Acceleration Through Accelebration: Laying the Foundation for a Celebratory Lifestyle
Paul L. Garlington
 
Accelebration is the continuous celebration of the truth that before we call, we are heard, and while we are giving thanks, it is done. It is the eternal acknowledgment with great exultation that in God's omnipresence, there is no one and no thing to hurt or destroy. Therefore, from what could anyone be seeking deliverance? Who told you about it? How is it that God is totally unaware of this dreaded specter? Obviously, in the awareness of the fact that there are no untoward circumstances that we need to get rid of, all that remains is accelebration.

The word accelebration was created by an amalgamation of acceleration and celebration. Hence, those who celebrate what is (i.e., the omnipresence of perfect everything) find an inevitable acceleration of the manifestation of good things in their life experience. What is the lifestyle of an accelebrant, and since accelebration involves acceleration, what is the fastest speed that an accelebrant can reasonably expect to travel? In the words of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the fastest speed at which one can travel is BEING THERE!!!

An accelebrant has reached that rate of velocity when he discovers that before he calls, he is answered, and while he is celebrating, the delivery man is at the door; that the answer exists in the question; that the need is simply the rock from which the ever present supply abundantly flows. Hence at this rate of speed, the consciousness of a desire coexists with the fulfillment of the same.

"Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Brethren, what shall we do?' And Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself.'" (Acts 2:37-39)

From the perspective of "Heartsight", the experience of having your heart pierced is, in the words of the apostle Paul, when "the light of the glorious gospel of Christ should shine into [your] heart." The inevitable consequence of Heartsight is a lifestyle of accelebration. What then is the only appropriate behavior for one who has seen that the whole earth is full of the glory of God, but celebration? However, all too often, we also like Simon Peter when experiencing the sudden manifestation of God's abundance cry out to the very embodiment of good news, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8)

Apparently, Simon Peter's deep feelings of unworthiness caused him to view his sudden windfall as ill-gotten gain. Similarly, our question, "What shall we do?" is calculated more to find a way to escape the wrath we feel we so richly deserve, rather than the door to the kingdom of God. Aren't you glad that the good news is eternally, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to man."? Since this is indeed the irresistible will of God, isn't it time we declared, with accelebration, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is (already) in heaven."? Nevertheless, there is a tremendous advantage to the one who with great depth of feeling exclaims, "What shall I do?". Such a one has passed the stage of debate and is ready for decisive action. To such an individual, three specific directives are given.

A. Repent.

To repent means to change one's mind. The only repentance that is necessary, possible or fruitful is repentance towards God. Since the eternal truth is that God is One and besides Him, there is none other; and moreover, this one God is infinite, absolute, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, there can not be under any circumstances another power, presence or intelligence. The one God is God alone, eternally unopposed. It is the revelation of scripture that, "I Am the Lord, I will not give my glory to another." Therefore, all genuine repentance must be based upon one's conceding all glory, honor, praise, credit to the One who is a jealous God and will never, in spite of the ramblings of speculative theology, acknowledge the presence of another power. Any other kind of repentance may gain for you church membership, but you will still remain outside of the kingdom of God. Nevertheless, it is because this One power is infinite, eternal, unchangeably good, that all fear is based upon a lie and will evaporate like the dew of the night before the rising sun of the revelation that God is One.

It should be obvious at this juncture that all legalistic repentance is calculated to bring you into bondage, rather than the glorious liberty of the sons of God. If your repentance has not been unto life, and that more abundantly, your foundation is fatally flawed. Beware of all prophets of legalistic repentance. You will know them by their fruit. All those who point you, with great condemnation, to legalistic repentance are seeking control over your life. The true prophet who has seen the truth that God is One, will joyfully declare, "I must decrease-the One must increase," until your whole earth is filled with the knowledge of this glorious truth.

B. Be baptized.

"Then those who gladly received the word (i.e., the truth that God is One) were baptized." It is not enough to intellectually assent to this glorious truth. To be baptized literally means to dip, to sink into, to be totally submerged in. Therefore, all true repentance inevitably leads to baptism. In baptism, one is signifying a commitment to truth that is so total and irreversible that it is called burial. It is so final that it is a committal looking forward to resurrection. Or in the modern vernacular, you have gone off the deep end. "If we are beside ourselves, it is for God..." (2Cor 5:13) Since God is One and besides Him, there is no other, nothing less than love of the One with all the heart, soul, mind and strength is acceptable. It is nothing less than this commitment that is worthy of being called baptism. Apart from this reality, all outward rites of baptism are merely empty symbols signifying nothing. Have you gone off on the deep end yet? Have you consented to the glorious baptism into the infinite ocean of God's goodness? Why do you delay? Arise and be baptized, calling on the name of the Lord who is One and besides whom, there can be no other. To all those who have been so initiated, they will experience forgiveness of sins. Whereas we all "sinned (i.e., missed the mark) and fell short of the glory of God," we will now discover the glorious truth of "Christ in you" guaranteeing that you will hit the bull's-eye every time, namely the glory of God. Did Jesus not say, "If you believe, you will see the glory of God"? Believest thou this? Then take the leap off the deep end. Underneath are the everlasting arms.

C. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

There has been so much misguided information about the meaning of the gift of the Holy Spirit that a definition is in order. We have been taught that the gift of the Holy Spirit is indicated by everything from the fruit of the spirit to the gift of tongues. However, if one will consistently begin with God as One, then to such a one, the gift of the Holy Spirit is nothing less than the consciousness of God's omnipresence. If it is true that "I Am the vine and ye are the branches," then as Paul said, "If the root is holy, so also is the branch." Or again, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Gal 2:20) Paul is literally saying, "Christ liveth me." In the day that this truth dawns upon you, it is synonymous with the descent of the Holy Spirit. If you want to speak in tongues and you feel you have been blessed by such an exercise, by all means, do so. However, you would be well advised to not rest until you awake like Jacob and say, "Surely the Lord is in this place. I live and move and have my being in the One." To the one who will act on this fact, this fact will become his act and he will know what it means to also be filled with the spirit, speaking to himself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We call such a one an accelebrant.

Finally, if this glorious truth were not incentive enough to follow the three directives, Peter continues by saying, "For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." Hence one should not be surprised if like the apostle Paul, your liberation from prison results in the liberation of many who come under the pale of your influence.

There is no other foundation by which one can achieve acceleration through accelebration. The historic, culturally conditioned understanding of the typical church service is based on a belief in a power and presence, opposed to the one God, that has wrought all kind of havoc in our life. Contrariwise, accelebration focuses on the truth that God is One, and besides Him, there is none other; that this One is He which is, which was, which is to come, the Almighty. Our accelebration means that the very awareness of the desire precipitates celebration because in God's omnipresence, it is a fait accompli. It is the recognition that the only response to the temptation to believe that there is a power, presence or intelligence apart from the One is to ascribe greatness to God alone.

It would seem nowadays, that all those who embrace this truth are seen as mavericks at best, and heretics at worse who in former times probably would have been burned at the stake. Nevertheless in the words of Maverick in the movie Top Gun, "I feel the need for speed."

 
 

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