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Psalm 34:8 (KJV)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”

Faith is a substance – God’s tangible opinion of the reality of your co-resurrection in Christ – to be drunk down and enjoyed (see Song of Solomon 5:1)! It isn’t a stoic intellectual ascent; rather, it is a moment-by-moment experience of being loved by God, as His holy excitement, his exotic, enjoyable emotions, flow through us, filling our heart and enlightening our imagination so we effortlessly enjoy and recline into the reality of realities: the Gospel of wonder!  In Christ, through your co-resurrection with Him, you have been immersed into the glory realm and share in everything – and I mean absolutely everything – that the doting, bliss-filled Trinity are and have (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Of course, it is good for us to remember that experience of the Gospel, of the emotions of God, is not the pathway to intimacy and union with Jesus. Rather, your experience of the Gospel is secured through Jesus: it is the effortless result of the intimacy that we share through being grafted into the Godhead, cut from the same cloth as them, through Christ’s finished work. We are encompassed by favor, seated in the beloved! (see Psalm 5:12; Ephesians 2:6). Scripture clearly reveals to us that it is the works of Christ, and not our own works, which ushers us into the experience of the Gospel. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to manage and manifest our emotional climate (see Galatians 5:22).Our responsibility is to simply recline into the good news and enjoy wave upon wave of God’s affectionate, cosy, warm love, being soaked by His perspective of the ‘in Christ’ reality (see John 1:16).

We are to sink into the expectancy and all of the emotions of Christ’s faith on our behalf, letting God do the ‘serious’, ‘responsible’ work (solving any circumstantial, personal, and relational issues), as we drink up the imaginative, positive-limitless implications of our union with the Godhead. You could never out-imagine God’s goodness. He is so wildly glorious that even our best attempts to over-exaggerate His goodness and joy do not scratch the surface! He is the source of all creativity and wonder, the great, epic fantasy adventure of the soul. This is why we can rest assured that through Christ, the fruits of our lives will be emotional wholeness and joy! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). This is why Psalm 34:8 describes to us that we taste and see (experiencing and knowing in every facet of our existence, including our emotions) that God is truly good through simply trusting Him! Song of Solomon 8:9 (NASV) also writes this same truth: “And your mouth like the best wine! It goes down smoothly for my beloved, flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep” – This verse may sound confusing, but it highlights that as we ‘fall asleep’ to our own efforts, allowing ourselves to be loved on, adored, provided for, and encouraged by the Gospel message – becoming recipients of God’s sweet perspective, His good news and love – we discover ourselves ‘tasting’ delicious experiences of God’s love! (see Song of Solomon 1:2).

The delights of Christ, the wine of God’s wisdom, transforms everything about our world, intoxicating us with positive, delight-filled emotions. As we allow our imagination to take a tour of the realities of faith, we discover ourselves filled with a tangible sense of God’s blessings, love, and affectionate, intimate delights. Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG) describes this as such: “I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I was aware, my desire set me among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince” – The delight-infused reality of faith carries you into various emotional experiences, enabling you to perceive in many ways the realities of your inheritance in Christ. The details of the Gospel truly set you free in the area of your emotions, so that the dynamics of faith express themselves not only through your mind and material world, but also become tangible in your physical body. This is why disciples in Acts 22:17 and 10:10 ‘fell’ into a trance (ESV). This speaks of an emotional experience of the Good News!  You were created to experience Jesus – to taste and see that your inheritance and reality in the Godhead is good!

 

Separating Truth from Religious Behaviors and Rituals (Part Two)

A Defeated Enemy!

One of the lies of burdensome religious beliefs is that negative actions and words need to 63be counteracted or balanced with faith-filled ones; otherwise you may receive something negative or be vulnerable to the enemy. This lie has caused many to live within the bondage of ‘religious’ (superstitious) behaviors and rituals. When someone explores the prophetic without a proper revelation of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, the result is often superstition, religious behaviors, rituals, and paranoia!

The truth of grace is that Jesus single-handedly saved you, plunged you into heaven on earth in the here and now, and preserves you in this superior existence. Your reality is resurrection-glory! Therefore as a believer you cannot actively receive anything negative – faithless and negative words and actions have no spiritual power or dominion over you – they do not exist in your fresh, new reality of the vitality of Jesus Christ, in which you share in all of the goodies of His resurrection, being filled with that same glory! (See John 17:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:12). You reside in the new world of heaven on earth in the here and now, completely separated from the old world and old ways of do-to-be-mentalities, manipulation, superstition and control. Religion speaks a dead language and has been 21made completely irrelevant to you through the resurrection-life of the Spirit that flows through your veins. You are completely dead to sin, demons and the demonic realm, as well as to complicated mechanisms to try to control, maintain, and sustain your spirituality/spiritual experiences (see Romans 6:11).

At one time, you were the master of your own spirituality, and reaped the fruits of that, but now, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, Ephesians 1 (PHILLIPS) astounds us with the reality that we are God’s ‘holy and blameless children living within his constant care.’ We live within the finished work and detailed care of Jesus Christ. God has given us a constant, ever-flowing supply of blessing that counteracts and transforms all curses effortlessly. We can radiate the light of Jesus within us, so that anything negative that touches us is itself transformed to light! (John 1:5; Psalm 36:9). We are surely surrounded with favor as a shield! (Psalm 5:12). Demons do not exist in your realm, because you are in Christ, one with His resurrection, and flowing with these resurrection realities organically, naturally, and effortlessly. Galatians 2:20 (AMP) declares to us that:

“I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

In other words, in and through Christ, you can view yourself and your world through resurrection eyes. See how the J. B. Phillips translation writes Galatians 2:20, “And my present life is not that of the old “I”, but the living Christ within me.” – Just as Christ is the light the darkness flees from, you are also filled with this same light, this same favor, this same glory! You can consequently live with the declaration of Galatians 6:14, “But let it not be for me to take pride except in the crucifixion of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, in whom the universe has been crucified to me, and I have been crucified to the universe.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) – Allow yourself to organically, naturally, 64effortlessly radiate the bliss-filled, love-lavished glory of your co-resurrection with Christ as you perceive the crucifixion which has taken place – a crucifixion that, in Christ, has ushered in the radiance and knowledge of God’s glory in every nook and cranny of human existence (Colossians 2:3; Habakkuk 2:14; Romans 8:19). Your works could never accomplish or attain even one iota of what Jesus did in one fell swoop at the cross!

You are in heaven on earth in the here and now. Ephesians 1:6 (KJV) announces that: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” The Greek word for ‘accepted’ used here is ‘charitoō’, which speaks of being completely encompassed by favor. You are fortified, established, and preserved in the reality of your co-crucifixion with Christ (by which every principality and power that was against you was completely destroyed – see Colossians 2:15), and in your co-resurrection in union with Christ, where you share in His new, holy nature, desires, and possess all that Christ is and has. This is exactly what it means when Colossians 1:13 in the Weymouth New Testament comments that “It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son,” – The language of Scripture delights itself in the fact that we are already in a new Kingdom, where the old world of demons and religious boogeymen has completely passed away. 2 Corinthians 5:17 expresses this gleefully:

  • “So if any one [be] in Christ, [there is] a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new:” (Darby Bible Translation)

  • “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (Word English Bible)

  • “Therefore, if anyone is in the Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all things have become new!” (International Standard Version)

I also love the way that the Amplified Bible articulates in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that we are in a new world ‘because spiritual awakening brings new life’. Christ’s spiritual awakening 24blossoms effortlessly throughout our own human existence, because his belief inspires and expresses our own! (See Romans 1:17; Psalm 36:9; Romans 10:17).

In Matthew 2:18-20 (KJV) Jesus declares: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” – If Jesus (and consequently you, who are in Him), have all authority, then the devil clearly has none! Luke 10:19 (KJV) unmistakably states the same thing; “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Believer, today hear the words of Jesus, that nothing can actively harm or curse you! You do not need to maintain your salvation; Jesus has already secured and established you in an unshakable Kingdom of His love, grace, and blessings! (Hebrews 12:28). As John Crowder in his book ‘Mystical Union’ says, “I don’t know much about your principalities but I do know about mine!”

Many religious teachings view the enemy as an active, looming force. However, Scripture shows that this is not the case – the enemy has already been totally destroyed and plundered (See Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15). We are not fighting for victory, but resting in our seat of already established victory in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Trusting in God’s grace will always fortify us from any wrong or false mindsets that would cause us to strive or strain. We live within His established victories; His detailed care of us! This is why Scripture mentions ‘the wiles of the devil’ (Ephesians 6:11; KJV), as the devil is completely and totally powerless, so you can only be deceived by unrenewed mindsets in yourself as well as in others. These unrenewed mindsets however are not an active force or substance and do not leave the door open for an active enemy. The enemy is completely defeated. In fact, even your mind is on an adventure of discovery, through the Holy Spirit (your heavenly tour guide of this whole new world in Christ!) into realising how gloriously redeemed and perfect it is. 1 Corinthians 2:12, 16 tells us that:

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God… For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (KJV)

Discovering our righteousness and grace in our co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ (our inherited blessings!) will always, without fail, set us free – free from unrenewed mindsets, free to see every blessing of God manifest throughout our lives (John 508:32). The enemy has no active force or power to get at us or cause anything bad to happen as a consequence of us not fulfilling any religious ‘duties’ or ‘burdens’. He doesn’t even exist in our reality anymore. One of the Scriptures that really articulates this is Colossians 2:15 (KJV):

“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

The key to this verse is in the word ‘triumphing’, which makes reference to the Romans’ ‘triumphant procession’, which would take place to show that an enemy was completely powerless and had been conquered thoroughly. In a triumphant procession, the defeated king would be stripped naked in front of his subjects and dragged through the streets, with his thumbs and big toes cut off. This was to show that the defeated enemy was now laughable, unable to hold a sword, run, or engage in any kind of attack. There was nothing to fear of this foe[1]. The risen Jesus took the keys of death and hell away from the enemy,65.jpg and in our union with Him gave us the keys to heaven on earth in the here and now (See Revelation 1:18; Matthew 16:19; Revelation 3:7) . The enemy is not an active force and has no power or authority. Unfortunately, a lot of believers have missed this memo, and feel that as a result, they need to place upon themselves religious burdens such as Old Testament models of prophecy…

(Keep an eye out for part 3 next week!)

 

 

[1] http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/spiritual_authority/

 

Locate Yourself Correctly

By Josh Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’ve also got a great identity:

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

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

And you’ve got great power:

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

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

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

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

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