Heavenly Vision Offer clear Directions For Living

Heavenly Vision Gives Emphatically Clear Directions For Living

Paul had a heavenly vision on the road to Damascus in which God gave him clear and emphatic directions: “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (My Utmost For His Highest Oswald Chambers January 24th)

12 “While so engaged, as I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission and full power of the chief priests, 13 at midday, O King [King Agrippa], I saw on the way a light from heaven surpassing the brightness of the sun, shining all around me and those who were traveling with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice in the Hebrew dialect (Jewish Aramaic) saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick [repeatedly] against the goads [offering pointless resistance].’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 Get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you [to serve] as a minister and as a witness [to testify, with authority,] not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you, 17 [choosing you for Myself and] rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18 to open their [spiritual] eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (set apart, made holy) by faith in Me.’

19 “So, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but I openly proclaimed first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent [change their inner self—their old way of thinking] and turn to God, doing deeds and living lives which are consistent with repentance. (Acts 26:12-20)

When we become born again (if at all spiritual), we will receive visions too.  We must truly become Christians believing and trusting in God not simply believing we are Christians.  We must go from the faith of a mustard seed to the faith of Jesus Christ. When you truly believe in the words of God and not simply think you believe you are a Christian, your life will change.  God will manifest Himself to you in some spiritual way via visions, a small voice of God directing your way, etc.  When you truly possess the faith to obey God’s voice, you will encounter setbacks like Paul too–we do not fight against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces in dark places.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. (Ephesians 6:12 Amplified)

We are in a spiritual battle for the minds and hearts of God’s children.  When you truly encounter God, a change takes place in your mind, heart and soul.  You want to obey God’s direction for your life.  You will hate sin and everything that displeases God.  You will learn to trust in God and not in your own ways.

The great thing is to learn not to be disobedient to the vision God gives you like Paul said.

Heavenly Presence Fell Upon Me

I remember just before getting baptized tears of remorse for past sins against God kept flowing from my eyes. I didn’t want to be embarrassed with red eyes so I kept wanting the tears to stop and drying them up off my cheeks and eyes.  The Holy Spirit kept convicting me, and I felt remorse for sins against God the Father.  [When you do wrong to others, you do wrong to God.  Just like when you help the least of these Jesus brethren, Jesus says you do it unto Him.  You are helping Christ when you help His brethren in need.] The tears finally stopped about five to ten minutes before my baptism.  I remember Pastor Howard Flynn now deceased said to me as he called me into the baptismal water: “Are you okay?” I shook my head yes.  I will never forget that day the Holy Spirit overcame me and made me sorry for sins.

I truly felt sorry for some sins that were beyond my physical comprehension. It was a spiritual experience that was beyond the normal physical realm like Paul experienced on the road to Damascus.  God’s presence over shadowed me and helped me to see Him and what He wanted for my life: a relationship with Him.  He came to me spiritually when I committed my life to Him via baptism: meaning dead to self will and self rule. I knew full well what I was committing myself to the day of my baptism at age thirty–thought about baptism for over a decade.  I did not go in blindly and I knew once I made the commitment to serve God there would be no turning back.

I must develop a personal relationship with Yeshua and God who lives within me each and everyday to become effective for the kingdom of God.  We must have that personal connection with God like Paul had on the road to Damascus.  God will do for you like He did for Paul and other servants of God in the Bible. We must learn to obey God no matter what.

Oswald Chambers writes that it is not enough to know that Jesus redeemed the world.  You must recognize and know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Yeshua (Jesus) did effective within you and me.  God wants to reestablish a relationship with us. He wants us to become His ambassadors to a lost world to help them return to Him–recall God coming in a cloud to speak to the three apostles and Jesus.

Remember Yeshua on the mount of transfiguration with Peter, James and John.  God came in a cloud with Elijah and Moses to speak to Yeshua and for the disciples to know that God will invade their physical space and speak to them.  The spiritual realm of God will at times intersect with the physical realm and you will know that God is present with you.  There are many such experiences in the Bible of God speaking to humanity. One of my favorites in this season of my life is about the prophet Elijah speaking with God found in 1 Kings 19:9-18 Amplified Bible.

Christians that truly believe in God will obey God’s voice and have an encounter with the living God because they have a relationship with the living God.

Let’s look at Matthew 17:1-9 below and we will end here:

The Transfiguration

17 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John the brother of James, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And His appearance changed dramatically in their presence; and His face shone [with heavenly glory, clear and bright] like the sun, and His clothing became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. 4 Then Peter began to speak and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good and delightful and auspicious that we are here; if You wish, I will put up three [sacred] tents here—one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased and delighted! Listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

9 And as they were going down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

 

Trusting In The Living God

Trusting in The Living God

Should we seek strength from Western Nations (Rich nations), etc. or trust the Living God? Should we chase after the American dream or should we chase after Elohim: Yahweh? In whom do you trust? In what God do you trust?

Trusting in God for Strength 

The prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 27:5  the following: Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

Step 1:  “let Him take hold of my strength.”

Step 2: “that He may make peace with me.”

Step 3: “He shall make peace with me.”

God promises that when we follow through on steps one and two that step three will become fulfilled: we shall make peace with God. This piece brings joy, rest, quietness within, confidence and strength.

Trusting in God to Save Us

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and you would not.  (Isaiah 30:6)

Let’s not God Almighty say to us that we refused to listen.  Let’s listen to Elohim and find everlasting joy.

 

Trusting in The World’s Knowledge Versus Trusting God’s Word

The ways of this world are like a shadow; it’s not real…nor does it last…it will all come down in destruction. So we need to wake up from our slumber. Let’s study for ourselves and learn the truth: what God says to us. Do not repeat history and make the same mistakes of our fore-parents. That’s the enemy’s (Satan’s) trap.

The Holy Bible is our book of our history with our God. We need to look to the books God gave us written by His prophets like Isaiah inspired by God Himself.  Let us look to God’s words below (and see our story in our fore-parents lives–let us wake up and not repeat their errors.)

Trust in God and Let His Spirit Cover You Versus The Spirit of Satan

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isaiah 30:1)

God continues, “That walk to go down into Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles for example today) and have not asked at my mouth (did not seek God’s face to help them make their decisions); to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh (rather than in God), and to trust in the shadow of Egypt (illusions of America and Western nations that’s fleeting..won’t last)! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh (our leaders today) be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C.) your confusion.” (Isaiah 30:2-3)

You Carry Riches to A People That Do Not Profit You And Reject God

In Isaiah 30:6-11 God says,

“…The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them” (has the Western nations profited the Africans in Africa/Eden or Black African-American in America or others in lands far away?) 

People Refuse to Hear The Laws Of  God and Choose to Trust The God of This World

In Isaiah 30:7, 9-13, 15 the prophet Isaiah continues to warn God’s people:

For the Egyptians (Western nations) shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, …That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:  Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophecy deceitsGet you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye (you) despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant… For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye (you) be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye (you) would not.

Dr. Cain Hope Felder give insight in The Original African Heritage Bible below:

Smooth Deceits–Prophetic writings distinctly parallel what is happening with African/Edenic people today. ‘For the Egyptians shall help in vain’ (v.7). Whether referring to Egyptians then or Western societies today, all of their supposed efforts for Africa’s upliftment and development have been in vain, or deceitfully implemented to exploit Africa’s resources and to oppress Africa’s people.  As the African/Edenic Hebrew Israelites fell further from God they continually sought to hide themselves from having to face the absolute truth of their responsibility to their God and the creation.  Thus they cried unto “the seers, see not; and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (v.10) They were willing to hear lies to maintain their quest for pleasure, materialism, sex, and all elements contrary to the laws of God…Africa/Edenic people [including us today] wanted a deliverer to guide them to a better life in Egypt (America)…They had helped to build the treasure cities of Egypt (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York), and strongly felt that they had a right to enjoy a very modern and advanced Egyptian society after shedding their blood, sweat, and tears.30:7-14” [The Original African Heritage Study Bible, King James Version, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, p.1033, bottom of page 1032]

God had Moses to lead His people the Israelites enslaved for four hundred years out of Egypt (slavery).  We must look away from this world and turn to God to lead us out of bondage to sin and slavery.

God Will Return Soon…Will He Find You Trusting In Him The Living God?

God says in that great day when He returns, “that the great trumpet (the sound of war) shall be blown, and they (God’s children) shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria (America, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or other places in our world), and the outcast (African-Americans, Blacks, Africans, other ethnic groups) in the land of Egypt (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, etc…), and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount of Jerusalem. [The Original African Heritage Study Bible, King James Version, 2007, Judson Press Publishers, p.1033, bottom of page 1032]

God is offering each of us a way of escape if we will only listen and heed His voice. God is bigger than our problems and can solve them if we take our concerns to Him–by trusting in the Living God!

  • If you trust in the Living God, how would your life change?
  • How would your life look?