From where do you draw your life? Jesus said, ‘Those who have will have more and those who do not have are in danger of losing what they have already acquired.’ Jesus spoke emphatically because He was the More that Father was presenting to His people. The question is, what is it that you presently have? Is it the union with God that is yours or is your relationship to a collection of ‘god things’ that you have assembled over the course of your life?
‘God things’ are no more alive than your thongs are you.
David not only prophesied about Jesus. Parts of his life were shadows of our life in Christ. David’s spirit hungered for God. He was alive with God because he sought his friendship. As a result his individuality shone. He was a clone of none and he gained fame for his boldness. While he flourished in the presence of the Lord he was never bound by religion. Rather than be famished with hunger he and his men ate the temple showbread that was consecrated to priests alone.
Naughty David? Nor really. In this he showed that those who reign, do so by eating the bread of heaven. By eating Jesus we live because He is our life. But this act of David was a minor prophetic act compared to his retrieval of the Ark of the Presence, his placement of the ark in a tent and his leading of the people in worship before the Lord. This was much more than about praise and worship. Actually it was not about this form of institutionalized worship at all. It foretold the coming of the Messiah who would live in and among His people. What could have been death under the old covenant system became a portent of infinite life for all in the new.
CHRIST IN YOU
Jesus was that life. One with the Father He was the presence of God. Son of the Father He was also I AM. Completely himself, having no need of contrivance or artifice to add to Himself, He accomplished all that the Father had set for Him to do. He was who He was. He demonstrated authority because He lived from the Father. Never did He live from – law, religion, rite or position. He was fully Himself, the son of God and the son of man – completely authentic because He was one with the Father. Jesus drew life from nothing that was less than His Father. As a consequence he released the Spirit without limit. What is the Spirit? Nothing less than God in His fullness – the Family of God.
Religion dulls the soul. Jesus liberates it.
CAUSE OF IDOLATRY
It was not by chance that idol worship emerged after the fall in which Adam and Eve exchanged life in God for life in the things they would evaluate as good or evil. Life in this realm promotes torpor, laziness, blindness and fear. Cumulative in effect, things that are not God are ascribed with a holiness that does not belong to them. People then cling to these entities (idols) because they are their gods. Religious idols are the most subtle and pernicious because they are the least visible. They are part of us. This is the tragedy of those whose identity is tied to a ministry or denomination.
PULLING OUT TARES
In this idolatry people ascribe their usages, traditions, programs and beliefs with a sacredness that does not belong to them. Their influence is carnal and the comfort they give iniquitous. Steeped in religion we cannot flourish in revelation or advance in discernment. We remain restricted to repetition, plodding around our doctrinal mulberry bush attempting to see spiritual things through the haze of our pet venerations. Lets be clear. Jesus will not anoint and identity that does not come from Him. Neither will He anoint the old covenant and its usages.
‘Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them’ Matt 13.12 NIV.
The teaching of William Paul Young, Baxter Kruger and others is apostolic. Not that some would know. The latter have submerged themselves in the thickets of the somethings and nothings of the knowledge of good and evil.
In this season the revelation we are being exposed to is subtle and comprehensive. All of it is based on new covenant assumptions and our union with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Life in the Spirit is life as a member of this Family. Our life as sons and the authority that accompanies this comes from our position in the Father and our security in His love.
In the old covenant we can expect to live in the kind of authority common to pedestrian religion. In the new covenant we are in the authority of Jesus and not as the scribes. This both spirit and life and Godliness with power.
FRIEND OF GOD
David was a deeply flawed individual. As are we all. But that did not define who he was. What defined him was his passion for God. He was God’s friend. In being so David as a human being fed God’s soul. We saw this in the episode of Mary and Martha. Mary fed Jesus soul. Marth insisted on making sandwiches Jesus did not ask for.
Bound to Jesus we will be free in spirit and in truth. Covered in the blankets and comforts of religion we might imagine we are free. But we will be an impediment to the advance of the Kingdom; a stone in the shoe of those who have roused themselves to make Christ their life. Do you want to be a stumbling block to those who are relishing the more that is theirs. We can either be a help or a hindrance. What a tragedy it is when we imagine that what we have is wealth when in reality it is poverty and loss. But with Jesus as our life we multiply life without measure.
‘You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked’ Rev 3.17 NIV.