Mark Hendrickson is a long tme friend and apparently he is wise too.
Note: this post is rather long.
The following is an excerpt of my response from an email dialog which occurred in fall 2011 between me and several people about eschatological issues. My experience has been that those whose central message is eschatology are prone to creating division if they are not agreed with… as opposed to guarding and promoting the unity of the body of Christ. The hard-line response I received afterward required that I ‘pull out’ of the dialog. For those who are ‘fighters’, there is no letting up and no end to the contention until someone is subjugated… or worse… pit-bull style. Unfortunately and historically, for the hard-line eschatology ‘fighters’, ‘blood flowing in the streets’ is of only minor concern… and in some cases it may be celebrated as a personal victory trophy.
This thread started as a random general email asking me for feedback about the differences between…
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Jesus did not come to reveal your fault, he came reveal your perfection.
God has never been confused about who you are…. he intimately committed himself to you!
He doesn’t like you for your potential, he loves you for you!
It has nothing to do with what you could do for him, he left heaven to pursue you!
Posted this in reply to a Facebook post by Tim Cone (oh, ladies I think he’s single)
“My identity is not found in what I do, but who I am in Christ”
My identity is who I am in him, He is the I am in me! His definition of me trumps who I say i am every time. He created me before the world was formed, he forgave and poured out grace for all mankind at the same time (time is a man concept, God doesn’t deal in a time continuum) Romans 6:10-11. Says he died once for all mankind. So his only image of me is forgiven an whole. Gen 1:26 says wevwere created in his likeness his image, we weren’t goats or guinee pigs! We were created in his image, he is my identity. 2 Cor 3:18 is the whole mirror deal. When we look in the mirror he is the reflection in the mirror. A mirror does not show the past or future but what is there at that exact moment. He is the I am in me! As he is so am I!
Sanctifa… When? sorta blogged on this, this morning. .
Think if the word sanctification, we have been lead to believe it is a process, a process leading to our fullfilment or being whole.
Now think about a prayer you say for your food, when you ask God to sanctify your twinkie, do you wait 6 months for the process of sanctification to work its way out in the twinkie? Nope, we somehow believe God can do it instantaneously. The fact of the matter is Jesus paid for my sanctification and our fullness 2000+ years ago. My fullness was actually set in God’s mind before the world was formed, before Adam was created. We were created in God’s very likeness and image.
Mankinds identity is found in Him pre-Genesis (Genesis 1:26 Jeremiah 1:5).
Adams sin was not a surprise to God. He knew in adavance what would come to pass. He knew that Jesus would come as God incarnated as a man and be crucified, buried, and resurrected. We (mankind) were co-crucified, co-buried, and co-resurrected with him. By doing this the curse of the law of sin and death was broken once and for all (Romans 6:10-11) He died once for all! He does not have to die again for any new sin that happen. God does not relate to us in a time and space mentality. He created us in his being before the foundation of this world. He set his son out as a sacrificial lamb before Adam, before everything he created us and forgave us. He saw us perfected and walking in fullness. Romans 8:1 tells us we are are now no longer condemned, our sins are not held against us. The accounting ledgers have not only been credited to us but burned up and forgotten. God does not and will not see those ledgers or remember them again. The way he saw us pre-conception is the way he will always see us (perfect!).
I was at a conference two weeks ago and I heard this “the church is devils best PR agents.” We have been deceived! I have been lied to. I no longer have a sin nature. That sin nature was obliterated at the cross. For the past 30+ years I have been walking under the idea I had a sin nature and I had to work out my salvation. I was a bi-polar Christian mess. My relationship with God was based on my performance. If I was having a good spiritual day I could show up before God. If I was having issues (which was 90% of the time) I would wallow in (self) condemnation. I was living under the law and a lie. My identity was found in my actions. I was taught to press in to God. I taught others, “to the degree you press in to God is the degree he comes to you.” THAT IS SUCH A LIE!
He loves you and sees you from the place of your original identity. The cross brought mankind to its place redeemed innocence and a re-Genesis. Salvation, forgiveness, and grace are free gifts. Nothing we can do will help us obtain them. The law was based on works and was a flawed system thats whole reason for being there was to point to the short comings of mans ability to come to God. Jesus came to wipe out the law and replace the system. It wasn’t an upgrade it was a new (kainos) way.
10 The revelation of Christ in you declares that your body is as good as dead to sins demands; sin cannot find any expression in a corpse. You co-died together with him. Yet your spirit is alive because of what righteousness reveals.
11 Our union with Christ further reveals that because the same Spirit that awakened the body of Jesus from the dead inhabits us, we equally participate in his resurrection. In the same act of authority whereby God raised Jesus from the dead, he co-restores your body to life by his indwelling Spirit.
12 We owe the flesh nothing.
13 In the light of all this, to now to continue to live under the sinful influences of thevsenses is to reinstate the dominion of spiritual death. Instead, we are indebted to now exhibit the highest expression of life inspired by the Spirit. This life demonstrates zero tolerance to the habits and sinful patterns of the flesh.
If you still believe you have a sin nature you will continue in fighting to overcome sin. It has already been defeated. When you walk knowing it has been defeated and in the understanding that God sees you whole an perfect you can come to God as your GOOD FATHER! I am found in Him and being in Him changes my paradigm completely. Walking in the understanding of how God sees and defines me is so freeing. I want to be defined by God not by others or myself.
Yes I am sanctified, its not a process but God’s declaration over mankind. I have no part of attaining it but accepting it.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! I am found whole in him!
On the night of 8/1/13 I had a dream where I was praying for God to break in and blinders to fall off people, that the revelation of being found in Him would change lives. If you are reading this take that prayer for yourself.
Posted on Wed, 07/31/2013 – 3:31pm
Making The Climb
I (Julie Meyer) had a dream and it was as if I was ‘within’ Ps 24 walking up the mountain of the Lord.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His Holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
I had to set my heart for the journey. It was a steep and narrow path though it was a path well-trodden and I pondered the patriarchs of old who had walked this same path.
In the dream I was carrying baggage with me, I realized I would never make it to the top of the mountain carrying it so I took it off and laid it aside.
There were many people on this path walking alongside me however I noticed that several on this same trek up the Mountain didn’t want to remove their baggage. The higher they began to climb, the heavier the baggage became; still they held on tight not wanting to set any of it down not even the smallest of bags. They became so pre-occupied with what they were carrying, they were unable to ascend. So, tightly clinging onto their baggage they simply stopped, turned around and started walking back down the mountain.
There was Only One Path to the top. I began to notice whispers and grumbling because the mountain was real, the path was narrow and it was steep. It required endurance and diligence to stay steady and to stay focused on the small narrow path.
I came upon an elderly man with a long wooden rod in his right hand. He had a long, white beard and long, wild, white hair that fell down over his shoulders. His face was set looking onward and upward. He was not looking to the left or the right. He was not turning around or even grumbling about the steepness of the path. He was not carrying any baggage, he was walking in one direction with a face that was set on arriving at the peak and nothing less. He looked as if he knew where he was going and how to get there, so I found my stride right with his. He had authority upon him yet a deep humble spirit.
Out of the corner of my eye, I began to see people looking for shortcuts or different possibly easier ways to reach the top. The elderly man would say to each one, “There are no shortcuts and there are no other paths. There is only one way, and it is this path. If you stay on it, it will lead you straight to the top and to make the climb, you have to lay down all your baggage.”
As he spoke, his words penetrated the very core of my heart, and I kept telling myself, “Stay on the path, lay down all the baggage and there are no shortcuts. Just keep walking, stay steady”
I happened to look up just in time to see a road sign: The Pathway of Humility. At that exact moment it was as if I was transported back in time and I realized the man in front of me was Moses—In an instant my eyes were open to see humility, diligence, steadiness and zeal. He continued up the mountain saying over and over, “There are no short cuts and there are no other paths. There is only one way and it is this path. If you stay on it, it will lead you straight to the top. It will also change you from the inside out. This journey will do a work of humility within. If you stay steady in the midst of the steep climb, it will produce diligence and endurance for your next season.
There Are No Shortcuts
Finally, as we ascended to the very top of the magnificent mountain. Very few men and women actually endured for the whole climb. But those who laid it all down were standing at the very top and crying out Psalm 24:7, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.”I realized that I was standing in a place of great authority. This is the place where we have the authority to cry out, “Lift up your heads, O you gates!”
Many people get this invitation, but few make the whole journey. For many start the climb yet want to keep their baggage and are unable to continue up the mountain. Some people wandered off the trodden path for other adventures that looked better to the eyes but was worthless to the soul.
I saw clearly there are no shortcuts to the top of this mountain. It is easier to stay on the path. It is easier to keep walking. This Mountain, this climb is an invitation of the Lord to climb His Holy Mountain with clean hands and a pure heart and all the while embracing humility which produces great authority. Though some people start with baggage, or offenses or unforgiveness – we all have the opportunity to lay it down. In order to continue upward you have to lay everything down otherwise it is impossible to make the climb for the weight of these will the climb too burdensome.
The pathway called Humility is a steep climb but it produces an inward life, a steadiness that you can only get if you stay on the path. No pain, no gain, but this trek is a place of great gain, living from the inside out….
And if you can make it to the very peak, its a place of new authority. Where those who laid it all down and just did the journey, they began to proclaim in authority Psalm 24:7, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.”
Where are you in this climb? Is the path too steep and hard because you need to lay down some baggage? Do you find yourself looking for easier paths, easier ways to reach the peak? Maybe you have become distracted with the pleasures of this age, they might have caught your eye…
For we are all invited. We all receive the invitation to lay down our baggage, to stay on the path. We all get to be a part of this great climb up the Mountain Of The Lord.
This is the season to lay it all down and to stay on the path, lay down offenses, lay down unforgiveness, lay it all down and stay steady for the journey. You can do it…
The Patriarchs of old walked this path. Jesus walked this path. Paul walked this path.Will you?
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.