The Lord shared an enchanting thought with me this morning. He said,

โ€œYou have to go off-world if you want to go into heaven ๐Ÿ˜Š!โ€

Here is the beauty of that statement. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and your resurrection in Him, you have the power to go โ€œoff-world!โ€ And this is not difficult to do because the gateway into the other world is in the imagination of your heart. God is not somewhere far off in another galaxy, He is within your own heart, right in the midst of your own inward world. How impressive and enchanting is that!

I want you to remember that there is this real world, an invisible spiritual world, that God has created within you. It is right in the heart of your being, the deepest, most secret, and intimate place. Here you live and interact with Him and other spiritual beings. Spiritual beings do not interact with you through your physical senses, they interact with you through the senses of your soul and spirit.

Did you know that you do not see and hear with your natural eyes and ears? These are simply gateways through which light and sound travel until they arrive in your imagination. In your imagination they are converted into living words and images. The same is true for all five of your senses. Scripture says to guard your heart (imagination) for out of it flow the forces of life, or death if you so choose.

Donโ€™t underestimate what goes on inside your head. Ask the Lord to help you become conscious of the thoughts, images, and conversations that go on within you. This is the place where you invite the Lord to come and live with you. Again, His presence, His voice, and the images of the kingdom of heaven come through the senses of your spirit and, just like your physical senses, are seen and experienced in your imagination.

You could say that the imagination is the heart of the soul. We have this tendency to separate our soul from anything spiritual and many sermons have been preached against it; that the soul is evil (and the body), that it cannot be trusted, etc. However, I believe the opposite is true. When you are born again, all of you is born again. When you were born physically you were born as a spirit, a soul, and a body. They are three in one. So why would that not be true when you are born again?

You are now a child of God, born from or out of Him. You are made from the same substance that Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are made of. They are perfect. You are perfect. They are holy, you are holy. They are righteous, you are righteous. This is who you are. But YOU are not the same thing as the place where you live, and it is the place where you live that now needs to be brought into the order of Godโ€™s perfection, holiness and righteousness.

Did you get that? YOU are perfect. Your spirit is perfect, righteous, and holy. Your soul is perfect, righteous, and holy. Your body is perfect, righteous, and holy. It is your kingdom, your inner world, your realm or the invisible dimensions in which you live โ€“ spirit, soul, and body โ€“ that you need to govern over and bring into heavenly order.

You do this through learning who you are as a spirit, soul, and body in Christ and in His eternal kingdom. When you go โ€œoff-worldโ€ and into the eternal realm of heaven you will see that you are not at all what you are here on earth. You look different, you feel different. You are perfect, righteous, and holy. You shine. There you have everything you need for life and godliness, and from there you rule and reign over every unrighteous and ungodly thing that rises up against you, within you.

And all this takes place within the realm of your soul.

I will do a short talk on the makeup of the soul tomorrow and then we can look at the one who was a murderer from the beginning and where his city is โ€ฆ

Scripture Reference: Rev 2:12; 1 Thes 5:23; Rom 12:1-2; Lk 17:21; Jn 1:13; Jn 3:5; 1 Pe 1:23; Prov 4:23

Have an โ€œoff-worldโ€ day! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‡

Yvonne

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