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Dual Realities of the Believer – (No More Pickle Juice)

26 Dec

(Disclaimer: There is a belief called ‘dualism’ which separates God in the spirit realm from man in the natural realm.  The two don’t mix in this belief system.  Conversely, when I speak of dual realities I believe they are intertwined and inseparable.)

Heaven is for real!  And it’s for now!  Yes, we walk on earth, but we’ve been invited to live in and rule from Heaven… and experience both of them simultaneously.  God’s original intention was for us to be aware of and live in the supernatural realm more than in the temporal realm.  Unfortunately, most voices around us scream to give our full attention to this earthly realm.  And even most of the voices which would point us to the Heavenly realm would have us believe that the Heavenly realm is reserved for after we die. Of course this is just not true.  Jesus, our Supreme Model gave us plenty of examples to see how a mortal can ascend into Heaven while still living and breathing on earth.  John 3:13 is a prime example:

“No one has ascended to Heaven but He who came down from Heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in Heaven.”

Jesus is referring to Himself in each instance in this verse… the one who ascended… the one who came down… and the one who is in Heaven.  Just for reference; this verse is pre-cross, pre-resurrection and pre-glorification.  Then how could He say this?  Because He had discovered how to ascend and descend.  He had learned to traverse between the two realms.  In fact, He lived in both simultaneously.  One realm was not mutually exclusive or cancelling of the other.  They had merged into one experience… all under Father’s jurisdiction and care.  Jesus, being 100% man, set the example for us.  He’s inviting us to live in the Heavenlies with Him, now!  No delaying it until our ‘ticker’ stops.  A host of Scriptures reference and establish this powerful fact (if we use the right ‘glasses’ to view them).  So now, while our feet walk on terra firma, we live in and  rule from Heaven where we’re “seated with Christ”!

Unfortunately this world has baptized and marinated us in the pickle juice of shame, insecurity and lack.  And we’ve believed this diabolic lie.  Even as sons of God, we still operate nearly exclusively out of our ‘pickled’ state… in our self-talk, in our conversations and in our prayer life.  Just listen to ourselves talk about ourselves or our conditions next time we talk to anyone, especially when we talk to God.  Do you hear any ‘poor little ‘ol me’ overtones… or rehearsing the sad state of affairs… or outright beggar posture just hoping for another morsel to help make it till Friday.  The following quote says it quite succinctly:

    “One of the most disbelieved scriptures in the entire Bible is found in Col. 2:10: “You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” This is the root of unbelief that gives rise to all of our struggles. When we do not believe we are complete in Him we spend our every effort trying to become who God says we are. We use our “faith” to get what God says we already have. Our prayer life is consumed with asking God to do what He has already done through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus!”
“Break the power of lack by persuading your heart that you are complete in Him. Memorize, meditate on, sing, say, and worship every scriptural promise that tells you what is yours in Jesus. (And, by the way, every promise God ever made to anyone is yours, in Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20) Lose yourself in Him. Immerse yourself so deeply in your identity in Him that you have no sense of self outside of Christ! No lack can live in a heart that is complete.” – Dr. James B. Richards

Did you catch that?  Even our prayers reflect our beggar mentality because we’re still slaves to the Liar and his lies. Believing this lie will prohibit us from being kings and kingly.  But we ARE kings… co-heirs with Jesus and seated with Him in the Heavens!  This MUST become our greater reality.  We must learn to think, see, speak, pray and rule from this reality.  The now emerging Kingdom era needs and awaits us.  Believing Him who is Truth will launch us into being “filled with all the fullness of God” (see Eph 3:19).

In the beggar posture, we didn’t have to accept responsibility for the rightness or wrongness of our prayers.  We just cried out from our real or perceived pain or lack… and we let Almighty God do the sorting out.  We didn’t have any power anyway… it was all up to Him.  Right?  No!  That’s not scripturally correct!  Jesus said, “I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy…” (see Luke 10:19).  And this is NOT reserved for ‘the millennium’… this is NOW!  Friends, we’ve got a lot of growing up to do, in our prayer type (ruling vs beg), our prayer focus (from Heaven toward earth) and our prayer topics (governance).  We’ll have to determine whether we’ve spent sufficient ‘face-time’ to get to know Father’s heart so that we can pray authoritatively as His spokesperson and emissary.NoMorePickleJuice

Suggestion: Try a fast… a unique type of fast.  Try fasting for one week from plaintiff prayers… even from asking prayers.  Try releasing, prophetic, declaring, decreeing type prayers.  This may feel awkward at first, but you’ll find that it’s much more in keeping with who you are and your inheritance in Christ.  Try thinking, speaking and praying as a ruling king would… as a king who has heard and knows his King’s heart and mind.  Are you ready, kings?  Ok, no more pickle juice!  Welcome to kingship in His Kingdom!

The simple graphic below may help visualize this powerful dynamic. (Click for larger graphic)

The Believer's Dual Realities

To view an 80 minute video of Mark presenting this subject, click here.
For notes to accompany the video, click here.

Father travels with Holy Spirit to pray for son

9 Jan

Stories to Inspire

It is my happy conviction that God has opened up a great ‘door’ of revelation to help transport us into our rightful and Biblical place ‘in the Heavenlies’… not merely as a theology, but as an experiential reality.  Plenty could be said to validate that truth in Scripture… but I suggest that you read some of my past blog posts, here.

A new level of liberation is taking place.  We are getting freed up from being merely ‘terra-firm-ites’… earthlings.  Our greater reality is our Heavenly likeness, Heavenly location, Heavenly citizenship, etc.  Check this out!  Stupendous! 

See yourselves co-raised with Christ!  Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in him.  Relocate yourselves mentally!  Engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand. – Col 3:1 Mirror Bible Translation

My confidence is that as we learn to “live and move and have our being” IN Him and IN the Heavenlies, we will find our 1) spirit man acknowledged and liberated… our 2) soul man inspired and empowered… and our 3) body experiencing super-natural things we never ever imagined… not to mention, being 4) more effective as men and women of God

Just one of those avenues leading toward more effectiveness will be in prayer.  As we find our place in the Heavens, we’ll not posture or perceive ourselves as weak plaintiff humans, but rather, as righteous and highly favored sons who are actually partnering with God in co-rulership.  Think of it: not praying TO God… but WITH God. 

Try it out sometime… like my good friend did.  I’ll keep him anonymous in the following story.
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Father travels with Holy Spirit to pray for son

Recently I got a phone call from a very good and longtime friend.  He’s heard some of the stories of our Ascended Life Community experiences. 

Years ago one of his adult sons separated himself from family and friends.  Internal struggles led him to drug addiction, homelessness, and living on the street in his car.  No phone, no address and a drifting lifestyle made it impossible to be contacted.  So, the last time my friend was able to talk with his son was nearly 2 ½ years ago. 

A few days ago, my friend’s heart was especially moved with compassion and tender care for his son.  In prayer, he said, “I’m going to do that thing that Mark does where he goes with the Holy Spirit to the place where he is praying for… and then he prays in that place.”  So in prayer, my friend activated his mind and heart to go with Holy Spirit to his son.  After engaging in this mode for a time, he fell asleep… and woke up later, without experiencing anything unusual.

But, a couple of days later he received a phone call and the operator asked if he would accept a collect call from his son.  Of course, he said, “Yes.”  My friend, his wife and their son had a cordial conversation.  It was a relief to their hearts to hear in his voice that he was doing better than the last time they had talked with him. 

I have followed this story with my friend and prayed into this story for many years.  So when he called to tell me the latest in his story, my tears quickly flowed.  My father heart joined with his father-heart as we both rejoiced that they had at least talked… but we still felt the pain of his son’s separation and brokenness.  Your prayers are appreciated. 

By the way: He attributes the call from his son to a more effective way of praying for his son.

–MLH

Transition, Ascension, Dominion… and Beyond!

12 Aug

Heaven’s desire is for us to discover our God-designed reality of being primarily spirit beings.  Dual realities… we still have normal earth lives but are primarily oriented in the Heavenly realm and living out from our spirit man.  And God’s desire has always been to share His rulership with us, from that place.

Take a look at the first mention of man in the Bible.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion – Gen 1:26

We can see that God’s original dream was for man to rule… yes, have dominion.  It’s stated even more emphatically in Psalms.

You have made him (man) to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet – Ps 8:6

And then Jesus expresses it in even more broad terms when He sent out the 70.

Behold, I give you the authority… over all the power of the enemy – Lk 10:19

Wow!  That is almost too huge to comprehend!  How can a mere human ever function in this level of partnership with God?  And if we are supposed to, why aren’t we doing it?  Well, I believe that we must learn to re-orient ourselves from earth into the Heavenlies.  We must ween ourselves from our earth-boundness and become familiar with our Heavenly inheritance.

Most of us will need help traversing the distance between earth and heaven (from our soul man to our spirit man).  Honestly, there is not much precedent for it in our society, nor is there much teaching about it in the Church… and there is far less modeling of it.  But there is a grass-roots movement emerging and it’s popping up everywhere. 

But the question is: “So how do I do that?”  Well, with the limited understanding that we have at this point, I’ve created a ‘road-map’ with ‘waypoints’ that are necessary to get to our desired objective.  And what is that desired objective?  It is to become even more familiar with the Heavenly realities… than we are with this natural world.

Follow this sequential process: 

Roadmap from Earth into Heavenly realities

Preoccupation with earth leaves us ignorant of Heavenly realities
Ignorance of heavenly realities leaves us in unbelief

Transition
But unbelief begins to yield to testimonies of those who transition
Testimonies inspire us toward a desire for change
Scripture gives God’s approval and validates that it is possible
Possibility begins to grow into believability
Believability mixed with the hearing of the Word produces faith
Faith, when applied, is expressed in action

Ascension
Action manifests in experimenting with ascension
Experimentation over time becomes proven experience
Experiences over time redefine our new personal reality
Visiting there frequently helps establish our new ‘address’
Our new address is now our new residence
Learning to reside there establishes a lifestyle of habitation
Habitation offers opportunity to develop friendship with God
Friendship gives access to His mind and heart
We learn to speak like He thinks and feels
Adopting His heart and mind leads to union with God
In union, God endorses us with favor in authority
Authority, well adjudicated, opens doors for rulership

Dominion
Ruling well, qualifies us to be granted dominion

Beyond
Exercising dominion well, opens new doors beyond

I’m confident that rulership and dominion are not just carnal graspings for something to elevate ourselves.  Notice that the issues of the soul had to be dealt with during the early stages of ascension.  The forging of character… the testing of faithfulness… and acquiring of understanding were all developed and established early on.

Jesus made Heaven’s protocol clear:

Well done, good and faithful servant!  You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Share your Master’s joy. – Matt 25:23

Authority is one of Heaven’s rewards for faithfulness.  At the beginning of this post, we found that it all started and was set in place way back in the Garden when God spoke His dream for you and me… that He wanted us to have… dominion (Gen 1:26).  So, we press in to fulfill God’s big-picture design for us and His joy-filled dream over us.

OK, now that we have a ‘road-map’ to get there, let’s put the rubber to the road!  Ready?  Let’s go!  See you there!

— MLH

Life and Immortality

4 Apr

Do we really have to die?   What if the requirement to die was already fulfilled?   What if we are perpetuating a powerless force that is only propagated because we believe it to be so?  What if ALL of the Curse was really accommodated and removed from us by Jesus’ comprehensive crucifixion on the Cross?  What if the timing to overcome the final enemy death, has always been waiting on our discovery of its “abolishment”?  Interested?

This is likely too big of a bite of steak to chew… not to mention, swallow.  So, let’s start with something more believable.

(About 4 years ago I published ‘What if we don’t have to die?’ To read that post click here.)

Time Magazine’s theme in February 2015 was emblazoned on the front cover, with a picture of a baby and the caption said, “This baby could live to be 142 years old.”  The premise is largely predicated upon the breakthroughs of science, medicine and our environment.  Lest we think this is just wishful thinking, consider that even in the last hundred years our life expectancy has increased from 50 to 80 years in North America.  That’s 30 more years of life to live… a 60% increase in just one century!  What would you have thought if someone had exclaimed, “I can lengthen your lifespan by 60%?”  Would you have believed them?  I doubt it.  And I doubt if anyone living in the early 1900s wouldn’t have believed.  But it happened!

Now, let’s take this long-life speculation and see if there is anything in Scripture to corroborate it.

“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.” … “For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.” – Isa 65:20, 22

Hmmm.   So, it looks like the reality of living beyond 100 years of age is not just the figment of someone’s imagination, after all.  In addition to modern expectations, this longevity was prophesied several thousand years ago.  And it hasn’t happened yet!!  Which means, of course, that it can happen… and it WILL happen.   So, what are we waiting for?

Whittling this ‘steak’ down to bite size

So, what if it’s true, what do we need to know in order to open up this incredible possibility?  Let’s start with one of the instant kneejerk reactions, “But what about the verse that says…”

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…” – Heb 9:27

Seems like a pretty solid verse, but then what will we do with this verse?

“For you have died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” – Col 3:3

Did you notice that for the believer, you have ALREADY died… and your life is NOW hidden with Christ in God?  This reality is not waiting for your ‘ticker’ to stop.  It’s a current reality.  So, if we can believe it and embrace it, we have already accomplished Heb 9:27.

And just as an aside, if we’re going to be sticklers about men having to die (their ‘ticker’ stops) one time, then what are we going to do about people that you and I know who have died two or three times… and then been brought back to life by medical or supernatural means?  This will challenge our stickler perspective… and lets us know that there must be a broader meaning to this verse than we originally thought.

Death isn’t the door into eternal life, Jesus is! 

I am the DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” – John 10:9

Did you catch that?  We can go IN and OUT through this Door.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

Here’s what Jesus did to break the ancient death syndrome?

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have LIFE, and have it in all its fullness.” – John 10:10

“As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; (this is the pattern) and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so also shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly man.” – I Cor 15:48-49

“because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you FREE FROM the law of sin and DEATH.” – Roms 8:2

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal LIFE in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Roms 6:23

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” – I Cor 15:53-55

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” – Roms 8:29

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ…” – Roms 5:17

Since Adam, the inescapable consequence of death has reigned in all facets of humanity.  Even though Adam’s consequence was powerful… very powerful… this verse says that the abundance of grace we’ve received through Jesus is MUCH MORE powerful than the consequence of Adam’s offense!!  So how powerful was the sentence of death through Adam?  Almost no escapees!  Well, through Jesus the liberation unto LIFE is EVEN MORE powerful and pervasive!

“that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Roms 3:19

Think of it.  If we’re to be filled with ALL THE FULLNESS of God, then that must certainly include His immortality.  And how many other attributes of God are we still lacking in our experience? Hmmm.  Looks like we’ve accepted a subpar reality… way below God’s intentions for us!

Jesus’ strong statement against death

When confronted with Martha’s unbelief after Lazarus’ death, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25-26 NKJV

Look at the contrast: In the first sentence, Jesus acknowledges life AFTER death.  Then He states that those who “live (are alive… haven’t died) and believe, shall never die”!  And then, just to make sure that she really heard Him, He asked if she believed this.  It seems that He’s imploring her, “Please believe Me.  Partner with Me!  Whoever believes Me will not have to die.  We can break this death stronghold that has had its power over mankind for 4000 years!”

Consider this verse in the Old Testament in a couple different versions…

“In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.” – Prov 12:28 NIV
“In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway, there is no death.” – Prov 12:28 NJKV

Does it get more clear than that?!

And now, take a deep breath before you read this…

He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has ABOLISHED death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.– II Tim 1:10 NASB

Did you catch the magnitude of that passage?  Jesus ABOLISHED death and brought life and immortality to light”.  Death is a goner!  It has been rendered toothless… powerless… banished!  There is no hiding of this truth because Jesus has shone a spotlight on life and immortality.  Now He’s waiting, hoping and eager for us to SEE it.  He hid this truth in plain sight!  It was given to us before time, then revealed through Jesus, and since then it’s been waiting… just waiting… just waiting for you and me to SEE it and believe it.

Even death itself will be destroyed!

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death…” – I Cor 15:25, 26

Death has been ABOLISHED and is now waiting to be destroyed… by us… by our faith in His word!  Remember Jesus’s question to Martha, “Do you believe this?”  The death of death itself will actualize when we believe!

So, when was death destroyed?  When Jesus put all of His enemies under His feet.  When was that?  At the Cross!  And now when does the death and abolishment of death begin to manifest in us… where does death begin to enter into its own death throes?  It starts in our faith-filled “believing” minds!!!  Jesus abolished death on the Cross and in His Resurrection… now the old constructs of our minds must be demolished so that His LIFE can be experienced.

So what if we’re trying to actualize something that is only meant to be spiritualized?

For certain, this immortality issue has a strong spiritualized application.  Living forever with our Lord has been the blessed hope of all saints throughout all time.  But if we say that everything has to be spiritualized, we’ll run into problems with other aspects of the conquering graces that we believe in.  For instance, should we spiritualize references in Scripture about healing?  Are those passages intended for us to believe that we’ll only be ‘healed’ after we die?  If that’s true, then there’s no hope for experiencing healing in our physical body now… and I don’t think any of us wants to go down that road.  But if we’re determined to only spiritualize immortality, we see how it could rob us of our treasured realities in other areas.

Don’t we have to be a ‘super saint’ to experience this? 

The truth is WE ARE something special!!!  If we weren’t so jaded with outdated tradition, devilish societal norms and erroneous mental constructs, we could break free.  If our eyes could only see the way God sees us.  You see, if any man be in Christ, he IS A NEW CREATION…. the old is past!

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he IS a new creature (he is of a new order): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – II Cor 5:17

“Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” – Roms 8:20-21

So why do people still die?

I believe that inside the cells of our DNA the outdated record of death (from Adam) still haunts us… it badgers us from inside our DNA.  Unrenewed memory patterns are like old ghosts of the past.  The ‘memory’ of the “abolished” law of death still lingers in the ‘memory banks’ of our body’s cells.  And in addition to the internal ‘haunting’, externally the long perpetuated but outdated realities of death scream unceasingly at us from every layer of our society.

Declare war on the record of death

Apprehending this revelation will require that we set ourselves to destroy our alliances with the record of death.  We must hunger for the Truth.  We must embrace upgrades from the Word of God.  We must tear down old strongholds in our mind and the faulty confessions of our mouth.  This requires diligence over our speech.  We must determine to speak only what the Word of God says about our identity and reality.

Everyone knows, our confession creates our ‘world’… and our confession comes from our inner world of thoughts.  Thus, it’s vital that we renew our minds and require that they conform to God’s Word.  Here it is, concise and straight forward.  How do we get transformed…?

Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” – Roms 12:2

Has anyone ever told you that the Greek origin of the word ‘transformed’ is the very same word that describes Jesus at His transfiguration?

“There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” – Matt 17:2

Look it up in your Strong’s Concordance!  The word ‘transfigured’ in Matt 17:2, (transfiguredG3339 μεταμορφόω metamorphoō) is the exact same Greek word that is used for ‘transformed’ in Romans 12:2!  So now we can say with all boldness…

Be transfigured by the renewing of your mind!

Wow, that opens up a completely new dimension of possibility and reality, doesn’t it?

How about dealing another blow to our outdated understanding of “it’s appointed unto men to die once”?  Consider that there are at least two men who never died… even once!  Elijah and Enoch.  What are we going to do with our ‘die once’ belief now?  They didn’t even die once.  And these men were in the Old Covenant.  They didn’t have the work of the Cross and the Ascended Life available to them, like we do.  So how did they do it?  How did they escape death?  What would you say, if I told you that… your faith can keep you from dying?

“It was faith that kept Enoch from dying.  Instead, he was taken up to God, and nobody could find him, because God had taken him up.” – Heb 11:5

How’s that ‘chunk of steak’ coming along now?  Are we whittling it down to a manageable size to possibly begin to tolerate the idea of not dying… and who knows, maybe even desire to believe it?

Times and Seasons

Each of God’s ‘times and seasons’ have had specific emphasis’ and His intent was to usher the masses into the unique reality that He was highlighting.  Now one could say, that if the crowd isn’t experiencing it, then it must not be possible.  And yet there have always been individuals who didn’t let ‘times and seasons’ restrain them.  Actually, most breakthroughs in the natural and spiritual have come because of the desire and tenacity of some lone pioneers.

But is it Biblically allowable for individuals to experience a powerful reality of a facet of God that has not yet been revealed ‘wholesale’ to the world?  Yes!  I call these people ‘ahead of time’ people.  Here are a few examples…

“have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come – Heb 6:5

Enoch never experienced death (An OT saint experienced immortality)

David experienced the New Covenant realities around the Ark, hundreds of years early

Abraham – “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” – John 8:56

Mary ushered Jesus into His first miracle at the Cana wedding ahead of time. – John 2:4

The Syrophoenician woman elicited a miracle from Jesus ahead of time – Matt 15:21-28

Jonah reluctantly preached to Ninevah and spared that city 800 years ahead of time of the Gentiles – Jonah

Have there been any radical new spiritual breakthroughs in our day?

Someone might say, “I thought everything God did was already done and made available back in the Bible days.   Can you show me where a major spiritual breakthrough has happened in modern history?”

Well, first you’re partially right.  Jesus accomplished everything on the Cross and definitely made it available to us.  God’s part was done.  The Bible says Jesus “sat down at the right hand of God”.  The symbolism of ‘sitting’ denotes that something has been completed and that one is resting from the matter.

But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.  Since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet, because by a single offering He has made perfect for all time those who are being sanctified.…” – Heb 10:12-14

What is Jesus waiting for?  I believe He’s waiting for you and me, His saints, to discover the grand-ness of what He accomplished for us.  As we discover it, our faith begins to rise to the occasion and we begin to ‘possess the land’ of that revelation.  Here are a few huge breakthroughs into the completed work of the Cross that occurred in just the last century.  By and large, these breakthroughs were not experienced (or even believed to be available) before the turn of 1900.  But because of a few tenacious saints, these realities in God became realities in man… and they are becoming more common each decade.

Assurance of Salvation – Prior to the 1900s (and currently still believed in some mainline Christian streams) one couldn’t be confident that they were saved and ‘going to heaven’.  Thanks to many who heralded the Truth in the middle 1900s, we now have a solid faith that a sincere believing heart and confession of faith will save us. (Roms 10:9-10)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit – Since Pentecost, very few people experienced and spoke in tongues.  But in 1905, a very large spiritual door was opened at Azuza Street in Los Angeles.  Now there is a common grace for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and many millions have experienced it.

Prophetic – Pre-1950s, evangelists were the only ones who prophesied.  In the 80s we began to understand that “you can all prophesy”.  Now it is more commonly believed and practiced by many.

Healing – Pre-1950s, only the ‘faith healers’ could heal.  But in the 80s we heard that we could all administer healing.  Now there is a common grace and faith for healingmany administer healing.

In each of these outpourings, awakened, desperate and impassioned hearts pressed hard into God for a breakthrough.   They secured and established a beachhead of new-found faith.  Now their successes are a matter of history that many of us enjoy and they’ve become so normal that we even take them for granted.

God’s people need an upgrade in mindset

God’s people have been invited into the ‘how much more’ dreams of our Father God.  We desperately need new mindsets to liberate us from antiquated… even devilish, strongholds.  For too long those old structures of thinking have held us in bondage… preventing the power of God’s word to be manifested in our lives.  The principles (principalities) of our faith in an inferior truth or mindset will keep us from entering in.  Erroneous faith will disempower our experience of the real Truth.  But the opposite is also equally true!

According to your faith be it unto you.” – Matt 9:29

God, release the revelators!

God releases truth through the ‘revelators’ who frame-up theologically sound structures and then practice it for all to see so that others can repent (literally: change their way of thinking).  “Faith comes by hearing” and when what we hear is the Word of God, then we begin to build a Godly stronghold toward a better reality.

Repent (Metanoia – change your mind, mindset) so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19

So, is it possible to not die a physical death?

If “Enoch did not die because of his faith”, and he didn’t have all the New Covenant realities of God available to him, then I think it is more than possible for us.  I don’t have any modern-day examples to point to yet, but since when did that become the litmus test from which we determine whether something is true or not.  I believe immortality has been clearly secured for us at the Cross and Resurrection and is now waiting for brave explorers to explore a brand-new world.  Millions and billions of people are waiting on our discoveries.  They’ll one day enjoy our breakthroughs and even take them for granted because the breakthrough realities have become so normal.  And even more than that, isn’t it an amazing statement of respect and appreciation to our Father, every time we receive and walk in all that He offers us?

As we begin to see that we’re living under the ravages of The Curse NEEDLESSLY, hopefully, our soul man begins to awaken.  Hopefully, a hunger begins to grip us even unto the level of a militance to “apprehend that for which I was apprehended” (Phil 3:12).

It’s time to have an ugly ‘breakup’ with death!!!

Let’s give death an ugly breakup!  Let’s give death a ‘Dear John’ letter and send him packin’.  Death has not been kind to us.  Death has not been our friend.  Death has only robbed us of our potential for Kingdom accomplishments.  Death deserves the most certain “Bye-bye” in no uncertain terms.

Death, we say, “We’re done with you.  You have been ABOLISHED.  Goodbye and good riddance!”

Now, let’s pray

Jesus, I affirm that it is in You that I live and move and have my being.  So, I present this body and my life to You to be upgraded by the New Covenant recoding into my New Creation being.  I rescind the confessions that I’ve made which formed alliances with death and dying.  I renounce the agreement that I have made with Adam’s fallen state and the resulting curses.  I renounce my old DNA and the record of death resulting from Adam that still resonates in the memory banks of my cells.  In light of Your word, and by faith, I appropriate Jesus’ powerful liberation from the law of sin and death… since it has been fully “abolished” by and through Jesus.  I put on new life that has lavishly been made available to me.  I expect to see and experience “life and life more abundantly”.  I expect that Life to manifest fully in my whole being.  I expect to live and not die!  I expect to live eternally even as Enoch who “by faith, did not die”.  I receive all that Jesus made available to me and all that He intentioned to be my reality and my portion.  I receive it, Lord!  I receive it!  I will be among those who destroy the final enemy, death!  By faith, this corruptible is putting on incorruptible and this mortal is putting on immortality!  I am living eternally!  Amen

If you prayed that prayer

It’s vital that we begin to be judicious… and even ruthless with our thoughts and confessions and everyday vocabulary.  Tell your brain that it’s not OK to mindlessly ally with society’s out-of-date mindsets and philosophies.  We must seek out others who are reaching for and experiencing the higher life… the Ascended life.  This will be a most fun adventurous process.  We have an invitation extended to us from our King and gracious Father Himself.  He’s more eager for us to inhabit our inheritance than we are.

Any takers?  Good!  Let’s enjoy the steak and live forever!!!

—  MLH

Mystics arise!

13 Sep

Through much of my life, I haven’t given much thought to the word ‘mystic’.  I used to relegate it to someone who was ‘over the edge’ in their beliefs and kind of ‘spooky’ in their deportment.

But historically, in religious circles, the title ‘mystic’, is used to describe some of our notable contemplatives.  In the last couple of thousand years, these ancient church mystics possessed a relationship, piety, and reality in God that set them apart.  Some of the more commonly known mystics include Francis of AssisiIgnatius LoyolaJohn of the CrossBrother Lawrence, and Jeanne Guyon, just to name a few.

Religious opinion and tradition generally require that to be called a mystic, one must have had a personal transformation… or must have effected transformation in someone else.

But if you think about it, that definition should apply to any seriously devout God-person.  In Christian circles, a personal and even radical transformation is not only sought after but is a powerfully validating evidence that one has truly had an encounter with God.  In addition, it will empower that person to be a ‘carrier’ of the attributes of the divine encounter and be able to impart those attributes to others.  A bona fide encounter with God has an inherent residual within it which will emanate effortlessly and contagiously to those around… almost involuntarily.

A sad commentary is that much of the Church finds itself diluted, even mousy, without much ‘transformational’ power resident within its gatherings and practices.  This is a travesty, especially since the Church’s Theology purports such great power.

This diluted condition is not a true reflection on the Gospel, to be sure.  Rather, it’s the ‘handlers’ of the Gospel who have lost their passion, poignancy, personal devotion, and the resulting overflow.  But lest I get too far out on a tangent, let’s return to our theme.

So recently, as I did a cursory investigation about the subject of ‘mystic’and I found something surprising.  The label and the description of a mystic is not as crazy as I had believed, in fact, if we’re seriously conscientious about our faith and relationship with God, then all devout God-lovers will become a mystic… maybe even, mystical… at least by definition.

A definition of a mystic:

~ Someone who believes in unseen realities
~ One who believes that they can have access to hidden mysteries, that transcend ordinary human knowledge.
~ One who believes that they can actually know God.

It sounds like they’re talking about any passionate lover of God.  After all, doesn’t this describe the basics of our personal relationship with God?

So let’s get a little more technical in our definition of Mysticism.

1. Unitive experience (believes in union with God)

~ A sense of union with God
~ Usually a fundamental part of defining a religious experience
~ Perceiving a unity to God or the Supernatural
~ Sense of participation in that unity

2. Paradoxical (hard to explain experiences)

~ Beyond normal reason, cannot be explained
~ Yet, believed to be true
~ Knowledge was gained, yet can’t explain how that knowledge came

Well, it sounds like ‘mystic’ should define every true believer.  So, let the mystics arise, stand up confidently… and be mystifying!!! 

— MLH

Note: I delete, block or unfriend…

15 Nov

Some have asked about my announcement, “Note: I delete, block or unfriend any comments that are contrary or oppositional.”  Let me explain…

Most people view Facebook as an interactive social platform, designed for conversing with one another.  And I agree.  But just as in face-to-face conversation, social freedoms leading to correction (especially public correction) need to be like salt… used sparingly… or maybe not at all, especially if you are a dinner guest at your friend’s house.  And it’s probably wise to refrain from recounting the defects you perceive about their house… especially when you’re in front of other guests.

On occasion, I’ve been invited to public debate on FB with people who’ve already said they disagree with my position.  In my opinion, to accept would be folly on my part.  The wrangling of loud voices in public is almost never enjoyable or constructive.  The minds of the main arbiters are rarely changed… and there is the high probability of long term residual offense.  But an even bigger problem is the collateral damage to all the innocent people who witnessed the impassioned venting.

This is not much different from parents bickering in front of their children.  The parents probably didn’t solve anything in their tangle, but the innocent children will undoubtedly carry the resulting wounding and scarring… possibly for years.  Respect says, take the dispute to an appropriate forum where the innocents don’t have to carry the hurtful consequence of the fray.

And closer to home: Spouses, what happens if we release a volley of uninvited opposition, correction or criticism?  How does that work out?  Okay, I think we’re starting to get the picture.

I always find it strange when a someone who has never commented on anything on my FB page, takes the liberty to correct me in their very first comment.  I just find that very interesting….  Maybe they could have at least tried using the ‘sandwich rule’: Start with one slice of commendation, then add a couple thin slices of correction, and finally, top it off with another slice of commendation.

Some have said that my policy is unfair and not “tolerant”.  Unfortunately, the one who initiates uninvited correction is often the one who is intolerant.  Just a cursory look at the spiralling social trends in our country in recent years, clearly reveals this sad fact.  The ones who protested so loudly for tolerance, are now overtly intolerant.  I wonder… is this a result of a short-term memory loss… or a character problem… or a faulty value system?

It’s possible that when I ask questions in my narratives, it may cause a little confusion.  People may wonder if I’m inviting a response.  But as we know, there are many ways to artfully present a point.  Asking questions is just one of many effective communication mediums.  Sometimes questions are intended to solicit dialog… and sometimes questions are meant to inspire thought.  In most of my writings, my questions are meant to inspire thought (as in the previous paragraph).

The way I see it, my Facebook page is my turf… my ‘real estate’.  When I present a topic, I want to stay on topic.  I am not willing for someone of the opposite opinion to determine the direction of my narrative.  Unfortunately, the self-appointed ‘PC police’ in our country are all too eager to shout down and rudely hijack all voices that they don’t agree with.  To be sure, I want them to enjoy the same 1st Amendment rights afforded to all of us… just do it on their own turf.

For the record:
1. In many of the venues where I speak, I pointedly solicit open dialog and response… even on an open mic.  If everyone remains respectful, this type of group interaction can be very effective.

2. I have never posted a contrary or oppositional idea on anyone else’s public Facebook page!  That would be extremely rude and a usurping of their turf, in an attempt to assert my own agenda.  But I have sent them a private message if I felt like the situation was serious enough for me to offer uninvited advice.  Even then, my communications employ some level of finesse and decorum… since I wasn’t invited.  I never assume that I have the right to invade another person’s turf with oppositional conversation… unless I do it privately.

Let’s look at this same principle in a completely different setting.

Let’s say that you live in a neighborhood where all your neighbors have come to respect your reputation and convictions.  You have served them, blessed them and won their favor.  Then one day I come to your street and post oppositional signs in your yard.  The signs say how much I disagree with your views, your values and your message…. how much you are misguided and wrong.  You would be absolutely incensed!!!  No one would be ok with my actions… or even tolerate them.  As soon as you realized what I had done, with a flourish of indignation, you would immediately yank out my sign.  And you would wonder why I hadn’t come speak to you privately.  Why would I take my confrontation of you and your values to the public forum without first imploring you privately… the respectful and Biblical way?

Further, wouldn’t it frustrate you that I felt freedom to impose my values upon your friends… friends with whom you’ve worked so hard to earn their respect?  They don’t even know me… but I’ve just asserted my currently trendy freedoms to use your ‘platform’ of influence to devalue you and to assert my values.  That can’t be good any way we look at it.

Further, if you had always been nothing but kind to me… you had always affirmed me and my family… and then my first public discourse with you was to oppose you and point out how wrong you were… Wouldn’t my offensive behavior be confusing for you, after you had been so kind to me?  I imagine that by now the reader understands….

Our society’s short-fused volatility incites even more angst because there seems to be no boundaries to how far one can go.  Public correction and dog-pile pile-on humiliation is as common as a fish drinks water, these days.  The bully pulpit seems to know no ethics.  Once the assailing has begun; accusation, amplitude, verbosity… and even lies… seem to have no limit until the target person gets shouted down… not unlike a pack of rabid hyenas.  Has anyone seen this in the public arena, recently?  Were any of us inspired?  Were we repulsed?  I going to guess that we felt the latter… even to the point of switching it off!

I think most people know… and if they don’t know, they innately feel… that arguing is wrong… and definitely out of place, in the public eye.

The one bullying and the one trying to present their conviction… both will often pay a high price when suckered into this kind of fray.  In reality, both participants will lose a portion of their reputation and the good will in the hearts and minds of those who know them.  Almost no one enjoys a combat-prone person.

Now, I want to give the benefit of the doubt, regarding this matter.  I’m confident that most people don’t mean to be disrespectful.  They’re good people for sure!  It’s more likely that they’re just gullibly following the world’s trend of edgy social acceptabilities… and they don’t realize how they’re coming across.  It is for this reason that I preempt potentially negative comments with my notice… (“Note: I delete….”) just to give people a heads-up.  Maybe people will think before they disrespect themselves… and the person they’re communicating to… and the innocent viewers who were happy with the original narrative.  Maybe together, we can help promote a “kinder and gentler” world.

So let me sum it up by saying that it gives me no pleasure to enforce my policy.  I much prefer that people would be respectful.  But simply put, I am not willing for my narrative, on my ‘real estate’, to be hijacked by someone else’s oppositional values.  Private message communication will always be acceptable for me… and I believe, it is the first approach in any respectful conversation that is going to be confrontational or oppositional.  I know it’s not the trendy way to do it, but then when did the world ever start setting the standards for respect and rightness?  Let’s have an honorable conversation like respectable grown-ups.  We can do this!

— MLH

Reigning declarative prayer… What’s the big deal?

11 May

“Isn’t that declarative prayer stuff just a fad?  Maybe it’s just a trendy passing fancy?” 

I believe that declarative prayer has more important ramifications than we can realize right now.  And it is not trendy, but it most certainly will become the trend… even the norm.

Big picture…

Here’s the ‘big picture’.  We, the body of Christ, are leaving an old age behind and are entering a new one.  Each age has it’s unique modus operandi.  Simply put, in the passing age we were trying to get to heaven someday after we die… but in the age coming upon us, we’re already in heaven now and we reign from heaven over earthly conditions.

In order to enter the coming age we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds… which will include our mindsets, prayer and worship patterns and the overall way we view life.

In reality, many of our prayers in the passing age have reflected an Old Testament paradigm.  In the OT God was afar off.  We didn’t know Him as Father… certainly not as loving Father.  We were fearful of God (not the Biblical Godly fear of the Lord).  We chose to stay at a distance because of our fear.  We didn’t see ourselves as having favor, clout or authority with God.  In our communications with God we related best with plaintiffs, beggars, orphans and widows… and referenced ourselves as such in our preaching and prayer. 

In the age we’re currently entering we must discard the OT mental perceptions that plagued our minds.  Those OT mindsets will short circuit what God wants to do with us NT saints, because literally, our words create our reality (Prov 18:21; Matt 9:29).

Actually the NT realities have been true since Jesus’ day, but now there is an increasing grace to more deeply righteous-to-reignunderstand and experience what’s been made available.  If we can see it and embrace it, that grace will transport us into the Kingdom Age… the Age where we ‘come of age’ in our minds, hearts, and experience. 

So what are some NT mindsets that we must embrace?

1. We are as He in this world – I Jn 4:11  (this is for real, OMG!!!)
2. If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father – Jn 14:9  (Jesus invites us to believe the same about us… if they see you they see the Father)
3. That you would be filled with all the fullness of God  Eph 1  (Staggering!!!)
4. It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom – Lk 12:32  (My value to Him is so great that He gives me everything)

5. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – Jn 17:22  (Jesus’ glory is our glory… we have one-ness with God!!)
6. Be perfect even as your heavenly Father is perfect – Matt 5:48  (a wonderful declaration of Father’s empowerment to us)
7. If any man speak let him speak as the oracle of God. – I Pet 4:11  (Yes! Speak as the voice/heart of God!)
8. Till Christ be formed in you – Gal 4:19 (Paul can see it, so it is possible!)
9. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. – Zech 12:8  (Stunning! Look at God’s plans for us)
10. I in them and you in me-so that they may be brought to complete unity (with us–author). – Jn 17:23  (Remember – Jesus always gets the answers to His prayers)
11. He that’s dead is freed from sin and made alive to Him – Rms 6:7, 11  (Not just dry theology… a revolutionary reality)

12. And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority – Col 2:10  (Yes!  We are complete in Him!!)

And that’s just for starters!  But you see, none of this is new.  It has always been in our Bible… we just largely didn’t believe that we could experience it in our lifetimes. 

From these passages we see that re-presenting Jesus on the earth is not only admonished, but promised to the saints of God.  Now, if we’re honest we don’t look a whole lot like Jesus right now.  We wrestle with condemnation of ourselves, bickering between each other, unbelief, orphan-hood spirit, beggar and widow mentalities, insecurity in the love of God, and we’re confused about our own identity.  And in reality, all these mindsets propagate their continued existence through our faulty words, self-talk, conversation… and even in our prayer vocabulary.

But, all of that is changing.  As we place ourselves in an environment of believing believers, something is beginning to awaken in the souls of all true sons.  Father is speaking truths over us that are shattering the aforementioned bondages.  These fresh truths resound through our soul as our spirit bears witness with His Spirit that it is our Father’s voice calling forth our true identity.  You see…

Man can’t live by bread alone but by every word from the mouth of God. – Matt 4:4

This Voice calls forth life which has been dormant… or has been buried beneath compromising mindsets of men and religious traditions.

Coming of age…

Jewish culture celebrates Bar Mitzvah when a 13 year old boy can begin to practice religious law.  But another celebration – the completed son – was observed at about 30 years old.  The famous 12th century Rabbi Rashbam explains that at age 30, one is “worthy of leadership.”  In other words, the son has matured to the level that whatever the son speaks is exactly what the father would say.  This is what Father God did for Jesus twice.  Once at Jesus’ baptism and then again on the Mt of Transfiguration.  Father was telling the world that whatever Jesus says, is what He(the Father) has said (Jn 12:50). 

                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased. – Matt 3:17 (baptism)
                This is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased, hear ye him. – Lk 9:35 (Mt of Transfiguration)

Did you notice the extra endorsement on the mount?  You see Jesus had completed his sonship training… now Father endorsed Jesus as ready to be the re-presentation of Himself. s-l300

Training for reigning…

I believe that we, the church, have been in a training-for-reigning-sonship-program.  We’re being trained to be mature sons.  (Eph 4:12-15; Gal 4:19, Rms 8:14, etc)  

My current view is that we have just begun to enter the ‘millenial’ age… the Kingdom Age.  I espouse almost no specific tenets about this age, except that you and I are invited… and are being empowered… to reign (Rms 5:17) and re-present Father as mature sons on the earth.

There is a growing belief that Jesus’ body is growing up in all things… even “unto the Head”, which is Christ Jesus (Eph 4:15).  When His Headship can flow freely through His body, then we will see a one-ness of Jesus and His body to the point that you won’t be able to tell the difference.  We will have grown up “unto the Head”.  The Head and the body become one.  We’re able to re-present Jesus because we are in Him and He is in us (Jn 17:23).  That means that whatever we say and do is what the Father has said and is doing.  The functional outworking is that there is no difference between us and Jesus.  Our one-ness with Jesus will qualify us to speak as the oracles of God” (I Pet 4:11).

If any of this is true, then we must shed the ‘by rote’ default religious thinking and prayer colloquialisms that dominate our prayer times and compromise our Kingdom age reality.  We must adopt vocabulary that reflects the age we’re entering.  I’m sure you agree with me; I don’t intend to be one who escaped out of ‘Egypt’, but couldn’t get ‘Egypt’ out of me… thus was prevented from ‘crossing Jordan’… and entering the next age.

But don’t worry, Father is a good Papa.  If we’re willing, He is so very patient… even when we find it difficult to make the changes.  In our transition, the body of Christ will still pray many asking prayers that reflect the poor-perspective-remnants of the passing age… beggar, default and ‘by rote’, but Father will help us. 

The first step to making the journey is 1) realizing the significance of the transition ahead of us.  The second step is to 2) desire to go on that journey.  The third step is to 3) get into an environment that will encourage and equip us for the journey.

And that is the big deal!  Bon voyage, friends!!

–MLH

For more related articles posted on my blog: Beyond the Map

Time For an Upgrade: Authoritative Prayer
Luke 18’s Unjust Judge – God or Satan?
Our New Prayer Posture: Declare/Prophesy
The Three Eras of Prayer Posture
Intercession: From faithless beggar petitions to confident kingly prophetic declarations
Dual Realities of the Believer (No More Pickle Juice)

 

 

Where Do Christians Go When They Die? (Can we live in Heaven now?)

12 Nov

Try this teaser question, “Where do Christians go when they die?”  Most people will answer, “To Heaven.”  So let me ask, “When do we get to go to Heaven?”  Of course, the traditional and predictable answer is, “When we die, of course.”  To which, I’ll ask, “Does our ‘ticker’ have to stop for us to die and go to Heaven?”  That’s what our churches have said for the most part, isn’t it?

Are you intrigued with this line of thinking?   If so, let’s unpack this fascinating idea.  I think we may be shocked at how much of Heaven is already available and waiting for us… even now.

We all agree that Jesus is our supreme model for how to live in Heaven and earth.  Did you know that as a man He learned to live in a dual-world reality?  His feet walked on terra firma, but His greater reality was one of living in Heaven.  Remember He said, “I can do nothing apart from my Father” (see Jn 5:19).  Not only was He good at ‘looking’ into the Heavens where His Father was, but He could actually ‘go’ there.  A crazy cool verse bears this out:

If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who IS in heaven.” – John 3:13 (caps and bold, mine)

Did you hear what He just said!?!  Where was He when He was talking to them?  He was in Heaven!  He had originally descended into the earthly realm to become a flesh and blood man.  And then He had ascended into the heavenly realms while he was still man.  Jesus, who set the standards for what we can do, said this while standing among them.  And just so we get it, remember that this is pre-cross, pre-resurrection and pre-glorification.  He was already in Heaven as a man!

Jesus said, “Be ye perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” (see Matt 5:48).  Could we say it another way, “Learn to live ‘perfectly’ in Heaven where your Father is?”  And just so we wouldn’t misconstrue this to apply to some code of ethics, instead of pointing at Himself, Jesus pointed to our Father who lives IN Heaven.  This Heavenly realm is to define and become our norm.  In other words, to live in Heaven is to live perfectly.

If the Heavenly realm is accessed through death, then when do we die and go to Heaven?  Well, let’s consider Jesus whose ‘death’ to His own will while living on earth AND in His death on the cross made His total life a perfect sacrifice for you and me.  Then He resurrected, was glorified and ascended to the right hand of the Father (see Eph 1:20; Heb 8:1).  Because of what Jesus’ perfect life and death purchased for us, He made a way for us to enter the Heavenlies.  Apostle Paul explains even further that we were also raised and seated WITH Christ.

“and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:” – Eph 2:6

Elaborating more, Paul says, “you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (see Col. 3:3) and “if you were buried with Christ shall you not also be raised with Christ” (see Rom. 6:4)… and just so we remember where we’re raised to, Jesus is now “seated at the Father’s right hand in heavenly places” (see Eph 1:20; 2:6).  Just as surely as Jesus died at the cross…. SO DID YOU!  We must not water-down the absolute work that Jesus accomplished at Calvary.  His death and resurrection IS our death and resurrection.  And so we are in the Heavenlies with Him… right now!  This is radical news and a radical new paradigm.  I’m telling you, we’ve got to know more about this reality of the Bible because this is VITAL in order to live in the fullness of our inheritance in Christ.

Paul says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things (set your affections / attention on those things) which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God” (see Col 3:1).  This is our new M.O. – our new mode of operation.  Our affections must be for the Heavenlies.  We must live in the Heavenlies.  We must eat Heavenly food.  The more we do this, our old earthbound mindsets will fall away and we’ll find that we are transformed.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Roms 12:2.

Since this reality has rarely been preached or modeled for us, we need our minds renewed with the washing of the Word.  Even most of our preachers pray plaintiff prayers… not to fault them… it’s just the best they’ve been taught.  God is not looking for someone who will just give nod to some spiritual truth but for those who really believe that the moment we die, we ARE in heaven… at that moment we have access to what we have usually relegated to when our ‘ticker’ stops, or to the millennium or some afar-off date in the future.  God is giving much grace for revelation to live in a whole new dimension, now.  As we get this Heavenly perspective, it will qualify and empower us to reign in the Kingdom realm, now.  Yes, reign!

Speaking of reigning, did you know that we have been appointed to be co-rulers with Christ?  Here are just a couple verses to make that point.  “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (see Lk 12:32) and “the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High” (see Dan 7:27-28).  I believe our inheritance in God, a large part of which is to be experienced in this life, is SO much greater than anyone has ever told us.  We’re on the cusp of breaking into a marvelous ‘new day’ as co-rulers with Jesus on the earth.

But it’s impossible to have confidence and rule with Jesus in this Kingdom realm if we still have an orphan spirit or beggar mentality (remember the beggar type prayers).  We have been raised to a much higher status than mere earth-beings.  We are kings and priests“…and hath made us kings and priests unto God”, (see Rev. 1:5-6), “and we shall reign (from Heaven) on the earth”, (see Rev. 5:9-10).  It’s not becoming of Godly ‘kings’ to beg… rather, they reign.  They have learned God’s nature and heart toward them and have learned who they are in Christ.  They know that reigning is so much more than quoting a few Scriptures.  And we don’t get there by just ‘taking thought’ or doing something harder.   This reality only comes through revelation.  This is so vital; we MUST search for it like silver or hidden treasure (see Prov 2:4).

OK, now the question is, “So where do we see ourselves?  What reality do we live from?  Do we really ‘see’ ourselves in the Heavenlies… or on the earth?  Are we living from earth toward Heaven… or from Heaven toward earth?  Do you wanna know where you see yourself?  It’s really quite simple to check out our reality in these matters; just listen to ourselves the next time we pray.  Are we praying plaintiff prayers… or declaration prayers?  Do we beg… or do we prophesy?  Do we pray from earth to Heaven… or from Heaven to earth? Are we beggars… or kings?

Here’s an example of how our perspective makes ‘worlds’ of difference.  Consider what we commonly call The Lord’s Prayer…

“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” – Luke 11:2

Most people pray this prayer by rote, not really grasping the import of the passage.  And others pray it as plaintiffs in beggar mode… hoping, almost beyond hope, for another morsel from Heaven.  But what if we prayed the same prayer with the same words from our Heavenly position and reality?  What if we prayed it as a prophetic declaration instead of a petition?  Listen to how the prayer now has authority and power.

Our Father (We’re so grateful to be able to call You Father) who art in heaven (where we are now), hallowed be Your name (May Your name be exalted forever!).  Your kingdom come! (I agree with You and prophesy Your desires) Your will be done on earth (down in the terra firma situations just) like it is (here) in Heaven (where we are with You).

You see, our perspective changes everything!!  From this vantage point and perspective (from Heaven to earth) we’re able to discover true wisdom from God and ply our influence in Heaven and earth.  Heaven’s full heart and mind on any matter is accessed here.  And listen to this!  The idea of living from Heaven toward earth isn’t just the current popular catch-phrase; even Paul is into living ‘from Heaven to earth’.

“For our conversation is in heaven; from where we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” – Phil 3:20

Praying from our Heavenly position gives us a whole new dynamic authority and power?  As kings, we begin to pray with confidence and from a position of ruling.  As we get the “mind of Christ” (see I Cor 2:16) our prayers become kingly declarations thereby fulfilling Jesus’ desire for us to be His ‘kings and priests’ reigning with Him here on the earth (remember our dual-reality of living in Heaven and on earth).  Friends, God’s Word is more true and more real than any doctrine, tradition, persuasion, circumstance or experience we may have had in the past.  True humility is not afraid to embrace divine reality.   This is Jesus’ passion and desire that He’s had for us from the beginning, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am…” (see Jn 17:24).  O, that Your joy may be made full, Jesus!

Taking this a bit further: Begging prayers discount Jesus’ magnanimous love to us.  You see, after Jesus has laid His life down and invited us into the royal status of being seated with Him, it is utterly inappropriate for us to look over to Him and beg for another comparatively small ‘crumb’.  He has already expressed His will about most of our requests, and so now our part is to agree and prophesy His will into those situations.  And what if we don’t know the mind of Christ?  We still don’t beg; rather, from a place of confidence in His abundant favor we ask for His mind on the matter, knowing that He’s good, all His thoughts toward us are good, and He’ll only do us good.  Then when we have His mind, we release, declare and prophesy… like kings do.

Friends, we’ve been invited to boldly go where few mortals have gone or even dared to dream.  The fact is, we’re discovering that Heaven truly is our home… now!  And we’ve discovered that our perspective is everything.  So if all this is true, then our journey begins by asking God to grant us the revelation of true Grace and our position in Christ.  Now we must listen to our conversations with God and with others in order to identify the telltale signs of what we really believe, because  we know that “out of the abundance of the heart (our) mouth speaks” (see Matt 12:34; Prov 23:7).

One last thing, since we know our Heavenly position and are committed to learn how to live in it, we may want to encourage each other with this cute, simple and powerful reminder: Keep looking down!

— MLH