Jesus spoke a lot of faith-words over His followers, but what did He do after He had spoken? He sat down beside His Father, that is, He rested watching His Father fulfilling every one of those words He spoke. God operates on the “It is finished” or “It is done” level in faith concerning every word of His Jesus spoke, but then we face a peculiar passage in the Bible that says: “In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him” (Hebr 2:8). So we see that even though the Father and the Son live on the done level there still are things that yet are not materialized in the visible. This is our reality as well before the manifestation comes, but God calls us to take that same position of rest from the High Places as Jesus after we have spoken our words watching Him fulfilling those words we have spoken in faith.
The epistle to the Hebrews is an amazing letter in so many ways. It is full of contrasts and the author paints images in black and white portraying different realities man can enter, but after having offered us an image that causes us to shrink he utters some powerful faith words that turn everything. To name a few: “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (10:39). “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (11:40). By following his example we also can speak powerful and efficient faith words over those God has called us to stand in the gap for, that is, seeing that gap in their consciousness being closed.
Jesus makes some amazing faith statements which we can apply, but every “ask whatever you want and you will have it” doesn’t belong to the false self, the trying-self, the self that is exposed in Romans 7. The promise belongs to the self that by faith sees itself in union with the Self, that is, our true Self. This is the self that has seen the Son being revealed inside. It is the self that sees no separation. This self can pray and ask for whatever it desires with boldness since it knows that it is a conduit for God’s voice and desires. Abraham didn’t utter any words of faith before Isaac. His false trying-self or self-effort-self also had to be exposed (Ismael) for what it is, that is, a delusion – something that is not real and which have no substance. It is the “new” Abraham who utters those famous words: “I and the lad will return!”
By the Spirit’s mighty work in us He will press us out of our measure and into God’s and this involves another faith leap in which we acknowledge God in all our ways. He is our thoughts, our desires, our emotions, yeah, everything. I believe this is the rest the author of the letter to the Hebrews is talking about. I find only true rest to be myself in all things in such a confession. When we come to this point we recognize that the gap in our consciousness is more or less closed. God becomes huge in us. Like never before we see the difference between that false Romans 7 self and the new self which is God’s Self. The first one is a delusion – the second one is substance.
I sometimes feel so intrigued by the plainness of those Jesus encountered. One day Jesus asks a man: “What do you want?” This man’s most pressing need was to get healed and that was revealed in his reply to Jesus. He didn’t say: “I want to be an intercessor who stands in the gap and who saves the world by my words of faith!” On the contrary. He was a simple man with a most “selfish” need, but Jesus didn’t brush him aside or rebuke him for his plainness. In other words Jesus cares for us on a level that is beyond lofty spirituality. He meets us with compassion wherever we are. This brief encounter also testifies to how Jesus is interested in persons and every detail of their lives. He is not a remote brother. He is near. What do you want? Trust that your want is God’s want and say your word!
“Inner-recognition of Christ living His Life in us as us IS the faith of Christ we exercise, and participate in with Him” (Nancy Gilmore).