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The Exact Representation of God (Part 2)

By Paige Hunt

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”

–  Hebrews 1:3 (NLT)

This week we are continuing our previous discussion on Jesus being the exact representation of God. A true perspective of God, gifted to us through Christ, leads to a complete cleansing of our perspective. This enables us to enjoy the lavish majesty and joy-filled personality of God, colouring in our world with so much amazement and creative inspiration that we can enjoy life to the full as wonderstruck children, exploring endless prophetic realms of encouragement and imaginative whimsy in his love, through the correct representation of God ‘the Father’, given freely to us in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). As the beloved disciple John expressed, the revelation of Jesus Christ provides such abundance that ‘[if every work of Jesus was written down] I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.’ (John 21:25 NLT)

Jesus being the exact representation of God is therefore very important, as it teaches us all about our spiritual freedom in his Presence, especially concerning how to live within his patterns on earth so that we can relish in abundant life.9 God’s desire was for mankind to know (experientially) the truth of himself in Christ, so that we could be made free (John 8:32) – free to enjoy and experience heaven on earth in all things, through Christ (Colossians 3:11). This is why we must allow Jesus as the exact representation of God, to become the lens through which we understand and read our Bibles. A true understanding of God in Christ is designed to transform our Bible reading times, and influence every facet of our existence.

In the revelation that Christ is the exact image of God, reluctance and passivity in Bible study will be swallowed up by the passion and desire to experience and understand, to meditate on and enjoy, the one who is truly the ‘desire of all nations’. (Haggai 2:7). This is why the Bible records Jesus revealing himself to a couple of his disciples throughout all the Scriptures, with the result that the disciples commented amongst themselves, utterly amazed, ‘were not our hearts burning within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’ (Luke 24:32 NIV)

A true understanding of God, as revealed through Christ, enables Bible study to become productive, life-giving, revelatory, and power-releasing, as we focus on the authentic truths of heaven on earth. In Hosea 4:6, The Lord laments that ‘my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge’ (NIV). As Colossians states, this knowledge of God has been given to everyone through Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3). 10Notice that this Scripture clearly says that it is in Christ, the authentic word of God, that God’s knowledge and wisdom is made known to humanity, in styles and patterns that we could perceive and understand. It is not through Scripture that the knowledge of God is primarily made known, but through the living, active revelation of Jesus Christ, and his finished work on our behalf. Jesus makes the imagination of the Godhead known to us. He brings to us the understanding of their tender, personalised mercies, as well as their creative, practical understanding of heaven on earth and what this truly looks like. In John 5:39-40, Jesus expresses this exact concern to the religious leaders of the day:

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!  Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” (NLT)

It is so easy for us to look at this Scripture from a distance, as if we could not fall prey to the same pitfalls. Yet today, many people are confused about the authentic nature of God, and read the Old Testament through a veil which prevents them from experiencing God’s life, as they attribute the atrocities committed and the rampant sexism, racism, and abuse, to our good and perfect God. When asked about why Jesus is so different from the image of God revealed in the Old Testament, these people would imply that there is more to God than Jesus, more to life than grace. Almost as if God the Father and Christ were playing ‘good cop, bad cop’. Jesus becomes eclipsed by a distorted image of holiness as the Bible is elevated above Christ, and as Jesus is the exact representation of God, and God’s authentic revelation, this results in a life of confusion and defeat, where the power, life, and personality of God remains a ‘holy mystery’, and we walk around in the dark, grasping at prophetic straws. Let us not be those kind of people who have ‘zeal without knowledge’, as Scripture is clear that Jesus is the full-fat revelation of the Father, who expresses the fullness of the Godhead and leaves no aspect of him a mystery. He is the correct lens through which we can perceive and understand the Bible.

“No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.” – (John 1:18 NLT)

Many people had written ‘in God’s name’ for many centuries previous to this, and yet Jesus came on the scene and revealed this shocking, almost offensive truth, that none of these people ever really revealed God. (He made a holy fool of our religious pride, and we have thanked him ever since!). Jesus made it evident that God is a heart-God, a God of love (1 John 4:8), not a God to be grasped and expressed with intellectual pride, or through a long list of rules, regulations, and demands. At the fall, when man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, rather than the tree of life, humanity substituted the life of God within their hearts, for a stoic understanding of God within their intellects. 11Ideas of right and wrong replaced an intimate heart-relationship with the Inspired One. Our hearts were created to be flourishing gardens of Spirit-filled inspiration, beauty, and delight, flowing through us and nourishing our entire world. A spontaneous, organic, compassion-flooded way of living, hand in hand with Father God, knowing him as we have been known by him, through authentic relationship resonating from the core of our being. Yet when we severed this intimate communion with God by partaking of the wrong tree, we created him in the image of our own intellectual ideas of what seemed right, and thus he became a cold idol of stoic intellectualism.

This limited ‘human’ understanding of God was the reason why our hearts became as hard as stone. Isaiah 6:9-10 expresses what happened at the fall, and woos us to understand with our hearts, rather than our prejudices, once more. This is why it is so important that Jesus came as the exact representation of God. The correct understanding of Father God through Jesus Christ practically transforms our heart of stone into a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). We were created to be a dynamic expression of God’s heart, flowing as one with His Spirit, as a freestyling poem of creative exploration, divine satisfaction, and glory-filled joy (Ephesians 2:10). This is why, as we began to understand God incorrectly at the fall, the living waters of our existence dried up, and we became as hard and inflexible as stone. When we understood God wrong, we misinterpreted the pattern of our design, as what we believe about God is reflected and revealed in the way we live our lives. So thankfully, Jesus came to show the message back into our hearts, wooing us to see ourselves, and our God correctly again, through the enchanted looking-glass of his Person and his finished work, so that the new wine of his practical wisdom about God could break our old wineskins (Matthew 9:17), enabling us to enter into the abundant life of the Father, as we were always intended to. This is why it is so important that we know, see, and understand Jesus as the ONLY exact representation of the Father. The Bible is not the exact representation of the Father, only the Christ is. 2 Corinthians 3:18 articulates this beautifully:

“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.” (KJV)

As we see and understand within our hearts that Christ is the exact representation of God, glory is released into our lives, and we begin to flow in harmony with our design once more, because in Christ is revealed the authentic blueprint of humanity, and the superior pleasures of union with the Godhead, through his gleaming revelation of Father God. Through Christ, we can see the beauty of God with clarity, and it fills our hearts and transforms our perspective. This is why, when (and only when) people begin to read the Bible through the living, active imagination of Christ in their hearts (Ephesians 1:18), will we truly see the Great Commission fulfilled, and sexism and racism banished from our one, holy, apostolic Church. 12This will happen when we see and understand Jesus as the exact representation of God. We will truly discover ourselves in him then again. Where we have put conditions, regulations, and full stops, God has placed the wisdom of his love, his compassion, and his unconditional acceptance. Listen to these words that Jesus spoke from the Father’s heart:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” – Luke 13:34 (NIV)

Jesus was speaking to a bunch of ungrateful, angry murderers, and yet he revealed that the Father, far from destroying these types of people, actually longed to embrace them. He had compassion on the oppressor as well as the oppressed – this is a truth that blows our paradigms! Jesus revealed that God was never our enemy, we were HIS enemies in our minds (Colossians 1:21). Jesus as the exact representation of God reveals to us a new perspective – the enlightened understanding that God’s truth is saturated in grace and not legalism! (John 1:17).

It is through Jesus that we can finally perceive the Old Testament correctly, through the lens of Jesus, in the rhythms of Holy Spirit, so that we can function in, and engage with, God’s life and freedom. It was never God who committed monstrosities in The Old Testament, it was always the devil, and because people had not perceived God correctly until Jesus came, they did not rightly perceive what was occurring around them. For example, the Father never wipes out cities or brings natural disasters. God is not the author of evil! Rather, he gives his children GOOD gifts, and desires that all come to repentance through his mercy and grace (Matthew 7:11; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 2:4).

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” – John 10:10 (AMP)

Jesus reveals that any, and all, sickness, destruction, death, and dis-ease does not come from our beautiful God, but from the enemy. He also reveals that God is a God of life and not judgement. This is why Jesus clearly stated ‘the Father judges no one’ (John 5:22 NIV), and ‘I pass judgement on no one’ (John 8:15 NIV). This is how we can know that the Father’s discipline is not punitive, but restorative – it lovingly works with us, and is for us and not against us. This is why hell is not a place for men but for the devil and his angels, i.e. for death, destruction, and chaos! 13These things were designed to be swallowed up by the life and goodness of the Father! (Matthew 25:41). Jesus reveals that God is SO good, in fact, that the disciples declared that the only logical conclusion about God they could come to, after spending time with Jesus, was:

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NIV)

God’s goodness is real, practical, wonderful, and God-sized! We had got our language and image of God so wrong, which was why Jesus came to us and revealed to us what God is truly like. This is why he came to give us the authority we lost through wrong beliefs, through allowing the enemy to take our authority. Jesus comes to give back to us every piece of heaven, every aspect of his blessing that we had lost. He came to conform us to the design of heaven, our original blueprint, so that we could live in heaven’s beauty, bliss, and tranquillity. This is the heart of the Father:

‘Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.’ (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

Jesus not only refused to present God as a ‘judge’ or one who condemns or hurts others, he actively, humbly went about REDEEMING people from these evil works! Acts 10:38 records Jesus healing ALL who were under the devil’s power.

… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”  (Acts 10:38 NIV)

God is not in the business of disaster, punishment, or catastrophe. He lovingly binds our wounds. As Isaiah 42:3 comments, Jesus was a God of gentleness and compassion: ‘A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out’ (NIV). And just in case you missed it, Jesus does not do anything that is not in accordance with the Father, because he is in perfect oneness with him (John 5:19). Jesus came to truly make God the Holy Father again, as he revealed what holiness really is – perfect wholeness and harmony with the beauty of heaven (Matthew 6:9). This is why Jesus is the pioneer of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). His beauty inspires faith within us, as he reveals that the holiness of God is irresistibly beautiful and undeniably attractive. It gives us confidence to come before God’s throne of grace and freely receive the riches of heaven on earth (Hebrews 4:16).

Limitless Life Devotional

Enjoying Jesus

Colossians 2:6

‘As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him’ (KJV)

When one receives Jesus one enters into the full extent of the Kingdom reality; a reality, a Kingdom, full of peace, joy, fun, and adventure. A Kingdom of grace and love; where God is the benefactor and we his beneficiaries. Religion and legalistic self-effort have no place in this reality. Indeed, the New Covenant is about receiving through faith, not attaining through effort. It’s about enjoying Jesus, not enduring service.

Union with the Godhead is so beautiful, and we get to enjoy this everyday – with all its benefits! Unfortunately, due to religion, many have had the joy of knowing this glorious, effortless, laden-with-blessing union stolen from them. Some have known a taste of this freedom, but have abandoned the simplicity of Christ’s Finished Work for the baffling brew of law and grace. To some the idea of simply enjoying Jesus and his blessing all the time is impractical or lazy. In truth, however, Jesus has provided a no-lack Salvation, with everything we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), and there is no need to work for what God has already freely given! It takes more faith to rest in this grace, to enjoy life and this wonderful union we have with the Trinity, than it does to receive Christ by one way (grace, through faith), and then to live another way (works).

Perhaps you are living from a place of self-effort? Perhaps you are trying to achieve that which God has freely provided? Let me tell you, Papa God is so in love with you, he adores you, and loves doting on you! What he has provided is in no way lacking; God hasn’t left out of Salvation the provision you need – you are blessed with every blessing heaven has (Eph. 1:3)! Rest in him! You received the Spirit by grace, now live in and by the Spirit! Live in grace! Maybe you tasted the joy of Salvation but have become weighed down by religion and law? If this is you, know with confidence that the Spirit in you has made you rich and Papa wants to experience his tangible favor and glory – indeed, God wants you to experience his own joy! Live in grace and enjoy your unforced union with the Godhead!

Limitless Life Devotional

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!

Living from the Heart

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” – Colossians 2:6-10

When we become Christians, the first thing we get taught is that God loved us so much that he gave to us. We are told in a hundred and one ways that God is a good Father, who cares for us intimately and provides for us practically and lavishly. Yet for some reason, after a short while the language of those around us begins to change, subtly communicating that our sweet communion with the Lord needs to be conformed to external images of ‘maturity’, which often involves a hefty to-do list and a bunch of 19serving ideas. Christianity begins to look less like Christ in your heart, and more like the sweat of your brow, the very curse that Christ died to redeem Adam’s descendants from. I am not saying that God wants us to be lazy and passive, but I am saying that God does not get delight from our toil. When we become so busy with the ‘cares of this world’ (Matthew 13:22), whether that is the cares of a secular job, or of a Christian organisation, the word of life within our hearts is choked. In other words, when we try to put our programmes and suggestions onto others, what was created to be a spontaneous, organic, inspiration-from-the-heart faith, becomes a culture of performance. Kingdom power is replaced by human traditions.

In the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23, Jesus speaks clearly of this. He states that the good news is sown into our hearts. When God created us, he gave us spiritual senses that can interact with God’s Good News on earth, such as eyes that see heaven and ears that hear his heartbeat. These spiritual senses of ours are flooded with the images and inspirations that impress themselves upon our hearts, and from these spiritual senses, we perceive the world and conform to the patterns of the world that we perceive, through the resonance of their inspiration. As Bill Johnson has once said, ‘we live under the principles of the Kingdom we think the most about’. The best way that I can describe the word being sown into our hearts is to imagine that the heavenly realm is as a song sung by our Creator. This song has vibrations and frequencies of everything good and perfect, and these rhythms resonate through our hearts with tangible excitement and vitality. These sounds are the song of Christ’s hope, articulating in various forms, as He expresses himself to us in unique, creative ways suited to our one-of-a-kind personalities, so that we can walk in the pattern of our heavenly Artist’s design. Imagine this song like Aslan’s Creation Song in C.S Lewis’ Narnia book ‘The Magicians Nephew’:

“A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Diggory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. It was hardly a tune. But it was beyond comparison, the most beautiful sound he had ever heard.”

This song is the song of heaven on earth; the sound of Spiritual Wisdom, in vibrant hues of joy and peace. Like parrots fluttering vibrant wings and tweeting to one another in a 20tropical rainforest, his voice is one of breath-taking refreshment and captivating colours. He is the Source of all creativity and wonder; or, as Albert Einstein put it ‘…the source of all true art and science’. Thus, the song is both practical and inspirational. It moves us from our core and articulates our actions and our rhythms of life, naturally and passionately.

However, there are other sounds that come to us, which prevent us from hearing the song – blocking us from seeing its patterns and sensing its impressions upon our heart. When we take upon ourselves the heavy, ill-fitting yokes of others’ expectations (whether individual or cultural), we begin to live from ‘deceptive philosophies’ and ‘elemental spiritual forces’ of this world. We live from the outside in, rather than from the inside out. This can manifest itself in ‘a form of godliness, but denying its power’ (1 Timothy 3:5), and therefore can include religious activity, as well as the more unholy flavours of living. Therefore, no matter how well-meaning and sincere the people who place these external demands on you are, you must learn to be rooted and built up in the Gospel of God’s grace from your heart. As Colossians 2 states ‘just as you received Christ, continue to live your lives in him’. Live your life within his energising song of victory!  This is what living ‘in Christ’ is all about – being able to see and experience within your heart, all that he died to give you, and all that you share with him in your co-resurrection! (Colossians 3:1-3).

Everywhere you look there is a myriad of religious activity, prejudices, and every other ill-fitting external demand. Yet Jesus invites us to a higher perspective of living from the heart, the most natural, simple life available – the life of receiving his love, and flowing with it, as a freestyling poem of heaven,  as the echo of Christ’s resurrection articulates itself through us in elegant, whimsical designs. You have a unique way of seeing, and thus bringing, this song of heaven to earth, as you filter it through the giftings and wonders of your natural personality. Do not be conformed to an external ‘culture’ – a limited, set way of behaving – as you contain the vastness of heaven’s Kingdom within you with all of her glorious, holy cultures (Luke 17:21). In Song of Solomon 6:4, Jesus names you as beautiful as Tirzah, which is the city of delight!

Therefore, remain plugged into the message of God’s grace and love, as ‘faith comes through hearing the word of Christ’ (Romans 10:17). It is through Christ that our hearts beat with the clarity and power of heaven on earth, and we can discover who we are, and how vast this Kingdom within us really is – the Kingdom that waits for us to flow with its inspirational ways and wonders. Jesus reveals to us our unique prophetic sound of heaven, by appearing to us in our humanity and tearing away layer upon layer of misunderstanding and external pressure. Through the new wine of his message of life, pouring itself into our old, rigid wineskins, we begin to burst with inspiration once more – we begin to flow with 21.jpgthe resurrection-rhythms of the heart, being practical bringers of our unique, one-of-a-kind, divine flavours of heaven to earth. Some of us will be called to seemingly traditional roles, yet some of us will be called to transform cities into creative gardens. Some of us will be called to do a mixture of the ancient and the new! The possibilities are endless, just as the realms of creativity within each of us are multi-faceted and priceless. There is no one else who can reveal your flavours and styles of the divine! You are a one-of-a-kind expression of the Trinity’s affection.

Jesus comes to each of us and he asks us to live ‘as we received Christ Jesus our Lord’. In other words, from the resonance of love, inspiration, and grace within our hearts. As Jesus has stated in the parable of the sower, it is the one who hears the good news within their heart and ‘understands’ it, that produces an abundant harvest. The word for understanding here is important, as Jesus reveals that the understanding of the Gospel is the action that produces a harvest. Well, the Greek word for ‘understanding’ that Jesus used is the word ‘syniēmi’. This word means to synergise what has been heard within the heart, with your perceptions of the world around you. A definition of it is to ‘put together 22the perception with the thing perceived’. This means that the word is effective for those who are able to discover, with wide-eyed wonder, how their personalities are designed to bring heaven to earth, as they flow with this heavenly song.

Yet, let it be clear that it is not even us who bring ourselves this understanding through human reasoning and the basic principles of this world. Christ articulates himself through us in our patterns, as we remain plugged into his good news. He is the one whose tongue is the pen of a skilful writer (Psalm 45:1), and who is the author and articulator of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He causes us to recite our verses of life before our King, in many various, spontaneous actions, as he reveals to us the life of our design. His faith stirs up our hearts with that heavenly resonance once more, which is why Scripture unveils that ‘in the Gospel God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith’ (Romans 1:17). As we behold him, the wind of his Spirit flutters through our hearts with impressions and inspirations, awakening every single one of our spiritual senses, and revitalising and healing us back to his original song of serene bliss and intoxicating tranquillity (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Let us be those who can synergise heaven with earth, as we live from inspired hearts set ablaze with amazement and wonder. The inspiration of the Gospel is received and then flows through us, colouring in our world with his living descriptions of hope. This Gospel message produces results, not as we translate it into a religious to-do list of many and varied rituals to make so-called Christian organisations work, but as we allow Christ and His message to be a living, active inspiration. He dances through our personalities and 23comes skipping to this world with his unbridled hope! We are called to perceive the author of our faith, Jesus, within our hearts, and as we do the result is that we receive the implications of his finished work of love and grace.

The implications are many and multi-faceted, culminating in the over-arching truth that ‘as he is (right now in heaven), so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17). This is all related to his generous, lavish love. 1 John 4:17 states that as we grasp this truth that we contain all of Christ within us, love is made complete among us. The tired and weary lady in Song of Solomon cries out that she is a busy-body for religion, worn down with the to-do lists of her surroundings.

“my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” – Song of Solomon 1:6

She knows that the cure is the Christ-kiss, to tangibly feel the love and grace of Jesus, the good news, personally, within her own heart. This brings transformation and life. She cries ‘let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes, your name is perfume poured out’ (Song of Solomon 1:2-3). Allow Jesus to be that fragrance of pleasing, delicious life. As we connect with his love on a personal level, we allow his kisses to ignite our heart with heavenly impressions.  It is through receiving the joy of Christ’s manifold affections that we begin 24to perceive heaven on earth with all of our senses – as all of our spiritual senses are awakened. Through his love we perceive and see with the eyes of our heart.

“…and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” – Ephesians 1:17-23

These verses state that as we receive the revelation of the Christ, we begin to perceive heaven on earth within our imagination – not only as a distant hope but as a living and active thing, powerful enough to conquer any contradiction. Through our perceiving, faith is released that we have both the riches and the power to bring heaven on earth through our hearts, as we have an all-sufficiency in Christ, whose resurrection is our resurrection. This is true, authentic Christian service. This is living from the inside out, and it is all about resonating with the Spirit of Love!  1 John 4:19 states that ‘we love, because he first loved us’.

Understanding Christ in our hearts, then, is continuing to hear the Good news of the Gospel. The Gospel brings a whole new lens to us – an entirely different way of seeing and perceiving. It gives us heaven’s sights, sounds, scents, touch, tastes, and emotions! These ‘heaven on earth in the here and now’ spectacles, these rainbow-tinted lenses, enable us to tangibly see and experience that ‘in Christ, it is a whole new world’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). 25Our perspective is completely transformed to one of holiness – the Incarnate One inhabits the colours of our heart once more, and in this space he kisses us with inspiration so that we can interact with heavenly realities through the revelation of the fulfilled promises of God in Christ’s love and affections towards us.

These promises of heaven on earth colour in our perspective with living hope. The bible calls this living, active vision ‘faith’, as ‘faith is the substance of what is not physically seen yet’ (Hebrews 11:1. Through faith, heavenly power explodes in firework-beauty through us, as we behold and release the authority we have gained in Christ. We are called to transform earth to look like heaven through this rainbow-perspective of Christ; the colours and impressions that his love and grace paints on our heart. We see everything through Christ’s perspective. As Isaiah 11:2-5 details:

“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears
;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain
,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
 as the waters cover the sea”

This was the song given to us through the finished work of Christ. The multi-faceted, life-transforming, earth-shaking revelation that Christ makes available for us to hear and receive once more!

The Spirit of God which flows in wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, worship, and delight (Isaiah 11:2), presents to us these many facets of God; each gifts to us a new, living colour of heaven, a new heart-revelation, a new note in this song, so that we can hear once more the melodies of salvation, and engage in the dance of heaven on earth.

These refreshing revelations of God bring enlightenment to our senses so that we can ‘not judge by what we see [naturally], or decide by what we hear with our [natural] ears’, but 26instead can see beyond, into the pattern of God’s design, to bring the harmony and serenity of heaven to earth. Christ is the ‘little child’ whom Isaiah says leads this movement of tranquil harmony, the movement of the love of heaven caressing earth. It is his fresh perspective, and his innocence in perceiving heaven on earth through his heart, that enables us to do the same, and to bring to the earth the manifest knowledge of the Lord – his glory!

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” – Luke 10:19

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Enjoying Spiritual Treasure

John 1:16

‘And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace’ (KJV)

Some people relish in the idea of lack; to some the concept of living in lack and ‘just getting by’ is appealing, and there are many possible reasons for this. One is the religious ego, or the power people feel they have over those who aren’t as ‘trusting’ as they are. But, in short probably the main reason is that they see poverty as a virtue, as a holy lifestyle which requires their devotion and trust. Thank God that he doesn’t see it this way! In God’s mind poverty has always been a result of the curse, and he has never willed it upon any of his children! God himself has only ever been poor in Jesus on the cross, and that was for our sake – ‘so that you through his poverty might become rich.’ (KJV)

It’s important that we know a few things concerning prosperity and poverty; one is that poverty was a result of the curse. Another is that there is nothing wrong with you if you aren’t seeing your provision made manifest just yet (you aren’t under the curse, you are free from the curse, See Gal. 3:13-14). One more is the truth that you have the very same spiritual riches and prosperity of the Trinity – indeed, ‘of his fulness’ you have received! And another is that you can see this prosperity made manifest and enjoy the provision of your Papa in every area of your life. Oh, and another is that being poor is overrated, it’s not holy or unholy, it’s just a contradiction to the truth you can experience. YOU are holy and YOU are complete, and as you enjoy your holiness and fullness you will see glorious manifestation of the provision and prosperity of your Daddy God!

Know today that whether you have, in terms of wealth, plenty or little, your spiritual bank account, your spiritual treasure chest is FULL with the innumerable riches of the Godhead! Know that you have the prosperity of the Christ! Know that you can see this made manifest! Rest today in the reality of the sufficient one within, don’t buy into the religious lie that God isn’t interested in seeing you prosper, and don’t buy into the lie that it’s better to be poor. You are already rich! In Christ you are prosperous, and as you enjoy this reality you will see this prosperity tangibly manifest and flood into every area of your life!

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Walking in Heavenly Authority

Luke 10:19-20

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

As a believer in Christ, God wants you to be aware of your reality, which is heaven on earth in the here and now. This is not simply a humble, peace-making ideology, but a tangible, practical, life-giving world of wonder, filled with the substance of God’s power and optimistic love. God’s ecstatic, joy-filled imagination formed and shaped a world of fantastical bliss that all of your senses can engage in and interact with  through the eyes of your imagination, as you meditate on the heavenly realities of Jesus’ finished work (Ephesians 1:18). This New World in Jesus is your honeymoon island, given to you through God the Father, which you explore as you sail on your Holy Spirit luxury cruise ship! 1 Corinthians 2:12 describes it this way: ‘we have received the Spirit who is from God so that we may know the things freely given to us by God’ – with God, everything is smooth sailing! You can expect bliss-filled days in this entirely new world of serenity in Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In your marriage to Jesus Christ, you have been translated to the Grand Isle of Heaven, which is ‘in all and through all’ (Ephesians 4;6; Colossians 1:17; 1 Corinthians 8:6). So how do you access and engage with this reality, living in the heavenly victory and authority which is your inheritance? – Simple! You SEE this Island is real, through the belief that Jesus’ resurrection is yours, and thus, the entire Godhead lives within you! Colossians 1:27-28 in The Passion Translation states that: ‘Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! The mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person to the full understanding of truth’.

As you understand the authority within you, you will walk effortlessly in the manifest blessings of heaven on earth, including all of your enemies – whether they be emotional, relational, or financial – having to bow down to this revelation that you live in heaven on earth. Deuteronomy 28:7 states that ‘The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven’. Jesus causes you to walk on flourishing paths of intoxicating heavenly beauty and prosperity. God has given you tangible, authentic heaven on earth in the here and now. It is this revelation that transforms everything – every last enemy- into conforming with the truth that your name is recorded in heaven! You are in heaven!

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.

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A Whole New World

Galatians 1:3-5

‘Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,  to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.’ (KJV)

Some believers spend their entire lives trying to ‘escape’; escaping from sin, the systems of this world (do good, get good and foreboding mentalities), from poverty, from ‘bad luck’, and from a whole host of different things. They erroneously believe that; 1) they need to escape, and 2) something out there can help them. Number 2 is sadly often hijacked by Christian ministers who then, mostly out of genuine intent, create a religion out of a relationship, and give people steps, formulas, or practical advice based on self-effort. This is all because somewhere along the line we believed we needed to ‘escape’…

The thinking that one needs to escape derives from the belief of lack; the belief of lack erroneously states that you haven’t got what it takes, that you aren’t blessed, are distant and separate from God, and need to attain in order to enjoy. The Spirit, though, is leading us to understand that we have escaped the ‘dominion of darkness’ and that we have arrived, in fact are enthroned, in the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy! You see, you have being baptized into the Kingdom. You are a new creation (see 2 Cor. 5:17), and you are FREE, you have escaped! YOU have escaped! Because of what Jesus has accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection, you are in a whole new world! Your escape has happened via the Finished Word of Jesus; you have been ‘rescued’, or ‘translated’ as Colossians 1:13 states; “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (KJV). You have been set free, rescued, translated and delivered out of the dominion of darkness and the present evil age with all of its effects and consequences.

So, instead of trying to escape, and rather than trying to be set-free from sin, and in place of aiming to be safe from ‘bad luck’, why not enjoy and give thanks! You are free, you are in the Kingdom, you have Jesus’ own righteousness, you have his incomparable favor. And you have ‘escaped’! You are enthroned with him!

Renewed Mindfulness

By Paige Hunt

 “Your very next thought, feeling, or action can begin to uncover the deepest spiritual wisdom, which flows pure and free as mountain waters in spring” – Deepak Chopra

In Christ we have been planted into a whole new world. This world is the dimension of ‘being’ that Romans 6 invites us to bask and bathe in. It is the wisdom of the ages revealed in full clarity (John 4:24; Colossians 2:3). Instead of living from inferior mind-sets and22 desires, we can live from the heart and mind of heaven – the true pattern of our design. Our every cell bathes in heaven’s substance. Indeed, our substance is a unique flavour of Jesus. Repentance is not simply changing our own minds to believe this truth – it is going beyond an independent sense of ‘self’, to the flavoursome consciousness of Christ, expressing himself in unique and whimsical ways through you. It is sinking into a unique, satisfying, expressive-divine union with Christ.

“Well then, by virtue of undergoing baptism into death we were buried with him, in order that, as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we, too, might live and move in a new kind of existence” – Romans 6:4 (God’s New Covenant: A New Testament Translation)

We have been given a new quality of life, a new kind of existence in union with the Godhead; a divine-spiritual kind of humanity which is serenity, tranquillity, and garden-beauty. J.B. Phillips articulates this wonderfully, stating that in Christ an entirely new plane of existence, a new dimension of living, has opened up to us:

“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, 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” – Romans 6:4-8 (Phillips)

This kind of life is one of full immersion into the Godhead, where we can instantaneously access all of the atmospheric and practical virtues and blessings of God’s quality of life, no longer having to be dominated by any of those ancient habits and wrong ways of feeling, thinking, and being that we tried so sincerely to rid ourselves of. The problem was that we so falsely believed that this uninspired, dull, sin-way of living was our identity and the 23pattern of our design. Francois du Toit in the Mirror Bible accurately reveals to us that the power of Romans 6 lies in the fact that when we died, these false realities were completely eradicated from us, torn apart from our sense of consciousness, so that we could experience a new kind of fullness – the fullness of God’s nature and core-material. Francois states that the truth of Romans 6 “have set a new standard to become the pattern of your life; the grace of God ended sin’s dominance…consider your life now, there are no outstanding debts; you owe sin nothing! A life bonded to God yields the sacred expression of his character, and completes in your experience what life was always meant to be.” – Romans 6:17, 22 (Mirror Word)

The new reality which we experience through Christ results in consciousness-expansion, so that we can feel each aspect of us at rest, in the ease and lightness of the glory realm of God’s love – swimming in the psychedelic inspiration-colours and delicious abundance-aromas of heaven’s life. We are bonded to all of heaven, expressing the inspiration and composition of God naturally, through our personalities and hearts.  The river of life flowing within us once gurgled and slopped with a thick, murky sludge-like quality, glooping lazily through a garden of death, yet Christ was the mystic portal that transported us through the looking-glass of life, and now we are a dancing, living, fresh-pure stream, flourishing in a garden of life and lofty beauty. We are free, where we once were stuck in muddy, difficult mind-sets. We are in the ease of the Breath of life. 19

“…If we were planted into the garden of His death, surely we shall be planted into the garden of His resurrected life” – Romans 6:5 (Cotton Patch)

It is not simply that we ‘shall be’ – the context of Romans 6 reveals that we already are. Another way that Paul describes this is in Colossians 3:9-10:

“Seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man”

We are therefore instructed to SEE and BEHOLD the realities of Jesus to experience what is already true of us at the core of us, in the spiritual realm, in the here and now. Interestingly, the words for ‘put off’ and ‘put on’ in Colossians are the Greek words ‘ekduo’, and ‘enduo’. These words describe sinking out of one thing and into another. – We have sunk into his resurrection garden through resting in his love and faithfulness on our behalf! So to see this new life manifesting through our bodies and circumstances, all we have to do is keep on sinking into the glorious realities of the Father’s love for us! Rest into the cosy comfort of his detailed, lavish goodness.

Seeing this beautiful garden of our essence is the Father’s aromatherapy.

“The bliss of God is the essence of holiness itself. Many confuse holiness with the outward form of legalism or external religious activities. But holiness is not the absence of sin; it is the Presence of God. A lot of people think they are in God’s will because they have gotten rid of a lot of sin, but emptying out all of your bad stuff does God no favors. You can be empty of sin, but still be empty! Don’t be empty; instead get full of God! Being filled with the Spirit always produces fruitfulness and wonders…The more you drink His Presence, the more you believe what he has already done. The more you believe, the more virtue you manifest” – John Crowder, The Ecstasy of Loving God.

The Romans 6 reality is a great drink of, well, Reality! As you drink of the revelation of the resurrection of Christ, which is the Song of all songs, you begin to realise that forgiveness of sins is only one half of the Gospel – the entire power of God is in the revelation of our heady resurrection with Christ. A resurrection that has turned our whole world upside down – that has placed us in a new kind of existence. The Kingdom of God is at our fingertips, and it is not about words but it reveals that we bathe in, and are surrounded by, the POWER of God’s goodness and glory. His very essence flows through our veins. (1 Corinthians 4:20). This world is Jesus Christ, our all in all (Colossians 3:11). His Spirit of 20tranquillity is that mystic spring. The nourishing elixir of life. As Psalm 36 states, God ‘gives us to drink of the wadi of delights’. We are invited to simply sit in the Presence of God, free of religious obligations and stoic, religious ideas. To simply sit and drink up the new world.

“When anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world. The old order has gone, and a new order has already begun” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (New English Bible)

We are not simply planted in this world; we are also composed of it. Galatians 2:20 in the Distilled Bible says, ‘I consider myself as having died and now I am enjoying a second existence, which is simply Jesus using my body’. Your whole body is filled with the Presence of Jesus, flowing with this holy, heavenly, happy life of bliss. Indeed, our very breath is the ruah; the life-breath of God. The Kingdom of heaven is an experiential reality, and not some castle in the air.

“When you own your own breath, nobody can steal your peace” – Author unknown

Jesus calls us to enjoy his bliss through a conscious awareness that we are united with him at the core of us. We are breathing the Holy Spirit – the fullness of God in the here and now. Inhale the beauty of this whole new world, the creative inspiration, the endless paradise-harmony-pleasure, and you will effortlessly exhale the miraculous – divine renewal of youth, a sound mind, financial miracles. Allow yourself to feel those waves of his Spirit flowing through you. The abundance, health, and total well-being of his Presence within you – indeed, your very own Presence. You are in total oneness with this Presence. You are composed of the life of the Godhead. The peace that surpasses all 24understanding bathes your whole being – you were made for tranquillity. You are the glory cloud. You are the enchanted forest that invites you to explore endless prophetic depths.

As you realise that in your co-union with Christ, you are wholly holy, you will effortlessly flow with the frequencies of heaven – his energies and vibrations that speak life into your life. Sink deeper, sail further away on the waves of his love and grace, and see how deep the rabbit hole goes. We can sink into the satisfaction and lofty pleasure of God’s garden universe.  You have the fullness of heaven’s vibrations right now. Feel them – the wisdom is in the experience of God. The glory articulates the wisdom of God through your being, into your mind, into your emotions. Picture a hookah, an oriental water pipe, which draws the smoke through a bowl of water. The revelation of your co-union with Jesus Christ is an experiential Holy Spirit hookah. It flavours everything with the life of heaven.

The message of inclusion which the Gospel articulates to you is that everything about you and your perspective is ‘in Christ’, and in Christ, it is Glory Land. This is the reality of perfection, beauty, and abounding creativity – here, everything is inspiration. As Titus 1:15 18sings, ‘to the pure, all things are pure’. Your reality is purity in all-things. Allow yourself to sink into these realities, like a soothing, comforting bubble bath of aromatic fragrances. Allow yourself to enjoy the altered state of consciousness that the Gospel offers!

“There is another way; a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” – Rumi

The Gospel of Jesus always gives us a deeper drink of life. Keep on drinking in this whole new world. Rest in this perfected garden of intoxicated serenity, breathing in the colours, sounds, and sights of this paradise garden of God. You have unlimited friendship with the Trinity! Unhindered union!

To human reasoning, perfection-bliss-creativity in the here and now can seem like insanity. It goes against the grain of human wisdom. But it truly remains the wisdom of the Father. The heavenly perspective of Jesus Christ, and all of his love and wonder is referred to in Scripture as the potent wine of God. God truly is a free Spirit of wild, untamed wonder. As 2 Corinthians 5:13 states, “if we are out of our mind, it is for God”.

Yes, let us be hedonists of God – lovers out of our minds, living from the mind of Christ – wonderland. Let us be drinkers of his pleasure, unable to resist the superior delights of enjoying this breath of life, and the altered state of consciousness it brings us, as we see that lie of an independent self utterly severed from our perceptions. The limitations we held within our vision – those threats and contradictions – melt like butter on a hot day. You can give up self-confidence and the lie of independent living and reasoning, to live care-free in the care of the Father. To live, move, and have your being in oneness with this whole new world. Your reality is the Trinity. You are a unique flavour of their life. They express themselves through you super naturally day-by-day as you flow in the inspiration of your mystical co-union with Christ.

Romans 12:2 highlights that the wisdom of God is there in renewed mind, and with it flows physical transformation as we begin to flow with the reality of this glory. This renewed mind is not something which we partially possess. We have within us the mind of Christ in its entirety. (1 Corinthians 2:16). As we rest, soak, and breathe in this new creation reality; a reality of unhindered union with the Godhead, the glory flows effortlessly. The mystical 25spring within us bubbles over with life and solves everything. Christ is all and in all – flowing, bubbling, babbling with glorious, beautifying simplicity! (John 7:38).

This whole world dances and prances, gushes and flutters with the wisdom of Christ. God loves to enjoy the reality of this cosmos. Each person, and all flora and fauna, are like different flavoured hookahs to the Christ. He loves to breathe in the flavours and inspired thought of his creativity. God is love-drunk on the reality of existence! Allow these truths to bring about a love-drunkenness in you, a jolly awakening to the endless abundance of life we have in Christ. He is layer upon layer of glorious goodness.

“Then I [wisdom] was constantly [or ‘was the artisan’/’was a little child’] at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing [or ‘playing’] always in his presence, rejoicing [or ‘playing’] in his whole world and delighting in mankind.” – Proverbs 8:30-31

This passage speaks of the Holy Spirit, our artistic, child-like Spirit of Wisdom. Our composition and love-flow. God is a God of child-like simplicity, of enthusiastic play and delight. He is a true artisan of freedom! You were created with God’s love-drunken nature. Your heart and mind are flooded with the colours, beauty, and playful delight of God! The wisdom of God is not stoic, it is aesthetic, delicious, and vibrant – it vibrates heaven’s frequencies throughout your whole being and plunges you into his emotions of bliss,26 as you re-connect with this revelation of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of heaven on earth. In this Gospel we can experience and discover the endless depths of wisdom and glory! (Colossians 2:3)

His mountain-water wisdom,
flowing within and throughout us,
giving composition to everything.

“And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52

“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.”- Paramahansa Yoganandya

“The Gardener, being as He is the Creator of water, pours it in without stint; and whatever the soul has not been able to collect in perhaps twenty years of exhausting intellectual effort, the heavenly Gardener gives it in a moment” – Teresa of Avila.

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