"Enraptured with Jesus"
HERALD:AN OFFICIAL MESSENGER SENT BY A SOVEREIGN COMMANDER OF AN ARMY!
Shalom in Jesus Name!
I heard over the years many testimonies of those who have had the privilege to visit heaven and return to earth to tell about it. People such as: Bob Jones, Dr. Ebey, Betty Malz, Rick Joyner and most recently Daniel Ekechukwu. We also have recorded in the word some who made the heavenly journey and testified to us about it, such as: Daniel, John, David, Paul and Ezekiel. As I was meditating recently on these testimonies and on heavenly things I realized that everything in heaven was in perfect harmony and in perfect unity. I began to ask the Lord in my heart why that heaven was in unity and the Lords Church in earth was not. The Lord caused me to see something I believe is very profound. It is also so simple that we are missing it when it comes to true harmony and unity here in earth.
The Lord showed me that everything in heaven is completely lost and enraptured with Jesus! That's when I realized that true unity in the church will never be realized until we are totally given over to being absolutely possessed and consumed with being fanatically in love with Jesus. It won't matter how much we get our so called act together, it won't matter how much we understand line upon line principles, it wouldn't even matter if we had our doctrine in perfect order, until we are enraptured as a church with Jesus, we will not see the Unity Jesus prayed for! Oh yes! Do we really remember that the one we say we love has called us to be one, one with Him first and then one with each other, the same oneness Jesus has with his Father? Do we really think that Jesus is coming for a Bride that is more interested in being right than being in love with Him and one another? We seem to show with our actions that unity is simply being with others we agree with. How shallow this is before the Lord we claim to worship. Ephesians 4:13 says " Till we all come into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of Christ." We don't yet have the wherewithal to do this and one of the reasons is we get caught up in trying to find the perfect information instead of throwing ourselves at the feet of the Master where we will know Him and the power of His resurrection. Sure, all the doctrines matter and so do the principles. However, as of this point in time our doctrines and principles are out of place because we haven't really given ourselves over to Jesus. It's interesting to note that Paul wrote extensively to the church at Ephesus about unity, yet when Jesus wrote to them he told them they had left their first love. They had works, discernment , so-called maturity, yet they lost the most important element of all, their first love of Jesus! Jesus warned them He would remove their lamp stand next if they did not repent. We know from history that this church lost its lampstand ( the very right to exist before the Lord! )
I would now like to write prophetically and say "It is time for us to return to our first love! It's time to be lost in who Jesus is. It is in this place that we will find true love! It is from this place that we will be able to see rightly and to love one another in unfeigned love (not counterfeit) !" I am so excited about being totally lost in Jesus my lover who loves me like no other! He loves us so much. It says in Song of Songs that when we even simply glance His way His heart beats faster! Wow! He will do anything for us that is in Fathers will. He said He would! He is beautiful beyond words and yet He chose to live out his very life in us!!! I am amazed!
How do we return to our first love? Jesus instructs the church of Ephesus in Revelations 2:5-7 vs 5 "Remember the height from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and remove thy candlestick out of his place except thou repent. vs6 but this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans which also I hate. vs7 He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God ." Do you remember the day when you first met Jesus and how much you became in love with Him? Do you remember how good it was to simply know He loved you and forgave you? According to these above verses we are to repent for losing this love! We are to return to loving Him deeply! When we do this He says He will give us from the tree of life to eat instead of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil! This tree is in the paradise of God, yet He promises to give us to eat of this tree here and now in this life. It is in the paradise of God where we see Jesus as He is. It makes me want more of Jesus just thinking about it! The tree of life (Jesus is the life) is all we need, and it's available to us now if we simply will seek to be fanatically in love with the one who saved us from everything we needed to be saved from. Our incorrections will disappear in this place. Ephesians says this love surpasses knowledge!
How deep do we need to go into this first love? Again Ephesians says "that we may comprehend the height ,depth , width, and breadth with all the saints." When we obey Jesus' call to repent and return to our first love, He will begin to entrust us with the true riches of heaven. We know that the Bride needs to be perfected but Jesus knows how to actually get it done! He knows how to settle the differences that have divided us for centuries. Philippians 3: 15 says "Let us therefore , as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything you are otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." This verse says those who are perfect. Who are those people? Those who are so in love with Him! They are putting away childish thought and childish ways. Things like I am right and you are wrong, and that's mine as well as other childish thoughts. In heaven where all have been made complete they move as one! No longer interested in individualism. Like Ezekiel's vision of the wheel within the wheel, everything is moved by the Spirit. They bow together, eat together, worship together, sing together, and it all revolves around one person, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Gee, this sounds a lot like the book of Acts! They ate together, prayed together, shared their goods together. They counted everything as belonging to the kingdom of God. Again, it was in the place of being radically in love with Jesus that they had true unity. It says they were in one accord and even in one mind! Paul prayed that God would grant us to even speak the same thing! Maybe its long overdue for us to stop trying to find ourselves and lose ourselves for Jesus. Sound familiar? It's something Jesus said to do. My friends we must get to this place in Him and we must do it together! A friend of mine who is a prophet, years ago had this vision : All over the mountain of the Lord there were many camps and they all were camped at their own individual fires. A call from the Lord went out and everyone began moving their fires to one central location they they deposited their fires into one fire. After they did this they began to join hands in unity around the one fire! It was then the Lord himself appeared to them in the middle of the fire. They could then look at Jesus and see which part of the body they each were and what their part was. Isn't that simple. Take the so called fire of your calling and ministry and simply deposit it into the Lords fire. Be enraptured with Him again!
I hope that you will do what I have done. I have repented and asked Gods forgiveness for myself and the church for drifting so far from the most important thing. I have made a simple decision to radically be in love with my Lord. I also have decided to spread this love wherever I can. We can see the Church return to what God has intended and it starts right here with us right now! Remember we are a Bride and we are about to become newlyweds!
May God richly bless you as you follow Him,
Pastor Steve Anderson
Jesus is deeply in love with you!