The purpose of this blog is two-fold. It is to help restore the Bride of Christ to intimacy with Him and to teach her to fly. After laying a foundation of intimacy with the Lord for several months we have also spent time on the fact that we are created to be creatures of both the natural and the spiritual realms. We are meant to ascend into Heavenly realms. The next few posts will deal with some ways to actually do that – how to get there. After that we will talk much more about Heavenly realms
Keep in mind that this is a relationship, not a formula. Still, there are some things I have found helpful on the journey that I’d like to share with you. The first, and one of the most important is:
Learning to quiet your spirit
Have you ever felt like you were standing in an electronics shop where there were 15 televisions all turned on and set to different channels? You are being asaulted with a barage of visual and sensory information constantly that you didn’t ask for and usually don’t even want. This makes it very difficult to hear the still, small voice of the Lord.
Oh certainly, God can make Himself heard with thunder in His voice when He chooses to. But most of the time He chooses not to because He wants such a close relationship with us that we can hear and respond when He whispers. That requires our head quietly resting on His shoulder. It is crucial that we spend quality time alone with Him daily. This is beyond our times of intercession, Bible reading and devotion. This is intimacy with the Lord.
When I first began doing this it was out of sheer desperation for Him. Jesus was drawing me and I was falling more in love with Him. But I was nervous and figity, always needing to be doing something. Sitting quietly was not on my list of favorites. Still, I longed for Him so much that I was willing to try. I would wait till I was alone and the house was quiet. Sometimes I put on quiet worship music but sometimes even that distracted me and I found myself singing along instead of focusing on Him. Eventually I found that worship music with no words, with an unfamiliar melody, worked best for me. I could not hum the tune or sing the words. This left my mind more free to ascend with Him and eventually let Him turn the music into a sound track for the vision He was giving me. Amazing!
In those waiting times I would have my Bible and journal close by. But this was not a time for reading or writing or even praying. He specifically told me to put the prayer list away during those times. It was His time. Time to really be with Him. To come into His presence and sit with my head on His chest. Sometimes we talked and sometimes we didn’t. Love is like that.
Many times it was so difficult to really get there. I’d keep pushing out all the other thoughts and they would keep barging back in. If thoughts came about things I needed to remember, I’d quickly write them down and put them aside to think about later. Sometimes I’d sit there for an hour and never even really feel His presence. Sometimes I’d get frustrated and just get up and try again later. Usually my initial prayer was “Jesus, I’m here and I just want to be with You. Please help me focus on You. Help me to feel You, see You, hear You.” When I began to feel His presence it was worth it all and I could just stay there with Him and lose track of time.
Eventually, over the months, I began to realize that the time it took to quiet myself and really feel His presence was becoming shorter. It decreased from an hour, to half an hour, to a matter of minutes. I began to pray “Lord, make me so aware of Your presence with me all the time.” Finally, at any point during the day, I could close my eyes and immediately sense and know His presence all around me and sometimes even see His face. He wants this to be normal for us!
I also found that staying in that place required the same discipline. If my schedule became cluttered, even with good things, and the routine was broken I had to apologize for neglecting Him and begin the same discipline once again. This is a romance. He desires to be with us more than we long to be with Him.
Yes, there are times we experience great spiritual warfare, when it becomes more and more difficult to actually feel His presence. But even in those times when we seem to be required to walk in the dark, He is there watching our trust in Him grow stronger. Even the angels are in awe when we persevere. They dwell in the midst of such glory that worship is a natural response. But when we who live in such darkness, keep worshipping and trying when we cannot see or even feel Him, it brings tears to their eyes and makes them even more glad to be sent here as ministering spirits to help us. (Heb. 1:14)
We will continue this theme in the next post. But for now, let me pray for you.
Jesus, I pray for everyone reading these words. I ask you to bring peace to their troubled souls. I take authority over scattered thoughts, confusion and lack of focus and I declare that Your peace pours over them and into them now like oil. I decree quietness over them and in the quietness they will hear your voice. In Jesus name, Amen.