Sunday, May 22, 2011

Enjoying The Best of 2 Worlds (Part II)

I am really excited about the wonderful comments, and calls I got from people who read the 1st part of this article. It was really overwhelming. It’s good to know that it was a blessing to several people. In case you are reading this, and you have not read the 1st part, I strongly encourage you to do that right now.

In part 1, I shared a very important concept – that man is essentially a spirit that constantly goes through physical experiences. Most people think that the reverse is the case – that they are physical beings, that sometimes goes through spiritual experiences. Nothing can be farther from the truth! We live in two worlds, and it is very possible to enjoy one to the detriment of the other. That’s not the way the creator designed it. He designed that we will enjoy the best of both worlds!

When I first became born again, I was very much heavenly conscious. The consciousness of heaven was so much that I didn’t want to be bothered by any earthly thing. How can I think of marriage/ plan for kids when Jesus would be coming soon? To think of a distant future then was to think of the mundane and become carnal. How could I think about (not to talk of plan for) the next 20 years when souls were perishing? I still remember a couple of friends who were not as moderate as me. They really went far with preparation for heaven. They were so heavenly conscious that they became earthly useless! I like to refer to them as the 12’ O Clock believers. Both the long and the short arm are facing upwards. There are some other believers that are 6.30 O’clock believers. Both hands are facing downwards. They are so earthly conscious that they become irrelevant to heaven. All they live for are the pleasure of this world – what we will eat and drink and what we will wear. Both hands are facing downwards. I think both extremes are not okay. It will make sense to be a 6 0’clock believer, with the longer arm facing upwards (heaven) and the shorter arm facing downwards (earth). In order words, one is very heavenly conscious and still useful on earth. It’s another way of saying that one enjoys the best of both worlds! Halleluyah!
Some believers get so practical they become carnal; others become so spiritual they can’t relate to anyone, or even keep a job.
Everyone lives life as an outflow of his spirit. Your daily life is a reflection of your spirit. Jesus, our Lord and master showed this severally while he was here on earth. He lived life every day, constantly in touch with heaven, while being a blessing here on earth. He deployed his Spirit in a way that heaven was always with him. Nothing took him by surprise. While attending a wedding ceremony, he provided more wine for the guest present. While teaching people about the parables of the kingdom, he provided food for them. He was such a blessing here on earth, while staying in touch with heaven. In other words, he brought heaven down! Jesus was as practical as he was spiritual. He operated in both realms, and believers ought to do the same. Some believers get so practical they become carnal; others become so spiritual they can’t relate to anyone, or even keep a job!

One of the greatest aberrations today amongst Christians is the thought or notion that their spiritual life is quite different and separate from their “other” lives. They only get “into the Spirit” when they are in church/fellowship, praying or reading the Bible. They deny themselves the opportunity of enjoy the best of both worlds. Listen. Your academics are not separate from your spiritual life. Your marital life is not separate from your spiritual life. Your career is very much part of your spiritual life! Infact, I can tell you what will happen in your “other lives” if your spiritual life is suffering. Because you live life as an outflow of your spirit, they will also start to suffer.

How then do you bring heaven down? How do you command the supernatural in your life on a daily basis? How do you deplore your spirit to experience God in all aspects of your life? How do you command the manifest presence of God on a daily basis? How do you make sure you enjoy the best of heaven on earth on a continuous basis?

Live a life of Worship

An atmosphere of worship is an atmosphere for the miraculous. When you surround yourself with an atmosphere of worship, then you bring heaven down. In 2 Chronicles 20, there is a wonderful story there on how worship can bring heaven down. The children of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir were going to invade Israel. The King of Israel, Jehoshaphat, cried up to heaven for direction on what to do. The instruction from the prophet was somewhat funny. Raise a choir! Let people sing and worship! Can you imagine how easy is it to sing when you are faced with double barrel guns and AK riffles? I bet it wasn’t an easy task. However, as they worshipped, heaven came down! The Lord set ambush against the children of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir. They faced themselves and destroyed one another. Without raising a sword, shooting an arrow or a gun, the children of Israel won the battle.

Learn to surround yourself with an atmosphere of worship. Play worship tapes in your car. Play them in the house. Let it be the most popular on your laptop. Most importantly, play it in your heart. You will be amazed how heaven will come to bear on your behalf.

Have Faith

Faith brings the spiritual to the physical. It makes you live a life beyond limits! The whole world was framed by faith, though the word of God. Everything on earth will still be framed/reframed by faith through the word of God. When you live a life of faith, you will witness the miraculous on a constant basis. Elisha was once such man that lived a great life of faith. Impossibility didn’t exist in his dictionary. No wonder, at every point in his life, and even in his death, he commanded the supernatural. Without faith, you cannot enjoy the best of both worlds.

Be Loving and Compassionate

One of the easiest ways to command the supernatural is compassion. Whenever love and compassion are in play, heaven comes to bear. Jesus easily enjoyed the best of heaven here on earth, because he was always moved with love and compassion. When he had compassion on 5000 men who had been following him without eating for a while, heaven stood at attention. 12 loaves and few fishes could feed all of them. That’s not natural. That is heaven coming to earth. The provision was provoked because of love and compassion. When you are moved by love and compassion, you will also provoke the supernatural. You will always enjoy heaven here on earth!

Live a Holy Life

Without holiness, no man shall see God, says the scriptures. Many people think that the Bible here is only talking about seeing God in heaven. Far from it. Without holiness, you will not see God move on your behalf even here on earth! God will never stand at attention on your behalf if you live a life of sin. Sin is a sinker. It is your purity that determines your authority. When a man pleases God, God places all the resources of heaven at his disposal. Do you want to bring heaven down on your behalf? Then, live straight! Live pure. You will not enjoy the best of both worlds by having one leg each in both! When you are sold out to God, then he delivers everything in his Kingdom to your hands. What a glorious opportunity.

Obey God

First and foremost, obey God’s word. Obey the scriptures. They contain directions to bringing heaven down. Not only should you obey the Bible, you must also obey the nudging and promptings of the Holy Spirit. Follow divine instructions. Obedience to His instructions is the highway to distinction. When you go wherever He leads, you will command the supernatural in your life
Friends, you can bring heaven down. You can live a life about limits. You can enjoy the best of heaven while on earth. You can command the supernatural in your life on a daily basis. Yes, you can!

Enjoy!

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