Posts Tagged ‘Who am I?’

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence [face] of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” [Gen3:8 AMP]

What Does God Sound Like?

I often wonder what would it sound like to hear God walking in the garden…would there be a mighty roar of wind?…would there be a gentle rustling of leaves?…would there be the sound of God’s footsteps?…or perhaps ‘the sound of the Lord’ relates to a sixth sense, a ‘spirit to Spirit’ sense that Adam and Eve were aware that the Lord was in the garden. Indeed, God did create them in His image [Gen 1:26-27] – which would include a spirit, as well as the soul and body.

God Confronts Adam and Eve

And the mystery of God’s presence being in the garden (more than in any other place) really points to God having a form which, for me, points to Jesus. So my long bow with this verse is that from time to time, or probably daily (knowing the love and character of God), Jesus would walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening (as He also did with His disciples when He was here on earth). You know, I believe sometimes we can get caught up in the harshness of the Old Testament and we can really miss this altogether – How great is the Father’s love is for His creation and how He longs and loves to fellowship with it (and how disappointed He must have been that Adam and Eve were attempting to hide from Him).

In any case (even if you do not agree with the above), Adam and Eve were familiar with the ‘sound of Lord’ and they knew He was in the garden and yet they did not go to Him as I suspect they usually would have, because of their sin. Fellowship and relationship with God was broken that day and instead of perhaps running to Him they hid from His face. This was a very sad day for humanity and for God!

But here is the Good News :-)…

Jesus came to restore everything that was lost through Adam at ‘the fall’!

(‘the fall’ = the fall of humanity through the sin of Adam and Eve)

To understand what has been restored through Jesus let us have a look at what has been lost through Adam.

Through Adam relationship and intimacy with our Heavenly Father have been lost. Our inherited sinful nature rebels against God and His Word. The penalty for our sin and rebellion is death and Hell. We are lost, we are condemned, we are without hope, we are without a purpose, we are without a future, and we are completely powerless and helpless to do anything about where we are heading. There is no way of escape and, because of God’s perfect judgement, nor do we deserve a way of escape.

Now putting the bad news aside here is the Good News :-)…

Jesus came to restore everything that was lost!

Through Jesus and His death and resurrection, our judgement and condemnation has been fully paid for through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. We are no longer lost but we are saved by God. We are no longer hopeless but now have great hope in our Saviour and we live in the purposes and calling of our Heavenly Father which He has planned for us before the beginning of time. We are no longer powerless and helpless against the schemes of the enemy but we have given given authority in the name of Jesus through his great victory over the devil at the cross. The authority that had been forfeited by Adam has been restored by Christ. The devil doesn’t even have the keys to His own jails anymore. He is rendered powerless! All he has is lies and tricks. All authority has been given to Christ and to all who are in Christ, Jesus has given His authority. So if we don’t fall into a rebellious life or we are not tricked by the devil schemes we are truly free, free indeed [John 8:36] by the finished work of Jesus on the cross!

Additional reading here Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:45-49

A Life of Abundance!

Even further, as if this was not enough, Jesus came to give us far more than we could ever hope for or imagine[Eph 3:20]! Jesus calls us not to a life of mediocrity but a life of abundance!

In John 10:10 Jesus says “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”

When I mention abundant life I am not overlooking troubles that can come our way from time to time that can place great demands on our faith and our character. In John 16:33 Jesus was aware of these and said there will be “tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]  and He said this so that in Him “we may have [perfect]peace.”

This abundant life that Jesus speaks of in John 10:10 is created by the Author and Creator of life himself. The One who gave us life is the One who can give us our best life. God knows all about us and He has made each one of us a perfect and abundant life plan for our lives – imagine a life to the max – a life overflowing in abundance! A life of perfect peace! How can this be possible?

Getting Back to the Garden

What was life like in the Garden of Eden before the Fall and how do we get back there?

Here are a few observations about the Garden of Eden before the fall. The Garden was:

  • a place created by God for Adam and Eve to live and enjoy.
  • a place where God could enjoy and commune with His creation.
  • a place for Adam and Eve to fellowship with one another and to fellowship and commune with God.
  • a place for Adam and Eve to rule and to have dominion over all of creation.
  • a place that displayed the magnificence, creativity and glory of God.

I’ve had a revelation (which I don’t mind if you accept or reject) the Garden of Eden is no longer a physical place but a Spiritual place.

If the Garden of Eden is no longer a physical place but a Spiritual place how do we get back there?

Just before Jesus ascended He said to His disciples “don’t leave Jerusalem until you are baptized, empowered and united with the Holy Spirit” [Acts 1:4-5].

The key here is a life empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit comforts us, gives us peace, teaches us, counsels us, encourages us, exhorts us, gives us wisdom, gives us Spiritual gifts to help others, helps us to worship God, convicts us of sin, gives us strength, shows us the truth, guides us, helps us to pray, produces fruit in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, and is always with us everywhere we go.

The Garden of Eden or Utopia or Shangri-La or Paradise or any other place of contentment or peace or rest are not found in a physical place but found in a place in our heart where Jesus comes to live with us by His Spirit.

Jesus says:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” [Matt 11:28-30]

True contentment or true peace or true rest for our souls is found in Christ alone. This is not a physical place (like the Garden of Eden) but it is a Spiritual place. It is a position or posture of our heart to receive the Good News about Christ, and to receive the infilling of His Holy Spirit. Then, as God’s Word says, “our new, real life is hidden with Christ in God” [Col 3:2-3] – the safest, most peaceful, most restful and most contented place we can find!

This life is available to everyone but not everyone finds this life:

See why in Matthew 13:1-23.

Chapter 1: Life in the Garden or Getting Back to the Garden
Communication and fellowship as it should be – life in the garden.

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The Ultimate Deception

Well, perhaps, ‘The Ultimate Deception’ may not be the best way of putting things.  Maybe an appropriate title may also be ‘The Saddest Deception’ or ‘The Worst Deception’ or ‘The Most Worrying Deception’ or ‘The Most Concerning Disception’ or ‘The Most Disturbing Deception’.

Could these following words of Jesus be indicating and enlightening us to ‘The Ultimate Deception?

Jesus said…

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
[Matt 7:21-23] (NIV)

The question is, could we live out our faith in total deception of knowing Christ? Could we so deceive ourselves about our faith and walk in Jesus that when we meet Him face to face He will say to us I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!‘ ? What an eternal shock that would be!

Well, unfortunately the text says MANY will be self deceived into thinking that they know Christ and Christ knows them.  Even those who have a hand in prophecy and deliverance and miracles.  This is not a teaching or a parable of Jesus but a hard and concerning truth.  This is a vital truth for us to understand. Who is the MANY?  What is their self deception?

Here are a number of verses to pray about.

Rom 8:9
9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (NIV)

John 3:3-7
3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

Matt 25:1-12
25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.

Note: Oil in the Bible is a symbol for the Holy Spirit.


In 2 Cor 13:5 the Bible says:
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? (NIV)

May the Spirit bring you revelation and enlightenment and salvation today, in Jesus name, Amen

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Continued on from ‘Deceiving Ourselves’

The Devil doesn’t have to work hard to deceive us, we do a great job all by ourselves!


Another big area where we deceive ourselves is with sin.  Deliberately doing things we know are wrong in the eyes of the Lord.  We deceive ourselves because we pretend God does not exist or that He can’t see or hear in those moments.

Gal 6:7 says:
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (NIV)

God cannot be mocked!

Secret and deliberate sin by a believer is mocking God!  It’s treating God like a fool, it’s treating God with contempt.  “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good” [Prov 15:3].   We cannot fool God!  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” [Heb 4:13]  In our moments of sin we cannot pretend God does not exist!  “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” [Luke 12:2]  We deceive ourselves bigtime!  “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. [Luke 12:3] And then, this dishonesty with God and with ourselves leaves no room for repentance because we are in denial and self deception. “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” [Luke 12:4-5]

Friends, we need to get honest with ourselves and repent!

It’s only when we get honest with ourselves that repentance and revival will flow.  It’s only when we see ourselves in the light and purity and the majesty of our Lord Jesus that our masks will fall to the ground and shatter into a million pieces.

In the light of Christ, we need to examine ourselves

2 Cor 13:5
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? (NIV)

1 Cor 11:27-30
27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognising the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. (NIV)

Lam 3:40
40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. NIV

Jer 17:9-10
9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.

Ps 26:2-3
2 Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

Ps 17:3
3 Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. NIV

Ps 11:5-7
5 The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulphur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.

Heavenly Father, I am so sorry, I have treated you like a fool.  Thank you for showing me the areas in my life that need your touch and restoration.  Lord I have been deceiving myself, I have been playing games with myself.  Lord, today, I can see my sin and I repent of my sin.  Holy Spirit keep examining my ways to find any further sin and deception and dishonesty.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Deceiving Ourselves Part III

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In my last blog I said this…

The Devil doesn’t have to work hard to deceive us, we do a great job all by ourselves!

I believe the Lord is challenging all of us who are self deceived to WAKE UP!

But how could anyone be self deceived?  How is it possible to deceive ourselves?  Surely we know everything about ourselves and it would be impossible to deceive ourselves.  Maybe we can deceive others about our Christian faith from time to time but DECEIVING OURSELVES, come on!  This would be like playing a game with ourselves, wouldn’t it?  Is there Biblical evidence about this?  Well, let me start with a few Bible verses; this is a good place to start.

James 1:22 warns:
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

So YES, it appears we can deceive ourselves.  What an important truth this verse is.  We can deceive ourselves into thinking that merely hearing the Word of God is enough.  In reality merely hearing the Word of God is no where near enough!  So those of us who fill ourselves with the Word of God and don’t apply it to our lives and don’t do what it says are living deceived; we are living a lie.  We can say the Devil didn’t deceive us; we deceived ourselves! We are playing games with ourselves.  We aren’t being honest with ourselves.  The Word of God is not being allowed to do what it always does and that is, bringing repentance and change and action.  The Word of God always challenges and always demands a response. So those who merely hear the Word of God and don’t do what it says, sit in there own deception.  The Devil doesn’t have to worry about us at all because we are asleep in our comfy chair.

1 Cor 3:18 warns:
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. (NIV)

So we can deceive ourselves about the estimate of our wisdom.  What is this?  This is perhaps the number one killer of the Lord working in our lives.  It is pride coming in, it is pride in our own wisdom.  In Obadiah’s vision in verse 3 of Obadiah it says, “The pride of your heart has deceived you“.  This is very interesting, THE PRIDE IN OUR HEARTS DECEIVES US.  We can be blinded and deceived by our pride. ‘If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself’. (Gal 6:3)

Here is another area where we deceive ourselves, James 1:26 warns:
26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. NIV

We deceive ourselves about our faith and our right standing with God when we don’t control our tongue, that is, we use our tongues for slandering, gossip, grumbling and discouragement.  If we don’t control our tongue our ‘religion’ or faith is useless or worthless. Prov 15:4 says The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. The James quote isn’t complete without looking at Verse 27 as it defines what what true ‘religion’ (true faith) is… 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. NIV

To be continued…

Deceiving Ourselves Part II

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THE WORLD, the RESTLESSNESS OF OUR SOULS and the PRIDE OF LIFE would have us searching for, from time to time, trying to define ‘WHO AM I?’ And we go on this pointless and meaningless quest to define ‘WHO AM I?’ Sometimes, we come to this place where we end up defining ourselves by what we do, or (perhaps) we have this revelation about our our sexuality, or (maybe) we define ourselves by our beliefs or the causes that we support etc, etc. This may end up giving us some temporary solace but, I want to tell you, from a Biblical viewpoint, the question isn’t ‘WHO AM I?’ but rather the question is ‘WHO I’M NOT?’. Or, let me put that another way, it’s not until we have a true and genuine revelation experience of WHO GOD IS and WHO WE ARE NOT will we ever come to a place of peace and joy and rest for our souls.

In the passage that we looked at in Part 1 it says:

Job 42:2-6
2 “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made small talk about wonders way over my head.

4 You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
5 I admit I once lived by rumours of you;
now I have it all firsthand — from my own eyes and ears!
6 I’m sorry — forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise!
I’ll never again live on crust of hearsay, crumbs of rumour.”

Job has an encounter with the LIVING GOD. Not only does he experience WHO GOD IS but he has this revelation of WHO HE IS NOT in the light of WHO GOD IS! In the FACE OF GOD he turns from (repents) from his arrogant position to one of humility, submission and surrender.

In Isaiah 6:5, Isaiah sees the Lord sitting on His throne in all His splendor and he says:
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” NIV

You see, in the presence of the Lord we experience WHO GOD IS but equally we experience WHO WE ARE NOT in the light of WHO HE IS. Our uncleanness is exposed, our sin is exposed, our pride is exposed. This is understating things. That vileness and stench of our sin is plainly seen in the gruesome and violent death of Jesus on the cross.

Oh Father, to be in your awesome presence is both a fearful and wonderful thing. Thank you for your Son Jesus who bore my sin on that cross so that I could come into your awesome presence and experience fullness of joy in You. In Jesus Name, AMEN

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