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Enjoying Jesus

Colossians 2:6

‘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!

The Exact Representation of God (Part One)

By Josh Hunt

Sometimes I’m shocked at how people view God! I mean, he’s so good, and it’s so sad when people don’t see that! I know that not everyone has embraced grace, but even when talking to a legalistic believer, I still get surprised by the adjectives, phrases, and metaphors they use to describe our God! I used to be legalistic, and a long time ago, I used to believe some of the things they say. But, after tasting his goodness the bitter taste of penal substitution or the nasty aftertaste of God-being-a-cosmic-judge just aren’t tolerable (of course the people are! It’s just the concepts that cause harm that are intolerable!). man-742766_1280 It’s sad to hear these misconceptions of God because they not only misrepresent our Daddy, but they also keep people in bondage!

God is pure light! Brilliance – Love! And when people misrepresent him – detailing him as angry, as the cause of pain, or as the reason for depression – it puts people off from embracing the One who is wooing them into wholeness! James 1:17 says:

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.’ (KJV).

How wonderful is this picture! This is our Papa – ‘the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness’! There is nothing in God that is not predictable to pure LOVE! God is LOVE! (See 1 Jn 4:8).

It’s important that we present God as he is! It’s important that people see him as he is! Because when we see God as he is, when we know him, we have confidence to enjoy our union with him and see heaven made manifest on the earth. A lot of believers see themselves as God-servants, and God as a foreign King trying to invade this land. The truth, though, is so much better. We are one with the King! Sons and Daughters at his royal table! We get to rule and reign on this earth now (Rom 5:17). wedding-72180_1280

Until we see God right we won’t see ourselves right; until we see God as the caring, loving Papa he is, we won’t see the glorious Jesus living in us! 2 Corinthians 3 details how the veil of the law never led to manifest glory. However, under grace we can see Jesus purely as he is, and manifest outwardly the same glory Jesus has, the glory we carry around in our spirits!

‘But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.’ (2 Cor. 3:18, KJV)

This is the portion of the child of God – to live victoriously in the practical, multi-faceted favour of Jesus, which is his manifold wisdom (Ephesians 3:10).  This wisdom reveals that we were made in the image of the Godhead and share in the resurrection life of the Christ; thus, this wisdom is God’s detailed, practical care and adoration of us. It is our recipe for success; for activating and engaging with heaven on earth in the here and now.

Jesus reveals the truth that God is a good Father, and through this truth the glory inherent within us begins to shine and radiate from us, touching everything in our lives and transforming it with the beauty and harmony of heaven! We were hand-crafted after the image and likeness of Christ’s very own brilliance and glory. To walk in the power of this reality, we have to accurately see the one in whose image we are made, and we do this by meditating upon and gazing at the radiant glory emanating from the Gospel message, articulated through Jesus:

‘[Jesus] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:’ (Heb. 1:3, KJV).

This verse is so rich in gospel truth! Jesus is the ‘image’ of God, or in other words: God looks like Jesus. Jesus came to save us, to recue us from the dominion of darkness (see Col. 1:13), superman-149156_1280and it’s important to keep in focus that, in rescuing us from darkness, Jesus practically unveils to us that God is perfect majesty, whose ways are splendour, and whose heart is filled with the grandeur of goodness and magnificence. Jesus colours in the heart of God for us with passion and eloquence, so that we can see that God is truly good, and that God is truly Love supreme, in very human terms.

One of the things Jesus came to save us from were false images we held of God, the misconceived ideas, the religious connotations. Jesus came to show people the truth about our loving Papa, indeed the truth about himself, the truth about the Spirit; Jesus came to show us that the Trinity is good, and that ‘God’ looks like the gloriously good Jesus who came to save us! photo-camera-219958_1280

Now, when Jesus came, his primary audience, at least in terms of public speaking, were the Jews, who held a distorted image of ‘God’ and subsequently kept others in bondage. The Pharisees found it hard to believe that Jesus was the messiah and that God was doing what Jesus claimed he was doing. This was mainly because the Pharisees were standing on the shoulders of those who had a distorted image of God, who stood on the shoulders of others who had a distorted image of God, who stood on the shoulders of those who experienced God, but never saw his fullness, namely the Old Testament saints. John makes it clear in John 1:18 that no one has ever ‘seen’ God except Jesus who resides ‘in the bosom of the Father’. Here’s the full verse:

‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.’ (Jn. 1:18, KJV).

Jesus came to declare, through his words, stories, and actions who God really is; Jesus came to save us and thus reveal to us the God who would rather die than be without us, who would rather suffer than forfeit our fellowship!

Some people think that theology doesn’t matter, that what we believe about the nature of God, or about the atonement, or about eschatology doesn’t have proper value; to some as long as one is ‘serving’, or ‘worshipping’, or ‘loving’ then all is good. But it does matter. What we believe about God, and what we teach he is like to others, truly matters. There are two main problems with the above ‘some people’ point I just made; 1) is that God wants us, not our service; we are called to be Children, not slaves. And, 2) What we believe about God; about his nature, his actions, his will, his motives, directly correlates to how much we trust him – knowing God is good enables us to ‘settle down’ with him and to enjoy his love without the ‘what if’ fears of religion! This then results in us demonstrating the power and glory of heaven! Oh, and also (this is still number 2) what we teach about God matters because people need to hear the message that lines up with what the Holy Spirit is saying in his wooing of the heart; people need to hear about the true God, then they will embrace the Kingdom with joy!

Jesus thought it pretty important to show us the nature of the glorious Trinity. If you are unsure of how good God is then ask the Holy Spirit to show you Jesus. Simply ask the beautiful Spirit to show you the exact representation of God…

 

Embracing the Secret Centre of Your Life

By Paige Hunt

The Good News of Jesus Christ is that you have been elevated far above circumstances, memories, and do-to-be mentalities and definitions. You have been gifted with the mind of Christ, the heavenly consciousness, because you have been invited to move beyond the tree of the knowledge of good and evil:  from seeing everything through the eyes of ‘the fall’, to understanding and knowing yourself as you have always been known – in the 31wisdom of God’s heart. You were found in the Trinity before you were lost in the fall. Secure in Papa’s embrace – the substance of his imagination and heart. God has known you before you even knew yourself.

To truly grasp this you must first go to the garden within you – the original Eden – and rest there with Jesus in the cool of the day. You are a garden of pleasure to the Lord, his playground of intimate communion, and you contain the wisdom of God in a very specific, never-seen-before way. As you begin to enjoy this communion, the natural rhythm of your heart, you will know all things as Christ and see Christ in all things (Titus 1:15).

You did not begin at the moment of conception. You were designed and created as a secret garden of God, from before the foundation of the world. You were God’s mystery, kept hidden from the ages, until the moment of your birth. When you were born, so was another unique revelation of God – another flowing river of God’s inspiration, another seamless canvas on which God paints and imagines and dreams in a unique and special way – as you follow your inspired heart, you express Jesus upon this earth in a way that no one else can. You can see, hear, and know God’s Spirit in a way that no one else was designed to.

“We are all meant to be mothers of God…for God is always needing to be born” – Meister Eckhart

This is why Ephesians 2:10 expresses that we are God’s workmanship, or, more accurately, his poem. The original word used was ‘poiēma’. You are God’s poem, and a poem is defined as ‘something which arouses strong emotions because of its beauty’. Through you, God exists in a unique way. He pours out his beauty in specific colours and textures through you. You are God’s altered state of consciousness, his alternative state of being – a specific mind-altering substance of Jesus, just as he is your wine of wisdom. You two flow and dance together in the holiest of communions, and reveal heaven on earth in a wild, wondersome way. You are the future – the unfolding Tomorrowland of God’s new age. You 32can experience this divine communion in all things, at all times – every expression of desire and pleasure within and through your natural personality is the experience of God’s divine personality and nature. It is the living, breathing word of God – those currents of Spirit-breath pulsating through you.

“The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love” – Meister Eckhart

At the dawn of creation the Trinity were frolicking together, enjoying the creative heaven of their love. Their love has always been a vital, refreshing, alive union of creativity, song, beauty, and vast lovedrunken expressions – life overflowing spontaneously into many springs of inspiration – into the elixir of life, that secret stream of inspiration that began to flood into matter – creating earth and trees, animals and plants. God loves expressing himself in these things, flowing through these things in frequencies and vibrations. The dance of life. The atmosphere was one of play and worship – everything that is seen came into being through God’s eureka moment – his unseen enthusiasm that shaped all things. And God was so happy, so content. God is so satisfied and fattened on the beauties and glories of the material realm; it is not in opposition to his nature, it is seamlessly one with his Spirit-life.33

God is a dreamer. He is imagination and practicality. And it seemed good to the Trinity to express themselves in physical matter – a land of enchantment flowing with milk and honey. His garden universe vibrates complete. Conception was so exciting to the Trinity.

Steve Mcvey’s book ‘Beyond an Angry God’ expresses this articulately:

“The divine dance of the Trinity exists outside of time and space in the eternal now. Time is an illusory phenomenon among human beings that appears to be sequential and measured by a succession of happenings. In the eternal realm, everything is simultaneous and all exists in “the now”. There is no tomorrow to God. He doesn’t wait in anticipation for anything to happen because he already knows it all at once, and that includes you. There has never been a time when you were not known and treasured as precious to God. God told Jeremiah, ‘before I formed you in the womb I knew you’. (Jer. 1:5). Later He told him ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’ (Jer. 31:3). The word everlasting points not only toward an unending duration in the future but also to ancient times long ago. To be exact, it points to a state outside of time…The quality of love shared among the members of the Trinity has always been perfect. Divine love can be nothing less than perfect love. In the beauty of the eternal plan, this love finds greater expression in quantity, not quality….”

The wisdom of the Trinity was excited to express themselves in a unique way through creation and ultimately through you. God shares his consciousness in unique colours, flavours, and patterns through your natural personality and inspired heart. God wants to experience this life, this secret garden of his imagination within you. As Song of Solomon depicts it, it is a garden of intimate love and lofty delights. Every pleasure is him experiencing pleasure through you, and you experiencing the pleasure of him experiencing34 life through your eyes – he wants you to know as you have always been known. This is an experiential knowing. The wisdom of what God has always known to be true concerning us.

“He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! Jesus is God’s mind made up about us! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence. [God found us in Christ before he loved us in Adam]” – Ephesians 1:4 (MIRROR WORD translation).

The message which Francois du Toit so beautifully articulates in the Mirror Translation is further expounded upon in Romans 1:17:

“Herein lies the secret of the power of the Gospel; there is no good news in it until the righteousness of God is revealed! The dynamic of the Gospel is the revelation of God’s faith as the only valid basis for our belief. The prophets wrote in advance about the fact that God believes that righteousness reveals the life of our design [The good news is the fact that the cross of Christ was a success. God rescued the life of our design…It is not about what man must or must not do but about what Jesus has done! Gods faith in you, rubs off on you! It is from faith to faith, and not man’s good or bad behaviour or circumstances].”

This is the reason that Christ is so precious to us. It is only through Christ’s faith revealed in us in our mystical co-crucifixion, co-burial, and co-resurrection with him, that we can begin to understand God within our own humanity. Christ reveals to us the mystic garden of our spirit and how this is in harmony with our personality. He reveals that God was not a stoic list of rules and regulations, but a caring, gentle, humble, compassionate Father – the gardener of creation, the tender Presence of harmony, tranquillity and blessings who loves expressing himself through natural life. Christ reveals that God is good with no bad, and that we were enemies of God only within our minds. Indeed, the fall of man happened 35.jpgwithin our minds. God showed up in the playground of our hearts after man had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and he said

“Where are you???”

It was us who had become darkened and distorted in perception. As Meister Eckhart has said, “God is at home, it is we who are in the far country”.

Yet as we begin to awaken to the Gospel message we transcend the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, pride and shame, nourishing ourselves on do-to-be mentalities and legalistic dynamics and dimensions. We begin to flow with the ease of the tree of life – we begin to awaken to melodies pure and authentic, breathing in the atmosphere of the fullness of God. You have the fullness of heaven’s vibrations right now. His love is your reality, your spirit-embrace. It makes you mellow from the core of your being until you can perceive heaven at one with everything in your life. Van Morrison in his song ‘And it Stoned me’, gives a wonderful description that can easily be seen as being relevant to this conversation:

“Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain keep pourin’ down
Me and Billy standin’ there
With a silver half a crown
Hands are full of a fishin’ rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin’ wet
With our backs against the fence…
Oh the water…
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin’ home
And it stoned me.
Then the rain let up and the sun came up
And we were gettin’ dry
Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned
And he dropped us up the road
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
Not to mention fishing poles
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me
. On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes
Well he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said Hey! There you are
Oh, the water
Oh, the water”

As we begin to understand that we are ‘in Christ’, composed of the substance of his inspiration, of the dreams-come-true of beauty and creativity, we can experience God’s enjoyment of us and love in all things. This is also named ‘living under the smile of God’s approval’, or ‘practising God’s presence’. We can interact with the dynamics and ravenous enjoyment of Jesus in all things. Heaven is an atmosphere which is already within and all around us. Even your fond childhood memories are God’s photographs that reveal a unique, never-seen-before revelation of the God of Wonder and Joy. 36

John Crowder in his book ‘Mystical Union’ expresses this gleeful reality of what happens as we live from the secret centre of our lives:

“Isaiah 35 speaks of this reality. It says even the burning sands of the desert will turn into bubbling pools. If you’re in a desert right now, just cheer up! See it as a wonderful opportunity to become a sprinkler system. You get to turn the place into a garden! You are an oasis. You have rivers of living water flowing from within your inmost being….Try your best to exaggerate God’s goodness. He is always greater than your wildest imagination….Realise that the atmosphere of heaven is zipping through you continually. Your daily portion is to be drunk on love in this garden of delight”

Life is heavenly glory – sink into layer upon layer of God’s caressing, lavishly loving thoughts towards you. He is pure goodness –and this world is formed through the gooey goodness of his imagination. This is why you can see yourself as a divine human – a unique flavour of the Godhead expressing yourself in and through the reality of realities – Heaven on earth – the playground of divine humans!

“And my present life is not that of the old “I”, but the living Christ within me.” – Galatians 2:20

37.jpgYou were designed to be caught up into the paradise of God’s love – conscious of the creative beauties of Jesus. You have always been so much more than you have dreamt you are. Your independent existence is an illusion, one which causes you to live in uncomfortable, dull, inferior patterns. God has always known you intimately – he created you to be permeated with divine bliss, out of your earthly (ego) mind, and plugged into the consciousness of the Trinity, expressing themselves through you in unique ways. In the distilled Bible, Galatians 2:20 states that through Christ we enjoy a second existence which is simply Christ using our body!

The Gospel is such good news! It awakens us from self-consciousness (a lifestyle plagued by both pride and emotions of condemnation!) to the superior mode of being: Christ-consciousness.  Christ, in our flavours and colours, replaces the false, illusion ‘self’ at the centre of our lives. He lives through us and it feels and looks so much like us that we don’t know where he ends and we begins – we are one, infused with his life!  That old ‘I’ that brought us such dissatisfaction and guilt, that we were really struggling to overcome, has already died there in the revelation of Christ. God inhaled the old world at the cross, and in his resurrection he exhaled the new world of beauty and abundant life. As we soak into this mystical revelation, we too participate in the manifestation of this new life, a life which is our core essence and our substance.

“The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ. We look at it like this: if one died for all men then, in a sense, they all died, and his purpose in dying for them is that their lives should now be no longer lived for themselves but for him who died and rose again for them.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13-15 (Phillips)

Christ is the pure artesian spring of our inspiration and existence. We can live from this secret fountain within, flowing with this elixir of life in the bliss-filled garden of our 38Spirit-space. Once again Van Morrison lyrics are a brilliant metaphor for the secret garden of our Spirit.

“And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain
And you shall take me strongly In your arms again
And I will not remember
That I even felt the pain.
We shall walk and talk
In gardens all misty and wet with rain
And I will never, never, never
Grow so old again.
And I will raise my hand up
Into the night time sky
And count the stars
That’s shining in your eye
Just to dig it all an’ not to wonder
That’s just fine
And I’ll be satisfied
Not to read in between the lines
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain
And I will never, ever, ever, ever
Grow so old again.
Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
Sugar-baby with your champagne eyes
And your saint-like smile….”

In this bliss of the secret place, everything that is not in harmony with the Christ-reality, the true reality, is dissolved and obliterated. This glory realm inside of us is the power of God, greater than any contradiction, and it makes every path of our lives straight and 39solves any and every issue. The wisdom of God is in the fountains of his love, in the heady beauty of his garden-heart. In the wonders of his whimsical imagination. As we rest in the secret garden of the heart we lean upon our lover, Jesus.

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?” – Song of Solomon 8:5

No self-effort is needed to flow with the Trinitarian wholeness; the gladness of their happy-glory.

New Covenant Prayer – Part 2

By Josh Hunt

In this article I want to look at New Covenant prayer, exactly; what is it? And probably as equally precisely; what it is not! Well, let’s start by stating the obvious, what most Christians believe, even those shrouded with legalism: prayer is powerful. Now I want to clarify this by calling to remembrance the fact that it is actually the finished work of Jesus which is powerful, but prayer can be a way that faith is expressed, resulting in power. Of course this statement is only true if prayer is Spirit-led, and although many think they know what that means, the truth is that Spirit-led prayer is prayer that is in line with grace and is inspired and filled with the power of the Spirit and the outrageous love of our great Daddy God. So, saying that prayer is powerful and that it ought to be Spirit-led, let’s go a little bit deeper into what prayer actually is and how it works.

In order for us to understand new covenant prayer, we must know what underlines it, what its foundation is. Most Christians seem to stop at non-descript foundations; if you ask most believers what the foundations of the Christian life are, they will probably tell you things like; obedience, bible reading, prayer, and maybe giving. But those are all activities that can enjoyed. Truly though, the foundation of the Christian life, and indeed the foundation of prayer is Jesus! Jesus Christ and his Finished Work is the foundation of prayer and new covenant prayer is perfectly at home, and in-line with this foundation!11

This foundation (Jesus) of course oozes with what Jesus came and accomplished through his incarnation, his death, resurrection, and ascension! This foundation oozes ‘it is finished!’, and although many are stuck in a mind-set which asks for more, true prayer remains to be enjoying that which we have already been given! While we are on the subject of asking for more, let me say; God has provided a holistic Salvation, a Salvation that is complete and contains every blessing we could ever need and imagine, so how can we seek that which we have been given? Asking for what Jesus has already provided is common among church folk, but is foreign to the apostle Paul; who boldly, consistently, reminded the church that they are complete and have been given everything that Jesus is and has! He even went as far as to say that we are ‘joint-heirs’ with Christ (See Romans 8:17)!

One of the most common misconceptions of prayer is that prayer is a weapon with which we ‘win’ (whatever the ‘win’ may be). However, the truth of Jesus (the foundation of prayer) tells us that in him we already have victory. In the new covenant we find again and again the tale that Jesus has won and we get to share his victory! Also, when Paul talks about our spiritual weapon and armour, he doesn’t mention prayer as a tool to victory in and of itself (see Ephesians 6), what he does mention however, are beliefs that are centred upon the Finished Work of Jesus! Prayer does not achieve, Jesus achieved!

Although prayer isn’t a work for us to use to move the divine into giving that which we lack (an impossibility as we have been given all that Jesus is and has), prayer is a channel which faith can use to enforce the victory that Jesus has already won! The Holy Spirit loves to love us in wonderful and spectacular ways, and show us our beauty in ways that are intimate and real. And, although this can take many different forms, it is being conscious of this, mainly the Spirit in us and around us, for us, and in love with us, that constitutes prayer. It is in this way that faith can operate in, and move through. Through this consciousness (and again, this could take many different shapes), grace, through faith is searching the deep things of God, and leading us to enjoy the wonderful life given to us in Jesus! As I have heard it said; ‘prayer is kissing our Father’s face’!

When we understand prayer as a way to simply be loved, and enjoy our Daddy’s nearness, we disconnect with ideas of prayer being hard, or as being a tool to attain something foreign or distant! Prayer being simply an enjoyment of Daddy God introduces us to the privilege of ‘want to’; we aren’t left having to pray in order to get God to grant us a good day, or to stop the devil coming after us, no, prayer becomes a thing of enjoyment; something we get to do (turning our attention to Daddy God), when we want to, in whatever way or form we like. Prayer does not take away from enjoying life, prayer is kissing God and being kissed in the midst of enjoying the fullness of life that he has already given us! 9

As I have already said, prayer can be a channel which faith uses to operate. New covenant prayer is turning and kissing our Daddy God, enjoying his love, and meditating on his promises, what’s more is that prayer can take many different forms. Some have heard that new covenant prayer is not striving or asking for what God has already given us, but its _______ [fill in the blank]. The problem that can happen with defining prayer by a function or outlet of prayer is that then it can be turned into a formula, and a formula is different than enjoying the living Holy Spirit. Prayer can look like some traditional outlets; commanding promises into existence, talking to God, speaking the word etc. But the heart of prayer is being loved and partnering with Holy Spirit. Faith may operate through prayer and it may look like the above, however, you could also enjoy your inheritance through methods that are personal to you (not that the above can’t be).

New covenant prayer is all about Jesus. New covenant prayer is all about you. There is no tension between the above statements because the focus of prayer is union; not attaining, but enjoying, and because it’s enjoying it becomes Spirit-led! The flavour of faith is rest, and so of course that should be the flavour of prayer! Nothing about prayer should be detached from the reality that we are in perfect union with Daddy God and have all that he is and has!

So, enjoy faith today! Enjoy your life! Don’t limit prayer to the confines of tradition! Enjoy the Spirit and be led into glorious and happy experience with the one who knows you, who adores and loves you!

New Covenant Prayer – Part 1

By Paige Hunt

Our desire is for you to discover a Christianity that is as natural as breathing, and completely well-suited to your humanity. This authentic faith can sometimes involve more unlearning than learning, and definitely more snuggling and cuddling in the arms of a generous Daddy, 6and less trying to impress God through fixed and formal “faith times”, which can, if done as a ‘work’ unnaturally divide the sacred and the secular. One of the ways that we so often distance ourselves from spiritual realities, making heaven somewhere ‘onwards and upwards’, rather than smack-bang in the centre of our humanity, is through prayer. Prayer quite often gets hijacked by religious groups who substitute hard-going, awkward formulas for intimate relationship with Daddy God. These groups focus on lack and difficulty, rather than on Daddy’s personalized love for us and the continual abundance of our inheritance with Christ.

Let’s dive hand-in-hand into an awareness of Daddy’s grace, and discover the truth about prayer.

  1. Prayer does not consist of getting something you don’t have. It is enjoying and engaging with your inheritance until it manifests in the natural.

Let’s start with a question: are your conversations with Daddy God anxiety-ridden and full of insecurity, or are they a delightful adventure of enjoying and engaging with the everlasting abundance of your spiritual inheritance? Philippians 4:6-8 addresses this beautifully.

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.

These lovely verses make it clear that prayer does not have to be the language of worrying and whittling. Rather, authentic prayer is talking with our Daddy and thoroughly enjoying his abundant gift of grace. It fills us with a sense of ‘thanksgiving’ because we know that He’s already provided for us, and supplied our every need, even when we can’t see it with our physical eye just yet.  As we enjoy engaging with Daddy’s love for us, we get overcome with a sense of peace, because, as Joseph Prince puts it:

“It is only a matter of time before your revelation of what you already have through the work of Christ brings forth the prosperity He has already blessed you with…My friend, expect prosperity in your life because you are already rich in Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9). So stop looking to your natural resources. Look to the cross and say, “Yes, Christ has made me rich! It is only a matter of time until I see His prosperity in my life” – Joseph Prince’ Destined to Reign devotional, Jan. 17th

Prayer is focusing our minds on Jesus’ love and grace, and experiencing the revelation of His all-sufficiency for us (Philippians 4:8). As we cuddle with Daddy and kiss His face by enjoying the truths of our inheritance, it creates a channel in our minds for this supernatural inheritance that we have in Christ to flow into the natural realm. Remember, we are already completely one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17), so prayer does not necessarily have to mean ‘talking to God’. Prayer is actually all about exchanging your thoughts for God’s, by reclining in His love for you and receiving ‘grace upon grace’ (Romans 5:17).

The Greek word for ‘requests’ in Philippians 4:6 is the word ‘aitēma’. It is the same word used within 1 John 5:15, which clearly tells us that we already have everything we request of God. Therefore, prayer always points us back to the all-sufficiency of Christ – that everything He is and has right now, we are and have (1 John 4:17). Thus, prayer can be seen as beautiful poetry flowing from the spirit of a child loved by Daddy, protected by Daddy, and doted on by Daddy. That child is you!

 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

Christ is actually our life, and as we set our minds on this truth, it will manifest in the natural realm, and we will look glorious. This is the excitement of prayer! Through prayer, we can rest in Daddy’s nature of goodness, gentleness and love, even when we are struggling to grasp this good news in practical ways. We can pray by over-exaggerating Daddy’s goodness, because He is always better than our hyper-optimism. Hence, we can always have peace. Peace as used in Philippians 4:7 is the Greek word ‘eirēnē’. It literally means ‘tranquillity, security, safety, and prosperity’.  We have all of these things because we are sitting comfortably on Daddy’s lap, enjoying our generous Daddy’s lavish gift-giving. Prayer is opening these presents of grace and love! It is us on tip-toes, staring into the heart of the toy store and knowing it is all ours freely, and we can simply go in and enjoy all of those gifts and blessings! 8

“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” – Galatians 5:5

Here in Galatians, the excitement of being Daddy’s child is expressed. We are approaching Daddy with hope (a confident, positive expectation of good) because in the spirit we have everything we need, and as we enjoy this truth (‘by faith’), the righteous fruits and prosperity of our inheritance manifest into our natural lives and circumstances. This is why Peter says that the end result of what we are believing is ‘the salvation of our souls’ – in other words, the full manifestation of all of our spiritual inheritance (1 Peter 1:9). Philemon also says that our participation in the faith becomes ‘effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for the glory of Christ.’ (Philemon 1:6).

Prayer is an eager expectation, and an effective knowing, then! It is enjoying Daddy’s love and personalizing it so that we can engage with our spiritual reality and life.

 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

  1. Prayer is what is known throughout Scripture as ‘meditation’

No, I am not talking about the kind of meditation that other religions engage in. I am speaking about the Scriptural definition of Meditation, which is to ‘murmur, to mutter, to ponder, to be pensive, conceive, imagine, or utter out of the heart’. Now, we know that our faith always has an object – Jesus! We are in Christ, and everything He is and has, we are and have. Therefore, prayer is meditating on your inheritance in Jesus, and on Daddy God’s love, until you ‘know’ and ‘believe’ in that love so surely that your whole life is an adventure of hope – a prayer! (1 John 4:16).

Let’s engage with Daddy in prayer through relaxing and taking time to enjoy our inheritance and our righteousness in Jesus until we see it with our physical eye (1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We want to be people who enjoy the life of God that we have in Jesus, because we have so much life! Prayer is emotionally wrapping yourself around your life in Christ and all of God’s promises (Colossians 3:3).

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:20

Jim Richards writes it this way:

“The Word is true for me because I am in Christ. He obtained it; He is my source. He is my qualification; outside of Him, pondering the promises is just positive thinking!…Faith in Jesus is faith in what was accomplished through His death, burial, resurrection, and subsequent inheritance that I now share with Him! I want to see, perceive, experience and grasp what I would look like, how my life would be, and what I would be feeling If I was experiencing that promise in my life at this moment…

Biblical meditation is when you think about, ponder, imagine, or consider any Biblical promise until you have all the emotions of it being true at this moment. Faith experiences the Word as if it is true right now.” – Jim Richards, Moving Your Invisible Boundaries, chapter 21.

Prayer, therefore, is imagination, intimacy, poetry, and enjoyment. I bet you’re discovering a desire to pray now!

Limitless Life Devotional

Enjoying the Old Testament

Romans 1:2-3

‘…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!

Limitless Life Devotional

You Are a Carrier of the Radiance and Glory of God

Hebrews 1:3

‘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!

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