Excerpt from The Heaven Effect by David Cerullo.
Perhaps it sounds like a contradiction in terms, but God wants you to SEE the INVISIBLE. There’s a spiritual realm all around you, and it’s every bit as real as what you see with your natural eyes. The Message brings this out in paraphrasing Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 4:18: “There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
This same principle was illustrated when the Syrian army attacked Israel in 2 Kings 6:8-17. Elisha’s servant was terrified when he saw the city surrounded by the Syrian horses and chariots. “Alas…What shall we do?” he asked Elisha (v. 15).
The prophet gave his servant a shocking reply: “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v. 16).
But the servant still wasn’t convinced. Couldn’t his master see the vast enemy army surrounding the city?
Finally, Elisha decided to pray for his servant to see into the spiritual realm:
Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (v. 17).
Could it be that God wants to open your eyes in the same way? The apostle Paul recognized that the believers in Ephesus needed this kind of spiritual enlightenment, so it’s likely that you do as well:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19 NASB).
In addition to Jacob, Paul, Elisha’s servant, and the church in Ephesus, the Bible is filled with other examples of people who were given a glimpse into the spiritual realm:
While everyone else was terrified of Goliath, David knew he served a God who was much bigger than the Philistine giant (1 Samuel 17).
When Stephen was being stoned to death by the angry crowd, he was comforted by the sight of Jesus in Heaven:
Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand (Acts 7:55 NLT).
In the midst of his troubling visions of the condition of the church and coming events in the world, the apostle John saw an open door in Heaven and the Lord sitting on His throne (Revelation 4:1-2). He gained a new perspective when Jesus told him, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
If you are dealing with difficult situations in your life today, a glimpse into Heaven may be just what you need. No matter what you may see with your natural eyes, God is still sitting on His throne!
Opening Wide the Gate
What was true for Jacob is also true for us today. God opens “gates of Heaven” in our lives through which He pours out His blessings…provision…healing…deliverance…guidance…breakthroughs…joy – and whatever else we may need!
As we draw near to Him “in the secret place”(Psalm 91:1), the Lord will touch our lives with Heaven’s supernatural bounty, healing power, and protection. And once we experience the amazing resources God pours out through His heavenly gateway, we’ll want to share those blessings to bless and impact others. As God’s love moves on our hearts, we will respond by sending out His hope, healing, and salvation to others.
Jesus has called us to preach and demonstrate the same transformational message that He brought, describing Heaven’s Kingdom as being “at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
When we meet those who need a financial breakthrough, we can boldly declare, “Heaven’s bounty is at hand!”
When we meet those who need God’s touch in their body, we can boldly declare, “Heaven’s healing power is at hand!”
When we meet those who need victory over addiction or oppression from the enemy, we can boldly declare, “Heaven’s power is at hand to defeat the powers of darkness!”
Because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, God can work through YOUR hands to bring about miracles in the lives of others.
The Bible teaches that the resources of Heaven are near you today, and all you have to do is receive them by faith:
The righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:6-8).
God wants to bless you through His heavenly portals, enabling you to help fill the earth with the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). Souls in eternity will be grateful you encountered the Heaven Effect – and were moved to share its blessings with them.
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David Cerullo is CEO of Inspiration Ministries, an international ministry he established over 20 years ago to impact people for Christ worldwide through media. Ordained for ministry since 1974, he is committed to helping believers strengthen their walk. More from David on Inspiration.org.