We Were Designed

Ephesians 1:4-6; Genesis 1:26-27; 3; Exodus 20:18-21; Exodus 32; Psalm 106


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


When Adam and Eve were born into this world
They were free to choose if they would follow  God
When they chose independence of God for their direction
This damaged who they were, broke their heart, mind and spirit


Shame about their actions now became their driving force
In fear they hid their brokenness from God and others
Blame shifting and lies became their solutions
Faith and trust was broken, in God, self and others


The result of this brokenness is detailed in the Bible
As people hurt each other and many rejected God
God’s judgment and destruction and confusion of their language
Reduced the damage they did but was not the solution


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


God chose Israel as His nation and His people
Freeing them from slavery with the wealth of their captors
God’s mighty miracles to rescue and sustain them
Did not stop them from worshiping manmade idols


When God invited Israel to be his special people
To be in His Presence, to speak to them in person
In fear and shame Israel refused this invitation
Asking  for His instructions which from a distance they’d obey


Armed with God’s Law Israel though they had the answer
To pleasing God from a distance which they thought safe
But laws do not make a broken people whole
As people and a nation God they rarely obeyed


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


But God had a solution for our brokenness
To make all our sins, over us, powerless
He had a way for our broken self to die
And be reborn in Him, in the twinkling of an eye


God sent Jesus to show us the life
We could live if we were truly God’s child
And to take our brokenness into Him
And die for us, with us and our sin


Then God gave us Jesus powerful resurrection 
As our new life and our new direction
A new heart and spirit, made in His image
United with His Spirit to complete our family lineage


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son


Now we can rejoice as part of God’s family
Living in and from His Kingdom, now, daily
His love and peace, righteousness and joy
Is our dwelling place once we are re-born


So when you see the troubles in this world
People behaving badly, people being hurt
Know that the solution is not found in man and law
Only re-birth in Jesus has the power to heal us all


We were designed to live as one with God
From the very beginning when we were imagined in His heart
He wanted us to be members of his family
To be united with Him, Father, Spirit and Son

Light Undiminished

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5 NLT

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 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. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 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

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 NLT

Light Undiminished meditation

There was a time I did not know God personally
I knew his rules and commands but knew they were not for me
I could not love Him or others as he commanded
The deceptiveness of sin had my heart by stone surrounded

But Jesus came into my life to show his love for me
Offered me His love to live in and to give away for free
Offered me a new heart that was living and loving
Offered me a new spirit with His Holy Spirit united

Jesus Your Glory light reigns undiminished
No darkness has the power to ever overcome it
United with You, You from ALL sin cleanse us
You purify all darkness from within us
Making us pure and holy by Your Own Presence

Now I live with Jesus, united as one
His powerful light cleansing me even when I stumble
When I take the wrong direction He turns me around
Shows me the path where His life can be found

Jesus Your Glory light reigns undiminished
No darkness has the power to ever overcome it
United with You, You from ALL sin cleanse us
You purify all darkness from within us
Making us pure and holy by Your Own Presence

I need never fear my sin can taint or damage Jesus
For in His death and resurrection is the power to redeem us
To exchange our death for His eternal life
He has overcome all to give us his Glory light

Jesus Your Glory light reigns undiminished
No darkness has the power to ever overcome it
United with You, You from ALL sin cleanse us
You purify all darkness from within us
Making us pure and holy by Your Own Presence

All of sins damage can be taken to the cross
And left there to die, now powerless
Be left in exchange for Jesus resurrection life
We have this privilege every day of our life

Jesus Your Glory light reigns undiminished
No darkness has the power to ever overcome it
United with You, You from ALL sin cleanse us
You purify all darkness from within us
Making us pure and holy by Your Own Presence

Now I can, without any hesitation
Stay in the Presence of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit
Now nothing can separate me from God’s love
For Jesus’ holiness and righteousness, He has made mine

Jesus Your Glory light reigns undiminished
No darkness has the power to ever overcome it
United with You, You from ALL sin cleanse us
Re-making us in Your Holy Image
Filling us with Your Glory light and essence
Making us pure by Your Own Presence

The Storm

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”” Luke 8:22-25 NLT

“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you … too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Colossians 1:19, 27 NLT

Jesus took His disciples
On an interesting journey
Across a large lake
In a boat for that many
As they sailed across
He lay down for a nap
Jesus had no worries
To keep Him awake

For Jesus knew
That He had a destiny
And nothing would stop God
From making it be
He knew He could rest
In God’s loving hands
That journey was not
The end of God’s plans

Jesus also knew
That God could be trusted
To keep His word
Once it was established
So He could rest
Unconcerned as He travelled
With God as protector
Nothing Him troubled

Jesus also could rest
In His own identity
As God’s beloved Son
With God’s Spirit in Him
The hands that made stars
Powerful words that created
We’re living in Him
To provide what He needed

This same Jesus
Who could rest anywhere
Is living in us
With His loving care
We can rest in His faith
Rest in His Presence
For His Spirit seals us
Into His essence

For in Jesus we know
We have a destiny
And nothing will stop God
From making it be
We know we can rest
In God’s loving hands
Today’s journey is not
The end of God’s plans

With Jesus faith we know
That God can be trusted
To keep His word
Now it is established
So we can rest
Unconcerned as we travel
With God as protector
Nothing can us trouble

We can also rest living
In Jesus’ identity
Making us God’s beloved Sons
His Spirit in us eternally
The hands that made stars
Powerful words that created
Are living in us
To provide what is need

A very fierce storm
Came down the lake
Water filling the boat
Making it unsafe
The disciples were worried
They started to panic
No doubt they knew
Storms could do fatal damage

They were so gripped with fear
They could not see
That Jesus’ word to travel
Was their surety
With Jesus sleeping
Their safety was certain
Nothing would harm them
Or endanger their mission

Instead of taking
Their wisdom from Jesus
The disciples panicked
And woke Him from sleeping
Shouting their fear
Like He was not listening
They put their trust in
The storm as their ending

So often it seems
When life throws us a storm
All we see is the danger
It all seems so threatening
We forget Jesus
Living peacefully within us
And His word to us
Which our future guarantees us

Jesus woke up
And spoke to the storm
Commanded it be still
And it obeyed His word
The storm was abated
Gone in a moment
And Jesus’ authority
Became self-evident

Then Jesus questioned
His disciples thinking
For they had seen Him
Many miracles making
If He could heal and deliver
Make one lunch feed thousands
Why had they more faith
In the storm’s manifestations?

This is the question
That life’s storms ask us
In whom do you trust
For all your answers
Do you really trust
In Jesus, God’s Son?
Or do your problems
Seem the bigger one?

The disciples were awestruck
At Jesus’ power
And authority
That made the Storm cower
They had yet to see
Jesus was God incarnate
Our Divine Creator
There in person to save them

When we look at Jesus
We should be awestruck
At His great power
To provide solutions
No one who sought Him
For help with a need
Left empty handed
Or at all disappointed

Now this same Jesus
Is living in us
We can see through His eyes
And in God trust
When storms rage around us
But we find Him sleeping
We can rest in Him
For His word is our keeping

For just as God
Was in Jesus living
In His Beloved Son
All His Glory revealing
So Jesus in us
Fills us with God’s fullness
To live victoriously
Through His loving kindness

My Bliss, My Joy

“Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure. …. For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.” Psalms 16:8-9, 11 TPT

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

You wrap Your Presence
In and around me
Because Jesus sacrifice
Has made us One for eternity
There is no where I can go
No place I can be
That You are not there
For You are always with me

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

You are always there
Always available to me
You never turn away
Always listening to me
When I open my heart
It’s Your Presence I see
Your Presence surrounds me
Embraces me daily

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

My heart and soul
Rejoice in Your Presence
As Your love unfolds
Becoming part of my essence
Your joy and glory
Fill my body and soul
Your wonder and beauty
Are a sight to behold

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

Even my body
Though it belongs to this world
Can rest in You
When trials unfold
In sickness and health
In You I’m secure
Your Presence my fortress
Your Presence my cure

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

You speak to me
Of Resurrection life
Of living in Jesus
Full of power and love
With forgiveness flowing
To all who come near
Bringing heaven to earth
Each day of the year

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

Your words have the power
To keep me on the journey
To seeing Your face
And living Your glory
There is no greater joy
Than to be by your side
And gaze on Your face
As Your Beloved’s bride

Your wraparound Presence
With me every moment
The continual revelation
Of Your Resurrection Life
As I gaze on You God
Face-to-face for eternity
Your my bliss, my joy
And my eternal glory

Temple

“For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said: I will make my home in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
2 Corinthians 6:16 TPT

I praise and thank You Papa God
For You have made my body Your temple
Your holy dwelling place
You have filled me with Your glory
The fullness of Your love and grace

In my heart is Your holy of Holies
Where the fire of Your Presence burns
All that I am, I offer there to You
And You purify me with Jesus’ sacrifice

All that is broken, unclean and unholy
Is consumed by the passion of Your love
I’m cleansed, purified, restored and completed
Resurrected, reborn, filled with Jesus’ life

All that is not of You is consumed
Destroyed in the flame of Your jealous love
The gold that is Jesus Presence in me
Is now my essence, my body, my life

I praise and thank You Papa God
For You have made my body Your temple
Your holy dwelling place
You have filled me with Your glory
The fullness of Your love and grace

Jesus prayers for me are the incense that burns
Before Your Presence day and night
A holy perfume that fills my life
With Your empowering Presence and light

Your Holy Spirit intercedes there for me
With groans and sighs from the depths of His heart
Expressing the depth of my need for You
Your life, Your healing and love to impart

There You raise me to Jesus throne
So I will always be by Your side
Living in Your love and glory
Forever One, eternally Jesus’ bride

I praise and thank You Papa God
For You have made my body Your temple
Your holy dwelling place
You have filled me with Your glory
The fullness of Your love and grace

You have filled me with Your glory
Heaven’s now my home as Your child
All that belongs to Jesus Your Son
You have placed in me, in my new heart

All of Jesus’ sacrifice
All of the works of His powerful life
All of His resurrection power
You have given to me – what amazing love!

Your Holy Spirit, Your Presence in power
You have joined to my spirit as one forever
You’ve sealed me as Your holy child
So that in my life Your glory shines out

I praise and thank You Papa God
For You have made my body Your temple
Your holy dwelling place
You have filled me with Your glory
The fullness of Your love and grace

Remember Your Covenant

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed… the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.” Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11 NLT

As Jesus was beaten
Tormented and abused
Cruelly crucified
And entered the grave
It was our weaknesses He carried
Our frailties and sorrows
Our sins and suffering
That weighed Him down

Remember Your Covenant with Jesus O Lord!
Give Him the victory He so dearly paid for!

His head was pierced by thorns
His back torn by the whip
His hands and feet nailed to the cross
His side pierced by the spear
All for our rebellion
Crushed for all our sin
The punishment that should’ve been ours
Fell in our stead, on Him

Remember Your Covenant with Jesus O Lord!
Give Him the victory He so dearly paid for!

When He was beaten
At the hands of the guards
Because He was whipped
Till He could not be recognised
It was for the joy
Of seeing us healed and whole
This was to be His Glory
As His kingdom unfolds

Remember Your Covenant with Jesus O Lord!
Give Him the victory He so dearly paid for!

Because of His offering for sin
Paid on our behalf
Because He went to the grave
And rose again to new life
He made the way
For us all to be God’s child
To be His descendants
Live forever in His Life

Remember Your Covenant with Jesus O Lord!
Give Him the victory He so dearly paid for!

It is Your good plan O God
That we should all be righteous
Not because of what we’ve done
But because of His sacrifice
Give Jesus satisfaction
Prosper all that is in His hands
Give Him joy for all His sorrows
As His Kingdom lives in us.

Remember Your Covenant with Jesus O Lord!
Give Him the victory He so dearly paid for!

Faith

““My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me— we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!” Galatians 2:20 TPT

Jesus had the faith
To be water baptised
Even though to others
It seemed superfluous
But it confirmed His standing
As God’s Beloved Son

Jesus had the faith
To go into the desert
And stay true to God
Through hunger and temptation
And reject the lies
That were satan’s deception

Jesus had the faith
To turn water into wine
And use one child’s lunch
To feed five thousand
For He knew how to call
On God’s abundant provision

Jesus had the faith
To heal the sick
And raise the dead
To life once again
For He knew how to draw on
God’s heavenly kingdom

Jesus had the faith
To calm violent storms
And cast out demons
From the most possessed ones
For He knew His authority
As one of God’s Sons

Jesus had the faith
To free sinners from sin
To announce their forgiveness
Bring them home to God again
For He lived God’s love
As God’s Spirit filled Him

Jesus had the faith
To reject faithless religion
The reliance on rules
And performance restriction
For He knew God’s love
And His power to bring freedom

Jesus had the faith
To bear our accusations
To take on our guilt
To receive our beating
For He knew by His stripes
He could bring us healing

Jesus had the faith
To die our death in the cross
To take the full burden
Of our separation from God
For the joy of seeing
Us made into His siblings

Jesus had the faith
To rise from the dead
And take up His place
As King by God’s side
To rule heaven and earth
With God’s law of love

Jesus had the faith
To become One with us
To share all His power
And all that He is
To make us God’s children
His co-rulers and co-heirs

It’s His faith that I draw on
Through trials and temptations
To stay true to God
In all situations
Empowered by God’s grace
And filled with His Spirit

It’s His faith that I draw on
To live Him each day
To live His kingdom’s rule
To embrace His love’s way
To know I’m by God’s side
Each and every day

God’s Holy People

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 1:1 NLT

What is it like Lord
To be your holy people?
Please give me vision to see
How it can include me

God:
My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

The stain of sin does not touch them
They’re as pure as fresh fallen snow
For Jesus’ blood keeps them clean
By His blood they have overcome

Their old, sinful self is dead and buried
Crucified with Christ on the cross
They live now as My Sons and daughters
Full of Jesus’s resurrection power

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

They have no interest in earthly glory
They leave behind earthly power
Money and possessions have no hold on them
For all they need I provide

They live in the joy of serving
To see others made whole and alive
To bring all in love to My Kingdom
To care for each person as My child

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

They give to all, My forgiveness
They give to all, My love
They bring healing and restoration
My salvation’s rule

They seek to restore this planet
So it can grow and thrive
Providing a home and food
For all that is alive

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

In this world they’ll be crushed and broken
Some even martyred and died
Rejected, abused and slandered
Because of the love they bear for my Son

But nothing will stop them from loving
No one can take them from My arms
Together we’ll live Jesus’ victory
For Jesus this world, has overcome

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

Our Only Hope

About 2000 years ago
A man named Jesus
Was condemned by the crowd
As one guilty of a great crime
Though He was innocent
Completely without sin
He was beaten mercilessly
Till He was unrecognisable
And then cruelly crucified
As though He was a criminal

Yet Jesus had great power
Which He had demonstrated daily
He could’ve simply walked away
And no one could’ve stopped Him
He could’ve called on angel armies
To overthrow all His accusers
Build His own earthly kingdom
With His disciple followers
So why did Jesus choose
The cross on that day?

Though He was sinless
Jesus was fully human
He’d been tried and tempted
Lived under sin’s dominion
He knew the suffering
The hurts of this world
And his words and actions
Showed his desire to free us
To release us from all sin
To live as God’s children

Jesus used His great authority
And all His heavenly power
Not to take control of us
Or command us in that hour
But serve us as a scapegoat
Be our sacrificial lamb
Pay for our sin with his blood
Die our death to man and God
All the punishment we deserved
Jesus took on Him in our stead

For Jesus knew the only way
We could be freed from sin’s sway
Was for us to be re-born
Remade as true sons of God
New hearts, new spirits
Full of his love and grace
Set apart as holy ones
Living His righteousness
Joined to His Holy Spirit
With Him made One

So when Jesus was resurrected
As King over all by God appointed
He used his power and authority
To make his death and resurrection ours for free
All that He is, He has given to us
So we can live as God’s true sons
Remade, reborn in His image
Filled with His powerful spirit
Not because we’ve earned this gift
But through Jesus righteous merit

Now we who are His, can live like Him
In the power of His resurrection
Filling this world with His love, joy and peace
Bringing in healing and freedom from sin
Revealing Jesus in all that we do
Loving our enemies and forgiving them too
Raising up the poor and the broken
Regardless of religion or political persuasion
Releasing to all the freedom of God’s justice
Treating all as God sons for whom Jesus paid the price

You see Jesus is our only salvation
The only true hope for our planet and nations
For no law or rule no matter how good
Can break sin’s curse so we can live in love
Laws and regulations can make us pay
When we’ve done wrong or gone astray
But they’re powerless to heal our hearts
Or break sin’s hold on our minds
Only Jesus death and resurrection
Can give us all heavenly life everlasting

Ephesians 1:19-20 fourth meditation

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!” Ephesians 1:19-20

Your power is like a river Papa God
Flowing full and strong
It fills me to overflowing
With the glory of Your Son

It cleanses me from all sin
Washes it all right away
Filling me with Jesus righteousness
His glory filling my days

It releases me from my old self
From death and sin’s decay
Filling me with Jesus resurrection life
His glory to display

It washed away my old heart
That was stony, dead and cold
Giving me a new tender, living heart
That rejoices in Your law of love

It washed away my broken spirit
Torn and battered by sin
And filled me with a new living spirit
With life for eternity

The holiness which Jesus has
That makes Him just like You
Flows into me, transforming
Making me holy too

All my darkness, sorrow and fears
Are swept away in Your Presence
Your joy and hope and love and peace
Flow in and through me with Your essence

Whenever sickness haunts my days
I am cleansed in the power of Your embrace
Restored and reviewed to live again
Jesus glory to display

The river of your power
Comes through Your Spirit in me
For You joined Your Spirit to mine
So we could be one eternally

This river of Your power
Raises me to Your side
To reign at Your right hand with Jesus
As His eternal bride