|Series Theme: "Faith Sermons"|
Title: 4. Spiritual Reality
People who don't believe, don't do!
C. Confused Reality
There are two sorts of believers:
The second one includes us as Christian believers AND freaky-belief people
Consider strange beliefs:
a) Childish beliefs
beliefs in fairies, Father Christmas, power of the party conjurer
b) Religious beliefs
watch out for weird things!
there ARE a lot of people who call themselves Christians who hold very strange beliefs
our beliefs are to come from intelligent reading of the Bible
c) Superstitious Beliefs
not walking under a ladder etc.
We mean what is real, what is as God sees it!
This world is NOT merely material/physical
It is material AND spiritual
Example 1: 2 Kings 6:15 -17
Elisha's servant only saw the physical soldiers
Elisha asked the Lord to show him the whole picture
THAT was the reality!
Example 2: Mt 17:1-3
On the Mount of Transfiguration Moses & Elijah appeared from heaven
They hadn't ceased to exist when they died.
THAT was reality.
Example 3: Paul's references to the heavenly realms
Eph 1:3 where our blessing resides
Eph 1:20 where Christ reigns
Eph 2:6 where WE reign with him
Eph 3:10 where we are watched
Eph 6:12 where rebellious demonic forces seek to resist us
E. Why is it important that we understand spiritual reality?
Because Revelation comes through the Spirit realm
1 Cor 2:9,10 However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
Faith is about the Spirit realm
Heb 11:1b Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Because our faith impacts that realm
Mt 16:19 (past tense) I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven."
So that we understand:
the past Christ can take us back to realise the truth about our past
the present He IS with us today
the future He can give us a vision of His plans for us
So we don't operate on the same basis as the world
e.g. you are not alone at home, work, college etc. He is there with you
so don't try to compete on their level by their methods look to Him.
2. DO what God says
THEN you will find a new reality that is exciting, thrilling, incredible, scary, and life changing!