Category Archives: Doorways in Heaven

Being a Morning Star

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

One title given to Jesus is that of ‘the Morning Star’. As we gaze upon Jesus, we are transformed into Morning Stars. Being a Morning Star is an intended title for all Sons of God. (Job 38:7) Being a morning star means being a manifest Son of God. By that I mean a Son of God who is clearly, openly displaying to the world the attributes of Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:21)

You may be saved. You may have confessed with your mouth and believed in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 10:9-10) Fantastic! It’s now time for you to push open the Thyatira Doorway! It’s time to realize that you have been bought with a price. And that it’s time to start living a life that is set aside for a higher purpose. Jesus’ prayer for you can be found in John chapter 17. In it He prayed, asking His Father to “sanctify them by Your truth.” (John 17:17) Likewise, the Apostle Paul’s prayer for you found in 1 Thessalonians is: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

To sanctify, to set aside for a Godly purpose, to not be a common vessel, but a vessel of gold or silver in God’s great house, starts with you taking the offensive in the area of your thought life. You need to make the decision to set aside time daily and to retrain your imagination. You need to start using your imagination to muse upon heaven and Jesus Christ. Use the scriptures to help you in this practice. For this is the Thyatira Door that you must open for yourself, “and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts” (Revelation 2:23)

Purity then comes from beholding Jesus Christ in your mind.

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.

The more time you spend beholding in your mind and imagination the glory of the Lord, the more time are you allowing the Spirit of the Lord to transform you ‘from glory to glory’.

Some basic definitions

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

Here are some basic definitions for: prayer, meditation and contemplation.

Prayer is simply dialogue with God. It is being open and honest before God and creating the space for God to respond, to encourage and to correct. It’s laying all your cards on the table, all your hopes, dreams and fears and then waiting on God for His response.

Meditation is thoughtfully, prayerfully considering a scripture or a teaching pertaining to God and the spiritual realm. It’s considering a scripture or a teaching from ‘outside the box’, from a new perspective and so allowing God to show you the many facets of the jewel. (In that way, I pray that this book provokes and encourages meditation.)

Contemplation is interacting with God and heaven using your spiritual senses: seeing, hearing, (and yes even) touching, smelling and tasting. At it’s core, it is experiencing God.

The emphasis upon these three spiritual disciplines: prayer, meditation and contemplation is a hallmark of being a Christian mystic.

The two pillars of contemplation are stillness and awareness. As you enter into stillness, you enter into the awareness of God.

Discovering the person God created

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

Romans 8:29:

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

As a Christian, God is transforming you into the image of Jesus. This ‘sibling of Jesus’, this ‘child of God’ person is your true self. It is the person God created. And so, true joy, love and acceptance is only found as you discover and become that person. You must increasingly see yourself as that person.

Discovering the person God created is a journey of revelation. It is a journey full of astonishment. The person God created is holy. That person is completely separate from the sin of this world. That person is a powerful, overcoming and unique expression of God. This is why Satan works so hard to keep you from a powerful truth: you are that person right now. You are right now seated with Christ in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:20) And, as you grow in your revelation of your true self, you will grow increasingly aware that you are right now both here on earth and also ‘seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens’. (Hebrews 8:1)

Power over the nations

From the book “Doorways in Heaven’ …

Revelation 2:26-27:

And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father

Light/truth always scatters darkness/lies. We are not called to live lives continually battered by the lies of the enemy. We called to live lives walking in the light, walking in the truth, walking in love and freedom. This is the “power over the nations” promised to children of God. It is walking empowered by “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17)

One title of the Holy Spirit is ‘The Spirit of Truth’. He is The Helper who proceeds from the Father. (John 15:26) Part of His job is to ‘guide you into all truth’. (John 16:13). A synonym for truth is reality. Heaven and the spiritual realm are very much real. Living unaware of the spiritual realm is living in unreality.

As you set aside your mind and your imagination to muse daily upon heaven and the person of Jesus, it is the Spirit of Truth who will be your guide. He will bring heavenly thoughts, pictures, scripture verses into your mind and imagination. You will come to know and love His guiding and directing.

The Sixth Doorway – Philadelphia

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

Revelation 3:12:

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Once the fifth door is opened and you start down the spiritual path of developing your spiritual senses, you will come to the sixth doorway: Philadelphia. Once the Philadelphia Doorway is pushed open, no one, nothing can shut it. It is the door through which you experience heaven. You will become a “a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more”. Jesus, though physically here on earth, was continuously conscious of heaven and the spiritual realm around him. Walking in this reality is not only possible but should be the goal of all Christians.

Once you go through the Philadelphia Doorway, you will continuously abide in the presence of God. No matter the earthly activity in which you are currently engaged, an open heavenly doorway into the very presence of God will be above you. Blessings shall be raining down upon you.

The Tree of Life

From the book ‘Doorways of Heaven’

Hear the Holy Spirit’s calling once again. Eat of The Tree of Life in the midst of the Paradise of God. By faith, once again see the unseen. See heaven. See once again the Paradise of God. Feed your soul in that place. Let it strengthen and nourish your soul.

Be a worship service unto yourself! For this is the essence of the Ephesian doorway.

Not only are you to be a ‘law unto yourself’ but you are to be a ‘worship service unto yourself’. Life on the other side of the Ephesian door means that you have learned to continually enjoy the presence of the Lord. You have overcome the lie of Satan that tries to tell you that the way into heaven and the throne room of God is not open. It is open! Your foot has trod on heavenly ground. Heaven is now a part of you and your inheritance. No one can take it from you! Overcoming this lie and being biblically convinced that heaven is available to you right now is the first doorway every Christian must pass through to start living an overcoming life. You now have access to the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus Christ! (Hebrews 10:19)

If you have been washed in the blood, if you have been saved, then by definition you now have access to the very presence of God. (Romans 5:2)

The Return

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

A foundational principle in walking/living in the spirit is to routinely return to a previous or even your first God encounter or experience. (This is such a critical concept. And yet, you seldom hear teaching or preaching on the subject.) In prayer counseling, we routinely have people who currently feel dry or ‘far from God’ to return in their mind, in their imagination, in their spirit to a previous moment in time when they did feel close to God. Some call such past moments ‘five bar’ moments. (Times when their God reception was strong.)

We all should practice routinely returning in our memory, in our imagination to a time and place where we felt especially close to God.

This can be your initial salvation experience or something more recent. Consider this as a ‘reset button’ for your spiritual walk. Shut your eyes and return to a place where you felt close to God. Feel close to Him once again. Re-ground yourself in His presence.

The process of glorification

From the book ‘Doorways in Heaven’ …

Change in a Christian’s life is progressive. In His mercy, God gives to us, in each season only a measure of change. He allows us to soak in, enjoy and adjust to a new normal before showing us the doorway to be opened to the next season, to the next new normal for our life. This is the process of glorification. For all eternity, God will continue to reveal to us new depths of His glory so that we are continually changed ‘from glory to glory’. (2 Corinthians 3:18) This life here on earth is but the first few baby steps. But those first steps are incredibly important. They are training us in the ways of glory. For even in heaven, faith will continue to be the way of glory. For faith is seeing the unseen. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

Praise God, the process of glory starts now! But, for the process of glory to proceed, we must learn the process of change, the process of repentance. We must give to God permission to take us out of our comfort zone. Don’t believe the lie that change is an exhausting struggle. That may be true for worldly change. But, godly transformation is supernaturally empowered. Acceptance of God’s hand in your life brings peace and rest. Genuine rest is only found in the ways of glory.

Allow heaven to change you

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.

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.