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Day #7: Freedom in Christ
“To Live as Christ in the World”
To come seek the Father as Jesus did, to love the Father with the same love and the same zeal as His own Son. You have the same opportunity as Christ Jesus to spend time in the Lord. The same opportunity to ‘go aside’ into the ‘lonely place’ and sit in the Presence of the Father, to be ministered to by Him and have the Glory of God come upon you.
You have the same capacity and opportunity of the deepest of intimacy in the Lord God as Christ Jesus. By the Blood shed for you, you have the same rights to the Love of God as His own Son. The same rights as a son to participate with the Father in the greatest of intimacy, tenderness, and confidence. This ‘parable’ of Jesus calming the waters (Mark 4:35-41) is an active demonstration of one who believes and lives as Christ Jesus. One who has entered and abides in the Rest of the Lord; born a son or daughter of the Living God.
As Christ is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:16-17 AMPC)
Jesus led the way, so that you may become able to abide in the Rest, and in the Anointing of the Lord, just the same as He. Jesus dwelled in the Rest of the Lord and this same Rest allowed Him to sleep even in the midst of storms that He faced for His love, security, and care was in the Father (Ps. 91:9-13). From this same place of Rest, He was equipped to speak over the circumstances of life and calm the storms. This is the same for you and I, for Jesus Himself ‘solemnly’ prophesied over the lives of all future disciples, that you will do even greater works than Jesus, if only you believe (John 14:12-14, Matt. 21:22).
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10 NIV) … I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name [as My representative], this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name [as My representative], I will do it. (John 14:12-14 AMPC)
To enter the Rest of the Lord is to abide in the Love of God, free as a son or daughter of the Almighty. Dwelling and remaining in the Presence and Courts of God regardless of the circumstances of life, by choice and by rights. Dwelling in the Heart of the Father where the Spirit of God shares in you the secret things of His Heart. The Word of God ‘proceeding’ from the mouth of God into your soul, just as it was in Jesus’ own life on earth.
The Temple, the Kingdom, the dwelling place of God is in the secret place of your heart. Retaining the Joy of the Lord allows you to draw from the ‘Wells of Salvation’ (Is. 12:3). Dwelling in the Love of God gives you access to the secret and hidden things of the Lord, of whom dwells within you (Prov. 20:5). Therefore, you must guard your heart for it is the ‘Well Spring of Life’ (Prov. 4:23), and with ‘insight’ you can draw from the ‘deep waters’ the ‘concealed’ matters of God (Prov. 25:2, 1 Cor. 2:7). These things of the heart, this dwelling place of the Lord, needs to be guarded and protected. What then do you need to guard yourself from, but from the cares of this life, and from the demon that only wants to steal, and keep the manifest Life and Promises of God from being fulfilled in you (Matt 13:22).
The written Word is telling you about the Promises of God, concerning you. The ‘proceeding’ Word, His Voice, (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4) is the Father making manifest these written Promises in your spirit, in your soul, in your mind, and in your flesh.
A personal prayer; “Lord I pray and fast for the continual manifestation of the Presence and Love of God upon my life. Lord in my flesh I do not resemble Heaven at all. Lord, I need the tangible realities of the Spirit of God continually made manifest in me. I cannot function, nor do I desire to, without your Goodness resting upon my life, for only you make me resemble Heaven at all.”
“Lord I long for your Voice, the mystery and wonder of the Spirit resting upon my life and rising from within. I long for your ministering grace … thank you Holy Ghost. Lord, I cannot live or operate without your continual Presence ‘at work’ in me. If there is anything I choose to be anxious for is your Presence active, tangible, and manifest in my life for it is both needed and beautiful to behold. But I now realise that this is the way it is supposed to be, this is the ‘Pre-Fall’ walking in the Lord that Christ has gained and achieved for us all.”
Pre-Fall walking with the Father:
This is the way of the original Creation, this is the way of the Spirit: your roots in the Vine continually reaching in and continually drawing from the Branch (Is. 11). Continually receiving, drawing, and being transferred into you by the Lord God Almighty. Living in continual communion in Him is the way the Lord has created you from the ‘Beginning’, and it is His longing since the Fall. This is why He sent His Son to die on the Cross for you, so that you may be truly re-joined in Him. He yearns for you to come to a point of yearning for Him, for ‘yearning’ is a hunger that continually reaches in for what God has established for you. Drawing nutrition like the roots of a plant, of which by natural ease, form the ‘leaves’ and ‘fruit’ of the Glory of God.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:4-8 NKJV)
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Father, thank you for the capacity that I can live as Christ in the earth. Lord that I can walk in the same close relationship with you as Jesus walked. That I can live in open dialogue, walking and talking with you. Being raised in the Spirit of God. Please help me become as my Lord and Saviour, to live truly as a son of God; in spirit, in soul, in mind, and in deed. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
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