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We have schisms. Not just the normal doctrinal divisions or church divisions, but inner schisms that rob us of the ability to live a successful life. We have severe divisions between our body, soul, and spirit. This inner schism leads us to live three different lives; one is mundane, totally consumed with work and the effort to “get ahead”. Another of our lives is the emotional inner life consisting of a mix of our inner thoughts, emotions, and appetites. Finally we have a spiritual life that we were birthed into when we accepted Christ as our savior. These three spheres of existence have varying impacts on our lives and many times the net effect is a roller coaster life of severe swings. We were not designed to live this way! But how do you join these three lives into one glorious and victorious life?
The ﬁrst step toward healing the inner schisms is to understand what the Word of God has to say about these three parts of our life. We know a lot about the physical world and the physical body we have been given. The Word of God teaches us that we are to present our bodies to God as a living sacriﬁce. (Romans 12:1) Many of us can easily quote these verses but very few understand how to live in them. Being a living sacriﬁce totally depends on the next area of our existence, the soul. The very next verse after Romans 12:1 admonishes us to live a different life than the lives we have seen around us, through a transformation that comes by renewing our mind (thinking). Most of us give very little thought to the state of our soul, the seat of our thoughts, emotions, and appetites. What scripture actually reveals in many places is that whatever is ﬁlling our soul comes out in words and deeds in our body.
Jesus came from Heave to Earth to begin the process of healing our schism. Our primary schism was a division between God and man because of disobedience and sin. When Jesus died on the cross He paid our debt and erased the schism between God and Man. When I accepted the ﬁnished work that Jesus did on my behalf I was born into the Kingdom of Heaven. I was given access into Heaven, I am invited to come boldly before His throne to receive help in time of need. Now I have a new option in my life, the option of setting my mind on things above not on things of the Earth. When I choose to do this, my thoughts, emotions, and appetites become renewed. Transformation takes place! What complicates this process is that I have a mortal enemy that will do anything to keep me looking at the old things that have enslaved me. BUT I HAVE NEW OPTIONS!
We are good at understanding that Jesus abides in us, but we aren’t so good at understanding that we are called to abide with Him continually, communing in third heaven with Him even as we work here on earth. That’s what “pray without ceasing” means. I must keep my eyes on Him. (Col. 3:1, 2) The spirit part of me is regenerated and I must be aware of that. We must practice the powerful art of focusing our thoughts, emotions, and appetites on the higher pleasures. Yes, I said pleasures!
We are all wanting the next visitation (revival), but His plan is for us to abide with Him, where we never leave His presence throughout every day. And we do His works on earth from that place of abiding. Practice intentional abiding. First ﬁve minutes, then ten, and train your self to focus on staying connected to Him. Watch it grow, and watch fruitfulness grow. Watch your life begin to transformed, no more roller coaster! No more inner schism! No more inconsistencies! No more disconnect!
Are you going through a hard time waiting for answers from God? So was the prophet Habbakuk . Read this from The Message version of the Bible:
“What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how he’ll answer my complaint.” Hab. 2
“And then God answered: ‘Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming- it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.’” Hab. 2
(Then he talks about not trusting in riches, greed, crime, drunkenness, orgies, etc). “Don’t you know that God-of-the-Angel-Armies makes sure nothing comes of that but ashes, makes sure the harder you work at that kind of thing, the less you are? Meanwhile the earth fills up with awareness of God’s glory as the waters cover the sea.” (Then he talks about not trusting in dead idols).
“But oh! God is in his holy Temple! Quiet everyone- a holy silence. Listen!” Hab. 2
Ask God your questions. Be honest.
Get quiet and listen, even if He talks about other areas.
Tap into flow through spiritual hearing and seeing. That’s prophetic flow.
Journaling is a healthy way to learn dialogue with God. Prayer is a 2-way conversation.
If he says, “Write it down” or “do this” then do it. Catch the initiative of heaven.
Wait (in Hope and Trust) for your request to be fulfilled in God’s perfect time.
The Process you go through before getting your answer (which builds character) is just as valuable to God as the End Result of total victory. Go through it in total surrender. Closely follow His loving presence and His wise instructions! He values relationship!
So “Quiet everyone…Listen!”