Journey into Heavenly Places
Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Here Paul is praying that our hearts would be enlightened (or illuminated) so that you would know your calling and your inheritance.
You have a destiny, and God wants to reveal that to you. He wants to illuminate your heart so that you will know your purpose and your destiny in Him. Sometimes He will give you understanding and wisdom in your heart through visual communication.
Paul explains how to cultivate the fruit in your Secret Place or your Garden – the garden realm where you experience His glory and presence – a realm where you begin to enjoy His very essence of pure and holy light and love.
Galatians 5 22–23 But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit.
Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless. For limitless fruit to bear in the natural realm on this earth, a seed from a fruit bearing tree needs to die and be buried into the ground. In time, the seed will grow into a full-grown fruit bearing tree, and the life cycle will continue. To bear limitless 25 fruit, your soul (i.e. the mind, will, and emotions), needs to die. Galatians 5 continues ~ 24 Keep in mind that we who belong to Jesus, the Anointed One, have already experienced crucifixion. For everything connected with our self – life was put to death on the cross and crucified with Messiah. 25 We must live in the Holy Spirit and follow after him. 26 So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us is an original. We must forsake all jealousy that diminishes the value of others.
Each of us is an original!! According to verse 24 we experienced crucifixion, or death to our self-life, when we received our Messiah, Jesus. Looking back a few chapters in Galatians 2:20, Paul explains that we no longer live to satisfy our own desires saying “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
A prayer: Father in Heaven, Thank you for making a way for me to become a new creation in you. I ask that you remove all arrogance from within me. Help me to produce fruit in my spirit that will draw others to your love for them. May my worship become acceptable to you, my Lord and my Savior.
As Jesus begins to speak to you in words and visions, invite the Father, through the Holy Spirit within you, to walk often with you. Go into to the place – the secret place – the Garden of your Heart with Him where He communes with you in spirit and in truth.
We began this Journey with Psalms 139 where the psalmist contemplated there was not a place anywhere we could escape the presence of our Eternal Father.
Consider Psalm 24 as we end our Journey together:
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. 3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.
Visualize these words in Psalm 24 in your quiet time with the Lord. Read it with eyes of understanding that you may ascend to the hill of the Lord. Know that you can stand in His holy place if you have clean hands and a pure heart, if you do not give yourself over to idols. God will forgive your disobedience and your uncleanness. He will cleanse your soul and prepare your heart to receive a fresh and a new spirit within you. Seek His face. Lift up your head. Allow the gates of your ears and the gates of your eyes and the gates of your lips to open wide. Breathe in His glory, and allow the King of glory to come in to you. Use all your senses to seek after Him.
As you use the spiritual senses that God has given to you, the Lord Strong and Mighty the Lord mighty in battle will minister to you. There are battles from past generations and past hurts that the Lord Strong and Mighty will fight for you, and He will cleanse you. In Psalm 24:9, the psalmist writes to “lift up the ancient doors“….open the doors to past generational hurts that may have affected your family line, down to you and your children, unawares. He will make a way for the King of Glory to enter in.
The King of Glory is already within you when you receive Jesus’ Holy Spirit at the time of your salvation. There may be “spiritual stuff” within you or around you that needs to be cleansed. Our God is a consuming fire, and He will consume what needs to be cleansed. Open wide your arms, embrace His presence, and allow the King of Glory to come in to you.
Here is an exercise that will help you enter into the holy places with Jesus. As you meditate on the words of Psalm 24:7-11 above, quiet your spirit, sit very still, and close your eyes and allow Him to come to you. Pray, and ask God to show you what He would like you to know about Himself. Then, with the eyes of your heart, envision a set of doors or gates.
Envision the gates opening, and invite Jesus to come through them. Ask Jesus to open the doors and take you into the heavenly realms. If you really want to go there, He will take you there. And once you have entered in, it will be easier each time for you to go into His presence.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Enter into the gates of the heavenly realm. They will open wide for you, and the Lord of glory will come in to you. Jesus is inviting you to open the door. Read on in Revelation 4 and see what Jesus revealed to John the Apostle when he saw the door standing open in heaven. Jesus revealed the entire Book of Revelation – a book about Himself. Ask the Lord if there is any place He would like to show you.
Prayer: Thank you for showing me a way to have an access to your heavenly realm, Lord. Thank you for giving instruction on opening the gates to past generational hurts. I open my ear gate and ask you to cleanse my ears so that I may hear you more clearly. Now, open the gates of my eyes and cleanse them. Guard my ears and my eyes from evil. I breathe your kingdom into my very being. Open wide the gates to your heavenly realm. I open the door and say “Come into me, Lord Jesus.
This is not the end of the journey – it is the beginning – a new Horizon in Him! Jesus will lead you from here
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