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Fight From Heaven: An Unlikely Revelation
In my prophetic and songwriting classes, I exhort the students to keep their spiritual eyes and ears open to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit in myriad ways. Some are spectacular; like an effervescent sunrise or a drive through the mountains. More often, God speaks to me in the midst of the mundane. In the case of this blog, I heard from God through mis-reading a book title.
I was in Dallas, TX recently for the Worship Institute. While resting for a rare few minutes in our hotel room, I noticed the title of a Jan Karon book my wife was reading. I thought that the title was “Fight From Heaven”. Then, upon a closer look, I saw that the book was actually entitled “Light From Heaven”.
However, the phrase “Fight From Heaven” began to rattle around in my worship-addled brain.
As new creatures in Christ, believers are those who see the invisible, hear the inaudible, declare the unspeakable and hold the intangible. We view heaven as not just a far-off place that we will go to one sweet day, but a present (though of course invisible) reality to those who are led by the Spirit. We live by faith and as Paul the Apostle so eloquently and paradoxically declared: “We look not at the things which are seen for those things are temporal (of earth, temporary) but we behold the invisible.” (My paraphrase).
So we fight, yet not us but Christ the Warrior-Worshipper fights through us with mighty weapons that pull down strongholds and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We “fight from heaven”!
We live, yet not us, but Christ lives in us. We live from heaven. We sing from heaven, give from heaven, bless from heaven, pray from heaven, parent from heaven. Every aspect of life has potential to be lived “from heaven” by the grace of God, and the Presence of Christ in us the hope of glory.
In living from heaven (back to Jan Karon’s book title) we will also be “Light From Heaven”.
Godrest and Godspeed,