Training your soul to live from heaven to earth

I asked the question last time, do we know who we are in Christ? Do we see ourselves as Jesus in this world? (1 John 4:17) We looked at some hindrances to believing this. While our spirit is perfect in heaven in Christ, our soul is out of sync with this reality. Of course, the next question is, how do we bring our souls into sync with our true heavenly selves?

But before we get started, we must first believe that we’re in heaven right now in Christ. This is critical for further progress. Here’s what God thinks about it:

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil.3:20 NIV*)

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Eph.2:6 NIV*)

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. (Heb.12:22 NIV*)

Referring back to the three realms, the “first realm” believers NEGATE this heavenly reality in their lives because of their unbelief. The “second realm” believers try to IMITATE this reality through their faith confession. But the “third realm” believers INCARNATE this reality by “participating in the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4).

How do we do that?  We take an important key to heart in the following verses:

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. (1 John 4:16-17 NASB*)

Notice that walking in our true identity as Jesus in this world comes from abiding (remaining, sojourning) in God’s love. This is the critical key in bringing our heavenly reality into our earthly experience.

Of course, that’s what Jesus tells us:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  (John 15:5-8 NIV*)

A little further down, Jesus says this to us:

14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  (John 15:14-15 NIV*)

Learning how to remain in God’s love is the same thing as training your soul to live from heaven to earth. His perfecting love casts out all fear, makes us fruitful, and undefeatable! But understand, this is a relational truth. You can’t take a class or “faith” yourself into it; you know it experientially from living in this relationship.

Here’s what the Psalmist says:

I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 NASB*)

We’re literally in Christ in God in heavenly places, right now—24/7. And we cannot be shaken or defeated when our souls have learned to live from this place!

When we “set the Lord continually” before us, we will begin to see everything through His eyes and think and act like Him. We become fruitful because we’re walking in His provision and not our own.

This is what it means to be friends “who know the Father’s business” instead of dutiful servants. Just like Jesus, we’re sons and daughters of our heavenly Father,  remaining in His love, knowing His heart, and partnering with Him in His vineyard. And from this sacred space, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Beloved, don’t dismiss this as some mystic navel-gazing fringe concept (take that thought captive! 2 Cor.10:3-4). This is foundational Christianity at its very core! We must peel back the popular religious veneer we’ve come to love but bears no lasting fruit. The truth is, we’re no earthly good until we’re heavenly minded (see John 15:5). Our conscious soul must practice remaining in God’s love as as lifestyle.

This is so simple, but it’s also where we need to be honest with ourselves. Why don’t we practice it? (If we did, all the things Jesus told us would be evident in our lives).

Our unwillingness is the first question we must honestly deal with if we’re going to bring this crazy good and overflowing joy-filled heavenly reality into our earthly experience. I will offer some practical ways overcome this hurdle and get you started practicing this lifestyle next time.

* Emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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8 Responses to Training your soul to live from heaven to earth

  1. Really good, Mel! This 3 realms stuff you’ve been doing would make a great book and a great Bible study. Love how you wrote about, “But the “third realm” believers INCARNATE this reality by “participating in the divine nature.” I think it’s Star Trek where the captain just tells them where they’re going and says, “make it so.”

    One of the best words of revelation I ever got was about being a young Jesus lost in the temple. When His parents finally find Him He says, “don’t you know I must be about my Father’s business?” That’s what sons do in a kingdom! They learn all about the Father’s business because someday they are inheriting the business, or inheriting the kingdom. So our job as royal children is to look around and see what the Father is up to, and ask if we can help. So the next thing to do is really fine tune your ear, so you can hear or see what the Father is up to. “My sheep know my voice.”

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks, IB. Of course, the three realms concept is not original to me but they do provide a framework to help clarify the differences between how we relate to God. I may end up writing on something along these lines, probably after I move further out of the consciously-incompetent stage myself. 🙂

      But I do believe this is what God is highlighting right now in the Body of Christ. As I shared in a previous post, He’s wanting us to move from knowing His works to knowing His ways. But this can ONLY happen in continual relationship. As they say, it’s caught rather than taught! And, as you pointed out with Jesus, this was the basis of how He interacted His Father and with others. The religious leaders were blown away by His understanding since He didn’t study (go to seminary!), but as He remained in His Father’s love, He was able to carry out His Father’s business, full of grace and truth.

      What’s crazy to me is that this is so simple but we want to try everything else!

  2. Sandra Davis says:

    Pastor Mel …. I need for you to help me understand some things so I’m going to be picking your brain.
    Just recently I got that DVT in my leg…. last year I was diagnosed with uterine cancer( the journey through that was amazing) the Lord showed me he had provided all I need and after a complete hysterectomy I started trusting him in a way I never did. I took no treatment and one year later got a CT scan that showed no cancer.
    This journey of trusting The Lord with all my heart sometimes looks different in every situation . Because God did something one way doesn’t mean that’s the way he always does it. So it’s all about relationship and asking and being obedient …. the DVT I felt I should go to the ER after struggling in prayer for 10 days and it just got worse…. I had everyone pray and finally went.
    Now Holy Spirit was showing me all sorts of revelation such as ( blood clots stop flow…. Holy Spirit was hindered in His flow in me) we dealt with that ….( then my natural heritage of Grandfather dying with PE and grandmother dying witH a post surgical blood clot) God kept taking me to scripture about my new heritage.
    The big thing though was God told me in the midst of the struggle before going to ER was He said to me “ You are not decerning my Body”

    • Mel Wild says:

      Sounds like you’re learning to hear from God, Sandra. Great testimony overcoming cancer, too. I’m not sure what you’re asking me.

      But what I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting about your new heritage is that He’s saying you’ve inherited HIS heritage. You are not defined by your past or family of origin; you’re a daughter of your heavenly Father and it’s His good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit reveals what Jesus has and gives it to us when we’re ready to receive it (John 16:12-15). He will renew your mind as you keep your heart in His love, and even rewrite your DNA. He’s re-forming you after His image. Your heritage is Christ! What He has you have! His relationship with the Father is your relationship with the Father. Nothing can hinder the Holy Spirit’s work in you other than our own thoughts, and the lies we believe. Even then, He works through these things in us because He’s relentless in bringing us to freedom.

      This is why you also must grow into who you already are (you are already complete in Him – Col.2:10). But, especially, be at rest with where you are as you grow. It doesn’t matter whether you go to a doctor or get healed without one. Just follow what you believe the Lord wants you to do without condemnation. Only the accuser would want you to be anxious about it. In all things, walk in peace because Peace lives in you! And He is always for you! It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to train you in a new way to live according to His fullness, to live from victory instead of for victory. He will progressively re-frame your thinking, your perception of yourself, how you relate to Him, and how you see others. As you grow you will respond differently to situations. You will begin to see how He sees more clearly. You cannot disappoint Him because He does all the work! He loves you as His beloved daughter! He empowers and provides everything. Our only job is to believe Him, remain in His love, and receive everything as a free gift!

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