From the book “Benches in Heaven” …
What strikes me most about the human condition is the loneliness. Should this be the case for the born-again Christian? Shouldn’t the greatest blessing of being a Christian be a continuing connection and intimate relationship with God?
According to Jeremiah 31:34, God has a goal. ‘No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more’.
The results of the curse on fallen man is that we have blinded eyes and hardened hearts (John 12:40). People refuse to believe the possibility that they can see and hear God. Why is that? Is the good news just too simple? Have they had glimpses of heaven and were scared of what people might think?
Some have bought into the lie that a relationship with God is just for the elite few, and it is only obtainable through years of religious study and/or strict discipline. Study is good. The more you fall in love with God, the more you want to read and study about Him. Discipline is good. Learning to quiet your mind (to more clearly hear from God) is a good thing.
However, the ability to see and hear from God is a gift. It comes with salvation. You were physically born with physical senses. When you were spiritually born-again you received spiritual senses.
Intimacy with God is something that is available to every believer.
From the book ‘Benches in Heaven’ …
This is an important question. I strongly believe everything we believe needs to pass the test of scripture. So, is seeing heaven while we’re still here on earth Biblical? Here are the first two scriptures God gave me in answering this question.
2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
According to Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, beholding the unseen realm is actually the key to our transformation. I definitely want to be transformed into the image of Jesus. I want to receive instruction and revelation from the Lord.
The key to routinely seeing heaven is having a sanctified imagination.
To sanctify means to set aside for a Godly purpose. By faith declare that your imagination will be used exclusively to contemplate Jesus and heaven. Then establish a practice of setting aside time to quiet your mind and to allow God to speak to you and to show you your inheritance.
Chances are, at first you’ll find the hard part to be trying to quiet your mind. There are several techniques that can help. Some people recite the ‘Jesus prayer’, some learn techniques where you concentrate solely on your breathing. For me, speaking in tongues is also very helpful. I use all of these techniques. I don’t want things to become stale or routine.
There is immediate benefit in such a practice especially for those who struggle with ungodly thoughts and imaginations. If this is you, start such a routine*. Take the offensive in the battle for your mind!
* It normally takes threes weeks to establish any new habit.