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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).

 

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!

Limitless Life Devotional

Wonder-Popping, Fizz-tastic Faith!

Mark 16:17-18

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

In Christ you have been surrounded with and immersed into the glory realm, and the glory realm is the substance of endless marvels, miracles, and creative wonders! If you are waiting for a miracle to manifest, be encouraged that you are in Christ – a reality as physical and material as it is poetic and inspirational. Your entire physical body bathes in his comforting essence. You are surrounded by his substance. Thus, the finished work of Jesus is a magnet for blessings – signs follow you everywhere you go as you enjoy your perfect, bottomless intimacy with Jesus. Sink into layer upon layer of God’s good thoughts concerning your perfection in Christ, and in this place of care-free intimacy, God will take care of you.

As Galatians 5:6 reveals, faith expresses itself effortlessly and naturally as we enjoy God’s love for us. God’s love is the substance of this glory realm, and it is the power and wisdom of God. It solves every circumstance and makes every path of your life straight (1 Corinthians 4:20). Your healing will manifest, you will be in the right place at the right time, and you will experience limitless peace of mind and effortless, inspired wholeness. Miracles cannot help but happen as your mind rests in this realm of intimacy with Christ!

As you rest in the finished work of Jesus and enjoy the life of God on the inside of you, you will never have to worry about warfare. Why? – Because as you believe that you have a perfected intimacy with Jesus; that you share in the energies and abundance of the Godhead (i.e. that everything the blessed Trinity are and have, you are and have; see 1 John 4:17), you will discover miracle working, wonder-popping faith effortlessly manifesting through your life. As you believe you are in Christ Jesus, your war-zone situation effortlessly transforms itself into a glory zone. Striving becomes singing, asking becomes basking in God’s faithful, detailed goodness, and warfare becomes a fun fayre of God’s love and grace! His glory is the desire of all nations, and you are composed of this glory! Drink up the flavours of his love and allow them to colour in your world with the creative life of God! Continue to believe in the all sufficiency of Jesus, and your miracle will follow after you, dancing and singing on the waves of his glory melodies. You are complete in Christ and lack no blessing. Get ready, because your miracle is just around the corner!

Enjoying the Presence of Jesus Moment-by-moment

By Paige Hunt

“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” – 1 Corinthians 6:17

Think about the art of fruit tea for a moment. Your tea bag is placed into the depths of the hot water, and its spices and flavours ooze out and transform your mug of water into flavoured tea. Ta-da! 19– This illustrates the concept of being ‘one Spirit’ with the Lord. Because the Holy Spirit resides at the depths of your being, the water of your life has been turned into the finest wine of God’s Presence, and every part of you has been saturated, immersed in, and entirely flooded with the Divine life. This means that your every experience is as much a divine adventure as it is a human one. Song of Solomon 1:15 presents a similar concept, when the Lover, a symbol of our heavenly Jesus, turns to us and says:

“How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.”

The dove is a Scriptural symbol for the Holy Spirit and the pleasure of God. As we meditate on this verse we can begin to draw out some sweet, delicious nectar: Our eyes are unique portals for the Holy Spirit to view our earth. The Holy Spirit loves experiencing life through our eyes! Let me unpack this a little bit…We are of one Spirit with the Lord, and this means that we live, move and have our being in the sphere of the Trinity, simultaneously residing in their heavenly dimension, pulsing with their life, just as we go about our daily activities and enjoy life on the physical plane. Like a tree, if the roots are healthy and nourished, the whole tree will be filled and flourishing with that vibrant life. – Just as we are, at the deepest part of us, residing in the heavenly realm with Jesus (see Ephesians 1), every part of our human body and our natural personality is a unique flavour of Jesus on earth. We are each a unique expression of the Godhead, and he delights in viewing life through our eyes, as he resides within us – engaging with each of our senses.

We can live our lives unaware of this Blessed embrace, and as such, we will never experience ‘life to the full and overflowing’ (John 10:10). Rather, we will live from the limited, distorted perceptions of self-consciousness and be unable to derive heavenly pleasure from each moment – conditioned to define our lives and shape our conscious thoughts after ‘do-to-be’ mentalities and every form of legalistic-lack mind sets. Yet it is God’s desire that we truly grasp what it means that we have been co-resurrected with Christ into a whole new world, a world where Christ can be our all in all, a world where all of our experiences are pure, because we know that we naturally, blissfully flow with the purity of his clarity (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:11; Titus 1:15).20 A world where we are truly one Spirit with the Lord, unhindered in consciousness. Throughout Scripture, we are called to remember the Lord in celebration, drinking up the wine of the New Covenant in remembrance of him. Song of Solomon 1:2 declares that God’s love ‘is more delightful than wine’, as he kisses us with the kisses of his mouth. These kisses from God’s mouth flow to us in the form of words – or, more accurately, the Word, Jesus Christ.

The revelation of our co-crucifixion, co-burial, and co-resurrection with Jesus is like the richest wine. It brings about a transformation of consciousness, as we see that in every way we have been transformed at the very centre of our ‘self’, and planted into an ecstatic garden of union with the Divine. A garden of rich, authentic experience, because all things have been made new. Isaiah 12:3 in the NLT states that “with joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!”. The mundane experiences of our life are transformed from water into wine, as we begin to experience what it means to be filled with all that God is and all that God has in the here and now; as we begin to experience God experiencing us from the very depths of us: the reality of heaven on earth.

“They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” – Psalm 36:8-9

Like the tree drawing up sustenance from its roots, we too drink up the enjoyment of heaven from within us. We can tangibly feel and engage with this reality of heaven on earth, now that we are in a Siamese union with the Godhead, and cannot tell where he ends and we begin!

God is playfully, intimately connected with everything about you and your world. Your personality was hand-crafted by him, and he loves the things that you truly love because he loves experiencing those things through your eyes! Your joy is his joy! We can enjoy the Presence of Jesus moment-by-moment, resting in the simplicity and natural rhythm of his love – after all, his love is not an external demand, but an internal supply that is also your composition. You are seamlessly divine, flowing with his life through your patterns and textures: your unique personality hand-crafted by God in the first place. You are literally God’s own personal paradise island, through which he loves to live, and move, and have his being.  And as you are simply being yourself your heavenly Father is so satisfied. You can rest in this satisfaction!

Your entire world was formed through the wonder of God’s love-thoughts. How often do we stop to taste the magical love that holds, and is held, within each moment? With the lesser glory of false mind sets, we have been drawn to distancing ourselves from the ease of the Trinity and their residence within our hearts. We have lost our sense of peace in the silken sky of Pure love – I mean real, deep, lasting peace. We thirst and yet we don’t know what we are thirsting for. Perhaps we could be thirsting to taste God – to stop and really taste the fullness of clean Reality in the present moment. The fullness of our identity. There is a peace that comes from savouring the artistic masterpiece of a moment kissed in pure and perfect Love. This peace can bring tears to the eyes and awe to the heart. Gently pausing to drink in the nectar of a moment intoxicates us with an awareness that we are living in “life to the full and overflowing”. There is a well-spring of magnificent beauty blossoming within the heart and it treasures the moment from within, having eyes that see and ears that hear gentle, natural, naked, child-like God in everything. The magnificent beauty of earth’s natural rhythm whispers to us to be barefoot wanderers, to be adventurers from the heart, upon the imagination of God, our earth – to allow the natural rhythm of serene love to ballet-dance with us, care-free. There is a part of us that yearns for an intimate connection with nature and with others – a connection that enhances our beauty, our worth, and our creativity. 22

God is within us, and he is flowing throughout the earth. Jesus reveals this truth. Colossians 2:3 states that in Christ reside all of the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. This knowledge is an awareness that not only does God reside within us, he also has flooded the entire earth. Habakkuk 2:14 says: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” This knowledge has arrived in the revelation of Jesus Christ. A revelation that is comfortably residing within our hearts and minds (Hebrews 10:16).

“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God”. – Helen Schucman

There is heaven in the moment. Beauty and creativity of God-quality, which is simple but in no way shallow – a beauty that invites us to rest, to enjoy, to drink deep of life’s seamless flow of perfect love, giving us highest value and eternal dignity. I’m not giving you any formula for experiencing this oneness. That is not my desire, because I find that any formula, any mechanism of control and manipulation, stems from a false mind set of distance and separation concerning our co-union with Christ. If you add a formula to something that is natural to the True Self, then you are believing that love-connection with everything is not natural to who we really are, and we need to work to achieve it. Life, created to be ease and frolicking fun, becomes impersonal. It becomes something which we must act out using guidelines. An awkward routine is added to a dance that is as natural and effortless as breathing. Your mind set becomes a padlock of ‘do’ to ‘be’, and you feel like little more than an ill-fitting key because of the mind-set you have gotten locked into.

Our Oneness with Daddy God and His creation is personal, and the way we relate to God is unique to everyone, because it is us simply being our own unique selves. It is our natural state. Our gift to God is who we are – that is how we love God with all of our soul and with all of our imagination. Simply being natural and enjoying life. Live from the pure and perfect love within your heart, and tear down brick walls of religion and the nagging voices of expectation that make your relationship with God less than art, less than freedom, less than an outpouring of untamed love from your heart.21

You do not need to control or manipulate anything; you can simply flow as who you are, effortlessly. God is FOR us and WITH us and WITHIN us. As we begin to really believe this truth (we don’t have to try – just by hearing the good news, the best news, our mind is effortlessly transformed because our hearts say a great big ‘yes’ to the things that are most comfortable, beneficial and beautiful to the soul), we discover ourselves free to love and be loved. Firstly, we tangibly feel that we are loved, and from that eternal, complete, secure, sweet love, overflows a love for humans and all of creation: an enjoyment of each moment. It is when we are loved that every part of our consciousness is unleashed to flow with heaven on earth in the here and now, drawing upon the sweetness of heaven’s nectar in each moment. You don’t really need to know the details of how it all works, because everything will make sense as these things become an internal experience, rather than a stoic theology. His pure love for us – that is the glory, that is what life is all about. You are free to live in the freedom of love in spite of anything. You’re already in, you’ve already arrived at a place of union, and there is no distance or separation in your reality. There is nothing to hinder you from enjoying the divine in each moment!

“Everything is made right in the pleasure of His Presence” – Matt Spinks

In Genesis 2:15, humanity was called to ‘work’ and ‘guard’ creation. This ties in beautifully with the revelation of our lives being spiritual ones of enjoyment, because as Ellen Bernstein has stated:

“The Hebrew word la avod, usually translated ‘to work’, also means ‘to serve’ in a religious sense and is often used in situations of service to God. The Hebrew word lishmor, often translated ‘to guard’, also means ‘to keep’ or ‘to observe’ in a religious sense, as in observing Shabbat, the Sabbath.” – ‘Creation Theology: A Jewish Perspective’

We were created to walk and exist in a personal and intimate love – intimacy and care, acceptance and unity is our existence. Knowing we are loved – that we are one with Love – articulates the poetry of the heart through us. We find a song flowing like a golden honey substance, so sweetly through our every pore, and we become swept up in beautiful waves of grace upon grace that inspire us to live adventurous, fun love-lives.23

This love is so serene and peace-filled. In this way, God as the ‘all in all’ is like Rivendell from the Lord of the Rings series – a Homely house of serenity. God is a peace-dwelling Being of beautiful stillness, flowing with seamless, honey-smooth mystical bliss.

Here is a quote about Rivendell, in which the heart of God is reflected:

“”His house was perfect whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley.” – ‘The Hobbit’ (as we awaken to the Reality of our oneness with pure, complete acceptance and love, the shadows of false mind sets, and their manifestations in the physical will disappear – creation has been waiting eagerly for the sons of God to awaken to the reality of their infinite, child-like, pure love-substance)

Anything less than gooey love and child-like acceptance without judgment and negativity is not God. His Presence is everything good with no bad, as light cannot contain darkness. Love is true magic 🙂 – His love, coursing and running through your veins as eternal, fragrant pleasures, manifesting beauty in every way, effortlessly. You are loved enough and you will see superbness. 🙂

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!

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