Monday, September 12, 2016
Do you know what you look like in the Spirit Realm?
the gift of discernment, or the ability to sometimes see into the spirit realm or to sense things in the spirit realm. This is not fantasy or myth or fable, but it is a real gift given to us by the Holy Spirit
to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:10
Although many people aren't taught about this gift in church, it is still as active and real as ever. How do I know? Well, I've experienced it myself, though I don't think I have it all the time. In addition, my husband has the gift and I've spoken to several other Christians who also have the gift.
You may remember from the book, She Walks in Power, that the heroine, Alexia can switch from her natural eyes to her spiritual eyes at will (well, unless she's freaked out!) and can then get glimpses into the spirit realm. I call it the spirit realm for lack of another term, yet it is a multi-dimensional realm that is far more real then the one we live in. Alexia can see demons, angels, flowers, animals, etc. super-imposed upon our own realm. She can also see either light or dark coming from a person's soul. This also, is not a fantasy. Many Christians who have this gift also can see whether a person is saved or not by the light coming from within them and surrounding them.
When my husband got miraculously saved, he was walking along a trail behind our house that sits above the neighborhood and God showed him beams of light shooting up from the earth to the sky. When my husband asked what they were, God said. "Those are my people"
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light Ephesians 5:8
Notice it says, you ARE light, not that you walk in the light. You also walk in the light, but you are light... the light of the Father in you.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning James 1:17
There are 94 uses of the root word 'light' in the New Testament (KJV), the vast majority are about either God's light, us being light, letting our light shine, or something related to those 3 subjects. (Taken from Theologian John Fenn newsletter)
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells us that we are the "Light of the world", that we shouldn't hide our light under a basket, but let it shine before men. Personally, I don't believe we are to shine just for our natural realm. I believe we are to shine in the spirit realm as well. Our light marks us as God's children and off limits to the enemy as long as we stay in the light.
But we must stay. The devil and his minions lurk around us in the darkness, looking for an opening in our light. How do we cause openings? By giving into sin, by taking our eyes off Jesus, by setting up idols, etc.
I know a pastor who has the gift of discerning of spirits and God showed him in the spirit realm what a Christian looks like. We are bathed in bright light, flowing out of our spirits and surrounding us. God showed this pastor one such believer who began to entertain a sin in his life. Once that happened, the light around him began to sever and separate like a slice of pie, allowing a demon to slip through and attach itself to the man. From there, the demon could whisper further enticements into the man's ear. And the more the man gave into his cravings, the more light retreated.
It occurred to me from this true story, that the light is our protection. But it is up to us to maintain the light. I'm not talking about salvation here. We will always have the light of the Holy Spirit within us if we've given our lives over to Jesus. But how bright that light shines and how far it shines is up to us.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20
The light keeps the darkness and the demons away. They fear the light. They cannot come near it and they cannot touch it. There is such power and protection there! Yet so few believers realize it. Have you ever encountered someone who automatically doesn't like you or someone at work or school who avoids you like the plague and there's no reason for it. It is highly possible that the demon(s) in them are terrified of the light in you! You have the power to cast them out of that person, if the person so desires... and that terrifies them.
The thing is, the brighter your light, the more influence you have on those around you. That's why a believer can so strongly affect his or her spouse and children just by their presence in the home. That's why Jesus said to let our light shine.. to go forth and love others. Every place you go, every store or building or workplace or school in which you set your foot, you bring the light of the Father.
May you shine every so brightly for Him!