“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day …” (Genesis 3:8 NKJV). Their conversational relationship with God in the coolness of the day was the wellspring of their authority.
Can we even imagine the pristine, clear relationship between the Creator and Adam and Eve?
Apparently they walked with God in the cool of the day at times. Everything flowed from this clear relationship.
Live from Eden outwards
Their capacity to rule over creation flowed from their walk with God. Through their descendants they were to spread the Garden of Eden throughout the earth.
Of course, because of sin, and the negative cascade it set in motion, they hid themselves in shame. Adam and Eve were reduced to hiding instead of exercising dominion over all things.
This is a core understanding of human history—humanity running and hiding in shame. “We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“You crown him (mankind, the human race) with glory and majesty! You make him to rule …” (Psalm 8:5). We have now “fallen short” of God’s glory.
Outside of God, we have lost our capacity to “rule”—we have lost that “majestic” (kingly) anointing to exercise dominion under God.
“Adam, where are you?” The Creator is searching and calling humanity through Adam. And His desire is that our lost place of dominion be restored.
A cool place with the Creator
Christ reconciles us to coolness—that consistent place of walking with Christ, conversing with Him.
It’s from this cool place with the Creator that we are able to defeat the Enemy and to live and work in our true authority.
So don’t give in to being “hot”—anger, greed, lust, fear, anxiety, desperation, turmoil, torment.
I have learned that when my “cool place” with Christ becomes inconsistent, I am prone to getting “hot” … to reacting to things instead of reigning over them.
Consider too that when we give attention to the Enemy, over-concentrating on what he’s doing, even over-emphasizing spiritual warfare, we can slip from the place of “coolness.”
There is a place of warfare, but it flows from the place of refreshment and rest with the Lord God as He walks with us in the “cool of the day.”
As we tighten our focus and restore our emphasis to where it should be, we will discover an increase of love and dominion in all things!
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