Hey guys, after nearly 30 years of waiting on God, I am excited to announce the start of a new ministry! My blog has moved over to my new website http://www.richinchristnow.com
I hope you will come check it out!
Hey guys, after nearly 30 years of waiting on God, I am excited to announce the start of a new ministry! My blog has moved over to my new website http://www.richinchristnow.com
I hope you will come check it out!
“For who has known the “Mind of the Lord” that he may instruct him?” But we have the…Mind of Christ.(I Corinthians 2:16)
The “human” container was specifically designed by God to be His perfect Dwelling Place!
“For it is God which worketh IN you both to will and to do (work) of His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
It is pleasing to God for Him to dwell IN us, His chosen temple, the place where His Spirit does all of the work! “Taking each thought captive” and “taking no thought for tomorrow” are evidence of the wonder of who He created us to be and our only True purpose! (II Corinthians 10:5, Mathew 6:34)
We are NOT schizophrenic!
We do not have two minds!
We just need to listen to our brother James:
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is “double-minded” and unstable in all they do.(James 1:6-8)
By believing the “two mind” lie, the only thing the believer can look forward to is a life of total instability, spiritual and otherwise!
We cannot think His thoughts and our own thoughts! It is an impossibility! We were not designed to “see” more than One, any more than we can “serve” more than One!
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be “Single“, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil (seeing more than God), thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is IN thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Mathew 6:22-24)
This passage is NOT about serving money, as much as it is about seeing and serving more than One! This is Jesus reminding us of WHO we are, and HOW and WHY we were created!
Now take a look at the next passage of scripture in Mathew:
Therefore I say unto you, take NO THOUGHT for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Mathew 6:25)
The reason why we no longer have to walk in anxiety concerning our life, is because we are NOW completely finished trying to figure out what it is we are doing, or should be doing! We have His Mind, the same Mind that was filled only with His Father’s thoughts!
After His 40 day trek into the wilderness, Satan came before Jesus, tempting Him to think His own thoughts, and do His own works, but He refused!
“I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing IN Me; (John 14:30)
You have Nothing IN Me!
And the reason? Because He was filled with His Father! In the exact same way we are NOW filled with His dear Son!
We have His Mind and only His Mind!
And because we are “Single” minded, we no longer need to struggle or strive in trying to figure out how to live the Christian life! There is only One who can live the Christian Life, Christ Himself!
Only God Only Now is the One able to live our His own life through us, His chosen temples, branches, and vessels!
By faith we simply step into the flow NOW already prepared for the people of God, His marvelous Rest! And because we have His Mind, we are able to enter into His Rest! Even though we may not know or believe this to be true, it is His thoughts alone that now make up our life!
Jesus Himself never had even one independent thought concerning His own self preservation! So if it is God who is working IN us, then what are we to do we do while He works?
We simply Rest IN His finished work! He works and we Rest!
And if you want further evidence, just take a look at our modern day stress filled lives. It is documented fact that around 90 percent of the hospital beds are filled because of stress, or could we say for those who refuse to enter into this already prepared Rest!
He has appointed another day calling it “Today!” Today if you hear His voice (because you have His Mind) do not harden your hearts…(toward the truth of who you are IN Him and who He is IN you!) (Hebrews 4:7)
“The steadfast of (His Single) Mind You will keep IN perfect peace, because he trusts IN You.(Isaiah 26:3)
You need to be on TIME! There is only so much TIME! TIME is of the essence! All in good TIME! I am completely out of TIME! I wish I had more TIME!
TIME! We speak about it so frequently, but at the same TIME, don’t realize how often the word TIME crosses our lips!
Is it possible for His ever expanding Eternal Kingdom to exist in a belief system that has it’s focus on this thing we call TIME?
God is just waiting to “stretch out” in anyone who is ready to leave this land of appearances, with all of it’s limitations, and step into eternity IN Him! But before that can happen, we have to see this place called TIME as the arch enemy of ALL we desire IN Him as the Eternal One who lives IN us!
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where he was for two more days.
“Lord, the one you love is sick!” (John 11:3)
And He stayed where He was for two more days?
“Lord, “Martha said to Jesus, “if you would have been here, my brother would not have died!
That’s right Martha, but aren’t you the same one who was stressing about the TIME needed for all of the preparation to be done? All the while your sister Mary chose the greater part, to take her appointed Resting place at the feet of Eternity!
After three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers. When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what He was saying to them. (Luke 2:46-50)
It was when I was concerned about being late for an important meeting where God interrupted my thoughts of being late. I kept repeating one word in the conversation I was having with myself. And then I heard His still small voice simply say, I Am that I AM! This was all I needed to pull me…Out of TIME and into the reality of where I truly live! IN Him IN Eternity!
We are so concerned with this word TIME that often TIME it is the subject of our conversation. TIME for this, not enough TIME for this, right on TIME, losing TIME…and this same scenario plays out in every one of our lives in some way similar to this. And it seems to be all of the TIME!
We wonder why stress is killing us and why most diseases, psychological, and emotional problems are like a plague in this day and age, and even in the church?
Even though we have been given free access to Him as citizens of His Kingdom, it seems like we choose instead to subject ourselves to this thing called TIME! And our modern day version of American Christianity looks very similar to our everyday lives, as most of what we call ministry is focused on events IN TIME!
TIME is earthly, Eternity is Spiritual! TIME is pressure, Eternity is Rest! TIME is stressing, Eternity is Resting! And God would have it that some “must” enter into His Rest! (Hebrews 4:6)
I am learning, in the same way that the new wine cannot be contained by old wine skins, neither can the eternal One who lives IN us be contained IN TIME. We need to know we CANNOT serve and worship both TIME and eternity! We will either love one and hate the other, or cling to the one and despise the other! (Mathew 6:24)
These two are at enmity with one another! That which is born of the flesh is flesh , and what is born of the Spirit is Spirit!
Jesus had a conversation with one of the top spiritual leaders in Jerusalem, this is a revised version of how their discussion may have went:
“Nicodemus, you must be born again!” Huh? “Jesus, what are you talking about?” How can I enter back into my mothers womb a second TIME? No Nicodemus, you were born of blood and water, a natural birth, but NOW you need to step out of TIME and be born of The Spirit! IN My Kingdom there is no TIME, in My Kingdom you are translated from this limited domain of darkness into The Kingdom of the Eternal! Nicodemus, you MUST be Born again! (John 3:1-21)
His earthly response caused Jesus to reply; “Nicodemus, here you are a great teacher of the Law in Israel, but you cannot even discern the elementary things of Life IN the Spirit!” (John 3:19)
TIME is the enemy of the Cross! And at the same TIME, it is also the schoolmaster that opens us up to the truth of Eternity! There is no TIME IN Him, for He has moved completely “Out of TIME!”
And unless we lose this consciousness of a God who is constrained by TIME, we will not be able to see Him as the Eternal One who has made TIME His footstool!
Where O death is thy sting? (I Corinthians 15:55)
The only “sting” death holds for us is still seeing life as having a beginning and an end! TIME is what gives death it’s sting! Nothing else! For if there was not a beginning or end to death, it wouldn’t be called death, it would be called Eternity!
Fear is the same way. “Fear has to do with torment!” Why? Because all fear is rooted and grounded IN TIME! TIME and space, it is all a part of the limited life! How can we, who have the unlimited and eternal Alpha and Omega living IN us, continue to hold on to the very thing the trials and testing’s are meant to set us free from? It is for freedom (from TIME) He set us free! True Freedom can only be eternal! And we can’t mix the eternal with TIME any more than we can mix oil and water, or the unlimited new wine with the limitations of the old wineskin!
Jesus deliberately stayed away from Lazarus for two days, because TIME had to have it’s full work, it had to come to it’s end! When Eternity finally spoke, TIME had no other choice than to “give up” Lazarus! And in that moment his life as a citizen of TIME came to an abrupt end! The only reason for Jesus seeming delay, was to show Mary, Martha, and Lazarus himself that TIME also had nothing IN Him!
In the same way, The Eternal One IN us has the POWER to call the things that are not as though they are, because all the limiting constraints of TIME have NOW vanished like a vapor, into the “I AM” of who we are IN Him!
We need to see the only way we can walk in knowing eternity as our only life, is to once and for all see Time as the arch enemy of ALL THINGS eternal!
Listen to the following response of this 12 year old boy to his parents: “Why were you searching for me?” “Didn’t you know I had to be IN my Father’s house?”
Why would you think for one minute you could find me any where else? Don’t you know who…I AM? IN Him is the only place I dwell! It’s also there where I only do what I see my Father doing.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, IN all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future (TIME), nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is IN Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-29)
If we still believe in a life apart from Him, we have no other choice than to walk separated from Him! TIME has been swallowed up in Eternity! The law of sin and death which operates in the kingdom of TIME has been swallowed up by the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus! And we are to no longer conformed to this world and it’s belief in TIME, but we are instead, transformed by the renewing of our mind! And…we have the Mind of Christ! (I Corinthians 2:16)
Who has woe, who has strife, those who sample bowls of MIXED Wine! (Proverbs 23:29-30)
There is a stark difference between the New Wine and the mixed counterfeit! Eternity and TIME do not mix!
We cannot serve TIME and eternity, it’s either one or the other! Why else would the people in the Bible have faced all of the trials?
Joseph was put away and forgotten for 13 years! Moses spent 40 years on the backside of the desert! Abraham was waiting for the promise for 25 years! David running from Saul for 10 plus years! The Prophet Jeremiah prophesied for 70 years to a people who would not listen! And who knows how long Job’s trial lasted! And the list goes on and on!
God always uses TIME as the schoolmaster in order to open us up to True Eternity! True Eternity is NOW, not in some far off place called heaven. We are as eternal as we will ever be right here and right NOW!
How about you…and me? How long have we been saying to God…”How long, O Lord?” Well Now we have our answer!
As long as we still dwell in the land of how long, how far, when, what, where, why, or how, we will get everything that a life limited by TIME is waiting to hand us! But Now by His doing we are IN Christ Jesus! And this is not of ourselves! (I Corinthians 1:30)
We have left TIME forever to become citizens of the New Country, wherein dwells the Eternal City, the city whose Builder and Maker is God! (Hebrews 11:10)
God has to let TIME have it’s perfect work IN us to bring us to the place where we finally say “enough!” And the deeper we go IN Him, the more TIME is going to rear it’s ugly head! It will always be trying to cause us to turn to the right or left to serve and worship it!
We have been released from the law, and included in that release was the new Freedom we have found IN Christ alone! TIME is no longer our master, but our servant!
This is worked out practically is by simply abiding IN Him and seeing Him only IN all things! IN His Rest, TIME has no power or authority!
The second we step back into TIME, the law of TIME, (also known as the law of sin and death) is there to welcome us in all of it’s forms and expressions!
Eternity is the only place Christ Lives, and apart from seeing Eternity NOW, we cannot see Him at all!
“But I trust IN you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My TIMES are IN your hands.” (Psalm 31:14)
Because the Life we live IN the “Now” is a life that moves us completely…Out of TIME!
There is a mixed counterfeit message that says we are saved by Grace alone, but kept by Grace AND… It’s what Paul calls the Different Gospel!
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be SINGLE, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be EVIL, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve TWO masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God AND… In this case it’s God AND mammon.(Mathew 6:22-24)
Wikepedia defines mammon in the following way: During the
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money (Mammon) is a root of all kinds of EVIL. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s. (I Timothy 6:2-10)
But this passage in Mathew is not so much about who or what it is we are serving in addition to Christ, as it is about our seeing more than God in every situation and circumstance of life. Jesus used mammon in this example because it’s one of the major strongholds of humanity.
Take another look at the story of the Rich Young Ruler! (Luke 18:18-30)
No man can serve two masters! As far as Jesus is concerned the word TWO here is synonymous with the word EVIL! Want proof? Then why doesn’t He say “if your eye is “double” in Mathew 6:22. He instead uses the word “evil!.”
So what is it He is really saying here?
He is saying the human being was specifically designed by God to see as He sees, with a “Single Eye” of faith. A Single Eye towards Christ alone as our life.
When we see more than God in any situation, we see in division, and as we know, a house (we are that house) divided against itself cannot stand!
The “not-so-good-news” of the counterfeit message which Paul speaks of, comes to us saying, YES, you can continue to serve God AND, just keep it up, it’s OK! And as we do we find what Paul found, that this other Jesus comes complete with another Spirit, all the while proclaiming a Different Gospel. (II Corinthians 11:4)
A Different Gospel that looks and sounds surprisingly like the REAL Gospel of Grace alone IN Christ alone!
But with a twist!
This other Spirit doesn’t lead us into all Truth, but a false version of truth! And when we believe the lie long enough, it becomes truth to us! Which is why it’s so hard to receive the message of TRUTH, once we are finally confronted with it!
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.(II Corinthians 11:4)
The Different Gospel, being the popular held belief of a mixed message of Grace plus law, a false message of a God who lives separated from His body and demands we do something for Him in order to receive something from Him!
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for…Darkness is as Light to you.
Did you see it! No distinction with God between light and darkness! Remember what Jesus said in Mathew, if the light that is in you is darkness, than how great is that darkness? This is the exact opposite of HOW He sees! He sees darkness and calls it Light! He sees ONLY God IN all things!
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s One and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were EVIL! (John 3:18-19)
This is not talking about less than perfect “Christian” behavior. In fact, if we continue with the thought that Evil is defined by seeing more than God than this makes perfect sense. Light has come into the world, blazing Light! So radiant is the Light that there is no shadow or turning! But men, who love something other than the Light, namely darkness, are defined here as having Evil deeds!
These Evil deeds can only be one thing if this passage is going to make sense. Which is the the exact same thing Jesus was saying iit is n Mathew 6!
No one can serve TWO…masters. But we see people serving more than two masters every day, don’t we?
Than what does He means?
If that Light IN you is darkness, than how great is that darkness! (Mathew 6:24)
Here is the Amplified version of the same verse!
But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light IN you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness! (Mathew 6:24)
This verse defines Evil in the way Jesus meant it to be defined, not according to our outward behavior, but something that goes much deeper!
We are Light, but if we believe the darkness (sin consciousness)is in reality who we are, then we now have no other choice than to see ourselves as a mixture of Light and dark (good and evil) and the real definition of Evil!
At the heart of Jesus is the desire for a unified body, everyone having all things in common with no need! This can only happen when we SEE Christ alone as our Life! And when we believe what He and others throughout scripture say about true Evil!
Evil entered into existence when humanity looked for something in addition to God! It is no different today!
So when we believe in a divided Christ and a separated Gospel, it just reinforces what happened to us (our spiritual forefathers) in the Garden!
In seeing Only God Only Now…we are walking (in the Light) as we were created, seeing God as the author and finisher of everything, and as the One who will never leave or forsake us, and the One who desires we see as He sees!
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the EVIL one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be One; even as You, Father, are IN Me and I IN You, that they also may be IN us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be One, just as We are One; I IN them and You IN Me, that they may be perfected IN unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:14-24)
Now we know the truth, and it’s that same truth that sets us free! The truth that God created us IN His image, and when He sees us He sees His Son! He sees only One!
By Grace we have been made partakers of this new life IN Christ, and when we see the evil in the world, we no longer define it according to the world’s definition of Evil!
Evil is NOW rightly defined as seeing more than Him in ALL things!
All of Life is narrowed down to just two things…IDENTITY AND PERCEPTION!
WHO we are and HOW we see!
The message of the Cross is meant to cut through all of the vanity (things that hold no eternal value) of life and bring these two to the forefront! Our identity is NOT in what we do, if it is, then what kind of foundation is that to build on?
And it sure isn’t in how most today view God! The trials and testing’s we try so hard to avoid are necessary if we are ever going to see the hidden mystery revealed! We have a natural tendency to see and believe life through eyes of separation and division!
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be SINGLE, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be EVIL (double), thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (Mathew 6:22-23)
The daily Cross causes the things that really matter in life to appear! To be revealed!
And unless we SEE God Only God Now, we will never KNOW God Only God Now!
“I perceive that you have been with Jesus!”
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
For those who know WHO they are IN Christ it goes even deeper! “I perceive that Jesus lives IN you!”
And our perception of our being IN Christ is the only basis of our true identity, who He is and who we are IN Him!
I would like to share with you a wonderful gem, another “pearl of great price” God opened my eyes to several years ago. It’s actually found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians;
“All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” (Philippians 3:15-16)
My friends, this is the KEY to our Life IN Christ! It’s not about “pressing in harder” in our own strength, as so many believe today. It‘s just realizing He has already brought you to the exact place where you need to be! And “if on some point“ just like the one that is before you right NOW, you think differently (than Him), He promises to take all of the responsibility of bringing the needed clarity, without any striving on your part! All you are required to do is to REST IN Him! (Hebrews 3:7-4:11)
And it’s here, in this REST OF GOD where we simply allow Him to do ALL of the work IN and through us. We enter into His Rest, so we can enter into the Rest (remainder) of what He has for us!
For it is God (and Him only) who is at work IN you, both to will (initiate the work) and to (perform the) work for His good pleasure.(Philippians 2:13)
So who is it doing the work? It’s not us, Praise His Name!
This sounds TOO EASY so we have a very hard time believing that it’s true!
But the TRUTH I have found throughout the last 30 years;
I Rest IN Him and He works IN me! If I am working (striving, worrying, fearing, and stressing) than He will Rest! That is of course, until I am totally and completely worn out! This is the secret; We are His branch, temple, and vessel, and that’s exactly how Jesus describes us, and these things in themselves apart from God CAN DO NOTHING!
The Temple is the place where God dwells, and you are that Temple! The branch is ALWAYS resting in the Vine, as the fruit producing sap is channeled through it. You are that branch! And the vessel has no say on what it contains, it simply rests wherever it’s placed, knowing the Father will fill it with Himself! You are that vessel!
We were specifically designed by God, just as the temple, branch, and vessel were designed for their purposes! Our purpose is to Rest IN His unconditional love, while He takes up our cause, whatever it might be!
Anything else is dysfunctional Christianity in it’s highest form!
So…without any condemnation or striving in your mind, realize the above verses in Philippians are for you right NOW!
ALL IS WELL! Cease striving and know that I AM (is) God! (Psalm 46:10)
All of our need is directly related to the potential for a wonderful intimate relationship with our loving Father! He allowed that need, whatever it is, not for us to continue striving, in trying to find a solution, but for the catalyst He uses to draw us to himself and simply present ourselves (yield) to His wonder working Grace! The same Grace of God who has appeared to us, and is NOW working IN and through us! (Romans 12:1-2)
He will supply ALL of our needs according to His riches IN Christ! (Philippians 4:19)
And my friends, that is the key! His riches IN Christ!
Do you still hold to a belief in a separated God? Do you still see A God “up in heaven” or in the coming next event? Do you still see the Word of God as being contained only in a book?
NO! The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory, the Glory of the only begotten Son, full of Grace and Truth!(John 1:14)
The Word IS Christ! And it’s that WORD, the True and Living Word, He is the One who lives IN us by His Spirit, willing and working of His good pleasure! (Philippians 2:13)
“Now what I am commanding you today is NOT too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It (He) is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it (Him) and proclaim it (Him) to us so we may obey it(Him)?” Nor is it (He) beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it (Him) and proclaim it (Him) to us so we may obey it (Him)?” No, the (Living) Word is very near you; it (He) is IN your mouth and IN your heart so you may obey it (Him).”(Deuteronomy 30:11-14)
Or do you in this moment, NOW see this truth, which is who and whose you are IN Him? It is of God you are IN Christ! So the need you see is also IN Him! And this is why we can count it ALL Joy! Because it’s ALL IN Him, the need, the time spent waiting, and the answer!