Archive for June 2013

With Eternity in Mind   1 comment

Once you have experienced the reality of God, once you have had a glimpse into Heavenly realms it changes everything.  It changes your perspective of this world and your place in it.  Now you know that His realm is true reality.  You have tasted of the world to come and you see the deception and the traps of this world.  Once you have seen and experienced the reality of Heavenly realms, nothing in this realm can ever compare.

That does not mean that we sit here impatiently waiting for someday in Heaven. It means that we are looking for opportunities to bring His kingdom here now … on earth as it is in Heaven. (Matt. 6:10)   It means that we have a desire to lead others into the same revelation.  It also means that we are motivated to do everything He has put us here to do.

At some point you begin to live there in His realm with Him, knowing that this world is not your home (Heb.11:13-16), while you travel back and forth with Him between realms.  Like the bride in the Song of Solomon, you live there in the mountains with Him, then you come leaning on His arm, into the vineyards to check on the fruit and into the fields to gather the harvest.  And when each day is done you return home with Him to your Father’s house.  Jesus said, “I am not of this world and they (My disciples) are not of this world” (John 17:14). Peter called us citizens of Heaven. (Phil,3:20 Amp).

Having this mindset will help us to see that we are truly His ambassadors here. Having an ambassadorial status will get us into whatever country He sends us to and give us favor and safety there.  We carry the authority of the King of all Kings and we are here to do His bidding.

Why is it so easy for us to become deceived by this world system and feel that we are trapped in it?  Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he deals chiefly in deception and half-truths.  We are not trapped here.  In fact, we are free to fly away with the Lord. (Rev. 4:1, John 17:24)  [We have already spoken much of this in the sections on Creatures of Both Realms and On-Ramps into Heavenly Realms.]

Have you ever seen a barnyard goose in the autumn when the wild geese begin to migrate?  The goose was born to fly.  But he has been so domesticated that he is too fat to fly very far.  His wings may even have been clipped, preventing him from gaining much height.  He hears the wild geese calling and looks up in the sky.  Something within him responds and he honks back at them. He may even run and flap his wings but he no longer has the power to really fly.  He was born in captivity and that’s all he knows.  It’s sad to see people like that.  But it doesn’t have to be. You wouldn’t have that longing in you if it wasn’t out there for you!

Remember the old cartoon about Foghorn Leghorn the big rooster and Henry the little chicken hawk?   Henry kept going into the chicken house trying to steal chickens that were three times his size.  The rooster kept throwing him out and telling him “You’re no chicken hawk, boy.   You’re just a chicken.”  But the little one knew who he was and always came back answering “No, I’m a chicken hawk and chicken hawks eat chickens.”  Rise up and be who God has created you to be!  It may take some practice and discipline to get back in shape, but He has a destiny for you to fulfill and that is proof enough that He will empower you to do it.

We seem to only have a vague concept of eternity, just enough to accept it as a part of our doctrine.  But often we live as though this life was all there is.  Our actions and language reflect this.  Sometimes people who are parting from loved ones are afraid they will never see each other again.  If you are both Believers you will have forever together!  That’s much longer than this temporary lifetime on earth.  This life is very short and temporary. (Ps. 103:15)  That’s why this earth and everything in it is called temporal. (2 Cor. 4:18)

Sometimes as people get older they begin to consider their mortality and think of eternal things.  But this is not an age related issue.  When you know you are only here temporarily, you want to do all you can with the time you have been given.  And we are only temporary visitors in this realm.  We have eternity to look forward to and eternity is forever.

In times of great stress here, allow your thoughts to return to what you have seen and experienced in Heavenly realms.  If you have no experiences to remember, read about Heaven and eternity in God’s Word.  Remember what reality actually is.  It is this:

If you belong to Jesus, you have been sent here as His ambassador with His authority to help bring His Kingdom here … now.   And when your work here is finished, you will go to your Heavenly home to be with Him, with His angels, with the great cloud of witnesses (Heb. chap.11 and 12) and a great host of your friends and loved ones forever and ever and ever… (Rev. 22:5)

Obstacles to Entering Heavenly Realms #6 – Geographical Locations   5 comments

There are places on this earth where a portal into Heaven has been opened, making it easier to rise in the Spirit into the realms of God. (see post from April 15,’13).  Conversely, there are other places where quite the opposite is true.  Those who have experienced this will need little explanation of it.  Interestingly enough, the reasons for this are quite similar.

We saw in the April 15 post that God sometimes opens portals on earth to mark certain places where He has met with man in a significant way.  At other times He opens a portal because of all the worship that has ascended from that place.  Christians go to these places and are able to receive anointing, healing and blessing.

Other places  have been marked by satan because of the great evil that has occurred there, allowing him to set up an evil reign over the area.  Those who belong to him make pilgrimage to those places to practice evil and they are empowered by doing so.

Satan is the master of counterfeit.  He delights in taking what God does, twisting it for his own evil purposes and deceiving people with it.

The missions compound that I spoke of in the April 15 post was like a glorious bubble in the midst of darkness. There was an open Heaven there where we delighted in the presence of God.  But on one side, just across the wall, we heard  early morning prayers being chanted to false gods while on the other side the witch doctors banged their drums all night cursing us and our leaders by name.  Things would be fine for awhile, then suddenly there would be 10 cases of malaria and several people having odd accidents.  We’d give each other the “uh-oh” look and realize we had been lulled to sleep and neglected our prayer cover.  So we would once again put on our spiritual armour, plead the blood of Jesus over us, do prayer walks around the compound and break the curses that were aimed against us.

While there are ways of redeeming land in evil places and breaking the curses that are on it, this is never a job for one individual or a few who are untrained.   It usually involves finding out what defiled the land there historically, repentance by those involved or their families, tribes or nations and making amends in some way.  Each place is unique and only God holds the keys to the deep secrets of restoration.  For the untrained, these places are best avoided.  There are those He trains and sends to such places and when He does, realms collide and light wins over the darkness.

My purpose here is not to study spiritual warfare in this area but only to contrast the access of Heavenly realms in areas where a portal exists with those areas where great evil reigns.  In such places it is decidedly difficult to even feel the presence of the Lord since everything is geared toward the evil one.  Sometimes people stumble into a place like this and don’t understand it.  They think something is wrong with them.  But the problem may actually be the geographical location, or even other people around them who have ungodly spirits.  When you feel that something is out of line spiritually, always stop and ask the Lord for discernment and instructions.  Putting on your spiritual armour (Eph.6:13-18) and staying alert is mandatory.  Remember that Jesus is always with you and will never leave you.  The enemy plays games of shadows and darkness meant to deceive you.  But greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

A word to tourists:

I have travelled much and seen tourists repeatedly invite trouble, whether innocently or not.  Remember that you do not understand the customs of the country you are visiting.  Most things have spiritual significance that those in the West are ignorant of.

Visiting the “holy” sites of other religions and false gods is a bad idea.  You serve the One True God who is very jealous of your love.  He is so jealous, in fact, that He says His very name is ‘Jealous’! (Ex.20:5, Ex. 34:14) These verses talk about bowing down or worshipping other gods.  Most Christians would never do that.  However, any time one goes into such a tourist site, especially into temples and other places where false gods are worshipped, they will be asked to remove their shoes and often cover their heads.  This is a sign of honor to the ‘deity’.  Satan, who is behind all false gods, accepts this as worship!   And it particularly pleases him when it comes from a Christian.  Please do not do this.  Be wise enough and strong enough to say no to your hosts if necessary and refuse to go. (Mt. 10:32, Rom.1:16)  It can open doors of access to the enemy into your life.  Often, people don’t know why they become ill afterwards or why many evil things begin to happen in their lives.  They don’t even trace it back to the source and things can drag on and become worse over time.  In such cases, repentence along with prophetic intercession should be done to pinpoint the problem and break the curses.

This leads also to the matter of souvenirs that people bring home with them.  One must use much discernment in gift shops.  There are certain things to always avoid.  Masks are in that category, and carvings/idols, along with anything that is obviously to be used in a religious ceremony.  If it has the look of evil about it …  it likely is.  Jewellery is another questionable item, especially if there are words or symbols inscribed on it in a language you don’t understand.  (When we were on the mission field in Mozambique, babies who were brought to the orphanage always wore a small leather bracelet that had been put on them by the witch doctor.  The parents were told that it was a ‘blessing’ but in reality, it was a curse which had to be broken when the missionaries removed the bracelet.)  These things are unheard of by those of us in 1st world countries.  How harmful could a simple leather bracelet be?  Plenty, if the one who made it placed curses on it.

You see, it works like this.  Whatever man worships, he empowers.  For example, an idol made of wood is only an object and has no power.  But when men believe it has power and they worship it, satan uses that to his advantage and begins to work through it, thereby strengthening their belief.  When you give an object like this a place of honor in your home, that power comes along with it, even if you were not the one worshipping it.  It’s a very foolish thing to do and also falls under the list of things that make your God jealous.

It works in the same way (but opposite) as the aprons and handkerchiefs that the Apostle Paul prayed over and sent out. (Acts 19:12)  Those who received them were healed of diseases and even delivered from demons!  Unfortunately, the opposite works in the enemy’s realm as well in the form of evil anointings and curses.

This may seem like a rather hard word but please hear my heart.  It is not meant to bring fear to you, but wisdom and protection as you heed this advice.   If you find yourself inadvertently in a situation or place of danger, do not fear.  Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself and ask for wisdom and guidance.   And remember that Jesus is always with you to protect and deliver you from evil.