Citizens of Two Realms

Ephesians 2:11-14:
Therefore, remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.

I spent a lot of time talking about the importance of prayer, contemplation and of spending time in the heavenly realms. My daily routine is to start each day doing those things. What I have yet to address is the effect it has on the rest of the day. Once you start living a life that starts each day in the presence of the Lord, you will find that you never really leave His presence. You become increasingly aware of the Lord and of the spiritual realm as you go about your daily tasks. One of the spiritual gifts listed in 2 Corinthians 12:10 is “discerning of spirits”. As you routinely spend time in heaven you will increasing discern the spiritual around you during the day; in places and in people. In fact, this should be the continual, normal way in which a Christian lives his life. God wants us to walk through each day ministering to others. This is how He wants us to proceed. We are to follow Jesus’ example. This is how He lived His physical life here on earth.

John 5:19-20:
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.”

Jesus walked each day on earth being shown by Father God (by the Holy Spirit) the spiritual realm around Him. You may think that Jesus did the miraculous because He was/is the Son of God, when in fact He did His earthly miracles by seeing what Father God was doing in the spiritual realm around Him and then coming into agreement with the miraculous by the laying on of His hands on the same work. There is power of agreement (Leviticus 26:8). This is the foundational Christian principle of ‘laying on of hands’ listed in Hebrews 6:1.

As you walk through your day, right now you walk in / are present in two realms; the physical and the spiritual. That is true for all human beings. The difference for those who have “the eyes of their understanding enlightened” and who have come to “know the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18) is awareness. God wants you to be increasingly aware of the spiritual reality around you. This for your sake and for the sake for those around you. Such awareness is “the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” And it was bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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