, the creative inspiration, the endless paradise-harmony-pleasure, and you will effortlessly exhale the miraculous – divine renewal of youth, a sound mind, financial miracles. Allow yourself to feel those waves of his Spirit flowing through you. The abundance, health, and total well-being of his Presence within you – indeed, your very own Presence. You are in total oneness with this Presence. You are composed of the life of the Godhead. The peace that surpasses all 24understanding bathes your whole being – you were made for tranquillity. You are the glory cloud. You are the enchanted forest that invites you to explore endless prophetic depths.

As you realise that in your co-union with Christ, you are wholly holy, you will effortlessly flow with the frequencies of heaven – his energies and vibrations that speak life into your life. Sink deeper, sail further away on the waves of his love and grace, and see how deep the rabbit hole goes. We can sink into the satisfaction and lofty pleasure of God’s garden universe.  You have the fullness of heaven’s vibrations right now. Feel them – the wisdom is in the experience of God. The glory articulates the wisdom of God through your being, into your mind, into your emotions. Picture a hookah, an oriental water pipe, which draws the smoke through a bowl of water. The revelation of your co-union with Jesus Christ is an experiential Holy Spirit hookah. It flavours everything with the life of heaven.

The message of inclusion which the Gospel articulates to you is that everything about you and your perspective is ‘in Christ’, and in Christ, it is Glory Land. This is the reality of perfection, beauty, and abounding creativity – here, everything is inspiration. As Titus 1:15 18sings, ‘to the pure, all things are pure’. Your reality is purity in all-things. Allow yourself to sink into these realities, like a soothing, comforting bubble bath of aromatic fragrances. Allow yourself to enjoy the altered state of consciousness that the Gospel offers!

“There is another way; a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” – Rumi

The Gospel of Jesus always gives us a deeper drink of life. Keep on drinking in this whole new world. Rest in this perfected garden of intoxicated serenity, breathing in the colours, sounds, and sights of this paradise garden of God. You have unlimited friendship with the Trinity! Unhindered union!

To human reasoning, perfection-bliss-creativity in the here and now can seem like insanity. It goes against the grain of human wisdom. But it truly remains the wisdom of the Father. The heavenly perspective of Jesus Christ, and all of his love and wonder is referred to in Scripture as the potent wine of God. God truly is a free Spirit of wild, untamed wonder. As 2 Corinthians 5:13 states, “if we are out of our mind, it is for God”.

Yes, let us be hedonists of God – lovers out of our minds, living from the mind of Christ – wonderland. Let us be drinkers of his pleasure, unable to resist the superior delights of enjoying this breath of life, and the altered state of consciousness it brings us, as we see that lie of an independent self utterly severed from our perceptions. The limitations we held within our vision – those threats and contradictions – melt like butter on a hot day. You can give up self-confidence and the lie of independent living and reasoning, to live care-free in the care of the Father. To live, move, and have your being in oneness with this whole new world. Your reality is the Trinity. You are a unique flavour of their life. They express themselves through you super naturally day-by-day as you flow in the inspiration of your mystical co-union with Christ.

Romans 12:2 highlights that the wisdom of God is there in renewed mind, and with it flows physical transformation as we begin to flow with the reality of this glory. This renewed mind is not something which we partially possess. We have within us the mind of Christ in its entirety. (1 Corinthians 2:16). As we rest, soak, and breathe in this new creation reality; a reality of unhindered union with the Godhead, the glory flows effortlessly. The mystical 25spring within us bubbles over with life and solves everything. Christ is all and in all – flowing, bubbling, babbling with glorious, beautifying simplicity! (John 7:38).

This whole world dances and prances, gushes and flutters with the wisdom of Christ. God loves to enjoy the reality of this cosmos. Each person, and all flora and fauna, are like different flavoured hookahs to the Christ. He loves to breathe in the flavours and inspired thought of his creativity. God is love-drunk on the reality of existence! Allow these truths to bring about a love-drunkenness in you, a jolly awakening to the endless abundance of life we have in Christ. He is layer upon layer of glorious goodness.

“Then I [wisdom] was constantly [or ‘was the artisan’/’was a little child’] at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing [or ‘playing’] always in his presence, rejoicing [or ‘playing’] in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” – Proverbs 8:30-31

This passage speaks of the Holy Spirit, our artistic, child-like Spirit of Wisdom. Our composition and love-flow. God is a God of child-like simplicity, of enthusiastic play and delight. He is a true artisan of freedom! You were created with God’s love-drunken nature. Your heart and mind are flooded with the colours, beauty, and playful delight of God! The wisdom of God is not stoic, it is aesthetic, delicious, and vibrant – it vibrates heaven’s frequencies throughout your whole being and plunges you into his emotions of bliss,26 as you re-connect with this revelation of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of heaven on earth. In this Gospel we can experience and discover the endless depths of wisdom and glory! (Colossians 2:3)

His mountain-water wisdom,
flowing within and throughout us,
giving composition to everything.

“And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52

“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.”- Paramahansa Yoganandya

“The Gardener, being as He is the Creator of water, pours it in without stint; and whatever the soul has not been able to collect in perhaps twenty years of exhausting intellectual effort, the heavenly Gardener gives it in a moment” – Teresa of Avila.

Being Kissed by Heaven

By Paige Hunt

(Song of Solomon 1:1-4)

There is a realm which we were born to experience tangibly, having our every waking moment as a seamless experience and effortless interaction with heavenly glory. 2There is a gateway to this elusive, mystical honey realm in every gossamer dream-laden pleasure. Where is this realm? – All around us and within us (Colossians 3:11). It resides tranquil, honey-sweet and hot-chocolate cosy, within our hearts, designed to impact every aspect of our existence as we relax into the soothing hammock-comfort it offers. 3This realm is substance and song, tangibility and inspiration, natural and divine. It is a mode of existence that is flooded and completely soaked with the fullness of the Trinity. (See Psalm 65:11).

This world is a fountain that gushes continually from the resurrected Christ, and from him everything that is good and perfect flows: health, creativity, joy unspeakable and full of glory…

“They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:8-9

As you eat and drink of the finished work of Christ – the revelation-bread of his body and the revelatory-wine of his blood, you nourish yourself on the reality of realities: the truth of this new world of serene perfection: a haven of bliss. You are not simply drinking of the fountain of Christ, you have become one with the waters of his Presence; permeated through and through with the sweet fountain of life himself. You live within this infamous kingdom under the sea: you are immersed the waters of Daddy’s love and grace. As you flow in this reality, repentance and miracles ‘accidentally’ occur and pop with vibrant colour around you, as living in victory is natural and effortless. 4Your world is wonderland. Every part of you is unlocked in this land of love, until you are naturally flowing from the depths of your heart in this revelation of life, moving with the river that flows within you, feeling the impulses and ecstasies of refreshing, fresh, vital authenticity.

“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” ― C.S. Lewis

You adventure, explore, and have your being in a realm that resides beneath external identities (based on the basic principles of this world: do-to-be mentalities). There is a realm nestled deep in Daddy’s heart, deep within the core of our existence and frolicking through the forests of our imagination. A realm of ‘taste and see’, where each of our senses is engaged in the truth that Daddy God is ecstatically, mystically, whimsically good.

Our Heavenly Father desires that each person live within this Gospel reality: not as a stoic kingdom of information and knowledge, with one theological idea stacked wobbly on top of  another, ready to be threatened by external circumstances. No, your good and generous Daddy longs for you to recognise that the Gospel is your composition. You are of one spirit with the Lord. As your spirit is already permeated with pure Jesus-life, this means that every part of you is immersed in his glory. Every part of you is a unique flavour of Jesus. You can express his life through faith, drinking up the heart-felt bliss of his reality. Your perfection is an accomplished fact, and because ‘to the pure all things are pure’ (Titus 1:15), every natural pleasure is a gateway for you to experience in each of your senses, the divine inspiration-composition of this pleasure. God is the fountainhead from which flows the wholesome and pleasant creative, innovative inventions and ideas of humanity.

In Christ, your Spirit is as a fruit-scented tea bag which resides at your unfathomable depths. What does this mean? It means that the water of your life has been flavoured with the divine. You can taste and see that God is good as you reside in this evil-free existence. Everything about you has been infused with divine freshness, heavenly creativity, and flourishing beauty. Christ came to give you life in abundance. This life which has flooded and filled your heart transforms your mind, revealing to you that you have access to all areas of the creative whimsies and jolly-drunken love of the Trinity.

Everything that the Godhead is and has, you are and have. This means that your consciousness is expanded through the revelation of Christ, switching from limited self-consciousness to limitless God-consciousness. We see through the eyes of the Godhead. We feel through his heart. We taste and touch and smell this whole new world through the enthusiastic, optimistic, ecstatic, lofty senses of the Trinity! Scripture declares, “You are in the spirit!” (Romans 8:9). You can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell the divine through the enlightened eyes of your imagination. Colossians 3:1-3 invites us to immerse ourselves in the high, heightened life – effortlessly letting go of dwelling on and associating ourselves with boring, stressful circumstances, to embrace the perfection-vacation of Jesus, the blissful, serene, delicious party of heaven.

Psalm 23 declares that our cups of this living wine are overflowing! You have a river of heaven’s whimsical, eccentric creative life that flows from your belly. Hold the chalice of your imagination to this river and drink deeply of the revelation of your union with Christ. Christ is all in all!  (Colossians 3:11). He is bathing every cell of your body, hugging your every stress and anxiety to oblivion with his perfect love. 5He wants you to feel cosy, prosperous and loved as you reside in your Union with him in this palatial kingdom within.

Let us go on a journey of exploring this verdant wonderland through the Song of Solomon, uncovering a few of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in this book. Scripture declares that we have every gift, and that we can experience these rich treasures of wisdom and knowledge, which all reside in the revelation of the goodness of Christ. (Colossians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 1:7) So today, we are at the beach, we are playing in the sand, paddling in the endless ocean of Daddy’s positive thoughts towards us, and we are picking up the sea-shells of scripture to take home some sentimental keepsakes of revelation concerning who we are and what we have obtained in Christ. Let us continue to play and explore deeper and deeper. The Gospel is so much fun!

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – For your love is more delightful than wine.” – Song of Solomon 1:2

We begin by focusing upon the mouth of God. What pours forth from the mouth of God? His word – Christ! The kiss of God is Christ, and in Christ the delight of God is revealed. Christ causes us to behold a whole new world where the old world of striving, disappointments, and dryness is gone. I’ll say it again: Christ introduces to us a whole new world, one we can literally ‘behold’ in the here and now! A glory land of superior essence: God-quality!

“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

J.B Phillips translates this reality as being one of freshness and newness (“…the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. All this is God’s doing…”). The New English Bible puts it this way: “when anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world”!! But how is this of relevance to Song of Solomon? – In the Hebrew, Song of Solomon 1:2 is a play on words (how many of us know that Daddy God loves to play and frolic with us?!): the word for kisses and the word for wine (drinking) are very similar! As we drink up the revelation of the finished work of Christ, a mind-transformation takes place. We become intoxicated on love, free of sober insecurities and stress-filled cares. Free to be intoxicated on all that is endless love and abounding creative beauty, as found in the heart of Christ, the realm of the Trinity – our homeland. The revelation of Christ is a classic fairy-tale true love’s kiss to awaken us to the kingdom of happily ever after!

“How fragrant your cologne: your name is like its spreading fragrance…” – Song of Solomon 1:3

The next verse expresses that God’s name (Jesus, the Christ-reality) is like an attractive perfume that has filled the room. As we become aware of the surrounding glory realm, we experience a constant sense of pleasantness and sweetness. A whole new dimension opens up to us, and we begin to flow with exhilarating heavenly frequencies. The glory realm engages our natural senses with creative beauty – we can experience the reality of our oneness with Christ, and interact with this oneness, through our natural personalities. The divine is perfectly at home within the physical realm! Jesus’ Presence is the glory realm, and it is here for us to experience tangibly in the here and now, interacted with through our natural personalities. The Christ-realm which resides within our heart is delicious and addictive.

“Take me after you — let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers…” – Song of Solomon 1:4a

Once we hear that this realm is freely available for us to experience, of course we are eager to engage our senses in it, plunging ourselves into the mystery and wonder of the ages! After all, Jesus is the desire of all nations! (Haggai 2:7). But the truth is, the only way to experience this new reality in Christ is to fall into it, like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. It is hearing the good news of what Christ has accomplished on our behalf which inspires and influences our senses, until we perceive that which is freely ours, and can behold with our eyes the colours and textures of this new world, tasting of its flavours (Romans 10:17; Romans 1:17). His cross and resurrection is our trap door – as we hear of its good news, we fall effortlessly through into wonder and bliss. Our good works and our bad works are terrible Narnian wardrobes. It is the body of Christ alone, and his work on our behalf, that carries us into this new world – our eternal honeymoon Isle of Blessing.8

This is why the cry of our hearts is to be taken into these chambers by the firstfruits of creation, the one who made a way for us to experience this world and who is referred to in scripture as the first among many brothers (Romans 8:29). We long to go after Jesus, to follow after him and step into his finished work through the mystical portal of his resurrection. Our cry truly is “Take me after you!”. And where are we taken? – The chambers! This speaks of intimacy with the Trinity, experiencing their life and all of its benefits and blessings – experiencing the joys and lofty imagination of their favourite thoughts. This is sure to influence our emotions with giddy enthusiasm and ecstasies! – this is sure to convince us of our righteousness in Christ (Romans 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

As Brian Simmons in The Passion Translation of Song of Solomon has pointed out, the Hebrew text for chamber here literally means ‘a chamber within a chamber’, in other words, the Holy of Holies within the Temple chamber. The Holy of Holies was the holiest place in the world. In Christ, it is revealed to us that holiness is not scary or threatening, but lovely and loving. Jesus invites us to live within a realm of wholeness (every fruit of blessing is freshly squeezed for our drinking delights: 100% fresh nectar of everything lovely, perfect, pleasant, beautiful, and creative). The holiest place on earth is the most delicious – a mode of existence that is pure, vibrant goodness!

Christ’s invitation for us to exist in the holy of holies, the dimension of heaven, reveals to us that God believes we are worthy to live within this reality – that in creating us he created children of God, divine babies, and not servants (Galatians 3:26). When God looks at us he sees everything beautiful and lovely, because we are his children, hand-crafted in His image and likeness! As God declares to us in Psalm 82:6, “I said ‘you are gods, you are all sons of the Most High’.

I love the way that Brian Simmons translates the next part of Song of Solomon 1:4:

“We will remember your love As we laugh and rejoice with you
Celebrating your every kiss
As better than whine.
No wonder righteousness adores you!” – Song of Solomon 1:4 (TPT)

The divine life is one of pure happiness – there is no high like the Most High! – every pleasure in this world echoes and interacts with the revelation of Jesus Christ. Every happiness and joy finds its origin and conclusion in the love of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is why we can enjoy God through everything – as we drink our hot chocolate we can enjoy the sweetness of Daddy’s love, as we eat marshmallows we can be enraptured in the ooey-gooey nature of his kindness and goodness. 6His love is a world of substance that we can continually be caught up in, in every activity of life. This is living under the smile of Daddy’s approval, and it is powerful and effective. It causes us to live effortlessly righteous lives! The glory realm has swallowed us whole and it won’t spit us out! Let us drink of its realities and wrap them all around us through celebration and enjoyment!

Limitless Life Devotional

The Peace of God

John 14:27

‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’

Christianity is not about our effort – it is about Christ’s effort. Christianity is not about our sacrifice – it is about Christ’s sacrifice. Christianity is not living a life of toil trying to attain inner peace – Christ has given us his own peace. The moment we said ‘yes’ to Jesus, the moment we looked at love on a tree, we received his very own life (Col. 3:4), which includes his inexhaustible, stable peace. You are a partaker of the emotional life of Christ himself!

You do not need to try to attain inner peace, nor do you need to manufacture your own, you have received the peace of God! The Godhead; Father, Son and Spirit have always enjoyed perfect peace and you are now a partaker of that family (2 Pet. 1:4)! You can enjoy that peace that transcends understanding and earthly circumstances (Phil. 4:7).

You are no longer part of the dominion of darkness, the system of emotional exhaustion, no, you are a ruler of the Kingdom of light (Col. 1:13), the oasis of righteous, PEACE and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17). You don’t need any more peace, you have God’s own peace, and it’s in your Spirit. You don’t need to search or ask, just believe. Walk according to the fact that you are already filled with peace and are a beneficiary of the emotional life of Christ and you will manifest the peace which is already inside of you!

Enjoying the Presence of Jesus Moment-by-moment

By Paige Hunt

“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” – 1 Corinthians 6:17

Think about the art of fruit tea for a moment. Your tea bag is placed into the depths of the hot water, and its spices and flavours ooze out and transform your mug of water into flavoured tea. Ta-da! 19– This illustrates the concept of being ‘one Spirit’ with the Lord. Because the Holy Spirit resides at the depths of your being, the water of your life has been turned into the finest wine of God’s Presence, and every part of you has been saturated, immersed in, and entirely flooded with the Divine life. This means that your every experience is as much a divine adventure as it is a human one. Song of Solomon 1:15 presents a similar concept, when the Lover, a symbol of our heavenly Jesus, turns to us and says:

“How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.”

The dove is a Scriptural symbol for the Holy Spirit and the pleasure of God. As we meditate on this verse we can begin to draw out some sweet, delicious nectar: Our eyes are unique portals for the Holy Spirit to view our earth. The Holy Spirit loves experiencing life through our eyes! Let me unpack this a little bit…We are of one Spirit with the Lord, and this means that we live, move and have our being in the sphere of the Trinity, simultaneously residing in their heavenly dimension, pulsing with their life, just as we go about our daily activities and enjoy life on the physical plane. Like a tree, if the roots are healthy and nourished, the whole tree will be filled and flourishing with that vibrant life. – Just as we are, at the deepest part of us, residing in the heavenly realm with Jesus (see Ephesians 1), every part of our human body and our natural personality is a unique flavour of Jesus on earth. We are each a unique expression of the Godhead, and he delights in viewing life through our eyes, as he resides within us – engaging with each of our senses.

We can live our lives unaware of this Blessed embrace, and as such, we will never experience ‘life to the full and overflowing’ (John 10:10). Rather, we will live from the limited, distorted perceptions of self-consciousness and be unable to derive heavenly pleasure from each moment – conditioned to define our lives and shape our conscious thoughts after ‘do-to-be’ mentalities and every form of legalistic-lack mind sets. Yet it is God’s desire that we truly grasp what it means that we have been co-resurrected with Christ into a whole new world, a world where Christ can be our all in all, a world where all of our experiences are pure, because we know that we naturally, blissfully flow with the purity of his clarity (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:11; Titus 1:15).20 A world where we are truly one Spirit with the Lord, unhindered in consciousness. Throughout Scripture, we are called to remember the Lord in celebration, drinking up the wine of the New Covenant in remembrance of him. Song of Solomon 1:2 declares that God’s love ‘is more delightful than wine’, as he kisses us with the kisses of his mouth. These kisses from God’s mouth flow to us in the form of words – or, more accurately, the Word, Jesus Christ.

The revelation of our co-crucifixion, co-burial, and co-resurrection with Jesus is like the richest wine. It brings about a transformation of consciousness, as we see that in every way we have been transformed at the very centre of our ‘self’, and planted into an ecstatic garden of union with the Divine. A garden of rich, authentic experience, because all things have been made new. Isaiah 12:3 in the NLT states that “with joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!”. The mundane experiences of our life are transformed from water into wine, as we begin to experience what it means to be filled with all that God is and all that God has in the here and now; as we begin to experience God experiencing us from the very depths of us: the reality of heaven on earth.

“They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” – Psalm 36:8-9

Like the tree drawing up sustenance from its roots, we too drink up the enjoyment of heaven from within us. We can tangibly feel and engage with this reality of heaven on earth, now that we are in a Siamese union with the Godhead, and cannot tell where he ends and we begin!

God is playfully, intimately connected with everything about you and your world. Your personality was hand-crafted by him, and he loves the things that you truly love because he loves experiencing those things through your eyes! Your joy is his joy! We can enjoy the Presence of Jesus moment-by-moment, resting in the simplicity and natural rhythm of his love – after all, his love is not an external demand, but an internal supply that is also your composition. You are seamlessly divine, flowing with his life through your patterns and textures: your unique personality hand-crafted by God in the first place. You are literally God’s own personal paradise island, through which he loves to live, and move, and have his being.  And as you are simply being yourself your heavenly Father is so satisfied. You can rest in this satisfaction!

Your entire world was formed through the wonder of God’s love-thoughts. How often do we stop to taste the magical love that holds, and is held, within each moment? With the lesser glory of false mind sets, we have been drawn to distancing ourselves from the ease of the Trinity and their residence within our hearts. We have lost our sense of peace in the silken sky of Pure love – I mean real, deep, lasting peace. We thirst and yet we don’t know what we are thirsting for. Perhaps we could be thirsting to taste God – to stop and really taste the fullness of clean Reality in the present moment. The fullness of our identity. There is a peace that comes from savouring the artistic masterpiece of a moment kissed in pure and perfect Love. This peace can bring tears to the eyes and awe to the heart. Gently pausing to drink in the nectar of a moment intoxicates us with an awareness that we are living in “life to the full and overflowing”. There is a well-spring of magnificent beauty blossoming within the heart and it treasures the moment from within, having eyes that see and ears that hear gentle, natural, naked, child-like God in everything. The magnificent beauty of earth’s natural rhythm whispers to us to be barefoot wanderers, to be adventurers from the heart, upon the imagination of God, our earth – to allow the natural rhythm of serene love to ballet-dance with us, care-free. There is a part of us that yearns for an intimate connection with nature and with others – a connection that enhances our beauty, our worth, and our creativity. 22

God is within us, and he is flowing throughout the earth. Jesus reveals this truth. Colossians 2:3 states that in Christ reside all of the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. This knowledge is an awareness that not only does God reside within us, he also has flooded the entire earth. Habakkuk 2:14 says: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” This knowledge has arrived in the revelation of Jesus Christ. A revelation that is comfortably residing within our hearts and minds (Hebrews 10:16).

“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God”. – Helen Schucman

There is heaven in the moment. Beauty and creativity of God-quality, which is simple but in no way shallow – a beauty that invites us to rest, to enjoy, to drink deep of life’s seamless flow of perfect love, giving us highest value and eternal dignity. I’m not giving you any formula for experiencing this oneness. That is not my desire, because I find that any formula, any mechanism of control and manipulation, stems from a false mind set of distance and separation concerning our co-union with Christ. If you add a formula to something that is natural to the True Self, then you are believing that love-connection with everything is not natural to who we really are, and we need to work to achieve it. Life, created to be ease and frolicking fun, becomes impersonal. It becomes something which we must act out using guidelines. An awkward routine is added to a dance that is as natural and effortless as breathing. Your mind set becomes a padlock of ‘do’ to ‘be’, and you feel like little more than an ill-fitting key because of the mind-set you have gotten locked into.

Our Oneness with Daddy God and His creation is personal, and the way we relate to God is unique to everyone, because it is us simply being our own unique selves. It is our natural state. Our gift to God is who we are – that is how we love God with all of our soul and with all of our imagination. Simply being natural and enjoying life. Live from the pure and perfect love within your heart, and tear down brick walls of religion and the nagging voices of expectation that make your relationship with God less than art, less than freedom, less than an outpouring of untamed love from your heart.21

You do not need to control or manipulate anything; you can simply flow as who you are, effortlessly. God is FOR us and WITH us and WITHIN us. As we begin to really believe this truth (we don’t have to try – just by hearing the good news, the best news, our mind is effortlessly transformed because our hearts say a great big ‘yes’ to the things that are most comfortable, beneficial and beautiful to the soul), we discover ourselves free to love and be loved. Firstly, we tangibly feel that we are loved, and from that eternal, complete, secure, sweet love, overflows a love for humans and all of creation: an enjoyment of each moment. It is when we are loved that every part of our consciousness is unleashed to flow with heaven on earth in the here and now, drawing upon the sweetness of heaven’s nectar in each moment. You don’t really need to know the details of how it all works, because everything will make sense as these things become an internal experience, rather than a stoic theology. His pure love for us – that is the glory, that is what life is all about. You are free to live in the freedom of love in spite of anything. You’re already in, you’ve already arrived at a place of union, and there is no distance or separation in your reality. There is nothing to hinder you from enjoying the divine in each moment!

“Everything is made right in the pleasure of His Presence” – Matt Spinks

In Genesis 2:15, humanity was called to ‘work’ and ‘guard’ creation. This ties in beautifully with the revelation of our lives being spiritual ones of enjoyment, because as Ellen Bernstein has stated:

“The Hebrew word la avod, usually translated ‘to work’, also means ‘to serve’ in a religious sense and is often used in situations of service to God. The Hebrew word lishmor, often translated ‘to guard’, also means ‘to keep’ or ‘to observe’ in a religious sense, as in observing Shabbat, the Sabbath.” – ‘Creation Theology: A Jewish Perspective’

We were created to walk and exist in a personal and intimate love – intimacy and care, acceptance and unity is our existence. Knowing we are loved – that we are one with Love – articulates the poetry of the heart through us. We find a song flowing like a golden honey substance, so sweetly through our every pore, and we become swept up in beautiful waves of grace upon grace that inspire us to live adventurous, fun love-lives.23

This love is so serene and peace-filled. In this way, God as the ‘all in all’ is like Rivendell from the Lord of the Rings series – a Homely house of serenity. God is a peace-dwelling Being of beautiful stillness, flowing with seamless, honey-smooth mystical bliss.

Here is a quote about Rivendell, in which the heart of God is reflected:

“”His house was perfect whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley.” – ‘The Hobbit’ (as we awaken to the Reality of our oneness with pure, complete acceptance and love, the shadows of false mind sets, and their manifestations in the physical will disappear – creation has been waiting eagerly for the sons of God to awaken to the reality of their infinite, child-like, pure love-substance)

Anything less than gooey love and child-like acceptance without judgment and negativity is not God. His Presence is everything good with no bad, as light cannot contain darkness. Love is true magic 🙂 – His love, coursing and running through your veins as eternal, fragrant pleasures, manifesting beauty in every way, effortlessly. You are loved enough and you will see superbness. 🙂

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