A better diet…Jesus

Why didn’t Eve call God into the discussion? Where was God in that story of fruit and trees and snakes? He was right there with Adam and in Adam and in Eve and with Eve. God breathed His life breath into each of them.

So where was God?  This is the deception that we still fight today. Jesus reconciled the whole world so we would stop believing there is a place without God. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God which was their connection with God since they were in Him and in Christ. There was no separation.  God was right there with them when the devil brought his deceptive speech.

Right after Adam and Eve were deceived this is what happens:

Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (ESVST)

Let me show you that God wasn’t somewhere else but was always there.  They just missed Him or ignored Him.  Check this out:

The word “sound” can be translated “voice”
The word “walking” can be translated “conversant (talking)”
The word “heard” can be translated “became aware of or attentive to”
The word “hid” means “to secret”
The word “presence” literally means “face”
The word “day” comes from a root word for “hot”

The word “cool” is actually the word “wind or breath” and is used here as Spirit:

Gen 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (ESVST)

So here is the verse in the Lance Literal:

And they became aware of the voice of the Lord talking to them in the garden in the light wind of His Spirit, just a refreshing breeze blowing in the heat of the day, and they turned away from the face of God to hide in their secret place away from the very presence of Him. (LLT)

He wasn’t somewhere else and showed up on the scene.  We are never apart from God.  The lie of the enemy is designed to keep us from recognizing His presence in our lives.  This is why Jesus comes.  He takes away any excuse for us to hide in secret.  He takes away any wrong perceptions of an angry God.  He reconciles us all, the whole world, to the Father so we will always live in His presence….now and forever.

Now imagine yourself “walking in the Spirit.” You are walking face to face with your creator. You are tuned into Him. His goodness is so huge it actually becomes a substance called glory. His goodness is so undeniable that we find ourselves shouting praises, or giving a good report which is also called glory. Moses said show me your glory and God said that Moses couldn’t handle the full intensity of His goodness. Moses would have been killed by joy. He would have laughed himself to death. That is what is available to us all. His goodness radiating from His person is just over our shoulders. We don’t have to turn away and secret ourselves and pretend He is on another planet. He is right here with us. Jesus reconciles us in the flesh so my stupid flesh will finally get it and my human brain can be transformed so I can use my mind of Christ. Yeah yay boom kapow shazam wow! Now I hear him in the garden. I am aware of His breath on my face. This is an awesome moment and the essence of eternal life.

Now, in walks that jackass called the devil. What does he say?  “Did God really say” as if He wasn’t right there?  The deception is intended to pull us out of God’s reality and into a world reality where we say “but that just isn’t real, God isn’t that good.”  Or we agree with the enemy and doubt His goodness based on our experience or lies or deception or pain or hurts or hangups or sins or dysfunction and a long list of all kinds of stuff that JESUS KILLED ON THE CROSS.  We need to stop listening to the slimy one and instead turn our eyes upon Jesus as the great song says.  It is time to stop with our introspective, sin assessment, sin compulsions and sin obsessions and instead turn to the one who consumed our sin on the cross.  Why would we hang out in the slime pit of a fallen understanding when we can live and breath and move in the Kingdom of Heavenly Places?

Col 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV)

That is a great mystery but still truth.  We are in Him and He is in us and we are in the heavenly places and the heavenly places are in us since the fullness of God is in us and all the universe is in God!??!?!?  That should mess you up a bit.  Thank Jesus we have His mind to see it.  Check out the next verse in the LLT:

Col 3:4. When the saving work of Jesus becomes so clear to you and the nature of God revealed in Jesus becomes so clear to you, when you “know God” which is your eternal life; then your identity will become so clear, your purpose will become so clear, your relationship with Him will become so clear.  All of this will become so clear in the glowing radiance of His magnificent goodness manifest in your life!!!  (LLT)

That is a good word!  God is that good.

Now I know why I feel like I am being slimed when someone says “brother, in love, I need to correct you.  Did God really say?”  And away we go……..yippie.  Why would I step out of the Kingdom to talk about a fallen perspective of God who is standing in the room with us?  Instead I say we just ask Him.  I say we just look to Him.  I say we refer the enemy to the source of truth.  I say we all look directly into the face of Jesus and see ourselves looking back.  I say we listen to the still small voice, feel the breeze of His response and swim in the ocean of His manifest goodness called glory.

I’m not looking for God anymore…He found me!!!!  Yay Yay Yay!  If you are challenged by the religious rhetoric or doctrinal debates or denominational divisions or the dogma doo doo, then I suggest you step out into the Light and live in Jesus.  If someone wants to know what it looks like where you are standing or how to get to the place you are resting or how to enjoy the eternal life you are living…then share away.  If they are trying to drag you back into the fallen-Adam feast on the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, well….. tell them you got sick of that and decided on a better diet, Jesus.

Yay God!

Lance

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