John 14:20 “At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”
He is closer to us than we are to ourselves and that is why many are looking for Him, and do not notice Him. Many continue to seek Him in all the wrong places.
"I am in you, like I am in my Father, you are in Me" is not something we make true; it is the truth we come to know as a reality in the spirit.
The real reality is Jesus in His Father, and us in Jesus, and Jesus in us. “This is the mystery hidden in past ages but now revealed in Jesus: Christ in you the hope of Glory." 1 Cor. 2:7
The prime purpose of the incarnation is to lift us into a life of communion, of participation in the very life of God. God’s purpose from the beginning was to live in us and us in Him. His great desire always has been that we might share the love, joy, freedom and light, that we might be in face to face relationship. From the moment Jesus began His public ministry, He began to demonstrate His desire for a shared life with us.
Have you ever wondered why at His first miracle when He turned water into wine He didn't just fill the pots with wine? If He was able to create wine why did He need anyone to fill pots with water? The fact is He didn't need anyone to do anything! Jesus doesn't do things alone; He will not be God without us! We get to participate in all He is doing. Why? Because we are in Him and He is in us. The servants got to be part of His life.
This will help us refocus the activity of our lives. Now, see yourself not doing something to trigger a response from God. When you understand the blessings of the shared life with Jesus you participate in all He is involved in.
Let’s look at financial giving. Many times we get caught up in how we do it rather than what we are involved in. Let’s look at one of our most loved and oft quoted verses: “Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving]”. [Prov. 22:9.] (2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP).
Note what is said about not giving under compulsion. Why? Because God is unwilling to be God without us. He takes pleasure in and prizes above other things and is unwilling to abandon or do without a cheerful giver. This attitude is evidence the giver has understanding of his oneness with God. He is participating in his Father’s life. The joyous giver has the honour of distributing the blessings that come from his relationship. The joyous giver also demonstrates he understands inheritance.
Luke 15:31 “ And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine”.
These are the words the Father spoke to a son who didn't understand his oneness with his Father.
Cheerfulness is the evidence that the giver understands his oneness with God. Joy is the fruit of participating in the life of Jesus. When we understand this relationship with our Father it brings joy to every aspect of life. This applies to our health, our relationships with each other, and most of all our oneness convinces the world and causes them to believe.
John 17:21 “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”.
When we live the shared life, the in Him life, the blessed life, the life of oneness with the Godhead the world is drawn to Jesus. This is how we lift Him up and this is why all men are drawn to Him.
-Pastor Bill Annis, President, FCF Canada
We all want the opposite of loneliness? We need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country, to our world.
There is a spiritual belonging that takes care of all the rest. We are "one" with the universal body of Christ, yet God sees fit to connect us to families within. Set places where He chooses to speak to you. It really is important that you have "a" church; which church is equally important. If you are a Pastor its important to provide a worship atmosphere where the veil has been lifted. Worship where there is no separation between humanity and God. Worship where "oneness" between YOU and God is revealed Sunday after Sunday after Sunday (or whatever day it is you worship).
One day the BIG light will come on and you will you know that you are so intimately "one" with God that the Godhead is not complete without you. John 14:20 says, "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."
John 17:22-23 says, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
I am so thankful for the revelation of grace that is flowing in the body of Christ. I am so thankful to see it illuminated in my fellowship (both local and national). Don't let someone tell you this is something new. I would think it a little bit arrogant for anyone to think they are the forerunner of grace. These truth are ancient and have always been in the body of Christ. Right now God is shinning the BIG light on grace (the person of Jesus).
Pastor Shawn AnnisFaith Christian Fellowship Moncton
I have been seized by the power of a great affection.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5 KJVA).
The question confronting us in this hour is the question Why? Why did Jesus Christ die? Why was it necessary? Why did it have to happen? With this question others follow. What happened in Jesus' death? How do we understand the sufferings of Jesus? How do we understand what happened in this, the darkest hour in the history of the cosmos?
There is a part of me that says it is best not to venture forth here. Standing before such a profound event as the death of Jesus Christ, we should simply cover our mouths in absolute silence. For who are we to speak about such a matter? But there is another part of me that asks how we can possibly be silent, when ignorance of such glorious truth leaves us in bondage. How can we be silent when such errors abound about our blessed Lord's death, and when these errors leave a trail of human wreckage behind them? We are forced, as St. Hilary said, "to deal with unlawful matters, to scale perilous heights, to speak unutterable words, and to trespass forbidden ground," and to "strain the poor resources of our language to express thoughts too great for words.
Why did Jesus Christ die? What happened in his death?
There is no more stunning news in the universe than the news that a human being now exists in heaven. It was not an angel or a ghost that Stephen saw standing at the right hand of God in heaven. It was Jesus. It was the incarnate Son. Of all the things that we read about in the Bible, the most astonishing, the most shocking, the most mind-boggling is the ascension of the man Jesus, the incarnate Son.
Now let me ask another question. Is the fact that now and forever a human being, Jesus Christ, seated in the heavens as our mediator an afterthought? Is the existence of the incarnate Son of God an afterword, plan "B," which God thought up and put into action after the failure of plan "A" in Adam? Is Jesus Christ a mere footnote to the Fall of Adam, a footnote that would have never been needed or written if Adam had not taken his plunge into ruin? Or is Jesus the plan from all eternity? Is He the mystery of the gospel (Eph 5:19). Is Jesus Christ, seated at the Father's right hand the eternal Word of God in and through and by and for whom all things were created? I tell you, the ascension of the incarnate Son was on the books in heaven before Adam, and Adam's fall, were even ideas in God's mind.
As Paul says, the Father predestined us to adoption as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ (Eph 1:5). Verse four states this happened before the foundation of the world. How can you predestine the human race to adoption through Jesus Christ if the Word will not become flesh unless Adam falls into sin? We have grossly underestimated the place of Jesus Christ in the whole scheme of things.
Shame on us, He is the alpha and the omega, not a footnote. Jesus Christ does not fit into Adam's world. Adam fits into Jesus Christ's world.
Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity (2TIM 1:8-9).
And only within this context comes the creation of the universe, which sets the stage upon which the drama of our adoption in Jesus Christ will be played out. And within this context comes Adam, a mere man, who is given a place in the history of Jesus Christ, a place in preparation for the incarnation and the ascension of the incarnate Son. The Word of God was already on the road to incarnation and to ascension before the universe was called into being (John 1:14). Before creation, our adoption–and its accomplishment in the ascension of the incarnate Son–was raised as the banner of all banners in highest heaven.
Most of the older Protestant theologies begin their discussions of the death of Jesus with the holiness of God and the law, and with human failure and the problem of sin. They superimpose a legal structure over the heart of God and expound the death of Jesus under the heading of law and justice, guilt and punishment, but such an approach eclipses the eternal purpose of God for us, and thus utterly betrays the fact that there is something much more ancient about God's relationship with human beings than the law.
Before there was ever any law, there was the irrepressible life and fellowship and joy of God.There was the decision to give human beings a place in the life of God through Jesus Christ. The eternal purpose of God is not to place us under law and turn us into religious legalists; it is to include us in relationship, and give us a place in shared life and fellowship and joy.
The first thing to be said about the death of Jesus Christ, therefore, is that his death figures into the larger and stunning plan of God to include us in His life. He was predestined to be the mediator between God and humanity, the one in whom nothing less than the life of God would be united with human existence. Jesus' coming and his death are the living expression of the unwavering and single-minded devotion of the Father to His dreams for our adoption. The reality that drives the coming of Jesus Christ, and pushes him even to the cross, is the relentless and determined passion of the Father to have us as His beloved children. He will not abandon us. It has never crossed the Father's mind to forsake His plans for us. Jesus is the proof.
Adam and Eve were created as the apex of all God's works and stood before God as the objects of His personal affection and great delight. They were created to walk with God, to participate in God's work, and they were given a real place within God's unfolding drama. But they listened to and believed the lie of the serpent, and in believing the lie, they distrusted God, and in that act of distrust and wrongheaded belief, they opened the door for evil to enter into God's good creation and find a foothold.
Through the unbelief of Adam and Eve, darkness infiltrated the scene of human history. And with that darkness, loneliness and fear, isolation and loss, guilt and sadness and sorrow set up shop inside the human soul.
What was God's response? What was the reaction of God to such a disaster? The response of the Father to Adam's plunge into ruin can be put into one word: No! In that No! echoes the eternal Yes! of God to us. Creation flows out of the fellowship of God, and out of the decision, the determined decision, to share His life with us. That will of God for our blessing in Christ, that determined Yes! to us, translates into an intolerable No! in the teeth of the Fall. God is for us and therefore opposed–utterly, eternally and passionately opposed–to our destruction. Paul said all the promises of God in Jesus are yes and in Him amen 2 Cor 1:20.
That opposition, that fiery and passionate and determined No! to the disaster of the Fall, is the proper understanding of the wrath of God. Wrath is not the opposite of love. Wrath is the love of God in action, in opposing action. It is precisely because God has spoken an eternal Yes! to the human race, a Yes! to life and fullness and joy for us, that the Fall and its disaster is met with a stout and intolerable No! "This is not acceptable. I did not create you to perish in the darkness, not you." Therein the dream of the ascension and of our adoption in Christ becomes riddled with pain and tears and death.
There are those who want us to believe that on the day Adam fell, God the Father was filled with a bloodthirsty anger that demanded punishment before He would even consider forgiveness. And they want us to believe that when Jesus Christ hung on the cross, the Father's anger and wrath were poured out upon him, instead of us. But that is to assume that the Father was changed by Adam's sin, and that His heart is now divided toward His creatures. I say to you, God does not change. Adam's plunge was met by the same God, and the by same determination to bless, and by the same passionate love that birthed creation in the first place. The Fall of Adam was met by the eternal Word of God. The love of God is as tireless and unflinching as it is determined and unyielding.
How is the one plan of God for our adoption in Jesus Christ to be accomplished now, in the context of Adam's Fall and the sheer disaster it sent rippling through the ocean of humanity? Jesus Christ stepped into human history with the ascension in his sights, but the road to ascension and to our adoption is now paved with pain and suffering and death. For how do you get from the Fall of Adam to the right hand of God the Father almighty? The only way is through death. The Fall must be undone. Adam must be thoroughly converted to God. Human existence, broken and estranged and perverted, must be radically circumcised and systematically recreated, utterly and thoroughly transformed, and bent back into right relationship with the Father.
Why did Jesus Christ die? What happened in his death? Jesus Christ died because the Father would not forsake us, because the Father had a dream for us that He would not abandon, because the love of the Father for us is endless and unflinching. And Jesus died because the only way to get from the Fall of Adam to the right hand of the Father was through the crucifixion of Adamic existence.
Jesus Christ did not go to the cross to change God; he went to the cross to change us. He did not die to appease the Father's anger or to heal the Father's divided heart. Jesus Christ went to the cross to call a halt to the Fall and undo it, to convert fallen Adamic existence to his Father, to systematically eliminate our estrangement, so that he could accomplish his Father's dream for our adoption in his ascension.
The price tag on his mission was 33 years of fire and trial, 33 years of temptation, with loud crying and tears. In the incarnation, the fellowship and life of God established a bridgehead inside human alienation. In the life of Jesus Christ, the love of God for man began beating its way through the whole course of human sin and estrangement and alienation. The eternal Word entered into Adam's fallen world,mankind beheld him as the only begotten of the Father. Grace and truth has come. For 33 years he fought, moment by moment, blow by blow, hammering fallen Adamic existence back into real relationship with His Father.
What we see in Gethsemane, when Jesus falls on his face, the gut wrench of it all, the pain and overwhelming weight, the struggle, the passion, the agony, all of this is a window into the whole life of Christ. His whole life was a cross, as Calvin said. From the moment of his birth, he began paying the price of our liberation. His whole life was a harrowing ordeal of struggle, of suffering, of trial and tribulation and pain, as he penetrated deeper and deeper into human estrangement.
On the cross, Jesus Christ made contact with the Garden of Eden, contact with Adam and Eve hiding in fear, contact with the original sin, with the original lie and its darkness. There the Son of the Father plunged himself into the deepest abyss of human alienation, into the quagmire of darkness and human brokenness and estrangement. He baptized himself in the waters of Adam's fall.
There on the cross, he penetrated the last stronghold of darkness. There he walked into the utter depths of our alienation. There the intolerable No!, shouted by God the Father at the Fall of Adam, found its true fulfillment in Jesus' Yes! "Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit," as he took his final step into Adam's disaster. Jesus died–and the Fall of Adam died with him.
Brothers and sisters, that was the darkest of all moments in the history of the cosmos. But, then again, how could it be? For the darkness that infiltrated the scene of human history and wreaked such havoc upon the human race, on this day and in this moment, met the light of Genesis 1:3, Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. How could the darkness win? As surely as the flip of a light switch dispels the darkness in our homes, so surely the light and life of God conquered darkness, and death itself, in this moment, in the very person of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
-Pastor Bill Annis, President, FCF Canada
John 14:20 (KJV)
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
This entire year the Holy Spirit has captivated me with this verse. What He has shown me about the incarnation and our adoption in Christ is so huge I stand in awe of His amazing plan for humanity.
As I study this I see the absolute defeat of satan and the triumph of mankind in Jesus Christ.
As a result the God kind of faith has risen in my heart to the point that I now see its not as difficult as we thought to reach the world for Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (KJV)
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
He has committed unto us a WORD that when proclaimed in faith will cause people to see themselves reconciled with God, declared right with GOD or righteous in Jesus through His finished work. The result of this Word being proclaimed is faith comes and they can believe and will receive the gift of God.
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We have allowed religion to teach us that the fall of man or sin caused God to have to change His plan. This is not so! Our union with Him and the enjoyment of sharing His very life has always been the plan. Sin was a serious matter however it is not capable of changing God’s plan.
“Let me ask a few questions here, “Is this union between God, the human race and creation in Jesus Christ plan ‘B,’ quickly implemented after the failure of plan ‘A’ in Adam?” Or, “is Jesus Christ plan ‘A,’ the eternal foreword to all divine activity?”
What does it mean to speak of Jesus Christ as the Eternal Word of God, if not that Jesus is the eternal point? What does it mean to speak of Him as the Alpha and the Omega if not that He is–in this union with His Father and Spirit, and with us, and with creation–the truth preceding creation itself?
Why, and on what grounds would we look beyond Jesus Christ–in his three-fold union–to find another, higher, deeper or secret plan of God? Is this union a divine afterthought?”
The identity of Christ is the revelation to us of who God is and who we are. Its also the revelation to us of why we are here and where this universe is headed.
Paul says that God the Father predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5). According to verse four this was before the foundation of the world. This means from Gods viewpoint we were found in Jesus before we were lost in Adam.
I cannot think of a better word to sum up the heart of the Father and the plan behind creation than the word “adoption.” That truth in itself is stunning, but the real stunner in Paul’s comment is the phrase “through Jesus Christ.” Think about it. Before creation was called into being our adoption was set forward as the great goal of creation itself. Our adoption was given into the hands of Jesus Christ to accomplish. The implications here are staggering.”
As faith people we are aware of Gods desire to bless us. We know and believe He blessed Adam and that the blessing still stands, but my question is do we know how extravagant that blessing is? Are we aware of what is being stated in Ephesians 1:5?
Have we grasped the fact that we are the inspiration behind the creation?
The staggering fact is everything was created by the Eternal Word for us to enjoy in union with God Himself.
I am speaking in terms of our general orientation of thought. For the most part we see the coming of Jesus as a reaction to the Fall of Adam. However, if we take Paul seriously then before the foundation of the world, the Word of God was on the road to becoming flesh.
The Father’s eternal purpose of our adoption in Christ is the reality that drives creation and the incarnation, not the disaster of human sin. That, of course, does not mean sin is not a problem. It just means that the God is preoccupied with the eternal purpose of our adoption not driven by reaction to the Fall. That seems to me to be rather huge!
“Since Jesus Christ, and the union between God and the human race in Him is not plan “B,” but the eternal plan of the Father, then in Jesus we are face to face with the truth about God and with the why and wherefores of our human existence.
For me, everything we thought we knew, from our doctrine of God to our notions of salvation, from election to eschatology, from heaven and hell to repentance and faith have to be rethought in the light of Jesus’ identity. Jesus is the light of the world. It seems to me that the Christian community is called to believe in Jesus and that means to stop believing in ourselves and our own notions of God, life, and history. If we err, we are to err on the side of making too much of Jesus and His place in the whole of creation–which, of course, is impossible.
Given that the incarnation of the Eternal Word was predestined before creation, then a threefold scheme of history opens before us:
- The preparation
- The fulfillment
- The revelation
Those categories are not hard fast, but they do help us see that from creation to Christ is the formation of ‘the womb of the incarnation.
In the incarnate life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ we have the fulfillment of the Father’s eternal purpose for us and for creation. After the ascension and the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost we have the time of revelation, when the Spirit is at work educating the human race as to its real identity and destiny in Christ, until we come to know the truth and are set free by it.
John 8:36 (KJV)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
At this point all I can say is, "Oh how I love Jesus because he first loved me."
Pastor Bill Annis
Faith Christian Fellowship Canada
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. (John 1:14 AMP)
John brings to us the most basic and yet most important truth for the Church to understand. Without understanding of what he is saying we may find ourselves preaching but not proclaiming the gospel.
Here we begin to understand how God became flesh without ceasing to be God. We behold Him as He takes upon Himself the same human nature that is ours. The reference to flesh in scripture is far more than skin over a bone structure. Flesh refers to all that fallen man is without God. Flesh is mankind in total spiritual darkness.
By taking on flesh God enters Adams world. He takes on flesh without giving up divinity. In Jesus a union is forged, on one side is God, purity, fullness, joy, rightness, and integrity. On the other is human existence hiding, broken, corrupt, diseased, and perverted. The incarnation unites these two worlds. In Jesus, Adam [the human race] ashamed and hiding meets wholeness, purity, love, and fullness.
How can these two worlds unite? How can something this impossible happen? The answer is it can not happen unless something changes. There has to be a conversion, a transformation. To put it in the Language of the new covenant spoken by Paul, a reconciliation.
Reconciliation is what happens in the life, death, burial, and resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Adams human existence got turned around, crucified, and reordered.
Jesus stood in Adams shoes [flesh] and refused to be like Adam. He is going to live in the likeness of sinful flesh but reveal a new image of the true God. His father loves the world that is why Jesus came.
“...no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” Matthew 11:27
Jesus will reveal the God he knows not the one Adam has misrepresented.
Jesus entered into fallen human existence and refused to fall. He went to the cross and died for all and as all. What emerges on this side of calvary is a human being from the fallen stock of Adam who is utterly righteous,completely right with with God. This Jesus is now at the centre of all authority, the right hand of God, the right place, at the right time, for the right purpose,representing a new race, the reconciled.
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). (2 Corinthians 5:19 AMP)
Paul didn't say he was reconciling the Church but rather the world. The Gospel that we are to proclaim is power. I can not improve on what Paul said, so here is our message to a world not as lost as we might imagine.
So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20 AMP)
The revelation of what God has accomplished in Christ leaves but one option: faith in God.
-Pastor Bill Annis, FCF Canada President
Scriptures tell us that the man Jesus was the fullness of God in expression. If we want to know our true nature and being we just need to meditate on the life of Jesus and realize we also are the fullness of God in expression. In our humanity we may not be perfect but our true being is. We must stop trying to adjust our human nature and just begin to live from our true nature which is love.
Eph 1:22-23 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. AMP
When our consciousness is raised and we begin to see the truth of our being we then begin to live the life of love expressed. This year of 2013, the year of great grace, is the beginning of a greater awakening to that life that we all are. We are God in manifestation. This truth will change the world and bring the kingdom into manifestation. I am so excited to see this taking place all over the world. We have said for years that we are the body of Christ and NOW the reality of that is dawning within us. Can the body be any less than the head? We are one body and one voice on the earth. The voice of God is as the sounding of many waters in the book of Revelation. We each have a well of living water flowing from our being. When we speak as the song says “All heaven stands to listen.” What we speak is so important as it creates our destiny. If we believe the word we will speak the word and as we speak what God says we will experience that which we speak. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. For to long we have spoken defeat and failure not realizing our words lock us in a prison of unbelief. By the words we speak we can unlock the prison of our carnal mind and begin to live as love expressed.
By us living consciously in the presence of God and releasing the flow of life we will build up the Body of Christ and set the captives free. What a wonderful life we now have when we make the decision to live this life of love. Knowing Jesus loves us is the source of our love for one another this is the true pathway to an abundant life.
Col 2:8-10 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
The scripture above describes what has happened to most of us. Mainly through the tradition of men we have been deceived away from the reality of Christ. Jesus was man's God on earth and is now Gods man in the heavens ,and we are complete in Christ which is the true nature of our being.
Being complete in Christ means that we are the expression of Christ on this earth. As we live from our spirit God lives in us and expresses love, light and life which is the substance and source of all life. As love, light and life begin to be expressed in us all carnality and darkness flee from us.
We have the mind of Christ. We are the Body of Christ, the Church of the living God. The Church is only that which comes out of what God has put within you. It has nothing to do with our carnal religious thinking. We are already complete in Christ but will never be complete by religious thinking and practices. The only reason we don't come into the experiential walk and knowledge of these things, is because we listen to the mind-traffic that goes through the mind rather than the Spirit of God that flows in the deepest part of our being.
-Pastor Bill Annis, FCF Canada
In Galatians 2:20, Paul the Apostle said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:”
Have we caught the magnitude of the words of this great man? Remember who he is and what he had become in the religious world and then read the verse again.
Paul was aware of something within himself. Not just a philosophy, an ideal, or an influence, but Christ Himself had moved into him.
He still does! When we hear the message of Jesus and what He has done for us our only response is faith in Him. When grace is revealed faith happens. Christ enters and its now Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27).
While knowing this truth doctrinally many have missed the great work of God Himself living through us. We believe Christ for us, with us, ahead of us. However, Christianity is to live from the reality of Christ in us.
We can't blame scripture for our deficiency. Paul refers to this union 216 times. In fact Paul describes a Christ that not only woos us to Himself but “ONES” us to Himself .
How great a God is who gives God, Augustine
Pastor Bill Annis
President, FCF Canada
Several years ago, God gave us a vision to visit, mentor and encourage Pastors to fulfill their calling. While reaching forward toward this season people would often misunderstand and ask, "Why do you favor pastors?" I would often chuckle with the response, “…because they are people."
When pastors became our primary ministry focus new life entered & we experienced more joy than you could imagine. Our greatest desire is to bring awareness to how significant you are and to be there for you helping you fulfill your calling.
I like reading where Paul spoke to Timothy concerning these matters.
2 Timothy 1:15, “As you know, all the Christians who came here have deserted me; even Phygellus and Hermogenes are gone but may the Lord bless Onesiphorus and all his family, because:
1. He visited me.
2. He encouraged me often.
3. His visits revived me like a breath of fresh air.
4. He was never ashamed of my being in jail. TLB (Amp)
We desire to be that encouraging person in your life; a life giving person to you and your ministry. I encourage you to pull your energy out of all the unnecessary things, focus on a measurable win, place your energy into that purpose and look straight at Jesus.
Paul referred to Onesiphorus as this person in his life who offered him this ministry of helps and how meaningful it was to him.
I heard a story from a pastor who met an elderly lady at the door as she was leaving she commented, "I found something I don't like about this church," as he paused to hear her complaint he heard these words, "I don't like it that I have to wait six more days before I can come back." She proceeded to tell him I went to church my entire life but when I come here It's a breath of fresh air, I can breathe, I can breathe again.”
We often refer to that as the culture of the church but Jesus referenced, "such is the kingdom of God.” Where Jesus is revealed people are drawn and enriched. Where Jesus is revealed there is love, life, excitement, peace, rest, faith happens and people are drawn to the fresh air.
We are truly grateful for your partnership in this ministry to this great nation. We see your giving as love's expression.
Thank you for your support which allows our travel and also for those who are contributing to the development of the home base of FCF in Moncton.
We appreciate you. It ministers deeply to us and may the Lord of the harvest give you a special blessing.
One of the joys of my life after fulfilling each mandate is coming home , when we walk into church sometimes weary, sometimes lonely, sometimes just needing revived, it is always a breath of fresh air. I can breathe!
Vise President, FCF Canada
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
All of God was "pleased" to live in Jesus. Fullness never seems to leave room for lack! So, I am thinking if all the fullness of God was pleased to live in Jesus and Jesus lives in me; Jesus is "pleased" to dwell in me.
It pleases Jesus to dwell in me. In Him there is only Fullness.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
His unmerited favor abounds toward me over and above my every need. It is lavished upon me. Lavished means produced in excess and bestowed upon profusely. He did that for me. It was done out of His riches which are inexhaustible. You can apply grace in terms of whatever you need. However, should you apply this grace in terms of money, know that God has excess!
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
You are complete in Him therefore you can access this grace! In the natural you were born complete, but it took you awhile to access those feet and legs. Although they were there, you had to discover what they were there for, but once you did they take you everywhere you need to be.
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. I love walking in His love and receiving everything that's in His Love.
-Pastor Duska Annis
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His Love in our hearts. When we truly understand that our receiving is totally based on God's love and not our merit, love will never disappoint.
Love never fails, worries, boasts, it is not proud and never comes to an end.
Ephesians 1:19 show us the characteristics of love, “...what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power”
The exceeding greatness of His power is His love for us, because God is Love. The phrase "according to" means "in keeping with; in agreement with" (American Heritage Dictionary). We could read according to the working of His mighty love.
Concerning Jesus there was a voice that came out of heaven saying, “you are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now Jesus wants you to know that He is well-pleased with you. God sees you as His beloved because He has made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
1 John 3:1(KJV)
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
How great is the Love the father has lavished on us. We are called His dear children. So that is what we now are! Beloved we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared.
The object of agape love never does anything to merit His love. I encourage you to make a decision each morning to live loved. Live the Zoe life which is apparently the God (love) given life or the abundant life.
On this February, ascribed as love month just allow love to illuminate your soul.
Psalm 63:3 (KJV)
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Is it not precisely that those who know and experience Love personally feel an irresistible desire to proclaim Him ?
O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure. The saints’ and angels’ song.
-Duska Annis, Pastor