Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It’s a Revelation, Not a Seminar
Is it any wonder why, without too many exceptions, those of us who have been received of the Father right from the beginning of our journey ended up in some kind of religious institutional setting? Main line or low profile – it doesn’t matter.
Prior to being received by God our Father, fear was the only impetus that freely operated within us. Being, according to the Scriptures “translated” out of the kingdom of darkness into the marvelous kingdom of the Father, we received a new spirit that had nothing to do with fear. But, without the Father making known to us and real in us what He had done, we simply inclined unto our natural soulish understanding and moved according to the flesh.
In my opinion, the greatest crippling force operating in fellow siblings is condemnation, even though scriptures plainly state, “Therefore there is now NO more condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus.” This fear-filled leaven has produced untold numbers of spiritual quadriplegics. And all condemnation produces unhealthy reactions. Modern psychologists have traced stress, anger, panic attacks and anxiety back to guilt and condemnation.
Father’s intention is never going to change regarding the many sons that have been birthed out of His first born son Jesus Christ. It is His ability alone that can make known to us the truth of Whose we are, and who we are in Him!
Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: "Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work." Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. "The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I'm not keeping it to myself; I'm ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen. "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
It is only out of discovering the spirit of sonship we have freely received of the Father that we can enter into His rest!
So many are consumed with the religion of Christianity, but so very few are remotely even aware of BEING His son, particularly in today’s world.