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There is no place were God isn’t. God is love. Therefore we must reject any notion of hell as a place of torment. We must reject any notion of hell other than that of the grave, which is the real and only meaning of hell.

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We must reject any notion that we are ever abandoned, and any notion that Jesus was ever abandoned. Hell is not separation from God. It is not possible to be separated from Him. He is infinitely bigger than anything we can do. If we feel that God is far from us, all that is necessary is to turn again toward Him. Period

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Follow the Rabbit Holes to Grace

A good friend reminded me of a time of loss in my life. The loss left me feeling like I had a large hole in my life. At the time I remember asking God over & over to fill the hole. Holes are deep, dark and feel terrible! Get rid of the hole!

But then I discovered that the hole was not just an empty space to be filled back in. Rather it was an open portal into my new inner man and Grace. Like Alice entering the rabbit hole, I embarked on a wonder filled journey. Soon, I forgot all about the hole or the attempts to have God fill it and began experiencing life as God created it to be.

~ John P. Cwynar

 

 

Colossians 2:9 (Amplified Bible) For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

From the Greek literal: For in him is dwelling the whole repletion/completion of the deity bodily/corporeally.

Repletion:

1. The condition of being fully supplied or completely filled.

2. A state of excessive fullness.

3. The state or condition of being replete; fullness, esp. excessive fullness due to overeating

4. The satisfaction of a need or desire

This in no way implies, as do most Bible translations, that all of God dwelt in Christ. Preposterous. The heavens can’t contain Him. Besides, who did Jesus pray to if all of God was in Him already?

People, we need to get a grip on this. Many are going around saying that we have all of God, just as Jesus did. Being full is not the same as having all of something. If God is an ocean, we are a bucket. Dip us in, bring us up, and we are filled with all that is the ocean, but not all of the ocean.

The same holds true for the Holy Spirit in us. We have all that He is, but we don’t have all of Him. If just one person had all of the Holy Spirit, there would be no more Holy Spirit for anyone else. And that person would no doubt explode, quite frankly.

He is the Holy Spirit. Spirit is not quantifiable. Like the love we have for our children, there is always more for each one. And we lavish our love on them. Just as God lavishes the Holy Spirit on us.

When we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, we are inundated by Him. We are filled with Him. Again, He is the ocean and we are the bucket. How preposterous to think we have it all. We have access to it all, and we have the essence of it all. We are replete and full. Yet the ocean has depths and currents and differences in local composition. Do you suppose God may have unknown qualities?

God seems to delight in shaking up our ideas. Look what He did on Pentecost! He is still shaking us. Just when we think we have gotten it, He does a new thing. We know in part until that time when we know face to face. While some would say we already know face to face now, I would strongly doubt that this is so. I guess that it would depend on your view of how things will be in the end.

As for me, and many like me, I will continue to expect more of God and more of the Holy Spirit in my life. He delights in revealing Himself to me, in overshadowing me, and in making me continually replete. If He had stopped doing that, I would be far less than I am now. He is the One that we desire and can’t get enough of, and even when we think we can’t hold more, He gives us more and we are well able to contain it. He is a mystery and a wonder.

As a post script, let me add this:

Recognizing there is always more of God and the Holy Spirit does not mean that we have to stand around praying and begging God to show up, to move, or to fill us. We are filled, He has moved by filling us in the first place, and He has shown up – He is not hiding, but is in us, and revealed to us in Jesus.

We need only to let what is in us flow out. We don’t need for God to move. We are the people we’ve been waiting for. We need to get moving, to bring the gospel in power, to heal the sick, and make disciples. We are anointed already. Go.

When you worship Him, remember it’s a celebration of who He is, and we praise Him for that. We don’t worship to get Him to do anything. We rather join in the dance with the godhead, in fields of grace. If that doesn’t set you free, nothing will.

I hear preachers and teachers talk about how Christians can have the power of God in their lives. Most get it wrong.

True power is not love, or surrender, or service, or speaking fine words – or yelling a lot.

Here is what it scripture says:

Matthew 9:8 – But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Matthew 10:1 – And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matthew 28:18 – And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Luke 4:14 – And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Luke 24:49 – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 4:33 – And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Acts 6:8 – And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 15:19 – Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

1Corinthians 1:18 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Corinthians 1:24 – But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

1Corinthians 2:4 – And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Corinthians 2:5 – That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

2Corinthians 4:7 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2Corinthians 6:7 – By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

2Corinthians 13:4 – For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

2Timothy 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Hebrews 7:16 – Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Why is it that we think there is power in anything else?

I’ve heard some say our power lies in loving one another. Or that power lies in surrender to God. Or the baptism of the Holy Spirit (and this is actually right – if we walk in it). And on it goes.

Power comes from God through the Holy Spirit, and from the preaching of Christ crucified and risen – and the power is for healing, delivering, demonstrating the kingdom here now.

In that power, we do all things, including loving one another.

It’s not our power, but Christ in us, by grace and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Grace is the divine influence on our hearts.

The full expression of grace looks a lot like the fruit of the spirit, in fact. Hmmmm…….

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