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The end … or the true beginning - part 2




 

Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

Part fact - Part allegory

Realities of the Spiritual Realm


The corporate manifestation of Christ

God's first concern is that Christ be formed in us, as our very life, so that we are together an ever increasing measure and expression of Him.  It is through the Church that God will manifest His wisdom to the principalities and powers.i

God's life is manifested in an individual and then God brings those individuals into fellowship with our own company of God's children.  Indeed here iron sharpens iron as we are brought into the fires of life together.  The end purpose is to produce in us the brokenness of the Lamb, who is meek and lowly in heart.

Corporately, we are to manifest Christ's life and function together as He has placed us in the body, so that there is an effectual showing forth of Christ.

 

Aligning to God‘s eternal purpose

How can we decide, indeed align, to the most important thing on God's heart?  Below are some questions to be prayerfully considered:

If I am going to spend a significant amount of time in this endeavor, will it cause an increase or a decrease of the life of Christ in me?

Will the corporate expression of this activity/work increase the measure and expression of His life?

To clarify your ability to judge this you need to ask questions like:

Will this endeavor require total reliance on God to accomplish or can it be done out of my own ability, coordination, knowledge, and/or strength?  What requires God's ability to accomplish will increase His life in you and/or the group.

Who will be glorified?  Who will be enlarged in this?  Will it be a person?  An experience, or will Christ be lifted up and glorified?

What is the source of this activity or action?  Did it come from your own or another person's idea, your or their soul?  Or did it come from God's leading through your/their spirit?

Although these seem like simple questions, take them prayerfully to the Lord for His response.  Remember, the enemy plots and plans constantly to prevent the manifestation of Christ in the earth.


T. Austin Sparks speaks very strongly of the warfare believers will encounter as they contend for ‘The Faith’:

"So the 'prince of the power of the air' was determined to stop Israel from taking and occupying the land that God had promised them.  And he is even more determined to stop the Church from living in the good of what they have in the Christ.  This is why the Holy Spirit emphasizes the borders of Canaan.  Through the Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit, He is warning those who are contending for 'The Faith,' those who are contending for the full inheritance of God's people!

 He is warning that they are in conflict with ‘the prince of the power of the air!’  The Holy Spirit is warning that, when we are earnestly contending for ‘The Faith,’ we are battling all the satanic forces!  All the satanic purposes!  All the satanic systems!  All the satanic methods!  We are battling all that is in the realm that Satan controls!" ii

  

Let us be among those who contend for ‘The Faith’.  That is, those who will settle for nothing short of the full inheritance of God’s people.  May we progressively and experientially live in the reality of all that Christ is and all He has accomplished.  To do that is to take and occupy the land of our inheritance!

 

This is part 37 the final part in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries 

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[i] Eph 3:9-11

[ii] T. Austin Sparks, The Warfare in the Spirit, taken from “The Pre-Eminence magazine, Volume 29, February 1995, book printing `995 by Emmanuel church, pp. 34-35 (emphasis added)

The end … or the true beginning






Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

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Realities of the Spiritual Realm

 

Epilogue

God is intent on achieving His purpose.  When we understand what He is after, what He is focused on, we can align ourselves with that.  It is the plum line that keeps everything else straight.  If you have ever hung wallpaper, or built anything, you realize there must me be a line, a mark to align with to keep everything straight.  God has a plum line for us too.

In today’s world, and indeed the Christian world, there are many venues and teachings, activities and issues that we can get involved with, causes we can crusade for, and even spend our life advancing.  How do we gauge whether those issues, however true and noble, are worth the focus of our time and effort? 

God’s eternal purpose - Christ

When we clearly understand God’s eternal purpose in Christ and how  that comes into being in us personally and in the Church, we can determine what value we will put on other things.

God’s first concern is that Christ be formed in us, as our very life, so that we are together an ever increasing measure and expression of Him.

First, Christ is formed in us; Christ lives His live through us.  Second, we corporately (the church) manifest that life to the principalities and powers.  The church manifests the manifold wisdom of God.i

 

The foundation

  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.ii

 

The Process

The Bible is clear that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God iii  There is nothing good that dwells in us.iv The fall of man was complete and nothing good dwells in us!  Nothing is redeemable!  In fact, one of the most fallen parts, if a comparison is possible, is the mind.  Sin has corrupted man to the core.  The sentence … death!

For the most part, we realize we cannot stand before a holy God.  I certainly knew I was a sinner.  Somehow though we think we can receive God‘s forgiveness in Christ and then we are expected (at least we try) to live a holy life. Unfortunately, the presentation of an incomplete Gospel increases this belief.

The Word of God is clear that we cannot live the Christian life (read Romans 6-8).  I often say that if Paul, the Pharisee of all Pharisees could not do it, why would anyone try?  What he found was frustration and failure.  What he wanted to do he could not, what he found himself doing was what he did not want to do.  He cried out for deliverance from “this body of death."v

In Roman torture, they would tie a dead corps on to an accused man and he carried the rotting body around with him!  This is the picture Paul is painting.  Romans chapter 8 finds him celebrating that the law of life in Christ Jesus has set him free from the law of sin and death.vi

Paul proclaims: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.vii

On that basis, as a faith position, God works in us by His Spirit to make it true in our experience.

Have you come to an end of your own striving yet?  Are you frustrated enough to realize you cannot live the Christian life, and meet God‘s holy standard by your own efforts?  God‘s answer was and is in the work of His Son in His death, resurrection and ascension.  You were placed in Christ in His death, you were raised with Him in His resurrection, and you ascended with Him at His ascension.  God placed you in Christ and everything is accomplished in Him.viii

 

Positioning yourself

Reckon (regard as) yourself dead and alive unto God in Christ Jesus.ix Recognize that His life is in you and that He will live His life through you as you put your faith in His Word.  Do not look to yourself to live right before God, but expect that as you exercise faith in His Word, the Holy Spirit will manifest the power of His life in you.

You are to keep your eye on His promises (faith) and not on the results.  God said it and He will accomplish it by His Spirit.

As you actively look to Him to live His life through you, you will see changes.  Perhaps you will find responses to situations changing.  You are less self-pitying, or not as self-defensive.  The point is that you are changing, incrementally changing, by the power of His life, not your striving.


The work of the Holy Spirit

Once we fully commit ourselves to God, we will see God's hand in our circumstances and environment in a very real way.

God will bring us to people, situations, trials, and suffering.  We must trust it is His hand doing these things and not lightly remove ourselves from the circumstances.  It is those things that God brings into our life circumstances, which do the work in us that could not be done in any other way.

It is a life of faith, which will be tested.  It is faith in His wisdom, His love, and His faithfulness.  We need to accept and submit ourselves to what He chooses for us.

 

Next - The end ... or the true beginning - part 2

 

This is part 36 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries

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[i] Eph 3:10

[ii] Gal 2:20

[iii] Rom 3:23

[iv] Rom 7:18

[v] Rom 7:18-25

[vi] Rom 8:2

[vii] Gal 2:20

[viii] Eph 1:19; 2:4-7

[ix] Rom 6:11

Secret Agent Man . . .






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Sometimes the return is just the beginning . . .

Clara gathers the morning mail and finds an envelope addressed to her.  It looks very official.  To her surprise it is a certificate of completion for an elective she attended on discipline.  There is a note of apology enclosed regarding the delay in the issuance of the certificate.  It seems there was an error in the attendance records.  They did not realize that she was present for all of the classroom training. 

 

Clara pauses, classroom training?  That course had classroom training?  Indeed she was not present and accounted for in anything like that.  She was being trained in the field!  It is curious though.  She sees nothing of field training in the flyer that advertised the elective.  There is also no indication that the staff that forwarded her certificate is aware of it either.

 

Presently, life for Clara looks the same as before the elective, at least on the outside.  Family, friends, duties, and the ever-evolving events continue.

It is busy, busy, busy!  Everyone seems involved in their own world.

  

Clara, however, is different

 

To others she may seem the same, except for a slight remoteness.  But then again they think, perhaps it is just their imagination.  After all, they have been busy. 

 

“Incoming, incoming, be attentive, prepare for war” comes the warning.  No one in the room hears it, no one except Clara that is.  She discretely slips off at an opportune moment and contacts one of the team.  They have heard the alert and taken appropriate action.  Clara will join in later.

 

“Secret agent man, secret agent man” … that old song plays in the background of her mind and Clara chuckles.  Little do they know of the secret agents fighting a battle in the unseen realm.

 

Nor do they know that they are not all men!  That makes Clara smile. 

 

Secret agents for sure!


Next - The end ... or the true beginning

 

This is part 35 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries

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Present to the Lord






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In the night I dreamed that I sought for the one whom I love.  I looked for him, but could not find him.i

Clara loves the Lord and she wanted more of Him.  That is when she chose to take the elective on discipline.  She had no idea that it would change her entire world-view!  She must not have read the small print.

She longingly remembers how His presence was her center.  Everything she did and taught revolved around it.  She was a person of His presence.  Now, beamed up, beamed down, and bounced around in between.  Having to traverse  zones, find barracks, and cut paths.  Watched, guided, and slam-dunked, Clara wonders where His presence has gone. 

Again she thinks, have I missed the path? 

“Stop it” she exclaims!  “You have gone too far, and learned too much, to buy into this lie!  Wash your face soldier, clean up, inspection is coming.”

Despite the admonishment to herself, the longing continues.  She yearns to walk with Him again in the spring breezes.  Smell the fresh air and think of what great adventure lies ahead.  Fortunately she has learned, like Isaiah and Ezekiel, to set her face like flint.  If that is what she must be, so be it.  She will obey and follow Him.

Clara looks out the window at the woods, the place of her wonderful times, and the place of her longing.  It is then that she becomes keenly aware of something.  She is startled to realize that though she is not out walking with the Lord in the breezes, she is nonetheless present to Him! 

She is present to Him in the moment.  Present to Him as if she is in the midst of the woods, even though she is only looking out the window. 

“Present to Him” the Holy Spirit whispers in the recesses of her spirit. 

She is touching something she has never touched before.  She has had His presence.  She has been engulfed in the wonder and feeling of that.  Now, however, she is present to Him.

Understanding comes with the revelation.  She has come through to the place where she stands like a soldier waiting for the commander’s orders.  She is present to and for her commander-in-chief.  Simultaneously she is aware that He is present to her.  She is surrounded by His presence.


I am His ... and He is mine

The presence of the Lord is a most precious thing.  It can be unsettling when we feel like we go for long periods of time without it.  Wondering if we will ever return again to that place of refreshing.

As we obediently follow the Lord into the training places and the places of battle, we may experience something of what Clara experienced.  To make it through the doubt, fear, accusation, and confusion that the enemy dances around your mind, you too may find that you must set your face like flint.  Setting your face and pressing through the enemy’s assault can leave you feeling insensitive the Lord’s presence.

God has a place for us to gain in this.  Clara has come to that place and has a new perspective. 

In Christ we have what may be called objective truth.  These things have been accomplished by and in Christ.  They are true and stand forever as fact.  If you have been born again you have been given a new life.  You are a new creature in Christ.  All that is old has passed away.  All has become new.ii  You have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.iii  You are seated with Christ in heavenly places.iv  These are just a few of the many truths that have been accomplished in Christ.

What is objective must be made real in our lives.  It is called experiential truth.  As we believe the objective truth, the Holy Spirit brings the power of that truth (the power of Christ’s work) into effect in our lives.  Thus we experience the reality of the objective truth.  It is truth worked within our very being.

Clara believes God’s Word.  She has based her faith on God’s objective truth.  He has brought her to the place of experiencing the reality of that truth. 

Clara will never be the same… and hell trembles at the realization that an overcomer has come forth!


Next - Secret Agent Man

 

This is part 34 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries

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[i] Song of Solomon 3:1

[ii] 2 Cor 5:17

[iii] Col 1:13

[iv] Eph 2:6

Beam me up Scottie





Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

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Realities of the Spiritual Realm

 

Intergalactic travel never interested Clara.  Perhaps it is time to reconsider . . .

Clara was never a ‘Treckie’, a serious fan of Star Trek movies, but now she wishes she had been.  Perhaps then she would know how to navigate her starting and ending locations.

“OK” she says, “calm down and get your bearings”.  She felt like she needed a spiritual dusting off.  Something seemed dirty here, and yet the building  was gleaming from top to bottom. 

Clara was in the middle of a very large, very expensive church.  It appeared she was free to go from meeting room to meeting room to join in and listen. 

There were planning meetings for the finance committee, the deacon board, the women’s group, the swinging singles, the youth group, and last but not least, a pastors meeting.  Everyone looked totally involved, committed, and determined.  They would be the envy of any corporation, especially because most of these people were volunteers, no salary required.

The head of each group congratulated the participants over the major growth, success, and financial increases of the last year.  They were indeed sending forth men and women with principled standards into the home, work, and political institutions of the nation. 

What?  Did she hear something?  There seemed to be someone chuckling.  Then the sounds became clearer. 

“Good works, nice ladies and gentlemen, good works will change your nation.”  It floated through the air like a mantra, stroking the minds of the unsuspecting volunteers. 

“It is right to be proud of all your corporate accomplishments, after all, you are the Church, and God is on your side.”  On and on went the messages as Clara watched everyone settle into a comfortable, self-satisfied contentment.

Clara moved to the sanctuary to hear the message.  The Pastor preached the Word of God and Clara watched with interest as she saw revelation come into the hearts and minds of the hearers.  To her shock, however, just as soon as it came, she saw a shift in their thinking, and it was gone.  Repeatedly she saw people struggle to keep the thoughts fixed in their minds. 

What is going on in here?  She wondered.


BUSY, BUSY, BUSY

“This is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.”  Clara muses as she remembers that childhood picture of the church she did with her hands.

Clara seems to have an uncanny ability to be present in more than one place at a time.  She finds this to be an interesting phenomenon.  She is definitely on assignment, but still unsure what her mission is. 

As she looks down she sees a nutshell version of believer’s lives.  Many are involved in social issues like abortion, prayer in schools, political agendas, and environmental issues.

Some gather around church issues such as doctrine, missions, revival meetings, and building projects.  While others lean toward governing boards, finance committees and the like.

Everyone seems busy.  They are busy being good husbands, fathers, wives, and mothers.  They are all busy being and doing.  Some are successful, others feel like failures as jobs are lost, marriages disintegrated, children rebel, and people judge.

Busy, busy, busy, Clara thinks as she catches a whiff of something.  Sniff, sniff …what is that smell?  It is so familiar.  Then she hears something.  It is a low hum  just barely hanging in the air, much like the smell. 

A distant memory comes to Clara’s mind.  “Incoming, Incoming”  and she remembers when her training helmet gave its first alert.  She wonders what that has to do with anything.  Furthermore, where has she smelled that smell before?

 

The demonic power plant

Clara has indeed felt the mind warping affects, smelled the gaseous poisons, and experienced the passivity that the church was experiencing.  She and her corps stood inside the gates of hell.  They watched, listened, and experienced the effects of hell’s output on their minds. 

They were there on a recon mission.  There to experience first-hand the hellish things pumped into strategic places.  Things pumped into the minds and hearts of believers as well, to thwart the eternal purposes of God. 

...and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.  This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord." i

 

T. Austin Sparks addresses kingdom building vs. the true Church:  

“However beloved, whenever we find this religious kingdom building today, whether in the world or in Christianity, the result is the same - confusion and division.

In the true Church that is Christ’s Body, there is only one true unity, and that is the unity of the “one Spirit.” And the Word of God beseeches the people of God to endeavour, to do their utmost “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).

In the true Church that is Christ’s Body, there is only one way to communicate – “to comprehend with all the saints” - and that is “in, by, and through the Spirit.”  God’s people are commanded to be filled with [in] the Spirit (Eph 5:18); to live and walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25); to pray in the Spirit (Eph. 6:18); to communicate in the Spirit (Eph 4:29,30); to receive revelation in the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18); to be led in the Spirit (Rom. 8:14) etc., etc., etc." ii 

The enemy will allow us to focus on many good works; good projects, things that we can see and things that make us feel we have accomplished something. 

The real battle is a heavenly battle.  A cosmic war started in the Garden of Eden.  It will end with the declaration from heaven that the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of the Lord and of His Christ. iii

The real Church is a heavenly thing and we are a heavenly people.  We are born anew from above; all that is old has passed away.  We can walk in newness of life.  No need to try to fix what is old.  That is good news. 

Like Clara, let us shake our heads and shake off the residue of the enemy’s ploys.  Come into agreement with God in faith that He will manifest His wisdom to principalities and powers, as we allow Christ to be formed in us.  


Next - Present to the Lord

 

This is part 33 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries



[i] Eph 3:9-11 RSV

[ii] T. Austin Sparks, The Warfare in the Spirit, taken from “The Pre-Eminence Magazine, Volume 29, February 1995, book printing 1995 by Emmanuel Church, p. 40

[iii] Rev 11:15

The gates of Hell





Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel 

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Tis far sweeter to ponder heaven than hell . . .

The corps finds themselves standing in front of a massive, ominous looking black iron gate.  It is the entrance to the grounds of the planning and distribution plants of hell.  The plants pulse with rage and murderous intent; indeed the structures themselves grow and form out of all the malevolence emanating from the hordes of demons.  Demons are the structures!

Gaseous billowing cloud-like substances belch from a multitude of chimneys and swiftly descend earthward.  The pulsing, deafening sounds are at once audible and inaudible.  Like missiles large and small, the bottled up sound rockets earthward exploding over strategic targets.

The sound makes Clara want to shake her head.  She hears the words, and yet at once, they are gone.  It seems something has been deposited in her mind and yet she can’t put her finger on it.  The longer the corps stands there, the more confused they become.  They are even confused about whether it is confusion.  Is it confusion?

They feel foggy, yet clear.  They have a mission to accomplish and yet have no idea what it is.  Everything is growing hazy, ambiguous, and unimportant. 

Something is working on their minds.  It is working to supplant their awareness of feeling foggy, hazy, and confused, with clarity, and carefree feelings of serenity and peace.  Whatever is transpiring is replacing their understanding of where they are, why they are here, or what they are to do.  Perhaps they are here for a stroll in the park?

They instinctively move from plant to plant in this monstrous, growing, and pulsating creation of hell.  It appears to be trying to mimic the vastness of the solar system.  A center power plant radiates like the sun, while ominous celestial-like bodies orbit around it. 

The corps is uncertain of what is happening to them.  Uncertain of what they may be receiving, whether good or bad.  Nevertheless, they continue to move from vantage point to vantage point.

Just as they feel they can’t take any more, their release from this dreadful place is secured!

 

Home sweet home

R & R used to mean nothing to Clara and company.  They had been through so much in such a short time that they believed their stamina was sufficient.  R&R would just be time wasted.  Now, however, they thanked God for disregarding their zeal and providing His refreshing.

Clara ponders the expression ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees’, and is beginning to feel like that.  They have been up close and personal to issues of the heart, concern for people, strategies, weapons of war, and demonic malevolence.  Each one of these things is a study in itself.  Each could evolve and grow and fill a lifetime.

As if out of the eternal realm and into the moment comes these emblazoned words:

That Christ be formed in you, as your very life.  That together you are an ever increasing measure and expression of Christ.

The words seem to burn into her heart.  All the complexities fall away with this one realization.  God’s purpose, Christ!  Christ within Clara, living out His life.  Christ in His Church!  Christ in a corporate expression, on display for the entire universe and the demonic realm to see. 

Clara feels she can spend an eternity here, pondering the wonder of what it means for Christ to live His life through her, Christ living His life in them. 

With these thoughts she lays her head on a soft fluffy pillow and drifts off to sleep.

Sleep tight Clara for there is a new trip emerging on the horizon! 


Next - Beam me up Scottie


This is part 32 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel


*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries

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Quiet before the storm





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Rules of engagement - In the heat of the battle, never question your orders!

The orders are precise.  Nevertheless, easier said than done Clara thinks, as she shifts uneasily from foot to foot.  

    Infiltrate the Vast Horizon

Remain undercover

Gather information

Plant bombs with the uncertain

Rescue the uninitiated

   Move to the next assignment before detection

The corps is camped on the outer perimeter of the Vast Horizon, set apart from the center of activity.  From their vantage point, it is like looking down on a metropolis from a descending airplane. 

Assess, define, plan, and infiltrate.  Each of these things will take time and wisdom from God.  For now at least they feel safe, sheltered as they plan the reconnaissance phase.

Morning after morning scouts go out and report back.  Information is gathered and all seems to be proceeding as planned.  Nevertheless, Clara is unsettled.  To her it feels like the quiet before the storm.  

Something, or is it some thing, seems to be present.  Present and yet it is indefinable.  She wonders if it is just the long hours playing tricks on her mind.

Checking in with the others, Clara describes this nondescript sensing.  They too are aware of something playing at the back of their minds.  It is like a recording playing just above the audible level. 

Like Clara, they wonder if something is playing tricks with their minds due to their lack of sleep.  After some discussion, they decide it must just be due to their fatigue, and they dismiss it.  Tomorrow is another day and a good night’s sleep will certainly help 

Clara, however, can’t shake it off that easily.  “It must just be my own personal issues surfacing again.  When will I ever get over these things?” Clara groans.

“Perhaps we should look into this further.  Maybe we are dismissing it too lightly,” one of the team adds.

“No, no, no, you know how I hate it when I am the center of attention.  Just drop it,” states Clara.  Knowing that pursuing the issue will just compound the problem, she walks away… troubled.

In the days following, one after the other, issues begin to surface throughout the team.  Is it just old unresolved issues or is something else in the works here? 

Doubt begins to creep into Clara’s mind.  Is any of this real?  How will I know?  The thoughts are barely perceptible.  Yet at the same time they make their presence known, demanding her attention. 

Clara wonders and silently worries.  What if everyone is down at the same time, what will that mean?  Who will pull it together?  Will they all just walk away at once, or one at a time? 

Have they been through so much and learned so little?  They certainly do seem small compared to the enemy, but isn’t that just the fact of the matter? 

Maybe they just need to face those facts.  This has been an interesting course, but it has gotten carried away and now they are simply messed up in mind games.

With her head in her hands, Clara presses into God for revelation.  They have come so far, so many lessons learned, so many spiritual occurrences examined, tested and proved.  What is really happening here?  Are they again encountering their old familiar weaknesses? 

No!  Something is different!  Clara recognizes that doubt, which she has already overcome, is presenting itself to her mind.  Doubt and unbelief seem to stand there, somehow surrounding her thoughts. 

“It was different now,” Clara declares as she stands her ground.  The thoughts do not cause the pain that they did before.  She realizes that now it is just a presentation of doubt, pressing itself at her mind.  It is like someone standing too close to you, in your space.  She also realizes she now has a choice, she can accept it as hers or… or what? 

“Other than” the Holy Spirit speaks to her spirit. 

He is telling her that what she is experiencing is other than her person, her thoughts, and her former weaknesses.  Something from the outside is presenting itself as her thought.

The word the Holy Spirit speaks has power.  It dispels the presentation to her mind.  Excitedly, Clara realizes that she now has a new weapon for a new level of war!

As Clara shares the revelation with the team, they too are able to dispel the thoughts of the enemy.  What a relief it is that they do not have to look at themselves!  Now they can see the enemy and confront the darkness. 

Just as everything appears to settle, a strong wind picks up around their encampment.  It feels like it is sucking the air out of the atmosphere.  They are dropping!  What is happening?  Where are they going now?

 

GROWTH AND WARFARE

Clara and company are beginning to see the differences in the warfare as they journeyed through the Great Room, the Stone Archway, and the Vast Horizon.

In The Great Room, much of the work and warfare involved Clara’s soul.  She was learning to walk by the intuition of her spirit and not the emotions or reasoning of her soul.  She had to confront her fears and her desire to control.  She also realized that she must stop allowing herself to be controlled.  The enemy’s work was to keep her from walking by the Spirit.  The warfare caused Clara to see many things that she needed to see in order to mature in Christ 

The Stone Archway was a training arena.  Clara learned what happened when she looked within herself, instead of away to Jesus Christ, to see who she really is.  She quickly learned how judgments, passivity, carelessness, or confidence in herself, left her open to the enemy’s oppression and entrapments.

From training Clara was sent to war.  Her first assignment was to cut a path for others.  She recognized that she was still being refined, even in the battle.  Nevertheless, her life was increasingly manifesting the life of Christ.  It was revealing the strength of His victory in and through her, which others could see and follow.

In The Vast Horizon, Clara entered into the high places where principalities, powers, and spiritual hosts of wickedness conspire against God and His purposes for mankind.  Clara and company came into an understanding of the plans of the enemy.  They learned to war against them spirit to spirit.  They would take this understanding and apply it in overcoming the schemes of the enemy for themselves and others.

In each phase of this journey, they learned more about Christ, the adversary, and themselves.  They have learned to navigate through uncertainty and judge spiritual correctness or error.  They learned to use a spiritual gauge.  Did the activity/event lead them into an increase of the life of Christ or a decrease of that life. 

They continued to grow in the revelation of the all-encompassing work of the death, resurrection, and ascension of their Lord.  They have increased in their ability to exercise faith in His promises and see God’s provisions in Christ.  They learned to stand on the Word of God.  They learned to stand on the resurrection side of the cross! 

Their discernment has become keen and their swords sharp!

 

Next – The Gates of Hell!


This is part 31 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries


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Shazam, bang, disappear






Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

Part fact - Part allegory

Realities of the Spiritual Realm


Poof!  Watch out for that first step - It's a doozy.

"Where did everyone go?”  Clara turned around and around and her comrades were nowhere to be seen! 

All she could see, if you call this seeing, is the direction her thoughts will take her.  If she thinks faith thoughts, she sees a path ahead of her.  If she worries, she circles round and round, spiraling downward.  Fear creates a downward pull into the dark shadows.  She wonders if this is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight.

Meantime, back on the mountain everyone is perplexed.  What happened to Clara?  She chose to be the first to step out on the nonexistent path and then she just disappeared! 

“Clara can you hear us?” they call.

In another place, all alone, Clara remembers the map and pulls it out of her pocket.  She sees that where the red line ends, a golden line continues.  As she studies the map, she also sees what appears to be a vast expanse.  If her calculations are correct, it is just a short distance ahead.  Recalling the faithfulness of God strengthens her.  She heads out having no idea where she is going.

The path leads her to what could only be called the Vast Horizon.  Clara strains to see and hear, but it is just a cacophony of sound and blurs of movement.  Things swoop, large groups march military style, and clouds form and disperse.  Fronts, looking much like the stormcast on the weather channel, move in and out. 

What is all this?  How will she know what is good and what is not?  The hum and buzz make it difficult for her to clear her head.  She wonders if there is any place to get away from all this commotion.

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuse and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feather, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand t thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." i  

The secret place that is the place to abide!  By faith, Clara establishes herself under the shadow of the Almighty.  From here she hopes to watch, listen, and learn what she needs to know to “fight the good fight of faith"ii in this Vast Horizon.


High Places

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. iii

“Hey” someone says, “I just saw her, she went around that corner.”

“Quick” says one of the others.  “Catch up with her, and hurry!  After what we’ve seen, we need all the help we can get.”

Clara is moving quickly now.  She is gleaning an understanding of the battlefront she saw when she entered the Vast Horizon.  Her study of the history of the enemy’s activities over past generations is most helpful. 

That study is now like a window into time past.  Clara can see the enemy’s seeds sown in the fertile soil of men’s hearts.  Deception, greed, perversion, lawlessness, and strife, showered down from the high places at strategic times and locations. 

She can see army hoards of darkness sent to seduce, reinforce lies, and stir up rebellion.  Massive clouds of thought barraging whole areas of land, locking minds with demonic control, as the masses feel smug and satisfied that they are free of the constraints of righteousness and justice.  

Totally absorbed with what she is looking at, Clara suddenly gasps in surprise.  Her former corps members are present! 

“How did you get here?  What have you seen?  Are you all safe?” asks Clara.

There is indeed some catching up to do and notes to compare.  Most especially, what they all want to know is why they are in this place. 

With the catching up complete, they return to their respective rooms.  Once again, assignment papers await them.  This time, however, Clara approaches them with apprehension.  Of all she has been through, somehow, this assignment has weightiness beyond anything she has yet experienced.  She senses that whatever lies ahead involves more than her life alone.

Is she, are they, prepared for the conflict ahead?  Apprehensively she opens the sealed orders:

Infiltrate the Vast Horizon

Remain undercover

Gather information

Plant bombs with the uncertain

Rescue the uninitiated

Move to the next assignment before detection


Next - The Gates of Hell

 

This is part 30 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries


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[i] Psalm 91:1-9

 1 Tim 6:12

 Eph 6:12

SIR yes SIR





Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

Part fact - Part allegory

 Realities of the Spiritual Realm

 

“Move over GI Jane, here we come!”

Clara declares this with more than a little attitude.  This as she looks at the pile of enemy weapons and traps they have confiscated.  Not to mention the paths they have cut. 

“I don’t mind saying that it’s a fine job well done!” and everyone seconds the motion with a cheer and a salute to their warrior King. 

The training has been hard, the work even harder, but the fruit of their labor is evident.  Tonight is officially declared an evening of celebration! 

What comes tomorrow?  Perhaps they will receive a new assignment or a new location.  No one seems to know.  As with everything they have been through, when the next thing comes, the Holy Spirit will direct them.  He is in time and on time, and sometimes to their dismay, not a moment too soon.

A translucent map rests on the breakfast table.  They can see the paths they have cut.  Paths that connect to the main path cut by the earlier pioneers.  However, to their surprise, they see what seems to be an extension.  It is a new addition to the original path, clearly marked in red.  The new path leads to a very mountainous region. 

“Are we expected to go into unexplored territory?” exclaims Clara.  Although she knows the answer, for it goes without saying.  Orders are orders. 

With backpacks loaded, the corps looks back one more time on the home base, wondering if they will ever return. . .

The path ahead is steep and narrow, very narrow.  They must move in single file to keep from falling.  So far, they haven’t detected any enemy activity, but the treachery of the climb all but makes up for it.

As they reach the top, everyone is quiet.  They are deep inside their own thoughts, positioning to embrace whatever lies ahead.

“It is breathtaking!”  Clara exclaims, panting from the altitude and exertion.  “It is magnificent, beautiful, but, but … the end of the path!”

Clara barely gets the words out of her mouth before the others pile into her.  Her thoughts race ahead of her.  What is this?  Did they miss the path?  Did the Holy Spirit lead them to a dead end?

There is a corporate gasp as the instruction comes to them simultaneously … “Keep walking!”

“And they loved not their lives even unto the death.”  Muttering this they attempt to march forward.  One by one, they try to step out only to turn back, running into the one behind them. 

“This started out as a course for more of the Lord, led to a major war, and now this?  Maybe I should have read the small print” one exclaims.   

“Is there an op out clause?” another muses.  Nevertheless, they are stuck, very stuck! 


Sight by faith – Or once I was blind, but now I see . . .

It is easy and enjoyable to watch Crusaders of the Lost Ark and see the hero overcome fearful obstacles.  It is fascinating to watch unseen bridges appear as Frodo steps out into mid-air in the Lord of the Rings.  It is quite another thing to be there! 

Envision yourself where Clara and the corps are.  Close your eyes and imagine stepping out with seemingly nothing beneath your feet except air.  Is this the proverbial - where the rubber meets the road? 

To enter into the eternal purposes of God in Christ,i we need to view things from God’s perspective in the heavenlies, not from our small earthly view.  Clara and company are about to venture out.  They will battle through things that are somewhat familiar, but which have increased in power and influence.  This is necessary for their perspectives to be changed. 

There is only one spirit realm and one truth, God the Father reconciling mankind back to Himself in His Son Jesus Christ.

There is one spiritual realm.  Two spiritual entities inhabit that space, God and His angels and Satan and his angels and demons.  This is where the cosmic battle rages over the souls of men.   

The Holy Spirit will bring us into the reality of these things as we obediently follow Him.  He will bring us into the experiential power and authority of the finished work of Christ.  What is required on our part is faith.  We must look to what God has done in Christ and keep our eyes fixed on the facts of all we have in, with, and through Christ.  The manifestation of that in real time is the Holy Spirit’s work.

Do you believe that?  Or do you believe that just one more seminar, one more teaching, one more book, one more conference, or worship service will somehow produce that something more?  Most would attest that if any of these things could produce resurrection power they would be spiritual giants by now.

May God stir up a hunger in your heart.  Declare to the Lord your desire.  Cry out “More Lord!” trusting that His grace will carry you through to His divine ends.  Be fearless in your pursuit.  All of heaven is watching as God listens, ready to respond.

Clara and company are about to step out in the spirit.  They are about to enter the coveted Vast Horizon.   

 

Next, Shazam, bang, disappear!

 

This is part 29 in the series – Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

 

*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries



[i] Eph 3:11

Stand up and fight






Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel

Part fact - Part allegory

Realities of the Spiritual Realm

 

Men ablaze are invincible.  Hell trembles when men kindle.  The strongholds of Satan are invincible against everything but fire.i


Attention it is time for action!

“Soldier … your assignment is to scout out the path ahead of us.  Look out especially for any snipers.”

“Next in line … your assignment is to look for land traps, find them, and expose them.  Beware of booby traps and land mines.”

“Next … take up the rear.  Watch, listen, and sound an alarm if something is creeping up behind us.  Make sure no one is fallen, trapped, or lagging behind.”

“We may be a small corps, but let it be known that although small, we are mighty in Him!”

Clara is back in shape now and awaits her orders.  To her surprise she is part of the team cutting the path, the job she was sure she had failed.  She is thankful He not only restores her soul, but can restore her work as well.

 

Screech, screech, screech goes the alarm!

“Activate the perimeter plow, man your stations, incoming is an understatement!  We are under assault, baton down the hatches and brace yourself.  After the first wave, stand up and fight!”

Artillery fire, explosions, caustic gas, and terrifying sounds fill the air.  Clara’s choice is to stand up and fight or lie down and die.  Some choice. Is this what war really means?  Is there no neutral ground? 

The stark realization hits her all at once … there never was any neutral ground.  She had merely been captive in a place where she only saw peace and security, while others fought on her behalf.  Now it was her turn to stand in the gap.

Standing shoulder to shoulder looked different than she had thought.  It was really being of one mind and heart, with your sights set on the Victor. 

Each soldier wielded the weapons assigned and they moved as one, which caused a shudder to come over the invading troops.  The enemy hesitated, and in that moment everyone charged ahead.  It was hard to realize what was happening until the dust settled.

Everyone accounted for, no casualties, and minimal damage was the report.  Now it is time to regroup, reflect, strategize, and prepare for the next offensive.  To God be the glory!

 

WAR?  WHAT WAR?

Gone forever are the peaceful days in which Clara basked.  Gone is the thought that love would solve all problems.  God indeed is love, but Clara has come to realize that the Lord is the Lord of war as well.ii

She now understands the scriptures in a new light.  She sees the types and shadows of the fight for the Promised Land.  The people needed to possess the land lest wild animals inhabit it.  Even the fight with Goliath, these are all now understood as a war with the usurper. 

Clara can see how God used a small company to represent the many in Gideon’s army.  To possess the land of promise, the people of God would have to engage the enemy.  

She can see how the path is being opened for others as she comes into a living revelation of her victory in Christ.  Formerly she believed the facts about Christ, now she is walking in the experiential, the power of His work being manifested in her life. 

She has first-hand experience of the power of Christ’s authority.  Power to expose, block, hinder, and destroy the works of darkness.  Her testimony of victory and freedom is evidenced in her life. 

Clara and those who labor with her are coming into an increasing revelation and experience of Christ as their life.  As He is being lifted up in them, they see Him drawing others to Himself.

Clara’s journey through The Great Room with its disciplines brought her to the entrance of The Stone Archway  Now she has taken proper control over her life.  The many thing that sought to move her, including her own soulishness, have been brought under the Holy Spirit’s Lordship.  She is now free to lay her life down as a living sacrifice and her acceptable worship.iii

The training zone and the war zone of the Stone Archway have achieved their purpose.  She feels she can now settle into the rhythm of her life in Christ. 

Clara is yet to understand that God’s purposes in Christ encompass so much more.  This will affect her personally, as well as the size and magnitude of the war she will fight with satanic forces.

 

Next - Move over GI Jane, here we come! 


This is part 28 in the series - Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel


*For a free on-line school, free PDF books written by Barb and more information on walking and living in the Spirit go to Midway Ministries

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[i] Samuel Chadwick, Biography