Series Four Released!

Series Four | Presence and Glory I am thrilled to say that Series Four is now available. In Series Four we focus on the presence of God and learn some practical keys to experiencing His presence in a consistent and ongoing way. We then look at how God calls us to actually live in His presence all the time by taking the conscious sense of His presence into our daily lives. When we abide in God’s presence, we can begin to easily minister to other people in His love and release His grace and power. In many ways, the material in Series Four reflects the lessons that God has taught me as I have sought His presence. The experiences that I’ve had in the presence of God have been awesome beyond description. At times His love has overwhelmed me. At other times, His compassion has left me completely undone. Jesus is so much greater than we could possibly comprehend. Psalm 113 says that He is so awesome that He has to humble Himself just to look upon the universe. So any attempt on our part to imagine the glory and love of God will fall short. However, when we come into His presence we get to experience the love that our minds simply cannot comprehend. In His presence we get to know the unfathomable love of Christ (Ephesians 3). Through actual experience, we come to understand David’s heart when he wrote that his one request was to dwell in the presence of God and behold His beauty for all the days of his life. The presence of God is the place where we can taste the addictive reality of the love of Jesus Christ. The time we spend in His presence can be so transforming, fulfilling and life-defining that I find it hard to believe that I spent so long ignoring the presence of God that was always with me. My heart and prayer is that God would confirm the words of these studies and draw you into His awesome presence, over and over. May His presence become your home. May it be your life and your lifestyle. Like the previous books, it has again been a long journey to getting this completed. I would like to thank all those people who have been in touch regarding Series Four for their kind emails and patience. May you be richly blessed. As always, please feel free to contact me with any feedback you may have about the studies. I’d love to hear from you. Blessings, Geoff     Get Series Four Paperback: Amazon PDF: Download here ePUB: Smashwords Nook: Barnes & Noble Kindle: Amazon.com  ...

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One with Christ Studies

1 Corinthians 2:9 Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. In Jesus we have an inheritance that surpasses our understanding. The depths of Christ’s love, presence, nature and life are ours to experience. He has freely given us His Spirit and all the qualities that flow from His life: He has given us His love, joy, peace, healing, wisdom and more. But how do we experience the reality of what we have been given? How do we connect with God and know His power and love in a real and tangible way? The One with Christ studies have been written to answer some of these questions. The purpose of the studies is to give keys to entering into the reality of our inheritance in God. As such, our focus is on matching a firm understanding of the truth in Scripture with spiritual experience and transformation. So do we want to experience more of God? Are we hungry for change? One with Christ The One with Christ studies are a series of Bible studies that can be done individually or in groups. So why call the series ‘One with Christ’? 1 Corinthians 6:17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. The term One with Christ comes from this Scripture. When we join ourselves to the Lord, we become one spirit with Him. It is a promise of God that when we connect ourselves deeply and intimately with Him, we will become one spirit with Him. It is certainly one of the mysteries of God, but a promise and a reality nonetheless. We can become one with Christ. Thus our transformation comes as we experience a greater spiritual connection and unity with Jesus. So if you want to draw closer to God and explore the idea of joining yourself to Jesus, then download the studies for free and have a read. If you want just a taste, then have a read of the first couple of studies online. If the first few studies don’t seem to help, then leave them. Find something else that does help you grow spiritually. If God wants to use the studies, then He will bring you back to them. Simply feel free to go where you sense most life and growth. The Spiritual Plan The first few studies of Series One lay a foundation of reality. The following studies look at our inheritance in Christ and how we can go deeper into the life that He has for us. The focus then moves on to faith and experience. Series Two continues on with growing deeper into Jesus and discovering some of the spiritual dimensions to life and the word of God. It then focuses more on actually starting to join ourselves to Jesus and becoming one with Christ. Series One of the studies covers: Truth and Reality Spirit and Word Power of the Living Word Our Inheritance Faith Desire Spiritual Growth and Maturity Series Two covers: Spiritual Realities Revelation Unfolding the Word The Passover The Flesh and Blood of Christ The Cross The Tabernacle If you have any questions about the studies, feel free to contact us or go to our forums. We are active in the forums and can bounce some ideas around with you and others. All the best for your spiritual life in Christ. May you enter into every blessing in Jesus and know Him as your love and reality. Quick Questions Why...

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Series Three Released

Series Three | Spirit and Water I am pleased to say that Series Three is finally released. It has been a long journey to getting this completed and so I would like to thank all those people who have been in touch regarding Series Three for their kind emails and patience. Series Three follows on from Series Two with a focus on developing a closer relationship with the Spirit of Jesus. It lays a foundation for greater spiritual growth with the goal that we might come to truly abide  in the presence of God. Series Three is available for download in the  formats below. Please note that the Smashwords ePub will work on Nook devices until Barnes and Noble release Series Three through their store. Please check back over the coming weeks for links to the paperback. Get Series Three PDF: Download here ePUB: Series Three at www.smashwords.com Nook: Will appear soon at Barnes & Noble Kindle: Series Two at amazon.com   Once again, thank you for your support. May God  bless you richly as you read these studies. Geoff Woodock...

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Predestined To..

On a few occasions in Scripture we find the word predestined. For some people this word is almost entirely overlooked throughout their spiritual lives. For others it is a word that shapes their spirituality and defines the way they view their salvation in God. So what does it mean to be predestined by God? How does predestination affect our spiritual life and our growth in God? Romans 8:28-31 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? In this passage we learn that those whom God foreknew He also predestined, called, justified and glorified. So if God foreknew and predestined us, does this mean that we were always destined for salvation? If so, does this mean that God also gives us the faith and desire to receive His salvation? If so, were we ever truly free to choose our salvation? Or is God orchestrating our every thought and action according to His master plan? A Spiritual Destiny Destiny The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future; the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate. A destination is the endpoint of a journey and so when we read the word predestined, we often tend to read it in terms of what happens after we die. Like the word destination, the word destiny conveys the sense of an ultimate and inescapable fate. So from this perspective, if our predestination is our spiritual destiny then it is not a possible outcome that may come to pass, but rather it is an inevitable end that we are compelled towards and must experience. So if God has predestined us to salvation then it is inevitable that we will receive eternal life with Him after we die. This means that nothing we do or fail to do can alter the outcome. If this is true then it also follows that God has predetermined all our choices towards receiving the grace of salvation. And if He makes our choices for us then it stands to reason that He is orchestrating all of our thoughts, motives and desires that shape the choices we make. This complete sovereign control of God over every aspect of life is the belief called determinism. In this determined sense of predestination we have no control over our choices or desires, but rather our will, along with every other aspect of our lives, is entirely scripted by God. So is God controlling every detail of our lives? Is that what the Scriptures imply when they speak of predestination? Proorizo Predestined: proorizo From pro, meaning before; and horizo meaning: to define, mark out the boundaries or limits (of any place or thing), to determine, appoint, decree or ordain. The Greek word for destiny or fate is the word moira and it is not used in Romans 8 or anywhere else in the Bible. Rather, the Greek word proorizo (pro-horizo) is used. The base-word horizo comes from the Greek word horio (meaning coast or border) and is the source of the English word horizon. The sense of horizon...

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Predesigned

This article continues on from the Predestined To article.   The Greek word proorizo speaks of being predesigned according to a defined plan more than it speaks of being predestined to a certain fate. Predestination is not a question of destiny but of identity. As God’s creation, we are predesigned with a definite purpose. So what is God’s design for our lives? In His Image Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predesigned to become conformed to the image of His Son… In the beginning, God created people in His image and according to His likeness. And His design has never changed. God has designed us to bear His image in the world. As such, we are not special just because we are designed by God; we are special because of the nature of our design. As an artist, God has created us as His self-portrait. He has designed us at our very core to be infused with His life and nature so that we may truly express His image in the world. And that sets us apart from all other creation. So from the beginning God designed us to be conformed to His image. But how do we know that being conformed to the image of Christ is a reality that we can experience in this life? How can we be sure that God’s design is not just a part of our future destiny in heaven?  2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (emphasis added) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. When the word proorizo is translated as predestined, it implies that our conformation into the image of Christ is a reality that we only experience in our future spiritual destiny. Yet here we see that we are being transformed into the image of Christ. Thus our transformation into His image is not just a part of our future destiny but rather it can be our present reality. The Holy Spirit can transform us now as we behold the glory of God. Therefore we do not need to wait for the future in order to experience our true design in God. From glory to glory, we can start being conformed to the image of Christ now. Conformed to His Image Image: eikon From 1503/eíkō, “be like” – properly, “mirror-like representation,” i.e. that which is very close in resemblance (like a “high-definition” projection, as defined by the context). Image (#1504) exactly reflects its source. For example, Christ is the very image (#1504 “supreme expression”) of the Godhead (see 2 Cor 4:4; Col 1:15). (HELPS Word-studies) Conformed: sýmmorphos Properly, conformed, by sharing the same inner essence-identity (form); showing similar behavior from having the same essential nature. (HELPS Word-studies) To be conformed to the image of Christ means that the very nature of Jesus is formed within us.[i] In an actual literal way, the nature of God is infused into our hearts and we are transformed from within. Through His love and grace our hearts are entirely renewed. It is only as we are transformed inwardly that we can begin to exactly reflect the image of Jesus outwardly. The fruit comes from the root and so in His design God looks beyond actions to the heart.[ii] He forms His nature in our hearts so...

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Growing in Christ

Growing in Christ is about deepening our relationship with God. In the natural realm we have many different relationships. We have friends, colleagues, spouses, children, mentors, teachers, students and so on. If we share a mutual desire to deepen a relationship with someone, then we invest more into the relationship. We put more time, energy and resources into that relationship, and we reap the reward of having a deeper relationship with that person. By investing more in the relationship we experience greater growth, connection, fulfilment and intimacy. The same is true for our spiritual relationship with God. If we know how to invest in our relationship with God, then we will find a greater sense of connection and intimacy with God. With this in mind, in this article we will briefly look at a few keys for individuals and groups to grow spiritually in God. Click the title of each section to read the full text. 1. Hear God John 18:37b “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. It is a promise of God that when we give ourselves to the truth, the Spirit of Jesus will speak to us. We will hear Him. The Holy Spirit is given to us as the voice of God. He wants to teach us how to hear Him and know His voice. We simply need to share His desire and learn how to listen. Then, as He speaks to us, we will know His voice and experience the growth that comes from clearly and consistently hearing God speak. Foster Faith Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the [spoken] word of Christ. Faith comes with hearing the voice of God. So as we hear His voice with greater clarity, we increase our capacity for faith. Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV emphasis added) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Through faith we access grace and experience reality. So as our faith grows, so does our spiritual experience. Thus to grow faster and deeper into Christ we need to start by seeking the Holy Spirit to bring greater clarity to the voice of Christ that we may know Him better and experience Him more. Like the widow seeking justice or the neighbour seeking bread, we need to persist and not give up. We need to seek God until we can hear His voice with confidence and know real faith. (See the Spoken Word study in Series One for more on hearing God). 2. Foster a Passion for both the Word and Spirit of God Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The living word of God is awesome and powerful. As we experience the living word of God, we receive His power to bring that word to pass in us. But how does the word come to life? John 6:63 “It is...

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