As we desire to experience heavenly things, remember that the door is Jesus. Knowing Him is eternal life & as we pursue wholehearted intimate companionship with Him, we will experience more & more the things of that heavenly eternal life. But He wants our hearts in friendship first, that we seek Him & not just the things of Him.
The excellent beauty of it all is that this relationship (just like those He mirrored after it on the earth) always involve experience with the other person. It’s not so mysterious, thank You, Father!
As we go after Him, He will come right back after us! He will add all those other treasures of Heaven & Himself into our lives as He sees best in His perfect timing. Before we even understand how it happened, we will find ourselves walking under that “open heaven” & in tangible awareness of God’s presence as Himself so real & no longer at all seeming so “ethereal” or distant to us. It is such a glorious thing & this only increases as we deepen in closeness to the Lord day by day & glory to glory! Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
“Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:4-7 AMP
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.'” Revelation 4:1
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP
(Verses via NKJV unless noted.)
Are there times when you find yourself going after an experience or powerful ministry over pursuing Jesus in intimate friendship? How do you help bring your heart and mind back into focus on what it’s truly all about?