Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Two realms; coexisting, and yet polar opposites from each other. The natural realm operates on the laws of physical reality such as what comes up must come down, and for every action there is a reaction. Laws which determine how the physical world functions and can be readily observed by anyone who resides in the land of the breathing. Many well-educated people have dedicated their lives to pondering the laws of physics and striving to understand how the current physical reality came to be. They will observe the laws that govern the physical realm and monitor the goings on in creation to try and figure out how it all began and where it’s all going without ever considering that a non-physical realm exists.
The spiritual realm isn’t subject to the laws of physics. It cannot be readily observed, nor can it be placed into a series of mathematical equasions. Gravity, distance, and physical barriers have no authority in spiritual matters. Furthermore, unlike the physical world which had a beginning and will come to an end, the spiritual realm has always been in existance. This is because God, who created every facet of physical reality, is a Spirit and is from everlasting. There has never been a time in which he wasn’t, and there will never be a time in which he isn’t. In a world where everything observable has a beginning and an ending, this seems like an impossibility, and yet, according to scripture, it’s true. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and for ever.”
Romans 8:5-8 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
One thing that, was highlighted, all the more, during the past week in Orlando is the stark contrast between the carnal mind and the spiritual. How the god of this world keeps people occupied with an endless parade of distractions (entertainment, oppositions of science and what have you) and that only the true God, who created all that is, can open the eyes of those who are blinded. Just as he has done for all of us who have had our conversation in the world but are now washed in the blood of Jesus and born of the Spirit. Without a doubt, we can plant seed and we can water the seed repeatedly, but only God can give the increase. (II Timothy 2:24-26)
This is a side trip, but recently, I found myself wondering what would have happened if the Lord hadn’t opened my eyes back in 1983. I cannot even imagine what might have transpired; especially with all of the occult-like ideas that I used to subscribe to, and the pondering didn’t last very long. Yet it caused me to be all the more thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ called me out of darkness and made me a new creation. The hour that I first believed on Jesus stands out as the greatest moment of my life.
While the past week was somewhat spiritually draining, it made the spiritual battle that we’re all engaged in more defined. Concepts which are well known, were driven home all the more as I witnessed them being played out in a setting that is dominated by fantasy. The enemy walks about unseen; employing the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life to keep people trapped in a neverending pursuit of this worlds philosophies and amusements. The distractions are as diverse as those who are being held captive. Amusements that will effectively keep them from pondering things such as “If I died tonnight, would I be ready?” Orlando is a place that’s filled with distractions and has more on the way if the status quo holds out long enough. (Like Universal Studios planned “Harry Potter theme park.” IT’S GETTING VERY LATE INDEED)
All in all, it was an eye-opening week. We had quality time together as a family; some of it quite enteretaining. (Six people in a Ford Windstar for hours on end is entertaining to be sure; especially when Morgan and Megan get on each others nerves) Yet from a spiritual standpoint it was somewhat rough. My heart is in the kingdom of God; not the “magic kingdom.” We long for the moment when this corruption puts on incorruption and when we shall forever be with Jesus. When we have Christ in us; the hope of glory; the allurements of this world simply lose their appeal. Yet while we long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, we are also greatful for each day that remains as each one will see new names written in the book of life. And so, like the apostle Paul, we are betwixt; longing to be with the Lord but longing for more time to be ambassadors here.
Well, I’ll close out for now. Two people in my family are in need of prayer. My sister Sally has what could be a life threatening situation which we should know more about Wednesday. She has had a number of struggles over the years. Also, my wifes brother Larry is in severe depression. He has an alcohol addiction and recently lost his job. Both of these people need Jesus and we know that he can open blinded eyes. When we ponder the souls in the balance all around us and the lateness of the hour, we realize that we should be about our Fathers business and continuously walk in the Spirit. As the saying goes, we’re the only Jesus that some may ever see. There really isn’t time to squander. (That’s a “note to self” as I squander way too much) Until next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.
John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”