Living in the Normal World, Both of Them
by Ramona Cook
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In our minds we view the spiritual world as something that is unknown and far away.
We tend to think of it as something we shall learn about some other day, perhaps when we die.
Of course none of us can fathom a time when we, our self, will not exist and so we tend to reserve that experience for all the poor unfortunates, those to whom death happens.
I believe there is a good reason why we cannot fathom our ‘lack of existence’ and it is because “eternity is written in our hearts.”*1A
Deep within ourselves we all know that we shall BE forever. That thought often produces fear within us and we hurriedly turn our thoughts to something in the HERE and NOW, but there is no way to escape that world currently unseen by our physical eyes; that thing we call the world of the “supernatural.”
Why do we call it “super-natural?” Probably it is because it is superior. The world of the spiritual is far more real and enduring than are the things we call “natural or physical.”
We are told many times that we should tend to the things of the spirit/Spirit because those are the things that last forever while that which we see now is temporary. *2A
We are advised and warned throughout the entire Scriptures to choose our activities circumspectly, “Because,” warns Jesus, “a bird of the air will hear what you say and carry your message” … “A bird of the air?” Yes, a flying thing, or thing capable of moving quickly and quietly to make known what you have said. *3A
This is one major area of susceptibility for us as we live in this Two World Reality simultaneously; the things we say ARE heard and thereby we give license to the positive or negative forces, that also live with us in our atmosphere, to do and to bring into our physical world the things we speak.
We are both physical and spirit beings. The beings that live here with us are spirit, but sometimes they are able to take form. This is not science fiction; the Bible tells us in the Scriptures such things as, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for some have entertained angels and were not aware of it.” Why were they not aware? They were not aware because the angels looked like regular people. The Scriptures also tell of such times when angelss became visible and ministered to human beings. *4A
We live in the world of the spirit and the world of the spirit also lives with us. Our bodies are bound to the earth. The spirits, both good and bad, can move in and out of this atmosphere.
But we too are spirit beings. Things we cannot see with our physical eyes are sometimes seen with the eyes of our spirit. Who among us has not had the experience of knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit or of heavenly beings? Who of us has not felt the cold chill of fear at the presence of an evil being? We live in both worlds at the same time.
We must not fear such truth; this is the same world into which we were born and is the same world we will leave when our time comes to exit the earth house that made us an earth-bound being. We must not fear, but we must learn how to be safe by being aware of the instructions found in the Holy Bible, and how to live rightly in a world filled with things we do not see with our physical eyes.
God has graciously given us all the information we need and it is available to us in the Bible.
The Ten Commandments were not given to us to keep us from enjoying life; they were given to us to help us to live life in a way that brings us the most blessing and enjoyment, and physical and spiritual safety. Their purpose is to show us that we need a Savior, and also to show us how to walk through life on paths of safety. They tell us what God expects of us and how to come to Him for forgiveness and wisdom for the successful living of our life. *5A
We are all terminal. There is no one living on earth today that was here two hundred years ago. The death ratio for the human race is 1:1. *6A
Since it is true that we are eternal spirit beings and we shall all die eventually, how important is it that we give thoughtful consideration to where we shall go when our spirits make the exit from this house of clay?
God is acutely aware of the problems we face, both while here and in the time that follows, which we often call the “hereafter.” I wonder why it is not more correctly called the, “After Here?”
After Here we will live someplace because spirits never die. All spirits have eternal life; the question is, “Where will my spirit live in the After Here?
Jesus told us that there are two places. There is Heaven and there is Hell. God did not prepare Hell for any human, but those who refuse His offer of Salvation from that place, choose to go there.
Jesus gave His life for the sins of the “whole” world and He offers all of us the free gift of “redemption;” but if we ignore or refuse it, we have chosen our place to live, where none of us really want to live.
Some prefer to not believe in the place called Hell, but they have no problem believing in the place called Heaven, both of which are spoken about by Jesus. Why would He warn us about Hell in the recorded Scriptures more often than He would comfort us regarding the existence of Heaven; that is IF Hell was not a real place?
I personally know a man who went to Hell. He has told me of some things he experienced and saw. I had prayed for him with all the faith I could muster. His life was severely self-indulgent and he was spiteful, angry and mean. He was addicted to alcohol and drugs. I could get only enough faith together to ask God to snatch him from Hell when it came his time to die. That is what happened!
That same person is now a totally different person. He admits his wrong doings and asks forgiveness from God and persons he has wronged. He reads his Bible and prays and is planning now to begin to take his sons to Church and teach them about God and Jesus and Salvation; all things he strongly forbade me to do at earlier times. The man of whom I speak is my son-in-law of 17 years.
We do live in two normal worlds at the same time, or maybe there just seems to be two of them. Maybe there is one world, but half of it is not usually visible to us.
The truth is that “The wages of sin is death;” but the gift of God is eternal life in the joyous realms of Heaven. Jesus said, “Don’t fear man who can only kill your body, but rather fear God Who can destroy both body and soul in Hell. *7A *7B
So take note of your words for a bird of the air will take your message to the ears of those with power. Be certain to verbalize your acceptance of Jesus as your Savior.
Be reminded that there are Good and Bad, positive and negative forces listening. “You are snared by the words of your mouth.” Likewise, we bring upon ourselves blessings by the words of our mouths. *8A
The Bible says that, “If we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved.” It is only then that we begin to learn how to live here in victory and blessing among the unseen enemies of our bodies and souls. *9A
*1A Ecc. 3:11; “world” Strong’s #5769 meaning eternity exactly, and varying lengths of time
*2A II Cor. 4:18
*3A Ecc. 10:20
*4A Heb. 13:2
*5A Gal. 3:24
*6A Heb. 9:27
*7A Rom. 6:23
*7B Matt. 10:28
*8A Prov. 12:13
*9A Rom. 10:9
Ramona Cook 12/24/2011
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