Everything good and holy that Jesus died for on the cross was given freely to everyone.
However … no one jumps on a good idea faster than the devil … and under the shadow of the cross, darkness convinced many humans to take what Jesus paid for and put it in “BOXES” … to either bury it or sell it for profit. What was gifted to humans in the form of forgiveness, healing and prosperity, was boxed up and scuttled away by intermediaries who tried to place themselves between us and God.
The inexhaustible, eternal, omnipresent, free, magnificent Presence of God, has been marketed by darkness as limited stock, near impossible to access, expensive, arduous, and elite … by a contingent of door keepers … who metered out what was meant to be joyful and life-giving … into what has sadly become one of the most oppressive entities on the face of the earth.
God cannot be controlled or diminished, but our relationship with God can be cut off by our beliefs. Even the most enthusiastic followers of God often use near seance-like procedures to try to manifest, entice, or conjure up the Presence of God into their midst … when they fail to understand that God is already everywhere. Go-betweens try to “usher in” the Glory of God … but God already infuses the quantum essence of all energy and matter.
We have the very mistaken idea that God “visits us” … as if there are places where God is not … as if there are entities that can hold a form without God’s say so … as if structures can exist without being a quantum extension of God’s lattice-work … as if we can exist without first being held as an “idea” in the mind of God.
What really happens when we “feel” that we have entered into the Presence of God … is that God “turns up the volume” on the “holiness” that is already there.
This is one of the reasons why “Praising God” is so important … because the sound of praise awakens the intrinsic metrics of the universe and "strengthens” pre-existing bonds between us and God. Praising God links the creator with the creation … which is how the world was intended to work. The inexhaustible gifts of Jesus Christ were meant to infuse our world and make it one with heaven.
The “Un-Boxing of God” is not really letting God out of a box, because God can not be put in a box in the first place, no more so than the sun can be put in a box … but the “Un-Boxing of God” is a real generational shift, in which people demand an authentic, unfettered God. Be careful though, because darkness will jump on this movement too, and try to distinguish itself as its leader.
Fortunately, God has a plan of restoration … and the “UN-BOXING” of what Jesus paid for has begun.
2020 … will become known by future generations as the year of “Should Have Been”.
Future generations will look back at 2020 the way we look back at cars that did not have safety features such as seal-belts or air-bags ... and the years before 2020 will become known as the years of “not listening”.
It is not that we did not know how to prepare properly, it is just that we settled for the lowest common denominator.
1. Airlines “should have been” … able to disinfect and guarantee in-cabin air quality.
2. Food Security “should have been” … intrinsically available for every human.
3. Financial markets “should have been” … able to pause economic losses.
4. Children “should have been” … taught how to LEARN online by themselves.
5. Affluent parts of the world “should have been” ... able to do something about the impoverished parts of the world.
Through the 2020 crises ... the global playing field has been levelled … and hopefully the solutions we find to economics, safety, and food security will be global ones ... without the loss of privacy and oppressive tactics.
The ultimate “should have been” ... belongs to the fact that humans should have been aware of what God is saying.
Everything that happens between us and God depends on our personality.
We can have a Ph.D in happiness, study it, teach it, preach it, and write books about … but unless it is our default mode … then it will always be elusive and just out of reach. A little child who is born with happiness, will know more about the ways of heaven than a great biblical expounder who is miserable.
That is why God says that Jesus offers a "new" life ... a make-over ... a new perspective … a whole new frame of reference on how to view the universe. God is not impressed by our status, stature or statehood … none of that will make us a good leader or prepare us for what is to come … God is only interested in our capacity for faith, courage and love.
"Fear" and "respect" are two very different things. There is a type of respect, that at its best, is a great teacher. However, the opposite of respect is a type of harmful fear that robs a person of fighting back or resolving issues. It floats the idea that there is no means of escape, defence or victory, and it causes us to lose by default.
In John 10:10, there is a fascinating verse that reveals the strategy of fear and how it operates.
John 10:10 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY …
Fear attacks in 3 deliberate consecutive stages:
STAGE 1 - FEAR STEALS:
Fear steals our attention away from God. "Distraction" is a well known tactic of pickpockets and thieves. Diversions can come in the form of a promotion or a demotion, a celebration or a catastrophe, it doesn't matter, as long as it “steals” the focus of our spirit away from God. Without continuous communion with God, we are like trees or flowers cut off from sunshine, and we will eventually fade and wither back from opportunities to flourish. Fear wants to keep us far from the sustainers of life such as love, joy and peace, and especially far from the power of God to defeat darkness. Unless we can hear God’s voice, we are lost. It is therefore extremely important for our spirit to develop a “continuous” relationship with God.
STAGE 2 - FEAR KILLS:
Fear kills our “wi-fi” connection to heaven … by shutting down our soul. Our soul acts like a modem between heaven and the earth, and it is how we experience God’s light and love. Darkness wants to kill the soul because a lack of love is like quicksand for humans. Our soul is where our deepest and most exciting hopes and dreams have a heartbeat, and where we develop our best ideas. Our soul is a divine connection to everything good that heaven has to offer, and if that connection is “killed”, then our spirit turns to counterfeits from the earth … love is replaced with lust, joy is replaced with noise, and eternal prosperity is replaced with temporary symbols of success. When we can’t hear from God through our souls, then we try to do things for ourselves. Without a direct divine link to God through our soul, we lose our vision and destiny, and we make a lot of mistakes ... and worse ... we lack the means to find God given solutions. Fear wants to kill the soul because the soul is the opposite of depression, and the soul is a highway to God’s love. It is extremely important to keep our God given hopes, dreams and power alive.
STAGE 3 - FEAR DESTROYS:
Fear destroys human bodies. Fear wants to destroy all human bodies from off the face of the earth, because humans have the potential to carry the Presence of God. We are conduits of light, love, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and power … which means that humans are a great threat to darkness. The devil’s hatred of humans isn’t personal ... we are just in the way … the devil’s ultimate goal is to steal the earth away from God. The earth is a prize beyond our comprehension. If we understood this, then we would not treat it or each other like we do. The earth is so “extremely” rare and important to God, that it may well be the singular reason why we were made from it and why we were placed here ... which makes us the bane of the devil. The devil's end game is to steal the earth away from God by destroying the presence of humans by any means possible. It is therefore very important that we take care of our bodies, and that we carry the Holy Spirit of God within us.
Darkness wants to "steal" the attention of our spirit away from God, to "kill" the connection of our soul to the throne of God, and to "destroy" our body from carrying the Presence of God on the earth ... in that order ... and as scary as that sounds, defeating darkness is as simple as turning on a light. God says that Jesus Christ is that LIGHT.
“True Prosperity” belongs to the person who has unlimited multi-dimensional resources that cannot be drained or destroyed … and in God’s eyes … that belongs to the person who is not afraid to find themselves alone in a desert ... hundreds of miles from everything except for sand and a blazing sun … and in their relationship with God, they are watered, fed, healed, protected, guided, and full of wisdom and ingenuity.
“True Prosperity” is a connection to the “unseen wells” of God.
This is what Jesus did … He found Himself alone in the desert and God took care of Him … and when He returned … He used His experience and relationship with God, to show the world how we too can be connected to an eternal supply of healing and resources.
“True Prosperity” in the desert is essential to understand, because in a land of plenty it is all too easy to lose sight of where wealth really comes from.
Do not confuse what God provides, with what we build. Our ability to grow food and create communities and commerce is a good thing, but only as long as it is infused with God ... because if we do not honour God, then we will teach the next generation to depend upon something that can disappear in a moment.
15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to Me.
19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He Blessed, and Brake, and Gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Humans have become increasingly aware of the “probability” that things “will” go wrong, so much so, that the earth has become a casino. Our daily routine has become a lottery, in which the dice is rolled by someone else, and the outcome seems out of our control.
Though humans have had many successes, the overall record is not a great one. We live with one foot in heaven and one foot in hell, until the chasm becomes so wide that we are forced to make a choice …some choose God, some choose the devil, and some get lost in between. Even those who say that they believe in God, instead of saying “We’ve lost another battle!”, they say “It was meant to be!”, as if God had no more control than they did, or worse, had a hand in the woe.
In contrast, Jesus Christ talks about a realm that supersedes anything that darkness has to say about it, because Jesus lives in a realm of pure “certainty”. There are no odds of failure in heaven because there is no gambling in heaven. The concept of “gambling” is so full of darkness, that the word “gamble” does NOT exist in the Presence of God, because it implies a sense of risk or sleight of hand.
The concept of statistical “odds” can only exist where there is an inherent inequality or a wager against failure. It is a human-made concept that flies in the face of an infinite universe and the love that governs it. In the greatest of ironies, humans believe it is “risky” to trust in God, when God gave us JESUS so that we can live above THE ODDS.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Psalm 112:7 KJV
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Most humans only experience “post-giveness”. It is a form of forgiveness that takes place “after” a perceived wrong has taken place. The person who has been wronged, weighs and measures the offence, and then meters out a response that may or may not absolve the offender.
In contrast, Jesus enacted “pre-giveness”. Jesus went down through time ahead of us, and paid for every possible offence to holiness, before it was ever committed. Can you imagine standing before your fiancé on your wedding day, and proclaiming that you “pre-give” them every possible offence that they will do to you over the course of your marriage? Can you imagine forming a business, in which you announce to your partners, that you “pre-give” them every possible malicious thing that they will ever do to you in that corporation, as well as pay for all the damages? Well that is exactly what Jesus did!
Jesus loves us so much, that before this world and its universe was formed, Jesus committed to paying in full, for every wrong ever committed, by every human ever created. Therefore all we have to do is accept God’s free gift of pre-giveness.