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Separating Truth from Religious Behaviours and Rituals (Part One)

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

Grace is a rest!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Limitless Life Devotional

God’s Vision for Your Prosperity

Luke 6:38 (KJV)

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Did you know that the Gospel – without your efforts – has the power to bring about manifest, abundant prosperity in your life? All of the promises of God for your salvation are contained in Scripture, and freely gifted to you in the grace of Jesus Christ, so that you never have to live in lack – not even for a second! (Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20). In Luke 6:38, we see God’s heart for abundance, and that God’s idea of prosperity is lavish, and over the top, so that you are jam-packed with overwhelming affluence. God’s idea of prosperity isn’t that you just have enough to get by and get the bills paid, it is ‘good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over’. In other words, God desires for you to be able to richly enjoy all things –   family vacations,  expensive food and drink, giving to others, having fun as an heir of the world ,without a care in the world! – because you know that your finances will always run over and are luxuriantly provided for by your heavenly Father who has an inexhaustible supply of blessings to lavish on us as believers! (1 Timothy 6:17).

Now, don’t mistake Luke 6 as a ‘conditional’ promise either. Under the Old Covenant, you had to give to receive. However, under the New Covenant, inaugurated through Jesus’ blood (Matthew 26:28), Jesus gave everything for us so that we could freely receive the blessing of prosperity. As Romans 8:32 (KJV) declares, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” – In Christ, you have been freely given all things, including material blessings. God gave, so that manifest prosperity could be freely given to us! Therefore, you can allow the Gospel and the promises in Scripture to re-define your ideas of abundance and prosperity so that they are infinitely enlarged ‘in accordance with the riches of His glory’, and not in accordance with what your bank account says, your tithing, your sowing into  ministries, or your paycheque. God desires that you trust the Gospel with your material wealth and security! (Philippians 4:19). As you begin to trust the Father, and not your own efforts, as the source of your material income, you will declare along with the Psalmist that “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25, NIV). Step into God’s abundant supply of grace, and see prosperity manifesting all around you. As 2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” – some people try to spiritualise this verse, but the entire context of 2 Corinthians 8 is material wealth!

2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) is another Bible verse which speaks of God’s heart for prosperity, “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” – God desires that you have so much prosperity in Him that you are completely self-sufficient upon His goodness and grace, trusting that He will always, without fail, provide! Once again, don’t read law into this verse, as it is not saying that we ‘need to’ or ‘have to’ give to charity in order to receive. Instead, it is encouraging us that we will have so much money that we ‘get to’ live out the desires our heart and new nature in Christ: we get to share in the exciting blessing of giving to others! (Acts 20:35). Being able to give freely to others, as a joyful giver, as one who has freely received, will only come to us when we realise that we have a never-ending supply of financial security in Christ (2 Corinthians 9:7). When the believer gives ‘according to what He has’ (i.e. abundant, inexhaustible material riches and security in Christ), they gain a ‘willing mind’ to give freely to others! (2 Corinthians 8:12; KJV).  Believer, God delights in your prosperity, because He loves to see you blessed and prosperous (Psalm 35:27; Psalm 122:7). Jeremiah 33:6 (NIV) declares, “’Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” – God wants you to enjoy security and prosperity! He wishes that in all things we prosper and be in health! (3 John 1:, KJV).

 

In case you missed it…

Hi there!

Hope this finds you well! We posted a article on 27th October 2016, but we are just officially posting it to Social Media today. So, we thought we’d send it out again…

Here’s the link:

https://limitlesslifeministries.com/2016/10/27/how-does-obedience-fit-into-the-new-covenant-part-two/

Limitless Life Devotional

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!

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. 🙂

Limitless Life Devotional

Remember that the ‘do’ comes from Christ

Philippians 2:13

‘for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.’

Many of us have a desire to live holy; to see our weaknesses overcome, and to have glistening patience and kindness. What many of us forget it that the ‘do’ should, under new covenant living, come from Christ. Even though we know that under this new arrangement it is Christ himself who lives his own life through us, we can so often switch to self-effort and fleshly patterns to see our lives conforming to holiness (or the flesh’s own version of it). What we must remember, even in the face of contradicting, sinful circumstances, is that the ‘do’ comes from Jesus and his life within us.

Jesus’ work on the cross and the subsequent Spirit in us has made certain that we can live holy and righteous, without our trying and striving. Salvation presents both a ‘done’ and ‘do’ holiness.  However, contrary to popular belief, we aren’t the one’s doing the ‘do’ – Jesus himself is. Because of Jesus’ finished work we have been perfected forever (Hebrews 10:14)! That’s the ‘done’ part of the gospel. And Jesus (the purpose of Salvation) lives within us, he lives his life through us, that’s the ‘do’ part of the gospel! You see the ‘do’ is not on you. You can trust Jesus to ‘do’ whatever needs to be done through you!

Philippians 2:13 says that it is God himself which works in us to will and to act (other translations say ‘do’). It is not our will power or law keeping which produce the ‘do’, but God himself! In the next verse (14), Paul encourages the people he is writing to, to do everything without ‘complaining and arguing’. Many will see verses like his and take them straight out of context. They will then proceed trying not to argue with their friends, trying not to complain about the fuel prices, completely forgetting the previous verse; ‘it is God who works in you to will and to act’! Remember that today, Christ himself will do the ‘do’ through you!

*ANNOUNCEMENT* 

We have decided to change the name of our ministry, Married to Majesty, to Limitless Life Ministries. We have decided this in order to bring more things under the banner of our ministry and to make it more personal. As well as to connect the ministry, to a further degree, with our Church, Limitless Life Church (www.limitlesslifechurch.com)

We are also introducing Limitless Life TV – a once a week video encouraging people in Daddy’s love and grace! 

The name ‘Married to Majesty’ will still focus in our ministry and will be a prophetic devotional piece on our website. It will also be the name of Josh’s first book, which is in process! 

We are so excited to be able to bring more under the ministry and to be able to bless and share the gospel with as many people as possible!

Richie Rich Has Nothing On You

By Josh Hunt

Do you know that you are rich? You might not feel rich. You might not be acting like you’re rich. Your bank account may tell you a different story. But, nevertheless you are rich. You are rich in Christ in every way – and, yes I do believe that this ‘richness’ is available to manifest in the physical realm :).

The 90’s film Richie Rich is a comical tale that depicts a boy with a big personality and an even bigger inheritance – Richie is the wealthiest kid in the world! Richie is the son of a billionaire business man; he wants for nothing and even has his own personal theme park and McDonalds. Yes, Richie has some problems, but when it comes to his wants he lacks for nothing. Why? Because his Father is rich.

This is how it is for us today; we have been included into a Kingdom with no shortage, a family of incredible wealth. This is what Christianity is; an announcement of who our God is and an invitation to share in his great power and wealth. Don’t be tricked into thinking that the richness of your inheritance is just an encouragement tactic to spear you on with your relationship with Christ. You are really rich in him and every day you get to live like the wealthiest kid in the world. Whatever your need it is provided by your rich Dad.

‘I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which we has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…’ – Ephesians 1:18-19 (emphasis mine)

We have such a full and great inheritance in Christ. Papa God has loved us with an eternal and undying love and so he made sure that in this great Salvation there would be nothing left out that we could ever want or need (see 2 Peter 1:3). Do you believe that? What incredible news!

The Christian life is a life lived in union with the Spirit; a life of enjoying this rich inheritance. It is not a life of fear or hardship. Even the contradictions in life have to bow down to the power of the Anointed One in us! The Spirit-life is a life of hope! This is what Paul says in Ephesians 1:18-19; he says that he desires we get revelation in our hearts so that we may know the hope… Now, the word for ‘hope’ is ‘elpis’; which means an anticipation or an expectation for good. This. This is how we get to live our life everyday! Because of our rich inheritance in Christ we get to live with an expectation of good. Like Richie Rich we get to live relishing in what we possess. In this scenario we are indeed the ‘rich kids’, we are the ones who lack nothing. A built in theme park, a helicopter, maybe a healing, some favour – it’s all ours because of Jesus.

So many people believe that God is a stingy God – a God of just enough. The truth, however, is so much better, God is the God of more than enough, and he has shared everything he is and has with you and I. That’s why Paul says that he desires for the ‘eyes of our hearts to be enlightened’, so that we may know the hope – which is; ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance’. Paul desires for believers everywhere to know that they have a rich, full and glorious inheritance.

You are and have so much more than you could imagine. You are the child of the King and a beneficiary of the riches of the Godhead. Perhaps it’s time you start believing the truth of your glorious riches? Instead of thinking that you are a has-been, a good-for-nothing, a failure – believe that you are righteous, that you are talented, that you are loved and adored, that you are his! Don’t agree with the false system of trying to get, believe that in Christ you have received one blessing after another (see John 1:16).

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All of heaven belongs to the child of God. What’s more is that all of heaven is in the child of God. Paul says that ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance is in the saints’. All of the power, favour, health, prosperity, and wisdom of God is in the saint. You don’t have to petition God to try to get him to fill you with his riches, he has already filled you. What you desire to see manifest is already inside you! The gospel declares that we are rich in Christ, that this inheritance is in us. What a glorious truth! We can walk about with such confidence; ‘my Daddy’s power is in me. Whatever the need, I am rich in Christ.’ In the film Richie Rich, Herbert Cadbury tries to inspire Richie by saying; ‘Just remember these words, Master Richie – You have the power of your father inside you.’ This is a revelation that would aid us in every area of life. Going for a job interview – ‘I have the power of my father inside me’. Dealing with a difficult family member – ‘I have the power of my father inside me’. Struggling with your emotions – ‘I have the power of my father inside me’.

The truth of our rich, glorious inheritance in Christ is something that we all need to believe. So many live under the spiritual bread-line for no reason. The fullness we have in Jesus is enough. Why not start spending today. Why not start enjoying the magnificent things already in your union with Christ. Enjoy the personal theme park, take a ride on your very own helicopter, delight in the resurrection life of Jesus, savour the favour of the Lord. Know that because of Jesus you can know ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints’.

Breaking down the Sacred/Secular Divide

By Paige Hunt

Today I want to share with you something freeing and transformative; a truly lovely truth. I want to release you to be authentically, unreservedly who you are today, with all of your untamed passions and desires, by sharing with you how ‘the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus’ already broke down the sacred/secular divide. I am currently living quite a busy lifestyle, because I am studying for a degree in Theology, and co-pastoring Married to Majesty and Limitless Life Church* with my husband. We have also started a business in the health and wellness industry (Pure Life) under the umbrella of a global company called Forever Living. I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of these, although if it wasn’t for the truth which I am about to share with you, I think sometimes I would feel overwhelmed with a sense of demand from it all.

Let’s start by asking a question…what inspires you? Is it sport, cooking, walking in nature, painting, or some other fun hobby? In ‘religious circles’ we tend to feel a sense of guilt if we’re not finding our greatest (or maybe even only) inspiration from church services or prayer-and-fasting meetings. But let’s look at the kind of life that Jesus lived. He was a carpenter, and he loved to create things with his hands. He probably ate more meals with rebels and crooks than he gave ‘sermons’. He loved to tell stories using natural imagery and seemingly boring everyday objects. Jesus loved to live life as a human being!

In Matthew 9, Jesus tells a story in response to the ongoing criticism that his lifestyle just ‘didn’t avoid the appearance of evil enough, brother’. His parable is one of breaking out of conformity.  It is one of setting us free to be truly and naturally who we are, without limitations, restrictions or inhibitions.

“…And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.” – Matthew 9:17

What a glorious truth that we cannot be contained within the rigid pressures of other people’s expectations. Likewise, we cannot fit into any philosophical, introspective systems with their walls of performance-mentalities. The revelation of our identity in Jesus is one of creative freedom. As we begin to understand our authentic essence, revealed and reflected in Jesus ‘as in a mirror’, we outgrow religion and ascetic practices as our main source of inspiration.

Let’s look to Jesus: He came and lived within the confines of this old wine skin (Galatians 4:4), yet, at the right time, his spirit of beautiful freedom broke through that old wineskin on behalf of all of humanity, and rendered the old way of defining ourselves, and those old restricting patterns of religion, completely useless (2 Corinthians 5:15-17). His blood, the wine of the new covenant which ushers us into the experience of true inebriation and freedom from inhibition, reveals to us that God is completely comfortable flowing through our heart-inspirations. Christ is comfortable with your humanity! He is comfortable hanging out with you even when you’re wearing your bad temper and your dirty, threadbare jumper of your own personal experience of hell on earth. That’s why he spent time in relationship with ordinary people, such as James and John, who he lovingly referred to as the ‘sons of thunder’.

So once again, what inspires you? For J.R.R. Tolkien it was being out and about in nature. He comments that his renowned fantasy writings and the detailed descriptions of Middle Earth were the result of this very inspiration:

 “If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.”

I have read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series hand-in-hand with Jesus, and discovered heaven in many of his scenes. There is inspiration frolicking through the forests as the joy-filled Tom Bombadil, and there is bliss bathed in iridescent moonlight as the mysterious and elegant Galadriel.

So let’s look to Jesus, and realize that we have permission to relax in the goodness, creativity, and beauty of very mundane, very human activities. Jesus was as comfortable at parties, and walking in nature with his buddies, as he was doing explicitly ‘religious’ things. God loves seeing the world through your eyes – he discovers wonder in unique ways as you live life being simply and honestly who you are, with no pressure of pretense.

There is a scene in William P. Young’s beautiful book ‘The Shack’, which articulates this wonderfully. Mackenzie is sat eating dinner with the Godhead, and in the normality of conversation about his family, he realizes that they already know everything he is saying, yet they are engaging with him in such an interested and human way that he finds it baffling. He asks them why, and their response is one that reveals the Trinity as Love: Love which enjoys wrapping itself in the daily patterns and rhythms of humanity; Love which finds great pleasure and fun in expressing itself in human ways:

“We are not bringing to mind, as it were, our knowledge of your children. As we are listening to you, it is as if this is the first time we have known about them, and we take great delight in seeing them through your eyes”

With this in mind, even prayer should not be viewed as a religious, ‘churchy’ activity. Prayer is our natural internal dialogue. It is us enjoying the awareness that God is viewing life through our own consciousness, as we engage in daily activities and all of our little pleasures. He is sharing with us in our natural joys and inspirations, as we fish and watch the television, as we read and dance and even sing in the shower (!).

Let us remember that Jesus is the word made flesh, and within our daily lives he is that resonance of God within our very own flesh. He is, to use the terminology of Song of Solomon ‘peering through the lattice’ (2:9) of our lives, and asking us to be truly authentic – not limited by religious pressures – but unhindered and free in the fun and laughter, the beauty and camaraderie of life.

“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” – Song of Solomon 2:14

As we have fun with our family and friends, and enjoy our idiosyncrasies, the Trinity has fun within us. They love to hear our voice and see our lovely faces – not the voice and face of religious packages! We are after all created in the image of this playful Trinitarian family, from whom all inspiration, goodness, and beauty flows sweetly, like musical notes. They love for us to express our unique resonance of divine thought by being unscripted us.

Christ within you is your confident expectation of glory – you will find yourself waking up in the morning with that familiar presence of wonder as you go about your daily activities! (Colossians 1:27)

*Married to Majesty is our online ministry, and Limitless Life Church is our headquarters in Rotherham, where we meet on a Wednesday evening for communion and discussions about grace, and relax with some encouraging grace resources. We have our main meeting on a Sunday, which includes a positive message, a free café, prophetic prayer, and uplifting worship. Email us at: Limitlesslifechurch@hotmail.com for more details and information.

Further resources

https://www.gci.org/_lib/playaudio.php?program=YI/YI005&title=C.+Baxter+Kruger:+Jesus+Has+United+Himself+to+Us

Wm. Paul Young, The Shack (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 2007) – in particular chapter 7, ‘God on the Dock’.

Successful Christian Living (Part Two)

By Paige Hunt

“Consequently, as difficult as it may seem, you ought to divorce yourselves from sentimental attachment to the prefiguring doctrine of the Messiah, which was designed to carry us like a vessel over the ocean of prophetic dispensation into the completeness of the fulfilled promise. A mind shift from attempts to impress God by your behavior, to faith-righteousness in Christ, is fundamental. There is no life left in the old system. It is dead and gone; you have to move on. All the Jewish teachings about ceremonial washings (baptism), the laying on of hands (in order to identify with the slain animal as sacrifice), and all teachings pertaining to a sin consciousness, including the final resurrection of the dead in order to face judgment, are no longer relevant. (All of these types and shadows were concluded and fulfilled in Christ, their living substance. His resurrection bears testimony to the judgment that he faced on humanity’s behalf and the freedom from an obstructive consciousness of sin that he now proclaims) ” – Hebrews 6:1-2 (MIRROR WORD)

In Part One of this series we discussed giving up our own efforts, to freely access the results of Christ’s own obedience on our behalf (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). As we do this, we naturally live an enjoyable, exciting life of rest, in which we successfully see all of the promises of God with our own eyes. Our Daddy is good to us all of the time!

As Hebrews 6:1 states, we’ve been carried ‘into the completeness of the fulfilled promise’, and thus ‘a mind shift’ must take place in our own lives. This is because our minds have a built-in GPS system, with us automatically locating ourselves somewhere – such as in our emotions and in our circumstances. Certain events produce a particular ‘feel’ in our life, and we can run on auto-pilot in the dimensions of those environments, living by the ‘religious rituals’ of their ‘expectations’ and ‘limitations’. However, we have escaped from those systems, because our location is in Christ with God. We are positioned in the glorious realm of our inheritance: a realm more truthful and authentic than our five senses and all of our memories. It is a realm which has given us new spiritual senses. As we locate ourselves in our perfection in Christ, and in His cosy acceptance of us, we see that atmosphere of heavenly bliss, that loved-up ‘feel’ of heaven, manifest here on earth.

In Matthew 17, there is an account of Jesus being transfigured on the mountain in front of Peter, James, and John. Transfiguration simply means that what was within Jesus radiated outwards and he was thus ‘glorified’. The transfiguration was an account in which Jesus revealed the true nature of the Christian. It is as we locate ourselves correctly, in the faith-righteousness of Christ, that God’s glory radiates out of us and our whole lives are transformed (Romans 12:2). We can believe in this faith-righteousness for every area of our lives, especially in the physical realm. We don’t need any more diet-plans or habit-breaking routines of self-denial. Christ is the doorway into perfection made visible for every area you could think of, because God has thought of all areas of our lives and blessed every area with all of his best blessings, personalized to our desires and needs (Ephesians 1:3). Whether you desire a healthier physique, material gain, a happy marriage, to break that restricting habit, or to overcome your insecurities, faith-righteousness is all-sufficient, because our Daddy loves us. It is out of the same glory cloud which radiates from within us, that our heavenly Daddy said “this is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Because He loves us so much, we can rest and trust in this love. Ah, relaxation!

In Genesis, there is a story about Jacob having a dream of a stairway to heaven. This stairway stretched from heaven to earth (Genesis 28:12), and it released manifest blessings (Genesis 28:13-15). In the same way, Christ is our ‘gate of heaven’ (Genesis 28:17), and as we rest in him we receive ‘freedom from an obstructive consciousness of sin’ in every form imaginable! As we agree with his faith, we grab hold of the spiritual substance of Christ and draw it into the natural realm, and we see the God-kind of results in our life. Our life ‘gets’ that cosy, loving feel of heaven.

Within Philippians 3, Paul speaks a lot about his ‘impressive’ earthly credentials which qualified him to have supreme confidence in the flesh – i.e. in attempts to impress both God and mankind through behavior (Philippians 3:3-3-6). However, he says something truly enlightening:

“However, what things were gain to me [attempting to impress through behaviour], these have I counted loss for Christ…I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ…[I count all of those things loss so that I can] be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that what is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead’ – Philippians 3:7, 8a, 9-11 (emphasis mine)

In other words, faith-righteousness is defining our lives by ‘the knowledge of Jesus Christ’ – what he knows to be true about us in our union with him, and what His cross and resurrection constantly communicates to our lives. As we root our lives in him (‘being found in him), we experience the ‘power of his resurrection’, as Christ’s personality, blessings, and all of heaven’s harmony, beauty, creativity and splendor manifest in and through our lives. We also experience the ‘fellowship of his sufferings’. This does not mean that we will have to suffer (see verses such as Psalm 91 and Luke 10:19 which speak of divine protection! Our Daddy desires for us to be safe and secure). The ‘fellowship of Christ’s sufferings’ is that which is mentioned in Isaiah 53:5:

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

The fellowship of Christ’s sufferings is a personal, tangible understanding in our hearts that because Christ suffered for us, we do not have to experience the effects of sin and death. Instead, we experience ‘the resurrection from the dead’ in the here and now; things such as ‘renewal of youth’ (“who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  – Psalm 103:5), the reversal of decay in our teeth, restoration of sight and hearing, and the list goes on and on!

This good news is our foundation, which brings us confidence that we do not have to establish any rituals in our lives to gain a desired result. Our faith-righteousness in Christ is perfection in our spirits, souls and bodies. His freedom dominates our lives! This is the creative dance of grace which has captured our hearts (Galatians 5:25). We no longer have to live within the stifling, stuffy confines of any religion!

As a result of all of this, we can view prophecy in a completely different way. As Matt Spinks has articulated it:

“Old Testament prophecy is still where most prophets even today are at. Old Testament prophecy relies heavily on dreams, visions, symbols, and looking in the Spirit. It is not bad, but not the fullness. Christ is the fulfillment of all the dreams, symbols, and partial pictures. They are all ultimately pointing to Him. Aka… our effortless love-union with Him. New Testament, or fullness of prophecy, does not rely much on these types and shadows, but speaks a simple message of union, love, and fullness in Christ. NT prophetic may not seem as flashy, because the normal everyday things become heavenly…Heaven and earth reconciled”

Prophecy then, is no longer trying to glimpse at something far ahead in the future, but it is the revelation of the Son and our inclusion in him! (Hebrews 1:1-2).

There are a few ways in which we can engage with New Covenant prophecy concerning ourselves and others, and they all begin with the fundamental truth that our heavenly Daddy practices our Presence perfectly, with total acceptance, and tangible adoration (see Psalm 139, and the declaration that this knowledge is ‘too wonderful’!). The Holy Trinity is a river of delight, glory, fun and ineffable beauty which runs throughout the entire world, and our existence flows out of this outstanding reality. This is the best news in the entire universe! C. Baxter Kruger writes it this way:

“I remember noticing that it was an exceptionally beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, no rain, no darkness, nothing but pure sunshine, and almost warm. I remember going through a round-about and looking up at the hills and the sunshine, and for a second I swear the whole earth stopped and rejoiced with me. I swear the mountains sang. It was Biblical stuff, the trees clapped their hands in joy. I saw the beauty of it all, the glory and the joy and the great dance of life, as I had never seen it before. I experienced it, tasted it, was baptized in it. And there and then, in that moment, I suddenly realized the problem of my life. All along I had been thinking about God the wrong way. All along I had misjudged the very being of God. I had been a blind idiot. God is not some faceless, all-powerful abstraction. God is Father, Son and Spirit, existing in a passionate and joyous fellowship. The Trinity is not three highly committed religious types sitting around some room in heaven. The Trinity is a circle of shared life, and the life shared is full, not empty, abounding and rich and beautiful, not lonely and sad and boring. The river begins right there, in the fellowship of the Trinity. The great dance is all about the abounding life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. In an instant, all the dots were connected for me. The logic of the universe fell into place—the logic of creation and of Jesus’ coming, the logic of your life and mine, of babies and baseball, of work and fishing, of romance and sex, the logic of woodworking and running a Cash and Carry store, of laughter and fellowship, of human history, of life: It all came together. And I saw that it all begins with the Trinity and the great dance of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. That is the rhyme and reason and mystery of it all. The vision was so overwhelming that I almost wrecked the car, and I had to pull over on the side of the road. I tried to write it all down, but it was too much. It was too beautiful, too rich.” – C. Baxter Kruger, ‘The Great Dance’ p. 17

We can therefore evaluate our lives, and the lives of others, through this gloriousness: through the heaven of God’s imagination. This reminds me of Revelation 22, with the description of God’s river of life (Revelation 22:1-3). We can splash around in this river of life, and get completely soaked in the revelation of our origin in Him as we have fun! The fun of total and child-like abandon! Let’s splash around in the rivers of His opinion of us, and of our shared beauty and loveliness in Jesus. We are of the essence of heaven: of a divine romance, so sacred and adored. God is our Daddy and He lives to dote on us, to adore and enjoy us with all of the loveliness of His being. As we live knowing that we are adored, and cultivating an awareness of His adoring Presence, we realize that we are of the same dignity and loveliness as the Trinity, and we share one life, one essence, and one inexpressible joy. As we exaggerate God’s personal goodness towards us, we realize that He is always greater than our most untamed imaginations (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Practical Application Point

The practical application of this, then, is to get creative and imaginative in enjoying God and falling into that tangible awareness of His love for you. Surround yourself with good grace resources, and know that you are free to personalize His love in everything! Here are a few ways that I personalize Daddy God’s love:

1. I surround my life with ‘reminders’: cute objects such as teddy bears, to help me to remember throughout every day the truth that my heavenly Father knows me to be cute. As a parent with a newborn, God’s highest priority is to make you feel secure, comforted, and surrounded with His cotton wool essence of perfect safety and wonder. He is cuddling you. He is the God of all cuteness, and in no way is He harsh or scary. (I also carry with me reminders of His personalized promises to me, which reminds me of His goodness, kindness, and unconditional, limitless love).

2. I thoroughly enjoy my interests, knowing that there is no real sacred/secular divide. For example, when reading fantasy books such as Lord of the Rings, I see the creative beauty of Lothlorien as a description of our heavenly life of faith. Once again I am going to share with you a C. Baxter Kruger quote, from one of his interviews, about a meeting he had with a systematic micro-evolutionary biologist:

“He was coming back from a research trip in the Caribbean, and he was all concerned about plants becoming extinct… I said, “Where did you get your passion for plants?”

He said, “What do you mean?”

I said, “Was your Uncle Freddie a botanist, I mean, your mother a botanist? Did you just decide one day you’re going to be passionate about plants?”

So I pull out my napkin – he’s got his diagrams – and drew three circles, and I said, Father, Son, and Spirit. I said there’s only one man, there is only one person in this universe that cares about plants, because they belong to his Father – his name is Jesus. And Jesus is not going to care about those plants without our participation. He’s put his passion for his Father’s plants inside of you, you’ve been toiling around in the Caribbean participating in his passion for his Father’s creation and its care, and its flourishing. And you don’t know who you are… In that moment you could see the difference, because until that moment, he thought he was doing that. It was his passion, and by God, it was his idea and it was his energy and he was doing this, and he was proud of what he thought he was doing in his own strength as a human being. And in that second, the light of Christ dawned, he saw himself for who he really was. He’s part of something much larger.

I said, “The most important thing is whether or not God believes in you. He does, and he’s sharing his life with you, and that’s who you are. If you can come to see that and believe in Jesus, then you can give yourself to participate not in a prideful look-at-me-I’m-better-than-you way, because he’s going to make everybody in other departments feel “less than” because they’re not botanists, they’re just theologians or whatever. But you can participate in this in a much more personal way where you can give yourself to be a part of this and include the way in which Jesus is doing a lot other things.”

That’s a simple illustration to me of how that begins to work out. Pride is gone in a sense of, I want to participate, Jesus, in what you are doing here. Show me more, what am I missing, what are you doing with these plants. You’re the one that’s in resurrection and you’re bringing these plants back, what do we do, how does that work? And you give yourself to participate in a much more intelligent and clear and less prideful and sanctimonious way.”

God desires for you to know that He is within all of your beautiful, holy interests with you! You share one heart and mind with The Holy Trinity!

3. I practice hospitality with myself. I know that through self-love, I will be more open to receiving tangibly the revelation of how God feels about me. So, if I am tired and stressed out, I run a bubble bath, or I make my bed look beautifully cosy. I treat myself the way that a really talented homemaker would treat a guest. A while back, me and Josh travelled to Indiana, and the family we stayed with welcomed us with scented yankee candles, and beautiful cushions on the bed. Everything was amazingly cosy and made us feel like royalty. I think it is so healthy to practice that same kind of affection towards ourselves.

4. I use my creative abilities to enjoy Daddy’s love for me. I love to write, so for example, I could sit down and enjoy writing an imaginative piece of creative writing about a magnificent fantasy world, as a description of this beautiful grace of God within me, and what it looks like. If you’re a singer/songwriter, you could write an intimate song about the wonder and beauty of Daddy’s grace and love.

5.Another way to use your creative abilities to ‘practice God’s Presence’, would be to write an encouraging message to your friends. Focus on the way that God sees them, and the feelings that Daddy has towards them, and encourage them out of that flowing artesian spring of grace within your heart!

6. Also, you could spend some time with a delicious hot chocolate and some great worship music, a good grace book, or a wonderfully encouraging sermon. I love to daily enter his rest, through enjoying wisdom from other grace ministers, and allowing their gems of grace wisdom to renew my mind to Daddy God’s grace and love, and away from performance mentalities (Hebrews 4:11; Romans 12:2)

There are so many more things you could do, and this list is in no way comprehensive! What are some of the ways that you enjoy and embrace the life of faith?

Further reading:

Francois du Toit, The Mirror Bible: A selection of key New Testament texts paraphrased from the Greek (South Africa: Mirror Word Publishing, 2012)

C. Baxter Kruger, The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited (Jackson: Perichoresis Press, 2000)

https://www.gci.org/files/kruger.pdf

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