God is taking us to a deep affection. A place where we take our place in our identity. We receive the full weight of his glory. The outworking of a Covent agreement with saviour. It’s where we have the “Knowledge of the whole earth filled with his glory”. The word “knowledge” is a word of sustenance. This knowledge will be revealed on a scale we have never seen. A new era of sustainable power like we have never imagined. A time where fewer words are needed. The people in the New Testament did’nt have the New Testament for except maybe a few letters. This is a time where we not only value reading the book of Acts but more importantly we value writing and creating the book of Acts. A time of unlimited chapters that will not end.
This is a time where we don’t even need to talk about God. For he is with us present. His word speaks in his actions. Just like Moses raised his hands and they won the battle without a word spoken. Just like Pauls shadow healed the sick. Just like Moses threw a staff down and it turned into a snake. The magicians could replicate it but they had to speak incantations. Moses didn’t have to say a word. The word was already given. The word was present in bodily form.
Talking about God can get in the way of letting him speak for himself. When we have 3 people in a room and two talk about the other it becomes weird. Apart from an introduction it separates us from the person we are talking about. But when we let him speak from himself a relationship is formed.
6 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Here we can see the slave girl talked about God. Paul wanted to speak with God and then bring him to the people. She was a slave not a daughter and got in the way of Gods plans by talking about him. The spirit she had was the spirit of Pythia. A religious spirit that sucks the air out of its victim as it is talking too much and not receiving the constant breathe of God. It causes heaviness, sadness and depression and kills everything God wants to do. The only people who could understand her were the religious. For the rest it made no sense further separating them from God.
Have you heard people talk about relationships till they are blue in the face but never experienced it? Or worse stopped you from experiencing it because you had to listen?…. Talk, talk, talk, talk.
It can lead to such desire, frustration, eventually sadness and even resentment.
It is not the “m” word. Self love. Where we go through all the same motions and activity void of the relationship, and love. We do all the work and feel empty at the end. Excuse me if I am being too honest but I feel this is how many of us relate to God. It is idolatry and brings isolation and no fruitfulness.
God is asking us shut up and let him take us to a place of intimacy. In this place is where the cycle of pregnancy begins.
The veil has been removed. We can rest with God completely joined to him.
Paul talks about this ‘Profound mystery’ like a the way a husband and wife become one, all of humanity becoming one with Christ. 1+1=1.
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church
To become one with Christ is literally mind blowing. This means that everything Christ is, we are. If Christ sits in heaven, we can. If Christ talks face to face with angels, we can. If Christ can talk with past prophets and believers of old, we can. If Christ can be anywhere on earth, we can. Literally. This is not a theory, this is reality. I won’t stretch or push your mind too much here or even give you scriptures. Search it out yourself and ask yourself the question WCJD, What can Jesus do?
When we join with Jesus the natural world and the spiritual world start to blend. Just like marriage it is a physical and spiritual union.
Many believe death is the gateway. They believe when we die we will see heaven, we will talk with angels we enter a place of intimacy with Christ. I would like to suggest because we have honoured death and made it the key to heaven we have not enjoyed this mystical union of heaven before death.
Jesus asks to pray in the Lord’s Prayer ‘On earth as it is in heaven’
If it is our job to help reveal heaven to earth how can we do it if we’ve never experienced it?
How can we encourage other people in the ways of marriage if we have never experienced this daily adult intimacy first hand. A text book of information will never cut it.
Be encouraged. We are on the frontier of signs, wonders and literal heaven invading the church in a way the earth has never thought possible. Death is not the gateway. Like a branch attached to a tree, when we join with Christ he becomes the life of heaven in us.