Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”
Faith is a substance – God’s tangible opinion of the reality of your co-resurrection in Christ – to be drunk down and enjoyed (see Song of Solomon 5:1)! It isn’t a stoic intellectual ascent; rather, it is a moment-by-moment experience of being loved by God, as His holy excitement, his exotic, enjoyable emotions, flow through us, filling our heart and enlightening our imagination so we effortlessly enjoy and recline into the reality of realities: the Gospel of wonder! In Christ, through your co-resurrection with Him, you have been immersed into the glory realm and share in everything – and I mean absolutely everything – that the doting, bliss-filled Trinity are and have (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Of course, it is good for us to remember that experience of the Gospel, of the emotions of God, is not the pathway to intimacy and union with Jesus. Rather, your experience of the Gospel is secured through Jesus: it is the effortless result of the intimacy that we share through being grafted into the Godhead, cut from the same cloth as them, through Christ’s finished work. We are encompassed by favor, seated in the beloved! (see Psalm 5:12; Ephesians 2:6). Scripture clearly reveals to us that it is the works of Christ, and not our own works, which ushers us into the experience of the Gospel. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to manage and manifest our emotional climate (see Galatians 5:22).Our responsibility is to simply recline into the good news and enjoy wave upon wave of God’s affectionate, cosy, warm love, being soaked by His perspective of the ‘in Christ’ reality (see John 1:16).
We are to sink into the expectancy and all of the emotions of Christ’s faith on our behalf, letting God do the ‘serious’, ‘responsible’ work (solving any circumstantial, personal, and relational issues), as we drink up the imaginative, positive-limitless implications of our union with the Godhead. You could never out-imagine God’s goodness. He is so wildly glorious that even our best attempts to over-exaggerate His goodness and joy do not scratch the surface! He is the source of all creativity and wonder, the great, epic fantasy adventure of the soul. This is why we can rest assured that through Christ, the fruits of our lives will be emotional wholeness and joy! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). This is why Psalm 34:8 describes to us that we taste and see (experiencing and knowing in every facet of our existence, including our emotions) that God is truly good through simply trusting Him! Song of Solomon 8:9 (NASV) also writes this same truth: “And your mouth like the best wine! It goes down smoothly for my beloved, flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep” – This verse may sound confusing, but it highlights that as we ‘fall asleep’ to our own efforts, allowing ourselves to be loved on, adored, provided for, and encouraged by the Gospel message – becoming recipients of God’s sweet perspective, His good news and love – we discover ourselves ‘tasting’ delicious experiences of God’s love! (see Song of Solomon 1:2).
The delights of Christ, the wine of God’s wisdom, transforms everything about our world, intoxicating us with positive, delight-filled emotions. As we allow our imagination to take a tour of the realities of faith, we discover ourselves filled with a tangible sense of God’s blessings, love, and affectionate, intimate delights. Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG) describes this as such: “I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I was aware, my desire set me among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince” – The delight-infused reality of faith carries you into various emotional experiences, enabling you to perceive in many ways the realities of your inheritance in Christ. The details of the Gospel truly set you free in the area of your emotions, so that the dynamics of faith express themselves not only through your mind and material world, but also become tangible in your physical body. This is why disciples in Acts 22:17 and 10:10 ‘fell’ into a trance (ESV). This speaks of an emotional experience of the Good News! You were created to experience Jesus – to taste and see that your inheritance and reality in the Godhead is good!
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!_________________________________________________________________
Hebrews 2:14-15 (KJV)
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
The finished work of Jesus Christ is designed to completely free us from fear, particularly fear of a looming enemy who is able to actively attack us with sickness, sin, and disease at any time! However, many religious frameworks live unaware that Christ has destroyed the devil, although it is clearly stated in Scripture, in Hebrews 2:14-15. The Amplified version of this verse declares that through the finished work of Jesus, the devil has been rendered powerless and impotent. Beloved of God, you do not need to empower the devil in your imagination through legalistic religious rituals, which are based on superstition and fear rather than on the truth of Jesus Christ – your true reality. Colossians 2:15 (AMP) states clearly that: “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” – Colossians informs us that Jesus made a public example of the enemy, using the language of a Roman ‘Triumphant Procession’, in which a completely defeated enemy was shown to be rendered entirely powerless and unable to ever engage in battle again. This is why you can be bold and confident that your co-crucifixion with Christ and co-resurrection with Him has plunged you into an entirely new world of heaven on earth (2 Corinthians 5:17). You triumphed over the enemy and completely plundered and defeated him at the cross, because you were ‘in Christ’! – Jesus took the keys of hell and death back from the devil (Revelation 1:18) and gave those keys to us, so that we could walk in manifest, manifold blessing, and effortlessly release heaven on earth wherever we go (Matthew 16:19). Nothing shall by any means harm you! (Luke 10:19)
Christ has given you all authority. Ephesians 1:19-21 reveals that as a believer God’s power is within you – the power that is above all other principalities and powers – and you are co-seated with Christ in his resurrected state, fortified in all of God’s blessings! (Ephesians 2:6). This is why you can confidently live in the revelation of the finished work of Jesus Christ, unafraid of the devil. The power that raised Jesus from the dead, that same power that disarmed all principalities and powers, lives within you and you are of one nature and one spirit with that power! (1 Corinthians 6:17). Throw off any legalistic teachings that make you devil-conscious, superstitious, fearful and paranoid! Jesus encourages us to stop being demon-conscious and to be conscious instead of our new life in Christ, which is a demon-free, oppression-free zone forevermore (Luke 10:20). Warfare is simply joyfare now, as the light of Christ within and through us – our new nature in Christ and the reality of grace – causes the darkness to effortlessly flee. When you step into a room, people naturally get delivered, healed, and restored, without you having to lift a finger. 1 John 3:8 encourages us that “…for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (KJV). In other words, the manifestation of God in Christ’s finished work, and within you, effortlessly has destroyed, and actively destroys, the work of the devil!
Remember, you do not base your theology on past experience in ‘deliverance’ groups, but on the finished work of Jesus Christ. Good theology is based on the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ, His love, and His grace, and not on negative experiences. Jesus came full of grace and truth, and caused the darkness to flee by completely destroying it from our reality and life. Colossians 1:13 utters that Christ “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (KJV). We HAVE (past-tense) been translated out of a kingdom where the demonic can function and exist, and have been placed into perfect union with Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:6 writes that we are ‘accepted in the Beloved’ (KJV). The Greek word for ‘accepted’ used here is ‘charitoō’, which means to be encompassed, or surrounded, by favor. You are surrounded by God’s reality of faith and favor – what God knows to be true of you and your reality in your union with Christ. This is an evil-free, demon-free existence! It is the reality of light, which darkness cannot even approach. Instead, whatever touches this light gets transformed to light itself! All curses transform into blessings in your life, because you are encompassed by God’s favor in Christ! (Deuteronomy 23:5)_________________________________________________________________
Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
The way for a Christian to walk is in love, and I don’t mean our love for God, but His love for us. We no longer have to live from our limited resources and unreliable emotions. Rather, we can live in sweet communion with the love and grace of Jesus, allowing our spiritual lives to be articulated and expressed through enjoying and relying upon God’s personal love for us. As we walk in an awareness of God’s love, we begin to walk in emotional well-being, both experiencing and manifesting the sweet-smelling blessings of His grace: the fruits of Christ’s resurrection, and our inclusion in that. Galatians 5:6 communicates to us that ‘faith worketh by love’ (KJV). In other words, walking in the Spirit is simply walking in a revelation of God’s special love towards us (Romans 8:4 Galatians 5:25). Likewise, 1 John 4:16 declares, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (KJV)
As we are conscious of the love of Jesus, setting our minds on this love, we enjoy and experience the spiritual realities of our inheritance in Christ (Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:1). The power source of our lives, which causes God’s faith, blessings, and glory to manifest effortlessly both to us and through us, is God’s love. Ephesians 3:19 writes that our goal as believers should be to ‘know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.’ (KJV). As we know the love of God towards us, we walk in the sweet-smelling gifts and treats of our inheritance in Christ – the ‘sweet’ spot which is characterised by ease, blessing, and manifest power and glory. In this place of being loved by God, the power of God comes alive for us, and we discover even bitter trials that would naturally overcome us, are defeated before us and transformed into total and utter sweetness. Like Samson, when we know the love of God, our lives will become a declaration that, “… Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14:14; KJV), because the love of Jesus in all of its transformative creativity and mighty power is both sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion (Judges 14:18). The love of God is therefore the context of our conversation and communion with Jesus – it is the matter and flow of the spiritual realm.
The love of God brings substance, sense, and context to all the blessings and giftings of our faith – an example of this is prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:3 describes prophecy as such: ‘But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.’ (NLT). Prophecy is therefore giving a voice to the power, insight, and intimacy of God’s love. Song of Solomon 5:16 (RSV) gives further context to the voice of prophecy: “His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem”. – Prophecy is therefore a beautiful, articulate way to enjoy our sweet communion with Jesus in the love of God, as it is listening to the voice of your beloved friend and hearing of his sweet, desirable blessings for you! The glory, power, and wisdom of God is expressed in fullness in the sweet-smelling love of God. As we taste and enjoy the delicious goodness of this love in the revelation of Jesus Christ, God’s power, glory, and wisdom is continually magnified and manifested through our lives (Psalm 34:3,8).
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).
Mark 4:14, 18-19 (AMPC)
‘The sower sows the Word…And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.’
God desires for you to live a victorious life, accessing the blessings of your inheritance, the riches of His manifest favor! In Christ, as we hear the good news message, God sows the word of faith (our inheritance in Christ, the riches of His finished work), into our hearts. This word is destined to supernaturally produce a harvest of blessing throughout our natural bodies and natural world, as faith always manifests itself and brings a positive harvest whenever the word of Christ is sown (Romans 10:17). It is important for you to know that as a believer, you already possess Christ’s faith in your spirit. You are not trying to conjure up faith, it is a free gift of yours in Christ (Romans 12:3; Galatians 2:20). This is why as you hear God’s word, you can be sure that the faith of Christ will manifest itself through you, renewing your mind and ushering in all of God’s blessings! (2 Corinthians 3:18). You are holy and righteous in Christ and are not a hindrance to the flow of faith, in fact, your natural design is the good soil in which the word of God flourishes and manifests itself in a variety of ways such as abundant prosperity, health, joy, and peace! In other words, as you remain in the word, you are naturally designed to have the word produce a bountiful harvest! Matthew 13 proclaims that the seed which falls onto good ground “brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” (KJV)
You may be wondering why your life does not always manifest this brilliant and beautiful harvest. The answer is the flesh. The flesh is a mechanism you use in order to get your deepest needs, such as acceptance and security, met outside of Christ – Mark 4:28-19 describes what this looks like (engaging with ‘the cares and anxieties of this world’, ‘the distractions of this age’, ‘the false glamour and deceitfulness of riches’, ‘the craving and desire for other things’ – in other words, choosing to actively live, embrace, stand upon, and believe that which is contrary to the truth of God’s word and your vast inheritance in Christ). As a believer in Christ, you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Romans 8:9). However, you still have the ability to think according to the flesh, and this happens as you do not know what is available to you as a believer. Remember, the flesh is not your true nature or identity, so it is much easier and more natural for you to walk according to the Spirit, something that effortlessly happens as you discover the truths of your inheritance and blessings in Christ, and His all-sufficiency for you (allowing the seed to be sown into your heart). Romans 8:5 says: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (KJV) – it’s all about what you fix your mind on. What your fix your mind on and engage with and enjoy, you will naturally walk after.
As I previously stated, God’s word (the gospel of grace) is destined to produce an abundant harvest in your life as you rest and abide in it (see Romans 5:17). Your heart has been made good soil in Christ! (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 8:10). The key to victory therefore is to renew your mind according to the word of God (His promises to you, your inheritance in Christ), so that when a concern or worry presents itself before you, you will effortlessly be able to stand upon the message of faith and the realities of your inheritance, and not allow those worries to enter into your heart. It’s all about what you know of your inheritance! You have the ability to not be rocked about or chocked by any thorny messages, through the assurance that the faith of Christ will always work the works of Christ throughout your world as you rest in his grace. As Philippians 4:19 declares, “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (AMPC). Romans 14:23 articulates that every action has one of two sources – faith or fear. Yet Scripture also encourages us that as we engage with and hear God’s word, and discover the promises that are ours in Christ, faith will effortlessly rise up within us, fighting our battles and producing a vast, super-abundant harvest!_________________________________________________________________
‘And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’ (KJV)
What comes to mind when you think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is it Easter time, with those chocolate bunnies and eggs? Is it the fact that Jesus’ resurrection reveals God’s unending love and power?! Is it the truth that Jesus is alive today, the fact that he didn’t stay in the grave? Well, all of those things are good, and the last two are powerful truths, but it is Holy Spirit’s heart to identify something else with that historical reality…
The Bible makes it clear that you were included in the death of Jesus Christ, when he died you died! Here is one of many verses that testifies of this truth: ‘Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?’ (Rom. 6:3, KJV). But you weren’t just snuffed out with Christ, you were raised with Christ! It is so important that you have this understanding; it is so important that you rest in and believe in this reality! Why? Because the resurrection and ascension, that is your resurrection and ascension with Christ, is the reason why you can enjoy newness of life! The death of Jesus and your inclusion in the death of Jesus is the reason why you can live without that dreaded sin nature, and our inclusion in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus is the reason why you can walk in newness, the reason you can walk in your inheritance! 2 Timothy 2:11 details this truth: ‘It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:’ (KJV) Because of Jesus’ death you are dead to sin and the curse, and through the resurrection and ascension you are given newness of life!
If not for the resurrection and ascension you wouldn’t have the divine life and power that accompanies freedom from sin, death, and the curse. But Jesus was raised and he did ascend and you were in him the whole time; indeed, you were raised and you ascended! Let this fill you with confidence! Because of this reality you have been born again in new life, filled with divine health and resurrection life, and are snug in the circle of the divine family of the Godhead! If you are facing a problem it is no match to the truth that is in you, turn your attention to the glorious reality of deities, that is the Deities, victorious finished work, and you will see that a) you were included in Deities finished work and are the beneficiary of deification! And, b) your problem is no match to the power of what the resurrection and ascension have afforded you!_________________________________________________________________
1 John 4:10
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (KJV)
Jesus has established us in a position of favor with the Father, where we cannot help but be blessed wherever we go, and whatever we do. This is what Ephesians 2:6, being ‘seated in heavenly places with Christ’, and Ephesians 1:3, having ‘all spiritual blessings in heavenly places’, is all about. This is why John declares that Jesus is the ‘propitiation’ for our sins. The biblical word for propitiation is the Greek word ‘hilasmos’, which speaks of an atoning sacrifice; a sacrifice which redeems us back into the blessings and favor of the Gospel. In other words, John is stating in 4:10 ‘because God loves us, he sent his beloved Son to atone for our sins, to make us a magnet for all His goodness, grace, and blessings’. This is why Hebrews 8:6 declares that the new covenant is ‘established on better promises’. Another way of referring to these ‘better promises’ is as ‘the blessing of Abraham’, as mentioned in Galatians 3.
In order to understand how God’s love is linked in with Christ being our propitiation, or favor-magnet, let’s take a look at Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.’ (KJV). Jesus carried all of our curses, and in return became an atoning sacrifice for our sins, so that we could forever experience the unconditional, irreversible blessings of our affectionate and loving Father. But what is this blessing of Abraham that was bestowed upon us? – First of all, it means that we are righteous through Jesus and faith in him, and not through our own works (Genesis 15:6). As it wasn’t our good works that caused us to inherit the blessing of Abraham, our bad works cannot disqualify us. It is simply through Christ that we have been made a co-heir of this blessing! (Romans 8:17). That is why John writes in 1 John 4:10 that love is not about our love for God, but his love for us. The blessings are ours to experience, not because of our sincerity, striving, or love, but because of God’s love towards us, shown through Christ’s finished work. Focusing upon and enjoying his love causes every blessing of faith to effortlessly manifest (Galatians 5:6).
But what kind of blessings are given to those who have received ‘the blessing of Abraham’? – To answer simply, as many as you can imagine, and even more! – Genesis 24:1 declares that ‘The Lord had blessed Abraham in all things’, i.e. in every sphere of life, Abraham was experiencing vast blessings. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that this doesn’t include marterial prosperity, because Scripture is clear that Abraham was ‘very rich in livestock, silver, and in gold’ (Genesis 13:2). Romans 4:13 further expresses that through ‘the righteousness of faith’ Abraham ‘became an heir of the world’. Yes, being blessed to be an heir of the world means that in all circumstances you are ‘above only, and not beneath’ (28:13). It means that in Christ you have authority over ‘all the power of the enemy: nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19). So today, in order to experience these truths that Christ has become our favor-magnet, simply focus on the fact that God loves you. Take the focus off your performance, and place it onto your righteousness in Christ.
‘And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.’ (KJV)
One of the extravagant and lovely blessings our Papa has bestowed upon us is his gift of imparted righteousness! (And, I’m compartmentalising the blessings of God here, however it is the truth that in receiving Jesus and his life we receive everything! Indeed in receiving his life we receive his righteousness!) The gift of righteousness is beautiful and it is ours! Now, most, in terms of practical theology don’t consider imputed righteousness! And some, when considering this grace-given gift of imputed righteousness, don’t appreciate just how real, how supernatural, and how practical this gift is! For some it is merely an aid in striving to be good – like with the good wolf, bad wolf analogy; we still have the struggle, we still have a sinful nature, but at least there is a part of us that is holy… But, is that all it is?! Righteousness truly is more than just an add on that encourages niceness. Righteousness is a free gift in Christ, and this includes positional, imputed righteousness (your standing in the circle of the Godhead), but also IMPARTED righteousness! You don’t have to add your efforts to make this so! Jesus has made you actually righteous by filling you with the Spirit of righteousness and of holiness – you’re not bad, by nature you are good and holy. And this gift is sufficient for your living. So many are trying to be holy and live well, but to ‘try’ is to negate the gift that is in you! In Jesus we get to enjoy – as you enjoy your identity you will experience its fruits!
The truth of imputed righteousness means that we are filled with the very goodness, the very holiness, and right-ness of Jesus Christ himself! Jesus, through his death and resurrection removes the old, sin ridden humanity, and then through his Spirit fills us with his very own nature, glory, and righteousness – that’s imputed righteousness! This is what Paul is talking about in Philippians 1:11. Here’s the verse again: ‘Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.’ You see, ‘being filled’ is a verb that in essence is talking about manifestation – a supplying! We in Christ, who know we are without offence will manifest and bear the fruits of that we are filled with! Oh, and just in case we might confuse this and believe we need to produce the fruit and not simply bear it, Paul adds: ‘which are by Jesus Christ’ – Jesus is the righteousness, we reveal him!
So, know today: Salvation is handy, as in – it’s useful! I’m not trying to water-down the grand, spectacular, and supernatural message of the gospel – I’m saying it can be used and enjoyed in everyday life! You know, some people believe as though the blessings and benefits of Salvation aren’t available; as though the can see their account balance, but can’t withdraw its funds! But, thankfully God is into extravagant and useful gift giving, and so, surprise, surprise, he’s actually made it so that we can enjoy the gifts he has bestowed upon us – he has made our inheritance available!
“What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” (NIV)
The Gospel is good news, and in the good news, there is no bad news! That is why the Gospel has declared that in place of dread and fear, as we enjoy this message of Christ’s grace, God will continually fill our heart with the presence and power of His lavish love so that we can live bold in the freedom and irreversible blessings we have been freely given in Him. His love fortifies us from that which we fear and dread. 1 John 4:18 writes it this way: ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.’ (KJV). Instead of shame, dread, and fear, we can live life confident that every promise and every blessing imaginable is ours in Christ, without fail. Unlike the old covenant of works, which Job was under, the new covenant of grace gives us a full and perfect image of God’s practical, detailed love –a love which, I will repeat, fortifies us from that which we fear! This is why Romans 5:5 articulates that ‘hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.’ (NIV). In other words, as you focus on and enjoy God’s love, fear will be swallowed up and God’s good blessings will manifest in your life. You will never have to declare with Job that your fears and dreads have come true, because in Christ you are sure to consistently, constantly abound with prosperity (Deuteronomy 28:11).
This assurance that our fears and dreads will not come upon us comes through the Gospel alone. In Christ, we can declare that we are under a continual fountain of blessings, with every curse eradicated. We get all good, and no bad. We live in the reality of Proverbs 10:22 [“The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” KJV]; the reality that Christ became a curse for us, being cursed in our place, so that the blessing of Abraham could rest upon our lives through Christ’s faithfulness and not our own – that means firm, unshakable, fixed blessings (Galatians 3:13-14). Note that Genesis 24:1 declares that ‘the Lord had blessed Abraham in ALL things’ (KJV). So when you read verses such as Job 3:25, be reassured that you live under a NEW covenant with SUPERIOR promises. A covenant where, like Abraham, you will be blessed in ALL things, meaning that you will experience fear and dread in NO thing! Hebrews 8:6 states:’ Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises’ (KJV).
These better promises mean that we do not have to depend upon our efforts to fortify us from that which we dread, because Christ has hidden us under the shadow of his wings (Psalm 91). So although Scripture declares that Job was a righteous man who often offered up prayers for his children (Job 1:5), Job did not see continual manifest blessing, because Job was under the old covenant, and his security was centred upon his works, rather than upon the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Job saw his prayers as the atoning work, rather than God’s power, because did not understand the love and goodness of God, made evident in the gospel of Christ (1 John 5:20). He did not understand that he could rest upon God’s faithful all-sufficiency, rather than having to live in a world of dread and fears. As a result, Job’s prayers brought no relief, because they did not look to the Answer, but remained focused upon his worries and works. What seemed like faith was really a dead work, and as Hebrews states, believers under the new covenant are those called to move on from dead (lifeless) works, to embrace faith in God (Hebrews 6:10). So today, if you find yourself living in fear and responding to its compulsions, rather than responding to faith, take a big rest! You are fortified and free in Christ, under a new and superior covenant, and in order to experience your freedom from fear and dead works, simply continue to hear the message of God’s love and grace. As the writer of Hebrews has spoken, under this new covenant you can experience the reality that Christ’s finished work has purged you completely from your need for dead works to fortify, protect, and bring blessing upon your life: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” – Hebrews 9:14 (KJV
‘Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:’ (KJV)
Some people think of the armour of God in Ephesians 6 as a work which they must do in order to live a good Christian life and see good results. Ephesians 6:10 declares, though, that the armour of God is not about what you do, but it is all about what Christ has already done for us. It is not standing strong in our own strength, but being ‘strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might’. (KJV) What exactly does it mean to be strong in the power of God’s might? – Ephesians 1:19-20 answers this perfectly, in stating that ‘…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms’. (NIV) Simply put: being strong in the power of God’s Might is all about knowing, resting upon, and abiding in the great victory we have in Christ. It isn’t about standing firm in our own efforts to gain victory, it is standing firm in our already established victory in Christ, and seeing this victory made manifest in every area of our life by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we simply rest in the spiritual truths of the Gospel. We are seated in heavenly places, in perfect, full union with the risen Christ! 1 John 4:17 exclaims ‘as He [the risen Christ] is, so are we in this world’! (KJV)
This brings us on to the helmet of Salvation. The helmet of Salvation refers to a mind-set that embraces and sets itself upon the vast Salvation we have in Christ. What is particularly beautiful is that the Greek word used for Salvation in this Scripture is much more detailed than our English word for salvation. It is the word ‘soteria’ which speaks not only of eternal life, but of ‘deliverance’ (from mental disturbance, fears, enemies, dis-ease, disease, and all evil), ‘preservation’ (being preserved ‘in’ the risen Christ in the here and now, sharing in all that He is and has, having heaven’s quality of life), and ‘safety’ (knowing we are so secure that nothing can threaten or intimidate us, because Christ is the Victorious One in us).
To put on the helmet of Salvation means that we allow the finished work of Jesus to protect our mind from the lies, accusations, and disturbances of the enemy. We set our mind on the things of the Spirit, knowing that the result of this is always ‘life and peace’ (Romans 8:6). This is so exciting to grasp, because God desires that our lives are filled with joy and wonder as we grow in understanding and believing the magnitude of this Good News (1 Peter 1:8). Right believing produces right emotions in our lives, and rids us of toxic, unhealthy emotions and thus unhealthy addictions too. As we put on the helmet of Salvation, we recognise that we are not trying to gain victory in our lives, we are already victorious, and will see this blessing of the Lord manifest. Wherever we go, whatever we do, when we are wearing the helmet of Salvation we will be ‘the head and not the tail, above and not beneath’ (Deuteronomy 28:13). We are not trying to achieve the helmet of Salvation, either, as it was a free gift of Christ, one that we can rest in and enjoy daily. Abide in the good news today and know that you have the mind of Christ, this helmet of Salvation! (1 Corinthians 2:16).
1 Corinthians 1:30
‘But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’ (KJV)
Gift giving in fun! God has always thought so, and his gift giving does not come with a contradiction-in-terms conditional warning label, or a pre-terms-and-conditions contract. He is liberal in giving and so he has given liberally, freely, without condition. Check out this scripture: ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.’ (James 1:5, KJV). Papa God is generous! That’s what we see in the gift of Salvation, the gift of Jesus Christ! In Jesus and through his finished work on the cross we see a God who gave liberally and over-abundantly! And, not because he had to, but because he desired! Mr Love has recused and irreversibly, irrevocably blessed his children! Let me ask you; do you believe in this inheritance? Do you have confidence in the gift of Salvation? Are you hoping in God and your placement in the Trinity? Well, if not turn to Holy Spirit, he’s got a gift that will help…
Papa God has given you heavens best – Jesus, his own life, Holy Spirit! You see, Jesus is both the gift and the giver, likewise Holy Spirit, and if you are struggling to embrace your inheritance then Holy Spirit is ready; ready to love you, ready to comfort you, ready to shower you with supernatural revelation! And let me tell you, Holy Spirit revelation will have you soaring in God’s grace – your inheritance!
God wants you confident in what he has given you! Jesus didn’t merely come to give us a fighting chance of attaining some form of life, no! He came to give us his every own life – in quality and quantity! Jesus became for us ‘wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’! It’s because of God that you are in Christ, that you have this gift, and God wants to to know what you have, and to have confidence in what you have! So, whether you need a manifestation to wisdom, holiness, protection, prosperity, healing, or whatever, know today that the answer is to turn to Jesus who has already given you what you need by virtue of his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension! God knew what we needed and so he laden his Son with all that we need, so that in the removing of old Adam and in our positioning in Christ we might gain access to a glorious heavenly inheritance! Indeed, you are blessed! So, turn to Holy Spirit and allow supernatural revelation to aid you in unwavering confidence in your heavenly inheritance!
‘Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him… And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we…’
I find it strange that some people believe in a mighty God, but not in the truth that that mighty God wants his children ‘mighty upon earth” (See Psalm 112:2, KJV). You see, it’s only natural that the Almighty wanted to share his power and his wealth with his children. And it’s only supernatural that he has! Through Jesus we have been abundantly blessed, with every mighty blessing the Almighty has! God blessed you, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, and he hasn’t blessed you with a ‘buy now, pay later’, or a ‘look now, taste later, blessing. No, he has blessed you with the blessing of Abraham, a blessing you can see fully made manifest, a blessing you can enjoy in every area of your life!
Like Isaac in Genesis 26, who was abundantly blessed (I mean, he sowed and then in the very same year received a ‘hundredfold’), you are blessed – even more so as you are in unhindered Union with the Blesser himself! Isaac enjoyed the blessing of Abraham and walked in such manifest blessing that he ‘waxed great’ and even made a pagan kingdom (bare in mind that Isaac had more of a household than a nation) envy him and beg him to leave and admit that he was much mightier than they. Now, do you think that a man who received God’s blessing from the outside (as in, through a friendship covenant), has it better than you, who is ‘in Christ’? No! In Christ you are blessed, and like Isaac, but more so, you can walk in tremendous blessing! Now, there are a few differences: instead of making others fear, you become a light of attraction for the Kingdom of Papa, and instead of having a great possession of flocks, you can enjoy a more contextual material gain (unless of course you’re a farmer and would like an increase flocks and herds). But, never mind the differences, the truth remains that you can enjoy the blessing of Christ in every area of your life!
So, today know that your Papa loves you, and hasn’t given you a ‘look now, taste later’ inheritance, but the very blessing of Christ, which you can see and enjoy in the here and now! Perhaps, today allow your heavenly Daddy to encourage you in this reality – sit on his knee and co-know with him the truth that you can experience manifest Salvation, manifest prosperity!
“As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;” (KJV)
Through Christ, God has provided the way out of a dry, dull, boring life, a life marked by the expectation of lack and suffering. In fact, in Christ we have been given God’s very own life, including his own emotional wealth and natural prosperity! We have been plugged into the victory and authority of the resurrected Christ, who conquered every one of earth’s trials and distresses, and seated us above all natural principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:18-22). Scripture is even so bold as to declare that you have been given all authority in Christ, so that ‘nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19 KJV). This means that our lives are no longer marked by pain, inferiority, or struggle – instead, we are inheritors of vast blessings in our finances and natural circumstances to such an extent that we will be able to lend to nations without borrowing from anyone! (Deuteronomy 28:12). It is the goodness of God that transforms us from an insecure need to rely on self and others, to being fully reclined in the sweet paradise of His bliss-filled goodness, seated in the victories and culture of heaven in the here and now!
Some people think that we need to strive, serve, or earn our way into the God-quality of life. Others believe that we must imagine it into existence. However, Scripture is clear that there is one way and one way only to experience the abundant, victorious life – a life so rich in quality that it eradicates any consciousness of lack – and that is simply through hearing and enjoying the grace of God as revealed in Jesus Christ! As we look to Jesus, his love effortlessly begins to switch us from self-consciousness, to a consciousness convinced of the all-sufficiency of Christ. As we enjoy the revelation of Jesus Christ for us, in us, and as us, living waters flow up from within us and water our whole lives with the power-filled blessings of the Gospel! (John 7:38). Faith for the God-quality of life, which includes natural as well as spiritual blessings, is not something we have to muster up. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (KJV). In other words, faith is co-knowing with God what God knows to be true of us in our union with Christ, which is why Colossians 2:17 states clearly that ‘the substance belongs to Christ’ (NASB). Christ’s victory ushers the substance of heaven into our lives! (by the way, enjoying the Gospel is not a work either, but an effortless by-product of seeing the grace of Jesus Christ and his goodness towards us!)
Just like holiness and sanctification, we manifest the entirety of our authority, victory, and prosperity through Christ and Christ alone. This is why Ephesians 1:7 exclaims that the grace of God is given to us with wisdom ‘…according to the riches of his grace’ (KJV). In other words, it isn’t according to our good works or our striving. It is all through Christ and his grace that we have gained the victory! Through Christ we can declare along with Zechariah that we have been removed from the dry, difficult pits of life (‘the pit where there is no water’), and shown so much favor and grace that we not only have ‘double for our trouble’, we also have become ‘prisoners of hope’. Christ has made our future so positive, so filled with that confident expectation of good, that we can expect nothing less than full-fat goodness to manifest in our circumstances and finances!
‘And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them’ (KJV)
For some the cross of Jesus Christ is an event of unequivocal punishment and misery. To some the cross simply reveals the depravity of humankind and the lengths God had to go to in order to tolerate us. To some the cross is not a place of victory, but just a reminder of self-sacrifice and obedience. Thankfully, ‘for some’ and ‘to some’ does not equal reality; indeed, the cross of Christ was a place where great suffering took place, but Jesus suffered for us and as us, not to show us an example. And furthermore, the cross reveals humanities worth and value, it doesn’t point to wrath or disappointment! The cross is a place of unequivocal victory! The cross is a happy place, a sweet place, not because of the gruesome and painful experience of the Lord, but because of the galactic redemption taking place in him! Surely, the tree of Christ is cosmic reason to celebrate because through Christ and his cross (not forgetting his resurrection and ascension) we have been fully loaded with every goodie and blessing heaven has to offer! This New Covenant really is ‘sweeeet’!
In Exodus 15 we see an account of the children of Israel that beautiful typifies the cross of Jesus. This shadow starts with the Israelites moving from the Red Sea to the desert of Shur, the travelled for days with no water only to come to a place called Marah, which had water, only it was bitter and undrinkable. The people grumbled. But, our God is the redeemer, and in true Jesus-like fashion God showed Moses a piece of wood, he threw it in and the waters became sweet. How amazing! The Lord showed Moses a piece of wood and that enabled Moses to experience this glorious miracle!
It is the same today. There are two applications of this glorious story: the first is that Jesus, through his death, resurrection, and ascension – through the tree on which he hung – has made the bitter waters sweet! Jesus has won, the curse destroyed, old Adam has died, and in him there is a wonderfully glorious and blessed new creation! The second is simply an application of the first; if in your life you see a contradiction to this glorious new world in Christ then you know the answer. Turn to God and behold the piece of wood, but don’t be fooled it’s not just any old piece of wood, no God himself will show you this wood, and as you behold you will see a manifestation of redemptive power, and any bitter water of contradiction will be made sweet! So, know today that Papa loves you, that Jesus won, and that Holy Spirit wants to partner with you in revelation about the finished work of Christ, and that as you enjoy this beautiful reality you will see powerful manifesting of the Kingdom of King Jesus!
‘Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (KJV)
When it comes to God and his goodness many subconsciously believe that there is a different dictionary to be referenced, a ‘divine’ definition of goodness to be used. But God’s goodness isn’t bizarre; it’s not strange to us. He is good. He is good to us; he wants you to be convinced of his goodness. In ways we can understand, in ways that will bless your heart! Maybe you have lost hope in God’s goodness, or maybe you have watered down the unlimited-ness, the outrageousness of God’s goodness? Well, as you turn to Holy Spirit you will inevitably find yourself hoping and believing in the goodness of the Godhead – the goodness which was revealed in Jesus and through his finished work, the goodness that God desires for you to see manifest in your life!
God is incredible good and we can see that through our great Salvation; we can see God’s goodness in this: Jesus is Lord. Jesus’ Lordship isn’t something that we create when we believe in his grace – Jesus is Lord of the cosmos. He fought, won – conquered. His Kingdom is inaugurated. And, guess what? His Lordship, his Kingdom is one correlated with unquestionable goodness! The Lordship of Jesus testifies to the goodness of God, and as you embrace your inheritance and the Kingdom of King Jesus you will unquestionably testify to the reality that God is good and that from him came grace and peace!
Only good comes from God. God is good. This is far more than just Sunday school talk – although Jesus did say that the Kingdom of God belongs to the innocence, imagination, and belief of little children – this is a huge, massive foundation of all theology. So today, believe that God is a good God. Then, go further and believe that this good God is your loving Papa, and that he longs for you to see his manifest goodness and enjoy his gift-giving skills and kindness in your life! Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, and that his Kingdom is one of grace and glory – proclaim that you will see the exuberant goodness of God ‘in the land of the living.’ (See Psalm 27:13 KJV)
‘How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?’ (KJV)
A conscience ruled by religion is a sad thing. So many people live on an emotional roller coaster, tossed back and forth by the tyranny of religion. A lot of people are dictated to by religion, and it is often through guilt and manipulation that religion keeps this power. Have you been affected by this epidemic? Are you constantly keeping tabs on your behaviour so that you feel like you are in good standing with God? Do you feel like you have to constantly confess your sins? What if you miss a service? Or what if you want to take your family out instead of serving at the church coffee morning? Do you feel that you ought to read your Bible more? And, last one, do you feel like you need to constantly lead people in ‘the sinner’s prayer’? Well, if you do feel like the above then it is very likely that you are in need of the eternal, limitless dose of the grace of God, which will ‘purge your conscience from dead works’! You see, ‘dead works’ are those things that we DO out of fleshly motive. There is no life in them. They are not the activities themselves, but it is the source of why we do them that makes them fleshly. The difference is: Spirit, Union, Life, Jesus, or trying, striving, flesh, and religion. God wants his Children free from ‘have tos’!
Let me tell you, God doesn’t want your service, he wants you! He loves you more than words could describe and he want you to know and believe that! The Old Covenant was a covenant of contractual works: do good, get good. Do bad, get bad. But that was never God’s heart. He wants his beloved Children living from the Spirit. He wants us truly free! And, he has provided provision (his grace) for us to live from his righteousness on the inside. In other words, because of Jesus we have been plugged into the life of the Godhead and all and every demand has been eradicated! We are New, supernatural, creations in Christ, and as we take off demand we will live by genuine, un-forced ‘want tos’!
We are free to know God, without the junk that religion pretends we need. There is nothing wrong with Bible study, or Church services, or evangelism – let me tell you, this New Covenant is so good that once you start enjoying it you won’t be able to not share it. However, there is a huge difference between organically pointing people to the Saviour and feeling as though you ought to try and save people! There is a massive different between enjoying Papa in everything (including Bible study) and compartmentalising Bible study into ‘beneficial’ and watching TV into ‘frivolous’. You can enjoy the Spirit and receive revelation in everything! So today, know that you are loved and adored by your heavenly Papa. Know that Jesus has finished the work, and that there is NOTHING that you HAVE to do. You are right with God. You are blessed. You are accepted. And your behaviour has nothing to do with it. Receive grace and allow the Spirit to show you how to be free from ‘dead works’!
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works…” (KJV)
Scripture exhorts us that a foundation of faith is ‘repentance from dead works’. Dead works here do not refer to sin, but to those actions we do to try to gain favour with Jesus or to achieve righteousness. Dead works are the root, which produce sin as a fruit in our lives. We are no longer under a system of receiving from God through the works of the law and our own self-efforts. Rather, we receive everything in the Christian life through ‘the hearing of faith’ (Galatians 3:2). As we continually surround ourselves with the Good News Message the fruits of our life become ‘perfection’ and righteousness. This is why Jesus tells us to ‘repent and believe the good news’ (Mark 1:15, NIV). Repentance is the Greek word metanoeo which simply means ‘to change one’s mind’. This happens as we hear the Good News, and allow it to convince us of the love of God towards us, and the lavish kindness we have received in him. Dead works are swallowed up by life as we continually hear, and are thus convinced, of the truths of faith. As Ephesians 1:3 declares, ‘the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ!’ (NIV). This is an unconquerable, undefeatable fact in our lives, as Christ’s finished work has united us with the Lord and made us one spirit with him! (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Because our spirits are holy, this means that our roots (the deepest parts of us) are holy – the more we are aware of this, the more the fruits in our life conform to this perfection and holiness! Dead works, and a lifestyle of sin, become irrelevant and invalid as we understand that we have perfect righteousness in Christ. As 2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it, ‘For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’ (KJV). This is a past-tense statement to convince us of our firm, unshakable, consistent righteousness in him apart from works – righteousness through Christ has already freely been given to us, and we do not have to work towards this. Our only job in the New covenant is to hear the Good News, so that we can effortlessly believe, and thus receive, what is included in our freely accessible inheritance, and consequently experience every blessing in Christ! (John 6:29; Hebrews 4:11).
It is of utmost importance to remain under the message of grace, enjoying the all-sufficiency of Jesus, because dead works will never produce the desired results in our lives. 1 Corinthians 15:56 details to us that ‘the sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law’ (KJV). In other words, the more we try to gain righteousness through our own efforts (the law), the more the symptoms of sin and death will manifest in our lives. Yet the message of our righteousness in Christ always results in manifest life and peace! (Romans 8:11). The message of God’s grace revealed in Jesus is God’s only mechanism for successful living, and through it, you will receive every miracle and breakthrough that you have been longing for! – You do not have to worry about grace resulting in sin or apathy, either, as Titus 2:12 (NIV) articulates: ‘the grace of God teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age’. In other words, grace inspires and motives us, not only to avoid the wrong things, but also to enjoy the correct things. So under grace, you will still pray, read the Bible, and worship Jesus (perhaps more than ever before!), yet the motivation for these activities is entirely transformed. Under grace, praying, reading the Bible, and worshipping Jesus becomes filled with positive expectation, love, and joy. We no longer do these things to become right with God. Instead, they become adventures of discovery; mechanisms to enjoy the limitless beauty, riches, and kindness of Jesus, and to see and experience all that which has been included in our vast, wealthy inheritance. We have been made more spiritual than ever before in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ! When you say ‘hello’ to the message of grace, you simultaneously say ‘goodbye’ to dead, dry, tiresome works!
Isaiah 58:13-14 (NCV)
“You must obey God’s law about the Sabbath
and not do what pleases yourselves on that holy day.
You should call the Sabbath a joyful day
and honor it as the Lord’s holy day.
You should honor it by not doing whatever you please
nor saying whatever you please on that day.
Then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will carry you to the high places above the earth.
I will let you eat the crops of the land your ancestor Jacob had.”
The Lord has said these things.”
The Sabbath throughout scripture is a shadow of Jesus Christ. In Christ we discover a true, abiding Sabbath rest as the Gospel revelation of who we are in him, who he is to us, and who he is for us ushers us into the eternal realm of God’s all-sufficiency which brings delight and refreshing. As we enjoy the finished work of Jesus Christ, we enter into the Sabbath realm of faith, where God has completed all that needs to be finished, worked out, and sorted in our lives. In Christ, God has done it all, and He desires that we simply recognise this, so that we can enjoy the manifest blessings of his heart! God longs for His people enjoy the benefits and blessings of resting and trusting in the all-sufficiency of Christ within the New Covenant. This joyous living entails recognising that you are in a perfected, righteous union with the Godhead, having everything that they are and have – everything that is true of them, is true of you, and everything that is not true of them, is no longer true of you. You are not a dirty rotten sinner, you are the dearly beloved of God, and a wonderful expression of his being! 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares that God ‘made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’.
Understanding the New Covenant of God’s gracious, supply-filled rest effortlessly and completely transforms our language. As we recognise that God’s way of prosperity and victory is to enjoy the fulfilment and manifest arrival of our salvation in Christ, we begin to be confident in our God rather than in ourselves! We no longer live ‘doing whatever we please’ out of a false, independent, limited sense of self. Instead, we will ‘find joy in the Lord’ who has ‘carried us to the high places of the earth’, and will continue to do so as we trust and believe in His finished work! God is a good Daddy and he wants to manifest success and influence throughout our lives, saturating everything in our world with his abundant unmerited favour! Through placing our trust in the all-sufficiency of Christ, will feast on his blessings which follow us everywhere we go, and discover that as we do we no longer speak, think, and function out of a sense of deficiency (‘nor saying whatever you please on that day’). We will speak God’s words of faith, which release the power and life of heaven into our circumstances!
As Hebrews 4:3, 9-10 (NKJV) articulates: ‘we who have believed do enter that rest…there remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For He who has entered His rest himself also ceased from his works as God did from His’. So beloved of God, relax, recline, and receive the blessings of the New Covenant. No matter what you are facing today, there remains the powerful, wonder-working word of grace, spoken by the Father and articulated in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This word effortlessly transports us into the realm of rest and abundance, in which God has already provided for you. The revelation of faith has the power to bring you abundance and blessing, carrying you to the high places of this earth! You are wired for success through ceasing from your own works, to enjoy the devoted doting of the Godhead through Jesus Christ!
“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!
‘Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.’ (KJV)
When you became a believer, a whole new dimension of living opened up to you, and you inherited the Kingdom of heaven. This Kingdom has for centuries inspired fairytale and fantasy with its ‘happily ever afters’, and ‘dreams come true’. It is a kingdom full of wonderstruck royalty and bliss-filled happiness. A kingdom where magic exists! This Kingdom is heaven on earth in the here and now, and the gateway to experiencing its tangible realities is Christ’s finished work. Christ functions as a secret doorway – as you lean, depend, and rely on his love, revealed in the Gospel message, you will discover yourself stumbling through this Christ-door, and into the Disneyland park of heaven, the heart-realm of inspiration, having ears that hear and eyes that see this invisible reality! As what is unseen becomes seen and known in your understanding through the revelation of Christ, the power of this new dimension dances into your physical world like a babbling brook, and influences the natural world with its living inspiration, exotic glory-vitality, and flourishing life! Your senses will begin to engage in and resonate with this divine heavenly vacation-park, which is open all hours, and completely free to enjoy!
Jesus transforms an ordinary world into a parade of heaven’s patterns. Colossians articulates that Jesus has completely de-coded the mystery of the human race, revealing to us the life of our design, the quality of life the Godhead always dreamt we would experience, through revealing to us this new kingdom and its culture: ‘Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son’ (Col. 1:13 KJV). At one time, you were a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, plugged into man’s best efforts and ideals, grounded in natural circumstance, and only able to perceive anything through the darkened understanding of the world’s basic principles and rules. But now, you are a flourishing tree of life, planted into this new, deeper-magic dimension of God’s heart through the finished work of Jesus Christ, and blossoming in resurrection-revelations. You were plugged into the body of Christ in his death, and vitally joined in a Siamese union with his heart, so that the rhythm of your life now beats to his trillion-volt bliss! You were translated into heaven’s dimension so that you can live by heaven’s principles, and manifest heaven’s wonders, no longer dictated by the natural rules and regulations of the world.
As a result, you have the Godhead’s quality of life, which throughout the Gospel of John is named ‘eternal life’. Life without beginning or end. Life unhindered and overflowing with vitality and limitless goodness. You no longer have to be afraid of the ‘rules’ of this world, because you are not simply a natural creature anymore. You are plugged into the supernatural, heavenly Source of Christ’s heart and imagination, and he is articulating his all-sufficient life throughout your natural world. This life is care-free in God’s tender care, and does not need to defend itself – the Gospel is the defender, and it produces wonder-working, grave-breaking, resurrection-ready power.
‘That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him’ (KJV)
Relationship with God is far more than a religious idea designed to make obeying rules easier, relationship with the Godhead is indeed an eternal reality, brought into existence through Jesus Christ, and inaugurated in our spirits by the Holy Spirit! Union with the Trinity is real; the implications of this New Covenant, of our inclusion into the Coven of the Trinity, are real and incredible – in terms of the benefits afforded us, our eternal security, and the joy and peace we can know daily in knowing Jesus!
The factual, mystical reality of Union with the Godhead is one of the main reasons why I find it hard to not believe in prosperity, I mean just consider: God is rich, I mean like truly rich, magnificent and majestic, with all glory and honour, and the truth of Jesus tells me that everything that God is and has has been given (as a free gift) to me (and you) in Christ! Certainly every blessing heaven has to offer has been given (See Eph. 1:3)! And, the Bible is clear that we can see and experience these Spiritual, new creation realities! We can know these truths as manifest and tangible like we can know Jesus!
The first step in order to experiencing your union the Godhead and all of those fantastic benefits included is to know what you have and what’s included! Now, often this starts on an intellectual level, but the Holy Spirit desires for you to receive supernatural revelation concerning your ‘knowledge of him’. When you know (by revelation) what you have and what you’re included in, you can know (experientially enjoy) your Union and its benefits and blessings! I like the way the NIV renders Ephesians 1:17, it says: ‘I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.’ You see, the Father of glory is infinitely rich, and he has made you rich (See John 17:22, Philippians 4:19), and as you know this truth, as you allow Holy Spirit to minister and love you into enjoying this truth, you will know (experientially) the Truth and his provision and prosperity!
‘As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him’ (KJV)
When one receives Jesus one enters into the full extent of the Kingdom reality; a reality, a Kingdom, full of peace, joy, fun, and adventure. A Kingdom of grace and love; where God is the benefactor and we his beneficiaries. Religion and legalistic self-effort have no place in this reality. Indeed, the New Covenant is about receiving through faith, not attaining through effort. It’s about enjoying Jesus, not enduring service.
Union with the Godhead is so beautiful, and we get to enjoy this everyday – with all its benefits! Unfortunately, due to religion, many have had the joy of knowing this glorious, effortless, laden-with-blessing union stolen from them. Some have known a taste of this freedom, but have abandoned the simplicity of Christ’s Finished Work for the baffling brew of law and grace. To some the idea of simply enjoying Jesus and his blessing all the time is impractical or lazy. In truth, however, Jesus has provided a no-lack Salvation, with everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), and there is no need to work for what God has already freely given! It takes more faith to rest in this grace, to enjoy life and this wonderful union we have with the Trinity, than it does to receive Christ by one way (grace, through faith), and then to live another way (works).
Perhaps you are living from a place of self-effort? Perhaps you are trying to achieve that which God has freely provided? Let me tell you, Papa God is so in love with you, he adores you, and loves doting on you! What he has provided is in no way lacking; God hasn’t left out of Salvation the provision you need – you are blessed with every blessing heaven has (Eph. 1:3)! Rest in him! You received the Spirit by grace, now live in and by the Spirit! Live in grace! Maybe you tasted the joy of Salvation but have become weighed down by religion and law? If this is you, know with confidence that the Spirit in you has made you rich and Papa wants to experience his tangible favor and glory – indeed, God wants you to experience his own joy! Live in grace and enjoy your unforced union with the Godhead!
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (NIV)
There is a big difference between life-filled spiritual realities and religious attempts at achieving something of godliness. Repentance is one of those things which, unfortunately, is used and distorted by religion to promote itself. The result is bondage and frustration. Real repentance though, biblical repentance, is a part of a healthy faith life; never let anyone tell you that it isn’t! However, we must understand what repentance truly is so that we can experience these times of refreshing spoken of in the above Scripture!
The previous verses in Acts speak of the apostles healing a man, enabling him to walk. Their response to this miraculous healing is: “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? …By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know has been made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given him this complete healing in your presence. And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But in this way God has fulfilled what He foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer” (Acts 3:12, 16-18, NIV).
Repentance therefore is recognising that the revelation of Jesus’ suffering means that we never have to suffer again, because we are included ‘in Christ’. It is recognising that we are immersed in glorious blessing, by virtue of our eternal union with Jesus, and free from every bit of the curse. Repentance is recognising the endless possibilities of heaven on earth through being co-united to Jesus Christ. – As we recognise who Jesus is (‘it is Jesus’ name…’), and who we have become in him (‘…and the faith that comes through Him’), we can access the refreshing, revitalising power of heaven. It is that simple! Repentance is turning from ignorance to imaginative, creative understanding of the glory realm that resides within us! Indeed, we have become the glory land of heaven! We are so flooded with glory that an understanding of this cannot help but saturate the world around us, too!
‘And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace’ (KJV)
Some people relish in the idea of lack; to some the concept of living in lack and ‘just getting by’ is appealing, and there are many possible reasons for this. One is the religious ego, or the power people feel they have over those who aren’t as ‘trusting’ as they are. But, in short probably the main reason is that they see poverty as a virtue, as a holy lifestyle which requires their devotion and trust. Thank God that he doesn’t see it this way! In God’s mind poverty has always been a result of the curse, and he has never willed it upon any of his children! God himself has only ever been poor in Jesus on the cross, and that was for our sake – ‘so that you through his poverty might become rich.’ (KJV)
It’s important that we know a few things concerning prosperity and poverty; one is that poverty was a result of the curse. Another is that there is nothing wrong with you if you aren’t seeing your provision made manifest just yet (you aren’t under the curse, you are free from the curse, See Gal. 3:13-14). One more is the truth that you have the very same spiritual riches and prosperity of the Trinity – indeed, ‘of his fulness’ you have received! And another is that you can see this prosperity made manifest and enjoy the provision of your Papa in every area of your life. Oh, and another is that being poor is overrated, it’s not holy or unholy, it’s just a contradiction to the truth you can experience. YOU are holy and YOU are complete, and as you enjoy your holiness and fullness you will see glorious manifestation of the provision and prosperity of your Daddy God!
Know today that whether you have, in terms of wealth, plenty or little, your spiritual bank account, your spiritual treasure chest is FULL with the innumerable riches of the Godhead! Know that you have the prosperity of the Christ! Know that you can see this made manifest! Rest today in the reality of the sufficient one within, don’t buy into the religious lie that God isn’t interested in seeing you prosper, and don’t buy into the lie that it’s better to be poor. You are already rich! In Christ you are prosperous, and as you enjoy this reality you will see this prosperity tangibly manifest and flood into every area of your life!
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
As a believer in Christ, God wants you to be aware of your reality, which is heaven on earth in the here and now. This is not simply a humble, peace-making ideology, but a tangible, practical, life-giving world of wonder, filled with the substance of God’s power and optimistic love. God’s ecstatic, joy-filled imagination formed and shaped a world of fantastical bliss that all of your senses can engage in and interact with through the eyes of your imagination, as you meditate on the heavenly realities of Jesus’ finished work (Ephesians 1:18). This New World in Jesus is your honeymoon island, given to you through God the Father, which you explore as you sail on your Holy Spirit luxury cruise ship! 1 Corinthians 2:12 describes it this way: ‘we have received the Spirit who is from God so that we may know the things freely given to us by God’ – with God, everything is smooth sailing! You can expect bliss-filled days in this entirely new world of serenity in Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
In your marriage to Jesus Christ, you have been translated to the Grand Isle of Heaven, which is ‘in all and through all’ (Ephesians 4;6; Colossians 1:17; 1 Corinthians 8:6). So how do you access and engage with this reality, living in the heavenly victory and authority which is your inheritance? – Simple! You SEE this Island is real, through the belief that Jesus’ resurrection is yours, and thus, the entire Godhead lives within you! Colossians 1:27-28 in The Passion Translation states that: ‘Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! The mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person to the full understanding of truth’.
As you understand the authority within you, you will walk effortlessly in the manifest blessings of heaven on earth, including all of your enemies – whether they be emotional, relational, or financial – having to bow down to this revelation that you live in heaven on earth. Deuteronomy 28:7 states that ‘The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven’. Jesus causes you to walk on flourishing paths of intoxicating heavenly beauty and prosperity. God has given you tangible, authentic heaven on earth in the here and now. It is this revelation that transforms everything – every last enemy- into conforming with the truth that your name is recorded in heaven! You are in heaven!
‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’ (KJV)
Stress is often subtle; people don’t always recognize that they are battling with its symptoms, weighed down by pressure. However, this is not the portion of a child of God. No way! Although, in the systems of this world there is plenty of opportunity and reason for stress, we can reign above it! We can enjoy the love of our Papa and live free from fear and stress!
This is why the Bible encourages us to be anxious about nothing; “Be careful for nothing” (KJV), because it is the portion of the believer to live stress free. The Bible wouldn’t encourage it if it weren’t possible. No, there is real potential to live everyday stress free! And instead of stressing, we can rest. This is what the Bible encourages us to do instead of being anxious; “but in every thing by prayer and supplication.’” (KJV). This verse is simply talking about consciousness; i.e. instead of being anxious, we get to be, when we like, aware of God and the good things in our inheritance. Prayer is the Greek word proseuchē, and petition is the Greek word deēsis, and both simply refer to being aware of and enjoying God. I don’t believe Philippians 4:6 refers to us asking God for things he has already provided; God has already given us every blessing we need (see Eph. 1:3, 2 Pet. 1:3). Philippians 4:6 is talking about how we can, instead of worrying, focus on and enjoy Jesus. And when we do this we can be sure that our needs have been met by Christ’s Finished Work. This is why Paul adds, “with thanksgiving”, because it is already a reality. Paul then adds, “let your requests be made known unto God” (KJV); here we see the direction of our consciousness – God. Instead of worrying, we get to be conscious of God (prayer and petition) and then be thankful (because we have the answer)!
This is the antidote to stressful living! Why don’t you try it? Instead of stressing, why not rest? Instead of being caught up in the art of worrying, why not enjoy Jesus and fill your mind of all the wonderful things in your inheritance? Now, we aren’t to make this into a work; some people replace worrying with trying to be prayerful. The reality is so much better. We get to enjoy faith, to enjoy our union with the Godhead, when we want to, led by the Spirit, and as we do we will see faith expressing itself and the power of God made manifest!
3 John 1:2 (KJV)
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
God’s heartbeat is family; ‘In the beginning God’ isn’t just a clever introduction to the bible, it is a declaration of God’s form of existence – family! The Hebrew word for ‘God’ is the word ‘elohiym’, and this word is plural. Some see this to be of little consequence, but to the New Testament believer it is obviously a reference to the family of the Godhead! Not only has God always existed in family (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but he created humankind to share in this family. God’s purpose for creation was family. And, it hasn’t changed! God’s heart is family – God’s heart is you! Papa’s love for family is detailed, and as such, is full of pleasant blessings and surprises! God wants his children to know and believe his love for them and the riches and blessings that Jesus has provided!
You are the love of God’s life; you are God’s reason, his poem! Papa adores you in such a personal and intimate way. Papa God desires for all of his children to understand their place in his family, and his detailed love for them. Because of Jesus and his Finished Work you are now part of the circle of the Trinity! You are in the family! As such you have an inheritance; as such it is your birth-right to be blessed! Believe that these glorious blessings are yours. Believe that through Jesus, you have an irrevocable right to the riches of the Trinity and that you can know this inheritance, just as it is your right to know the love of your God and your identity is his family!
Daddy loves you and his heart for you is blessing. John’s salutation in 3 John echoes the heart of our loving Saviour. Daddy God says to you today; ‘Beloved, my love for you is personal and detailed. My heart for you is blessing. Go through life knowing that I am with you and because I am with you, blessings are chasing you down!’ That’s God’s heart for his children! Daddy doesn’t want us striving, begging, and pessimistic. He wants us expectant of good days, because he loves us, and his love for us is detailed!
‘But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace’.
Through the finished work of the cross the law (the Law of Moses and the system of striving under self-effort) has been abolished. Now, by ‘abolished’ I don’t mean just chucked out. Jesus didn’t come to just get rid of the law (Matt. 5:17). He came to fulfil it (again Matt. 5:17). But after fulfilling the law it was made obsolete (Heb. 8:13). After Jesus fulfilled the law he abolished it.
As a New Covenant believer you are not under the law. Jesus has got rid of the law and has inaugurated a new system – a system of being led by the Holy Spirit. So I want to encourage you today; live under the New. Perhaps you are struggling in a certain area? Feeling discourage or worn-out? Battling with an addiction? Well, the law is not your answer. Putting yourself under law will only empower sin, misery, and defeat. The answer is in the new way of the Spirit. Instead of trying, start trusting. Now, I know it can sometimes seem impractical to embrace that which is unseen and to trust the in the ‘supernatural’, but the Holy Spirit is so capable! God is your supplier, and he hasn’t got a supply that is plagued by a drudgery attitude! He loves to see you enjoying your inheritance! He loved to supply your supply!
Christ and his finished work has accomplished so much; including ‘Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances.’ Jesus desires for us then to live in the new way of the New Covenant. See yourself as God sees you. Live by the New. Stop striving under a system that is gone, dead and buried. Frolic in the new and eternal way of the Spirit. As you do you will see effortless holiness and freedom manifest like Jesus himself was in you… oh wait…
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (KJV)
Some believers spend their entire lives trying to ‘escape’; escaping from sin, the systems of this world (do good, get good and foreboding mentalities), from poverty, from ‘bad luck’, and from a whole host of different things. They erroneously believe that; 1) they need to escape, and 2) something out there can help them. Number 2 is sadly often hijacked by Christian ministers who then, mostly out of genuine intent, create a religion out of a relationship, and give people steps, formulas, or practical advice based on self-effort. This is all because somewhere along the line we believed we needed to ‘escape’…
The thinking that one needs to escape derives from the belief of lack; the belief of lack erroneously states that you haven’t got what it takes, that you aren’t blessed, are distant and separate from God, and need to attain in order to enjoy. The Spirit, though, is leading us to understand that we have escaped the ‘dominion of darkness’ and that we have arrived, in fact are enthroned, in the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy! You see, you have being baptized into the Kingdom. You are a new creation (see 2 Cor. 5:17), and you are FREE, you have escaped! YOU have escaped! Because of what Jesus has accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection, you are in a whole new world! Your escape has happened via the Finished Word of Jesus; you have been ‘rescued’, or ‘translated’ as Colossians 1:13 states; “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (KJV). You have been set free, rescued, translated and delivered out of the dominion of darkness and the present evil age with all of its effects and consequences.
So, instead of trying to escape, and rather than trying to be set-free from sin, and in place of aiming to be safe from ‘bad luck’, why not enjoy and give thanks! You are free, you are in the Kingdom, you have Jesus’ own righteousness, you have his incomparable favor. And you have ‘escaped’! You are enthroned with him!
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
In Christ you have been surrounded with and immersed into the glory realm, and the glory realm is the substance of endless marvels, miracles, and creative wonders! If you are waiting for a miracle to manifest, be encouraged that you are in Christ – a reality as physical and material as it is poetic and inspirational. Your entire physical body bathes in his comforting essence. You are surrounded by his substance. Thus, the finished work of Jesus is a magnet for blessings – signs follow you everywhere you go as you enjoy your perfect, bottomless intimacy with Jesus. Sink into layer upon layer of God’s good thoughts concerning your perfection in Christ, and in this place of care-free intimacy, God will take care of you.
As Galatians 5:6 reveals, faith expresses itself effortlessly and naturally as we enjoy God’s love for us. God’s love is the substance of this glory realm, and it is the power and wisdom of God. It solves every circumstance and makes every path of your life straight (1 Corinthians 4:20). Your healing will manifest, you will be in the right place at the right time, and you will experience limitless peace of mind and effortless, inspired wholeness. Miracles cannot help but happen as your mind rests in this realm of intimacy with Christ!
As you rest in the finished work of Jesus and enjoy the life of God on the inside of you, you will never have to worry about warfare. Why? – Because as you believe that you have a perfected intimacy with Jesus; that you share in the energies and abundance of the Godhead (i.e. that everything the blessed Trinity are and have, you are and have; see 1 John 4:17), you will discover miracle working, wonder-popping faith effortlessly manifesting through your life. As you believe you are in Christ Jesus, your war-zone situation effortlessly transforms itself into a glory zone. Striving becomes singing, asking becomes basking in God’s faithful, detailed goodness, and warfare becomes a fun fayre of God’s love and grace! His glory is the desire of all nations, and you are composed of this glory! Drink up the flavours of his love and allow them to colour in your world with the creative life of God! Continue to believe in the all sufficiency of Jesus, and your miracle will follow after you, dancing and singing on the waves of his glory melodies. You are complete in Christ and lack no blessing. Get ready, because your miracle is just around the corner!
‘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!
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
‘God is El Shaddai, not El Cheapo’ – Andrew Wommack.
Haha, I love this quote. A lot of Christians rarely forget that God is the Almighty and that he is rich beyond compare, but a lot of believers do often forfeit the peace of knowing that God wants to be the Almighty in their lives and that he has shared his riches with them! God HAS shared his wealth with you, in fact he has shared his life with you (see 1 Pet. 1:4, 2 Pet. 1:4, Col. 3:4). And, he delights in showing you your inheritance (what’s been provided through the death, burial, resurrection, and accession of Jesus). It is his pleasure to reveal what’s included in your treasure chest of grace! What’s more, is that you discovering your inheritance is actually a testament to God’s grace! Hear God say to you today; “My Beloved, I so love you! I want you to relax, receive my love, and open every present that is bestowed upon you. Don’t leave one unopened!”
In the light of this good news, what circumstances are you worried about? What situation are you deeming impossible? Whatever it is you’re facing, God says, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it covered. I have personally paid the bill for whatever breakthrough you need”. So, don’t focus on your worries, or even your contradictory circumstances, focus on his over-supply that is ready to flow into every area of your life!
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). This verse reminds us that God’s supply is rich! That God’s supply is not in accordance with our need, but in accordance to the riches of God’s grace! Focus on that today. Don’t live in demand, live in supply. Don’t live in reaction to negative emotions or circumstances, live in response to God’s love, grace, and supply!
‘And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.’ (KJV)
God desires that we, his beloved children, prosper in all things. He loves to see you enjoying good success, material wealth and health and wholeness! In-fact, he wants you blessed so much that he endured the cross, he became for you prosperity; “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.” (KJV). Jesus is salvation, Mr. Prosperity, and he gave himself so that you might share IN him! Because of Jesus you can righteously prosper in all circumstances! Because of Jesus you have already received the spiritual gift of prosperity!
God desires that his children believe and rest in the spiritual gift of prosperity and see success manifest and be mirrored in their lives. This is what happened to Abraham. Abraham received a spiritual treasure and promise (Gen. 12:2-3), which was then mirrored and manifested in his tangible, outward life. Abraham manifested many blessings; health, long-life, wealth. In-fact the bible says he was “very rich in cattle, silver, and in gold” (Gen. 13:2). Abraham wasn’t just successful spiritually. No, he received a spiritual promise which made him successful and prosperous in every area of life.
That’s what God desires for our lives! He has even given us the same spiritual empowerment and blessing he gave to Abraham; “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29, NIV). You can expect good days and prosperity because of what Jesus has provided for you. Put your faith in the spiritual reality, and instead of worrying, depend on the blessing!
3 John 1:2
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (NKJV)
Do you believe that your Daddy God wants you to enjoy good health and to prosper in all that you do? I hope you do, because he does! And he hasn’t given you a promise that is void of certainty – no he has already provided those wonderful gifts for you! Through the Finished Work of the cross God has granted you access into his own life, which you received when you received Salvation, and right now you have the gifts of prosperity and divine health on the inside of you! That’s why I entitled this devotional ‘Enjoying the Spiritual Gifts of Prosperity and Divine Health’, and not something like ‘Expect Prosperity and Divine Healing’ – because although it’s a wonderful thing to expect to experience the power of God in tangible ways, we can start to enjoy everything he has given us in the now, in the Spirit! And as we enjoy it by faith we can be confident that the Spirit will lead us into seeing manifestation of those glorious realities!
John wrote 3 John 1:2 as a greeting full of meaning and desire; he wanted Gaius (the man John was writing to) to experience that which he already had on the inside. It also mirrors the heart of our God who was in John expressing the same desires! While some think that wanting to enjoy these blessings is greedy or wrong, John knew that it is the correct mirror image of what he enjoyed in the Spirit realm; it’s the natural result because of the glory imparted to us by the Holy Spirit! And, it’s not just the natural result, it’s the God honouring result; God wants us blessed because he adores us, but it also points the world to a God that is good, and it enables us to partner with the Holy Spirit and bless others in a great way!
God’s desire is to convince you that he has imparted these marvellous gifts to you; that when you received Salvation (which includes everything that God is and has), you were made very rich, and this richness can be seen manifest in every area of your life! So today; enjoy the spiritual reality of what you have already been given, knowing that as you partner with Holy Spirit you will be led to explore the dimensions of faith and see great power and prosperity made manifest!
‘But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man’.
So many people define themselves by their perceived failure, or their fear of failure, or the failure of others (whether real or perceived). But God is not interested in defining you by your own performance or by the implications of the performance of others! No, God never defines according to the knowledge of this world; he defines according to the reality that you are lovely, and that Jesus, who by the way is an expert at living victoriously, lives in you! You see, whatever you may be facing, whatever your situation, the King of glory lives in you and he loves to reveal his majesty through glorious manifestation in you, and through you! Whatever it is you need – whether holiness, financial provision, health, emotional wholeness – it has been abundantly provided by the person of Jesus who abides in you forever!
If you find yourself looking at yourself harshly; defining yourself by the basic principles of this world, instead of by Christ, then listen to the Father; go to your loving Daddy, who will point you to the sufficient one within you! Listening to the voice of grace is the right frequency for those who have received the person of Grace! Your loving Daddy will never ridicule you, he will go out of his way to make certain he never scares you (sometimes people interpret power as something to be afraid of, but the Godhead will never use their power against you, it’s always for you!), and he will forever point to your loveliness, perfection, and to the sufficient one you are one with!
The Spirit today is pointing you to his life within you! It pleases him immensely because it will result in you enjoying all that Salvation has provided you! Don’t fear the rejection of the divine, and don’t define yourself by the basic principles of this world! Instead, listen to the Father who is always revealing to you the beauty of his Son and his sufficiency in you!
‘First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.’
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be famous? If you could be famous, what would you like to be famous for? A lot of people shy away from things like fame and glory and praise. But why? Probably because of feelings of unworthiness, or false humility! What’s unfortunate about this though is that God is not afraid of the limelight, and he has created you to shine also! Now, don’t get me wrong, God is in no way egocentric, and his highest priority is you! However, he loves to show off his love for us in splendid ways, just like he wants you to enjoy his love with his incomparable favour and glory!
Shying away from glory, redirecting it, or simply hiding it under a bushel is what many see to be humble. But, God has given you his very own glory (see John 17:22), and he desires for you to live in it and enjoy it! God has always desired for his people to be famously known for his goodness on their lives, and their faith in that goodness! Look at Abraham and David; they experienced the favour of God under the fading glory of the old covenant and were so rich and famous that they made the surrounding people, even kings, take notice! They were also known for their faith in that goodness, and provided a shadow of what we get to enjoy under the new covenant!
Jesus desires for his bride, like Abraham, to be famously known for the extravagant love-gifts she receives from her lover and for the powerful faith she operates in! Paul acknowledges that the church in Rome were operating in the glory realm and enjoying the faith of Jesus within them! He also makes it clear that this is because the church in Rome had a foundation of the grace of God! Paul says in Romans 1:5 that grace calls out to the obedience of faith; meaning, those who planted the church were enjoying grace and so called those Gentiles to believe on the finished work and so enjoy grace too. Paul emphasises that the church in Rome were among those who were called by grace to come to faith! This is why they were famous for their faith! Because it wasn’t mixed with the fading glory of the law! So, today know that Daddy God loves you and delights in you experiencing the fame of his glory, and wants you, along with the whole church to be famous for faith in the grace of God!
‘…in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding’.
Some people think that grace was a lucky accident! Some people believe as though the Almighty didn’t orchestrate the new covenant into existence through the finished work of Jesus with the intent of us living in this new way! This mindset can be born from various things; though, often it is born from a inferiority complex, combined with a theological cocktail of law and grace, along with a ‘I can’t believe that God is this good’ expectation! However, whatever the reason, the results are the same and are tragic; namely, it leaves believers shelving grace, referring it to the ‘low points’, and then living life by their own resources.
The new covenant though, is about us living the Jesus life, which we received by grace, through faith. Every time we water down the grace of God we are in effect saying; ‘I don’t need (or maybe, deserve?) to live under the new covenant. This is a shame because grace (God’s unmerited favour and love-gift to us) has provided such a sufficient Salvation. God wants all to know that his grace can not be worn-out, it can not be sunk, nor over used! Grace is not just for ‘low points’, no, grace is the native air we thrive in!
So, let’s receive the abundant provision of Daddy’s grace! Let’s drink deep and eat our fill, and when we think we have eaten enough, or our ‘fair share’, let’s eat some more! Because those who reign in life are those who receive! Now, know that grace was not an accident! The Almighty delights in us knowing and believing in the goodies of the new covenant, without enduring the drudgery of the old covenant! So, enjoy God’s unmerited favour on your life! Enjoy every aspect of your inheritance!
‘…the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son…’
Many Christians struggle with the Old Testament, and for many different reasons. For those still trapped in the bondage of legalism the Old Testament often seems like a testament of failure; a weight enslaving them to the fear of religion. And even for some who have experienced the freedom for which we have been set free the Old Testament can still seem hard – whether hard to understand, or hard to line up with the God revealed in Jesus – and so those people are still left struggling. The reasons the Old Testament seems difficult are diverse, but the antidote is the same; Jesus! Seeing the Old Testament as testifying to the glorious Jesus and his finished work is the way to enjoy the Old Testament and to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in revelation from Genesis to Malachi.
The Old Testament is so much more than esteemed. So many view these ancient texts as either history or fiction; they strive to iron out the creases in morality, they make loopholes to ensure their sense of academia is intact. However, the Old Testament is more than esteemed. The ancient texts testify of Jesus Christ, and much like a picture book, or a treasure map, the Old Testament points and leads to Jesus. In types, symbols and shadows the Old Testament reveals glorious hints of the gospel. To us new covenant saints they invite us to experience revelation, indeed the very revelation of Jesus Christ!
So, I want to invite you to enjoy the Old Testament. Remember though, it should never be a work. No, you are free and the Holy Spirit can lead you into revelation using anything. The Old Testament though is a great tool, which you can use to explore the finished work of Jesus Christ. How exciting to know that the Old Testament is not a boring work of antiquity, but an exciting gift list, whereby you can see all the glorious blessings that are already freely yours in Christ! So feel free, and enjoy the Old Testament!
‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.’
You are so glorious! You are more than you think you are, and you have more than you think you have. You are rich beyond your wildest dreams, and you have been immersed in glory so dense and thick that it makes old testament experience look like a boring midweek meet-and-greet. The bible puts this reality in many difference ways; it says that you are a joint heir of Christ, a new creation, the temple of the Holy Spirit, and so on. However, not many see themselves as the radiance of God’s glory, but you are, you know?
Hebrews 1:3 is very clearly talking about Jesus; this verse reveals that God is like Jesus, and that Jesus is indeed God, full of glory, crowned with honour. But this verse also reveals that we are carriers of God’s radiance and glory, and in-fact actually are the radiance of God’s glory! You see grace means that everything that God is and has, we are and have! Yes, we have received everything from Jesus as a gift; we are not independent sources of deity. But deification is the result of the finished work of Jesus Christ!
So, see yourself as a carrier of the radiance of God; this means that the sparkle of God, his happiness, his glow can shine out of you and affect atmospheres! And see yourself as a carrier of the glory of God; you have access to the riches and favour of God anywhere, anytime! On top of this, see yourself as the exact radiance and glory of God – your identity, your reality is Jesus! You are in him and he is in you! You are not lowly, you are not mediocre. You are everything Jesus is! You are the very righteousness of God, the very radiance and glory of God, the exact representation of his being! Enjoy this reality today, savour the reality of Christ IN you, and believe that any contradiction can be transformed to the image of the limitless, glorious Christ Jesus!
1 Corinthians 3:10-11
‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.’
The Holy Spirit is so wonderful; he will not put pressure on us, and he doesn’t desire to dictate our lives in the name of his ‘will’, but rather he gently leads us, he desires to partner with us! What a truth! The mighty Spirit of God desires to partner and co-labour with us! Don’t ever relegate yourself to someone to be ‘used’ by God! God himself has called you worthy, seated you in heavenly places, and declared that you get to work with him, not for him!
The purpose of Salvation calls us to rest, to be settled in our union with Christ. Then, out of play and rest, we are invited to partner with Jesus and, out of our rest, see the Kingdom manifest on earth! However, in the attempt to see greatness, many forget the first bit; many get so busy trying to ‘win the world for Jesus’ that they forsake their first love, they forsake rest and play! One of the main things the Holy Spirit wants to partner with us in is in the laying of a grace foundation! It is imperative that all believers have a foundation of grace for their lives; a gospel-centric, Christocentric foundation for their entire lives. Grace is holistic; because the finished works of Jesus are for every area of our lives. Although, many are actually living from a ‘pick ‘n mix’ foundation; many believers have little bits of grace, accompanied by dollops of law, with shreds of self-effort, accompanied by a pessimistic outlook! But the Holy Spirit remains faithful, wooing us into grace, desiring to partner with us to build a grace foundation!
Paul worked with the Holy Spirit to build grace foundations in the lives of believers and churches. Firstly Paul states that he was building with what he had received – GRACE! (Remember that grace is the message of the finished works of Jesus, the imparted reality of unmerited favour, and the power of God unto Salvation etc.) Secondly he says he is an expert builder; grace enabled Paul to efficiently declare the gospel! And lastly Paul said that the only true foundation is grace, Mr Grace himself, in fact – Jesus! Paul said that no other foundation should be laid, Jesus is enough! It is this foundation which the Holy Spirit desires to co-labour with in laying! Today, let’s rest in the love of our great Daddy God, and let’s allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the mystery of the gospel of grace!
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
‘However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.’
How glorious is it to know that there is no great ascension we need to somehow climb in Christ?! There is no mystical building, whereby our good works translate to spiritual building material! But, in our beautiful Jesus we have ascended with him to the highest heights of glory and have been provided a vast estate; a glorious union with everything provided, the quality of which goes far beyond anything the wisdom of man could imagine or describe! And we get to live these glories throughout our day, every day! So many settle for mediocre, when in Christ we already have a solid, eternal union laden with every blessing imaginable! Whether you can feel this reality or not, whether it seems logical, it is real and it is the truth, it’s in Christ!
Now, not everyone believes that this reality – the truth of having something prepared that is unimaginable to human wisdom, that is so beautiful that even the best human language can’t describe, something that is engineered so wonderfully that the cleverest of human logic can’t fathom or explain – is for the here and now. Lots of people relegate verse 9 of 1 Corinthians 2 to the after-death experience. However, those people forget the mega scope of the finished work of Jesus and the glorious impact of the Spirit of God, oh and verse 10 which states that God has revealed those things already! Why has he revealed them? Why are they not a mystery to the children of God? Because they are in us, included in our Salvation! Paul goes on to say in the same chapter that the Spirit is given to us to so that we may understand the things FREELY given of God (vrs. 12), and then says we have the mind of Christ, we know the things of God! (vrs. 16).
We have the Spirit now! And by virtue of having the Spirit we have the glorious things which the Spirit reveals, those things freely given! Be confident today! Know that you have a no-lack union, filled with so much glory that it can only be the Jesus-experience!
1 Corinthians 1:7
‘Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.’
The gospel is a supernatural message! From start to finish the gospel is about the extraordinary work of the Godhead securing for us an eternal, supernatural redemption! This is why, 1) the gospel has nothing to do with our works, it’s all by grace, through faith, and, 2) we are now new creations who are called to operate in the supernatural and invade the impossible! I love it! The gospel is so relevant because it informs us of the cure for the ills of this world, but it also goes against the grain of the knowledge of this world because it is thoroughly supernatural, it points to Jesus, it doesn’t demand our practical-‘I’ll pay you back’-works!
As part of our supernatural heritage in Christ we are called to enjoy and operate in the gifts of the Spirit. Now when it comes to operating in the gifts of the Spirit we must remember certain things: Well, firstly cessationism is a doctrine from the rubbish dump. Secondly, Paul listed nine simply because he choose to list nine (there are also nine fruits of the Spirit listed). This does not necessarily mean that there aren’t other grace abilities that the believer can walk in. Thirdly, which do you like the look of? Tongues? Healing? The shiny gift of Prophecy? Well, Paul does say that each one should take its turn in church, but this doesn’t mean that believers can’t operate in all of the gifts. Notice this weeks meditation verse; ‘Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.’ (See 1 Corinthians 1:7). Paul says that we ‘do not lack any spiritual gift’! Hallelujah!
We are new creations, under new covenant, in a new day, and we are thoroughly equipped to be thoroughly supernatural! Let’s believe in our heritage, know we are equipped and lack no spiritual gift, rest and enjoy grace, and see the gifts manifest as the Spirit enables!
‘He [Jesus] called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…’
Every one of us is designed to experience the glorious realities of heaven! We who have received Jesus and his finished work are especially ‘hungry’ for the impossible! However, many slip into the trap of believing that this greatness, these glories are achieved by the super serious-businessman-legalistic-pharisaical approach. Sadly many believe the lie that in order to make it in this world we must compete, and so automatically opt for ultra-seriousness/do-it-yourself Christianity. As a result of this we by-pass the glorious opportunity to receive the fullness of Daddy God’s love as a little child and operate in the Kingdom!
There is an innocence and a joyful abandon that belongs to children. Jesus said that it is this mind-set that makes a person great (as in, a powerful operator) in the kingdom of heaven (which is the spiritual kingdom of Christ on earth waiting to be appeared manifest). In fact Jesus said that if we don’t take aboard this innocence (a free gift in Christ) and joyful abandon, we won’t be able to see and operate in the kingdom at all! This is by no means a condition! But this child-like trust is the believing before seeing that enables us to enjoy the good news!
There is so much wonder in the gospel that unless we are willing to be child-like and use our imagination we won’t ‘get’ it all. Sure, we might get the theology, but if we are holding on to our serious veneer we just might overlook the call to believe the reality by faith! Don’t be afraid to believe that you are Daddy’s beloved child; you can go about your day confident that you are his, and as his you have every ‘toy’ you could ever need or want! You are well able to operate in the Kingdom and see heaven manifest on earth! Let’s throw off the ‘weight of the world’! Let’s enjoy the love of our Daddy, knowing that we are and will always be his beloved Children. He loves you so much! He desires for you to cuddle up in his arms and believe the truth of the gospel, as you do you will find yourself operating greatly in the Kingdom!
‘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!
Operate In Power When You Are Full Of Hope #2
‘…the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel’
Our hope levels are directly correlated to what we believe. When we believe truth, i.e. the good news of grace (who we are in Christ, what we have, our authority, Daddy’s love for us) we are inevitably filled with glorious, shining hope! Hope (elpis) is a ‘joyful and confident expectation of good’. We are in union with the Godhead and can be overflowing with perfect hope every day! We can feel full of splendid hope, knowing that God makes all things work together for our good!
Hope is vital for the cycle of faith, for operating in the power of God. Right believing produces glorious hope, and glorious hope enables us to operate in the faith and love of Christ. When we believe the gospel, when we submit to the fact that we are righteous, whole and in perfect union with God because of Jesus and Jesus alone, we become saturated with tangible hope. This kind of hope is so attractive; it’s the substance of heaven and fuel to the human heart. This kind of hope sometimes can seem impractical when faced with contradicting circumstances, but it’s the logic of Jesus and the antidote to the ills of this world.
Sometimes our depression is rooted in the hopelessness we feel about a situation, rather than the actual situation. When we have glorious hope we can start to operate in outrageous faith, we can start to receive the power of God in us and see every contradiction turned into good. Faith people are people who feel the substance of hope, and then operate in more faith. When we believe the truth of the gospel we are filled with hope, and this hope then enables us to operate in more of the person Jesus!
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
It is so interesting to see how fashion has progressed over time; that the clothes that once seemed to suit, now repulse. This is what Paul picks up on in Ephesians 4; not the progression of fashion, but wearing that which doesn’t fit or suit properly. Paul is speaking about the fundamental beliefs of the mind and heart, comparing them to earthly garments. So, let me ask you; is what you’re wearing comfortable? Does it fit properly? Does it suit?
Part of Paul’s fundamental theology is the believer’s participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. So, let me say outright that these verses are not talking about you ‘dying to self’. The bible repeatedly states that we have already died with Christ (Rom. 6 etc.). You, that is the old you, the spiritually dead you, was eradicated. You have been rebirthed in Christ’s resurrection, you are new, you are holy, YOU are a Saint (look at how often Paul addresses believers as Saints regardless of their behaviour).
As a Saint though it will be far more comfortable for you to wear clothes (the beliefs of the mind and heart) that are in your heavenly wardrobe! As a holy, righteous Child of the Most High God, as regal son or daughter, it will suit you to wear clothes from the royal chambers. So, put off those beliefs that belong to the Adam (rule based thinking, striving, lack, sin-consciousness, fear). And put on those beliefs which correspond to your new identity (grace based thinking, prosperity, the idea that you are effortlessly holy in Christ). As you change the beliefs of your mind and heart, get rid of law, rules and striving, and believe what God has said about you, you will manifest the full stature of God.