February 10, 2020

Genesis 2:7-9 (NKJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

I want to give a new meaning of ‘the garden of Eden’ to us. Although the garden of Eden once existed on this earth, but I want to us realize that Eden was the first human habitat on this earth. Eden created specially by God for a place of human life on this earth! The interesting thing is, the meaning of Eden is PLEASURE.

A new meaning that I want to build in our minds about EDEN is SPIRITUAL REALM which is a place for man living their daily lives on this earth and the encounter place between God and man on this earth. So Eden is a pleasure place between God who is spirit and man who is combination of the dust of the ground and the breath of God.

There are various plants that grow in Eden in order to give food for man. In the garden of Eden, God has provided whatever human needs – the pleasure garden, a spiritual realm.

In the spirit, Father has provided many provisions to fulfill the future of human’s physical needs. But at the same time God also gives limitation the interaction of man in the spirit. We could do and learn everything in the spirit! But still there are power of word that should we use to set limit when we are interacting in the spirit.

Do not use spiritual experience as a benchmark; always use the written word as living benchmark when we interact with spiritual realm.

It is more interesting to explore about the garden of Eden, the pleasure garden or we can called as an encounter place between God and man. Actually there is a river that God created to water and revive the garden! (Genesis 2:10-14).

To experience the life in the spiritual realm and also to keep interacting with God who is spirit on this natural realm, then we need the living water that flows in our life. We already received it by God when we were experiencing the new birth (John 4:13-14, 7:38-39).

But there are specific natures from the living water that flows out: it must be ‘INCREASE’ (Pison), ‘BURSTING FORTH’ (Gihon), ‘RAPID’ (Hiddekel), ‘FRUITFULNESS’ (Euphrates). This is one of the main reasons why I encourage all of you to pray in the spirit fervently, passionately and expressively.

For the living water in our lives could have natures that is bursting forth (Gihon) and rapid (Hiddekel). So there will be increase (Pison) and fruitfulness (Euphrates).

By making Eden as ‘an operational base’  on this earth, the first man not only interacted with God, but he also became God’s coworker by giving animals’ name (Genesis 2:15-20)

I believe, from the interaction with reality of God that is built in the spirit (in Eden) will give position for us to be God’s coworker on this earth! #ILoveGod

Ps. Steven Agustinus