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Our Father is confident that He is able to complete the work He has begun inside of us. He is so confident in fact that He says the work IS ALREADY COMPLETED.

He is not at all concerned about my salvation for that is already taken care of. What matters to Him is winning the rest of humanity to Jesus. I matter to Him.. don’t get me wrong. We matter to our Father.

But Jesus showed the priorities of the Father’s heart when He said…
Matt 18:12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
The one “straying” and the one that might “perish” are on the Father’s mind.

It really should say “should be perishing”–perishing is a present tense condition we can experience whenever we are not found inside of Jesus in our deep mind.

Now in the mind of the majority of believers in the church today…since about 500A.D…to perish means to go to Hell when you die. Thus the one going astray is also seen to be on their way to Hell Fire.

Yet before Augustine and the Nicene Council the majority of Christians did not hold this view.

I do not want to spend time on that issue here but only want to speak about those perishing now. If you are going astray from the 99 sheep in the Shepherd’s care you are perishing NOW.

There is also a personal perishing that can be happening to us as individuals. Let me explain.

Unless we are ABIDING inside of Jesus Christ –resting completely in Him–we will be experiencing PERISHING. It is a state of UNREST.

To perish is to be LOST.

Think of the Prodigal son story. He went out away from the Father and his home. He found himself out of money having to feed pigs and eat pig food to survive UNTIL HE CAME TO HIS SENSES.

He returned to His Father.

This paints the picture of leaving the place of REST…and experiencing PERISHING.

Then returning to REST and experiencing being FOUND or SALVATION.

If all of us are in a state of UNREST –that is we are all striving to please God by our own efforts…then AS A GROUP WE ARE EXPERIENCING PERISHING OR LOSTNESS.

But if 99% are RESTING INSIDE Jesus and the there be one sheep which is NOT RESTING in Him..

..that one sheep will sooner or later LEAVE THE 99 because he is RESTLESS. As the song goes–

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”.

Salvation is not something after you die. Jesus said :
Jn 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent
Knowing the Father and Jesus Whom the Father has sent into your heart– begins NOW. He was not referring to after you die…BUT NOW.

To know the Father is life unfolding.

In order to know Father through Jesus we must ABIDE in Jesus just as He abides in the Father. To abide or rest inside Another requires that we stop trying to go it alone.

We stop trying to bear fruit. We stop trying to figure everything out….

I mean if you are in a car do you push your two feet through the floor so that you can push the car along with the strength of your legs…

God is able to carry us without our own strength and power being added. It is HIS SALVATION…

In fact Jesus – Yeshua is God’s Salvation – there is no other–that is why we rest inside Him.

Psalm 62:7
In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.

2 Behold, God is my salvation,(Yeshua)
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’(Yeshua) ”

3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation (Yeshua)

To not rest inside Jesus NOW is to be in a state of PERISHING or Lostness.

If you could imagine 50 cars at the starting line of a race with engine roaring…and one of those cars was the Flintstone car above with feet protruding to the ground.. it would be laughable.

 

Yet that is what it is like when we do not rest in Jesus and allow

Him to completely carry us daily. We must add our own strength…and lose in the process just like the Prodigal son lost all.

This is necessary for us to finally come to the place where we will SURRENDER to God’s provided WAY and rest inside Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
God uses us who are inside of Him to bring and draw those ones going astray from rest inside of Jesus. He does that through

preaching and teaching of course BUT ALSO via a much deeper powerful method!!

Intercession goes deeper than mere word prayers. Because God has made us ONE with Himself inside of Jesus NOW inside

of our hearts – He uses us via our spirit connection with each other to war and travail for each other.

For instance when you have someone in your family or anyone you are connected with that is going astray and in a state of

perishing/Lostness the Lord will allow you to begin to experience that same thing in your soul. As you continue in this travail,

you are carrying that other person in your own soul and you together with Jesus in your spirit OVERCOME that thing which

keeps them in the LOST condition. They are HELPED by you and Jesus together as ONE carrying their load and heavy burden.

You and Jesus resolve their issue within your shared Spirit together. You may feel that you are going through a hard time and are perishing yourself….but do not fear–YOU ARE NOT PERISHING!! It is someone

else that the Lord is laying upon you(and Jesus)knowing that together you and Jesus will overcome what they cannot on their own.

And that is the point!! You and Jesus are one. The one perishing however, is viewing themselves as being alone, separate from Jesus, trying hard to go on…but unable to. The truth is NO ONE IS ALONE OR SEPARATE.
You are either joined as one with Jesus or joined as one with some other spirit entity.
Therefore no one is alone or separate from ANOTHER LIFE in them that they are joined to for strength. Paul spells this principle out in Ephesians 2.

2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

A more literal rendering of this says…
2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the cosmos of this age, according to the sources and influences of the authority of the air, the spirit now energeoing inside the sons of wilful unbelief, that is, the sons of refusal,

3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the desires of the flesh, doing the wishes of the flesh and of its thinking; and were by nature children of angry opposition, just as the others. JSV

A nature that is in angry opposition to God is a nature that is springing forth from the prince of the air…which is Satan.

He is puffed up with pride and will not submit or surrender to Jesus. The one who is like that is perishing and going astray. They need to be brought back into union with Jesus. Or they may never have come into this union…God intercedes for them THROUGH US if we are willing for Him to do so.

At times it seems like it is all about us…and that we have backslidden from God. But no….God is laying upon us their condition so that through our intermediary action….or our intercession together with Jesus inside us…BRINGS THEM THROUGH to their right mind – where they come to their senses and return to the Father – where He clothes them in righteous garments and puts His seal upon them.

Going our own way is a deep trait.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

In reality there is NO SUCH THING AS his OWN WAY. There is only God’s Way- which is abide as one within Jesus – or be opposed to God by trying to please Him without resting inside Jesus. If we are not resting inside Jesus we are aligning ourselves with that Prince of the Air who OPPOSES (literally- Satan) God.Thus God resists the proud who imagine that they are on their own, responsible to please God by good works. So God resists the “good person” until they learn through many trials that they in themselves are NOT GOOD AT ALL….And realise that they have been OPPOSING GOD by refusing His WAY.

This especially applies to Christians!!

Just because you got born again and name His name does NOT MEAN YOU ARE ABIDING INSIDE HIM in your deep mind. Sure…You have not refused God’s Way–Jesus…but you have received Him. But HAVE YOU seen that you died and NO LONGER LIVE…BUT THAT IT IS CHRIST JESUS LIVING AS YOU NOW?? The life you now live in your mortal body IS CHRIST JESUS LIVING with and as and in you. This is the mystery given to Paul. Gal 2:16-20

Paul had to learn that all his righteousness was as DUNG before God.

When Paul was brought to see Christ living in him then he gladly let go of trying to please God by works.

This has been my own roller coaster experience for years and years now.

Christ being formed in us so that we view Him as ONE with ourselves TOTALLY PLEASING TO FATHER is only grasped by faith. And the Holy Spirit in incredible patience and love bears with us until we get it.

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