Tag: Heavenly

The Earthly And The Heavenly

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Eretz, the Hebrew word for earth, is singular. But shamayim, the Hebrew word for heaven, is plural. In Hebrew, when a word that should be singular is rendered plural, it often indicates an intensity; like an exclamation point. It’s something to get excited about.

The word for earth has no exclamation point. Thus when you’re dealing with earthly things, don’t get too excited over them. Don’t treat the things of the world as the end of everything. Don’t store up your treasures here. Don’t get too attached and make idols. Don’t let your mind get all bent out of shape; panic, go crazy, or get depressed over it. It’s just eretz. But the things of heaven are different, they have an exclamation point. You should get excited about heaven and the things of the Spirit. Get excited about the things of God: His love, joy, wonders, purity, peace, and His mysteries. Then you’ll have true peace and joy, and everything will be alright. Because that’s the way it’s meant to be. The earth, eretz, is only singular. But heaven, shamayim, is always more. And that’s something to get excited about.

Today’s Mission – Today, get excited about the heavenly things of God and keep calm about the things of earth.

by Jonathan Cahn

Obedience to the “Heavenly Vision”

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. —Acts 26:19

If we lose “the heavenly vision” God has given us, we alone are responsible— not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to “the heavenly vision” is to give our utmost for His highest— our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember God’s vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life— sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer or public meetings.

“Though it tarries, wait for it…” (Habakkuk 2:3). We cannot bring the vision to fulfillment through our own efforts, but must live under its inspiration until it fulfills itself. We try to be so practical that we forget the vision. At the very beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it. We rushed off to do our practical work, and once the vision was fulfilled we could no longer even see it. Waiting for a vision that “tarries” is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own soul’s welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.

Watch for the storms of God. The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms. Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside? That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen. Let God send you out through His storm, and don’t go until He does. If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will “bear much fruit” (John 15:8).

It is essential that we live and “walk in the light” of God’s vision for us (1 John 1:7).

by Oswald Chambers