RIVERS OF LIVING WATER
In the Introduction to her book, ‘The Healing Presence’ Leanne Payne observes,
“The vision was of a painting, yet not a painting, for Christ’s living face glowed through it. While it was the Divine Face, yet it was aglow with and framed by the richest of earth’s sun-baked hues. It was a vision of Incarnation, the Uncreated shining through the created… ‘I see a smiling face, many times larger than life, and it glows in sun-drenched, earthly colours. Strongly through earth’s rosy hues streams the Uncreated Light, and I, a creature, bask in the face of Jesus, the God-Man who died and rose again. The “Word of God our flesh that fashioned” (“Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”) smiles through the incarnate Son of Man, still dusty with earth’s radiance, and the two are one. And He is behind me, overlooking my work; in front of me, blessing me as I look up to Him. He is all around me; He is even within me.”
INTERWOVENNESS OF GOD AND THE SONS/DAUGHTERS OF GOD
Jesus is more than a measured ‘Even within us.’ He is woven into our being. Not contained in some compartment, not restricted to an entity called the ‘anointing’ nor imprisoned in holy days and sacred spaces, Christ is in us so much that Paul calls Him our life.
Christ come in our flesh means that the things we create with our hands are touched with the divine life that is in and with us. In this new and living way we are the agents of the New Creation Kingdom of God. In the incarnated Christ the unlimited life of God refuses to remain congealed in religion or compartmentalised in the categories of the knowledge of good and evil. It flows from the trinity into us and out into the Earth as rivers of living water – from you.
NO DRY RIVER-BEDS
Over twenty years ago I had a dream from the Lord in which I saw water filling long drought-desiccated, parched creeks. I thought for several years that this was large numbers of people learning to live in the Holy Spirit and the gifts. It was, but this is not all it was. It was infinitely more. Many years later I was led to see that dry creeks becoming rivers of living water was much more than Holy Spirit and the gifts. It was the people of God and the whole world learning to live in the new covenant and the incarnation – in what Paul calls, ‘Christ our life.’