Friday, October 23, 2009

Engaging the Supernatural Realm of Heaven

by Jeff Jansen

(source: Destiny Image Newsletter: click here)

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From the beginning of time man was born with the unquenchable desire to know God and to be known by God. This awareness is not learned or taught, but is an instinctive hunger deeply-seated by God within the heart of man. A veil has been placed over the hearts and minds of humanity and it is crucial that we wrestle past it by the blood of Jesus in order to encounter the living God.

It's not good enough for your pastor to have the word of the Lord. It's not good enough for God's prophets to partner with the angels. It's not good enough for only revivalists to live in the continual presence of God. It's absolutely essential that you personally get to know God, experientially, by whatever means possible including visions, dreams, angelic encounters, His still small voice, third-heaven experiences, and more. These are all ways God revealed Himself to His people in the Bible--these are all ways God is revealing Himself today.

Hearing, recognizing, and discerning God's voice is an everyday motion for a Spirit filled son of God. It may be awkward at first, sifting through voices and feelings, exercising the discerning organ of your spirit-man, but after a while it becomes natural, like breathing. Living and walking in the Spirit should be normal for any Christian; supernatural happenings should be common among the followers of Jesus (see the Gospels and Acts).

In the earth today there is a Rising Glory Generation, on whom the favor and hand of God rests, because--above all things--they have a heart to know Him and do great exploits. God is beckoning this royal priesthood to go up the mountain of the Lord to meet with Him face to face. Supernatural experiences with the living Christ expose His character and nature. This is one of the ways we get to know God and grow in intimacy with Him. Jesus taught us to pray, "...on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). It's our job to learn how to live and move in heavenly places so we can effectively bring the characteristics of the eternal realm into the realm of now. As we increase in manifesting the Kingdom of God, the earth will bear the image and characteristics of heaven. No more sickness, disease, depression, poverty, addiction, or demonic oppression of any type, but overwhelming joy, peace, and love, healing, wholeness, deliverance, and financial blessings! When you learn to partner with heaven's agenda, you have all of heaven's resources at your disposal. Your gifts will be activated--miracles will follow your spoken word--nations will come to the brightness of your rising!

We know that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (see James 4:17), but it is imperative that we seek Him with faith: "...without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Heb. 11:6). How do we encounter God? "By faith Enoch was taken up..." (Heb. 11:5). Supernatural experiences are activated by faith. Hungering and thirsting is also essential: "For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants" (Isa. 44:3). The Kingdom heaven advances on the earth by those who are forceful, violent, and passionate about advancing it (see Matt. 11:12).

In summation: "As spiritual beings, we live our lives in a supernatural dimension on a stage before angels and demons and the Lord of the universe." It's time we cast off every restraint that holds us back, and live our lives to the fullest in God's Kingdom of Power and Glory.
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