Live with The Body in the Garden

Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And you honor Christ by yielding to one another. (Ephesians 5:20-21 TPT)

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Adam lived in paradise. He spent his days cultivating the Garden, naming the creatures, and laughing and learning from his Father. Then one day, the Father introduced him to his female counterpart.

Now, his wife lived with him in the Garden in unity. Here, they cultivated the Garden together and they would laugh and talk to God.

Outside of the Garden’s gates, a shining being stood unable to gain access directly. He shone brighter than any creature in the Garden. The wife and Adam wondered who he was. Out of curiosity, they talked to him from the edge, asking him questions of his identity.

He explained that he was like an angel but more enlightened. Because he had discovered truth to free himself from God’s servitude. They didn’t understand that concept, so he explained that angels don’t roam freely but only go where God tells them. And they only do what God instructs them to do. It’s not that they can’t, but God threatens them with punishment if they disobey.

But he liberated himself (and others followed), so he’s the enlightened one.

He’d share only bits and pieces before disappearing, but then he’d show up at different times. He was strange. For he’d only talk in hushed tones, often using incomplete sentences, and many times eluding their questions. He always concluded their talks with telling them they weren’t enlightened enough to understand completely.

Finally, when Adam and his wife insisted they could be enlightened, the creature said that by letting him into the Garden, he’d show them the key. They didn’t feel like they should since Father informed them to not allow anyone inside. But this being looked so glorious and spoke such enigmas, their curiosity extended beyond obedience.

They let him in. Then he led them to the tree. Here, he told the wife that by eating this particular fruit, they’d gain enlightenment and be free.

But they’ll die if they touch it, said the wife.

No, God lied to you. When you eat this fruit, you’ll be like God. See, how I’m free.

The woman ate then seeing she didn’t collapse and die, Adam took a bite.

But what was this strange sensation in his body? His mind? His soul? He felt worse as though suddenly this world would collapse and he’d die. Why did he want to hide from his wife? From God?

Why did he feel like God no longer cared about him? God no longer loved him? This is not enlightenment, but a slow death!

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Adam and Eve became separated from God. They were enticed by a lie about their identity. “Eat this and you’ll be like God.”

But the problem was… they already were. But Satan used the trick of “missing out” and gaining “enlightenment” to entice them to eat the forbidden fruit.

  • “God’s keeping something from you.” “
  •  He’s not enough to sustain you.”
  • “You need something else to be complete.”

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Satan knew the only way to separate mankind from God is through telling them that He’s not enough. So, they needed him as their deliverer to show them truth. Satan’s ultimate motive? To enslave mankind, so he could become our god. But he had to hide his motives behind enticing lies.

He does the same today– even to believers!

Why?

Like Adam, we are a threat to his existence. God is raising us up to subdue what Satan wanted to conquer. And we’re a living being that’s born from God’s loins. We are glorified in a higher place than Satan ever was when he was serving in heaven.

So, he tries to keep us from the truth of who we really are. Once we walk in the fulness of our sonship, we can co-labor with God and rescue the lost from the throes of Satan and his kingdom.

But this domination can only come as we unite as the Body under Christ’s leadership.

This unity looks like interdependence where each member finds worth, identity, and unconditional love through the Godhead. God fulfills and satisfies.

Thus, we don’t get seduced by a particular member wanting to be our god. (Why cults attract certain people.) We don’t get lost when someone falls away (church split). We don’t hide when our weaknesses are displayed to the members (isolation).

For I too sought to find my identity in others especially “strong” leaders who displayed God’s power and leadership in ministry. I gravitated to them because I longed to find acceptance through them. They seemed to have what I lacked.

But I was deceived thinking that someone other than God would define me. When they praised me, I felt valued. When they criticized me, I felt like a sinner.

So my interaction with the Body was unhealthy. I couldn’t gain traction with anyone — including healthy members. I either didn’t trust them because I couldn’t gain a foothold in their lives, or I felt unworthy to be their friend.

As God in his infinite patience and goodness walked me through healing where I am seeing my identity and worth in him. I’m becoming transformed by truth.

And I’m seeing (and still walking this out) that no one can define me– neither their praises or their criticisms can alter my view of myself as his daughter. And I can do life with the members because I won’t overstep who they are or use them to define myself.

What happens when we don’t need others to make us feel worthy? We reach out because we love them and want to be Christ to one another. And through their vision of us and understanding of who we are, we call out the Christ in each other. Stunning.

Then we will be strong enough to not allow the seducer into our “Garden”. We won’t eat the forbidden fruit of false religion that tries to separate us from Christ’s leadership.

“And then our immaturity will end! And we will not be easily shaken by trouble, nor led astray by novel teachings or by the false doctrines of deceives who teach clever lies that sound like the truth — only to pull us into their “flock”. But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the Anointed Head of his body, the Church.” (Ephesians 4:14-15 TPT)

How gracious is God! He unites us under Christ who already trounced the Devil out of his seat of authority. And he’s strengthening us so as a Body, we lead our lost family members to the Father.

What has joining to the Body under Christ look like to you? Any lessons you’ve learned about yourself in this process? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

 

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