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The Mysteries of the World Hid within the Garden of the Soul

The Garden of the Soul

Within man the garden of the soul is as an inner sanctum of personal sovereignty; as if surrounded by a high wall with only one door for entry. And man’s own will is the gatekeeper to the door of the garden of the soul. God is the designer, creator and caretaker of our soul; but having given us each a sovereign will, He does not enter it unless we allow Him entry. Herein is hid the ultimate question of how to be saved; herein is unveiled one of the greatest mysteries of the world.

Satan being the lawless one has no regard for boundaries

As the thief that “climbs up some other way” (John 10:1), Satan defiles the garden of the soul by sowing his seeds over the wall. Without God’s active presence as gardener, the weeds overgrow the garden of the soul – marring the original design and intent thereof, so that you end up tripping over vines and being scratched by thorns & thistles.  These are the fruits of iniquity that bruise the will as Satan tricks man into thinking that he can restore the garden of the soul himself.

Shields to hide the Shame

Man uses shields to try and hide the damage of iniquity in the soul from the sight of others. He decorates these shields with pretty logos that align him with people of like interests – logos like religion, tradition, humor, talents, intellect etc. But these shields are Satan’s suggested solutions, so behind them iniquity continues to grow and prosper, causing ever-greater damage to the garden of his soul.

But the tools Satan suggests for how to be saved only multiply the seeds & spread the damage. Because the truth is that no man can work deliverance, healing and salvation in his own soul. God alone can do this – for which purpose He gave us His Son Jesus Christ.

Religion vs. Covenant

Religion makes for a particularly dangerous shield, and so people consider themselves saved, having ‘invited Jesus into their hearts’, yet they lack the reality of His living presence working change within. For the reality of having Christ within, requires an agreement of Covenant between God & man, which is sealed by the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

The Voice that Restores Hope

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Grace is the Voice of God that makes Christ’s presence known, and strengthens man’s will for faith. And faith is man’s humble response that opens the door to the garden of the soul. God delights in our faith and imputes it unto us as righteousness. Being righteous in His sight we are justified to let Him in – for He sees no more our transgressions. We enter into covenant with God by accepting the testimony of Christ and being baptized in the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of tongues. This is how to be saved; these elements are crucial to the process.

God enters the soul through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, sealing our faith and sanctifying us as being separated from the world unto Him. This is where the reality of God working deliverance, healing and salvation in us, begins. The mysteries of the world pale in comparison to this, which is the mystery of Christ within.

Faith as the activity that Sustains the Work

In the natural, one cannot lock a gardener into an overgrown garden and expect it to be instantly beautified, nor expect him to work indefinitely without any sustenance, rest or tools. Similarly salvation is an ongoing process of reciprocation between God and man. Our labor with the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant is our obedience, whereby the indwelling Holy Spirit is sustained for the work of regeneration to be effected within the garden of the soul.

By this labor, our cycles of growth are initiated, giving us opportunities for faith that allow the Spirit to clear areas of the garden, removing root and fruit of iniquity; to enrich the soil with the gifts of grace; and to plant and tend the seeds of Truth whereby the soul is renewed, restored and beautified as charity blossoms forth.

‘And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden…’ (Ezekiel 36:35)

 

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Apostle Erika Blignaut

Apostle Erika Blignaut Erika Blignaut is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. She is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Erika is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.

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