Category Archives: Treasures in Heaven

Heaven is your true home

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven” …

During times of contemplative prayer, ask the Lord for new glimpses of heaven. Pray to smell the grass of heaven. Pray to feel the wind of the Holy Spirit blow and to see the mountains of grandeur.

Heaven is your true home. Heaven is your inheritance. Spending time in the spirit, in heaven, will fundamentally change your soul. It will change your heart and your mind. You will start sensing heaven around you in people and in places as you walk through your day. You will also feel God’s strong presence and protection when around people and in situations, even in situations that in the past made you feel uneasy. You will start to walk in the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits. Gods wants you to have this gift for the benefit of those you meet. This is because discerning spirits and sensing unspoken needs go hand-in-hand. Be sensitive to the needs of others around you and offer to pray as the Lord prompts.

During my times of contemplative prayer, if in the spirit I see a flower, I imagine its sweet smell. I start by remembering the scent of a rose or other familiar flower, but then, as I take this first step, the Lord responds with a heavenly aroma that is beyond what I have ever known. When such a blessing goes beyond past experience, you know that it is from God. What is the purpose of such an experience? God wants to bless you! Allow God to bless you by letting you smell heaven! Get excited about the heavenly world that you will one day enjoy in its fullness! In your prayer times breathe deeply and allow heaven to invade your senses!

God wants the church to be filled with people who discern the spiritual atmosphere around them everywhere they go. Demons tremble at the sight of spiritually aware Christians approaching, knowing that their lies will be soon exposed. Bringing falsehoods into the light of truth found in Jesus Christ destroys lies and sets people free from their entanglements. Speaking the truth in love, we are to cast down imaginations and “every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. (1 Corinthians 10:5) We will begin to see the authority we have as sons and daughters of the living God. The sword of truth that we carry will expose and defeat every lie of the enemy!

Smell the grass of heaven

From the book “Treasures in Heaven” …

Psalms 119:103:
How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

In heaven, we will spend eternity discovering the wonders God has prepared for us (1 Corinthians 2:9). This will include more than simply things we see, touch and hear. God’s wonders are also amazing in how they taste and smell. In my book ‘Gardens in Heaven’, I mention some of the Biblical references to gardens and their spiritual impact. Needless to say, taste and smell have a powerful effect on our mind and emotions. In some ways, their impact is greater than even what we see and touch. God wants us to live our lives emerged in the wonderful fragrance of being heavenly minded. In this way, we will be a beautiful fragrance of Christ to those around us.

2 Corinthians 14-15:

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

This earth for all its beauty is only a shadow of the beauty to be found in God’s ultimate creation, heaven. Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:18-19 was for all believers in Christ to receive glimpses of heaven.  That we “may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height  to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”.

During times of contemplative prayer, ask the Lord for new glimpses of heaven. Pray to smell the grass of heaven. Pray to feel the wind of the Holy Spirit blow and to see the mountains of grandeur.

Your True Appearance

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

Isaiah 60:1-3:

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Heaven is a realm of glory. It is God’s ultimate goal for your life to reflect His glory, for God’s light to shine upon and through you to people around you.

What is your appearance in heaven? In heaven you shine as a unique reflection of God. People see you as God’s glorious creation. You are your true self. You reflect God in a way that only you can. People finally see who you truly are. You are like Jesus. This is how you will appear for all eternity. This is your eternal destiny.

1 John 3:1-3:

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

You can be an expression of God’s glory here and now. The key is learning to kill your self-made façade and learning to live trusting and believing what God says about you in the Bible. It’s learning to live in the light of God’s glory. You may be thinking that ‘kill’ is a strong word. But, kill the façade you must. This needs to be radical surgery. This needs to be a clean break, a new way of living your life. I’ve met so many where slight exaggeration or convenient omission is so ingrained they’ve stopped being aware of what they’re doing. Complete death by the working of the Holy Spirit to the old self is the only answer. Starting today, you must live for an audience of one, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Look into His eyes. The façade will be killed. He sees right through it, to the child within.

… The Kingdom of Heaven

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

To learn about heaven is to learn about the deeper spiritual life available to us as we learn to walk in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has given gifts to the church. These gifts are to empower us for ministry today. But they are also glimpses into the life that will we will ultimately have in heaven.

Some will say spiritual gifts will not be needed in heaven. I say spiritual gifts are a foretaste of heaven and will continue in heaven. In heaven, we will see them in their full expression.

Some say spiritual gifts were solely for the formation of the church and so have not existed since the first century. I say our need for the supernatural is greater now than ever before. With the Holy Spirit’s power our ministry to the hurting will no longer be in our own strength. Also, (and the reason for this book) without the gifts of the Holy Spirit routinely reminding us of the spiritual realm and the incredible life awaiting us in heaven, we risk falling into a false belief system where heaven is either simply an intellectual state or a place meant for fleshly satisfaction.

The gifts of the Spirit empower for today and continually remind us of our tomorrow.

… The Kingdom of Glory

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

What exactly is ‘glory’? In the Bible, there are examples of God’s glory appearing. For instance, in the Old Testament, God’s glory appeared at times as a cloud, at times as a shining pillar of fire. God’s glory is usually associated with a glowing or a shining. But those are just examples of how God’s glory appears. Not it’s essence.

Glory itself is the visible outward reflection of the inward nature and character of God.

Glory in general can be defined as a reflection of what is best and true about a person or a thing. For example, the glory of the bush is the flower. The glory of the stalk is the ear of corn. The glory of the tree is the apple. The glory of God is His love, His kindness, His mercy. These attributes and more reflect the truly wonderful nature of God.

1 Peter 4:14:

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

… the Word of Wisdom

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

In heaven, God builds with things like jasper, pure gold, even crystal glass! (Revelation 21:18) In heaven, we will partner together with God in building incredible structures to the praise of His glory. Even now, here on earth God gives us the honor and privilege of being (King James Version) “laborers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9)

The spiritual gift of the word of wisdom is given for this purpose. God wants us all to be “wise master builders”. (1 Corinthians 3:10) Through the spiritual gift, God wants to give us words that build into people’s lives. He wants us to build ministries and organizations that change the world. He wants to give us ideas at our work and in our home to create and to build things that glorify Him to the world around us. He wants you to build a spirit of peace in your home and in your work place. When Satan tries to bring tension or unrest, when Satan tries to pull down and destroy, God wants to give you a word of wisdom to build up and restore peace.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

… The Word of Knowledge

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

In heaven, the knowledge of the Lord will be our daily food. God will feed us with knowledge of Himself. We will chew on it, mediate on and swallow it. It will be our daily delight. It will be what satisfies.

Jesus was referring to this heavenly reality when He told His disciples to eat His flesh and to drink His blood. Jesus knew and experienced heaven here on earth. He knew of the true food and drink that satisfies. True food is the intimate knowledge of God obtained directly from the mouth of God.

This living not by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3) is available in the here and now by the spiritual gift of the word of knowledge.

A lot of people only associate this gift with supernaturally receiving knowledge from God about other people or events. In other words, receiving a supernatural knowledge not obtained by natural means. Yet the ability to “read someone’s mail” is but a small part of this spiritual gift. The main (and dire I say most important) part of this gift is receiving knowledge about God directly from the mouth of God.

… Discerning of Spirits

From the book ‘Treasure in Heaven’ …

Psalms 34:8: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

The next treasure in heaven is the treasure of discovery. Because of ignorance, some people are actually not looking forward to heaven! When they think heaven, they think aimless inactivity. They think sitting on a cloud playing a harp. Nothing could be further from the truth!

As a counter to this misconception, I believe the next move of God here on earth will include the restoration of the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits. (1 Corinthians 12:10) To ‘discern’ means to taste, to feel or to touch. It may seem odd to talk about tasting God, but that is an accurate description of the spiritual gift. God wants to activate our spiritual senses in the here and now. He wants us to see Him in creation, to hear Him as we ponder His word and to smell Him in the spiritual atmosphere around us.

Psalms 119:103: How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

… Speaking in Tongues

From the book ‘Treasures in Heaven’ …

The first treasure in heaven is common language and shared purpose. A glimpse of this reality can be seen in the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues.

Unity is only possible because of the common indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Only as the Holy Spirit fills people can true unity be achieved. As believers, we are called ‘the body of Christ’ (Romans 12:4-5), united under Jesus, the head of the body, joined together by the Holy Spirit.

Attempts at unity through clarity of doctrinal argument will fail. Temporary unity through a common earthly purpose will fade. Unity brought about by strong earthly leadership will soon pass. Only through the Holy Spirit indwelling can truly joined hearts be achieved.