Steadily increasing pressure, building steam, the
hiss and rattle of the knob the only release.
Turn the heat too high and there will be an explosion!
That seems an apt description of the situation where I found myself. At times, I was in the pot, hoping for a release of steam. At other times, I was turning up the heat!
Then there was the inevitable explosion!
Opening my eyes to the light of morning, I anticipated the usual cleanup. By that, I mean looking to God for His direction, strength, and comfort. After all, this wasn’t my first round; life is often like a pressure cooker. If you spend enough time in it, you have lots of practice.
God orchestrates things in our life for our greater good. In all the practice, I have grown. Every challenge required that I draw near to Him. Really, for all of us, either we turn to God or . . . I can’t imagine an ‘or’ with a good outcome.
Submitting to the process requires greater surrender. Think about your life, how many things you have learned through the process. How your relationship with God has developed. As good as all this is, that is not God’s desired end.
I expected the cleanup. I awoke instead to a revelation, pressure cooker revelation.
As my natural eyes opened, so did the eyes of my spirit. I saw Jesus Christ, as if suspended above me. I was instantly aware there would be no need of cleanup. There would be no need to work through the situation.
Everything resolved itself in Him! It was so amazing. I need not be concerned about anything. In fact, I could not be concerned, because there was nothing there! There was no debris on the walls or ceiling of my mind or emotions.
There was only the vision of the overcoming one, Jesus Christ. He has overcome and thus I had overcome it already, in Him.
Growing up into Christ
Think of all the scriptures that include in, with and through, Christ. This whole universe holds together in Him.
Consider what this means on a personal level.
Our transformation involves the renewing of our mind, our thinking!vi The revelation before me transformed my thinking. Upon seeing the overcoming Christ, I came into a whole new understanding of being in Christ.
Absorbed into Christ
The Apostle John stated that Christ must increase and John (we) must decrease. There are many other references in scripture in this regard. Think of – It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me.vii
I have recognized, on some level, that I am in Christ and He is in me. Nevertheless, I now saw an error in my thinking.
In the revelation, the error was clear. I had a belief that I had to reach up and bring into my life that which was of Christ. If I needed strength, wisdom, grace and the like, I had to apprehend it.
Seeing the overcoming Christ, I saw that
everything resolved itself in Him!
I am complete and everything is already resolved in Him. For lack of a better way to explain it, I am and must be absorbed into Him.
Revelation itself unfolds and increases. I was merely touching the tip of the iceberg. It is, nevertheless, a wonderful tip to stand on. I am in pursuit of the revelation that it may come into full manifestation in my life.
I am fixing my eyes on the facts. I need not try to bring something down to my natural man. I need to recognize and apprehend what is already in Him. All things He has accomplished are available. There is no lack, no need to stand on the sidelines and admire what others have.
And He has put all things under His feet and appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church
May God enable us to enjoy the wonderful inheritance we have now, in this life. When you feel a lack, stop, and see the transcendent Christ with the eyes of your spirit. See yourself in Him, receiving all you need.
May every pressure we find ourselves in resolve in —
Pressure cooker revelation!
[v] Eph 2:21
[vi] Rom 12:2
[vii] Gal 2:20
[viii] Eph 1:10; 22,23
[ix] Eph 1:22,23 Amp