The great goodness of God

From the book ‘Mountains in Heaven’ …

I’ve been a Christian for some time. I still need to frequently remind myself of the great goodness of God. All of us need to soak in the picture of God painted in the Bible, letting it change our view of God. Meditate on the following scriptures. Allow them to change your view of God.

Psalm 42:8:

The Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

God is not some impersonal, judgmental lightning bolt thrower. God is good all the time. He is for you, not against you. He wants the best for your life. He created you and wants you to be fulfilled. His song should fill your life. His joy should fill your life.

Psalm 40:11:

Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

According to His tender mercies, God blots out your transgressions. (Psalm 51:1) All of His actions are motivated by His loving-kindness. His covenants are motivated by His love. Scriptures are not to be viewed as lists of dos and don’ts. They are the advice of a loving Father who wants the best for you.

Psalm 103:4:

Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies

How much does God love you? He gave His only son to redeem your life from destruction. So much of religion is built around trying to please God, when really it should be simply a celebration of the fact that He already loves us beyond comprehension.

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.

Diffuse the fragrance of Christ

From the book “Gardens in Heaven’ …

The practice of contemplative prayer starts with learning to quiet you mind. To do so you first need to escape the noise of the world around you. Find a place and time where you can regularly be alone with your thoughts, then learn to turn those thoughts towards God.

One good way to turn your thoughts towards God is to picture yourself in heaven. Imagine the scene as a beautiful garden. Breathe deeply and imagine the fragrance of the plants and flowers around you.

The benefit of such a daily practice is that you will begin to diffuse the fragrance of Christ throughout your day. By that I mean you will exude peace when there is chaos around you. Also, during the day you will be able to escape stress by simply closing your eyes and returning to your heavenly garden.

2 Corinthians 2:14-16:

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. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

As contemplative prayer becomes a routine, you will exude peace.

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.

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd

Song of Solomon 6:2:

My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies. 3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

In the garden of your soul the Lord will feed and nourish you. Notice that God will ‘feed his flock in the gardens’. The key to being spiritually nourished is to find the path to your garden, to that place in your soul, that place in your thought life where you meet with God.

A sanctified imagination is the key. Use your imagination for a godly purpose. Learn to regularly set aside time to contemplate God. A great technique to quiet your mind is to picture yourself in a garden.

If you have something troubling you or if you have questions to ask, picture Jesus seated with you. Ask Him questions. Unload your burden. In such a garden you will find your spiritual food and drink. You will daily receive fresh revelation from God. You will mature as a child of God.

When you exercise your spiritual senses in this way you will come to know Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd (John 10:11). We are the sheep of His pasture. He loves, feeds, and cares for His sheep. We all need to spend daily time being cared for by the shepherd of our souls.