The Age of Jubilee
I’m calling this the age and not the year of Jubilee because our freedom has been bought for over two millennia: debts paid, slaves freed, and the command to REST and REJOICE–continual. Now that the Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh, we have fullness, and the experience of fullness is as ready as our faith to believe it. In the Kingdom, believing is seeing, and not the other way around.
There is never a day when the greatest gift of all time isn’t present and breathing into us. There is no work to be done that would make us worthy to either gain or lose this jubilicious gift of the Holy Spirit, because Christ finished it on the Cross. All that is required, I think, is that we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, conversing with him continually. Everyday, we are full of God’s Spirit and ripe with encounter. There are no dry days unless there are days when the Holy Spirit denies God’s word that he would never leave or forsake us. And bear in mind that the Prince of Peace causes peace, not to mention love and joy to manifest within us. The fruit is also the sign.
Believing in our Jubilee rest, especially in the face of difficulty, is fighting the good fight of faith. I believe it helps to spend time contemplating his presence, sensitizing our senses. But regardless of our efforts, the truth remains: God wants his grace to take over in you, leading you into green pasture and beside quiet waters, if not physically, then mentally, emotionally, spiritually, so that you are unshakeable. These blessings are perpetually here for us – the invitation to let go and let God, and to trust that he cares even more than we do. Even when circumstances attempt to contradict the Truth, the very overcoming power and purpose of God’s grace is that we experience the Kingdom (joy, peace and righteousness), nevertheless, in our soul. Hence, Jesus and the Apostles had the audacity to tell us repeatedly: consider it all joy.
I believe the Lord has faith in the power of his Presence. In the same way that loving the lovable means little whereas loving the unlovable is extraordinary, so it is with happiness in fair weather vs. joy in the storm. I pray for this joy in your life, and the peace that passes understanding because it is yours for the taking. This is the Jubilee blessing. Rest. Receive. Rejoice.
He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left (Isaiah 30: 20-21),
P.S. While I still have your attention: I’m sorry I’ve been so inconsistent with Kiss of Christ these past few months. I’m writing a novel and praying it will be filled with as much glory as you and I are. Truly, it is an experience. In the meantime, I thought I’d send you excerpts from my dear friend Dr. Eddie Summer’s awesome book, 50 Shades of Grace: Free At Last. I hope you won’t mind that the excerpt cuts off before the end of the section. It should still deliver a satisfying taste, and I am of course hoping you’ll purchase the book. Either way, it’s a joy to share the GOOD NEWS of God’s grace with you! Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1, Grace Every Day.
Grace Every Day
by Eddie Summers
Fifty is a special number, not the least because it denotes Pentecost. Pentecost is the fiftieth day following the seven sevens, the seven weeks. It is the harvest feast when the people offer their first fruits of the season to God so that He will bless the fruits that remain. Jesus was the first fruits offered up to God, and you are the fruits that remain. You are His harvest.
The original Pentecost marked the giving of Mosaic law forming a nation of people who would be identified by that law. Our first Pentecost following the death of Christ marked the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the giving of eternal favor and grace, and the irreversible birth of the Church. Now that the Spirit indwells you forever, every day is an outpouring. Every day is Pentecost. Every day is Jubilee, when you’re forgiven of all debts because Jesus paid the fee for your debt (sin) in all directions of time whether past, present or future. He nailed it, buried it, and resurrected without it, all on your behalf so that the work would be completely finished. Instead of a little grace and a little works, you live under the sovereign law of God’s grace.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace (Rom 6:14 NLT).
If you do try and mix a little law with a little grace, a little “I should” with a little “God can,” you’ll be toying with evil spells.
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