The finished work of Christ at the cross is the starting point of history. It is the starting point for all the plans and purposes of God and God’s will for us is to live in and experience his victory at the cross. The greatest pleasure God has is when we feast on the finished work of Christ. For we are the breath and life of Christ in the bitter waters of the world. We are the flowing, healing stream of refreshing water cascading over the bitter deluge of pain. Christ in us, is the hope of glory to a broken and lost world.
God has placed his incorruptible word into the good soil of your heart, so you can be rooted and grounded in the truth of his abundant life. His word contains the fullness of his promises alive in you. His promise is to heal you, fulfil you, restore you and prosper you. Don’t base what you believe on the experiences of others or on past disappointments, but let the power and abundance of God’s word captivate your soul and set your thoughts on all Christ has deposited in you by his grace. Let Christ cultivate his tree of life in the garden of your heart.
You are the child of God he always wanted. Before the foundations of the world God set his heart towards you, he planned out his purposes for you. Plans that only you could fulfil, for you are the unique, precious child of God’s love. And God has showered you with all good gifts through Christ Jesus. Today, have a confident expectation of God’s goodness given to you. Reach out and receive the grace of God provided for you. For God’s desire is that you enjoy all the best things in life and these have been given to you through the finished work of Christ.
Christ’s life within you is the power to refresh, revitalise, rejuvenate and restore you. The strength of Christ flows through your veins and his joy flows inside your heart. You can access his reservoir of grace every moment of the day, because he is constantly working to build you up, affirming his love to you. Don’t hesitate to draw on the grace of God; don’t hesitate to draw on his power, his life, and his sustaining love. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Let the truth of his word overwhelm your soul.
You are the desire and delight of God; he loves you with an everlasting, unconditional love. He has promised to do good to you all the days of your life. He will never be angry with you; He will never punish you, for all judgement and punishment was taken by Jesus at the cross. God is not mad at you! God only has plans to prosper you, to shower you with all good things. Today, see everything you are and everything you have as complete in Christ and celebrate his life and power overflowing in your life.
The question that is often asked is “How do I recognise that voice of God? What does it sound like?”
Now that is as not as strange as you first may think. Often emotions , feelings, thoughts and inclinations are constantly bombarding our minds and the noise of life drowns out the voice of God. It is hard to distinguish what is God and what is not.
Added to this many other voices come with conflicting information. Ideas, philosophies, theologies and perspectives that have been cultivated in personal experience and historical beliefs. You might think this is not possible, but even Jesus was faced with the same situation. When asked by the religious leaders of the time what were the requirements to live forever. He said them, “You know the Law, how do you read it?” For Jesus knew that it is in our heart of our core beliefs that we hear and inteprate the voice of God.
For our innermost heart is our core belief system. It is our sub-consious deep rooted brielfs that we build our lives and thoughts on. It is where our spirit, soul and body meet. Our heart is the garden of our all we value and treasure. And it is in the heart we cultivate our beliefs to filter and inteprate the Holy Spirit.
So what does the voice of the Holy Spirit sound like, it sounds exactly the same as the fruit it produces. For the root of the tree produces the fruit of branches. Therefore we can know and recognise the voice of God because he speaks to us in and through the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things.” – Galatians 5: 22-23.
These fruits are alive in are alive in our new creation spirit and it is with these fruits that God speaks into our core belief system (our hearts).
And this means that we can recognise the voice of God because when God speaks to us:-
1. He is faithful to His word.
2. His voice produces peace and not confusion.
3. His voice and leading will bring freedom not bondage.
4. God is patient, not impulsive or hasty.
5. His voice will always leave us with hope, not discouragement or oppression.
6. His voice instils confidence, not fear or intimidation.
7. His voice makes us know our identity in Him, rather than pride.
8. His voice is full of love, not our selfishness.
In Christ you were reborn into a time of innocence.
You were reborn into the goodness of God into a New Creation devoid of evil. For where there is the light of God darkness has to be extinguished. Light and darkness do not share the same space.
It is the revelation that you now in Christ, you are Holy and righteous in your Spirit and the former darkness that invaded your thinking, your desires and your actions has been eradicated by your new birth into the fulness of God.
Our past, our sin tainted nature died with Christ.
And just as the natural, nature with the abundance of yellow daffodils, Spring gives us a real picture as we see them take root and flourish in the rich phase of a new season, we now in the spirit receive the purity and innocence of new life.
For within us even before we believed and were made new there was calling that believed in a place of joy, an existence of bliss. That we we created to be part of an eternal dance of love.
Today you have in Christ been reconciled back into the arms of your Father and the love your heart cried out has been placed into your new innocent heart.
Jesus has a love affair with your heart.
Jesus is in love with you totally, fully and unconditionally. This amazing love is so wonderful it means that you are right with God all the time. Because you are now in Christ and as He is so now are you!
It almost too good to be true because even if you mess up He still is alive and totally committed to you.
He is never separated from you.
Just wait on Him and experience his presence, his restoration and let the divine soak into your whole being. Allow the divine to infiltrate your whole being.
You were created to live and dwell in the realm of God’s glory.
Don’t ever write yourself off, don’t ever look down upon yourself. In Christ you are redeemed, forgiven, restored and made New.
In Christ you are now the child God planned and purposed you to be from the dawn of creation.
God is delighted with you.
Jesus Christ has swallowed up evil, sins, shame, guilt, wrong beliefs, lies, false identity, struggles, depression, sickness, decay, accusations, condemnation, violence, suspicion, feelings of separation, hatred, wars, religious thinking, and even death.
Jesus Christ had swallowed it all up in Life!
Jesus has made His history and destiny yours!
Christ has taken all the messes you have made in this life and works them into victories.
Has has made sin work backward into innocence…He has made the nothingness of lies into the substance of His reality… He has made darkness into light… He has made death into life! He will make everything come out right in the end, right all wrongs, healing all hurts, making everything whole and perfect…
He has already done it all, already reconciled all to Him, Heaven on earth, in us and through us, and the future has already started!
Today know and live in the fullness of Christ and the reality that Jesus has swallowed up sin and death at the cross. Know that he is working in you to bring death into life. He has healed brokenness into wholeness. He has brought abundant life into every cell and part of your body.
His life has swallowed up death and his life has set you free.