We live in a day and age where personal leadership and responsibility is at an all-time low…and it’s not going to be better anytime soon.
Debauchery and turpitude seem to be the order of the day. Indeed, the times that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 3:2 – 7 are happening right before our eyes. In High Definition (HD)!
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents…trucebreakers…incontinent…despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God….”
Curiously, though, we have decided to take Paul’s end-time warnings to the next level!
We’ve branded it!
We’ve made it our own!
In fact, we’ve made it look so fashionable and trendy!
Let’s s eat and drink and make merry, after all…#YouOnlyLiveOnce
But do we actually live once?
This is the point where some of you might bracing yourselves for a bashing about heaven and hell! 🙂
Hmmn…you’re right! That’s one way of looking at it!
But, nah, I won’t be going that way. We have much of that condemnation talk already.
This is the deal:
People have not yet gotten it into their craniums that there are two aspects to life.
The physical realm, which constitutes of all that we can interact with with our 5 senses and logically explain…
And the spiritual realm is the causal realm (2 Corinthians 4:18), which can only be sensed by our spirits.
You see, every individual is essentially made up of 3 parts: spirit, soul and body. However, ever since the Fall, every child given birth to had a dead spirit that was separated from Life-Giving Essence of God. So, such a child could only interact with his environment with his five senses (body) and his will, emotions, intellect and conscience (soul). However, when such person accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior, the very Life-Giving Essence of God quickens the spirit of such man – making it alive and responsive to God!
Unfortunately, spending years on a #YouOnlyLiveOnce psychology, takes its toll on our life philosophy…and it’s only when one has renewed his mind on the Word of God (Romans 12:2) that such mental shackles are shattered.
For instance, Ephesians 2:6 tells us that as believers in the finished work of Christ, God has “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Note that verse didn’t say ‘we will be made to sit’ or ‘He is making us to sit’
Nope. The verse says God ‘has made us sit in heavenly places.’
That’s past tense. A done deal!
But how can we be seated in ‘heavenly places’ if we are still very much alive in the physical realm?
Well, that’s because we live twice! In the spiritual realm, as well as, in the physical realm.
Yet, so many people live as though all there is to life is in the ‘here’ and ‘now’. A few more believe that their forays into the spiritual realm would only kickoff when they physically die.
As a believer, nothing could be further from the truth!
Jesus said, “…he that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 3:16, 6:47).
Do you think Jesus was merely referring to life in heaven after one’s death?
No, it includes the perks too. He was referring to the manifestation of the realities of heaven. That’s everlasting life!
No sickness, no pain, no lack, no want. That’s everlasting life!
As it is in heaven, that’s how it is on earth! That’s the kind of life that Jesus Himself lived here on earth.
You need to realize that God has given every believer all that is needed for an abundant life on earth (2 Peter 1:3). Unfortunately, many believers are just managing life. That’s not an abundant life to me!
So, how can you live twice?
Have faith in God!
In the same way you believe a mirror’s description of your face in the natural, you’ve got to believe that God’s Word about you is the true description of your spirit.
God is Spirit. His Words are the truest description of reality.
So, when God says you’re righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21), or you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), believe it with every fibre of your being. Because, His Truth is The Truth!
It’s only when you’re able to do this that you’d be more aware of the riches, wealth and abundance bubbling around and within you per time.
It’s only with this understanding that you’d realize that the very words on your lips are a bridge that funnels wealth and blessings from the unseen realm into the tangible world.
Only then would you be able to take your position of authority in heavenly places in Christ, believe and speak your desired reality into manifestation.
Who cares about #YouOnlyLiveOnce, when you can live twice?