Pursue Spiritual Realities

Peace in ChristSeated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, my paradigm of life shifts, giving me clear spiritual vision. My position in heavenly places changes my earthly perspective. I learn to see a greater reality in the spirit than what I see with my natural eyes. In the midst of the world’s chaos, I live in the spirit, Holy Spirit. Spiritual realities contradict the world’s chaos. Where there is confusion, I have peace. Where there is fear, I have faith. Where there is anxiety and worry, I have hope – in Christ. I live from this place each moment of my life.

Live by impulses of the spirit – motivated to pursue spiritual realties. Romans 8:5 (Passion Translation)

Spiritual realities form the foundation of a life, flowing and living in the spirit – in the world but not of the world. Knowing that I am a spiritual being in Christ, my identity, purpose and destiny forms in another kingdom where Christ is King and Lord. I live, move and have my being in Him, outside of time and space, in the Spirit. Infused with life in Christ, I live in the earth, bringing His life and light to flow in my life while I am physically here. Eternal realities flow in and through me in Christ.

GlassesI am an eternal being in Christ. My life is hidden in Him. From that spiritual reality, I see with a new lens of spiritual sight. I am in time for such a time as this. I don’t escape the darkness of the world but I am not captured by its journey into deeper realms of chaos. My spiritual life is a way in Christ that I live, move and have my being right in the midst of it all.

Now, how does one pursue spiritual realities?

  • Listen to the voice of God. Above all, know that as a child of God, you can hear your Father speak to you. He sets your course in life. He takes you higher into purpose and destiny. His voice is right here, even in all the noise. Learn to listen.
  • Know that Christians are spiritual beings in Christ. Be aware and fully present in that reality, discerning not only the times but also the times in your day. Discern the spirits that are not Holy Spirit – fear, anxiety, or worry to name a few.
  • Live in the light of revelation and learn to discern the darkness so that when it attacks you know where it is coming from whether that is at work, at home or out and about in your day. Learn to pick up on what is going on in the spiritual realm at all times.
  • Ask Holy Spirit to fine-tune your spiritual senses. Talk to God. Pray in tongues. Learn to listen to Him as you are moving about your day so that you can move in prophesy, words of wisdom or knowledge. Be alert to know how to respond to people with words of hope and love. Also be alert to situations where darkness may escalate right before your eyes. The Spirit may quietly tell you to pray, to leave, or to take some sort of action.
  • Spend time with the Lord, times of worship and prayer. From these times of intimacy, glory saturates your life so that the light shines so bright that when moving throughout your day, the light of Christ penetrates the darkness and always overcomes it.
  • Discern, watch, and always listen with spiritual eyes and ears. Be contrary and contradictory in your Christian walk. How? Flow in an opposing spirit of humility, grace and love no matter what you face. This flow will bring down strongholds and barriers that present themselves along your path each day. The darkness cannot comprehend this type of heavenly strength and will flee, confused and dismantled.
  • Grow in wisdom and knowledge in the Lord through reading His word.

These are just a few thoughts for today. As a Christian,  learn to walk in a greater spiritual reality in Christ. Holy Spirit will teach you.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Whirlwinds, Truth, Engaging Time

More great posts from 2015…….

A Whirlwind Obstructing Truth
Sometimes I feel there is a whirlwind in front of me. It blocks my vision of the truth of who I am in Christ, a new creation. Being a visual learner and seeing things in pictures, I sketch things out as I am thinking. So here’s my sketch to show you how I began to pray through this obstacle of feeling like a fraud at times. Read More……

flowing blue waterTime To Engage
It is time to discern between a voice and an echo. An echo repeats, copies or imitates. A voice speaks what has been given to it in the secret place, hidden in Christ. This is a place where discernment to hear accompanied by wisdom to do, kicks in to sound out what is seen…and what is seen in the spirit often runs contrary to what is seen in the natural realm. Chaos in the earth – peace in Christ. Confusion abounds – clarity of vision hidden in Christ in heavenly places. There is truth in the secret place. Read more…..

When Words Jump Off The Page
Have you ever been reading a book when suddenly you realize that you are so in sync with the book that it is as if every word resonates within you? The words hold life, move in your being and serve as a confirmation for you, deconstructing any hopelessness you may be feeling inside. Change comes at that moment and you can hope again. Read more…..

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

It’s Not What It Seems – Speaking from Outside the Walls

seemsAs God healed my heart, He gave me eyes to see and ears to hear with discernment.  Discernment – to separate thoroughly; to make a distinction. Discernment reveals to you the secrets of God’s heart for the purpose of intercession. God trusts us to carry His heart into every situation with discernment to see through a lens of truth.

Coming out of the formatted templated church did not necessarily mean I came into the reality of what that really meant for our lives. I continued to attend conferences trying to ‘get something’. I went looking in many different churches for anything that would point the way into our new direction. I did not truly realize at the time that the Way would point the way for us. So I continued to search but did not find anything that satisfied the longing of my heart for God.

In the process of searching, I noticed that my discernment became quite sharp. In going into conferences or churches, I would see something that indicated one thing but knew by the Spirit; something else was going on beneath the surface. I would hear something that indicated one thing but knew by the Spirit that there was another sound beneath the surface. I got angry and yes, I did judge but I thank God that He healed my heart to speak truth now. I will give one clear example, as it is part of my testimony.

442439869_640At the height of its glory, I went to Lakeland with a friend. It was THE new ‘cutting edge’ revival well and everyone was going. It grew so fast and so strong that people actually believed it was going to usher in worldwide revival. I heard that spoken by many prophets of the charismatic movement.

Just a few days before we actually went to Lakeland, we attended a woman’s retreat where Todd Bentley’s wife was speaking. It was at that conference that I saw something by the Spirit that I totally negated in my mind when I first saw it. In one moment during that conference, I looked at her on the podium and I suddenly saw her face and time stood still. In that moment, I knew that there were marital problems, deep anger within her, and deception going on under the surface. The Spirit simply told me this. I continued to look and I felt an overall feeling of unsettledness. Wasn’t her husband the main headliner in Lakeland? I discounted my discernment for I did not want to judge and I did not trust my discernment at that time.

When we arrived in Lakeland a few days later, we did all the ritual charismatic stuff – waited in line for hours and running quickly when the doors opened for a prime seat. When the service actually started, that same sinking feeling came over me. Yet, looking around I discounted it again for I truly felt I was wrong in what I was feeling. After all, why would all these people be here? And, why would major prophetic heavy-hitters endorse Todd Bentley when behind the scenes there was marital infidelity going on at the same time he was ministering to thousands on stage? But now I know. And now I see that I did see accurately.

At first it got me angry and total disillusionment with charismania began to form in my life. I did not want to judge, but I was upset. You can see on YouTube, if it is still there, that one night, many iconic charismatic leaders stood on that podium with Todd and commissioned him and endorsed his ministry. They actually prophesied that Lakeland would go out into the entire world and he would be a major catalyst of change. Then all hell broke loose shortly thereafter and exposure came. Need I say more? It is not what it seems at times. Where is discernment and wisdom in the Body of Christ? Where is Jesus?

We-need-discernment-in-what-we-see-and-what-we-hear-and-what-we-believe.This is just one example of many that I have encountered. Over the years, I have seen over and over that the norm in the church at large is either to disregard any spontaneity of the Spirit in favor of form and man-made structure. Or, the church will may accept everything and shake, quake, get new mantles, new impartations, and run all around the world for something given to us by someone at some place in some time. How ridiculous this is to me right now in my life. Where is discernment? It is sorely lacking.

Now back again to my definition of discernment – to separate thoroughly or to make a distinction regarding some thing. What is my discernment speaking to me now? Well, first I want to say it is not speaking to judge in any way. Jesus Christ is my wisdom and Holy Spirit gives me discernment. He is speaking simply and clearly. Christ in me, the hope of glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Why run seeking revival? That denies the reality of His life in you right where you to walk in power and authority. Why seek out iconic leaders and their templates and format their revelation into your life? Why not believe He is in you and will flow through you?

I am totally disillusioned with the form of church at large but I am totally in awe of Jesus Christ flowing through His church the way He wants to do it, through hearts submitted and surrendered to His will and His ways. His church is a mess, devoid of the presence and the power. He sees this. He knows this. Yet, He loves us with an everlasting love and He will form His Body into what He has destined and ordained her to be.