Let me teach you something very practical today. I have learned this in my life and ministry and would like to show you what I mean.

Both realms are as real as can be.

The supernatural realm is real. Like I said in my last blog, ‘The Reality of the spirit Realm’. This is not something to be taken lightly. There are only two dimensions we need to understand from the very beginning.

The darkness which is hidden and is real. And the realm of light, which is much more real, overflowing and open with love, hope and Jesus at its very centre. The realm of darkness is ruled by its master who is Satan, while the realm of light which is ruled by the Holy Spirit and operates solely on the Principles of the Holy Word. The Bible.

Both these realms are real. They are more real than the chair you are sitting on.

Satan is seductive, attractive, addictive, secretive and exploitative in everything he does. He is selfish, egocentric and revengeful. His ways are very ritualistic and binds you to himself in all that he requires you to do. He lives in the realm of lies and fake. He exists because of man’s fear and superstitions. He longs to be worshipped, venerated and given importance. Satan is a very hard taskmaster, and will make you his slave for life if he can.

But the Holy Spirit is tender. He is very loving. He is patient, and kind and loves us deeply. He understand us and allows us to grow, never pushing us into things. The Holy Spirit is the kindest person you will ever meet in your life. He teaches us with great patience.

We need to learn how the realm of the Holy Spirit operates.

Not only we need to look into the reality of this but we also need to learn how this realm operates.

Let me tell you a true story…

One day my Dad told me to come along with him, as he desired to teach me something. Being a holiday I was looking forward to spend the day playing carrom with my friends.

But he insisted, so I went with him. I sat I front of this brand new Ambassador Mark 1. My Dad was noted for his immaculate keeping of cars. He drove me to a fairly empty road near our home, he stopped the car, slid out of his seat and asked me to drive. I was so overjoyed. Whoa! So I sat there suddenly filled with pride and all that. I knew exactly what to do. And I did that. I drove a Mark 1 Ambassador on my own!

But here is a lesson to learn. I could drive on a fairly open road…but, until I took the car out on to the streets of the city and kept safe, that is when I really learnt to drive.

The same is with the realm of the Spirit. You may know and read and hear a lot of things. But until you actually walk in the experience of it you cannot really ‘operate’ in this realm. Until you encounter the dimensions and the things that the Holy Spirit moves in you will never rally ‘grow’ up.

Therefore, you must be truly Born Again. The hunger for God and His Word in your heart must be genuine. You may not know a lot, but God sees you with an open heart and a committed spirit. The Lord loves His people to become totally dependent on Him.

Paul mentions this to the Corinthians.

1 Cor 3: 2

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

Paul talks about being ready. We need to get mature in the things of God. We need to know how to handle the Word. We need to know how to be dependent on the Holy Spirit. We need to know how to hear, and how to obey quickly.

In the OT the Tabernacle of Moses was divided into three major sections.

The Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies.

I take these as the three specific maturity levels of the Spirit.

The Outer Court is where our fleshly desire are dealt with first. It is here that we offer ourselves as a ‘living sacrifice’. Here the things that are ‘sticking’ to us all the time must fall away for sure. We cannot get into the next realm otherwise.

The Holy Place is where we learn about worship. It is this place where God deals with the ‘inner’ man. In the Light of His Presence all is revealed and we can learn to see, first ourselves then, with that same light we can see others. Here we learn to wait. We learn to ‘eat of Him’ and depend on Him for everything.

Then comes the Holiest of Holies. It is the curtain that separates the Holy Place from the Holiest of Holies. This curtain tore from top to bottom when Jesus died on the Cross at Calvary. This shows that God Himself opened the way for us to get in. it is in this place that a lot happens.

The only focus here is God Himself. His beauty. His mystery. His Presence. This is the place from where our authority comes. This is the place where we can touch Heaven and Heaven can touch us. I know of no other place of intimacy and fellowship, with the Saviour Himself.

More next time…