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Separating Truth from Religious Behaviors and Rituals (Part Three)

Faith as Substance!

Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17 (AMP)

Scripture is clear that the reality and substance of life is Christ and the faith of Jesus Christ – what His grace knows to be true of us and our world in our union with Him – our co-resurrection in Him! (Galatians 2:20).  This is also revealed in Hebrews:

  1. “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” – Hebrews 10:1 (NIV)
  2. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

The reality (substance, material) of the believer’s life is the blessing of God in Jesus Christ (see also Colossians 1:13; Galatians 3:13-14) and our whole new reality of existence in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). Darkness however, has no real substance or reality. It simply means there is an absence of light, and throughout Scripture, darkness is used to symbolize a lack of understanding about our identity and blessings in Christ (Isaiah 60:1-3; Colossians 1:13-15). This is why sin (anything that is the result of the fall of man, such as sickness, disease, punishment, condemnation and pain etc.), is the Greek word ‘hamartia’. Romans 3:23 in the Mirror Bible explains this perfectly:

Everyone is in the same boat; their distorted behavior is proof of a lost blueprint. (The word sin, is hamartia, from ha, negative and meros, form, thus to be without form or identity…” (MIRROR WORD).

Sin and darkness have no real, active form or substance. The word ‘sin’ itself means ‘without form’! Throughout Scripture, Jesus, the substance, is referred to as light (John 8:12; John 1:4; John 12:46).Darkness, however, is simply the absence of light, which means that Jesus and His reality is the ONLY one that has substance –  He enlightens the believer to their true identity, and the objective reality of Christ as all in all  (Colossians 3:11). He enables us to live within, engage with, and enjoy true reality, experiencing and manifesting the substance in and through His finished work. We have become partakers and receivers of God’s substance! Our bodies, our minds, our lives, and our relationshipsflower-181984_960_720 have gone from empty-desert wanderings to a blossoming garden of exuberance, beauty, creative-joys – all the substance of life! Truly life is an adventure of bliss and glory!

Christ’s faith in the power of His cross and resurrection (and your inclusion in that) is your effortless connector to all supernatural blessings and bliss, your ‘light switch’ in this world. Simple trust in His perspective enables you to see ‘in’ and ‘through’ Christ’s eyes, effortlessly flowing with the frequencies and vibrations of reality, manifesting all that Christ is and has in the here and now. Ephesians 3:6 declares to us that through the Gospel we become partakers of the promise of Christ (KJV).  This is why you cannot actively receive darkness and curses, as darkness is nothing. Christ’s light has come to reside within you, and the darkness has fled! Darkness has no form, order or substance to receive from. It does not belong in your reality or world anymore and has no hold in it. Simply knowing this truth enables us to be set free from feeling an obligation or necessity to engage in many religious behaviors and light-bulb-1407610_960_720.jpgrituals that pass as ordinary and commonplace in the church. You do not need to engage in warfare when joy-fare is rich and abounding in the substance of reality and power, because it engages with God’s faith, with the objective reality of Christ and life in Him! (see Nehemiah 8:10).

Being ‘in Christ’ means that you have been engulfed into the reality of heaven on earth in the here and now, to sink into it and enjoy it. Darkness and light is not in an active battle. Jesus poured out all of the wisdom of His substance in His cross and resurrection to release you into the revelation and subsequent manifestation of His life and the goodies of His heart and imagination – you have been plunged into the reality of realities! This truly is joy unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8; KJV)

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” – Colossians 1:13 (NIV)

You do not need to live a life of religious suspicion or paranoia, which has no relevance to Christ and His finished work (the new, eternal age of the Gospel!). You cannot actively receive ‘the curse’, or even any curses, because the curse has no substance to actively receive from, and you are already in possession of the light-substance of Christ, which fortifies you!

 Many religious burdens are placed on people through false teachings in this area. The truth is that curses are without form and substance. They do not exist in your reality, the objective reality. So, for example, even when you or people around you speak negatively and not in faith, it does not impact or affect reality, as it is not drawing upon any negative substance. It’s not drawing upon anything at all! Yet whenever you enjoy the realities of faith in any form, that POSITIVE substance effortlessly flows into your world by grace through faith, protecting and fortifying you from sin, sickness – all darkness – because power-poles-503935_960_720.jpglight is reality, and no darkness can withstand it. It is this reality of light that HAS rescued you from the life of sin (no form, no reality), where you stumbled about in the dark, vulnerable to every ‘work’ of darkness.  

There used to be a ‘source’ that people COULD receive bad from (well more accurately, a system in which people could not engage with the good, as the law is not of faith – Galatians 3:2). However, the law was only a shadow, and Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). The curse no longer exists anywhere, it is not in reality, so there is only one source that believers can receive from, enjoy and flow with, the Holy Spirit. If someone doesn’t trust in Holy Spirit, and speaks and lives in a faithless manner, it does not mean that they will receive the bad – as the bad has no active form or substance – it just means that they aren’t actively enjoying the light (the realities of the Gospel) in those moments.

You are in union with the Godhead and can enjoy all that they are and have in the here and now!!!

As we believe in – simply co-see with God –  the finished work of Jesus, we naturally and effortlessly enjoy and experience the blessings of faith and grace – and so do our families, who get actively blessed through our faith. Negative words and actions have no active spiritual consequences; they just don’t have any positive power to release the blessings and substance of faith, so the person engaging in negativity isn’t enjoying the realities of faith in that moment. This is why Christians do not need to get into religious behaviors and rituals to try to ‘balance’ or ‘counteract’ faithless words or works. A lot of prophetic ministry today is shadowboxing, engaging in empty religious behaviours and rituals with no spiritual value, as Christ already completed the work and defeated the devil! Christ has already carried us into the substance of all blessings, the comfort and detailed affections of His love-dream come true!

Christianity should not be about what we have been delivered from (as looking back to the ‘dominion of darkness’ is pointless. We’re not there anymore!). Christianity is all about girl-918734_960_720what we have been delivered TO! – This is engaging with and enjoying the power-packed, creative-joy dynamite of faith!

Today, you can simply enjoy the realities of the Gospel, knowing that the faith of Jesus Christ is the only reality, and that as a believer, you ARE naturally in the Spirit and surrounded by heavenly blessings and realities at all times (see Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25). There is NO condemnation and NO active spiritual consequences or curses for us in Christ (Romans 8:1). That is why Psalm 23 says that goodness and mercy are CHASING after us, as they are the only active forces – blessing is active, it has substance. However, darkness is like ‘the valley of the SHADOW (without form, substance, or reality) of death’ (see Psalm 23:5), yet even when we walk through that as believers, we walk WITH Christ, and his truth effortlessly leads us out of any areas of wrong beliefs and words (shadows).

Many preachers act as if darkness has substance, as much substance as faith even, but that is not true, and it places unnecessary demands and burdens upon people. Faith is substance, which is why when we enjoy faith in any form, we can actively, effortlessly move mountains with the realities of blessing that is released. God is so good and he is the Source!

The message of Christ’s finished work (our co-resurrection in Christ and subsequent inheritance in Him!) renews our mind so that we can enjoy the blessings of Jesus that are already ours, and be effortlessly transformed as a result, more and more in the natural realm, in a way that blesses us, others around us, and our circumstances (hence why the blessing of Deuteronomy 28 reaches to external circumstances and even farther – to our homes and families)…..That is why whenever you enjoy and comprehend faith, you know and can rest assured that your entire family and home is irrevocably, irreversibly blessed as a result, without you having to lift a finger! You’re all blessed and you can’t do anything about it – you certainly can’t speak your way out of a manifestation of that blessing, as all blessings are BY FAITH THROUGH GRACE. So there’s no words or efforts involved, and therefore no words or efforts which can disqualify you from receiving. FAITH, the active substance of blessing, is released WHENEVER the Gospel is heard:

  • “faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.” – Romans 10:17 (AMP)
  • “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 (KJV)

However, because we can ‘receive’ faith in a manifest way, does not mean we can ‘receive’ darkness. Darkness has no substance. Faith is light, and darkness has never understood, threatened, or come near that light. It just flees from it (John 1:5). Just like when you switch on a light, all the darkness flees. Darkness is not an active force, and all darkness ‘died’ on the cross with Jesus when he made a spectacle of all principalities and powers through the revelation power of His reality….So words and actions are NEUTRAL if they 16are not an outflow and overflow of Christ’s substance of blessing and hope. The power is not words or our efforts or actions, but faith – faith is all about Christ and the realities of blessing we have through his finished work. Faith is co-knowing with God what He knows to be true of us in our union with Him. That is where the power is.

So carry on enjoying faith in grace-rhythms, in the ways that are normal, natural, and personal to you. You don’t need to counteract anything. Warfare is swallowed up by joy-fare in the New Covenant, because Jesus won the battle and carried you and your family to the victory, so you can enjoy and experience all of His blessings without hindrance or opposition! Under law, when the unclean touches the clean, circumstances became unclean. But under grace, your cleanliness in Christ is a constant reality, and so the unclean becomes clean effortlessly.

You are filled with the substance of faith! You can’t receive darkness, only blessing.swimming-1925391_960_720.jpg Believer, be set free from religious rituals and behaviours! Allow the Gospel to enlighten your mind, and as this occurs, religion will effortlessly fall from you, and you will discover yourself living effortlessly in the unforced rhythms of grace!

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 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, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23 (KJV)

Limitless Life Devotional

Glorified!

John 17:22-23 (AMP)

“I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.”

The love of God and the glory of God hand in hand! In fact, Jesus explicitly declares that we can live the glory realm consistently and constantly, because His life within us has gifted us with such glorious grace. Jesus has already immersed us into glory land through our union with him, so that we can experience a superior quality of life, the riches of our inheritance, and the ease of perfect union with the Trinity each and every day. We can live within the detailed supply of the Father, the simplicity of heaven on earth in the here and now, not through our efforts but through our source, Jesus!  Indeed, we are not simply in the glory realm, we are composed of the glory of God, which flows from our union with the beautifully gracious, abundantly happy Trinity! We were infused with their very own life-essence and glory-flow through our co-resurrection with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Many are striving for the glory of God, not realising that the glory surrounds us! It is simple and uncomplicated, gifted freely to us in Christ. There is nothing to figure out, nothing to attain or strive for. No secret tips or warfare techniques. Christ alone is the mystic secret, and Christ dwells within the believer in fullness! The reason that people miss this is not because it is complicated, but because it is so simple – God loves you, God has been good to you, God has supplied you the riches of His glorious grace! Simply sink into the ease-filled reality of John 17:22-23 – rest in it and enjoy it:  ‘I have given them the glory that you gave me’ (NIV) – You see, it’s entirely simple! God has already given us the glory! These wild words will convince you that simple trust and faith is the key to experiencing every manifestation of God’s creative, exciting, wonder-inspiring glory. It is an entirely new quality of existence in Jesus!  Jesus’ words in John 11:40 echo the same truth, speaking a reality of such wonder at how effortless this Gospel of experiencing heaven on earth in the here and now truly is:  “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”  (NLT). Christ alone is the mystic secret, the key to heaven that unlocks all treasures and riches of God’s tangible love and goodness.

Colossians 1:27(KJV)  establishes us in this same truth that ‘the riches of the glory of God’s mystery’ is not made known through a formula, prayer closet, or spiritual meeting – but Christ alone is our effortless connector to the glory of God (heaven on earth in the here and now!). The allusive secret is now made known that Christ in you is the hope (confident expectation) of glory! – Christ is the glory realm – Christ, ‘whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.’ (Romans 5:2; KJV). Christ’s grace has ushered us into glory land in the here and now, as God has torn apart the sacred/secular divide. We can enjoy Jesus, being conscious of his transformative, creative glory resident within, to, and through us, in each daily activity. Allow your imagination to engage in the delight-filled, creative, personalised, delicious glory-expressions of Christ, through resting in and remembering who Christ is within you, and what you have gained in him. As Ephesians 1:18 (KJV) writes it: “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,”  – this fond affection, this enjoyment of your elevated reality in Christ, will effortlessly spill over in manifestations of creative miracles and glorious, power-flowing blessings, causing your hope levels to sky-rocket. Matthew 3:2 encourages us to repent, because the Kingdom of heaven is here! His glory is here!

Limitless Life Devotional

The Enemy is Powerless!

Hebrews 2:14-15 (KJV)

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” 

The finished work of Jesus Christ is designed to completely free us from fear, particularly fear of a looming enemy who is able to actively attack us with sickness, sin, and disease at any time! However, many religious frameworks live unaware that Christ has destroyed the devil, although it is clearly stated in Scripture, in Hebrews 2:14-15. The Amplified version of this verse declares that through the finished work of Jesus, the devil has been rendered powerless and impotent. Beloved of God, you do not need to empower the devil in your imagination through legalistic religious rituals, which are based on superstition and fear rather than on the truth of Jesus Christ – your true reality. Colossians 2:15 (AMP) states clearly that: “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” – Colossians informs us that Jesus made a public example of the enemy, using the language of a Roman ‘Triumphant Procession’, in which a completely defeated enemy was shown to be rendered entirely powerless and unable to ever engage in battle again. This is why you can be bold and confident that your co-crucifixion with Christ and co-resurrection with Him has plunged you into an entirely new world of heaven on earth (2 Corinthians 5:17). You triumphed over the enemy and completely plundered and defeated him at the cross, because you were ‘in Christ’! – Jesus took the keys of hell and death back from the devil (Revelation 1:18) and gave those keys to us, so that we could walk in manifest, manifold blessing, and effortlessly release heaven on earth wherever we go (Matthew 16:19). Nothing shall by any means harm you! (Luke 10:19)

Christ has given you all authority. Ephesians 1:19-21 reveals that as a believer God’s power is within you – the power that is above all other principalities and powers – and you are co-seated with Christ in his resurrected state, fortified in all of God’s blessings! (Ephesians 2:6). This is why you can confidently live in the revelation of the finished work of Jesus Christ, unafraid of the devil. The power that raised Jesus from the dead, that same power that disarmed all principalities and powers, lives within you and you are of one nature and one spirit with that power! (1 Corinthians 6:17). Throw off any legalistic teachings that make you devil-conscious, superstitious, fearful and paranoid! Jesus encourages us to stop being demon-conscious and to be conscious instead of our new life in Christ, which is a demon-free, oppression-free zone forevermore (Luke 10:20). Warfare is simply joyfare now, as the light of Christ within and through us – our new nature in Christ and the reality of grace – causes the darkness to effortlessly flee. When you step into a room, people naturally get delivered, healed, and restored, without you having to lift a finger. 1 John 3:8 encourages us that “…for this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (KJV). In other words, the manifestation of God in Christ’s finished work, and within you, effortlessly has destroyed, and actively destroys, the work of the devil!

Remember, you do not base your theology on past experience in ‘deliverance’ groups, but on the finished work of Jesus Christ. Good theology is based on the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ, His love, and His grace, and not on negative experiences. Jesus came full of grace and truth, and caused the darkness to flee by completely destroying it from our reality and life. Colossians 1:13 utters that Christ “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (KJV). We HAVE (past-tense) been translated out of a kingdom where the demonic can function and exist, and have been placed into perfect union with Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:6 writes that we are ‘accepted in the Beloved’ (KJV). The Greek word for ‘accepted’ used here is ‘charitoō’, which means to be encompassed, or surrounded, by favor. You are surrounded by God’s reality of faith and favor – what God knows to be true of you and your reality in your union with Christ. This is an evil-free, demon-free existence! It is the reality of light, which darkness cannot even approach. Instead, whatever touches this light gets transformed to light itself! All curses transform into blessings in your life, because you are encompassed by God’s favor in Christ! (Deuteronomy 23:5)

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Confidence in Heavenly Inheritance

 1 Corinthians 1:30

 ‘But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’ (KJV)

Gift giving in fun! God has always thought so, and his gift giving does not come with a contradiction-in-terms conditional warning label, or a pre-terms-and-conditions contract. He is liberal in giving and so he has given liberally, freely, without condition. Check out this scripture: ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.’ (James 1:5, KJV). Papa God is generous! That’s what we see in the gift of Salvation, the gift of Jesus Christ! In Jesus and through his finished work on the cross we see a God who gave liberally and over-abundantly! And, not because he had to, but because he desired! Mr Love has recused and irreversibly, irrevocably blessed his children! Let me ask you; do you believe in this inheritance? Do you have confidence in the gift of Salvation? Are you hoping in God and your placement in the Trinity? Well, if not turn to Holy Spirit, he’s got a gift that will help…

Papa God has given you heavens best – Jesus, his own life, Holy Spirit! You see, Jesus is both the gift and the giver, likewise Holy Spirit, and if you are struggling to embrace your inheritance then Holy Spirit is ready; ready to love you, ready to comfort you, ready to shower you with supernatural revelation! And let me tell you, Holy Spirit revelation will have you soaring in God’s grace – your inheritance!

God wants you confident in what he has given you! Jesus didn’t merely come to give us a fighting chance of attaining some form of life, no! He came to give us his every own life – in quality and quantity!  Jesus became for us ‘wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption’! It’s because of God that you are in Christ, that you have this gift, and God wants to to know what you have, and to have confidence in what you have! So, whether you need a manifestation to wisdom, holiness, protection, prosperity, healing, or whatever, know today that the answer is to turn to Jesus who has already given you what you need by virtue of his incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension! God knew what we needed and so he laden his Son with all that we need, so that in the removing of old Adam and in our positioning in Christ we might gain access to a glorious heavenly inheritance! Indeed, you are blessed! So, turn to Holy Spirit and allow supernatural revelation to aid you in unwavering confidence in your heavenly inheritance!

Limitless Life Devotional

Mighty God, Mightily Blessed

Genesis 26:12-17

‘Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him… And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we…’

I find it strange that some people believe in a mighty God, but not in the truth that that mighty God wants his children ‘mighty upon earth” (See Psalm 112:2, KJV). You see, it’s only natural that the Almighty wanted to share his power and his wealth with his children. And it’s only supernatural that he has! Through Jesus we have been abundantly blessed, with every mighty blessing the Almighty has! God blessed you, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, and he hasn’t blessed you with a ‘buy now, pay later’, or a ‘look now, taste later, blessing. No, he has blessed you with the blessing of Abraham, a blessing you can see fully made manifest, a blessing you can enjoy in every area of your life!

Like Isaac in Genesis 26, who was abundantly blessed (I mean, he sowed and then in the very same year received a ‘hundredfold’), you are blessed – even more so as you are in unhindered Union with the Blesser himself! Isaac enjoyed the blessing of Abraham and walked in such manifest blessing that he ‘waxed great’ and even made a pagan kingdom (bare in mind that Isaac had more of a household than a nation) envy him and beg him to leave and admit that he was much mightier than they. Now, do you think that a man who received God’s blessing from the outside (as in, through a friendship covenant), has it better than you, who is ‘in Christ’? No! In Christ you are blessed, and like Isaac, but more so, you can walk in tremendous blessing! Now, there are a few differences: instead of making others fear, you become a light of attraction for the Kingdom of Papa, and instead of having a great possession of flocks, you can enjoy a more contextual material gain (unless of course you’re a farmer and would like an increase flocks and herds). But, never mind the differences, the truth remains that you can enjoy the blessing of Christ in every area of your life!

So, today know that your Papa loves you, and hasn’t given you a ‘look now, taste later’ inheritance, but the very blessing of Christ, which you can see and enjoy in the here and now! Perhaps, today allow your heavenly Daddy to encourage you in this reality – sit on his knee and co-know with him the truth that you can experience manifest Salvation, manifest prosperity!

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Victory, Authority, Abundance

Zechariah 9:11-12

“As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;” (KJV)

Through Christ, God has provided the way out of a dry, dull, boring life, a life marked by the expectation of lack and suffering.  In fact, in Christ we have been given God’s very own life, including his own emotional wealth and natural prosperity! We have been plugged into the victory and authority of the resurrected Christ, who conquered every one of earth’s trials and distresses, and seated us above all natural principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:18-22). Scripture is even so bold as to declare that you have been given all authority in Christ, so that ‘nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19 KJV). This means that our lives are no longer marked by pain, inferiority, or struggle – instead, we are inheritors of vast blessings in our finances and natural circumstances to such an extent that we will be able to lend to nations without borrowing from anyone! (Deuteronomy 28:12). It is the goodness of God that transforms us from an insecure need to rely on self and others, to being fully reclined in the sweet paradise of His bliss-filled goodness, seated in the victories and culture of heaven in the here and now!

Some people think that we need to strive, serve, or earn our way into the God-quality of life. Others believe that we must imagine it into existence. However, Scripture is clear that there is one way and one way only to experience the abundant, victorious life – a life so rich in quality that it eradicates any consciousness of lack – and that is simply through hearing and enjoying the grace of God as revealed in Jesus Christ! As we look to Jesus, his love effortlessly begins to switch us from self-consciousness, to a consciousness convinced of the all-sufficiency of Christ. As we enjoy the revelation of Jesus Christ for us, in us, and as us, living waters flow up from within us and water our whole lives with the power-filled blessings of the Gospel! (John 7:38). Faith for the God-quality of life, which includes natural as well as spiritual blessings, is not something we have to muster up. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (KJV). In other words, faith is co-knowing with God what God knows to be true of us in our union with Christ, which is why Colossians 2:17 states clearly that ‘the substance belongs to Christ’ (NASB). Christ’s victory ushers the substance of heaven into our lives! (by the way, enjoying the Gospel is not a work either, but an effortless by-product of seeing the grace of Jesus Christ and his goodness towards us!)

Just like holiness and sanctification, we manifest the entirety of our authority, victory, and prosperity through Christ and Christ alone. This is why Ephesians 1:7 exclaims that the grace of God is given to us with wisdom ‘…according to the riches of his grace’ (KJV). In other words, it isn’t according to our good works or our striving. It is all through Christ and his grace that we have gained the victory! Through Christ we can declare along with Zechariah that we have been removed from the dry, difficult pits of life (‘the pit where there is no water’), and shown so much favor and grace that we not only have ‘double for our trouble’, we also have become ‘prisoners of hope’. Christ has made our future so positive, so filled with that confident expectation of good, that we can expect nothing less than full-fat goodness to manifest in our circumstances and finances!

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Rested Abundance

“You must obey God’s law about the Sabbath
and not do what pleases yourselves on that holy day.
You should call the Sabbath a joyful day
and honor it as the Lord’s holy day.
You should honor it by not doing whatever you please
nor saying whatever you please on that day.
Then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will carry you to the high places above the earth.
I will let you eat the crops of the land your ancestor Jacob had.”
The Lord has said these things.” – Isaiah 58:13-14 (NCV)

The Sabbath throughout scripture is a shadow of Jesus Christ. In Christ we discover a true, abiding Sabbath rest as the Gospel revelation of who we are in him, who he is to us, and who he is for us ushers us into the eternal realm of God’s all-sufficiency which brings delight and refreshing. As we enjoy the finished work of Jesus Christ, we enter into the Sabbath realm of faith, where God has completed all that needs to be finished, worked out, and sorted in our lives. In Christ, God has done it all, and He desires that we simply recognise this, so that we can enjoy the manifest blessings of his heart! God longs for His people enjoy the benefits and blessings of resting and trusting in the all-sufficiency of Christ within the New Covenant. This joyous living entails recognising that you are in a perfected, righteous union with the Godhead, having everything that they are and have – everything that is true of them, is true of you, and everything that is not true of them, is no longer true of you. You are not a dirty rotten sinner, you are the dearly beloved of God, and a wonderful expression of his being! 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares that God ‘made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’.

Understanding the New Covenant of God’s gracious, supply-filled rest effortlessly and completely transforms our language. As we recognise that God’s way of prosperity and victory is to enjoy the fulfilment and manifest arrival of our salvation in Christ, we begin to be confident in our God rather than in ourselves! We no longer live ‘doing whatever we please’ out of a false, independent, limited sense of self. Instead, we will ‘find joy in the Lord’ who has ‘carried us to the high places of the earth’, and will continue to do so as we trust and believe in His finished work! God is a good Daddy and he wants to manifest success and influence throughout our lives, saturating everything in our world with his abundant unmerited favour! Through placing our trust in the all-sufficiency of Christ, will feast on his blessings which follow us everywhere we go, and discover that as we do we no longer speak, think, and function out of a sense of deficiency (‘nor saying whatever you please on that day’). We will speak God’s words of faith, which release the power and life of heaven into our circumstances!

As Hebrews 4:3, 9-10 (NKJV) articulates: ‘we who have believed do enter that rest…there remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For He who has entered His rest himself also ceased from his works as God did from His’. So beloved of God, relax, recline, and receive the blessings of the New Covenant. No matter what you are facing today, there remains the powerful, wonder-working word of grace, spoken by the Father and articulated in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This word effortlessly transports us into the realm of rest and abundance, in which God has already provided for you. The revelation of faith has the power to bring you abundance and blessing, carrying you to the high places of this earth! You are wired for success through ceasing from your own works, to enjoy the devoted doting of the Godhead through Jesus Christ!

 

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Not of this World

John 18:36

‘Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.’ (KJV)

When you became a believer, a whole new dimension of living opened up to you, and you inherited the Kingdom of heaven. This Kingdom has for centuries inspired fairytale and fantasy with its ‘happily ever afters’, and ‘dreams come true’. It is a kingdom full of wonderstruck royalty and bliss-filled happiness. A kingdom where magic exists! This Kingdom is heaven on earth in the here and now, and the gateway to experiencing its tangible realities is Christ’s finished work. Christ functions as a secret doorway – as you lean, depend, and rely on his love, revealed in the Gospel message, you will discover yourself stumbling through this Christ-door, and into the Disneyland park of heaven, the heart-realm of inspiration, having ears that hear and eyes that see this invisible reality!  As what is unseen becomes seen and known in your understanding through the revelation of Christ, the power of this new dimension dances into your physical world like a babbling brook, and influences the natural world with its living inspiration, exotic glory-vitality, and flourishing life! Your senses will begin to engage in and resonate with this divine heavenly vacation-park, which is open all hours, and completely free to enjoy!

Jesus transforms an ordinary world into a parade of heaven’s patterns. Colossians articulates that Jesus has completely de-coded the mystery of the human race, revealing to us the life of our design, the quality of life the Godhead always dreamt we would experience, through revealing to us this new kingdom and its culture:  ‘Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son’ (Col. 1:13 KJV). At one time, you were a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, plugged into man’s best efforts and ideals, grounded in natural circumstance, and only able to perceive anything through the darkened understanding of the world’s basic principles and rules. But now, you are a flourishing tree of life, planted into this new, deeper-magic dimension of God’s heart through the finished work of Jesus Christ, and blossoming in resurrection-revelations. You were plugged into the body of Christ in his death, and vitally joined in a Siamese union with his heart, so that the rhythm of your life now beats to his trillion-volt bliss! You were translated into heaven’s dimension so that you can live by heaven’s principles, and manifest heaven’s wonders, no longer dictated by the natural rules and regulations of the world.

As a result, you have the Godhead’s quality of life, which throughout the Gospel of John is named ‘eternal life’. Life without beginning or end. Life unhindered and overflowing with vitality and limitless goodness. You no longer have to be afraid of the ‘rules’ of this world, because you are not simply a natural creature anymore. You are plugged into the supernatural, heavenly Source of Christ’s heart and imagination, and he is articulating his all-sufficient life throughout your natural world. This life is care-free in God’s tender care, and does not need to defend itself – the Gospel is the defender, and it produces wonder-working, grave-breaking, resurrection-ready power.

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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Experiencing the Union-Reality

Ephesians 1:17

‘That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him’ (KJV)

Relationship with God is far more than a religious idea designed to make obeying rules easier, relationship with the Godhead is indeed an eternal reality, brought into existence through Jesus Christ, and inaugurated in our spirits by the Holy Spirit! Union with the Trinity is real; the implications of this New Covenant, of our inclusion into the Coven of the Trinity, are real and incredible – in terms of the benefits afforded us, our eternal security, and the joy and peace we can know daily in knowing Jesus!

The factual, mystical reality of Union with the Godhead is one of the main reasons why I find it hard to not believe in prosperity, I mean just consider: God is rich, I mean like truly rich, magnificent and majestic, with all glory and honour, and the truth of Jesus tells me that everything that God is and has has been given (as a free gift) to me (and you) in Christ! Certainly every blessing heaven has to offer has been given (See Eph. 1:3)! And, the Bible is clear that we can see and experience these Spiritual, new creation realities! We can know these truths as manifest and tangible like we can know Jesus!

The first step in order to experiencing your union the Godhead and all of those fantastic benefits included is to know what you have and what’s included! Now, often this starts on an intellectual level, but the Holy Spirit desires for you to receive supernatural revelation concerning your ‘knowledge of him’. When you know (by revelation) what you have and what you’re included in, you can know (experientially enjoy) your Union and its benefits and blessings! I like the way the NIV renders Ephesians 1:17, it says: ‘I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.’ You see, the Father of glory is infinitely rich, and he has made you rich (See John 17:22, Philippians 4:19), and as you know this truth, as you allow Holy Spirit to minister and love you into enjoying this truth, you will know (experientially) the Truth and his provision and prosperity!

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