All actions proceed from thought. The heart generally represents the spirit in scriptural terms. As Jesus said it is “out of the heart” that all manner of evil proceeds. He showed it as the first cause or generator of action.
1 Peter 1:13 (KJV) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The loins of your mind speak of the reproductive part of the soul, which is feminine. It is able, like a womb, to receive the seeds of thought, which are spirit. We are instructed by Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:11 to “not be ignorant of Satan’s devices.” Devices is from the Greek word noema which means “thoughts.” So we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s thoughts. We are to have discernment and test the spirits to see if they be of God. For Satan, who is a spirit, would like to “impregnate” our mind with his thoughts. And the Bible tells us that when sin is conceived it brings forth death, just as it did in Adam and Eve.
This is an excerpt from “The Cross in the heart of God” by Don Godfroy
There is a picture of great contrast between the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the Bride, The Lambs wife—which city we are in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21:9-11). In the Garden of Eden there is a river flowing out of Eden, gold in the land, the tree of Life and the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Bdellium and the onyx stone, and God waking in the Garden. In the New Jerusalem there is a River of Life flowing from God’s throne, pure gold translucent like glass, only the Tree of Life through-out the city, all manner of precious stones, and God dwelling in the City.
There are some significant differences between Eden and the New Jerusalem. Eden is a product of the “beginnings” of our God’s purposes while the City is the product of the ultimate accomplishment of these purposes. In Eden there is a serpent, and through the cunning of that serpent, man is cast out. In the City there is no serpent, for by the dominion of Christ in man the serpent is cast out! In Eden there are two trees–one which contains death. In the City, there is only the Tree of Life. Eden is man on trial. The City is man purified and perfected! Eden is man faced with the processing’s of God through choices and experience, through testings and dealings, for his own learning and development. The City is man established in the mind of Christ having overcome all things!
Taken from “The Cross in the Heart of God” by Doug Eblen–an examination of some of the teachings of Jacob Boehme
God’s plan from the beginning was for us to be at rest in his presence. As a matter of fact the first full day of Adam’s life was a day of rest. God created everything in five days, man on the sixth, and on the seventh he and Adam rested. Isn’t that wonderful?
Sin brought toil, sweat and weariness into creation. It was never God’s intention to have a race of humans running all over the planet seeking rest and not finding it. Of course sin is what causes us to run all over trying to find rest in everything except God himself. It’s no wonder we are in such a state of upheaval all of the time. Christ is our Sabbath rest. Until we find our rest in him we are bound to try everything else.
Rest comes because we are in a state of being where there is no resistance. There is a state of superconductivity that occurs at absolute zero when nothing is moving and there is no friction.
This is a quote from Don Godfroy. “In the natural phenomena of absolute zero, at 459 degrees below zero, all movement stops. This is a picture of complete rest. At absolute zero another phenomena occurs called superconductivity. This is when electrical current can be sent 100% efficiently, without any loss of voltage due to the resistance of friction. That means the complete fullness of rest equals the complete fullness of power! Jesus said, “Of my own self I can do nothing.” His life was a demonstration of resting in the Father and letting His regenerative Agape love flow through Him.”
When I came across this I thought I have to share this with someone. Upon doing a little research of my own I ran across another surprising bit of information having to do with the subject of superconductivity. Apparently scientist in Japan, while doing research, discovered red wine is an excellent conductor.
They said, “The “eureka” moment came when National Institute for Materials Science researchers found that an iron-based compound became superconductive after being soaked in alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine and sake. Red wine was the hands-down winner in producing the desired physical effect, although no-one is quite clear yet on how exactly it worked, said researchers at the institute in Tsukuba, east of Tokyo.”
Red wine, are you serious? If you haven’t caught what I saw yet; I hope I can shine some light. Let me get this straight. When we come to a state of complete dependence on God and are absolutely at rest with no resistance, we are in a state perfect for the power of God to flow through us. Not only that but now we discover that “red wine” is the best conductor.
Let me be clear about this. I am not for or against wine drinking what I am talking about is the blood of Christ. Wasn’t it Jesus that said, while sharing wine with the disciples, “this is the New Covenant in my blood?” If we are in Christ, in the New Covenant in his blood, we have no excuse whatsoever to not be at rest. The power of the Holy Spirit flows through us by way of the Blood of Jesus. It really is true that there is “Power in the Blood!”
When we come to the realization that we, in and of ourselves, have no ability or power. When we finally come to the place of knowing our powerlessness, then we can say like Jesus said “Of my own self I can do nothing.” The meaning of what the Apostle Paul said becomes clearer. God says “My strength (power) is made perfect in weakness.”