"Then Elisha prayed, 'O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!' The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire." - 2 Kings 6:17 NLT
Thoughts for Today
We are other dimensional beings. We perceive heaven in directional terms—but we need to perceive it in dimensional terms.
In 2 Kings 6:8-22, God permitted Elisha and his servant to see the angels encircling them. In verse 17 (today's scripture) Elisha asked God to open the servant's eyes so he could see what Elisha was already seeing: the hills full of horses and chariots of fire. The Lord opened the servant's eyes—and he saw. The angels had been there all the time, just in another dimension.
Consider this ...
When we receive Christ as our personal Savior and choose to make him Lord of our life, we move from one-dimensionality to bi-dimensionality. All believers will be together one day in heaven, but we don't have to wait until then to experience the heavenly realm. We can do it now through worship.
We are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms . . .
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6 NLT)
We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses . . .
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT)
In worship, we can experience this other dimension. We may not see angels like Elisha and his servant did, but we can be ushered into an awesome sense of God's presence and the heavenly realm. A deeper sense of Jesus and his love.
Father, help me enter this kind of worship. Help me experience your presence in deeper ways. Help me always keep my eyes on Jesus. In his name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from ...A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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