If you woke up this morning hearing the voice of your heavenly Father saying, “Return to the ancient path!” what would you do? Would you seek understanding as to what He meant? If you knew that within the command was an invitation filled with promise and provision for your future, would you be interested in learning more? If He told you that in the upcoming era your self-made strategies for the way you do life will no longer work, would you be intrigued? Would you welcome being taught by the Lord? Would you be willing to embrace a new way, which is actually an ancient reality?

A few weeks ago, I awoke hearing those words. Over my morning coffee, the Lord and I entered into a conversation that lasted for weeks and eventually led to the creation of a new discipleship course, which will be available soon. As always, His invitation to return had a completely different meaning than I had anticipated. And as He began to unpack what He was asking, I felt an excitement and urgency behind His words and knew that this was not just for me! There was weight to the truths that He was highlighting. It felt like a “John the Baptizer” command:

“Prepare yourself for the Lord’s coming and level a path inside your hearts for Him.” Matthew 3:3 TPT

As a fellow creative, I have learned that to work smarter, not harder, it is essential to “fill my inspiration cup” by entering the domain of Kingdom creativity. This realm is the unseen reality spoken of in 2 Corinthians 4:18 TPT

“We don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary but the unseen realm is eternal.” 

This ancient path leads to a spiritual ascent, promising glorious views into the higher ways of God and inspirational thoughts about the way He views us that leaves one breathless. From the beginning, our Creator gave us the capacity to actually enter and enjoy this journey into the unknown because He put eternity into our hearts! (See Ecclesiastes 3:11.)

Jesus made provision to meet our every need, including giving us the gift of His Holy Spirit as our guide as we answer His call to come up higher. I love how The Passion Translation of Song of Songs 2:13 describes our Bridegroom-King beckoning His bride.

“Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you?

The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth.

The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere.

The fragrance of their flowers whispers, There is change in the air.”

Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place.

For now is the time to arise and come away with me.”

This is such a now word for us as we walk into 2024! My prayer is that every creative heart will awaken to the kiss of fresh inspiration flowing from the lips of our Master Creator. For those who return to the ancient path, those who “run with Him to the higher place,” there are destiny books, scripts, art, dance, and songs bursting forth, just waiting to be given to the prepared beloved. Our companionship, in loving union with Him, is the source of inspiration. These anointed masterpieces of hope are reserved for those who are sealed with His Holy Spirit, those who dare to believe the unbelievably good news of His gospel! Those who dare to think the unthinkable! Those who are fearless and willing to pursue His dreams!

Remember in John 17 when Jesus prayed that we might be one, just as He and the Father were one? This is an unthinkable thought! He also expressed that we are not of this world any more that He was, and His desire was for us to be where He is now, seated in the heavenly realm with His Father. This is His dream for us! Also, an unthinkable, unbelievable reality! In my hunger to know and experience the kind of intimate relationship that my heavenly Family longs for, Father has graciously reminded me that He answered Jesus’s prayer, “that we might be where He is.”

“And now, because we are united to Christ, we both have equal and direct access in the realm of the Holy Spirit to come before the Father! So, you are not foreigners or guests, but rather you are the children of the city of the holy ones, with all the rights as family members of the household of God. You are rising like the perfectly fitted stones of the temple; and your lives have been built up together upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, and best of all, you are connected to the Head Cornerstone of the building, the Anointed One, Jesus Christ himself! This entire building is under construction and is continually growing under his supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, his dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!” Ephesians 2:18–21 TPT

It is a shocking and mystifying thought to realize that we have been given access to an ancient path that ushers us into the unseen mysteries of the Father because Jesus is in us and we are in Him. We are one spirit. This makes my head spin, but what brings me to my knees is to hear Him say that He views me as His holy treasure, His glorious inheritance. Perhaps this revelation is where the Ancient Path began—within the heart of Eternal Love. This is where all inspiration and wisdom dwell, and He is inviting us to explore it!

“I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling—that is, the wealth of Gods glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!”

Ephesians 1:18 TPT

I have made the decision to return to this path that appears to be very much alive. It doesn’t surprise me, though. Everything about God is alive! He is life. He is light. My Holy Spirit instinct is telling me that any hope for my future, perhaps my very life, is dependent on staying the course. This trek up into the higher realm is revealing my heart. I’m tired—body, soul, and spirit! At the moment, we are camped in a valley, digging afresh into these truths that I grew up reciting. I am listening again to the salvation story that I have reread over and over. I feel the hardness in my heart, my raw limitation to comprehend the magnitude of what these truths mean—Christ in me, the hope of glory; we are one spirit. How does this translate in light of what I am experiencing as a human woman living within a culture of darkness that threatens to swallow me alive?

The altitude of this higher realm demands that I move slowly and breathe deeply. Just moments ago I was encouraged with the words of David.

“Truth’s shining light guides me in my choices and decisions; the revelation of your Word makes my pathway clear. To live my life by your righteous rules has been my holy and lifelong commitment. I’m bruised and broken, overwhelmed by it all; breathe life into me again by your living word. Lord, receive my grateful thanks and teach me more of how to please you. Even though my life hangs in the balance, I’ll keep following what you’ve taught me, no matter what.” Psalm 119:105–109 TPT

The Lord is on a mission to teach me not just how to enter this realm but actually how to live from this higher place. I am beginning to understand that the key to “returning to the ancient path” starts and ends with Him! Jesus lived, bled, and died, first and foremost, so that we could become like Him. We are new creatures, a new breed of humanity, flesh and spirit, now “wrapped into Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 TPT).

First Corinthians 15 refers to Jesus as “the last Adam who became a life-giving Spirit, who was sent from the realm of heaven and who has a race of heavenly people who are just like Him”.

Through Jesus, we return to our Father’s original desire, “Let us make man in Our likeness.”

Once we carried the likeness of the man of dust,

but now let us carry the likeness of the man of heaven.” 1 Corinthians 15:49 TPT

The truth is we were actually created within the heart of God before we were ever born on this planet. Ephesians 1:4–6 says,

“And in love he chose us before he laid the foundation of the universe!

Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence. For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One, so that his tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify his grace—for the same love he has for the Beloved, Jesus, he has for us.

And this unfolding plan brings him great pleasure!”

His pleasure is a shared experience as we walk with Him. David captured the heart of those who choose the life path that we were destined to follow in Psalms 84:4-7 TPT.

“What pleasure fills those who live every day in your temple, enjoying you as they worship in your presence! How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord; within their hearts are the highways of holiness! Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring. They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward, and the God of all gods will appear before them in Zion.”

To return to the Ancient Path is to return to the Ancient of Days. This is where our true identity as sons and daughters of God began. It was here that the pathway of our destiny was forged—in eternity—within the heart of Perfect Love! If ever there was a day in which we need the strength to “dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain,” it is now! We are being offered an opportunity to rediscover and experience afresh the Love story of a Son whose love for His Father’s desire to have us as His children drove Him to willingly give up His right to be God before the foundation of the world and become one of us—not just one of us, but ONE WITH US.

In identifying with us, the Son of Man did what no one else could do.

“But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace! He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!” Ephesians 2:4-6 TPT

A Gateway was opened! The WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE became our home —where we now live and move and have our being! He is our pathway home! For those of us who take on His identity as our own, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20. To be made in His likeness means we return to our original design with a purpose—to carry out His mandate, to bring His kingdom, which is in heaven and establish it on earth.

It is our new Spirit identity that defines our good works! It is grievous to the Holy Spirit when we look to our work to define us, which is this natural world’s value system. Ephesians 2:10 captures the heart of the ancient path that we are being drawn back to follow.

“We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”

This is the dawn of a new era. Jesus offers union, a bridal relationship of being in Him and He in us. He is ready to reveal His secrets to a bridal company of light bearers. This journey is reserved for those willing to climb, willing to learn how to ascend and explore the heights and depths, the width and depth of perfect Love. This is where the true children of God are revealed, where we step into the fullness of our salvation, where the light of glory from our Lover is seen through us. We are changed, going from glory to glory so that we reflect Him. His character and nature have become part of us because we have found our life in Him. Who knows? Perhaps our original God-DNA has been mysteriously activated to propel us into actually being the fulfillment of His dream.

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming! And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ and has given him the highest rank above all others. And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it! Ephesians 1:19–23 TPT

This ancient path is well worn by God, coming again and again to us and us to Him. It is a path of FAITH. Jesus has faith in us, and He has given His faith to us so that we might believe in Him, so that we might know Him fully. He continually comes to us to fill us with Himself, and we are compelled to run to Him with worship and praise, and our adoration fills Him. Another unbelievably humbling, mysteriously unthinkable thought! We are HIS dream come true!

Debbie Wade

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