We must close our eyes and quietly visualize
Spiritually being with Jesus in the heavenly skies
Quietly talking with our eldest brother one on one
Yet awed by Christ’s great majesty as God’s first born son
We must find a comfortable spot to relax and put all of our worldly cares out of our mind. Then visualize our spiritual being, our soul and spirit, coming out of our body, and gently soaring into the heavens above. Where we can look down on the world, and see our physical being, our body and mind with all of our cares and problems on the earth below. As we begin our spiritual visit with our Savior, we feel refreshed. All of our physical pains, aches, cravings, or wants of the body are left behind. All the sins of the flesh; greed, power, lust, and pride are no longer present.
*and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6 NASB+
As we enter into the spiritual Kingdom of God, we feel all the power and glory of our Heavenly Father all around us; and are engulfed in His eternal love. We are awestruck, yet have never had such peace, joy, and serenity. We tremble at His great glory, yet have never been so relaxed, felt so wonderful, and been so happy.
*Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Eph 1:3 ESV+
The Spirit like a wind blows by our face
Illuminating our belief in Christ’s atoning grace
Living in our heart, watching over it with one accord
To make us spotless, so we can remain one with our Lord
We can feel the Holy Spirit, like a wind all around us, as He keeps us in the love and grace of our Lord.
*The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." Jn 3:8 NIV+
As we open our hearts to the Spirit there suddenly appears an outline of a cross with Christ hanging on it in pain and agony. Suddenly all joy disappears and guilt overwhelms us. Our selfish pleasures and disobedience forced Jesus to come down from Heaven, shed His blood on the cross; to redeem us from our sins. The Spirit knowing we love our Savior brings us face to face with Him.
*"I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. Jn 10:11 NASB+
Our spirit humbly comes before Jesus in the heavens above
Where we are surrounded by our Savior’s immeasurable love
For our sins His blood on a cross was spent
So He could forgive those who would sincerely repent
We fall at the feet of our Redeemer and freely repent of our sins. Jesus quietly tells us that because we love Him above all things, our neighbors as ourselves; all our sins have already been forgiven, and will be remembered no more.
*For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Heb 8:12 NIV+
Jesus then bids us to walk with Him through the beautiful garden of Heaven; as we visit with our Master, who is also our eldest brother, and desires to be our best friend. We can talk with Jesus about anything, and know He will listen, answering our questions and concerns. We feel the Savior’s love all around us and desire to pass this love on to all; as we love others as Christ loves us. Jesus then leads us into a large gathering.
*Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Heb 2:11 NIV+
We come to unite with all the saints as one throng
Praising our awesome God with prayers and song
We are one with all in Heaven and earth below
Our praises echoing everywhere, our Savior to extol
We are part of the family of God, with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ; those who are living on earth and those who have gone before us to Heaven. Though we do not know who they all will be, we can envision being in Heaven with our loved ones, with all the Heavenly Host, singing and praising our great God. This suddenly reminds us of the work we must continually do back on earth, to help our loved ones, all others, become part of our Father’s family.
*saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” Heb 2:12 ESV+
When our meditation is done, spiritually we descend
Back to the world and our bodies once again
Striving to hold fast to the Savior we adore
Until we can be spiritually strengthened once more
After meditating, after being spiritually fed; our spiritual being must come back once more to our sinful body, living in an evil world. We will daily face worldly battles, our flesh will tempt us, and satan will try to wear down our faith. The only antidote we have for the busy lifestyle we now live in; is to daily take time to be with our God, so our love and faith for Him can be continually renewed. So though we will lose some battles and sin; we will win the war, be forgiven by Jesus, if we love Him above all things and try our hardest to sin no more.
*If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:1-3 NKJV+
We struggle through this world each in our own way
Waiting for Jesus to take us home on our last day
Where in glory with our Savior we will be
We patiently await going to Heaven, where we can share our Master’s glory with all believers in one accord; yet be able to quietly visit one on one with our Lord.
*When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col 3:4 NKJV+
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