Relationally speaking, we all desire Eden, don’t we?! There is an eternal place in our heart that pines for the perfections of God’s original intent for mankind in the garden: that condition of living and loving from hearts in full bloom; continually experiencing the perfections of unbroken family — warm, unconditional, loving connection – in the care and comfort of our perfect Heavenly Father’s love.
The reality is, this side of heaven, we all encounter the tragic results of the fall: varying degrees and personal experiences of fractured relationships, broken dreams, disappointments, and things that rend our hearts.
What do we do, when all our attempts to mend a particular relationship, or share the good news of the gospel, end in futility? …when our best attempts to repair a relationship are spurned?
We go to our Source. We go to Father God for comfort.
I don’t know about you, but when I experience relational breakdown, (even despite full cooperation with God in attempts to resolve issues), and yet have been unsuccessful… the enemy often whispers and hisses lies of hopelessness.
Whereas, God, the lover of our souls, says – “Come to ME, all you who are weary, and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28) “I will refresh and restore your soul.” (Psalm 23:3)
Papa God reminds me, that He has given all human beings the gift of free will. Despite our best and most loving attempts, it is impossible to make all of our relationships an “Eden” right now – i.e. perfect, as in God’s original design, before sin entered the world – a relational experience of continual, unconditional acceptance and love.
Does this mean we are to lose hope and give up? No way! Anything but!!!
I hear Heavenly Papa saying, “instead of looking upon the brokenness of humanity in your relationships as a ‘mirror’, and thus, you feel broken and tempted toward discouragement and despair — instead, LOOK UPON ME to tell you who you are, and to restore you with My comfort and HOPE.”
In gentle heart whispers, I hear Father God say, “honey, this side of heaven, there will always be various levels of pain and brokenness, but keep beholding ME, and I will make you My ambassador of LOVE in this world!”
2 Corinthians 3:18 (amplified version) says it this way:
“And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from one degree of glory to even more glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit.”
Dear beloved one reading this, don’t look to the broken or distorted “carnival mirrors” of others to tell you who you are, or to be your reference point for relationships! Look upon the God who is altogether brilliant and beautiful. The One Who created you in His image… the One Who IS love. Behold HIM and be changed more and more into His perfections – in order to become His missionary of LOVE to a lost and hurting world.
What God spoke to my heart next, brought such a wave of joy and encouragement. I heard His gentle voice say: “My precious daughter, you have a perfect heavenly family right now! Jesus has given you a new, heavenly bloodline. There really IS an ‘Eden’. Set your mind on this eternal reality, and allow it to lift your heart, and spur you on with encouragement, perseverance, and hope!”
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Ephesians 1:3 – 5
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
John 14:2-3 – (Jesus is speaking) “My Father’s home has many rooms…. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together.”
God went on to tell me:
“You have the Godhead, the holy angels, the great cloud of witnesses, and loved ones who have gone on before, who love you perfectly right now. We are “for” you, completely! You have an eternal and perfect family in Christ, who is awaiting your arrival. Through Christ, you have been born into a spiritual family, and given a spiritual bloodline that is holy, perfect and complete. In the meantime, be at rest in the midst of this broken ‘in between’ place – this space in time before My Son’s second return. Simply make it your aim to love others. Pray for others. But let go – knowing I alone can “fix” and repair brokenness, as you and others choose to open your hearts to My healing love. There is coming a day when ALL will be made right. In the meantime, abide and continually find your REST in Me, Your perfect heavenly Papa, in Jesus Christ My Son, and in the Holy Spirit Who has made His permanent home in your heart! Keep spreading the fragrance of Christ wherever you go. Keep planting My seeds of love. You cannot control the condition of other’s heart soil (whether dry, rocky, hard, or good)… but you CAN choose to keep spreading the seeds of love, knowing that I am the ultimate Gardener of hearts.”
Dear beloved, I pray your heart is encouraged to not lose hope, despite the brokenness in the world. You can be filled to overflowing with the Father’s love. His love is a fountain that never runs dry! We have the privilege, through His Spirit, to offer a cold cup of His living water to other parched and hurting souls! Christ gave us His brilliant life-example to follow, and His Spirit lives within us to empower us. When we stand on heaven’s shores, we will exclaim: “for the sake of the Son, and for His glory, it truly WAS all worth it!” Christ Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and we will live with Him and the family of God in the bliss of perfect love, forever.
Dear one reading this, will you allow me to pray over you the very same prayer which Apostle Paul expressed so eloquently in the book of Ephesians? I invite you to read the below prayer with expectancy! Take to heart God’s promises, in that He “watches over His Word to perform it” (Jer. 1:12)… The words in the below scripture are literally “LIVING and active, penetrating between soul and spirit…” (Hebrews 4:12)… His words are spirit and life (John 6:63), and are incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23) which will yield promised fruit as you stay connected, believing, and abiding in God (John 15:4-5)
Prayer From Ephesians 3:14-21, released in love and faith over you:
“I bow my knees before the Father…from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit indwelling your innermost being and personality….May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, That you may have the power and be strong to grasp with all God’s devoted people, the experience of that love, what is the breadth and length and height and depth of it;That you may really come to know through practical experience the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience; so that you may be filled through all your being unto the richest measure of God’s divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!Now to Him Who, by His power at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do…far over and above all that we dare ask or think – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams—To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen”
One final benediction:
I bless you, and love you, dear brother or sister in Christ reading this right now. We are true family, inseparably and eternally united by the blood of Christ! I appreciate your place in the Body of Christ. You are irreplaceable and highly valued. And we are all children, loved by our true and perfect heavenly Father! We ARE the family of God!
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