Every day is
just such a wonderful experience in unbroken fellowship and
communion with the Father. That's how He meant it to be from the
beginning. I know that I am one with Him, and that I am He, Christ
manifest in the flesh—man, yet God, even as Christ Jesus. And the
thrilling thing is that I can do absolutely nothing to deserve or
to think that the Christian life was wrapped up in rules and
regulations, do's and don'ts, laws and commandments, and daily
disciplines. That's religion—man's way of trying to approach unto
God. Jesus Christ is God's way for us to be one with Him. I've
discovered that on the cross He said, "It is finished." He settled
it forever, once and for all! I am complete in Him by virtue of Him
being in me and living as me. There is absolutely nothing I can do
to add to the righteousness of God in my life. Everything that
Christ is, I am . . . justified, sanctified, glorified. Oh, what a
wonderful mystery. One with the Father!
So many only
know the saving knowledge of Christ by His blood for the forgiveness
of sins, but so very few know the replaced life, through His
resurrection and ascended body, of victory, joy, peace, overcoming,
triumph, and complete rest. It is now my everyday continual
experience that in fact I am a new creature where old things are
past away and all things are become new.
for His life only to be manifest in us. Satan no longer has any
foothold in me and sin has no more power, no more dominion over me.
Condemnation is now a thing of the past that no longer plagues me.
In reality, our being "born again" puts us in the same standing with
God the Father as Jesus being born of a virgin.
As I know who I
really am, there is nothing but victory in Christ. When trials and
afflictions come, it's only God putting His Christ through such
circumstances in life to bring forth life in others. I have been
bought with a price, His precious blood, and am no longer my own. I
am now for others.
It is written
that God has "created all things for His pleasure." At first thought
that sounds selfish, until one realizes that His pleasure is that of
giving His all. He's not looking for something to get from us to
fulfill His desires or to please Himself, but rather His pleasure is
Because I am
now an expression of the very nature and character of God in the
earth, that has now become my pleasure and purpose in life. I no
longer look to God for what I can get out of Him for me. My nature
is now His and that is to give. And as I give, it's with the
understanding that He first gave to me. He is my Source. "I love Him
because He first loved me."
With that in
mind, trials and afflictions are a pleasure, because they are for
the benefit of others. I used to think trials and afflictions were
the "dealings of God!' to perfect me, to sanctify me, to improve me.
It was all me, me, me! But I've discovered that Jesus completed the
work of redemption, sanctification, and perfection. "He has [past
tense] perfected forever them that are sanctified" (Heb. 10:14).
God is no longer interested in dealing with me, but that the world
through me might be saved.
does challenge us, but still it is for the benefit of others. As
long as we think trials and afflictions are for us, we will forever
be trying to get our lives in order; we will forever be trying to
discipline ourselves to reach that self-set unobtainable "goal of
perfection." We become very self-centered, self-examining,
self-disciplined. I've given up once and for all that self-examining
life, realizing the finished work He has done (Rom. 8:3-4).
said, "Be perfect, even as your Father," He did not set an
impossible standard for us. He accomplished the work of perfection
at Calvary, and it is found only in the replaced life. It is
actually possible to fulfill all of Matthew 5,6 and 7 without even
trying. It is possible to live a life free of sin. "As He is, so are
we in this world." How can I say that He has perfected me? Because
it is no longer I who live, but Christ!
So according to
God's Word of already having been perfected, I embrace and welcome
trials and afflictions, and seemingly evil circumstances, realizing
they are for the benefit of others. Job finally realized this at the
end of his ordeal with God and his friends. This is why he was
healed when he prayed for his friends.
When we can
welcome and embrace circumstances joyfully and with thanksgiving, we
can endure all things and become co-saviors with Christ. I am now
crucified to the world and the world to me, that the world that I
come in daily contact with might be saved. I die daily for the
benefit of others, that life might spring forth in them. God has
ordained difficulties and seemingly evil circumstances to happen to
us for the express purpose of Christ being made manifest to others.
things, the life of faith becomes reality. We live by faith, not by
sight, nor by feelings or circumstances. We live by that which is
eternal and unseen, not by the physical, lying vanities around us.
We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Eph.
1:3). The material dimension is no longer our home. We are simply
pilgrims passing through temporarily. The word of faith becomes
more real to us than the physical that we see and touch, smell,
taste, and hear, with our five senses.
establishes the Word of God as fact, as evidence, as substance, as
already accomplished. The promises of God are in Him "Yes," and in
Him "Amen" . . .by us! All we do is say "Yes" and "Amen" to what God
has already said, and it is so. We no longer judge things by outward
appearance, we judge righteously. This is where life becomes fun and
exciting and full of victory as we let God be the judge in life, and
we live by the unseen, eternal reality!
As life becomes
a walk of faith we then see everything with a "single eye." Jesus
said our eye is either single or evil. One or the other. To see
double is to see evil. Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. They then saw with double vision. They
then became the judges in life, rather than leaving that to God. The
devil very subtly fooled them by saying, "You shall become as God,
knowing both good and evil," when in fact the Father wanted them to
function as an expression of Himself—God manifest in human flesh.
We are always trying to become something when we are simply to be
the "I AM" within us. We live as "gods" because He is God in and
through us, not because we are independent godlets. When we look at
everything in life as good or evil, we become the judges (as God)),
always classifying everything in one category or another. We become
bitter, frustrated, judgmental in life. There is no joy, no peace,
To see with a single eye is to have a pure heart. That's why Jesus
said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Paul
also speaks of living our lives in "singleness of heart." When we
have a pure heart, walking in singleness of heart, with a single
eye, we see only God in everything. Every circumstance, every
problem, trial, affliction, and seemingly evil thing, is the
manifestation of God to us. We can flow with and be in harmony with
everything that takes place, and be at peace with God and with every
man. Proverbs says, "There shall no evil happen to the just."
Knowing this, life is exciting. It is fun! When we see God only in
life we can truly give thanks in and for everything.
There is such an emphasis today on getting and keeping the "presence
of God" in one's life. I also once strived and struggled and cried
out to God through daily disciplines to get the "manifested
presence" of God. I thought the presence of God was dependent upon
what I could do.
I have since thrown all that out the window forever, realizing now
that I in fact am the presence of God, the Holy of Holies, the
temple of the Holy Spirit. I no longer have to go running around
striving to get His presence in my life. I am God expressed in
flesh, God in the earth today, the manifested presence of God, even
as Jesus was upon earth in His flesh. I am the will of God in the
earth that the world through me might be saved by virtue of the fact
that He dwells permanently within me. As Christ is lifted up, He
will draw all men unto Himself, by us.
Psalm 22:3 says that God is holy and "inhabits the praises of
Israel." I've always thought that the way to get His presence was to
praise Him, and then He would come down and inhabit my praise and
manifest Himself to me. But that's the God of the old covenant, the
God of "influence," or as the world calls it, a philosophy.
Most people look at God as an influence. "Here am I down here, and
there You are God up there, and if I'll do certain things and
fulfill certain principles, You'll come down with Your presence and
bless me." Even the world can live by that philosophy, knowing
they'll be blessed by doing and fulfilling certain principles in
life. Israel, an unregenerate people, lived by this principle. But
because God is self-giving, He doesn't expect anything out of us. I
don't have to fulfill anything to get His presence.
My God is not a God of influence, He's a God that has taken up
permanent residence. He has taken up permanent abode in me. The veil
was rent from top to bottom so that I could enter once and for all
into the Holy of Holies whereby I freely partake of His presence,
with no strings attached. Because of that, praise is now a natural,
free-flowing, continual expression unto Him. Praise becomes as
natural as breathing, and is a state of being and not merely an act.
Our lives can simply be praise to Him (Eph. 1:12). The act of
audible and demonstrative praise simply flows out of that state of
being in which I find myself.. .that of union with Him, one and the
same with Him.
I no longer know a God of coming and going, a life of ups and downs
according to whether I praise Him. There is such a higher realm
where He lives as you and you as Him. We are one with the Father
The classical example used to emphasize that we "ought to" praise
God is found in Scripture, where Paul and Silas praised God in
prison; and because they praised, God freed them. But, Peter was
also in prison so fast asleep doing nothing that the angel had to
hit him to wake him up to flee. The presence of God is not dependent
upon praise, but rather is a state of being in Him. And Paul and
Silas were not praising to try to call down the presence of God, but
because He was in them and spontaneously flowed forth in praise.
They praised because they had the presence.
Our churches today are by and large a modern-day Mosaic tabernacle,
trying to fulfill certain principles, rules and regulations, do's
and don'ts, laws and commandments, and daily disciplines in order to
get the presence and approval of God. That's fine as long as one
does all of that flawlessly; but the Bible says that no one can keep
the law. It also says that whoever wants to do the law must live it
totally. You're blessed if you can do it, but cursed if you can't!
(I tried for 13 years, but never could.) Besides that, even if one
could keep all the principles, laws and disciplines, there is room
for pride saying, "I have done it." But God will share His glory
with no man. There is absolutely nothing we can do to merit the
presence or approval of God; neither does God expect us to do
anything to obtain it, because of His self-giving nature.
It is the
tangible, visible, felt, manifested presence of God that the church
is looking for today. They'll never find it though, and only become
frustrated in the process, because Jesus said, "The kingdom comes
not with observation, but behold the kingdom of God is within you."
It is a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks for a sign, a
manifestation of God. Once again, the signs and manifestations will
automatically and naturally follow those who believe. It will be a
spontaneous outflow of who we are, not something we do.
For years I
have been asking God for a greater hunger and thirst for Him. I felt
that the more hunger and thirst I had, the more God would come to
me. I now realize I've been wasting my time and energy. But as I now
understand who He is within me, I am satisfied, I am full, my thirst
is quenched, my hunger is gone. Even as the Scriptures say, out of
my innermost being flow rivers of living water.
Jesus said, "He
that drinks of the water that I give him shall never thirst." He
said, "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness for
they shall be filled. "He also said, "He that comes to Me shall
never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst." There
is an end! That end is Christ. I no longer hunger or thirst. I now
know only a permanently satisfied, fulfilled life in Christ, full
and overflowing for the benefit of others.
I've given up
trying to improve my life. All I have to do is be who I really am,
which is Christ in me. If I may be so bold, I live as a "god,"
created in His very image with the indwelling Christ as my all. I
live, yet it's no longer I that live: it is Christ. No wonder Paul
calls it a mystery! Jesus was the firstborn among many brethren. He
came as a Son to be an intercessor to bring many sons into glory. I
suppose all this sounds quite blasphemous, but Paul did say that we
are to be co-heirs and co-bodied with Christ—that we are to be
brothers, sons of God as He is the Son, which means that we function
as "gods" as He is God, for our life is His life. With that, I don't
have to try and become like someone else. I can just be uniquely me
with the indwelling Christ living as me.
After years of
struggling and striving, frustration and failure (a necessary
step!), I have finally ceased from my own works and entered into His
rest. Oh what fellowship divine, what communion, what rest! I know
Him, even as I am known of Him. I used to work so hard at being a
Christian and, as a result God was at rest in my life. Now I'm at
rest, and He's at work!
In this rest,
prayer becomes a state of being. It's no longer an act or formality.
It's continual communion and fellowship with the Father. Then and
only then is it possible to fulfill the scripture, "Pray without
ceasing." I have come to the realization that it was not I who
committed myself to Him, but He who committed Himself to me. My
spiritual life is dependent upon His total commitment to me. As
long as I think that my walk with God depends upon my decision, my
dedication, my commitment to Him, then life becomes a never-ending
parade of rededication and reconsecration to Him. In reality,
however, the Christian life is dependent upon replacement. He has
become my life, and I rest in Him as He flows forth as rivers of
water through me as His vessel.
life is wonderful in Him! The best Bible college there is, is Life
Himself. "For me to live is Christ." Our mission on the earth is to
live and to be the Christ to an unregenerate world around us. I have
concluded that it is absolutely impossible to live the Christian
life, and that our God never intended us to do so. He intended for
the Christ within us to live it. Then and only then is it possible
to fulfill the law and "be perfect." To try and fulfill the
Christian life will only bring frustration and failure. But that
frustration and failure is good if it brings us to the end of
ourselves, where we realize the replaced life. It is only the
replaced life in which the victory, the overcoming, the continual
triumph is found. And it only comes as a revelation from the Father.
Peter, "Whom do you say that I am?" Peter said, "You are the
Christ." Jesus told him, "Flesh and blood has not revealed it unto
you, but my Father who is in heaven." Paul said that “the gospel
which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it
of man, neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by
the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Jesus also told Peter, “Upon this
rock [upon this foundation of the revelation of Christ] will I build
my church.” It is only upon the revelation of the Christ that God
will build His church.
Many try to
build the church upon principles, upon teachings, upon evangelism,
upon positive confession, upon this or that, and everything
imaginable except the Christ. But except the Lord build the house,
they that build labor in vain. It’s upon this revelation of the
Christ that life is fun, exciting, fulfilling and wonderful. Upon
this revelation life becomes only victory in Him.
Fellowship, what communion, what victory. Hallelujah to Him