In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan swoops into the castle courtyard and begins touching the stone figures who had been turned to stone by the White Witch. This is more than a metaphor of eternal life. It is the end of our life in Adam and the start of our life in Christ. It is the beginning of new covenant, new creation life. The old covenant was then. The new covenant is now. It has been now since Jesus cried, ‘IT IS FINISHED!’
SPIRIT OF LIFE, SPIRITED LIFE
We can choose to live as largely paralyzed stone figures in old covenant assumptions or we can live from Christ in the Spirit. We can live large or we can live withered. We can live Christ our life. Or we can live in letter instead of the Living Word as cardboard figures of captivity and derision in the eyes of the demons who have delivered us into their ruse.
There are people who operate in the gifts who still live this way - largely as stone figures when they have been given a heart of fire and flesh. Life-purpose and fruitfulness comes from being sons of the free woman. The free woman, Sarah bore Isaac, the child of the promise. Jesus came in Isaac's line as the seed of Abraham. Jesus was and is the seed of the Kingdom. Cast into the ground and alive in the Spirit of those made from the dust of the earth, He is Christ come in our flesh and the reality of the new creation in people like you and me. Jesus is the seed, the root and the vine. We are the branches and the fruit.
'For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man' 1 Cor 15.21 NIV.
LIONS OF FIRE In God's Son we are sons and daughters of God. We are ignited. No longer stone lions we are lions who are real lions with hearts of fire and spirits of flame. We are not workers and not slaves as are the children of Hagar. We are joined to our Father by the One Spirit and as such gain our identity, purpose and moment by moment instructions by being in the Spirit of Christ. In Christ we are alive with eternal, invincible life. This is the life of His Spirit. IT IS LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.
[He] made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved' Eph 2.5 NIV.
By the One Spirit we are the manifestation of the trinity. By the One Spirit, we do only what Jesus is doing. The purpose driven life is a reality when Christ is our life. Not just because we adopt this as a slogan or hold forty days of purpose. Real purpose comes from the Spirit of Christ forming you into you real identity. You don't get your purpose by introspection or from a church. ( You do get it when Christ is your life and you are with people in whom Christ lives) When all of us live in our identity as sons in our Father we are the church and the church becomes the outworking of His purposes. There's a thin line between the old creation and the new. One leads to death and the other multiples life.
Jesus is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. He is purpose and the purposes of God. None who live in God need flap about looking for purposes. The purposes of the Father for each day and each year will manifest in you. We need to live in Our Father and not in our need for attention. You have an identity in Christ that is infinitely more than any identity you think you have in a denomination or church.
Genuine intercessors have an inner knowing of the heart of God and can pray His plans into existence when He instructs. They are filled with His heart, His purposes, His project for the season and the moment.
Put away the shopping list and what might prove to be Abraham's ISHMAEL AGENDA. Intercession is not getting God to do what seems right to us. It's not a way of realising our political beliefs or making happen projects of our own. Abraham did that and got an Ishmael. Intercession is not praying through a list that some leader brings along. It's praying into what Jesus reveals. Jesus is more interested in us having His presence in fullness that being a lackey to our agenda. When we express the heart and mind of Jesus we are sons of the promise. We birth life unto life. Every thing that comes from His Spirit multiplies life that continues unfolding into eternity.
Jesus did not plant anything that is law-focused, performance driven or old covenant. Jesus will not bring into life that which He did not plant. We are living in the age of the removal of tares. Don't make it your life work wearying yourself at projects and praying for results that are not His purpose. Don’t water or attempt to invigorate what Jesus did not plant.
Jesus does not do random acts of religion. The purposes of God are never casual and always teleological, expanding the scope and the power of His Kingdom. This is why we are called to be sons and not workers, kings and not slaves. This means living in the new covenant and being an agent of the new creation, filled with the resurrection life and purpose of the Father and His gospel of the Kingdom.
'I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty' Rev 1.8 NIV.
SOMETHING AND NOTHING MINISTRY
The gospel of 'Doing something to fill this slot' is not the gospel of the Kingdom. We represent the gospel of the kingdom by drinking of the water and swimming in the river that flows from Christ and is Christ.
There is a gospel that is not of the kingdom; a gospel that is spasmodic, random, confused, sincere but religious. We might have seeming successes in this space but these are small compared to the infinite life and vision that is ours in the fullness of Christ our life. Jesus will visit what He does not inhabit. The Holy Spirit will attend anything that happens under the auspices of Jesus. But old covenant buckets cannot hold water. There is no well of limitless water in any law connected activity.
WHAT BUCKET IS THAT?
In the law bound old covenant, Christ is not our life even when we name His name. We are attempting to be our life ... with His help. Big difference. In the old covenant mind-set we use Christ to help us perform. But in the new covenant Jesus is entirely our life. With an old covenant outlook His presence is dulled and we trend towards inertia and stagnation the harder we strive. Our buckets cannot hold water.
Persistence in an old covenant mind-set stubbornly seeks to extend the old creation that Jesus put to death in Adam. Apostles of the old creation cannot be at one with what Jesus is doing now. Being workers they are not living in their inheritance as sons. They possess hundreds of pieces of the jig-saw puzzle and routinely bring out bits and pieces of the puzzle on which to expound. Some have no real idea of what they mean and speak nonsense in the name of God. Others share with a degree of understanding but an absence of life.
'But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son' Gal 4.30 NIV.
In every time and place Jesus was the exact expression of our Father. When Christ is our life we are the same. But old covenant exponents can never form these pieces into the big picture. They have trouble selecting the piece that is the picture of the moment and flap around a lot. Why? They don't live in He who is the big picture. They live in Hagar, which means they are still absorbed in 'try harder religion.' In the old covenant we are not one with God, not experientially. In the new we and the Father are one because we are one in Jesus. Here we are privy to what Jesus is doing now. We can can walk in His light even as He is the light and we can deliver the picture to the world that each of us has been assigned.
'Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does' John 5.19 NIV.
Sons live in the inheritance of the free woman. What ever the Father does, the sons of God do. This is the difference between a stone lion and a living stone.