What’s most significant to me about the current move of God is that He’s transitioning us from knowing His works to knowing His ways. I’ve talked a lot in the past about how we’re leaving the transactional gospel for a relational one. And when we do make this transition, everything changes—our prayers, our worship, and our lives. We longer treat God like an ATM machine, or even see ourselves by what we do for God, but by what He’s doing in and through us as we walk with Him. In the three realms (refer to post “Introduction to the three realms” for explanation), both the lower two realms are focused on the works of God. In the highest, heavenly realm, the focus is on knowing His ways.
Moses climbed the mountain to meet with God and not only knew His works but also knew His ways. The people who wished to stay behind only knew God’s works, and they never learned to walk in God’s rest. Here’s the sad commentary from Psalm 95:
9 When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
10 For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” (Psalm 95:9-11 NKJV*)
This is also what the writer of Hebrews is telling us. If we want to enter into the rest of God, we must learn His ways. But this is not possible with a transactional view. We also see from this that not even seeing or doing miracles necessarily means you’ve entered into this rest of God.
In the lowest, earthly realm, we might see the works of God. In the second realm, or supernatural realm, we do the works of God: the focus on miracles, healing, and trying to figure out how to do the “stuff.” But in the highest, heavenly realm, the focus is on knowing His ways.
Living from heaven to earth always starts and ends with God. It’s never based on needs, learning how to get prayers answered, or even about ministry. Every problem we face here on earth is seen as an opportunity to deepen the relationship in heaven.
Prayer becomes communing with and learning the Father’s heart, and the fruit of this relational exchange is that we’re a little more like Christ in our experience.
This is how God fathers us in all things. This is how our souls are trained to walk in rest.
And from this place of rest, God determines what we need, what we’re to learn, what we’re to do, and He makes provision for all of it.
It must be emphasized here that this is the very opposite of doing things from a transactional understanding of God, even our trying to enter into the rest in God with this paradigm. We’ll still be praying prayers that have already been answered and trying to attain things we’ve already been given as a free gift.
Listen with an open heart to what Jesus is telling us here:
32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:32-34 NKJV*)
So, what is Jesus telling us? He’s saying to let go of our need for earthly security as our source, and learn how to find it from Him, for ALL of heaven’s resources have already been given to us!
Whatever we need is found in the relationship, God will provide everything.
This sounds strange and scary to people who have a transactional view of God! It did to the children in the wilderness, too.
The truth is, it locates our heart.
We also cannot live this way if we’re living from the first two realms. Because it’s more than just saying we believe it, and you can’t hype your faith up enough to make it work. Only by total surrender, learning to live in the heavenly realm (rather poorly at first!), can our hearts be transformed so that as we learn God’s ways, we’re also learning to trust Him in all things.
If you’ve been troubled by these things lately, it’s probably because this is what God is doing in you right now! The good news is, if we have ears to hear and a heart to surrender, it will be a breathtakingly wondrous (and scary) adventure in His love that we never dreamed possible before. And you’ll never want to go back to the transactional way again.
One last consideration: Jesus was serious when He said the following. Let’s just believe it!
7 But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. 8 When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!
9 “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. 10 If you keep my commands, you will live in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands, for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love. 11 My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness! (John 15:7-11 TPT*)