The study of the book of Revelation has been very enlightening, and so much more relevant as I have studied it in the past, but now I can see so much more because of the times we live in.
As we have been engaged in the study and teaching at The Bridge, something sparked my attention on this past Sunday and I would like to share it in my early morning mediation today.
As John is scripting his encounter with God he says,
“Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit,…” (Rev. 4:1-2a)
The words “instantly I was in the Spirit” was an indicator to me that in order for us to transition to the next level, we must also transition to another level in the Spirit. What does this mean…in the Spirit?
Our flesh is limited to the things that only this world can define. It is our intellectual and routine life that allows us to be functional on this side of the universe. But there should come a time in our lives when we want to also experience the other side of the universe…and oh, if you didn’t know there is more to life than just this.
How do you access this other side…you must enter in through the Spirit. A few blogs back we mentioned the word “FOCUS”. Focusing on God through your prayer and meditation will usher you into the Spirit, and there you will meet God on another level. That’s what happen to John in Rev. 4. There was no way John could have a complete earthly view from an earthly perspective. He had to transition to a heavenly view to see the completeness of God.
If you want to see the broader perspective of your life, then you have to transition from your earthly rituals and focus on a spiritual encounter with God. We get so use to the quick prayer, daily routines and never sit and wait to hear what God has to say…we never transition in the Spirit, so we miss the encounter, and we miss what God has for us. We find ourselves in another day as we enter into our regular routines, with a partial vision and hoping nothing major happens…wouldn’t it be nice to be equipped first with the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11)?
God is so much more than our limited radius we live in. He wants us to experience more of Him, and He has so much more to show us… “Come up here” is what He says to us all day, every day. Do you want to see more? If yes, know that you can’t go by your flesh, you must go in by the Spirit.