Jesus is Life…and that means there is no death in Him at all! He is exuberant, joyful, fulfilling, ever-blessing and ever-refreshing life..
His very life is our life, sustaining and carrying us along in Life. His Spirit of Life gave us our breath.
In Him is no death – this tells me He is never, ever destroying me, hurting me, tearing me down, crushing me, or sucking the joy or vigor from me – NO! He is always building me up, invigorating me, filling and fulfilling me!
Jesus said eternal life is knowing Him, and to be part of His very life, eternal and immutable, is to know Him with a depth of intimacy that I can’t even fathom.
Jesus is the fullness of pure love, without a bit of harshness, He is refreshing and enlivening, never taking away from my quality of life but always making it infinitely better.
Jesus is life … the living water of the Holy Spirit bubbling up and overflowing in my life.
Jesus is a deep well of constant reassurance and pure love and grace inside me.
Jesus is life, joy and freedom inside me.
There is a radiance in the delight of God
that he is delighted with me
that he is delighted with Christ in me
that he has entered time and space
that he has made my heart his home
my life is now his life
my resurrection happened the moment he entered my life and dwelt in me
that is my New Creation life
I am created new in Christ
not washed clean but created new
my hearts is new
my spirit is new
I now feel and know the Holy Spirit alive in me
and everything that says it is not so
has been taken away and destroyed
I am who God says I am
and the same radiance that lights up creation lives in me
never to be extinguished
but to shine in me throughout eternity
to transform me into the very image of God.
We are all on a journey of love into the heart of God to discover who we already are.
This journey is alien to us, it is a complete contradiction to all the world teaches us.
It is a journey to receive the promises of God.
It is a journey of realisation that we have died with Christ and have been raised with him into his resurrected life.
It is a journey into the realisation that we are now sons and daughters of God.
And this journey is a journey in the decisions of our heart, in those little acts of love and kindness that we find our true identity.
For the faith of Christ is the faith in our hearts, the peace of God is the peace in our hearts and the trust the father has in Christ is the trust God has in you.
He holds you, let yourself be held.
There are voices all around us.
Trying to get our attention.
Telling us, informing us, calling us, advising us, speaking at us.
Giving us meaning, efficiency, substitutes and functions.
If we listen!
More the often we hear a series of problems that need to be solved or principles that need to mastered.
But the desire of Christ is not to engage our intellect but to ignite our hearts.
He whispers to us with His passion,
He captures us with His dreams
He heals us with His wounds,
He delivers us from our fears,
He wraps us in His beauty,
He reveals to us His mystery,
He touches us with his ecstasy,
He sings to us with His poetry,
He loves us with His everlasting delight.
If we listen
Christ is calling to us in every moment of life.
Inviting us into his life of beauty and intimacy.
Awakening us to His glory alive inside of us.
His voice is always speaking to us,
When did we stop listening?
Too often in life we start at the beginning and work our way to the end.
Like a bestselling novel we start with the rags, work our way through the storms and heartbreak before we reach the final happily ever after.
And more often than not we identify with the storms and heartbreak of the present because that is the centre of our story.
But this amazingly is not reality.
For the reality of the universe and history is Jesus Christ.
And the declaration of Jesus is “IT IS FINISHED. ”
So the story of our life is now the story of our life in Christ.
Our story now starts with the finished work of Christ.
Our story starts at the end and works it’s way back to the present.
Our story starts from the victory of the resurrection.
Our story starts from the finish line and the gold medal placed around our neck
Our story starts from the New Creation.
And the Holy Spirit works in and through us to declare and show us that we now live in the truth of the New Creation.
We now look back to the cross and now live in the truth of the resurrection .
We don’t look forward to the resurrection we live in the day of the resurrection.
Christ is our finished line.
And we are complete in him. .
Jesus Christ is our past, present and future.
We are now alive to Him.
And all the promises of God are YES and AMEN in Christ.
One of the most amazing revelations of the Bible is that God accepts you.
God accepts you because Christ’s finished work at the cross was complete.
His finished work means that today in Christ you have
And you have been filled with complete faith.
And you are accepted in the grace and goodness of God
And you are the realisation of what the goodness and love of God is.
You are the worship of God’s heart
You are the fulfilment of God’s dreams
You are the delight of God’s desire.
And the best thing you could ever do is receive and delight in God’s love for you.
For as you love yourself God is glorified.
As you love yourself God is worshiped.
For loving yourself in Christ is manifesting what God is like.
For in Christ you are the evidence of the love and goodness of God.
Every day we have hundreds of opportunities to engage with the negativity that surrounds us.
In a world full of diagnosis and treatment
We engage the destructive by nullifying it’s pain.
More often than not we think in terms of managing and limiting the onslaught of bad news.
But engaging the negativity does not get rid of it,
Instead it is defeated by the positive.
And the positive is rooted in the truth.
For it is knowing the truth that sets us free.
It is a change of perspective
A change of view
A transfer from darkness into light.
A growing awareness of the Holy Spirit inside us, teaching us to realising the New Creation life that now lives inside of us.
The starting point for every situation and circumstance should be Christ.
For in Christ we have arrived and are seated with Christ in heavenly places.
Christ is the answer.
So let us start with the answer before we are consumed with the questions.