Many would do themselves a good turn by ditching their religion, casting it out because there is no life in it, and rejecting it entirely because it is a pile of nonsense stirred up by men. Jesus came to invest Himself in us and to personally draw us into the fellowship of God. I could say I wish I had known Christ Himself is our life – all my life - with no additions or subtractions when I was a youth. I’m tempted to say that, but I won’t. Because I believe Jesus wants to walk with us as He guides us out of the fog of bondage into freedom.
Here’s something to ponder. Not a few Christians have been part of churches that abuse. Some oppressed by a spirit of control emanating from the leaders and others dulled and subdued into lesser selves as a result of embracing perverted gospels masquerading not only as truth and a new revelation or ‘message.’ If Jesus has set you free there is no need to spend the rest of your life in outrage. The members of the trinity foresaw Adam’s fall. Yet they wove this into God’s plan to achieve the greater glory of God and of the glory sons of God. Those who have been set free know what it really means to be alive and what is meant by the glorious liberty of the real Gospel of the Kingdom.
So if you have been set free from humbug don’t live in regret at a misspent life. Use your freedom to set others free. With a Jesus life you participate in His mission to set captives free from inadequate versions of Father, lesser concepts of Jesus and shrunken varieties of what it means to be a son of God. With Jesus, you will have a mandate with Him to declare freedom and life to the full. You will say,
‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners’
Isa 61.1 NIV.
Jesus is not willing to let us settle for bits of life, thirty percent life or even 98 percent life. His gift to us is unlimited life. Even the smallest diminishing of life is death.
Have you ever thought that when Jesus came to set the captives free, He came to let us out of all the illusions and common myths we have absorbed about God, ourselves and our relationship with Him. Where do you think the mistrust we have of Father God originates? It comes from the father of lies where it composts in our fearful hearts. But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. SO LET HIM IN!
In Christ, the myths and veils are removed. Make sure your Christ is the Christ of God, the real Jesus who is true to Himself and really Himself. Jesus is I AM AS ANYONE CAN BE – not a construct of religious myth, nor a figment from the writings of a false prophets, or a distorted idol carved from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Father, and His Son are way more FOR US and delighted about enjoying our company than many people think.
George, not his real name, has spent his entire life in a distorted gospel founded in law and performance. He thought he had a new lease of life when he came into the Spirit. But this faded – as it had to. The Kingdom of God’s Sons cannot grow from the law. The life of Holy Spirit is dulled when suffocated by the law. None separated from God by the law can be naked before God or enjoy the innocence of unveiled fellowship with Jesus. One hopes that one day George will discern that the elephant in his room is the godliness that is not Godliness and the lie that distorts the truth. The law has been abolished and replaced by Christ who is our life. In Jesus, the Jesus who is the Son and the Christ of God, all veils are removed.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
I found this written on Francois Du Toit’s Facebook page today. ‘Dave Doria writes: ‘Well, it happened again - this morning at our Tuesday morning prayer meeting, I tried to read 2 Cor 5:21 from The Mirror [Bible] and couldn't stop crying!
It took me almost five minutes to get through the one verse! Although everyone in the room only heard me crying, in my mind I was thinking of Is 53:4-5 "We esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God" as if Jesus was receiving the brunt of the Father's anger and distaste of mankind.
BUT IN REALITY He displayed the Father's unshakeable and undying love for mankind! We thought our sins had separated us from God. But separation was only an illusion in our minds. The Father saw oneness with us in Christ from before the fall of world!’
In Jesus, Father has drawn us into fellowship with the trinity and they have come to live in us. Jesus became a human being in order that we may participle in the fellowship of heaven every day in our present journey and one day face to face. Planted in Father we are sons. In anything less we are tares.