A great way to short-change ourselves is to imagine that religion is life or that life is religion. Should we think like this we have missed all that Jesus came ‘to be’ for us. David stands out as a lover of life. His passion was life and the Source of it. Centuries before Life Himself appeared, David had realised that life was a person. As such he became a portent of the coming Messiah. PASSION FOR LIFE It’s amazing that so many want to be happy but are not overly focussed on life as life. At least not in learning the truth about it and where it is found. Some people live to survive. Others live to extract the marrow out of life. As a result they pursue the truth – relentlessly. They instinctively understand that truth and life are linked. When Jesus came among us He came as the way, the truth and the life. Amazingly there are people who can operate in the gifts who are excellent examples of dead folks walking. Life is a person. Life is God. Life is the Son of Man. When Christ is our life we are life and light and truth. The difference between real life and existence is SPIRIT AND LIFE. Dull in our spirit we are dull in discernment. Jesus is life to the full. Yet many live in survival mode when they inherit abundance. I’m familiar with people who live out of scarcity. They are not poor but scarcity is the mindset they live in. Fearful of economic catastrophe they live as if in poverty when they are surrounded by abundance. They are a picture of the religious person who lives from some version of the knowledge of good and evil when they could be living in the extravagant abundance of their union with God. TRUTH IS LIFE This is the truth: Since the cross you are a manifestation of God. It’s called being a son. People have this life in God that is unlimited. But they seek Godliness in doing what they think are god things. This is the delusion of the knowledge of good and evil. There’s no God in that – and no life - because there is no God in religion. God is in Himself and in you. People tied to the law or contemporary versions of it go to their graves without realising that Christ and not a moral programme is their inheritance in Christ. FOCUS OF YOUR EFFORTS A discerning lady stunned a bevy of fellow church goers by blurting out that ‘anything that is not Jesus is a waste of time.’ She was one hundred percent correct. Anything that is Jesus exudes spirit and life - the essence of the Kingdom of God and the substance of what Jesus began. It’s surprising how many intelligent and educated people absorb themselves in ‘god-stuff’ – religious motions and stances that have no spirit and life whatsoever. Yet they busy themselves in ascribing sacredness to them. Dulled by their self-importance they manage to position themselves as blind leaders of the blind. The flesh and the attempts to be Godly and spread Godliness through externalities accomplishes nothing for the Kingdom. Some live entirely in such externalities with the result that they live in the delusion that they are Godly and God pleasers. Pious and often a pain they give God a bad name among the lovers of life. This attitude maintains them in the knowledge of good and evil and blinds them to the simple truth that Christ is their life. Such blindness runs counter to God’s truth that declares that if we live from the law then for us, Christ has died for nothing. These attitudes spread the cancer of religion. You have access to the same spirit and life, the same authority in Father as did Jesus. Not only are is your spirit situated in heaven. The Trinity lives in you on earth. HIS GLORY AND YOURS The effect of the cross is this: The fall has been undone. You have the relationship with God that the trinity have with each other. You and Father are one because you are in Christ. As a result you do what Father is doing intuitively. On top of this you have the Spirit without limit and this gives you the spirit-life of God and the authority of God. You are the sword bearer of the Most High. The effect of this is that the presence of God in any situation is you! But more than this LIFE ITSELF that is personal and spirit bubbles up from inside you because Father, Son and Holy Spirit live in you. They diffuse themselves into your spirit, body and soul.