Black Pearls

God Likes You!

The ‘work of Christ’ is to woo you. You are his bride, sorry guys but it is true for you too! Let’s just say, as guys, we are made to be embraced by love as well as women. The work of Christ was to prepare a place for you within the love circle of the Trinity. In His death and resurrection in which you were included, all barriers to intimacy with Father, Son and Holy Spirit were removed.

Love is an invisible force, it is an internal dynamic. For us it has physical expression, but primarily it is an overwhelming deep, inner sense of complete peace and joy. It is fulfilment, satisfaction, well-being, pleasure, all rolled into one. this is what Christ has for you. You don’t need to see him to experience it. But you do need to know that this is what he offers you, a life of love beyond anything you have experienced so far.

In the natural world we live in, just because you are close to someone does not necessarily mean you are intimate.  But when we like someone, the potential for intimacy is there, if that likeness is reciprocated, this possibility increases. This thing called likeness then is the bedrock for intimacy not proximity.

God likes you because he made you like himself! You may think he is a million miles away, but in reality the extent of likeness cannot be measured in miles but in endless time. Nothing gives him more pleasure than for you to like him too!

God has no other desire but to pleasure you, and to maintain and cultivate such pleasure. The purpose you were created for is to be filled with and replicate the Light (Christ) to all Creation and to ensure the experience of Divine Pleasure. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32/NKJV) “…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13/NKJV) Jesus might as well have said, “…it’s your Father’s Garden of Eden to give you the Kingdom.”

Think of it. Giving us the Kingdom is part of the Divine pleasure! It’s part of living in the realm of the Garden. Consider that the key aspect of the Heavens is the Desire to Give. When we receive the Kingdom, we are actually pleasuring God. When we share the Kingdom, we increase His pleasure by both sharing the Kingdom and becoming like Him by giving the Kingdom. Think of all the divine, ultimate, fulfilling pleasure that’s going around. God receives pleasure by giving, we receive pleasure by receiving, we become like God by giving which pleases Him again, and we then sense the pleasure of being like God and share! This is a regular Garden of Eden, Garden of Pleasuring, going somewhere to happen: spreading, filling and replenishing the “Earth,” the Desire to Receive!

Identity

Identity is discovered through the voice we listen to. We have all been created to be defined by a Father’s voice. Every little girl is made to hear the words; you are beautiful, and every little boy is made to hear the words; well done. Our words over our children are but a shadow of the gradient thoughts the Father in heaven has for us. Until we each have an encounter with our heavenly Father, like many people we will spend our lives broken and in search of identity.

written by Jonathan Helser of Cagless Birds

Re-locate your Mind

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Re-Locating Your Mind.

When we are born physically into the earth, mankind comes under the influence of an inferior mind-set that was the result of Adams fall. Luke quotes from Isaiah, Lk.1:79/Mt.4:16. ‘The people who sat in darkness…..’ Mankind sits, an immobile expression, expressing the activity of mankind operating out of a fallen or inferior mind-set from God’s perspective. From our perspective mankind is daily involved in frenetic activity, but activity that accounts for nothing as far as heaven is concerned. Mankind sits in darkness. Darkness is the overarching influence upon people’s minds out of which their activity is sponsored. Darkness promotes a legalistic mind-set which is fundamentally selfish. Paul frequently uses the term ‘the flesh’ to describe what has been called our lower nature, or fallen nature. In reality the ‘flesh’ describes man’s inferior mind-set.
One major aspect that set Jesus apart from all other men and women was simply his mind-set.

There is nothing impure about our physical bodies. This ‘earth suit’ we live in designed to manifest the lifestyle of the default settings of our mind! If the default settings of our mind are those which promote our sense of inferiority or worthlessness, such a disposition then engages us in frenetic activity to gain a sense of worth or value. This illusive sense of value can only be sought from our peers. What other people will think about us. Mankind is trapped in this cycle of seeking value and evaluating whether we have achieved it or not by trying to ascertain what others think about us.

This DIY lifestyle is driven by self effort and selfishness. A legalistic mind-set, ‘the flesh,’ sponsors typical behaviour that expresses itself as very visible symptoms such as idolatry, which is worshipping a distorted image of oneself, drugs, hatred, constant conflict, jealous superstition, violent outbursts of rage, everyone for himself in a cut-throat competitive world, trampling upon others to get to the top, dissension, heresy and manipulating people’s minds with false teachings. Such a lifestyle that men and women manifest, is the mind-set of fallen man trying to follow the life of our design as witnessed in everyman’s conscience, by sheer willpower, independent of God. (Mirror Bible. Gal.5:20)

A Chip of the old Rock

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YOU are valuable because you belong to God, you are his sons, you are made in His image and likeness, you are a ‘Chip off the old Rock!’ You came out of the same mould as Jesus Christ in His humanity.

At creation all the plants, animals and vegetation were created out of the substance that they now live in….Gen.1:11 Let the earth bring forth. Gen.1:20 Let the sea bring forth…
But when He made man he spoke to Himself…..v26…Let US make man….man came out of the Trinity. Yes, there is a created part of you and earthly part, but the real you came out of the Trinity itself.

You sit here today because you began your earthly existence out of the result of the romance of your parents. Although for some this word romance may not be entirely appropriate. Nevertheless there was a union. But the real you came out of the heavenly romance that is going on in the Trinity.

I just want to say this about the Trinity. God is love…..Love cannot exist in isolation…..Love is a dynamic force it must always be giving and sharing….that is why there is a Trinity, without a Trinity there can be no love. Any god who claims to be a god of love who also claims to be alone, cannot love.

That is why you are so priceless, so valuable, your value is beyond measure…
The Psalmist says.
Ps. 8: 4,5 ‘What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest (pay close attention to) him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (God), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.’

Mankind is God’s glory in the earth….God has never changed His mind about you. But mankind has changed his mind about who God is and how he sees himself.

Paul highlighted the main problem with mankind when he said in Eph.4: 17-18.’This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility/vanity of their mind,having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;’

Vanity of their minds…..vanity means: devoid of truth, an absence of truth, destitute, entirely without truth. In other words man has believed a lie about himself and about God. This in fact is the essence of unbelief, the result of changing the truth about God into a lie. Rom.1:25
The truth about the cross is this, that Jesus took responsibility for the sin in all mankind and at the cross dealt with this foreign influence of ‘sin and death’ in our members.

1Cor:5:14. For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we all died…v15…He died for all…..

All who?

1Cor.5:19 that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not counting their sins against them…..

However our western mindset dos’nt understand the full impact of this statement…..

Christ died for you……has an element of distance and delay in it. The truth is you were in Christ when he died! you co-died with Christ!

If I go to the doctors for an sickness and he diagnoses a problem but then prescribes a tablet, it means he can deal with that problem from a distance.

But if I am diagnosed with a foreign body in me that has to be removed, then I have to be there on the operating table when the doctor operates. Mankind, you and me, were alienated and hostile in our minds doing the evil deeds sponsored by the the law of ‘sin and death’ that lodged in our bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to our design.

But you were embraced into Christ at His death so you died to this foreign influence, sin was not cut out of you, this is where that analogy breaks down, you went one step further and DIED to sin & death and it overwhelming influence in your life.

‘What are we saying then in water baptism, if we are not declaring that we understand our union with Christ in His death? Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in His death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. Since we were included in His death we are equally included in His resurrection. We perceive that our old lifestyle was co-crucified together with Him; this concludes that the vehicle that accommodated sin in us, was scrapped and rendered entirely useless. Our slavery to sin has come to an end.’ (Romans 6:2-6.Mirror Word Bible)

 

How do you see yourself?

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How do you see yourself?

Father God knew that the events that would follow creation would bring suffering and wickedness to his creation. Such events would twist and pervert mankind completely beyond recognition of his original blueprint or intent. To such an extent that mankind would lose all reference to who he is originally and to whom he belongs, he would loose all sense of identity or value apart from in relation his surroundings, experiences and other people.

In this natural world psychologists tell us that our sense of identity is our ability to look at ourselves as a separate entity among other separate entities. What people do to make themselves comfortable, to ‘find themselves’ is they see themselves in the context of other entities. Peoples sense of identity is very often influenced by their culture, I see myself in the context of my culture, in the context of my language, race, location, community, education, family, career, greatest achievement, or deepest disappointment, people find themselves within the context of such.

But all this yardstick is temporal. Jesus comes to introduce you to a context called eternity. In that context all those criteria disappear.  In God before all time began, there was no career, there was no location, language, race. No culture or social structure etc.

We, mankind,  have allowed our achievements, our disappointments, our careers, our culture etc. to define us. God has got a different definition, an eternal definition, He says you are His image and His likeness and not a fraction of who you are has been revealed yet!  That’s why He wants to unveil this mystery….and unveil and unveil…..for eternity!

Jn.8:16 Jesus said, ‘If I do judge, My judgement is true for I am not making it alone, out of the narrowness of my own experience, but in the largeness of the one who sent me, my Father.’ (Message Bible) If Jesus said that if his experience is too narrow to make judgement from, whether regarding himself or others, then we have to come to the conclusion that there is a bigger context to our lives than what we have experienced so far!

The Word of God, Jesus, comes to confront you with the reality of what God believes concerning you.  He is convinced, He is not going to change His mind….We may look at Jesus and see a man of total peace and joy at rest in knowing who He is and where he comes from and where he is going…and say ‘that is not me!’  God would respond and say, your honesty is laudable, but what I say about you transcends what you think about yourself.