Divine Light

I spent this morning’s time of contemplation basking in the divine light of God. My initial salvation event was such an experience. The mystics talk a lot about darkness. Yes. There is a darkness you must enter as you approach God. In this darkness, you must mortify self. And yet, the goal is not the darkness. The goal is the light of God.

If you are a Christian, by definition, you have had an encounter with the light of God. The lie is that such things are rare one-time occurrences. The book of Deuteronomy records God giving to Moses and the children of Israel the second set of tablets containing the ten commandments. God revealed not only laws to live by, but the spiritual principles behind the laws.

Deuteronomy 11:22-24:
For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves. 

Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours.”

The spiritual principle is simple. Once your feet have thread a spiritual path, that path belongs to you. Once God has given you a spiritual experience, it is yours. You can always return to it, re-experience it. Re-savor it. Re-enter the light and the presence of God.

And what did God instruct as to the prerequisite of such re-entering? “—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him— “. God’s one prerequisite is love. Yes, obedience, but obedience motivated by His one great commandment:

Deuteronomy 6:5:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

God even gave to Moses the practical instructions on how to continually walk in divine light.

Deuteronomy 11:18:
“Therefore, you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

Of course, the children of Israel took this literally. They started wearing a decorative ornament on the foreheads. When the spiritual point of the instruction was that we are to keep God’s words, His loving nature ‘as frontlets between your eyes’. In other words, God’s practical instructions was for us to keep His love in our mind’s eye. In our thoughts. In our imagination.

Zebulon

From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

The top left stone in your breastplate is a light green peridot. It is called ‘bareqeth’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Zebulon. Zebulon means ‘dwelling’.

Zebulon has the dual meaning “dwelling place” and “exalted, honored”. In Genesis 30:20, in a word play on the name Zebulon, when Leah gives birth to her sixth son, she says, “Now my husband will be honored to dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons”.

God wants you to always remember, you will be exalted as His son or daughter for all of eternity. You will dwell with Him. You will eat at His table. You will walk the halls of His glorious palace.

The land allotted to Zebulon in Israel was a small portion of southern Galilee. Jacob declared “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon.” It was in this area of Galilee that Jesus began His ministry.

Matthew 4:15-16:
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death. Light has dawned.

To become true sons and daughters of God, our hearts must become like those of the tribe of Zebulon. The people of Zebulon were known for their undivided loyalty to King David (1 Chronicles 12:33) and for answering Hezekiah’s call for spiritual renewal (2 Chronicles 30:10). Besides Zebulon, only Asher and Manasseh also had the humility to answer Hezekiah’s call.

Their reward was living by the sea. They lived with a simple steady diet of bread and fish. These are both Christian symbols of the life and ministry of the Lord and the church. A hallmark of those becoming children of Zebulon is a constant desire to live a simple, single-purpose life, serving the Lord and others.

By living by the sea, the children of Zebulon “become a haven for ships”. When you live a single-purpose life, when the Lord becomes the sole source of your life, you will become a haven for those around you who have been tossed about by the churning sea of the world.

 

 

 

 

Exude Peace

From the book “Gardens in Heaven” …

As contemplative prayer becomes a routine, you will exude peace. The fragrance of Christ that you will diffuse will be offensive to those around you who are perishing. But, it will be sweet to those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You will be the scent of heaven everywhere you go. Who is sufficient for these things? It is not in our self-effort. It is spending time with Jesus that makes us sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

As you picture yourself in your heavenly garden, picture Jesus being with you. Picture yourself handing your burdens to Him. He wants to take them! Thank Him for all that He has done. Speak forth the things for which you are thankful. In this way, you will develop a thankful heart. Then learn to be quiet to allow the Lord to speak into your current situation. Seek and consider His heavenly perspective on the events and circumstances that are occupying your mind.

The beloved bridegroom continues …

Song of Solomon 5:1:
I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!

In the Bible a garden is symbolic of a person’s soul.

When the Lord enters the garden of a person’s soul, when He enters the garden of a person’s thoughts, it is definitely cause for celebration! The bridegroom comes to his garden with the heavy aroma of spices. He is intoxicated with his love for his bride.

Naphtali – Aquamarine

From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

Let me tell you a little secret. God does not expect you to be strong. You don’t win battles by being strong. You win them by acknowledging that you are weak and only God is strong enough to win the victory.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) King David, known for being a great warrior, when describing how God gave him victories wrote:

Psalm 18:31-34:
For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Verse 33 in the King James version reads “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” A hind is a female red deer. (The male is called a stag.) God gave the red deer the ability to quickly ascend a steep rocky slope to avoid danger. When attacked, a deer will seek higher ground for protection. It has an ability that it’s enemy does not.

 

Therein lies the secret. As children of God, we have an ability that our enemy does not have. We can go to a place that he cannot go. We can enter the gates of the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2) We can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Joseph

From the book “Jewels in Heaven” …

The 4th row center stone in your breastplate is beryl. It is called ‘shoham’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Joseph. Joseph means ‘he will increase’.

The clear white stone associated with Joseph signifies clarity of prophetic knowledge and wisdom and of clearly seeing heaven. Joseph was such a man. The Hebrew word ‘shoham’ means ‘to turn white’. (Hence, it’s use as the name of a clear white gem.)

The shoham gem in your breastplate represents holiness. Holiness means purity. It means allowing the Lord to remove the impurities from your life. It means being single-minded in having the Lord the center of your life. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:8, 6-7)

The central ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit is to “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8), to bring about holiness. God does not want you to be “tossed by the wind.

Naphtali

From the book “Jewels in Heaven” …

The 2nd row center stone in your breastplate is aquamarine. It is called ‘sappiyr’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Naphtali. Naphtali means ‘my struggle’.

The key to overcoming struggles in your life is to rise above them to get God’s perspective. The light blue aquamarine stone at the center of your breastplate is there to remind you to rise above your struggles. Struggles should have the effect of causing you to spend more time with God. Allow Him to show you things from His point of view.

The Hebrew word ‘sappiyr’ means ‘to write with a mark, to inscribe’. It is meant to remind you that you are not alone.

Isaiah 49:14-18a:
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes, look around and see;

The Lord proclaims, I “inscribed you on the palms of My hands”. In your time of struggle, let the light blue color of aquamarine remind you that the Lord has not forsaken you. It is impossible for Him to do so. He’s tattooed you into the palm of His hands!

Issachar

From the upcoming book “Jewels in Heaven” …

I’ve been studying the names of the Tribes of Israel. Today I was contemplating Issachar. Issachar means ‘reward’. Oh boy, I thought. I love getting greater revelation about my reward! I thought, Lord what will you show me today: Mansions, Cities, Fields? My mind was racing with excitement. Suddenly, the Lord replied with a single word: ‘Silence!’

The word echoed through me (and from my perspective) all of creation around me.

There’s a story of Jesus in a boat with His disciples attempting to cross the Sea of Galilee, when a raging storm came up and the boat started to flounder.  Jesus silenced the storm with a single phrase ‘peace, be still’ (Mark 4:39)

I played the violin in grade school. There’s a moment just after the final note. The song has been building to a loud crescendo. The last note sounds and everyone has silenced their instruments. At that moment, the walls, the floor, the chair you are sitting in are all still vibrating at the frequency of that last note.

That is the experience when Jesus in the back of the boat spoke ‘peace, be still’. That was my experience today when the Lord stopped my excited mental chatter with the one word: ‘Silence!”

Once there was the chatter of my own thoughts. Next, there was complete peace, tranquility, silence and presence. It is in such a moment when you can truly feel the presence of the Lord. His presence is all around you. All of creation still vibrates with the voice that spoke it into existence.

This is my shield and my exceeding great reward. (Genesis 15:1)

The Christian mystic practice begins with learning to silence all of the inward mental chatter. Through silence you begin to see and hear. You begin to re-tune yourself to the presence of God that is constantly all around you. And yet, a presence we so easily lose awareness of.

Liberty

From the now available book “Freedom in Heaven” …

The Lord wants all believers to experience liberty.

Liberty is the freedom to come and go as you desire. To leave the ship to which they are assigned, a sailor must be granted liberty. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America called themselves, ‘Sons of Liberty’. Their goal was to create a new nation where each person had the liberty to come and go before God and to worship as they were led. They fought for liberty from the tyranny an old-world mindset that insisted that everyone approach God the same way. Likewise, as Christians, God has “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”. (Colossians 1:13)

As a child of God, you may be living in the physical realm on earth, yet you have liberty to return to our spiritual home in heaven. The Lord wants you to experience true spiritual liberty, the liberty to come and go before the very throne of God.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, “He led captivity captive”. He took with Him all things that would try to hold you captive to your present circumstance. You now have liberty to spend time with the Lord in heaven any time during your day. Nothing or no one has the power to keep you from entering heaven and spending time with your Lord. You need such time away to renew your strength, to have the strength to live an overcoming, spiritual life. This is the reason why spending time in heaven with the Lord is so important.

Spending time in heaven with Jesus is exercising your liberty!

Freedom in Relationships

From the upcoming book “Freedom in Heaven” …

Once your most important relationship is settled and established, every other relationship that you have will fall into place. Once your sense of self-worth and self-acceptance come from God alone, your will not put pressure on others to provide what only God can provide.

And most importantly, being free yourself means setting others free as well.

This freedom starts by praying blessings over other people. It also starts by praying that God would open your eyes to see who they really were created to be. Impart vision and freedom to others. Let God truly change your heart towards others. God has given you the freedom to be the unique person that you are. Now, give that freedom to others. Set people free, and you yourself will experience greater and greater freedom.

The desire to change or control others is demonic. The ability to truly love and appreciate others for who they are comes from God. However, it is an ability that only grows as we daily experience the true love and acceptance that only comes from Father God for ourselves. Trying to control or change people, relationships or even situations only brings us into bondage. Accepting and loving even difficult people sets us free. It is the schoolmaster that teaches us to become overcomers. Walking in such grace is so glorious that even angels desire to watch. It is the ‘joy inexpressible and full of glory’ spoken of the Apostle Peter (1 Peter 1:6-12)

You are not alone

From the upcoming book “Freedom in Heaven” …

The first step in the healing process, as you spend time with the Lord in the spirit, is in coming to the deep knowledge and certainty that you are not now, nor have you ever been alone. Jesus Christ is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13) He was there at your beginning. He was present when your heart break occurred. He will see you through to your complete healing. He is “the author and finisher of our faith”. (Hebrews 12:2)

You may be thinking; this all sounds great in theory. I can agree intellectually that Jesus was/is always with me. Yet, true healing only occurs as you experience firsthand the reality of the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry of Jesus needs to become a continual reality in your life. Reality is a synonym for truth. This why the apostle John wrote: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4) To walk in freedom, we need to learn to walk in truth. Walking in the deception of lies is walking in bondage.

The thought that you are alone is the lie you must defeat and expose. The fact that you are never alone is reality. It is the truth. To the extent that you are not walking in this reality is the extent to which you are walking in deception. Don’t allow this deception to rob you of divine healing.

What is God showing you about heaven?