The Influence Of Heaven

Come unto me. That’s what Jesus said about those who carry the heavy weight of life. Come unto me is an open invitation for all of humanity. The divine Author and Creator invites us to come to Him with expectation. The invitation is to bring your cares, your habits, your hang-ups, your failures, your disappointments, and your struggles to Him. He invites you to bring the things that keep you up at night, the issues that weigh heavy on your heart, the past regrets that keep haunting you and the past hurts you have never been able to heal from. Jesus simply invites you to come unto Him!

The book of Revelation describes this invitation as an open door. The King of Kings has set before God’s church an open door, and beyond this door you will find what God has made available to all of those who will trust and follow Him. Beyond this door is what the church, God’s glorious church, should experience and will experience if they walk through this door. What’s beyond this door that God has put before us is not reserved for the hyper-spiritual, a certain brand of religion, or a certain group of people within your local assembly. What’s beyond this door is for the STRONG and the WEAK. It’s for those who have it together, and it’s for those that are struggling. What is beyond this spiritual door that I am referring to today is for anyone who will submit to God’s plan and will walk through His door!

My assignment in this post is to turn your attention to God’s intention!

The Prophet Jeremiah gave a prophetic word that has echoed through the ages. Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
 
The prophet Jeremiah declared that God has plans for His people. His plans are greater than we could ever imagine! Even though our plans are influenced by the spirit of this world at times, we can break free from earthly influence and gain access to heavenly influence. It is my belief that God wants to supernaturally influence our thoughts, our world, and our mindset. He does this because he wants to show us what we have never seen or experienced before! Paul said it like this in

Ephesians 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

God wants to take us beyond our limits! He wants us to realize that HE is able to do ABOVE ALL we can ASK or THINK. That’s a kingdom principle for God’s glorious church!

God’s intention is to influence your world with Heaven.

The God who can make it happen is all around us just waiting for us to step into His blessings. We have been invited into His glory to experience the supernatural influence of Heaven! This is that place where there are the working miracles, healing of all manner of sickness and disease, and lives are forever changed!  

I feel that our church services should be so influenced by heaven that the angels will want to linger because it’s just that incredible! How about our homes? Wouldn’t it be an incredible experience if our homes could be so influenced by Heaven that angels took up residence there because it was just like home for them. Think about it! Our homes can be influenced by Heaven because we have prayed and lived the words, “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven”.

This world is not my home! I’m just passing through, but while I’m here, my world will be influenced by Heaven!

This is an excerpt from the message on Sunday, July 16th. To hear the message visit our sermons page or watch it on the Crossroads New Life Tabernacle Facebook page.


Thy Will Be Done

We all want to be successful.  We may hear a story, read an article in a magazine, or watch a series of episodes that lead to success, and we get inspired. Inspiration that leads to success is a good thing, but inspiration that leads to making a god of the success you are pursuing can become a very bad thing! As much as we all like success, it can become a god that rules our lives. It can be a god that will lead us away from what the true God of this world desires for us. If we are not careful, the god of success will lead us to shut God out while we pursue our goals and dreams.
Consider the phrase, “Keeping up with the Joneses”. The result of that phrase is of accomplishment and success, but it can also lead to more debt, depressed feelings, and other things that were never meant to rule your life. We miss the true definition of success when we focus on what others have and on what others have done. There’s a commandment found in Exodus 20:17 that hts this issue head on.

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s

God does not want us to measure our success by what others have. In fact, chasing what others have will create a god that will lead you down a never-ending road of disappointment.

Your success is not based on the materialism that you can gain, but it’s based on following God and being content with what He has given to you!

God never intended us to keep up with our neighbor. He never intended us to chase the dreams that have been created out of someone else’s blessings. His plan has always been about us living within our means, being good stewards of what we have, and putting Him first!  Our life was never meant to be ruled by this world, but to be honest, there are more things than ever that are waging war with us to become the ruler of our lives.

There are more gods available to us today than ever, making this war harder than it’s ever been!

Jonah learned a valuable lesson.  Jonah was called to do something that no one else was called to do. He had the opportunity and the ability to bring change to a city that was messed up, but he decided he was going to do things his own way. The Bible says, “Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” I believe that Jonah was fleeing the presence of the Lord because he didn’t want to be bothered by the conviction that is associated with God’s presence. Isn’t this why so many people run from God?   Think about it. They leave a good church, change their friends, and ignore the pastor’s call or text. They run because running makes them feel like they are accomplishing something, but the truth is, you can run, but you will always run back into the familiar presence of God. Jonah was dumping God’s will and running as far as he could go so he would not feel the conviction of ignoring God’s will.

Isn’t this what we do sometimes? We run to our Tarshish. We get busier with our career. We get busier with activities that take us away from our church attendance and our calling. We get involved in relationships that are leading us away from the presence of God. We find an activity that drowns out the voice of God calling us.

Most people run from God or fail to do what God has called them to do because there’s another god that is winning the battle!

Jonah eventually got thrown overboard, swallowed by a big fish, and spit up on the shore near Ninevah where God was leading him from the start. Jonah went through all of that because he stepped outside of God’s will.
 
One principle that sums it all up for the Christian –
Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The blessings you receive from the gods of this world are temporary, but the blessings that flow from His kingdom are eternal!

Every Christian needs to follow the prayer below.

Matthew 6:9–15

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread.12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Jesus was placing the kingdom of God at the top:

  • God’s will
  • God’s provision
  • God’s forgiveness
  • God’s deliverance
    • All of God’s kingdom blessings flow from Him being at the center of your life.  Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name….Thy kingdom come…

This whole prayer was about placing God at His rightful place so that kingdom blessings and kingdom power would flow to us!

To experience all of God and what he wants to do in our lives, we must live out this phrase, “THY Kingdom come, THY will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

When our earth reflects His heaven, that’s when we experience the supernatural!

The only way that Heaven can influence earth is by putting the King of the kingdom in his rightful place.

 If you want Him to influence your:

  • Marriage – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Finances – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Family – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Career – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • EVERYTHING – Thy kingdom come Thy will be done.

NONE of us are worthy of it, but by His grace, Heaven can touch earth and provide a supernatural influence!

I’ll leave you with this. We want heaven to influence our needs, but will you allow heaven to influence your heart?

 

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