Perfection (Sabbath Rest)

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Once all I could see was my imperfections
The wisdom I lacked, my sins and miss-directions
But You opened my eyes to see Your face
In your eyes I found perfections embrace

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

In You I have my true origin
My family line; my source; my creation
Made from the earth and placed into Christ
Your Holy Spirit, my breath, my life

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Once I wandered far from Our home
Seeking independence and self-made renown
I became blind to Your Love for me
My true identity I could not see

But when You revealed Your Love to me
From deception and lies setting me free
You restored the fullness of my identity
As the true Child of God You made me to be

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Though I tried to earn Your loving approbation
To prove my value through works and regulations
Nothing I could do came close to Your perfection
Guilt, shame and fear were my constant companions

But then You revealed Your Love to me
That in You my old self died completely
And in Your resurrection I’m re-born into perfection
Raised to heaven in You, God’s child in re-creation

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Now I can see, in Your Perfection
All striving can cease as We rejoice in my ascension
To God’s right hand as His whole and Holy child
My identity resorted, Our family reunited

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

All that You are is now my inheritance
With all that You have, You have me blessed
You overcome all with Your Pure Light
And all that I need, You will now provide

Now I can live daily in Your Light
Your wisdom and love filling me, heart and mind
Live in Your Presence, as One, face-to-face
My true identity is in Your Embrace

Lord Jesus I rest in Your righteousness
Your perfection in all its fullness
Filling me through Your indwelling Presence
Your life giving power my true essence

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

Jesus I rest in Your Perfection
You reveal me as Your reflection

“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7 NLT
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 NLT
““So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’””
Luke 15:20-25, 27-28, 31-32 NLT
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:3, 5 NLT
“Having determined our destiny ahead of time, he called us to himself and transferred his perfect righteousness to everyone he called. And those who possess his perfect righteousness he co-glorified with his Son!” Romans 8:30 TPT
“And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time” Hebrews 10:14 TPT

True Sons

Let’s celebrate God. He lavished every blessing heaven has upon us in Christ. He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world. Jesus is God’s mind made up about us. He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face before him in blameless innocence. Ephesians 1:3-4 Mirror Bible 
He answered his father, Consider the many years that I have toiled for you like a slave. And at no time did I ever dodge any of your commandments; yet, you never considered rewarding me, even with a little lamb, so I could party with my friends. However, when this son of yours comes here, having devoured your savings by wasting it on prostitutes, you slay the grain-fattened calf. He said to him, My dear child, you are always with me and all that I have is yours. Luke 15:29-31 Mirror Bible


Right from the very beginning
Our value to God was settled
As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
Our identity in Christ was sealed

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

We can’t earn a higher value
Than the one God has given us
To be sealed in Christ as His Sons
Is heaven’s highest place

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

We can’t improve our identity
As God’s Sons in His purity
To be born and sealed in Christ
Is heaven’s holiest place

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

Sin has no hold over us
For in Christ our wholeness is sealed
Through His death and resurrection
His power in us is revealed

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

All that can hold us back
Is our pride and ignorance
For in Christ we nothing lack
His fullness ours to experience

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

Right from the very beginning
Our value to God was settled
As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
Our identity in Christ was sealed

As true Sons of Our Heavenly Father
We rejoice in Jesus Christ
Our Saviour and our brother
All that is His is ours

Suffering

This is why no form of suffering can interfere with my joy. Every suffering on your behalf is just another opportunity to reinforce that which might still be lacking (in your understanding) of the affliction of Christ on behalf of his body which is the church. Colossians 1:24 Mirror Bible

When things in life go wrong
And suffering becomes our lot
There is a grace to grasp hold of
The finished work of the cross

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice

The scars and chains of my and other’s sin
That kept my heart hard and bound in
Have been broken, washed away, made powerless
By Your precious holy blood that You shed on the cross

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice

The burdens I once carried, no matter how heavy
Became Your yoke that You to the cross carried
Dead and buried through Your crucifixion
Freeing me to live joyfully in Your resurrection

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice

The footholds satan had in my heart and mind
Were entombed in Your death as we are united
In Your resurrection life I think and feel as God’s son
Love and wisdom overflowing from You as we are One

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice

The sickness that has plagued me, yesterday or today
Died with You on the cross removing me from it’s sway
In You I have risen to complete newness
Your resurrection power giving me Your wholeness

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice

So any suffering I may experience today
Is a opportunity to know Your Resurrection Power
To experience and understand the fullness of Your Grace
To restore in me the image of God’s fullness

Jesus increase my understanding
Of how Your afflictions are my restoration
You nailed all my suffering to Your cross
So resurrected in You I can freely rejoice


My Completion

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4 NLT

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

When I hear Your Voice
Giving me revelations
It takes my breath away
As I feel our true connection

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

When I hear Your Voice
My thoughts gently correcting
I am drawn by Your love
To change my direction

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

When I feel Your Presence
Around and in me
I am filled with a joy
Of heavenly dimensions

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

When I see Your Presence
I am by Your side
Held in Your arms
As Your eternal bride

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

Your Salvation
Making me One with You
Is a gift so magnificent
That I must worship You

Jesus You are
My completion
The one who makes me
Whole and holy
In You I find
Where I belong

Jesus’ Faith

My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, dispensing his life into mine!” Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Faith, then, is birthed in a heart that responds to God’s anointed utterance of [Jesus] the Anointed One.” Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭TPT‬‬‬

Jesus’ Faith was birthed in me
As He gave His Eternal Life to me
I can live from His faith eternally
Live from His power to set us free
Rest in all He’s accomplished for me
Rest in His guidance to set people free

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Jesus’ faith in God led Him to baptism
Even though as a man He had not sinned
And as a result of His Faith’s action
Bystanders heard God’s appreciation
“This is My Son, whom I love
With Him I am well pleased!”

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

Jesus’ Faith took Him through the desert
Without the need for food and water
There to be tested with Satan’s taunts
And offers of power if He changed gods
Faith kept Him strong in God’s Word
So He could not be once deceived

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Jesus Faith lead Him to preach
Of God’s Love and complete forgiveness
How God desired true holiness
And that requires our re-birth
To become God’s Sons, just like Jesus
Reborn living in His righteousness

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

Jesus faith lead Him to heal
The sick and dying, making love real
The demon possessed He set free
Those in hunger He did feed
To those whose wounds were hurts of heart
He spoke words that gave them a new start

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Jesus’ Faith took Him safely through
Dangerous mobs that His love eschewed
Storms that scared the disciples sorely
Situations that were fraught with treachery
His peace and calm His disciples amazed
His words of power left them stunned and afraid

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

Jesus Faith took Him through His trial
Though justice was clearly being denied
Severe beating and mocking He received
While His enemies shouted in treachery
“Crucify Him!” Though innocent
It was justice for us that kept Him silent

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

Jesus Faith took Him to the cross
To die as us, for our sin’s cost
He took the punishment we most deserved
Sundered from God in death’s dark curse
So our sinful self could die with Him
For the joy of seeing us born again

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Jesus Faith raised us together from death
For it could not contain His holiness
Resurrected to Life Eternal with God
Re-making us in the Image of God
To rule at God’s right hand with Him
Co-heirs, God’s Sons for eternity

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

Jesus’ Faith has given me His Spirit
To seal His Life as my inheritance
Given me a new heart, in His Love bound
And a new spirit to His Spirit joined
For He has made His home in me
As His dwelling place for eternity

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Jesus’ Faith was birthed in me
As He gave His Eternal Life to me
I can live from His faith for eternity
Live from His power to set us free
Rest in all He’s accomplished for me
Rest in His guidance to set people free

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The child of God I was born to be

Your Faith Jesus, Your Faith lives in me
I rest in Your Faith to create in me
The Son of God I was born to be

With Jesus In Me

With Jesus in me I am purified
Cleansed of all my faults and all my pride
His purity overcoming all sin in me
Spotless and whole is now my being

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

With Jesus in me I am now righteous
All Jesus good deeds are mine like their His
Free to rest and rejoice in all of God’s favour
All God’s love for Jesus is mine too by His pleasure

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

With Jesus in me I am now holy
I have the DNA of one of God’s family
The character of God reproduced in me
As His Holy Spirit brings me to maturity

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

With Jesus in me I am given God’s heart
Full of love, forgiveness and wisdom’s light
The desire to do God’s will is innate
As His image in me has been re-created

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

With Jesus in me I receive His Holy Spirit
United with mine as His new life I inherit
Sealing me as a true Son of God
Empowering me to be His Beloved

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

With Jesus in me I am deified
His resurrection power my new life
Raised from death to share His heavenly throne
Co-reigning, co-heirs as God’s Beloved Sons

With Jesus in me
With Jesus in me
I’m reborn as God’s Son
One with the Trinity!

“Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises we can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.” 2 Peter‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭TPT‬‬

My Beloved child

““The father said, ‘My son, you are always with me by my side. Everything I have is yours to enjoy.” Luke 15:31 TPT
If you want the Gospel, the good news, in one sentence that is it. God is saying to you, “My Beloved Child, you are always with me and everything I have is yours to enjoy.”

My Beloved Child you are
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

Once we were separated
For you had gone astray
Thinking you alone had the answers
The wisdom to find your own way
But away from me you found 
Only darkness to cloud your mind
And sin that damaged your heart
With fear and shame and pain
 
My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

In Jesus death on the cross
All your sins were washed away
All your fear and shame and pain
Died with Him that day
Your rejection of me
He took to His grave
To give you His resurrection life
So we could live as One today

My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

In His resurrection life
You’ve received a new heart and spirit
Filled with my love and wisdom
As all my children inherit
Joined with My Spirit as One
We’re eternally united
The family of God Almighty
Is in Our image created

My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

The solutions that you need now
To the problems of life and living
Come to you through My Holy Spirit
And His indwelling wisdom
He teaches and empowers
You to be just like Us
Loving and saving and giving
Blessing all this world in your reigning

My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

Now you know I Am with you
In every trial you face
Together we walk the hard roads
Each step empowered by My Grace
My perfect love daily fills you
With all that you will need
To find in the valley of the shadow of death
Your table is furnished with a heavenly feast

My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

I rejoice each day in your presence with Me
I sing over you My heart’s gladness
Now that you are part of My family
United with My very essence
All of heaven rejoices with Me
In song and dance and praise
As My Son’s Glory shines in and through you
Now and for all Our days

My Beloved Child
Who’s come to me through My Son
I love you more than life itself
You are my most treasured one
All that I Am and all that I have
Are yours to fully enjoy
All heaven and earth and the Trinity
Are yours now we are One

Your Words


‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

When all was darkness and chaos ruled
You spoke Your light into this world
Your very Essence was creation’s foundation
Your love and Presence the core of creation

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Into the light and dark then mixed
Your words clear borders between them fixed
The order of days, time and seasons
This universe’s bodies moving in rhythms

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Seas, clouds and an atmosphere
Dry land, hills and mountains appeared
Your words terraforming this entire planet
To make a home for us to inhabit

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Plant and flowers, trees and fruit
All at your command they grew
Providing shelter, providing food
A garden of beauty, a garden of good

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Fish and creatures formed in the seas
Birds flew through the air with daring and ease
And so many animals on the earth appeared
As your words their creation empowered

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Then from the ground You created humanity
Man and woman in perfect unity
Made in Your image to be just like You
In fruitfulness this earth to co-rule

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

The complexity, beauty and variety
Of the forces and structures around us we see
Are a daily testament to Your word’s power
To bring into being Your heart’s desire

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!

Let all creation praise Your Holy Name
And give You all Glory for all You have made
The greatest artist and engineer
Our God and Father who loves us so dear

Your Words, O God, are more powerful
Than all the forces known to people
Your Words were the foundation and source
Of all that is in our universe!


Your Delightful Child

Your Delightful Child

“For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us. And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure! And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:4-6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

Once sin had many footholds
In my life and in my soul
I was driven by fear and shame
I was broken by sin’s hold
But Jesus Presence in me now
Frees me from all that damage
To live embraced in Your Love
Through His righteousness and cleansing

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

Once my heart had walls of stone
Deceived into thinking I alone
Could protect me from life’s damages
Afraid to love through sin’s deceitfulness
But Jesus Presence in me now
Comes with a brand new heart empowered
Overflowing with His Love for all
His love my fortress and my freedom

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

My spirit was once in rebellion from God
Trying to be god of my own life
I thought I knew what was best and right
Made many mistakes, had many hurts
But Jesus Presence in me now
Comes with the gift of a new spirit empowered
Bound in essence to His Holy Spirit
Empowering me to live as God’s beloved

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

Your DNA is now mine too
As all that I am is in You renewed
Your Presence in me cannot do less
Than make me whole in Your Holiness
Completely in Your Image restored
Revealing Jesus to the world
Glorifying You as Your Holy Child
Living by Your Love empowered

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

Now I live as Your beloved child
All that’s Yours is also mine
Your Holiness, Your Purity
Your Power and Your Deity
There is nothing You’ve withheld
In Your Presence I live and dwell
Reborn into Your Glorious Image
You’re my inheritance, my family lineage

God You have made me
Your delightful Child
Adopting me into Your family
One with Jesus in unity
You have made us all One
With Father, Spirit and Son
With Your Presence In me
Your victory’s complete

Why Are We Broken?

God made the world perfect to begin with. The very first chapter of the first book in the Bible, Genesis, tells us that when God created this world it was good, was perfect. And indeed, when He made humanity God declared His creation to be very good. Humanity had a beautiful garden home with abundant food, no sickness, no problems, no fear, greed or shame and they met openly, face-to-face with God as His children. You see, God “chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe!” (Ephesians 1:4a TPT) “for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us.” (Ephesians 1:6). When we were just a idea in God’s mind, a twinkle in His eye, He had such a love for us that He made us part of Himself, part of His family in the Trinity. It is a beautiful picture of the perfect family life we were created to be part of, a complete and loving union with God and each other. Is it any wonder we spend our lives searching for united loving relationships?
 

 So if God planned for us to be perfect and made this world and us perfect what happened? Why is this world no longer perfect? Have God’s plans failed?
 

 Even when Michelangelo had finished carving his statue of David, although it was beautiful, it was still lifeless. Sure it looked very much like a human but it was not human because it could not do anything. It could not move, breathe, talk, or love. Carved from rock it cannot do anything that we would expect of a human because it is not alive.
 

 So to make us His true children, not just robots or lumps of stone to be carved like Michael Angelos statues, we had to be given free will like God, the ability to decide what to do and act on it. In particular, we had to have the ability to choose to be part of God’s family or not. 
 

 The agents for that choice of whether or not we would remain in God’s family were placed in the middle of these first people’s garden home, the heart of their home. This is not surprising as, our decision to be God’s children or not, is first and foremost a decision of the heart, the very centre of our will. So in this ‘heart’ location there were two fruit trees. One tree God had told them was the tree of ‘life’ and the other the tree of the ‘knowledge of good and evil’. 
 

 In Genesis 3:22 God says of the tree of life that if humans ate the fruit they would have eternal life, live for ever. This marks that tree out as Jesus Presence in the garden because, as Jesus said, “I give them [His disciples] the gift of eternal life”  (John 10:28a). , and “it was always in his [God’s] perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus” (Ephesians 1:3a TPT). So had the people in the garden eaten this fruit they would have lived eternally in whatever state they were in when they ate it. When everything was very good and perfect, that joining to Jesus as a source of eternal life by eating that fruit, would have been the fulfilment of God’s plan. We could’ve been united as one with each other and God forever. But that is not what happened. That is not what they chose.
 

 The other tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, would enable humanity to have a knowledge of good and evil that was completely independent of God. The problem being, God is the very definition of what is good and whole and right, so choosing independence from Him, the central relationship for which we were created, is the very definition of evil. God warned these first people that choosing to eat from that tree would cause their death. And, at least initially, it appears they stayed well away from that tree.
 

 It is worth pausing here to take a look at what they had in this garden. They had a beautiful home with abundant provision of food, work to do, and a completely open and loving relationship with each other and God. It is a picture of peace, harmony, provision, blessing and intimate relationship that is better than anything we have ever experienced. This is what we were created for and what we spend our lives seeking.
 

 Now there was one being who was decidedly unhappy with God’s plan that we be One with Him. He was a powerful angel sometimes called Satan, the Accuser or the Father of Lies. It is believed he was a very powerful and beautiful angel who tried to make himself greater than God (Isaiah 14:12-16). He was ejected from his position of power in heaven (Luke 10:18) and appointed himself as a witness to human actives (Job 1:7) enticing us to be like him and reject God and go our own way (Genesis 3#1-5). All that he does on earth is destructive, encouraging us to use our God-given power and authority to destroy ourselves and our world. Revenge is his game and he will use any trick, lie or subversion of power to damage what God loves.
 

 In the early 1980’s my husband and I received job offers in West Germany. We were excited and keen to go but the West German embassy declined our job visa application. Not only that but were were told that they did not know and could not find out why our applications were declined. Only the police in German who processed visa applications had that information and they did not share it with the Embassy staff. We suggested we could go to Germany as tourists and sort it out there and we were told in no uncertain terms that that was not allowed and we would be sent straight home again. Seriously doubting that it could be that difficult, and with all the confidence that two well educated young adults can have, we decided to disregard that advice and headed off to West Germany anyway. Once there we contacted the police and found they had doubted our application for visas was serious given where we had proposed living so it was declined. But we also found out that the embassy staff in Australia were correct in saying that the rues were that we could not re-apply for work visas without coming back to Australia again. Fortunately we were blessed to find a policeman who became our police contact was very reasonable and helpful and in the end we were given our work visas without penalty or the need to travel home. The validity of doubts can often only be truly resolved in the court of experience.
 

 When Satan came into our Garden home, he came bringing doubts about the goodness of God. And those doubts were the first thing he shared with those first people: “Did God really say you must not eat fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1 NLT) This question is so clearly an outrageous lie it makes you wonder why he would ask it. There was only one tree God had warned them not to eat the fruit from and the fruit of EVERY other tree was theirs to freely eat. They knew that and Satan knew that. But Satan does not care about the truth, all he was trying to do was introduce the idea that people could question, could doubt God’s provision for them and hence his goodness. Because once they grasped they could question and doubt God, they would see a need for being able to judge God’s goodness independently of God, and the only place that knowledge was available to them was from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Once they had chosen independence from God they would be very vulnerable to Satan’s manipulation and lies. And this is what we see happening. Having introduced them to doubting God, Satan then told them that eating the forbidden fruit they would NOT die but become like God, knowing good and evil. The fact that they did not detect Satan’s direct contradiction of God, his lie,  demonstrates how doubt in God and separation from God makes us vulnerable to Stan’s lies. Instead of calling out the lie for what it was they now looked at the forbidden fruit and saw it as something desirable, something that would fix their problem of doubt and help them judge God.Their unity with God was already broken by doubt and they were fully trapped by Satan’s lie, believing him instead of God. So they obeyed Satan’s suggestion and ate the fruit, directly disobeying God. 
 

 When my husband and I were planning to go to West Germany we had a choice. We could trust the wisdom of the consulate staff and remain in Australia trying to sort out the problems, or we could trust in our own wisdom and go to Germany to sort out our work visas. We choose the latter and were blessed with success but it could have (and probably should have) very easy gone wrong resulting in us being sent home.
 

 These first people had choices too. They could doubt God or trust Him. They could ask God for wisdom and understanding about good and evil, or they could seek wisdom that was independent of God. And their choices had consequences. Once they entered into questioning and doubting God, they felt a new and sudden need to be able to judge good and evil independently of God. And that desire and it’s fulfilment in eating the forbidden fruit broke them as people. For once they knew what was good and evil they could see that what they had done was evil because to seek independence of God, to disobey God, is evil. Instead of finding greater freedom to be like God, they realised they had chosen to do something God would never do. God chose to unite us with Him from before we were born. These people had chosen to break that unity by seeking independence and having done that realised they had no way back, no way to correct it. They were sinners, broken people and had no power to fix it.
 

 As a child I was brought up going to a Christian church and Sunday school, and because of the teaching I received, by the time I was heading into adulthood, I had no doubt at all I was a sinner and unacceptable to God. While I wanted to be different, wanted to know God’s love, I knew I did not have within me the power to change. The shame of knowing I was a sinner and unable to fix it was gradually driving me away from Christianity. I had no hope of change and no reason to expect God would accept me.
 

 The shame of what they had done and the fear that they were now broken people, unacceptable to God, drove these first people to hide for the first time in their lives. They hid from God and from each other, wanting to cover their brokenness and shame in any way they could. And when God came to find them and challenged them about what they had done, they struggled to admit their sin and tried instead to blame it on each other or Satan. They were now so broken that lying and blame shifting were their solutions, further braking their relationships with each other and God. 
 

 And we are still doing that today. We think if we do ‘good works’ or follow a whole list of ‘don’ts’, or are successful in our careers, have money, go to ‘church’, or can blame our mistakes on others, we can cover our brokenness and be acceptable to God and others. But it does not work like that. True and love and intimacy require openness and honesty and yet that is what we now fear the most.