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Seeing Contradictions Clothed in Christ

By Paige Hunt

“Just as the body gives expression to the spirit, so actions give expression to faith” – James 2:26 (MIRROR WORD)

I want to address earthly contradictions that we sometimes face in our daily adventures with Jesus. Maybe you have a particular situation on your mind at this very moment, such as an unexpected illness, a fractured relationship, or any other painful emotional bruise. I want to address this with sensitivity, and the tender, doting love of Jesus towards you as an individual. My desire is to help you to hope again, and to meet with you where you are at. Everyone has times where life can ‘hurt like hell’, or, where we feel just like David in Psalm 6:3-5 (emphasis mine):

“My soul is also in great anguish. But you, Yahweh – how long? Return, Yahweh. Deliver my soul, and save me for your loving kindness’ sake. For in death, there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?”

In our times of pain, it can feel like God is very distant, and that it is impossible to ‘remember’ him in the uniquely personal way that we were created to. Of course, we believe in union with Christ, 296and we understand that He loves us, yet in the face of our contradictions, it can be difficult to tangibly experience that life.

Firstly, I want to encourage you not to let your worry get out of control, because all of your personal hopes and dreams of heaven on earth are secure, even when you cannot see or feel them just yet. Your healing is safe, your marriage is safe, and your prosperity is still abundant. Christ’s love for you is a detailed and personal world in which your incorruptible essence, blessings, and wholeness reside continually, even when they’re not manifesting in the natural (Colossians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). It is this invisible world within you that is going to flow out of you like refreshing, renewing, restoring rivers of living water and inspiration (John 7:38), as you keep on letting Christ carry you through this time of contradiction. Keep on persevering in the truth that your heavenly Parent, who is both Daddy (Romans 8:15), and Mummy (Isaiah 66:12-13; Luke 13:34) is going to pour out upon you the grace wisdom that you need in this situation, so that you can experience your already-open heaven.297 Your body, as James 2:26 states, is going to give expression to your state of spiritual bounty. This includes divine health, wealth, and complete restoration. You shall soon declare, “The land Daddy has given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!” (Psalm 16:6), as your miracle effortlessly makes itself known in the tangible. It is destiny for your earthly life to look just like your wonderful spiritual state, as the body gives expression to the spirit, and the supernatural always births the natural.

Secondly, believe and declare that you are getting through this contradiction completely unharmed. Everything is going to be redeemed. The experience of unique you being loved so entirely by Daddy God is liberating and it is revolutionary – it will cause your cells to sing and all of your paths to be made straight and serene, until you are able to experience in your emotions the creative essence of heaven and the atmosphere of heaven’s beauty and wonder with every breath that you take. Christian Scientists such as Bernie Siegel also echo this conclusion. She states:

“If I told patients to raise their blood levels of globulins or killer Tcells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same change happens automatically. The truth is: Love heals”

God’s love for you is a healing love (1 John 4:19). Dr. Caroline Leaf, a wonderful Christian psychologist, also writes on this subject with articulate wisdom: “Your perception of any given thing at any moment influences your brain chemistry, which affects the environment around your cells, influencing what happens to them”. In other words, God’s love for you is going to transform your perceptions of your entire world, and surround your cells with the comfort and effortless joy of His perfect, intoxicated love. As this occurs, the radiance of your spirit is going to conform your body into its perfect harmony and peace. This peace will have a ripple effect into your circumstances, and every path in your life will be made straight (Luke 3:5). Nothing is too difficult for God!

Consider the scriptural account of Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, an Abednego (Daniel 3, 6). Daniel had to face the lion’s den, and his friends had to go into a burning hot furnace. Yet miraculously, each one of them came out unharmed. Now, God never causes pain and suffering, but he still redeems all contradictions, because He is gloriously good!! Everything that springs from the paradise of God’s heart and imagination is a rainbow of all that is sweet, desirable, and lovely (Song of Solomon 5:16).  This is how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego could go into the furnace bound, and come out loosed – they went through a contradiction and got rid of even more bondage during that time!  298The heaven within you is an abundant haven of your personalized perfection, all because your Daddy loves you and he ‘crowns your year with goodness’ (Psalm 65:11), as well as ‘daily loading us with benefits’ (another translation here says he ‘daily carries us in his arms’) (Psalm 68:19). So, know that not only will you begin to experience your heavenly abundance flowing within you to nourish your whole world, you will also experience the full concentration of it, which is 100% the Trinity, 100% paradise, and 100% blessing! You’re going to see more heaven on earth than you could have even dreamt of. As Ephesians 3:20 says:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”

Your life is so filled with good news, and marked by the kindness and goodness of His love (Ephesians 1:3). In fact, soon enough, you are going to see your contradiction completely redeemed, to the point that your mouth will effortlessly declare: “The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (See Proverbs 10:22).

Keep on connecting with Daddy’s grace in whatever ways suit your unique personality. You do not have to feel the results of it straight away, but they will come flooding into your life. There is one work in the New Covenant and it is this:

“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one He has sent” – John 6:29

Christ’s cross and resurrection means that you have an all-sufficient heavenly abundance daily, in the reality of realities. Your Daddy always finds you adorable, and He always cuddles you and blesses you with good gifts. As you believe that your heavenly family loves you, and that through Christ you are in union with the Trinity (everything Christ is and has, you are and have), you will experience heaven: the pure, 100% blessing of the Father’s love, filling your life with sweetness and eradicating any and all contradictions. All you have to do is keep on believing. You don’t have to ‘feel’ your way to salvation, because Christ is your representative, and His faith has become yours. Keep on believing this truth, and your senses will align with heavenly realities! Believe that Christ’s senses have become yours, and you will experience the reality of this.

Your life is more than mere circumstance and contradiction. Your life is hidden with Christ in the meadow of your spirit – your resting place (Colossians 3:3). That is the place of your authentic essence, and nothing can ever threaten or harm that meadow. It is the realm of your Daddy’s grace and love for you, and there is nothing in the entire world as wonderful. Your life is a unique Christ-flavour and Christ-essence to the world, and your meadow is personalized to who you are, with every good and perfect gift thought up by the Father of pure, glorious, sparkling light, in whom there is no darkness, no insecurity, and no change or corruption! (James 1:17).

Therefore, daily, we can ‘put on’ Christ. Faith works in our lives through His love for us (Galatians 5:6). We don’t have to see it or feel it just yet, but as we believe in His love for us, His senses become more real to us than our own. We sink into the ease of His faith on our behalf, and the glorious truths of heaven permeate our being, transforming everything about our lives, from our emotions to our bodies! Listen to how Jim Richards describes it in ‘Moving your Invisible Boundaries’:

“I took identity Scriptures and coupled them with the names of God, and spent time every day acknowledging the truth of these Scriptures in me, because I was in Him. I did this at a time I was desperately ill with an incurable genetic disorder, and had more debt than I could ever repay. I experienced Christ in me; I experienced the reality of His promises. When His view and opinion became more real to me than what my five senses were telling me, my five senses lost control of my life”

Faith is an enjoyable adventure into the depths of Christ’s heart and emotions towards you as a unique individual whom he personally loves and enjoys in a special way. 299You are a beautiful, precious and rare gem to Christ, and you are His baby. He loves and adores you!

Your contradiction may seem large and looming at the moment, but in Christ, it is microscopic, and you will see this reality with your own eyes.

Remember, you will see the manifestation of His goodness in your life! (Psalm 23:6). Colossians states that we are complete in Christ. The word for complete also means ‘to fill the heart’ and ‘to cause someone to think in a particular manner, often as a means of inducing behavior’. Christ’s fullness is going to shape the way that you think and feel, and you will see the glorious truths of faith manifesting through your life. You are co-seated in heaven with Him (Ephesians 2:6).

 

Enjoying the Moment

You are a child of the deliciously imaginative, eccentric Inventor of heaven. Placed in the Funhouse of his bliss, invited to adventure and experience the dimensions of heaven in all of her creative flourishings. With candyfloss in one hand and shiny new binoculars in the other, your heavenly Creator loves to load you with material blessings as you explore this atmospheric circus of life, going from one exciting revelation to another, experiencing the multi-faceted gems of his personalised imagination. Through faith God shaped a world of wonder. The glory is both nourishing nectar and elastic stretchy – your Daddy shaped and formed a cosmic-sized theme park2 of sweetness and gave it to you freely as a gift. Feast on its delights and feel yourself uplifted and revitalised.

Fall into layer upon layer of God’s thoughts, which are endlessly good. Welcome to heaven – all of it is yours to explore! Jesus is both the map to the paradise island of pleasure, and the island itself. You’ve been shipwrecked on this island of his love and grace. Fantastic endeavours and adventures await you. For anyone who is thirsty for this thrilling life of divine beauties, simply come to Jesus and drink. Mystic waters will flow from within the depths of your heart: that elixir of life that revitalises and refreshes day by day, moment by moment.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” – John 7:37-38

How exciting! Your life is now exhilaratingly interesting. No more boring days as you enjoy this reality. You can now view everything through the looking glass of Christ’s finished work. Jesus is a house of mirrors who enables you to view everything about your life in an entirely new way. You will exclaim with delight, “I never noticed my situation from that angle before. I didn’t realise there was so much glory there!”. Glory all around you! Christ brings psychedelic and exotic colours to dull patterns and modes of living, as he expands your consciousness and transforms your perceptions, so that you can see yourself fattened with the blessings of his house!

Do you want to experience this truth? Simply pluck the colourful, whimsical-looking fruit from the tree of life, just like C.S Lewis did! You can dwell in authentic Narnia, lingering there and tasting of its fruits. Our best, most abiding theology is not composed of mental notes, but divine, gooey glory-syrup: tasted and experienced.

“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

In this glory there are so many things to view and explore. Everything has a deep richness and clarity of meaning. You can even interact with the glory of Jesus in your past, experiencing him there loving you and sharing his divine delights with you in surprisingly natural ways. God created your life to be an Eden of pleasure, flourishing with the joys of his imagination. Pleasure has always been a gateway into the experience of his heart. You can see God in those snapshot memories of delight you have held close to your heart since you were little. You can pause and taste the love and glory of Jesus in each moment, 3drinking up his land of beauty: heaven on earth.

It’s as simple as resting and enjoying Jesus’ life in all things. Christianity, then, has largely been marketed as something separate to the glory realm. It tempts us to become busy-bodies, to ignore the siren-song of God’s love within our heart and instead to rapidly flit from one experience to another. Yet there is a sacred stillness that enables you to interact with God’s Disneyland-style dimension of fun in a deeper, more impressionable way. This realm is so authentically magic that a clear awareness of it overtakes you with wonder and eradicates boredom and stress from your existence. This is a land of security and safety, exuding with the serene, beautiful relaxation and total sense of well-being that belongs in a watercolour painting. This is a land of chills and goosebumps, in the best way possible. Scripture calls this ‘the secret place of the Most High’ (Psalm 91). As you linger in this realm, remembering it with a gentle fondness, the power of this kingdom pours golden-honey like through your essence, and powerfully impacts your world with the grace (unmerited favour) and peace (total wholeness, security, prosperity, restoration) of God. The glory of God is the ease. It is medicine, it is wisdom, and it is security. Anything you could desire is found there. You will discover your authentic self there.

“Concepts create idols; only wonder understands anything” – Gregory of Nyssa

The holy kingdom of God’s love resides in the cloud of his glory. So many people do not linger in the cloud, enjoying the many sweet affections and delights of his tangible Presence. There are many levels of self-sufficiency, of living in insecurity of the Father’s tender care and practical affections. These levels range from blatant legalism, to the inability to silence the busy, nagging chatter of your minds concerns. What is it that you want? What is it that you seek? – it is found there, in the cloud of his Presence. Get lost in this cloud, discover the tangible kingdom of his love, and see how he works all of the external situations of your life out in his detailed care of you, without you having to lift a finger. God is the kind-hearted benefactor, and we are the child-like beneficiaries who can enjoy a continual feast on the fatness of his house. It is time that we became Mystics of the living bread and revelatory wine of Jesus Christ, exploring the garden of his pleasure in this cloud of the glory.
Lavish. Prosperous. Verdant. Practical.
These are a few words that describe your Father’s love for you.
Don’t fight the flow. Feel it. Linger there in the flow of his life, floating on his waves of love and inspiration. Every day your Father will impress you with how good this Gospel is. We believe this good news more and more when we feel the tangible love of the Father. There is more to this than we have currently known. Linger there, let the wisdom be in the wine of his love. Let this glory solve any and every issue, give you hope, and decipher your fear-ridden reasoning. Let this glory communicate a deep, refreshing wholeness to you. Whatever you want. Whatever you need. It’s here in the glory realm.

Your Daddy desires to twirl you at the depths of your Spirit. Allow him to dance with you and romance you, showing you through experience how much you mean to him. Th4e whole earth is full of his glory. You can encounter him wherever you are. Take an enjoyment break – a break from whatever you are doing to simply behold and enjoy the Presence. You can live in this place. Drink sweetly of this love in the stillness of your heart.

“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.” – Song of Solomon 2:3

Linger in the heavenly altered-state-of-consciousness of your Beloved. Enjoy the delights of Narnia within you. Wrap yourself around in the cosy glory blanket of God’s goodness and security – his warm, comforting love. The Passion Translation of this verse says that we can sit under the shadow of God’s grace, simply sit there and bask in his glory. There’s no need to rush, no need to do anything at all except sink into this enjoyment. Resting with delight. Your heavenly Father delights in you simply enjoying your life and being free to follow your heart entirely from that deep place of wonder. He loves you to linger in the vitality and goodness of his Presence, as if you were eating a delicious piece of peace-fruit from the tree of life, or sucking an everlasting glory gobstopper of endless blessings (layer-upon-layer of goodness, love, and grace to nourish yourself on and enjoy). Inhale the ruah, the breath of His Presence – inhale it deeply, for in it is the richness of eternity and infinity.

Endless creativity, bottomless bliss.
Life abundant and overflowing.

In this place your consciousness is levitated right off the ground and placed into the renewed mind of Christ. You can live in Christ consciousness in your own unique flavour, in your own special way. God loves to inhabit your amazement; to dwell in your creative dreams, and rest with you in the cool of the day: in the space within your Spirit where you truly know that you are infinite. Glory is your composition – you are an exhilarating, powerful, authentic symphony of magic. The cloud of God’s glory inhabits you. Linger there, in those powerful, refreshing revelations.

5You see, your heavenly Dad is seated beside you in the forests of your wonder-immersed imagination, yet you cannot tell where you end and where he begins – you are both of many-textures, many-aromas, many-patterns of the life of heaven. He simply lays there with you for hours, enjoying the glory of the moment. He star-gazes with you in that secret space and he asks you ‘what do you want to do? What do you see?’. Jesus ensures that this forest within you is a serene and stress-free reality. He inspires you to discover new depths of glory and authentic life moment-by-moment. Whether you’re fishing together, or simply watching the leaves of the trees of life fall onto the lake of your soul – that lake of stillness – sending chills of deep hope and thoughts of endless, creative possibilities ripping smoothly, ceaselessly through you.

Your God-Dad laughs with you, he lights a cosy campfire and then sings silly, simple little songs to and with you – about anything and everything. And you realise, maybe for the first time in your life, in the Presence of this humble divine-being that seems more human than you expected, that your Daddy is mesmerised by all of your interests. That he’s fascinated by humanity – in unashamed, embarrassing-enthusiastic adoration of it. That he finds no detail of your life insignificant. He loves to practise your Presence with perfect clarity and adoration.

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears (Greek and Syriac versions say ‘he will renew you with his love’).
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” – Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NLT)

6Today, simply remain in this place of care-free joy and unconditional acceptance, this place of fun of camaraderie with your heavenly Dad. Riotously laugh with him at his jolly humour, as he laughs with you in your silliness, and allow his relaxed, gooey goodness to re-inspire the rhythm and pace of your life. Rather than hurrying through your life, you will begin to relax and enjoy eternity in each moment. You will begin to drink up the beauty of the moment, knowing that you were created simply to be loved – this is a reality that is simple but not shallow. Knowing that this space is eternal.

“These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
Oh your smiling face, your gracious presence
The fires of spring are kindling bright.
Oh the radiant heart and the song of glory
Crying freedom in the night
These are the days by the sparkling river
His timely grace and our treasured find.
These are days of the endless dancing and the
Long walks on the summer night
These are the days of the true romancing
When I’m holding you oh, so tight.
These are the days now that we must savour
These are the days that will last forever
You’ve got to hold them in your heart.”

– Van Morrison ‘These are The Days’

Feel the magic and authenticity of God’s endless, unconditional love for you in this place. Allow God to roast marshmallows on the campfire of your heart – his ooey-gooey good thoughts towards you are marvellous to taste and sweetly intoxicate you with the clarity of God’s consciousness of life. Allow God to love you. Let his syrupiness smoulder melodically in your heart and ooze through you with his authentic glory-inspiration and comforting poetry.

His life within you will ignite the trees of your imagination with the love-mystic rhymes of his heart. He gives worth and value to you far more than you could picture for yourself – a worth and value that is tangible, experienced as you linger in this place. A thick, glory cloud of bliss that is the meaning of all life.

“On a deeper level, you are already complete. When you realise that, there is a joyful, playful energy behind what you do. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one” – Eckhart Tolle

Allow yourself to be very present in the realities of Christ in the here and now.

Jesus is referred to in Scripture as our eternal vacation – our TODAY-rest, our finished 7garden to delight in and enjoy as we explore it with a sense of worshipful awe (Hebrews 3).

Through Christ you can live in satisfaction and fullness in each moment, knowing that you are lacking nothing, resting in his eternal arms of love.

“My Beloved one,
You are pleasing beyond words,
And so winsome!
Our resting place is anointed and flourishing,
Like a green forest meadow bathed in light.
Rafters of cedar branches are over our heads
And balconies of pleasant-smelling pines.
A perfect home!” – Song of Solomon 1:16-17 (TPT)

Your perfect home is lingering in the glory of His Presence, this whole new world. Your life is so SUPER-natural and verdantly glorious. God loves to play peek-a-boo with you through your imagination. Let him love you deeply in tangible experience, as you explore the cultures and kingdoms of your heart there in Him. Every day, without fail, this reality brings a tangible sense of refreshing and vitality that is much deeper than your sense of self, that takes you beyond self-consciousness, to the spirit of prophecy: God-consciousness within you. (Revelation 19:10)

Limitless Life Devotional

The Sufficiency of Christ in You

Galatians 1:15-16

‘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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Famous Faith

Romans 1:8

‘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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Partner with the Holy Spirit for a grace foundation!

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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Taken to the heights of glory in Jesus!

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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Innocence And Joyful Abandon Are Your Portion

Matthew 18:2-4

 ‘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!

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