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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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Don’t Stress, Rest!

Philippians 4:6

‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’ (KJV)

Stress is often subtle; people don’t always recognize that they are battling with its symptoms, weighed down by pressure. However, this is not the portion of a child of God. No way! Although, in the systems of this world there is plenty of opportunity and reason for stress, we can reign above it! We can enjoy the love of our Papa and live free from fear and stress!

This is why the Bible encourages us to be anxious about nothing; “Be careful for nothing” (KJV), because it is the portion of the believer to live stress free. The Bible wouldn’t encourage it if it weren’t possible. No, there is real potential to live everyday stress free! And instead of stressing, we can rest. This is what the Bible encourages us to do instead of being anxious; “but in every thing by prayer and supplication.’” (KJV). This verse is simply talking about consciousness; i.e. instead of being anxious, we get to be, when we like, aware of God and the good things in our inheritance. Prayer is the Greek word proseuchē, and petition is the Greek word deēsis, and both simply refer to being aware of and enjoying God. I don’t believe Philippians 4:6 refers to us asking God for things he has already provided; God has already given us every blessing we need (see Eph. 1:3, 2 Pet. 1:3). Philippians 4:6 is talking about how we can, instead of worrying, focus on and enjoy Jesus. And when we do this we can be sure that our needs have been met by Christ’s Finished Work. This is why Paul adds, “with thanksgiving”, because it is already a reality. Paul then adds, “let your requests be made known unto God” (KJV); here we see the direction of our consciousness – God. Instead of worrying, we get to be conscious of God (prayer and petition) and then be thankful (because we have the answer)!

This is the antidote to stressful living! Why don’t you try it? Instead of stressing, why not rest? Instead of being caught up in the art of worrying, why not enjoy Jesus and fill your mind of all the wonderful things in your inheritance? Now, we aren’t to make this into a work; some people replace worrying with trying to be prayerful. The reality is so much better. We get to enjoy faith, to enjoy our union with the Godhead, when we want to, led by the Spirit, and as we do we will see faith expressing itself and the power of God made manifest!

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