High Places & Heavenly Realms

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Have you ever given much thought to what it means when we are told that we were raised with Jesus and seated with him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)?  We all know that when we received salvation, we were promised to go to heaven when we die right?  However, this spiritual place of heavenly realms is not limited to the afterlife.  Rather, we have been placed in that spiritual position now as we have placed our faith in Christ.  We have been seated with him in heavenly realms, even as we dwell on earth still.

When the bible discusses dwelling places, it is generally discussing the focus of our mind and our heart.  What do we fixate on and dwell on?  We our mind focuses is where our mind dwells.  This is called our dwelling place.  As the Psalmist mentioned in Psalm 84:1-2,  “how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of Heaven’s armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord”.  It is not likely that this psalmist had actually visited heaven as we think of heaven when we die, at least his physical body had not yet entered it, yet our spirits have been risen there.  He is referring to the realm of heaven.  This is where we have the ability to dwell even now.  Life on earth is not meant to be lived in sorrow, but rather with joy.  This is what Jesus was saying in John 10:10 when he said that he came that we may have life, and to have it in abundance.  My friends, it is possible, and probable that when you dwell with Jesus, in your heart and mind you literally transcend the realm of death and enter into his heavenly realms.  For this we ought to give him thanksgiving.

High things that we think on, are things that seem to transcend normal earthly order, yet its where our hopes and desires reach for.  This is where Satan attacks us as well.  He will bring about a “high” thing for our hearts and minds to dwell on, yet these are no where near being exalted to the heavenly realms where God and Jesus reside.  If he can capture our mind, and direct where we dwell which is anywhere other than God’s intended heavenly realm, then he brings us pain, torment, death and destruction.  Here we reap every bad fruit and consequence of straying from God’s intended path of blessing and destiny.  It starts with where our hearts and minds dwell.  In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the true knowledge of God.  It would be so hard to list every possible “high thing” that Satan captures our minds with.  For one, I don’t know every high thing, and two the list even as I do know it is endless.  Let’s consider a few high things that rob our high places or dwelling places that were meant for heaven: drugs, and the high they give, addictions, idols and the false or temporary satisfaction that devoting our standards to them bring, pride- promoting ourselves to an elevated position that leads us to worship ourselves rather than the truth and what is right.  A desensitization to what is sinful and wrong, sensual indulgences of many kinds including fornicating with beats, multiple people, adultery, and the very idea of being free to do so with its own sense of promising fulfillment.  Witchcraft, philosophies, spiritualism of many kinds that give a sense of spiritual indulgence yet it all leads us away from the truth.  Then we have deception, which is mixing the truth with the blatant idolatry and fornication with the devil, who makes us think that mixing scriptures with sinful pleasures is alright.  Here’s the bottom line, none of these “high things” that intoxicate our dwelling places even for a moment will ever truly lead us to heaven or God.  They are all meant for one reason, and one reason only, to “steal, kill, and destroy” John 10:10.  Oh you may not believe it for the moment and might laugh at the notion, but I’ll tell you that even if you never suffer an ounce of dissatisfaction while living on earth, you will see the truth wholeheartedly when you do die, forever separated from God who you neglected to get to know.  “High” things that exalt themselves against the TRUE knowledge of God are not of God at all, they are just a lie.

I love the way the truth of God’s dwelling place is spoken about in Psalm 16:11 NIV

“You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand”

And Psalm 91:1 KJV it states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty”

These are all talking about where we set our minds.  How do we set our minds on God and dwell in his dwelling places?  Isaiah 26:3 KJV discloses this secret to us, it states,

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You”

Dwelling in heavenly realms, in God’s courts, in his secret place, hiding under his wings is thinking about and caring about what he thinks, what makes him happy, praising him, praying to him at all times in all kinds of ways, and striving to be right in his sight, throwing off willingly every hindrance that besets.  It is thinking on his promises, meditating on his words and eating them to your fullest satisfaction day and night.  It is waiting on him.  It is seeking the truth about his will by searching it out and in his word and committing your ways to it.  It is considering him in all your ways so that he can make your paths straight.  It is trusting him in spirit and in truth.  It is loving him.  In short it is making him your God, worshiping  him with your life, and not putting any other God above him.

Oh Lord, how lovely are your dwelling places.  I will forever praise you my King, My Messiah, My counselor, the lover of my Soul, my brother, my husband, My God

Heavenly Worship

What Did I Do?

Today I heard you tell me you were pleased with me, and that you are going to make everything in my life work out for my favor as you prepare a table before me with its luscious feast. I stopped and asked myself, “wait, did I even pray today?”. Yes, of course I always pray but today was not one of those days that I felt overly spiritual. I’ve made some attempts to press in yesterday but was met with meditation on things you were doing in my life instead. So I asked myself, what did I do? I searched my memory for what I did to please you and earn your reward of making everything turn out the way I have always hoped. I had a few ideas, but I heard you say, “just keep leaning on my word”. On my commute home today I felt your love again, you told me that you were very pleased with me and that you love me. I pondered about this some more. Even though I myself preach grace and love not works, I myself have an underlying tendency to try to earn your love and approval. It is human instinct? Or maybe just experience of growing up in a desert with little love. I always want to know, what did I do so that I can do it more. I don’t want to lose this love, I don’t want to lose this favor. Of course I want everything in my life to work for my favor. Of course I want the greatest riches I can have, which is having you close to my heart. And then it occurred to me…. I have done nothing to earn this love. You love me because you made me, and I was made to be intimate with you. You are not a formula that is a result of combining ingredients. You are not a riddle to be solved. You love me because I am yours and you chose me. You sought me, you knew me before I was ever born and had me in mind when you died on the cross for me. You did that for me. You came to earth in the form of a man to be despised and tempted like a man, and to be hurt, ridiculed, and broken like a man, because you thought about me. We error when we think that we have chosen you and that we have earned you, no you chose us and you bought us with your blood. You paid the bride price with human sacrifice. You know you, you made me to know you so that I can praise you all the rest of my life. What have I done except to be given the title of the bride of Christ, the child of the most high God. Thank you for being a permanent fixture in my life. I have not chosen wrong.