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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

Insights into the lives of Adam and Enoch… and beyond

24 Nov

Adam

God said to Adam in Gen 2:17   “…in the day that you eat thereof (the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil) you shall surely die.”

We know that Adam ‘died’ spiritually on that day, but how should we handle the issue of his literal death.  Did he die in the very same day that he ate of the tree?  Well, let’s consider II Pet 3:8, “for a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day.”  So evidently, with God, a thousand years is a day.  With this in mind, then Adam did die in the very same day in which he ate of the tree, because he died at 930 years old… just seventy years before his ‘day’ was over.

Adam and Enoch

Adam, who died at 930 years old, was about middle age (only 622 years old) when his great-great-great-great-great grandson, Enoch was born.  Surely Adam must have occasionally visited his children and grandchildren which of course included Jared and his newly born son, Enoch.  It’s not hard to believe that when Enoch was quite young, Adam would hold his grandson on his lap and tell the most spellbinding stories of how he used to walk with God in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden… so mystifying and irresistible to this young boy.  I can hear Enoch say, “Tell me another story Grandpa.”  Adam likely fueled Enoch’s inquisitive mind even further by telling how much fun God had when Adam named all the living creatures (see Gen 2:19-20).  In more serious discourses, Adam described God’s voice… and His ways… and His heart.  Enoch’s increasingly discerning questions and unusual bond with Grandpa made Adam reach ever further back into his ‘file cabinet’ of dusty memories.

One day as Adam began to recount another of these distant but treasured encounters, a long dormant and nearly forgotten longing began to stir… a longing for the days of one-ness that he once had with God.  Through the fog of time and sin-induced separation,  he had stumbled upon this rare ‘awakening’ – almost as if it was from another life.  A ‘door’ in the Spirit had been opened.  Ushered by God Himself, Adam revisited those surreal days before the concept and consequence of sin had ever entered Adam’s mind… or the earth.  His heart was now inflamed with all the sensory and visceral delights of a time before sin.  Words came more slowly now… but more pregnant with passion and unction… and quite possibly through tender tears.  He felt the anointing… the actual presence of God… just like he had remembered.  So right… so real… so wonderful!  All the passions of his heart were ignited and fully ablaze… burning and yearning… longing for life in Eden… for his innocence… and for Abba.

While under the anointing Adam was highly ‘contagious’… and indeed the living ‘germ’ of desire was now planted deep in Enoch’s impressionable and innocent heart.  Adam had fulfilled his mission… to transfer an irresistible hunger for knowing God to his generations.  So not only does Enoch truly believe that his grandfather has literally walked and talked with God, but now, he too is compelled with insatiable desire to know this God who has awakened his awe.

Can you see Enoch’s first attempts to connect with his grandfather’s God… maybe fumbling and raw, but yet with childlike believing and a burning desire to become friends with this God who Grandpa said created all that is?  And beyond that, the way Grandpa’s eyes seem to wistfully peer off into another world… and the way he is so strangely and deeply moved when he revisits those days of yore, has completely captivated this young pioneer.  Enoch now owned it… he was hooked… Grandpa’s passion was now his passion.  He must have been consumed with ever greater marvel as he discovered that God is… and God really cares… and God wants to become friends with those who seek Him.   And Enoch wasn’t the only one who was rewarded in this epic venture.  God was too… even more.  God was most-delighted that now He was having the same koinonia with Enoch, as He had with Adam back “in the beginning”.   I believe that He found great joy in overwhelmingly rewarding Enoch’s most delightful obsession because this was the kind of friendship that He had longed for from before the creation of man.  Enoch and God’s relationship blossomed into bosom buddies much the same way John the Beloved and Jesus became the best of friends.  They withheld nothing from each other… a heart on earth and the Heart of Heaven now beat as one.

Scenario?

God and Enoch’s relationship became so intimate and familiar that walking and talking each day was as common and easy as breathing.  But each late afternoon Enoch had to say good-bye so that he could arrive back to his home before dark.  One day they lost all track of time when they got ‘caught up’ talking of all the splendors of God’s house and Heaven and they were much too far from Enoch’s home for him to make it back before dark.  So because of their unmatched friendship and because God was so fond of Enoch’s company, he offered, “Why don’t you just come on over to My house tonight?”  And thus Enoch “was no more for God took him” (see Gen 5:24).

What can we learn?

Enoch communed with God so deeply and spent so much time at the edge of the other realm that one day he just ‘slipped over’ into the Heavenly realm and never came back.  This glorious and permanent ‘slipping over’ into the Heavenly realm occurred when Enoch was 365 years old.  It may just be a coincidence (or not) that Enoch’s number of years is the same as the number of days in our calendar year – 365.  So from Enoch’s life we discover God’s personal invitation to explore that same walking and talking with God each and every day of our lives.  We now know it’s possible.

Why Not Now?

In the New Covenant Jesus gave us easy access into the Heavenlies.  Now we’ve been granted to live in both of the realities of Heaven and earth at the same time.  And since Jesus conquered hell and death, ‘legally’ (on the cross and in the resurrection) the necessity of dying has been overcome.  Could this set us up for the possibility of walking and talking with God to such a level that we ‘are not for God takes us’?  Hey, it has already happened to mere mortals at least twice in history – Enoch and Elijah.  Why couldn’t it happen again – to us?

Don’t you just love pushing on the boundaries of possibility?!  Wouldn’t you love to be a part of a company of people who roll back ‘normal’… who call forth those things which are not yet, as though they were… and who get to see God do ‘ahead of time’ things that had been reserved for the future (think Tab of David)?  I think all of Heaven begins cheering when men and women ‘explorers’ ponder the heart of God and begin to think in terms and ways not limited to tradition and the conventional… or science and the practical.  Who will those men and women be who escape the chains of this world’s ‘gravity’ and discover a new ‘normal’ in the Heavenlies… like Enoch and beyond?

– MLH