Living in Denial

At the culmination of Jesus’ ministry on earth, His staff denied him.  For 3 1/2 years, He performed countless miracles, brought forth astounding revelation, and gave His life for all who came in contact with Him.  But in the end, fear gripped His disciples and they distanced themselves from the SON of GOD.  We now look back at those disciples in disbelief.  How could they be walking with Jesus and deny Him?  Fear is at the root of denial.  The disciples feared for their lives if they were to rally around Jesus and actively defend Him.  It was necessary for Jesus to suffer alone for our sins so that there would be no mistake that HE died for our sins and no one else.  He knew that He would be denied and made that particular point with Peter.

Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with facts that are too uncomfortable to accept and rejects them instead, insisting that they are not true despite the overwhelming evidence.  Revelation is progressive and requires us to give up the “comfort” of our previous position that served us so well and take on a new and greater understanding of reality.  In the Old Testament, the children of Israel left Egypt and headed to the Promised Land.  They were warned not to build permanent dwellings in the wilderness.  Our Heavenly Father knew that if they built those dwellings, they would ultimately deny the blessing before them.  Today, there are those who would build their house on the banks of the Red Sea and focus their doctrine on salvation and deny themselves the blessing of greater revelation.

Then there are those who lack perseverance to travel through the wilderness all the way to the Promised Land.  That time of testing separates those who in the end will receive the greatest revelation from those who entered their comfort zone and set up permanent dwellings in the wilderness.  They settled for a life of existence over a life of progressive revelation and became lukewarm in their views.  The pews stayed warm but there hearts grew cold.

At the Cross, separation from Our Heavenly Father ended and it is now only any illusion promoted by man’s ego.  The veil which symbolically represented separation was ripped away:

Mat 27:51  Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

Mat 27:52  and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

Mat 27:53  and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

A power greater than death was released on earth when this separation ended- Love.  Love empowered the molecular structure of the bones and ashes of many saints to rise from the grave and minister to the local community.  The release of this Love was greater than the physical realm and its governing laws.  The ego would tell us that this did not really happen.  It is the same ego that told us the world was flat.

Love sits dormant among many of the brethren.  Their focus is on those things that will pass away rather than the one thing that will remain when all else is gone.  The time is now to pursue the revelation of Love and make the mind a servant of Love rather than the guiding force of your life.  Love defeated separation from Our Heavenly Father and all of the resources of Heaven and earth are awaiting those who command by Love rather than control by the mind and ego.  Love emptied the graves, split the veil, and caused the earth to quake.  Isn’t it time we made a difference and quit denying the power of Love within us?

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