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Supply!

The revelation of the Gospel is a revelation that in Christ, we have been blessed with a limitless supply, and have become a passive instrument of the grace and glory of the Godhead. In our union with the Godhead, it is an entirely new world where we can enjoy Jesus in everything, following our happy, holy hearts as they flow upon the bliss of Jesus, 702carrying us into every blessing further than the imagination can reach and brighter than even hope can shine. 2 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV) declares:

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

The love of God flows to us and through us – we effortlessly receive this never-ending, decadent supply. We rest in this reality of God’s love: the comforting, cosy substance of his affections – we rest and receive passively, becoming a recipient of every blessing as God takes care of all of our needs and supplies us with our happily-ever-afters in Him, in the here and now. This love is the wine of God’s wisdom (Song of Solomon 1:2), and it causes all dis-ease to dissolve as we sink into the reality that ‘one died for all’. This love articulates the wisdom of God throughout us, transforms our circumstances outwardly, reflects the character and nature of God perfectly to us, and answers all questions. The statement that ‘one died for all’, means that the cross of Christ transformed our reality and world, our entire perspective, as it brought us into the heavenly wonderland, into the rest of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). We can know that we died, and were co-raised to a new kind of existence; an existence of superior quality where, Galatians 6:14 (KJV) declares, “… 703.jpgin the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”. The cross has torn open the heavens , the great piñata jubilee, and has poured upon us all sweet goodies and blessings of God. We are in a candyland of God’s sweet kindness, delight-filled affections, and delicious, glory-filled grace. This is the objective reality that we can experience with our senses and see manifest!

Romans 6:4-10 also articulates this:

“We were dead and buried with him in baptism, so that just as he was raised from the dead by that splendid Revelation of the Father’s power so we too might rise to life on a new plane altogether. If we have, as it were, shared his death, let us rise and live our new lives with him! Let us never forget that our old selves died with him on the cross that the tyranny of sin over us might be broken—for a dead man can safely be said to be immune to the power of sin. And if we were dead men with him we can believe that we shall also be men newly alive with him. We can be sure that the risen Christ never dies again—death’s power to touch him is finished. He died, because of sin, once: he lives for God for ever. In the same way look upon yourselves as dead to the appeal and power of sin but alive and sensitive to the call of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (PHILLIPS)

In Christ, we have ‘risen to life on a new plane altogether’, experiencing an entirely new quality of existence in a heavenly paradise, through our union with Christ’s resurrection. This is not a future promise – we are not perfected by time or death, as if they were our saviour – Christ is our already-established, fully victorious Saviour who HAS saved us and set us free to the uttermost, so that our faith can be IN His resurrection as the basis of our reality and essence, and we can EXPERIENCE all that is true of the risen Christ in the here and now, through our union with Him. This revelation brings emotional, mental, material, tangible blessings, because God’s finished work in Christ is the substance and essence of 704.jpgreality – and you are one with this reality in your union with the Godhead! One to feel and experience your holy, righteous, bliss-filled state! (1 Corinthians 6:17). This is why the James Moffatt Translation of Hebrews 9:11 states that “Christ arrived as the high priest of the bliss that was to be…” – Your life can be filled with Christ’s joy and bliss, effortlessly, through the supply that is in us and fills our world in Christ our Saviour!

Habakkuk 2:14 (KJV) speaks of our present reality through Christ: “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” – The earth is saturated in God’s glory, and we can know and experience this through the revelation of Jesus Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”’ (Colossians 2:3; KJV). 1 Corinthians 2:16 comments that we have the mind of Christ; therefore, even our mind is awakening to the redemption realities in Christ, as it receives the revelation of the Gospel and passively rests in the very active supply of God, sinking into and awakening into the realities we have in Christ.

Just as 2 Corinthians 5:14 speaks of a love which compels and constrains through the knowledge of Christ, the previous verse tells us that this revelation brings us out of our own mind (i.e. our own self-sufficient, independent ways of thinking):

“For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God’s glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13 (Weymouth New Testament)

“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” (NIV)

The experience of God’s love, the reality and knowledge that we have been co-crucified with Christ and co-resurrected into an entirely new world where ‘one died for all’ to usher us into the rest, God’s glory, comes as we enter into the mind of Christ – no longer clinging to an independent, D-I-Y existence. Instead, we are ‘beside ourselves’, knowing 705.jpgand personalising our union with Christ. Understanding that what is true of Christ is true of us, and what is no longer true of Christ is no longer true of us, because we died with him and subsequently rose with him to a new quality of existence. We literally underwent a death to all that is less than glory, and rose into gloryland – heaven on earth in the here and now – a realm of God’s creative, manifest affections. The ‘I’ that made me ashamed and embarrassed, the ‘I’ that was so full of competiveness, insecurity, pain, issues, and that was attracted to sin and lesser pleasures, has been completely crucified with Christ. Christ has replaced ‘I’ with His glorious Presence!

We no longer have to live within the mindset of sin, sickness, disease and curse. We can live with union-consciousness and effortlessly receive all of God’s eloquent, articulated supply flowing to us effortlessly, organically and naturally in the revelation of who we have become and what we have received in Christ. All else effortlessly fades away – there is no principality or power that can contradict us or come against us as we sink into the ease of the authentic Gospel of union-consciousness. Heaven is here right now, and we can experience and enjoy the eternal vacation – the blessed-full, evil-free existence in Christ! We are partakers of the divine nature, and can live as such (2 Peter 1:4).

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  – Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

Your identity is wrapped up in Christ, who completely and totally redeemed you and your entire world, declaring that the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Our job is to simply ‘repent’ – to step into the mind-set of the risen Christ –so that we can experience all of the glorious, beautiful, pleasant, sweet fruits of resurrection effortlessly, as a recipient of his701.jpg divine nature! (Matthew 3:2).

This new world is preserved, sustained, established and secure all through Christ’s love for us. Truly, through our marriage with Christ’s resurrection we were gifted with the entire cosmos as a personalised, joyous honeymoon gift! (Romans 4:13; Romans 8:17). Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) comments that: “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

1 Peter 5:10 announces that the God of all grace called us to ‘eternal glory’ – meaning that in the here and now, through the revelation of our co-union with Jesus Christ, this divine romance, we can experience the fullness of God’s glory! (see also Romans 5:2, and 2 Thessalonians 2:14). 1 Thessalonians 2:12 reminds us that we were called to share  in God’s kingdom and glory. That is our calling – the pleasure and delight of walking in the fullness of God, His finished works, in the here and now. Living in the eternal vacation of God’s heart of imagination, effortlessly receiving and enjoying his overwhelmingly intoxicating supply. Christ has replaced self at the centre of our lives, and because of this, we can delight ourselves in the full-fat substance of Colossians 1:27 (AMP)

“God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.”

You have been completely glorified in Christ. This is not a low-calorie Gospel. This is a creamy, sweet, delicious truth filled with delights! Song of Solomon 6 declares to us that as we meditate, enjoy, rest in, and sink into the supply of God in our union with Christ, putting on the mind of Christ (union consciousness, where an independent sense of a sinful, lacking ‘self’ is annihilated, as Christ has infused our unique essence with his perfect holiness!), we begin to experience and see heaven on earth in the here and now!

“One day I went strolling through the orchard,
looking for signs of spring,
Looking for buds about to burst into flower,
anticipating readiness, ripeness.
Before I knew it my heart was raptured,
carried away by lofty thoughts!” – Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG)

As we enjoy God and the realities of our union with Christ, we experience a raptured heart, 707glorified emotions, and a confident, positive expectation of good in all situations. God saturates our world in wild, untamed, child-like wonder! Brother Lawrence in his book ‘The Practise of the Presence of God’ had truly understood something of this wonderful truth:

 

“we should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his”

“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.”

“I have quitted all forms of devotion and set prayers but those to which my state obliges me… I make it my business only to persevere in his holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention and a general fond regard to God, which I may call an actual presence of God; or, to speak better, an habitual silent and secret conversation of the soul with God, which often causes in me joys and raptures.”

Wow! Brother Lawrence truly understood the enjoyable experience of union with God! It is an experience of the glory of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus Christ! As John Crowder has written in his article ‘The Divinity of Man’:

“Your divine nature is a God-given and Christ-dependent reality. Nothing has been independently vested upon you, but rather you are intrinsically dependent upon the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The glory you experience is no result of a two-dimensional transaction between you and God based on your faith. This is Trinitarian. You are effortlessly graced to participate in the Spirit because of Jesus’ relationship with the Father. He prayed, “Now, Father, bring Me into the glory we shared before the world began” and then just after added, “I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one” (John 17:5, 22). You have been infused with the same glory that the Father and the Son shared from the dawn of time.”708.jpg

This is a glorious reality that we are infused with the never-ending supply of God’s practical, detailed goodness, love, and manifest blessings – his glory!

 

 

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!

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