Seamless – Flowing, Continuously, Living. Connected to heaven, living on earth. Before my salvation in Christ, I wandered into anything and everything that could or would give me meaning. At that time in my life, I did not want, nor did I seek salvation because I was a ‘hard-sell’, very cynical and rebellious. For me to even focus on the Lord, I had to see that He was real. He is. He offered me life and I accepted. And, in my Christianity, I never settled for anything so religious that it denied that I am a spiritual being in Christ, able to hear His voice and meant to walk in the supernatural, . The Word and the Spirit – that is Christianity that is my reality. People of two realms – that is a good way to describe it.
And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6 NKJV)
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV)
We are spiritual beings in Christ. Who is actually teaching that in church right now? Some are but they are few. I hear a lot of needs based sermons with a cultural edge of justice, restoration, how to have a happy marriage, and how to raise great kids. That is excellent stuff but that is not the fullness of the Gospel. I hear great teaching. But what about the supernatural? It is the essence of the Good News that we live, move, and have our being in Christ. He created us body, soul, and spirit. Once again, may the reality of Holy Spirit invade gatherings once again.
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together––spirit, soul, and body––and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Message)
Christians are created to move in a continuous flow in the earth. We are the point of contact where heaven meets earth with Christ in you and me. So, living in the reality of an open heaven, seeing in the Spirit, and more is our inheritance now. The door is open and the veil is rent to commune with God as a habitation of His glory.
That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it–– what God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God––except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person–to–person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way (1 Corinthians 2:9-13 Message)
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
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