I cannot believe I haven't shared what's been happening on the inside of me for the last six months!!! It's soooo crazy I could actually scream! It's like my world has been flipped upside down like never before since February this year when I collided with the super simple but heavy revy of abiding in Jesus through the Word!! Christianity point 101 I hear you say. Not so. Because the truth of the matter is that as foundational as dwelling in the Word is to our Christian faith not everyone does it!! Most of us visit the word...dipping in and out....looking for solutions, answers, instructions...but very few make their home in it...which is in fact what we are called to be...a dwelling place for God. Us living in God and God living in us...through His Word...Wowserrrrrsssss how deliciously glorious!!
So, as God's dwelling place, heavenly citizens here on earth but seated in heavenly places...the goal is to get heaven on the inside of us by faith...so that the culture and kingdom of heaven within us becomes an abiding place for Christ, whilst we and all that we are, our lives and all our stuff however dysfunctional abides in Him. Abiding in Him, we are surrounded by all that He is and all that He has done...hemmed in by victory...hidden in the finished work, awaiting our inheritance in complete rest. As we meditate on who Jesus is and what He has done through the Word of God, His perfect nature, love and power becomes so real to us that we begin to understand what it means to truly abide in Him and have our whole worlds locked into His love...always winning, always flourishing no matter what's going on around us.
We look for Jesus in each Word in the Bible...looking for an encounter...not a solution or external outcome, but simply enjoying God and enjoying the seed of the Word. The more we enjoy the seed and behold the Word, returning to it again and again as a portal into Christ and heavenly realms, the more the value and worth of the Word grows within us...cultivating heavenly imagery within the eyes of our heart...replacing dysfunctional imagery...and bringing greater revelation of truth and greater encounter with Christ. The more we hang out with Jesus in His Word, the more we trust Him...the more we stand on His promises and perfect love. The more we grow in confidence in Christ as our confession.
Looking for external results in the Word gets replaced by supernatural encounters in the Rhema Word through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Words become experiences. The logos becomes Rhema. Seeds become fruit...fruit becomes timeless truths that we begin to live from...regardless of our external situation...our outside circumstances get swallowed up by the heaven on the inside of us...all the while we are growing, abiding, enjoying God, as the reality and beauty of God is growing steadily inside of us...as heaven becomes substance in our inmost being...and who we are on the inside in communion with Christ, overtakes who we are in the natural. It's too exciting. I can't contain it.
I've never know anything so delicious!! This crazy adventure has taken over my life...it gets sweeter and sweeter every single day. Abiding, dwelling in Christ through His Word...me living in Christ...Christ living in me...my fave place...forever more...x