“I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” —Jeremiah 33:3
Many Christians have never really tasted the heavenly realm of the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, many aren’t aware that the heavenly experiences are even available to us today. We read about Paul being caught up into the third heaven, John rapt in the Spirit on the Isle of Patmos, or even Peter falling into a trance on Simon the tanner’s roof: and think nothing of it. If anyone claims to have those kinds of experiences today he is shunned as some sort of fanatic. Is it possible that these encounters are possible today and maybe even more common than people realize? I used to be in that skeptical camp. What changed? I was caught up into the heavenly realms for myself. Everything changes when you experience the real power of His presence for yourself. Here are some thoughts by Spurgeon on the power of this heavenly realm.
“There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, “I will show thee great and fortified things.” Another, “Great and reserved things.” Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of attainment. There are the common frames and feelings of repentance, and faith, and joy, and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but there is an upper realm of rapture, of communion, and conscious union with Christ, which is far from being the common dwelling-place of believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean upon Jesus’ bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven. There are heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle’s eye of acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen: God alone can bear us there; but the chariot in which He takes us up, and the fiery steeds with which that chariot is dragged, are prevailing prayers.”
Spurgeon said that one of the portals to these heavenly realms is the blessing of prevailing prayer. Prayer is actually a form of yielding. It is yielding to the power of His Spirit as He takes us into the heavenly places in Christ. So don’t be quick to criticize the experiences of others. Just because something is out of your realm of experience doesn’t mean that it is not real. Open up your heart to the Lord. Ask Him to fill you with another measure of His presence. You don’t have to worry, as Jesus said, “if you ask for an egg He won’t give you a scorpion”.