New Message: Announcing Advent 2016: Christ Was Born for This Close

The Risen Christ: Day 5

Where Heaven Meets Earth


Today's Text: Luke 24:36-43, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Text: Luke 24:36-43, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
- 1 Corinthians 13:12, HCSB

Have you ever seen a ghost?

I have, um, definitely not. We live in a very physical world. We, in a way that is different from the ancients and medievals, think of the physical world as the only part of the world worth mentioning. I mean, how much would you judge me if I told you I had seen a ghost? I’m not saying it’s not possible, but I reckon you would make a mental note to take me less seriously in the future.

But I am with Shakespeare’s Hamlet when he says, “There is more in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” He means that even if I don’t understand everything with my fancy rational mind, I acknowledge that I am small and there is a spiritual world I cannot fully comprehend.

So, when the disciples see Jesus and think: GHOST, it reminds me how they felt the texture of the spiritual element of the world in a very different way than I do. The ancient mind was more closely tuned to the spiritual; they saw colors, and stars, and water as indicators of spiritual realities. We, instead, see colors as reflected light on the spectrum, stars as gassy balls, and water as H2O.

Anyway, these guys—these spiritual guys who had seen miracles and walked with Jesus, these guys who Jesus had told He was coming back—they were “terrified” (verse 37). And remember that when the Lord (or an angel) appears to folks in the Bible, the first thing He says is often, “Do not be afraid!” (Genesis 15:1, Matt 14:27). We are simple and focused on the physical, and when humans are confronted with spiritual forces meeting the physical— it’s scary.

Jesus is where heaven and earth literally meet.

It’s astonishing. It was more than the disciples could handle. It’s more than we can handle.  It’s true and it’s a mystery. Jesus is fully God and fully man. It blows my tiny mind.

But Jesus tenderly makes provisions for their terror and their doubt and invites them to touch Him and calm their fears. The awesome God-Man loves and cares for us.

Jesus fully understands both the physical and the spiritual worlds. He knows we only see dimly now and will not see clearly until we are face to face with Him in Glory. He is our bridge and connection. It is a beautiful mystery.



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  • Lindsey Augeri

    Gassy balls out ✌️

  • Lydia Dawson

    lately as a normal 15 year old girl I’ve been kinda thinking and second guessing heaven and the spiritual realm. I’ve been struggling with wanting so badly to understand everything. and this was the perfect thing I needed to hear because it is a beautiful mystery and I’m not going to see clearly until I’m face to face with Jesus. that was so encouraging and I’m so blown away with how the Lord can allow me to see something right at the perfect time! He is so good ❤️❤️

  • Faithandmountains

    In Ethiopia the world the spiritual realm is more obvious than it ever was yo me in the US. We just moved here as missionaries and it is evident that this nation has spiritual awareness. There are true witch doctors who cause all sorts of harm. and yet where people are aware of the spiritual things, the spirit is allowed to move and work. God heals miracously daily at the hospital we work at daily. He is victor in this spiritual war. He is triumphant!!! Loved this devotional. Thank you!!

  • Michelle

    Please pray for me, I struggle with doubt, it’s hard when you cannot physically see something, but this has helped me to remember that just bc you cannot physically see…does not mean it’s not 10000% real. In raising 2 little girls and tell them how much the Lord loves and catmress for them constantly, I need to accept the same thing im telling them, he loves me, he does love me…and he’s more real than I could ever truly understand

    • Lauren

      Michelle, i have two daughters too and I know just what you mean. I struggled with intense doubt for years. A good prayer to pray is “I believe, Help my unbelief!” Keep seeking and asking God to strengthen your faith. HE WILL! Submit your whole life to his word and your relationship with Him–you will see Him working in your life in ways that will assure you more than ever and give you a rock solid faith. He has healed me from doubt which is huge. There is power in Christ to break any and every chain! I pray the same freedom and assurance for you! <3

  • Francine

    Although greater than me, He became like me so that I can become like Him. This is such beautiful hope for today. Praise be to God.

  • Courtney

    Just wanting to clarify something, are you saying that heaven is not a physical place (in which case I disagree)? or are you just using the word “spiritual” to refer to things in the heavenly realm?

  • throughthelynds

    i loved this. so, so good. thanks for sharing and for how you wrote this like a conversation!

  • Amazing devotional! There are so many things our tiny minds cannot understand or at least struggle to understand but Jesus will help us. He will walk us through it.

  • Wow I just loved this devotional! We can not fully understand the spiritual world but Jesus can help us, however we will not truly know until we meet. Just yesterday , I was thinking to my self about death, and heaven and the spiritual world and how it was “scary”. This devotional truly put me at ease. I really have been enjoying the risen Christ, it’s awesome

  • Chandler

    Such a beautiful and powerful reflection on the words that I have heard so many times. "Jesus is where heaven and earth literally meet." Wow. I have never thought about that incredible truth.

  • Antimony

    He helped them believe. He knew that they were struggling. He knew why they were struggling. And He knew what it would take to make them believe. And He helped them. He told them to touch Him. He ate real food. He cared enough to help them believe what they needed to believe

  • Tati1284

    I loved this readying today! Oh and I ordered by Letters to Timothy pack today! I’m super excited to say the least. This is my third study including the Lent and Risen studies now. I’m still learning how to read the Word and be clear minded and take it all in. If anyone has any advice on how I can do this I’m open to all advice!

    • Annie Kaye

      That is so awesome! If you have asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, I would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in reading the Word. God will guide you. God bless you!

  • Rebecca,

    At the risk of sounding like I'm placing you – and the other SRT contributors – on a pedestal… and I assure you that is not my intent… I must say that your words today are anointed. Whatever and however you came to pen the words that you did, I really feel that God is working through you and the SRT team in a mighty way.

    I have recently returned to SRT for part of my morning devotions… and I am so glad I came back. I needed the break, and God had other things for me in the interim.

    But. Again, so glad to be back and experiencing the great joy of sisters that are devoted to and bonded in Jesus Christ.

    Thank you and God bless!

  • “Be Not Afraid” is the gist of my final lesson to my 8th grade religion class tomorrow night….a class that includes my 13 year old son. I want them to approach life with faith and strength and know that Jesus will be with them every step of the way!

  • Hannahjaco

    I could use some prayer. I am still in High School and am picking my classes for next year. The past three years joining the military has been on my heart. I have not taken any steps toward seeking it out because joining never occurred to me before then. Its the complete opposite of my personality- a shy creative girl who doesn’t like competition. I would have to believe that if its been burdening me for so long that its something I should do. NJROTC is an option for a class. I understand that one does not have to go through it in order to join the armed forces but being in it I would be exposed to the different options. The thought does not appeal to me as i would possibly be with a bunch of freshman and wear the uniform once a week to school, tight bun and all. I could easily pick other classes but i need the courage to get out of my comfort zone. I intend to follow Jesus and am lead to believe that this is not something I’ve scared myself into thinking was my calling but rather actually may be my calling. Maybe I’m called to be a female David. Our class schedules are due Monday. Its a matter of faith and courage.

    Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (‭Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭24‬ NIV)

    • Kaitlyn

      I am praying for you right now! May you know that God is with you always. May know see this as an opportunity to be in a military setting where God and mold and speak to you. I know God will see this faithful step and pour blessing on you because of it. I am a high school guidance counselor. How often I talk with students just like you wanting to try something but afraid in the midst. Know that you are enough just as He made you. Praise God that you get the chance to take a class like this to give you more insight and time to connect with your Father on where He may be leading your future.

    • SusieT

      Hi, Hannahjaco ~ I admire your faithful seeking to do whatever it is that our God may call you to. It sounds like you're being drawn to take this class – and who but God knows? It may prove to be the first step in a career…or may be to uniquely position you to positively influence some students in that class – or maybe both! Be assured, though, that our Lord will guide you, one step at a time! I'm excited for you! :) "Be bold and courageous!"

    • Kelly O

      Prayed for discernment and wisdom for you

    • Christy

      Do you do instagram? There is an awesome Godly and creative woman- who is also in the military, whom I think you would find encouragement in! Her name is Amy Lou Hawthorne!
      Be encouraged- it sounds like God has some pretty neat adventures in store for you!

    • Kristen

      Praying for you this morning! God will not withold His will from one who is seeking His heart. Often we can’t fully understand the “why’s” and “how’s” of God’s will, but the Holy Spirit faithful leads us in God’s well by His perfect peace. Follow that peace, go there with Him. Just as it says in 1 Cor 13:12 we can only see in part, but He sees in full. He knows us in full.

      One other verse to encourage you: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NLT)

      You don’t have to conform to what the world says a “shy creative girl” should do, you are transformed by His Word into a new person (one that has never been before). It’s Hos Word in you and he Holy Spirit that will walk you into all the marvelous plans He wrote out for you before the world began. It’s in walking this out, in being transformed, in seeking His Word that you “learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

    • Marianna

      This may be encouraging if this is Gods will for you—Katie is not your typical army gal either:) praying that you can clearly discern Gods intentions for you!

      • Hannah

        Thank you all so much for your prayers, views, and scripture. This morning at Church my heart was “numb” for lack of better word. I had had multiple opportunities to talk to the school ROTC director and never took them. Today was different though. I turned around and he was standing behind me (he goes to my Church). I was about to walk away but talked to him instead while having no feeling. Satan was really trying to confuse me. I have a “meeting” with him tomorrow. After I talked to him I walked into the service still not fully there. My pastor began the sermon off with a story from his army days. Coincidence? I think not. The message was about doing things that are uncomfortable, hard, and stuff you don’t particularly want to do. The message also dealt with doing things you don’t understand. We worship a God who is bigger than us. What do we do when we are called to difficult things?

        Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.” At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭60-66‬ NLT)

  • Praying for you Grace and Kasey. Such different times in your lives but Jesus is ALWAYS there. It is a blessing to be your sister in Christ and lift you both up to Him today

  • This post is particularly timely for me, as my 88-year-old mother is newly under hospice care. My sister and I had a really good meeting with a hospice chaplain this past week, and – Oh, MY! – the incredible, encouraging experiences that the chaplain has had, ministering to those physically dying. YES, there most certainly is a spiritual realm and sometimes, mere humans are permitted a glimpse into it. My husband (who has had a death-and-dying experience) says we would all likely be surprised by how near and present it truly is. Our LORD is SO good! What marvels He has in store for us – not only in our future lives here on earth, but – for Believers – in the 'hereafter,' too! May we eagerly continue to share His Good News with others! Bless you, my dear Sisters! I pray all have a wonderful weekend!

  • Kasey Tuggle

    Love reading about Jesus’ love this morning on my wedding day because Jesus’ love is why I love!!!!

    • Sarah Doolittle

      Praying for you on your wedding day, Kasey! I’ve been married for a little less than one year, and in that time I’ve learned more and more how to depend on the sweet love of Jesus and His tender mercies. I hope this will be a blessed, beautiful, and worshipful day for you.

      • Mary Jo

        I’ve been married for a little less than a year too! May 4th! Congratulations Kasey- this will be a beautiful day for God’s glory!

    • Melinda

      Have a lovely wedding day Kasey! With God in the center of it and then in the center of your married life together you will surely know joy and peace and strength in the times of trouble! I pray your husband loves you as Christ loved the church. Blessings to you! It’s a beautiful day!

    • Kristal

      Congratulations! Have a beautiful day Kasey and an even better marriage. You still got into the Word today! Great way to start (:

    • SusieT

      Congratulations to you, Kasey, and your Beloved!! What a wonderful day!! And I so admire that you, despite all the 'busyness' that this day brings, faithfully had time in God's Word! May your marriage be abundantly be blessed! Keep Christ in the center of your marriage, dear Sister! Hugs!!

      • Kasey Tuggle

        Thank you everyone!! It was the most perfect day!!! I greatly appreciate the prayers and sweet words!!

  • It’s interesting to me, that these followers and disciples, the ones who knew Jesus so well and literally walked beside him on the earth and KNEW what the scriptures said about his death and resurrection, these guys didn’t realize it was Jesus, thinking it was a ghost, and had doubts! “Why do doubts rise up in your minds?” I bet Jesus has said this about me so many times, BUT I do not need to be afraid or doubt. HE is my peace. And I don’t have to beat myself up and feel guilty when I don’t recognize Jesus at first or when I doubt, even the disciples had these struggles. I just need to reach out and touch him when I need to be assured. Love this!

  • Awesome. Love that Christ is where heaven and earth literally meets. There is definitely a spiritual realm and life is more than what simply meets the eye.

    The Word tells us we fight not against flesh and blood but spiritual forces in high and low places. There is a spirit behind every situation and person we interact with. Communing with Christ will give us the eyes to see. Also the spiritual armour of God is vital because without it we have no victory.

    Blessings to one and all. Happy Sabbath. Have a blessed weekend.

    • Barbara

      Happy Sabbath to you too, Kimone!

      Don't hear that very much on the actual Sabbath Day, and I was encouraged. Had to tell you.

      And AMEN to your comment.

      And Blessings to you as well, sister!

    • stinav96

      "There is a spirit behind every situation and person we interact with. Communing with Christ will give us the eyes to see." Thank you for that, Kimone! Praying to have the eyes to see the spirit behind the situations and people with whom I interact today!

  • Hi Ladies – could you all please pray for me today? I am almost 6 weeks pregnant…suffered an early loss at less than 5 weeks last Jan and it took my hubby and I a year to become pregnant again. To say we are elated is truly an understatement. Late yesterday afternoon I spotted some pink very minimally…but there. It has since stopped but my anxious heart. I have heard God tell me over and over to just trust him in this last year and i realize how weak of a person I am… as I fear another loss would warrant a devastation that will be so hard for me to overcome. I have a beautiful 3 yr old daughter and she is such a blessing but it would bring us so much joy to have another child. My father is also very sick and I worry about him constantly and w/ this pregnancy it is bringing such unexpected joy and excitement to my family who have been dealing w/ a lot. Please please pray for us. SRT has been such a strong support through my TTC journey and I know i don't post very much but I learned so much through the women who come here. Thank you.

    • Emily

      Grace, I am praying for you right now! Just like today’s verses say… Do not be afraid. Jesus is there reaching out to you. He allows us to touch him and feel his comfort. Let him calm your fears and give you peace. I’m praying today you’ll feel the Comforters touch as you rest in His protection, faithfulness, and love.

    • SarahMarieT

      Praying for you, Grace! And for your family! Praying peace and healing over your weekend!

    • Lauren

      I will pray for you. Loss of a baby is tragic and hard. I pray you’ll feel God’s great and consuming peace as you journey down this road.

    • Linda

      Praying for you Grace!! May the Lord Bless you and strengthen you through your pregnancy and stressful days.

    • Mandi

      I just prayed for you!

    • Kristal

      Grace, I’ve prayed for you this morning. Give all that stress/care to the Lord! Let Him handle it. (:

    • SusieT

      Oh, Grace, I can understand how you must be feeling, and I'm praying for you, your family (especially your father), and the precious Little One you're carrying. And I'm again struck with awe at the thought that though we may be separated by a great distance geographically, how wonderful that, to our Lord, this distance is nothing! Mighty is He! Be blessed, my Sister in Christ!! I will continue to pray!

    • Mary Jo

      You are being prayed for, Grace. Thank you or your desire to seek and Know The Lord. I pray that He would soothe your anxieties and provide peace for you and your family.

    • Barbara

      Praying for you, Grace.

      I have a young friend at her 39th week of pregnancy. Her story was yours about 33 weeks ago. She had spotted and miscarried, then waited a year for this child that is about to be born.

      This is NOT to say that your story will end the same, and NOT a platitude. I use her story to say this: her husband, who was a VERY new believer at the time of her loss (her second miscarriage) said this in his new faith, "isn't our child in His hands? If he or she joins Him in Heaven early, who are we to debate it?"

      He was right. But. Needless to say, my friend did NOT love what he was saying right then. And she had every right to feel ALL of her feelings. Loss, betrayal, anger… my point, in a really roundabout way is this, Grace: God is big enough to bear your feelings, whether they be anger or grief. We are praying for your new little one to grow and join you in this journey 34 weeks down the road! I pray for that for you! I also pray God's Will, and if He should say 'NO' to you… we will be praying for Him to slather you with love and peace.

      I pray right now for fear, which is a very sharp tool in the hands of the enemy, will flee in the presence of the power of Jesus. Amen and all my hopes and prayers to you, little sister in Christ!

    • Holly Jean

      Grace, praying for you sweet friend. I miscarried a baby that took me three years to get pregnant with and then it took me another year after that to get pregnant again. I remember those anxiety emotions so very well! :(. Praying right now for you and your baby and your dad. Praying for complete health over baby and dad. Praying God’s peace that surpasses understanding over you all. I know it is hard in the moment- but God truly has it. He is in control and He loves you and your baby more than you could imagine. He will work everything together for good- God is a God of miracles. When you are in a desperate situation calling out to Him, he hears you. I’m pretty sure desperate situations crying out to God are perfect candidates for miracles :).
      When I lost my baby girl, I had no idea anything was wrong. My husband had a dream that night (which was actually the night leading into Thankgiving Day) where he was holding her and carrying her down a hallway repeating the words “You are Loved. You are Safe” over and over again. At the end of the hall he gave her to Jesus. When he woke up and told me the dream we both didn’t know what to think. I was hoping it just meant that she was healthy and consecrated to Jesus. A few days later at an ultrasound we found out we had lost her and the measurements showed that very day he had that dream. We named her Achazia which means the Lord holds. Even though I didn’t understand it I was thankful for the dream and knowing that she was loved and safe with Jesus. It took me another year to get pregnant and I was so discouraged! I took a pregnancy test in the morning. I was sad because it was negative. That whole day I was bummed. I was even more sad when later that day I found out a friend who had just started trying to conceive had found out she was pregnant. I cried out to God the whole way home in my car. It was super late and everyone was in bed. I was getting ready for bed- going to the bathroom etc and I glanced over at my pregnancy test from that morning. It looked ever slightly positive! I know you aren’t supposed to look at a test that many hours after the fact so I took another test. And it did look positive. Crazy thing is that this was the night leading into Thanksgiving Day again- one year later from that dream! I was pregnant and so thankful for that Thanksgiving redemption! That baby is now a joyful 20 month old boy :). Praying God gives you moments of encouragement and hope through this process as he did me! Much love and prayers sister!!

    • Lori

      Praying for you Grace…for God's protection and healing for your baby and your dad.

    • Cindy T.

      Thank you for sharing something so vulnerable with us here, Grace! Praying for your beloved unborn child and for your precious dad. Nothing is impossible for God. Nothing. Hugs to you.

    • Dana

      Prayers! We suffered 2 early miscarriages. I know the heartache and anxiety. May God give you comfort and peace!

    • tina

      Grace, praying for you and yours now, the words spoken by Paul to the Philippians,4:4-7… which says Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again..Rejoice!!! Let your gentleness be evident to all: Th word is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus…." These words came to mind, a message to you, I believe…hold fast and do not be anxious..He is with you…He is with you and yours…
      Sending a hug and love to you Grace…x

    • Jenny Erb

      Prayed for you Grace! I've been there. When I started spotting again with my next pregnancy, my naturopath said it was tiny blood vessels around my womb popping from lack of minerals. She had me start juicing green kale and veggies immediately and it stopped within a few days and I had a healthy pregnancy and birth! Who knows, it could work for you too, or at least make you feel like you're doing something to improve it!

    • MNmomma (heather)

      Prayers lifted Grace!!!

  • Loved reading “Jesus is where heaven and earth literally meet..”That is such a tender yet powerful reminder of this miracle of His resurrection. Living with Christ in my heart, letting him guide me and being willing to be led by faith recreates this connection within me. Thank you.

  • Very thought provoking today. Perhaps this feeling or awareness is actually the gift of discernment. In my case it’s always been like a spiritual stop sign. This isn’t right, leave this place etc.
    These studies have helped me look at scripture from a different angle many times. I love it.

  • FaithInChrist

    When the disciples thought “Ghost!” I would have been right there with them thinking the same thing!! lol & Just as terrified!! I grew up seeing things in the hall of every house I slept in. Hope no one thinks I’m too crazy but I also experienced night terrors and heard voices and as a child… it pretty much ran my life. I barely slept and as a result I failed elementary school on up until I finally just dropped out with my moms permission. She took me to see multiple doctor’s and therapist. Long story short someone told me about Jesus. Not the ‘religious christianity’ where u clock in and out of church without change but the life changing Jesus that I can have a relationship with! At 17 I gave Him my life hoping for change and at 18 when I got serious about repentance and living right before God is when I was divinely healed. I let my pastor know about the nightmares and stuff, after fasting and praying he pinpointed a demon spirit and prayed for my healing. I can say I haven’t had a night terror ever since!! And no nightmare scares me because of what I use to go through. GOD can do what no man can do!! I am now 26 years old still serving Him and spreading the good news to other’s that are willing to listen!! I’m so thankful for His healing power to make me sane but even more I am thankful for the cross!! The cross is enough but He goes so much further!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡Love unfailing♡♡♡♡♡♡

  • MNmomma (heather)

    What really hit me today were these words…..after the week myself and a couple of girlfriends have had (Satan was attacking big time) – these words spoke to me…Jesus spoke directly to me today. "Peace be with you" "Why are you troubled? Why do doubts rise in your mind?"……yep….I so very much needed that reminder. Please continue to pray for us all today….the funeral is today for my friend's mom and my other girlfriend is still hurting deeply….
    blessings to all this Saturday! xoxo

    • Crystal

      Heather, I’ve had the same kind of week. Thank God that He conquered Satan and the enemy has no stronghold over us, daughters of God. I’m praying for you and your friend. May God bring her heart peace in this time of grief.

    • Cindy T.

      Continuing to lift you and yours up in prayer, Heather. So very sorry for the loss of your friend’s mom.

  • The frailty of man. The glory of God. They truly collided in that room. And yet, Jesus continues to extend His love to the disciples by doing something so simple. Eating. A ghost evidently can’t eat. It’s an act of OUR physical world…confirming to these trembling souls that Jesus was indeed alive. How I love this story. How I love how He continues to show up in our physical world and lives with acts of love and confirmation that He is present with us today.

  • I love what was said about Jesus understanding both realms and until we are face to face we will not know fully, but he is our BRIDGE connecting us to the spiritual realm. Oh how I do long for the day we will know fully but I am very content now to be fully known by my Jesus! Thank you for this ministry.

  • So powerful and thought provoking. Will be pondering this for a while. Love it – thanks, Rebecca.

  • This was very interesting today!

  • At the risk of people looking at me with skepticism, I have indeed “seen” a ghost. On more than one occasion. Before I knew the Lord. I knew of him, but I was angry with him and not speaking to him. But I definitely believed in the spiritual realm. And I do believe God used the spiritual realm to draw me closer to him because when I finally surrendered, my rationale was if there is a spiritual realm and I have no doubt there is an evil presence in that realm, how could there NOT be someone good??? And then he revealed himself to me.

    • Kelly_Smith

      Your awareness of the spiritual realm gives you a different set of eyes than, say, someone like me. I am so physical, black and white, medical background. It is hard for me to believe miracles or to dare think of spiritual warfare. But those things are so real! The longer I walk with Jesus, the more like Him–the spirit side of Him–I become. My eyes are opened to those things in the spiritual realm. Thanks for sharing! I love what your perspective brings to the table!

    • Catherine Jackson

      That is amazing that God used the spiritual world in your life for the good of his kingdom. I think some people are more in-tune to that aspect of our faith. We all have spiritual gifts. I am definitely a more physical oriented person. I also struggle with the more emotional, poetic parts of scripture. I like to analyze scripture line, by line, word by word. I am grateful that God works through each of us differently so we can share our perspectives with others!

    • FaithInChrist

      lol Ikr! I grew up seeing ghosts, lived with night terrors until God delivered me and brought healing. :P God is good. ♡

    • Dana

      I believe you. We live in a spiritual world. I have never seen a demon or Angel. However, about 5 years ago my family was cutting trees for firewood and a massive tree rolled over on my father in law smashing his upper body. That left three adults and my three little girls all under the age of 10 and we could not budge the tree a millimeter yet lift it off him. We cried out loud to Jesus for minutes and finally my husband got the feeling he needed to cut it beside him with the chainsaw. My mother in law and I were beside him holding onto the tree, facing each other. As soon as the saw made it through the tree (15+ inches in diameter) it was instantly behind my mother in law as if we threw it over her head and behind her! We didn't realize it until later at the hospital that an angel moved that tree. Everyone saw it but me. I was squatted so low to get a good grip on the tree that the tree blocked all my vision. The Angel was standing beside my mother in law and it all happened so fast that everyone including she thought it was me beside her. It took awhile for me to explain that I was on the other side facing her. Plus where the tree landed, it would have had to have gone THROUGH both of us to get there. Neither of us remembers feeling the weight of the tree either. We had bloody scratches and bruises from trying with our own effort to move the tree earlier.
      My father in law is still with us today. He suffered 10 broken ribs with multiple complete fractures on each. The x-rays looked like a bag of broken bones. They didn't expect him to survive the first night. He was in a coma for awhile but 3 months later walked out of the hospital completely healed. They call him Miracle Man.

  • Bind My Wandering Heart

    Thank you for this. Definitely helped me to make sense of these passages more! Loving this study, it’s so nice to continue the story after Easter and not just put it away in a box for next year with the easter decorations!

  • Sarah Lahoda

    Thankful for the context you gave on the disciples’ perspective on the physical and spiritual world and how it differs from western culture in the 21st century!

  • Love this series. Such honest reflections. And a fresh look at the Word.

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