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The Unforgivable Sin

A while ago, I had prayed for a woman.  She had so much fear because as a little girl she had been told by an adult leader in a church that she had committed the unpardonable sin and would not be able to go to heaven.   What is even sadder though is both of my boys, unsuccessfully, had been taught about the unpardonable sin.  Thankfully this was after sharing my revelation of God’s great grace with both of them.  My youngest got in such a heated discussion with his “Christian studies teacher” that he had to be pulled out of the classroom.  For him he saw a God that would forgive everything and the way this teacher was explaining this scripture, in Mark 3:29-30, did not fit into how he saw and knew God.  So, today I want to bring clarity, hope, freedom and truth to this scripture that has, because of the way it has been taught for many years, hurt so many people.

Let me copy two different translations of this verse below one from the New King James Version (NKJV) and one from the Message.  My favorite is from the Message; yet many times this is taught from the NKJV.

“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;  but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3:28-30 NKJV)

“Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil.” (Mark 3:28-30 MSG)

4B47B2E1-54F7-4733-87E5-EC144318724AWhat is even more interesting is the title in the NKJV which states this section is about THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.  Wow, and it looks just like that…..so this must be what it is about…..and it is….but not what we have been taught for years. (Yes, I said all that with a huge grin…because of the goodness of God).

I have written before about the importance of reading scripture in context, looking at the time period, who wrote it and whom it was written to.  It is just as important here.  At this time Jesus was healing and teaching around Galilee.  There were many people from other areas there with Him.  He had chosen His twelve disciples when all of a sudden scribes are proclaiming Jesus to have the prince of demons, Beelzebub, within Him.  Jesus teaches them in parable regarding how can a house divided against itself stand?  He then goes on to say in Mark 3:28 how ALL of the sins and blasphemes will be forgiven the sons of men.  It isn’t just a few sins but ALL; which means in Greek the totality of.  No sins left unforgiven.  It will all be accomplished, finished.  But then all of a sudden it sounds like Jesus is now retracting what He just said in the next sentences.  But He isn’t.

I looked up each word in the Greek in all three verses.  Specifically verses 28 and 29.  Here is the summation of what I looked up (to do your own research you can view the bible hub pages here: http://biblehub.com/text/mark/3-29.htm and http://biblehub.com/text/mark/3-30.htm):

Whoever refuses to acknowledge the good that has come from the union (remember Jesus is talking about Himself and the healing He has been performing by casting out unclean spirits) of the Holy Spirit, negates possession of forgiveness in this age, is legally bound or obligated eternally (both now and outside time) to sin’s results because they have concluded I possess a spirit which is adulterated(“a wrong mix’/tainted by sin). (Mark 3:29-30)

He is making it clear there is one condition that the son of man (yep, that is you and me)  must make to have ALL your sins forgiven.  The scribes had just concluded that the sinless lamb was full of sin.  So for them, unless they change their minds (yep that is repentance) and realize that Jesus is the Sinless One whom will take on all of the son of men’s sins, they are negating the ONLY way to possess forgiveness from God.

Jesus was already telling how and Who forgiveness would happen through.  How the one condition of faith in Who He is makes all the difference for the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve.  It is simply the same simple message of faith, forgiveness and a Spotless Lamb that must be seen as spotless not just as a “good man”,  a “prophet” or a fake.  He was, is and will be the only real Spotless Lamb, born without sin, remained without sin for our good.

 

A Little of What…

The Lord has been speaking to me….

Three Dreams

A few nights ago, I had three dreams in a row.  Each dream held a similar thread.  In the last dream the thread was very clear.  I had been on a sidewalk in a city looking up at a beautiful building that had a display window jutting out from a balcony.  It looked amazing and beautiful.  All of a sudden I was flying above the buildings and I could see the same display but from above.  In the display was a tree that had a trunk but no branches or leaves and from the tree trunk I saw spider webs that crossed the expanse of the display to other items in the display.  I was shocked and said to myself, “This isn’t the way it looked from below!”  Then I heard a voice say, “Remember, things aren’t always as they appear”.

I think this is just a simple reminder to me and His church, His Beloved.  I wrote a post on Correcting Perspective (click on link to read) and in this post, among others,  I v
discuss seeing God for Who He is and starting there.  When we start with the correct perspective whether we are looking at issues in our life, world or at God we are more able to see these issues or God so much more clearly.

img_2048In my dreams I was able to not only see from the angle everyone else saw the display but also from the angle God wanted me to see the display.  I just sense God reminding Christians to let Him change your perspectives, ask Him to give you the right starting point.  He will; but you may need to take a 180 degree turn (repentance) and let go of starting points or core values you really didn’t know you had until you come face to Face with Him at this time.  This repentance naturally happens in this circumstance, God changes the way you see.  I just feel like right now is a special time for a new starting point, for core values to be changed as we simply ask.  God always works on a timeline within our lives.  Knowing exactly when we need something and exactly when we are ready for it. I just sense this time is here for many people.

In my dream things were multidimensional just like God and just like the issues we face in our lives.  In my dreams things that appeared to look beautiful from my position were not what they seemed and the desire to not look further, not to want to see, to prefer to stay with the way I first saw the display tugged at me….yet the reminder rang loud and clear…Things aren’t always as they appear.

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬ (emphasis mine)

Enter Into His Rest

If at anytime you are reading scripture from the starting point, ” If I will….then God will….”then you are starting from the viewpoint of the Old Covenant and trying to fulfill the law.  I used to do this all the time, but not any more, thank God.  When Jesus came, He died on the Cross and He rose again, this changed history and created a New Covenant free gift offered to all people.  This covenant is similar to what He did for Abraham, but a million times better, in that it is a covenant of faith where God did and Abraham received because Abraham simply believed in Who God is and this belief was accounted to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Today, in the New Covenant, we, as believers, are under GRACE not law. So, when we read scripture it is imperative we start at the right starting point.  In the New Covenant we start with:  Jesus did it all for all time.  Jesus bore all my sin, shame, sickness, disease on the Cross.  He fully took my place and the whole worlds place on the Cross.  He took the entire bulk of punishment upon His own body for all time and for all people.  As believers in Jesus, we have the astounding privilege to be part of His family and fully understand that God, through His Son has done everything for us and all we do is receive.  There are no strings attached to this. As a believer in Christ there is absolutely nothing you could ever do to lose it (except deny Who Jesus is; but then He is chasing after you). There is absolutely nothing you have to do; but just believe in Who God is and what Jesus did for you.  As it  says in 1 John 1:5-10:

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from ALL sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” NASB‬‬

Let’s look at this through New Covenant eyes: If we declare that we are sinners, that we truly need a Savior we are immediately walking in the Light with Jesus, we are cleansed from ALL sin. We just need to confess which means: “to acknowledge belief in”.  What are we acknowledging belief in?  The fact that we were all born into sin because of Adam and we are in need of saving.  Once we acknowledge this and believe that Christ died for us to be free from this sin nature, we are forgiven and cleansed from ALL unrighteousness.  Which means we are a new creation and fully righteous in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17&21).  The New Covenant is that simple. You do not imageneed to perform for God to stay in the Kingdom of Heaven because Jesus already has performed it all.  Do you need to keep confessing your “sin” so you can stay in good terms with God???–No, because we have already acknowledged that fact when we had faith or believed in Who Jesus was and Christ’s act with our faith, acknowledgement and acceptance of that free gift is what makes us on good terms with God; because the payment was paid in full by His Son for us. All of our iniquity, transgressions, and sin was nailed to the Cross for ALL time and were are righteous in Christ Jesus.  So, I challenge you to read the scripture above with the realization: this was written for non-believers to help them enter into the Truth of Who Jesus is and all that He did for them.  Next I also challenge you to read it from the right starting point: God through His Son finished it all for you and has done everything for you…now receive the Holy Spirit and enter into His rest as Hebrews 4:10 says:

“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” NASB.

This is the message of the New Covenant, the message of Grace. The true gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you want to understand more about transgression, iniquity and sin read: Horizontal and Vertical (Part 4)

The Bottom Line

Have you ever been in a meeting, a conversation or a church service where you just wanted to shout…can you just get to the bottom line?  I have,  thankfully I have never shouted the statement outloud……thank God for Holy Spirit self-control.  Yet Jesus talked about foundations many times and this bottom line, I believe, is foundational as everything else is built upon it in the New Covenant Kingdom.

When I began to blog in a very open and intimate way beginning with: It is Time to Let Go of the Rules-Otherwise Known as the Law, there were many people who literally either loved or hated what I wrote.  What I find interesting is the all out hatred for the true grace or the true gospel.  I think the simplicity of the gospel frightens many because maybe their “status quo” in the church would be disrupted.  This same feeling is what I believe the Pharisees and Sadducees feared when Jesus came on the scene and why they hated Him so very much.

Jesus disrupted the “status quo” in their church/synagogue and they were willing to kill Him for that.

It really is not so different now.  Yet, I also know history will be kind to those that stood for the true gospel during a time on the history line where the church needed change.  There have been many who have also stood through the history of the New Covenant Church that brought about change and this is no different except…well it involves me, my family and many friends.  With any change it takes time and standing for what is true.

So, I began this writing adventure with a true statement and is seen as a common thread or the bottom line of every single post.  This is what I tell people all the time when talking with them because it is truly the encapsulation of the gospel.  It is so simple that even fishermen or I can understand it.  It is simply:

Knowing Whose you are and who you are in Jesus Christ.

It isn’t a bunch of steps, rules you have to follow, or a checklist of things you must do.image   We need to remember Jesus always said His yoke and burden is easy and light (Matthew 11:30). If you do not feel this way then I challenge you to truly look at whether or not you are living under the law in areas of your life.  The Holy Spirit will help you with this….just ask.

My life in Christ is so simple…it is like when I was a child (Matthew 18:1-6).  I simply believe in Who Jesus is- this automatically grafts me into the family line of Christ with all His benefits.  I know the truth- Jesus died for all my sin, all my shame, all my sickness and disease for ALL time.  When Jesus said it was finished-He really meant it.  Understanding my righteousness, the Holy Spirit and my eternal life are gifts I receive from my Father through His Son.  I haven’t done anything to deserve these gifts and I can not do anything to un-deserve them (except deny Jesus for Who He is and walk away (Peshah)–read Horizontal and Vertical (Part 4) for more understanding) -yet rest assured He is chasing after those with determination).  My heart beats with the desire for ALL people to know this truth, to live a life full of Christ and live in the full freedom He died to give us.  A place where you can breathe the air of heaven all the time.  Come join me in such a place.

This basic truth is the solid ground of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14 and John 14:6)

What Does the Number Eight, Butterflies and 50

All Have In Common?

I think the answer will be something you want to grab ahold of for yourself, family and friends!!

I have such a great birth day. I was destined to be born on the Fourth of July which is the day of freedom for the United States of America. Every year I have fireworks and lots of fun celebrating not only my birthday but the birthday of the country I was born into. Each year on my birthday the Lord usually gives me a word as a present. Sometimes I get to share it and sometimes not….this year it is the former.

A couple weeks ago, when I woke up in the morning, the Lord asked me a question and the answer was eight years. He then asked what does eight mean? Thats when I ask…what does it mean Lord? And He generally answers or shows me where to find the answer. This time He directed me towards I book I own called the, “Prophets Dictionary” by Paula A. Price. Here is a direct quote from the book regarding the meaning of eight:

“The number of new beginning, such as the new week in Genesis 2:2–7 (see the seventh verse especially).  …When Jesus was the offshoot of David, it is interesting to note that David was Jessie’s eighth son who marked, coincidentally, the new monoarchical reign of Israel after Saul’s death. It’s application to the New Testament church is seen in Micah 5:4–5 where it mentions the seven shepherds. With Jesus as the Chief Shepherd, that brings the number to eight, with the seven shepherds foreshadowing the seven angels spiritually governing and pastoring the New Testament church. ….Eight souls were saved from the anti-diluvian flood….”

imageAs you can see, from the quote, eight means new. The other reminder God gave me is the amount of burptterflies I have seen this summer. Just yesterday I had one flying by me all day when I went outside. Just reminding me of His promise for this new year for me. The third and last reminder the Lord gave me was this year I turned 49; so I am in my 50th year….The year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is also a reminder of new beginnings.

I am to share with everyone this word…

It is a year of new beginnings staring this Fourth of July. All you have to do is rest in Him and what Christ has done for you and is doing in you and then watch the Hand of the Lord move. It is easy for you are in sync with the Father through His Holy Spirit Who abides in you. Walk with Him in the cool of the day and see the new beginning He has for each of us, specific to exactly what we need.

‘Fake It Til I Make It’ OR…..

Is There Something (Someone) Better?

I just want to address something that I have been caught up in for years, as a Christian. I want to bring freedom to an area that I have so struggled with for at least the last ten years. I have either been taught by either watching other Christians behavior or leaders out rightly telling me that I needed to, “Fake it till I make it.”.  This felt very wrong to me.  Yet, I was explained that I must “call things that are not as though they are”. (Romans 4:17)  I don’t know about you but I certainly would not like to go to a doctor who was trying to fake it until he makes it…..

I have written a few blogs which I now realize led me to my freedom this morning. It may help if you read these first:

Since this was first told to me, “Fake it till you make it”.  I have had a sense that this is wrong….hint, hint…Holy Spirit Helper, trying to help me. It wasn’t until last night, as I sat at my boys basketball game, when something happened to my oldest son that got me very angry and the ref didn’t see it. I was over the top angry. Later that night when all was quit in the house I was talking to God…one of my favorite times from childhood. As I spoke to Him He first reminded me with such love and compassion, “Remember Darlene, if there is an area you are angry about with Me, you are not trusting Me.” Now I have learned over the last year, there is no way in and of myself that I can create that trust. I knew that God wanted to do something for me through these circumstances. I just didn’t know what. He was not expecting me to plead or bend over backwards or try to work this out for myself. He just wanted me to come to Him. He was not mad at me for not trusting Him. He actually understood me. He wanted to heal and help me.

This morning as I woke up and went about my daily morning activities (working out) the Lord began bringing some things to mind for me, connecting things for me. He reminded me I have been so sad lately of lost relationships, lost relationships for my boys and the sadness that comes with other people’s decisions that impact your life. He also reminded me of last night and how angry I had become at a situation that before would not have impacted me like that. There was a connection and He showed me.  I knew I had to be honest with myself, with God and with others. I had already shared with my husband that I was feeling sad the last few days. There was a loss in relationships, chosen by other people to cut us off. This was hurting….again. This should be over and done with but much like when a death occurs in your family there is a process of grief and it takes time and it fluctuates.  What hurts ourselves is when we try to, “Fake it till we make it.”.  In any area of our life when we try to “fake it” we have just gone into striving in our own ability by pretending (pretense=The act of pretending; a false appearance or action intended to deceive) and have denied the work of the Cross and what Christ died to gain.  “Faking it till we make it” imageis simply a lie. It is pretending on our own to be what God intends for us rather than facing/looking at who we are honestly, what is truly in our heart, and knowing we can’t fix it but God can and will. When we truly have the understanding of all that Christ died for we can much more easily look at ourselves honestly. This “faking it till you make it” is exactly what the Pharisees did. The outside of the cup looked pretty good but when you look inside it was dirty.  We end up truly only hurting ourselves with this pretense.  Because we actually start to believe we can change ourselves which is in direct oppossion to the Truth.  You only end up lying to yourself, God and others. Let me explain further…

The scripture used in Romans 4:17 has been taken out of context and made into something it isn’t. Let’s look at it in entirety:

“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.””Romans‬ ‭4:13-22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If we are honest and read this scripture in its’ fullness, we see here a description of God and Abraham. God is the One who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Abraham, who is the father of many nations (that is you and I), contrary to hope- believed in hope according to what God had promised or spoke.

Abraham did not waver at this promise was strengthened in faith and gave glory to God for giving him that ability to be strengthened in faith.

Abraham was fully convinced that what God had promised him God was able to perform–this is where Abraham got his righteousness from-his belief that what God promised God was able to perform.

There is such a push in some circles of Chistianity for us, as believers, to call things which do not exist as though they do and I believe this is erroneous teaching as we really do not want to take one scripture that isn’t even used in its fullness and make our whole belief system out of it. Do I believe in miracles, yes. I have seen them and been a part of praying for them. In this scripture Paul was talking specifically about the birth of Isaac; as we see at the end of verse 18 through verse 19 Paul talks about the many descendents and the reality of Abraham and Sarah’s bodies. God is the creator of life and through us He creates life-babies. We need to understand this scripture and not be afraid to tell the truth. Abraham and Sarah both admitted their bodies were dead to the ability to create a child. What they proclaimed was the belief that God was Who He said He was- He strengthened their faith and He had promised to give them a son.  So God had to give life to the dead, calling what does not exist to exist. These are attributes of Who God is and what He does.   We need to start with the fact that God is infinitely wise, Whose ways and thoughts are way above mine. He desires the best for all of us.  I desire, and have proclaimed heaven on earth by closely listening to the Father. But it is His creating that is occurring, not mine. Thankfully only those proclamations that line up with His will, will only occur (He is so good); we only need to look at the Old Testament prophets to see this truth.  God is interested about our insides, our core NOT in behavior modification.  Any of us can modify our behavior for a time but only God can change us from the inside out which brings about lasting change externally.

Once again He has strengthened His daughter’s faith and healed me. Simply put I believe that God is Who He says He is. I simply believe Jesus is Who He said He is. Through me He shall do great wonders, just like with Abraham. The plus side is that I have His Holy Spirit living inside me.

So, this morning I wept for the loss, another layer. The loss in my life, my children’s lives, and my friends’ lives. I grieved with God, He healed me in my grieving. Not “faking it till I make it” but being real…living from the inside out with myself, God and others. Who wants to join me? ❤️

Have You…I Have…But Now I Don’t Have To

Have you ever said:

  • I want/need more of God
  • Let’s go deeper with God
  • We need revival, Revival starts in us
  • I need to trust God more
  • Jump all the way in
  • Get deeper in the water
  • I need to chase after Him with all I am
  • I want to feel more of God’s love

I have said these words many times. Lately though, when I hear these statements made, there was something that made me go, Hmmmmmmm???? When that happens I start asking questions. Why do we say that? Is this just some type of Christianese statement? Is this necessary? Or maybe the most important question…Father how do You see this? Well that’s where I was at Monday morning. Some of my friends and my husband, as I talked to them about this added some of the above statements to the ones I had. If you have been in the church or around Christians you may have heard or used one of the above statements. Monday morning though I was asking God specifically about, ” I want more of You, I want to trust You more and I want to know/feel more of Your love”. When God speaks to me (and YES He SPEAKS to ALL believers) I hear Him, see the words, usually get a picture, and emotions all at the same time. It is usually a full body experience for me. So, when I say the words He said there was a large experience in this moment that I am hoping to capture for you. It was very simple…He said:

I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN MY ALL.

In that moment for me though came a rush of understanding with scripture and visuals that I would like to share with you.

The first was an emotion of complete peace. I understood I already had/have/will have all of Him in me, on my side I never need more of Him. How completely He loves me no matter what. He is working all things for my good. I NEVER have to chase Him, He is ALWAYS chasing me. There is no next level for me to get to because I have received it completely by believing in Who His Son is. All of us believers are on the same level, we all have issues God is working on and no one is better than someone else in God’s Kingdom. We dove fully into the water when we said yes to His Son and received His Holy Spirit that He breathed into us. And last but not least Revival is not a thing but a PERSON–the person that is right in front of you. Revival has and always will be simply walking in His Spirit which shines His light to the world around you. Share God’s freedom and love with those around you.

As the emotions and understanding were coming the scripture stories came. He reminded me about:

How a seed must fall to the ground and die to live (John 12:20-25)—this is what happens when we come to realize we can’t do this life without Jesus. Only through His death can we become free, alive and righteous (Romans 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 2:21; Philippians 1:11, 3:9; and 2 Peter 1:11) As we believe in Him-so we die to our old selves and then He breathes new life-and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I have talked about faith and the mustard seed before in Do I Have Faith As Small As a Mustard Seed?!? Yet again this analogy holds true. I saw the faith that we come with as the mustard seed, which is all we need (Mark 4:30). This faith, this only commandment we must follow in the New Covenant is to simply believe in Who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us on the Cross (1 John 3:23). With that little seed of faith God does something wonderful for us. I did not say we do something!! He does!!! Let’s look at a tree (this is what God was showing me). The seed dies and life comes, and the tree grows. Does the tree cause itself to grow, NO!! Does the tree cause itself to flower, grow leaves, does the tree do anything…NO! Who caused the tree to flourish…GOD!! (Mark 4:26-29) It is the same with us. When Jesus talks about how Father takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers, Jesus is telling us God has us taken care of (Matthew 6:25-34). We, like the tree, do not have to work at having more faith, going to another level, getting deeper in the water, somehow thinking we are attaining something or getting it right. NO!! God is changing us, from glory to glory, growing us. We just believe in Jesus. He is our righteousness. I believe Who He is, what He says is true and rest in that…knowing He will cause ALL THINGS for my good (Romans 8:28). Just rest in His good soil and good water (Matthew 13:23). Rest in Him, you already have His more. You have His All. All His love, All His Holy Spirit, we have everything we need at any given moment, He chases after you relentlessly.

We really need to understand who we are to the Creator of the World. I had read this quote and want to share it here because I truly thought this was well said and is exactly how I understand my Father in Heaven feels about me and all of His sons and daughters:  “What if I tell them, us, His people, there are no lists to follow? What if I tell them I don’t keep a log of past offenses or how little they pray, how often they’ve let me down, made promises that they don’t keep? What if I tell them they are righteous with my righteousness? They can do no wrong right now. What if I tell them they can stop beating themselves up? That they can stop being so formal, stiff, and jumpy around me? What if I tell them I’m crazy about them? What if I tell them even if they run to the ends of the Earth and do the most horrible, unthinkable things, that when they come back, I’d receive them with tears and a party? What if I tell them that I’m their Savior? They’re going to heaven no matter what. It’s a done deal. What if I tell them they have a new nature? Saints. Not saved sinners who should now buck up and be better Christians. After all, look what I’ve done for you. What if I tell them I actually live in them now, that I’ve put my love, power, and nature inside of them at their disposal? What if I tell them they don’t have to put on a mask? That it’s okay to be who they are at this moment with all their junk? That they don’t need to pretend about how close we are, how much they pray or don’t pray, how much Bible they read or don’t? What if they knew they don’t have to look over their shoulder for fear if things get too good, the other shoe’s going to drop? What if they knew I will never ever use the word “punish” in relation to them? What if they knew that when they mess up, I will never get back at them? What if they were convinced that bad circumstances aren’t my way of evening the score for taking advantage of me? What if they knew the basis of our friendship isn’t how little they sin, but how much they let me love them? What if I tell them they can hurt my heart, but that I will never hurt theirs? What if I tell them I like Eric Clapton’s music, too? What if I tell them I never really liked the Christmas hand bell deal with the white gloves at church? What if I tell them they can be open with their eyes when they pray and still go to heaven? What if I tell them there’s no secret agenda, no trap door? What if I tell them it isn’t about their self-effort but allowing me to live my life through them?”-Bill Thrall- Truefaced

This has been the essence of exactly what the Lord has been showing me over theimage last year or so. This is exactly what I desire and God desires each of His sons and daughters to firmly be planted in and believe. This is where we come to know we no longer need the above statements because it is already a reality. This is the reality I live in…come join me.