The person responsible for your freedom determines the quality of your freedom.
Every action the Father commits is with the sole purpose of getting closer to us. He lives and breathes to connect because He is connection embodied.
On the flip side, there isn’t one action the Father has ever done to cause distance between humanity and Himself—not even one millimeter of distance.
Everything Jesus said or did, no matter how challenging it was, was to bring us closer to Himself and the Father together with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus didn’t die because the Father couldn’t connect with us anymore because of our sin, He died because we lost our ability to connect to Him. He never turned His back on the Son in the same way He never turned His back on us.
When the Father saw we couldn’t connect anymore, it anguished His heart to the such a degree that He decided to send in a rescue team. Jesus was the recon force that jumped into the dark ocean of our sin and delusion to rescue us.
God was dying to connect with us again so much so that He died to restore us to the connection he desired and designed in Eden.
It was our radio that was broken, not His. God never stopped sending out the full signal of His love towards us, we simply lost the ability to receive His signals. So even when we felt afar off and distant, the distance was only in our own minds. We were never separated from His love and favor, we simply thought we were.
I’m not minimizing our pain before Christ: perceived separation still hurts like the dickens and feels real. The good news is, the truth supersedes our own feelings and perception!
Sin separates us from God in our own minds, but sin never caused God to be repulsed by us. It caused Him to lunge in our direction with a lifesaver.
If you saw your own child drowning, would you jump in and rescue them? Or would you let them drown because they weren’t supposed to jump in the pool?
Just because you feel doesn’t make it real. Your experience doesn’t define truth. The only person’s experience that can define truth is Jesus’.
Don’t wait for a “revelation” or “encounter” before you believe: Jesus Christ is the all-inclusive revelation of the Father and you are already one with Him. We don’t need another encounter to make truth real, we need to hang out with Mr. Truth and he will give us understanding of what He already accomplished.
You don’t even have to wait for someone else to explain the Bible to you: you don’t need anyone to teach you (1 John 2:27) because you have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. If you’re waiting for someone else to teach you then you are not following Jesus, you are following teachers.
Revelation does not impart anything besides understanding of what you already had. It was there the whole time. Revelation reveals something that you already possessed because of your union with Jesus.
Sometimes it feels like when we receive a revelation or an encounter in a certain area that we somehow received a bigger dose of that particular aspect of God’s heart, but that is not the case. Revelation brings understanding, which ignites faith, and your faith comes before experience. So yes, you discovered and experienced a new part of God’s heart, but you weren’t lacking any part of His heart before the discovery.
There is nothing that God has hidden from us or has failed to give us by uniting us with Jesus. He laid out everything He wanted to say in the scriptures and in the Son of God. There is nothing that God communicates to us that is not included in the person of Jesus. He is the central focal point of everything He communicates to us.
Consider Hebrews 1:1-3:
“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.”
Christians are only lacking two things in the new covenant—understanding and wisdom. Understanding being the comprehension of the fullness of God we already have, and wisdom being the practical application of what it looks like when loving God, others, and ourselves in each situation.
The good news is that both of these are also hidden in the person of Christ! Colossians 2:3 says “In (Jesus) lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” If I told you someone had a critical piece of knowledge or wisdom that you desperately needed, what would your reaction be? You would go strike up a conversation with them and get to know them.
The pathway forward to growing in understanding the bottomless pit of goodies we have in Jesus is by striking up a conversation with a man. It helps that this man is always with us and always has a huge smile on His face.
We don’t lean on our own understanding, but we lean upon a man.
Just remember to thank Him along the way and enjoy the fullness you already have, even if you haven’t opened every treasure box yet. If someone gave you $1 Billion dollars, would you thank them for the full amount they gave you or just the money you had spent so far?
Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s following and listening to a man.
Jesus offers 100% freedom from 100% of issues. Not 97% and 50%, not 30% because you had crappy parents, and not 10% freedom with the chance of more if you act right.
You can’t do anything to get this freedom. You can’t do anything to get more of this freedom than you already have. There is no action to unlock this freedom like reading your Bible or going to church or joining a small group. He accomplished the whole thing himself, you can’t add 1% on your own. Don’t throw your freedom away by thinking you can do something to pay for it — He already paid the full price.
All you can do is believe it, but even your faith doesn’t contribute to it. Believe it over your feelings, your past experience, and your current habits. This freedom supplies the faith to believe, it doesn’t ask for faith as a payment for it.
Galatians 5:1-4 for the truth.