Sun am 3 March 2019 – Riaan Sinden
Rev. 1:10; 2 Sam. 24:1-2, 9-25; (Dan. 3:1-30); Matt. 19:16-22; John 14:6; Am. 5:21-23 MSG; Matt. 18:18; Matt. 6:10; (Rev. 12:7-9); Eph. 6:11-12; (Col. 2:15); (Eph. 1:20; Eph. 2:6); (Rom. 8:22-23); Isa. 60:2; 2 Cor. 4:18; Eph. 3:8-10; (Matt. 5:3-12, 38-42); Matt. 6:9-13
The apostle John said, “I was in the spirit in the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). We all know that the day of the Lord is not a specific day. God lives in the eternal, so that day for us is every day. How can we achieve what John is talking about? I believe that even though we are living here on earth we are citizens of both worlds; the heavenly realm and earth. I am not talking about one world up there and the other down here. I am not talking about alternate universes either. I am talking about these two realms that are so interwoven that there is actually only one realm. We experience these in the seen and the unseen so that everything that we do in the natural has a tremendous effect on what happens in the spiritual and vice versa. What we do here affects the spiritual realm and yet, simultaneously, we are granted access to what God has released in the heavens.
Israel was never called to number the fighting men because God was always the captain of the armies (2 Sam. 24:1-2). As long as they were obedient to him and submitted their lives to Him, they would have victory. So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died (2 Sam. 24:15). This happened because of the disobedience of David in the earthly realm. What he did moved something in the heavens and a plague was released (2 Sam. 24:10-16). The people were experiencing a plague but what was happening in the heavens was an angel moving across the land. They saw a plague but in fact, in the heavenly realm, something else was moved. David saw the angel. This is what we sometimes miss out on. We are so stuck in the natural that we do not experience what is happening in the spiritual. David eventually asked for repentance for his actions (2 Sam. 24: 17-25). Firstly David sinned, and as a result, In the natural, a plague came over the people, however in the spiritual, it was an angel with an outstretched hand. David could see it. What he did again in the natural, he offered a sacrifice and the plague was withdrawn. The angel had to withdraw his hand. I might be the reason for most of the things that go wrong in my own life, because I live this life without realizing what I am releasing in the heavens.
The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:1-30). They refused to bow down to the golden statue, so Nebuchadnezzar put them in the furnace. While they were there, they interacted with the heavens. All they had done was refuse to submit to the systems of this world which was not part of their true identity and they received the punishment of death. But they did not die because while they were in the furnace, a fourth person appeared with them. King Nebuchadnezzar’s eyes also opened to the heavens and he could see that there were four men in the fire. The lives we live will open the heavens not only for ourselves but for everyone that comes into contact with us.
The story of this rich young man is the story of the Church today (Matt. 19:16-22). Every day we walk around with this longing, ‘Lord, I want more of You’, but there is normally one thing that stands in the way of a life completely surrendered to Him. For this young man, it was his possessions. What is it in our life that is preventing us from entering into the next level and entering beyond the veil? For this young man there were two requirements, to sell his possessions, the other one was to follow Him. We cannot enter the door which is called Christ if we cannot surrender everything to Him (John 14:6).
We can touch the throne room of God through our prayers. What is required of us is to live a life surrendered to God. Because of Him we are seated in heavenly places. We walk in the authority that was given to us by Christ Jesus. In Him we have authority. The Bible says, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18). What you do in the natural releases things in the spiritual. The keys of heaven are the lifestyle surrendered to God. Our lifestyle, the things that we do, the things that we say, the things that we look at and spend time on, those are the keys of heaven. We unlock things here on earth that has been loosed in heaven. That is why Jesus says “as It Is in heaven, so will it be on earth” (Matt. 6:10). We are the people that stand between the two. The world out there will not be able to experience it until we open it up for them.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:11-12). How did they get there if they were cast down to the earth? In fact, they were disarmed according to the word of God (Col. 2:15). What are they doing in heavenly places? We are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 1:20; Eph. 2:6). We need to fulfill our role in the heavenly places, and come to the realization that we are citizens, not only of this natural world but we are primarily citizens of the spiritual world, the heavens – not one day when we die, but now! Every time we live in disobedience, in unbelief; every time we open the door to sin, we are literally surrendering ground to powers and principalities which take up place where we were supposed to be. Every time we allow sin just for one minute to have its way in us, we are surrendering ground.
Every time when we live a sacrificial life, a prayerful life, every time when we submit our lives to God every day anew, every time when we honour God, we push back the boundaries and we bring a release over ourselves, we bring a release to our families, our cities and our nations.
We can complain about the corruption in this land but unless we take our place as kings and priests, not just on earth but in the heavenly realms, things will just get worse. Gross darkness fills the earth but arise and shine your light has come, the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:2). We have a big responsibility as the Church, to be an accurate representation of who God is. So everything that is in heaven must be accessible to of the world through us. If there is love in heaven, your community must feel love because you are there. If there is forgiveness in heaven your community must experience forgiveness because you are there. Everything that is in heaven must be made available on earth because of us.
Primarily we are spiritual beings; therefore primarily heaven is more real than earth. Yes, we can see things, we can touch things here and it feels real to us, but what it has done over the years is that the systems of this world has made us rely on our abilities. But should we not get used to living in the spiritual world rather? To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:8-10). There is no end to the things that are in God and the Church must make all of that known to powers and principalities in heavenly places. How are we going to get to it? God is going to live out His purpose through his Church while we are on earth and His purpose is lived out in both worlds simultaneously. What that means is the life we live sends a message to the world, to powers and principalities. What we do here is for the benefit of everybody we come into contact with; it is for the benefit of the earth as a whole, but also to the benefit of the spirit realm.
Jesus did amazing things in His time on earth but in the simplest of ways. The things that He said were always in love and humbleness. The things that He did transformed everything on earth and in heaven. He was obedient to God and it changed everything.
Matthew 5 starts with beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12, 38-42). Sometimes we live a life that is about ‘an eye for an eye’. We can hold onto anger, we can hold onto things that people did to us, but at the end of the day, what type of sacrifice are we making? How will this sacrificial life vibrate in the heavenlies? The biggest killer of your life in Christ is unforgiveness. If you live a life of unforgiveness, bitterness will take its toll on you. It will affect every area that you walk in. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, there is no mention of loving your neighbour in the prayer, no mention of all the other wonderful things about having great faith, but forgiveness is in there (Matthew 6:9-13). This is one of the keys that we have in our hands, if we can release something today just by saying, “Lord I release this person, Lord I forgive, Lord I release everybody that has done anything to me”, just release and see that what you have loosened on earth has already been loosened in heaven. See how blessings will come your way; you will get a release in every area of your life. I am so convinced that this is going to set us free.