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From Revelation to Realisation

1 John 4:13-16 (NRSV)

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.”

The open heart of Jesus, poured out for us in His cross and resurrection, is a never-ending fountain of vitality and life! Words cannot express the quality and depth of its meaning. It is through the open heart of Jesus Christ – the realisation that we are in him, engulfed into the reality of His heart through the love of the Godhead, planted in the likeness of his death and raised within his resurrection-reality (see Romans 6:5; KJV) – that our own hearts are opened up to receive and live within the entirety of our inheritance. Seeing the established, unshakable work of Jesus Christ on the cross opens up our hearts so that what we receive is not just revelation, but realisation – not just a mentality, but a continual experience. The Gospel is not taught to oneself through mental sternness; it is caught as a heart-revelation, as we drink from the open heart of Christ as our living, breathing fountain of life – the animation of our heavenly existence! The Derby Bible translation says in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is both the ‘leader and completer of faith’. Jesus’ open heart provides us with His faith that heaven is here now: that heaven has has swallowed us up completely, surrounding us to permeate our hearts and minds, until we have fallen into this scandalously divine perspective!

We are falling through the trapdoor of the cross, the enchanted wardrobe of divine humanity, into wonderful articulations of God’s manifold, continually flowing, blessings. When we know the open heart of Jesus Christ, and simply drink from that fountain of reality, we begin to discover and explore the dynamics of who we are in this Gospel revelation, and experience how much the Godhead love us. As we become acquainted with these truths, God’s quality of life naturally expresses itself through us. We effortlessly float along on this fountain of Christ’s spiritual richness, moving organically, naturally, to those healthy, whimsical patterns of God’s blessing and grace. The Gospel reveals to us the most satisfying life, the life of our design, the reality of dreams-come-true, in Christ. It awakens us from the centre of our being so that we can live in harmony with the Trinity in spontaneous patterns – the geysers of the heart that spring up through the revelation of Jesus Christ’s faith on our behalf! God did all the responsible works on the cross, we can rest and trust that the open heart of Jesus continuously pours out to, through, and for us! Through the open heart of Christ we are engulfed into heaven as an experience of life, as Christ as all and in all (Colossians 3:11). You no longer have to experience distance, delay or dis-ease concerning you and the Godhead – the future you have been waiting for, and indeed all things, are yours in Christ (see 1 Corinthians 3:21-22).

Under the fountain of the New Covenant, we are able to declare with God that we know him – experientially, truly, from the heart (see Hebrews 8:11). We know him in this entirely new world that Christ has established us in, the reality He has carried us into in His love-flow. Jesus has taken full responsibility for the outworking and manifestation of our salvation – He has proven himself as the saviour of our world, the establisher of an evil-free existence – we simply abide in this whole new world, drinking up the atmosphere of the spiritual climate, which is heaven on earth right now (see Matthew 3:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17). As we drink from the open heart of Jesus Christ, the no-conditions, no-exertion reality, we effortlessly move from revelation to experience.

 

 

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Good from Our Good Father

Ephesians 1:2

‘Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (KJV)

When it comes to God and his goodness many subconsciously believe that there is a different dictionary to be referenced, a ‘divine’ definition of goodness to be used. But God’s goodness isn’t bizarre; it’s not strange to us. He is good. He is good to us; he wants you to be convinced of his goodness. In ways we can understand, in ways that will bless your heart! Maybe you have lost hope in God’s goodness, or maybe you have watered down the unlimited-ness, the outrageousness of God’s goodness? Well, as you turn to Holy Spirit you will inevitably find yourself hoping and believing in the goodness of the Godhead – the goodness which was revealed in Jesus and through his finished work, the goodness that God desires for you to see manifest in your life!

God is incredible good and we can see that through our great Salvation; we can see God’s goodness in this: Jesus is Lord. Jesus’ Lordship isn’t something that we create when we believe in his grace – Jesus is Lord of the cosmos. He fought, won – conquered. His Kingdom is inaugurated. And, guess what? His Lordship, his Kingdom is one correlated with unquestionable goodness! The Lordship of Jesus testifies to the goodness of God, and as you embrace your inheritance and the Kingdom of King Jesus you will unquestionably testify to the reality that God is good and that from him came grace and peace!

Only good comes from God. God is good. This is far more than just Sunday school talk – although Jesus did say that the Kingdom of God belongs to the innocence, imagination, and belief of little children – this is a huge, massive foundation of all theology. So today, believe that God is a good God. Then, go further and believe that this good God is your loving Papa, and that he longs for you to see his manifest goodness and enjoy his gift-giving skills and kindness in your life! Proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, and that his Kingdom is one of grace and glory – proclaim that you will see the exuberant goodness of God ‘in the land of the living.’ (See Psalm 27:13 KJV)

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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!

What is God’s Discipline?

By Paige Hunt

Jesus wants his blood to mean something and to do something once more; for us to be a people wonderstruck by his wonder-working power and manifesting Kingdom culture. Unfortunately, believers everywhere have lost what it means to have a personal, caring Father who loves us, whose blood flows in our veins and whose creative passion causes our hearts to beat with his energy.  Some believers, through immaturity, regard Christianity as a mere ‘get out of jail free card’, rather than a declaration of heaven on earth in the here10 and now. These people reject the discipline of the Lord, and ‘conform to the pattern of the world’ (Romans 12:12), because they have not understood that the Spirit of Christ flows within them, so they are no longer ‘of the flesh’, and no longer ‘of the world’ (John 17:16; 1 John 2:15-17; Romans 8:9)

Paul addresses this issue in 1 Corinthians 4, stating that because believers no longer allow the Lord’s judgement in their lives, they have ‘gone beyond what is written’, and see themselves as wise, strong, and honoured in the courts of the world (see also Revelation 3:17). These people judge and discern and discipline themselves via the flesh and the culture around them, rather than through the Spirit of Jesus Christ and his finished work on their behalf. They are unbelieving believers, in the sense that the finished work of Jesus has become of no effect in their lives, and has been drowned out through the noise of this world. These people have forgotten who their father is, reflected in their unruly and pretentious behaviour (Matthew 5:16). 1 John 2:15-17 articulates this by stating that ‘If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world’. (NIV)

This is why Paul concludes 1 Corinthians 4 by saying:

“I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church. Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only what these arrogant people are saying, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. Which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” (1 Corinthians 4:14-21 NIV, emphasis mine)

Paul expresses to the believers here that to change their lifestyle, they first need to be put back into the correct mind, which is the mind-set of a ‘beloved child’. One who does not simply have ‘ten thousand guardians/instructors’, but through the Gospel, a Father. This is relevant because a tutor in those days was a dependable slave that supervised morality and lifestyle until a child was mature. This is the same word used in Scripture to refer to 11the law (Galatians 3:24-25), and Paul states clearly in Galatians 3:25 we ‘are no longer under a law’. These people do not need to shape their lives after the mosaic law or fashion their lives after the laws and ideals of the culture around them, because they recognise that their very breath is the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). They are under a different system of discipline, which is the revelation of the finished work of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:16).

Paul outlines that a disciplined lifestyle does not come through cultural patterns and ideals, belonging to an earthly kingdom, but it is given to us through having a relationship with the Father; it is the effortless result of enjoying grace. Not through rules, but through relationship. Paul speaks of being a father through use of the Greek word ‘pater’ which refers to one who is the originator, who has ‘infused his own spirit into others, governing their minds’. Thus, Paul desires that these people quit their immature ways and enter into a lifestyle of walking in the Holy Spirit, recognising that they are filled to the brim with grace and truth, and composed of its wisdom, able to flow with the pattern of God’s design. Paul asks the question ‘shall I come to you with a rod, or in love and with a gentle spirit?’ – For the discipline of the law (whether the principles of this world or of religious systems within it) is as a painful rod, but the discipline of the Spirit is ‘in love and with gentleness’.

So it is time to speak about a simultaneously much abused, and much neglected topic: God’s discipline…

Please note, when I refer to discipline I am referring to one of two things: 1) the realm of discipline; this is the realm of effortless holiness that we get to enjoy by grace through faith. 2) God’s active discipline in our lives, which as we will talk about (in the remainder of this article and part two), is not his confrontation of sin, nor his reminder that we ‘can 12do better’, but is him lovingly pointing to the provision in us, to our identity. His discipline is him showering us with love and pointing us to our inheritance! It is him teaching us about grace, about this New Covenant in which we stand!

So, as already clearly noted by Paul, God’s discipline does not enter our lives through rules and regulations – these are not, and never will be, the path to perfection. Secondly, God’s discipline is not to be feared, because it is not a harsh rod, but it is always ‘in love with gentleness’, because we are ‘beloved children’. In other words, if a good parent would not discipline a child with illness, natural disasters, difficult circumstances, then neither will God, who is not simply a good parent, but a really great one – the best, in fact! Therefore, how much more will God’s discipline be good, kind, perfect, and wise! God’s goodness can be understood in human terms, as it is very real and practical. It is impossible to over-exaggerate the kindness of his wisdom or the beauty of his goodness and grace. His discipline can be seen in exactly the same way, as it is an expression of his goodness. Jesus expresses this clearly in Luke 11:

‘What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit (i.e. the spirit of holiness) to those who ask Him!’ (Luke 11:11-13 NIV)

Jesus desires for us to know that he is good, kind, and generous in everything he does, and that in giving us the spirit of holiness so that we can live disciplined lives, he is also a good father, and will not harm or hurt us.

As we begin to recognise God as a good Father, we understand that His Spirit, his very nature, has been imprinted upon our hearts. This has transformed us into grace-filled, holy, spiritual people. People whose hearts beat to the passionate, inspirational rhythm of God’s drum. We no longer need to conform ourselves externally to rules, expectations, or demands. As Romans 8:15 clearly highlights:

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.”

As children, we have received the spirit of grace and holiness, our precious Holy Spirit, and this effortlessly enables us to live in ways fitting to the children of the Divine. Titus emphasises this, stating that grace appears to ‘teach us’, both to say no to sin, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives (Titus 2:12). Many think that grace must teach us 13through the framework of external rules, demands and pressures (the law), but grace appears in our hearts, through the Gospel message (Matthew 13:1-23). This is an internal resonance, in the same way that genetics naturally shape a person’s appearance after that of their family.

John 14:26 states that the beloved children of heaven receive the Holy Spirit as a gift, one which makes walking in the Spirit and living disciplined, holy lives easy and accessible for us all.

“But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counsellor, Strengthener), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (to represent Me and act on My behalf), He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you” (AMP)

Jesus refers to his wisdom, our discipline to live a Holy life, as comforting Presence of love. Paul Ellis (www.escapetoreality.org) has explained that:

‘The Holy Spirit isn’t your personal sin manager but your Helper, your Comforter, your Counselor. And in that role he will guide you (Joh 16:13), correct you (2 Tim 3:16), and, if necessary, rebuke or admonish you (Heb 12:5). He does none of this in reaction to your sin, per se. He does it because he loves you, he cares for you, and he doesn’t want you to wreck your life on some harebrained death-dealing decision.’

The Holy Spirit enables us to live ‘in Christ’, within the power and glory of this Kingdom of grace and love (Colossians 1:13). He provides us with such loving care that opposition and contradictions to heaven on earth are silenced, as we resonate with the reality that we rule and reign as Father’s children.

‘You dear children, are from God, and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’ (1 John 4:4 NIV)

This is a personal walk of faith, walking in the discipline and holiness of God. The realm of discipline is the realm of holiness, and it doesn’t necessarily look like the world’s 14definition, no it’s better – much better! And, the discipline of God is him lovingly pointing us to his Spirit in us! This is a grace gift, a personal grace-gift that we get to walk in and enjoy! Discipline floods and fills us with power and wisdom. As Jesus said in Luke 21:15, ‘I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict’. (NIV)

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Real Repentance vs. Religious Repentance

Acts 3:19

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (NIV)

There is a big difference between life-filled spiritual realities and religious attempts at achieving something of godliness. Repentance is one of those things which, unfortunately, is used and distorted by religion to promote itself. The result is bondage and frustration. Real repentance though, biblical repentance, is a part of a healthy faith life; never let anyone tell you that it isn’t! However, we must understand what repentance truly is so that we can experience these times of refreshing spoken of in the above Scripture!

The previous verses in Acts speak of the apostles healing a man, enabling him to walk. Their response to this miraculous healing is: “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? …By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know has been made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given him this complete healing in your presence. And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But in this way God has fulfilled what He foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer” (Acts 3:12, 16-18, NIV).

Repentance therefore is recognising that the revelation of Jesus’ suffering means that we never have to suffer again, because we are included ‘in Christ’. It is recognising that we are immersed in glorious blessing, by virtue of our eternal union with Jesus, and free from every bit of the curse. Repentance is recognising the endless possibilities of heaven on earth through being co-united to Jesus Christ. – As we recognise who Jesus is (‘it is Jesus’ name…’), and who we have become in him (‘…and the faith that comes through Him’), we can access the refreshing, revitalising power of heaven. It is that simple! Repentance is turning from ignorance to imaginative, creative understanding of the glory realm that resides within us! Indeed, we have become the glory land of heaven! We are so flooded with glory that an understanding of this cannot help but saturate the world around us, too!

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).

 

Locate Yourself Correctly

By Josh Hunt

6The gospel is the greatest message in the Cosmos! What God has done in Christ has ensured our happiness for all time! Are you enjoying the reality Jesus came to give you? Well, as I have heard Joseph Prince say – paraphrased – ‘there’s nothing wrong with the message, and there’s nothing wrong with you.’ Often when preachers assert the validity of the message they preach they blame their listener; [read in angry preacher voice] “there’s nothing wrong with Jesus, there’s nothing wrong with the Word, so the problem is with you!”

But there is nothing wrong with you, in-fact, Jesus has made you right! The message and reality of the gospel is true. There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s nothing wrong with you! But allow me to ask you, are you enjoying it? Are you enjoying the glorious news of the5 New Covenant? Enjoying is imperative for, well, enjoying. Faith enjoying is a glorious way to see and enjoy the spiritual inheritance in the tangible! Are you enjoying? It’s so fun! Life with our Daddy is so exciting! His goodness overwhelming!

So many people are hearing the grace message, yet some are struggling to feel it in their emotions. Some are left saying; “Thank Jesus for the cross! But, where is the joy?” There is a difference between intellectual assent and enjoying and believing the truth. Many are becoming free intellectually, and knowing the benefits to an extent; however, in order to enjoy the full benefit, we must enjoy the reality by faith. It’s possible to learn the truth of new birth in Christ, but still locate ourselves in deadness. Worry, fear, anxiety, depression, can be all signaling signs that we may be, at times, locating ourselves incorrectly. As Joseph Prince says; ‘right believing produces right living.’ The same is true; wrong believing produces wrong emotions.

Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural. Don’t be deceived into thinking and believing that a contradiction, whether an emotion or circumstance, can dictate the level of glory you can experience! Didn’t anyone tell you that you have been joined to Christ? Mortality was swallowed up by immortality! Your life is supernatural! You are supernatural! One with deity, Married to Majesty! And, don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Don’t be tricked into thinking and believing that you have got to build a relationship with God in order to enjoy the gospel. Some people are so worn out through trying to attain happiness and joy through prayer, fasting, or ‘abiding’. No, didn’t anyone tell you that you are joined to Christ, Married to Majesty?! Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural, and don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Instead, ‘settle’ into the arms of Daddy God, and rest in what Jesus has 7‘achieved’ for you! In other words, the key is to enjoy the gospel by faith!

You are not ordinary, so stop locating yourself in the ordinary! You are not a victim to your circumstance. It is not fitting for the wonderful (you), to locate themselves anywhere but heavenly realms. You may have spent your whole life locating yourself in the natural, believing you are less than who God says you are, but today, you can relocate! Maybe you’re struggling with negative circumstances? You have options you may not know about!

It will help you in locating yourself correctly if you understand what grandeur you have been plugged into! You’ve got a great inheritance:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 KJV)

Union with the King of the Universe has its benefits; you are blessed, with every blessing God has! The Christian life is not a process of one becoming blessed, or receiving spiritual treasures. The Christian life starts with unequivocal wealth and blessing! The phrase “who has blessed” is one Greek word, eulogeō, meaning to ‘invoke a benediction upon’. In Christ, God has pronounced every pleasing blessing heaven has to offer on you! You have a great inheritance. Also, just because it says “spiritual blessing”, doesn’t mean that the 8blessings aren’t those that can translate to tangible realities. No, “spiritual” is telling us where these blessings are located. The treasure chest is in the spiritual realm.

You’ve also got a great identity:

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5 KJV)

You are something very special! The Spirit longs for you to know your royal identity, to see yourself as you are, located in Christ. These verses reveal so much about the believers great identity; 1) We are holy (hagios = “pure”, “saint”, free from sin, made holy at the core of being). 2) We are blameless (amōmos = “faultless”, “unblamable”, united to Jesus therefore forgiven and unpunishable). 3) We are before him (katenōpion = “directly in front of: before (the presence of)”, the NIV says “in his sight”, however, this isn’t just a Jesus-goggle thing, God doesn’t just see us as holy and blameless even though we’re really not. No, he has made us to be holy and blameless and seated us on his lap, we are before him, in his presence continually.) We are also, as Ephesians 1:4-5 goes on to say, “adopted as his sons” – You are declared to be God’s baby and given spiritual life and immortality!

And you’ve got great power:

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Ephesians 1:18-19 KJV)

Paul doesn’t pray that the mighty Spirit of God would make us weak vessels strong. No! Paul prays for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened – enlightened to know that we have a great power on the inside of us. Enlightened to know that we are powerful, sharers of 9God’s great omnipotence! My goodness the believer is powerful. You are packing so much glory and power. If you realized just how powerful you actually are you would walk with such confidence! Agree with God. The Old Testament exhorts the weak to say that they are strong (Joel 3:10), but under the New Covenant God has made you strong – strong with his incomparable power and strength.

So, you have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power. But, are you locating yourself in the great? Are you enjoying truth? Right now, right here, where are you locating yourself? You see, even if you aren’t locating yourself in the gospel reality, it will still be true, you will still have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power, but you won’t be able to enjoy it to its fullness. You are designed, however, to experience heaven on earth. You will only be at home when you locate yourself in heavenly places. And, through enjoying and locating yourself in heavenly places you will make your home like heaven!

Every one of us has a built in GPS system. We wake up in a morning and often allow our GPS to locate us in the natural, in our circumstances, in our wrong beliefs. Sometimes people live in this negative auto-pilot; some continue to allow themselves to locate themselves in the natural – this then produces negative feelings and emotions, a stability that is built on an unstable foundation. However, when we start to realize the other realm, the heavenly realm, we allow ourselves to locate ourselve10s in the heavenly realms. When we locate ourselves in the gospel reality, in Christ, we see the power and glory of God manifest in our outward lives, bringing the full force of our inheritance with it. We see heaven on earth! So, locate yourself correctly! Start to enjoy faith. Live your life with an enthusiastic awareness of the kiss of heaven. Locate yourself in heavenly places. Locate yourself in the gospel reality!

 

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.

Redeemed From Negativity!

By Josh Hunt

Negativity is often rampant in our culture. Midst the positive thinking of leaders and organisations, of happy TV shows and good weather is often a deep rooted fear and pessimism. Most people don’t even realise that they are harbouring such negativity. People seem to live their life foreboding; terrified of the worst. In so many ways we are bombarded by negativity, and the humanistic positive thinking of leaders and comedies isn’t enough to change the way we think. What we need is bible hope! By bible hope I don’t mean faith in the bible, but rather the biblical definition of hope; confidence in grace, resting in God’s love (see Romans 5).

The church ought to be so filled with hope that springs forth from union that she promises constant positivity! However, this, at least on a global level, is not so. Many come to church only to hear more bad news than the world is spouting. In fact, in many church’s people hear the supposed bad news behind the bad news, i.e. (Read in angry preacher voice) “The economy is so bad because we are nearing the great tribulation!” It’s about time we throw out our terrible eschatological exegesis, get rid of our pessimistic expectation, and trust in the all-sufficient power of the gospel – the glory of effortless union with Christ!

Many believers don’t switch from mental/emotional negativity because they still believe they are connected to spiritual negativity! So many people don’t go on the journey of renewing their minds because they don’t know that they have anything worthwhile to renew their minds for. They don’t know what they have been delivered from and what they have been brought to. Once people understand that they have been ransomed from spiritual negativity they are then empowered to renew their mind from mental or emotional negativity! In order to grasp our freedom we must understand the power of Jesus’ finished work!

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Jesus came to establish union with himself. That’s what the whole thing is about. Union. Jesus came to save us from our state of spiritual deadness, and to resurrect us to new life. Daddy saw the curse that spiritual death caused; poverty, sickness, depression, negativity etc., and came to save us. When Jesus came he kept him divinity, but he also stepped into fallen Adam, including the curse. Now, it’s important to know that Jesus didn’t just go along and act like Adam, no he fought every step of the way, never once sinning, manifesting the blessing instead of the curse, driving out evil. But, it is only death that would destroy ‘Adam’ forever. So, Jesus died. He died and killed everything that first Adam was, along with Spiritual deadness and the curse. Jesus on the tree declares publically that he became a curse for us! He became a curse and killed it. Jesus then resurrected a new type of human, a man created in spiritual light and life, created and established in the blessing.

The great news for us is that when we came into Christ we were included in his death, resurrection and accession. The glorious gospel declares that you and I are now free from first Adam too. We have died to sin, to spiritual deadness, to the curse (see Romans 6). The cross is sufficient!

Once we know that we have been freed from spiritual negativity; that every ounce of curse and evil died there with Jesus on that tree, we can start to renew our minds and see mental/emotional negativity turn to childlike trust and insurmountable joy! This is what Ephesians 4 encourages us to do…

“Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught , with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:21-24

It is clear that Pauline revelation hinges on our participation in the finished work of Christ; that we have died to sin once and for all. Here, Paul contradicts not his gospel, but talks about our mental positioning in accordance. Paul does not say put off the old self as if it still spiritually exists, no Paul is very clearly referring to ‘the attitude (or spirit) of your minds’. In other words, Paul is encouraging believers to take of those thought patters that no longer fit, and put of beliefs that are true to the eternal reality of your death and resurrection in Jesus. When people know they are free from spiritual negativity they can put off mental and emotional negativity. They can, as Paul says in Colossians 3, set their minds of things above.

Mental negativity falls off us when we enjoy union with Christ. Jesus, in his earthly ministry, knew that negativity was no match to the supply of the Kingdom of God. Jesus knew that because he was connected to spiritual positivity he could ignore mental/emotional negativity. Jesus knew that his natural habitat was the supernatural! He knew that there was a supply and reality that could meet his every need! That’s why in Mark 5, when Jesus was about to go and raise Jairus’ daughter from her sickness, he ignores the negative voices of those in his close proximity. Mark 5 records that while Jesus was still speaking, men came from the house of Jairus reporting of the child’s death. Jesus ignored them, and the pressure of demand. Jesus ignored them because he was aware of his Fathers grand Kingdom of supply, where even death is subject to change.

Perhaps you feel surrounded by demand? Do like Jesus and ignore the negative voices. The Amplified Bible says Jesus overheard, but ignored. Do the same, you may hear the negative voices of demand, but ignore them. Instead focus on the glorious Kingdom of Daddy God, a Kingdom which never has a shortage or lack of supply. Never.  Don’t be afraid, only believe! Believe that you are free from the curse; believe that your negativity died with Christ. Putt off the old foundations of your mind, and set your mind on things above.

Locate Yourself Correctly

By Josh Hunt

The gospel is the greatest message in the Cosmos! What God has done in Christ has ensured our happiness for all time! Are you enjoying the reality Jesus came to give you? Well, there’s nothing wrong with the message, there’s also nothing wrong with you. Often when preachers assert the validity of the message they preach, the person listening gets the blame; [read in angry preacher voice] “there’s nothing wrong with Jesus, there’s nothing wrong with the WORD, so the problem is with you!” But there is nothing wrong with you, in-fact, Jesus has made you right! The message and reality of the gospel is true. There’s nothing wrong with it and there’s nothing wrong with you, but allow me to ask you, are you enjoying it? Are you enjoying the glorious news of the New Covenant? Enjoying is imperative for, well, enjoying. Faith enjoying is a glorious way to see and enjoy the spiritual inheritance in the tangible! Are you enjoying? It’s so fun. Life with our Daddy is so exciting! His goodness overwhelming!

So many people are hearing the grace message, yet some are struggling to feel it in their emotions. Some are left saying; “Thank Jesus for the cross, but where is the joy?” There is a difference between intellectual assent and enjoying and believing the truth. Many are becoming free intellectually, and are feeling the benefits to an extent; however, in order to enjoy the full benefit, we must enjoy the reality by faith. It’s possible to learn the truth of new birth in Christ, but still locate ourselves in deadness. Worry, fear, anxiety, depression, are all signalling signs that we may be, at times, locating ourselves incorrectly. As Joseph Prince says; right believing produces right living. The same is true; wrong believing produces wrong emotions.

Don’t, ‘settle’ in the natural. Don’t be deceived into thinking and believing that what you see or feel has to be the benchmark for your life. Didn’t anyone tell you that when you became a believer you were joined to Christ, mortality was swallowed up by immortality! Your life is supernatural. You are supernatural! One with deity, Married to Majesty! Don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Don’t be deceived into thinking and believing that you have got to build a relationship with God in order to enjoy the gospel. Some people are so worn out through trying to attain happiness and joy through, prayer, fasting, ‘abiding’. No, didn’t anyone tell you that you are joined to Christ, Married to Majesty?! Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural, and don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Instead, ‘settle’ into the arms of Daddy God, and rest in what Jesus has ‘achieved’ for you! In other words, the key is to enjoy the gospel by faith!

You are not ordinary, so stop locating yourself in the ordinary! You are not a victim to your circumstance. It is not fitting for the wonderful (you), to locate themselves anywhere but heavenly realms. You may have spent your whole life locating yourself in the natural, believing you are less than who God say’s you are, but today, you can relocate! Maybe you’re struggling with negative circumstances? You have options you don’t know about!

It will help you to locate yourself correctly if you understand what grandeur you have been plugged into! You’ve got a great inheritance:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)

Union with the King of the Universe has its benefits! You are blessed, with every blessing God has! The Christian life is not a process of one becoming blessed, or receiving spiritual treasures. The Christian life starts with unequivocal wealth and blessing! The phrase “who has blessed” is one Greek word, eulogeō, meaning to ‘invoke a benediction upon’. In Christ, God has pronounced every pleasing blessing heaven has to offer on you! You have a great inheritance. Also, just because it says “spiritual blessing”, doesn’t mean that the blessings aren’t those that can translate to tangible realities. No, “spiritual” is telling us where these blessings are located. The treasure chest is in the spiritual realm.

You’ve also got a great identity:

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”. (Ephesians 1:4-5)

You are something very special! The Spirit longs for you to know your royal identity. To see yourself as you are, located in Christ. These verses reveal so much about the believers great identity; 1) We are holy (hagios = “pure”, “saint”, free from sin, made holy at the core of being), 2) We are blameless (amōmos = “faultless”, “unblamable”, united to Jesus therefore forgiven and unpunishable), 3) We are before him (katenōpion = “directly in front of: before (the presence of)”, the NIV says “in his sight”, however, this isn’t just a Jesus-goggle thing, God doesn’t just see us as holy and blameless even though we’re really not. No, he has made us to be holy and blameless and seated us on his lap, we are before him, in his presence continually.) We are also, as Ephesians 1:4-5 goes on to say, “adopted as his sons”! You are declared to be God’s baby and given spiritual life and immortality!

And you’ve got great power:

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Paul doesn’t pray that the mighty Spirit of God would make us weak vessels strong. No! Paul prays for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened – enlightened to know that we have a great power on the inside of us. Enlightened to know that we are powerful, sharers of God’s great omnipotence!  My goodness the believer is powerful. You are packing so much glory and power. If you realised just how powerful you actually are you would never see yourself quite the same way. Agree with God. The Old Testament exhorts the weak to say that they are strong (Joel 3:10), but under the New Covenant God has made you strong; strong with his incomparable power and strength.

So, you have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power. But, are you locating yourself in the great? Are you enjoying truth? Right now, right here, where are you locating yourself? You see, even if you aren’t locating yourself in the gospel reality, it will still be true, you will still have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power, but you won’t be able to enjoy it to its fullness. You are designed, however, to experience heaven on earth. You will only be at home when you locate yourself in heavenly places. And through enjoying and locating yourself in heavenly places you will make your home like heaven!

Every one of us has a built in GPS system. We wake up in a morning and often allow our GPS to locate us in the natural, in our circumstances, in our wrong beliefs. As we continue to live on auto-pilot, we continue to allow ourselves to locate ourselves in the natural; this then produces negative feelings and emotions, a stability that is built on a unstable foundation. However, when we start to realise and engage with the other realm, the heavenly realm, we allow ourselves to locate ourselves in the heavenly realms. When we locate ourselves in the gospel reality, in Christ, we see the power and glory of God manifest in our outward lives, bringing the full force of our inheritance with it. We see heaven on earth! So, locate yourself correctly! Start to enjoy faith. Live your life with an enthusiastic awareness of the kiss of heaven. Locate yourself in heavenly places. Locate yourself in the gospel reality!

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