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Limitless Life Devotional

Sweet Communion with Jesus

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).

 

Limitless Life Devotional

Victory, Authority, Abundance

Zechariah 9:11-12

“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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Leaving Dead Works Behind

Hebrews 6:1 (KJV)

“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…”

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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Rested Abundance

“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.” – Isaiah 58:13-14 (NCV)

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!

 

Limitless Life Devotional

Safe, Protected, Healed, and Whole

Psalm 91:10

“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (KJV)

As we read the calming, soothing verses of Psalm 91, we discover that faith is an adventure of exploring and resting in the goodness of God and the limitless reaches of his grace in every day, practical living. God is the perfect Daddy who desires his children to be prosperous, secure, healthy, healed, and whole in every way. He loves for us to feel cosy and comfortable around him – to know and experience his personalised, detailed love for each of us on a daily basis. Psalm 91:1 encourages us that as we ‘dwell in the secret place of the Most High’, we will ‘abide under his shadow’. This speaks of leaning upon and relying on God’s faithful provision and practical, unconquerable goodness each day. It speaks of intimacy and trust which produces consistent safety and security in our lives, and in the lives of our family members. As Psalm 91:10 articulates, NO evil will befall us, and NO plague will come near our homes – no means no! In Christ, our homes are peace-filled, disease-free, security-abundant spaces!

1 John 4:15-16 is the key to understanding what it means to abide under God’s shadow. John declares that as we recognise the authority and grace of Jesus Christ, we begin to abide in God, because the message of grace floods our heart with faith and hope so that we can recognise experientially that God is love. Recognising that God is love effortlessly causes us to lean on and depend upon him more and more, producing all of heaven’s blessings, protection, and security throughout our lives. As we continue to hear the good news of the Gospel, our hearts are filled with faith and trust in our heavenly Father, and we naturally abide under the ‘shadow’ of Jesus’ Almighty finished work on our behalf. God’s love woos and convinces us to trust him! As Romans 10:17 states, the key to wonder-working, secure faith is simply through hearing the good news of Christ. As we continually hear the good news of the Gospel our minds become fixed on the realities of heaven, and walking in the spirit becomes our natural rhythm and our consistent mode of existence. The finished work of Jesus Christ is enough to protect you and your home from any and every evil, sickness, and disease! You do not have to worry about the latest news reports. Simply recline in God’s goodness, enjoy his benefits and blessings, and enjoy the Disney-world of joy and fun that is the authentic Gospel of grace, peace and love!

Isaiah also writes in Isaiah 55:3 that life and success comes through hearing the message of God’s love. It is always our dependence upon the good news message that leads to us naturally sinking into the rhythms of God and walking in the Spirit, who always brings life and safeguards us from all harm. Isaiah writes: ‘Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David’ (55:3 KJV). We are to continue to hear new covenant messages of grace and life. As we do, we will automatically be walking under the correct ‘shadow’ or image of God. Hearing the good news will always produce results, as God always confirms his word with signs and wonders! (Mark 16:20). Your life will become a living testimony that Jesus keeps us safe, protected, healed, and whole!

Limitless Life Devotional

Experiencing the Union-Reality

Ephesians 1:17

‘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!

Living from the Heart

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” – Colossians 2:6-10

When we become Christians, the first thing we get taught is that God loved us so much that he gave to us. We are told in a hundred and one ways that God is a good Father, who cares for us intimately and provides for us practically and lavishly. Yet for some reason, after a short while the language of those around us begins to change, subtly communicating that our sweet communion with the Lord needs to be conformed to external images of ‘maturity’, which often involves a hefty to-do list and a bunch of 19serving ideas. Christianity begins to look less like Christ in your heart, and more like the sweat of your brow, the very curse that Christ died to redeem Adam’s descendants from. I am not saying that God wants us to be lazy and passive, but I am saying that God does not get delight from our toil. When we become so busy with the ‘cares of this world’ (Matthew 13:22), whether that is the cares of a secular job, or of a Christian organisation, the word of life within our hearts is choked. In other words, when we try to put our programmes and suggestions onto others, what was created to be a spontaneous, organic, inspiration-from-the-heart faith, becomes a culture of performance. Kingdom power is replaced by human traditions.

In the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus speaks clearly of this. He states that the good news is sown into our hearts. When God created us, he gave us spiritual senses that can interact with God’s Good News on earth, such as eyes that see heaven and ears that hear his heartbeat. These spiritual senses of ours are flooded with the images and inspirations that impress themselves upon our hearts, and from these spiritual senses, we perceive the world and conform to the patterns of the world that we perceive, through the resonance of their inspiration. As Bill Johnson has once said, ‘we live under the principles of the Kingdom we think the most about’. The best way that I can describe the word being sown into our hearts is to imagine that the heavenly realm is as a song sung by our Creator. This song has vibrations and frequencies of everything good and perfect, and these rhythms resonate through our hearts with tangible excitement and vitality. These sounds are the song of Christ’s hope, articulating in various forms, as He expresses himself to us in unique, creative ways suited to our one-of-a-kind personalities, so that we can walk in the pattern of our heavenly Artist’s design. Imagine this song like Aslan’s Creation Song in C.S Lewis’ Narnia book ‘The Magicians Nephew’:

“A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Diggory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. It was hardly a tune. But it was beyond comparison, the most beautiful sound he had ever heard.”

This song is the song of heaven on earth; the sound of Spiritual Wisdom, in vibrant hues of joy and peace. Like parrots fluttering vibrant wings and tweeting to one another in a 20tropical rainforest, his voice is one of breath-taking refreshment and captivating colours. He is the Source of all creativity and wonder; or, as Albert Einstein put it ‘…the source of all true art and science’. Thus, the song is both practical and inspirational. It moves us from our core and articulates our actions and our rhythms of life, naturally and passionately.

However, there are other sounds that come to us, which prevent us from hearing the song – blocking us from seeing its patterns and sensing its impressions upon our heart. When we take upon ourselves the heavy, ill-fitting yokes of others’ expectations (whether individual or cultural), we begin to live from ‘deceptive philosophies’ and ‘elemental spiritual forces’ of this world. We live from the outside in, rather than from the inside out. This can manifest itself in ‘a form of godliness, but denying its power’ (1 Timothy 3:5), and therefore can include religious activity, as well as the more unholy flavours of living. Therefore, no matter how well-meaning and sincere the people who place these external demands on you are, you must learn to be rooted and built up in the Gospel of God’s grace from your heart. As Colossians 2 states ‘just as you received Christ, continue to live your lives in him’. Live your life within his energising song of victory!  This is what living ‘in Christ’ is all about – being able to see and experience within your heart, all that he died to give you, and all that you share with him in your co-resurrection! (Colossians 3:1-3).

Everywhere you look there is a myriad of religious activity, prejudices, and every other ill-fitting external demand. Yet Jesus invites us to a higher perspective of living from the heart, the most natural, simple life available – the life of receiving his love, and flowing with it, as a freestyling poem of heaven,  as the echo of Christ’s resurrection articulates itself through us in elegant, whimsical designs. You have a unique way of seeing, and thus bringing, this song of heaven to earth, as you filter it through the giftings and wonders of your natural personality. Do not be conformed to an external ‘culture’ – a limited, set way of behaving – as you contain the vastness of heaven’s Kingdom within you with all of her glorious, holy cultures (Luke 17:21). In Song of Solomon 6:4, Jesus names you as beautiful as Tirzah, which is the city of delight!

Therefore, remain plugged into the message of God’s grace and love, as ‘faith comes through hearing the word of Christ’ (Romans 10:17). It is through Christ that our hearts beat with the clarity and power of heaven on earth, and we can discover who we are, and how vast this Kingdom within us really is – the Kingdom that waits for us to flow with its inspirational ways and wonders. Jesus reveals to us our unique prophetic sound of heaven, by appearing to us in our humanity and tearing away layer upon layer of misunderstanding and external pressure. Through the new wine of his message of life, pouring itself into our old, rigid wineskins, we begin to burst with inspiration once more – we begin to flow with 21.jpgthe resurrection-rhythms of the heart, being practical bringers of our unique, one-of-a-kind, divine flavours of heaven to earth. Some of us will be called to seemingly traditional roles, yet some of us will be called to transform cities into creative gardens. Some of us will be called to do a mixture of the ancient and the new! The possibilities are endless, just as the realms of creativity within each of us are multi-faceted and priceless. There is no one else who can reveal your flavours and styles of the divine! You are a one-of-a-kind expression of the Trinity’s affection.

Jesus comes to each of us and he asks us to live ‘as we received Christ Jesus our Lord’. In other words, from the resonance of love, inspiration, and grace within our hearts. As Jesus has stated in the parable of the sower, it is the one who hears the good news within their heart and ‘understands’ it, that produces an abundant harvest. The word for understanding here is important, as Jesus reveals that the understanding of the Gospel is the action that produces a harvest. Well, the Greek word for ‘understanding’ that Jesus used is the word ‘syniēmi’. This word means to synergise what has been heard within the heart, with your perceptions of the world around you. A definition of it is to ‘put together 22the perception with the thing perceived’. This means that the word is effective for those who are able to discover, with wide-eyed wonder, how their personalities are designed to bring heaven to earth, as they flow with this heavenly song.

Yet, let it be clear that it is not even us who bring ourselves this understanding through human reasoning and the basic principles of this world. Christ articulates himself through us in our patterns, as we remain plugged into his good news. He is the one whose tongue is the pen of a skilful writer (Psalm 45:1), and who is the author and articulator of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He causes us to recite our verses of life before our King, in many various, spontaneous actions, as he reveals to us the life of our design. His faith stirs up our hearts with that heavenly resonance once more, which is why Scripture unveils that ‘in the Gospel God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith’ (Romans 1:17). As we behold him, the wind of his Spirit flutters through our hearts with impressions and inspirations, awakening every single one of our spiritual senses, and revitalising and healing us back to his original song of serene bliss and intoxicating tranquillity (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Let us be those who can synergise heaven with earth, as we live from inspired hearts set ablaze with amazement and wonder. The inspiration of the Gospel is received and then flows through us, colouring in our world with his living descriptions of hope. This Gospel message produces results, not as we translate it into a religious to-do list of many and varied rituals to make so-called Christian organisations work, but as we allow Christ and His message to be a living, active inspiration. He dances through our personalities and 23comes skipping to this world with his unbridled hope! We are called to perceive the author of our faith, Jesus, within our hearts, and as we do the result is that we receive the implications of his finished work of love and grace.

The implications are many and multi-faceted, culminating in the over-arching truth that ‘as he is (right now in heaven), so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17). This is all related to his generous, lavish love. 1 John 4:17 states that as we grasp this truth that we contain all of Christ within us, love is made complete among us. The tired and weary lady in Song of Solomon cries out that she is a busy-body for religion, worn down with the to-do lists of her surroundings.

“my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” – Song of Solomon 1:6

She knows that the cure is the Christ-kiss, to tangibly feel the love and grace of Jesus, the good news, personally, within her own heart. This brings transformation and life. She cries ‘let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes, your name is perfume poured out’ (Song of Solomon 1:2-3). Allow Jesus to be that fragrance of pleasing, delicious life. As we connect with his love on a personal level, we allow his kisses to ignite our heart with heavenly impressions.  It is through receiving the joy of Christ’s manifold affections that we begin 24to perceive heaven on earth with all of our senses – as all of our spiritual senses are awakened. Through his love we perceive and see with the eyes of our heart.

“…and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23

These verses state that as we receive the revelation of the Christ, we begin to perceive heaven on earth within our imagination – not only as a distant hope but as a living and active thing, powerful enough to conquer any contradiction. Through our perceiving, faith is released that we have both the riches and the power to bring heaven on earth through our hearts, as we have an all-sufficiency in Christ, whose resurrection is our resurrection. This is true, authentic Christian service. This is living from the inside out, and it is all about resonating with the Spirit of Love!  1 John 4:19 states that ‘we love, because he first loved us’.

Understanding Christ in our hearts, then, is continuing to hear the Good news of the Gospel. The Gospel brings a whole new lens to us – an entirely different way of seeing and perceiving. It gives us heaven’s sights, sounds, scents, touch, tastes, and emotions! These ‘heaven on earth in the here and now’ spectacles, these rainbow-tinted lenses, enable us to tangibly see and experience that ‘in Christ, it is a whole new world’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). 25Our perspective is completely transformed to one of holiness – the Incarnate One inhabits the colours of our heart once more, and in this space he kisses us with inspiration so that we can interact with heavenly realities through the revelation of the fulfilled promises of God in Christ’s love and affections towards us.

These promises of heaven on earth colour in our perspective with living hope. The bible calls this living, active vision ‘faith’, as ‘faith is the substance of what is not physically seen yet’ (Hebrews 11:1. Through faith, heavenly power explodes in firework-beauty through us, as we behold and release the authority we have gained in Christ. We are called to transform earth to look like heaven through this rainbow-perspective of Christ; the colours and impressions that his love and grace paints on our heart. We see everything through Christ’s perspective. As Isaiah 11:2-5 details:

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears
;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain
,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
 as the waters cover the sea”

This was the song given to us through the finished work of Christ. The multi-faceted, life-transforming, earth-shaking revelation that Christ makes available for us to hear and receive once more!

The Spirit of God which flows in wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, worship, and delight (Isaiah 11:2), presents to us these many facets of God; each gifts to us a new, living colour of heaven, a new heart-revelation, a new note in this song, so that we can hear once more the melodies of salvation, and engage in the dance of heaven on earth.

These refreshing revelations of God bring enlightenment to our senses so that we can ‘not judge by what we see [naturally], or decide by what we hear with our [natural] ears’, but 26instead can see beyond, into the pattern of God’s design, to bring the harmony and serenity of heaven to earth. Christ is the ‘little child’ whom Isaiah says leads this movement of tranquil harmony, the movement of the love of heaven caressing earth. It is his fresh perspective, and his innocence in perceiving heaven on earth through his heart, that enables us to do the same, and to bring to the earth the manifest knowledge of the Lord – his glory!

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” – Luke 10:19

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