Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Worship: Back to Eden

Now if you're really a literal person, you recognize this song as not quite Biblically correct. We in fact will never return to Eden. Original sin fated we believers to miss out on that fabulous opportunity for eternity.

But, you have to admit that the sentiment behind this song is right on. We take on so much stuff mentally, spiritually, and even physically that, if we believe we're living under grace, we truly don't have to take on.

Scripture tells us, in Romans 4:13-15 (NIV),
It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless, because law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Think of "law" as "limitations", the things that get in your way and block your kingdom mindset. Where there are no limitations, i.e nothing blocking you, then what is the problem? What's stopping you?

The 16th verse goes on to say,
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham.
Which is to say that we who are of the faith of Abraham are also heirs to the promise by faith and by grace.

If you are an heir to a vast fortune, and that fortune is available to you now, why choose to live as though you have nothing, as though you must fight and claw for every blessing that comes your way?

Blessings come not by what you do, but by your belief in God's promise.

Granted, we do have to work to eat and survive (there are other Scriptures aboutthat). But again, we're talking a mindset here, one that either strangles your faith or causes it to blossom and be fruitful (not talking prosperity gospel here, either). That fruitful mindset is what Donald Lawrence is singing about.

Back to Eden had to grow on me, but now that it has, it's one of my favorites on the CD, and here's a live performance featuring Blanche McAllister:

What keeps you from living "on top of the world"?

Peace & Blessings,

1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Well, that old enemy insecurity tries to creep in.

If I'm in the Word and prayer,
I can usually recognize him and use the armor of God to fend him off.

Saw this blog at another blog and hope you visit mine soon!