NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.
By Kris Vallotton
24 Sep, 2021
Have you ever been faced with a problem that feels impossible to solve? The kind that grieves your heart, brings worry to your mind, and leaves you lying awake as you think of all the ways there could be resolve? There are problems that feel miles deep and cycles that feel generations long that leave even the experts left uncertain of how to move along. I’d propose even with our best effort and intent we will not solve the world’s most pressing problems if we limit our thinking to earthly thoughts. If you have been on the earth for much time at all you have probably faced a few challenging circumstances. Challenges can wear us out, and drag us down, but I would propose that God uses the challenges in our lives to prepare us for our divine destiny! In the Kingdom of God ashes turn to beauty and takes our challenges and turns them to victories. The challenge is many Believers feel dismayed because they don’t realize the power they have access to. It is clear that we must be aware of where the problem is coming from. What I am getting at is there is a first, second, and third Heaven. In Genesis 1 the first Heaven was created — this is the visible world, the dimensions that our five senses are acutely tuned in to. Then we see mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that Paul was taken up to the third Heaven. Paul reveals through his own spiritual experience that there is a third heaven two levels above our earthly experience and one level above the spiritual realm. This leaves us with a mention of the first and third Heaven, so what does the second Heaven entail? In Ephesians 6:12 we know “ our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against spiritual forces of wickedness in the Heavenly places. ” Notice that the apostle Paul said that there are evil forces in heavenly places. Let’s be clear: There are no demonic, satanic or evil forces in the third heaven. Thus, we call this realm from which Satan rules the second heaven. We are not going to solve a first heaven problem that was caused by second heaven devils, without taking our third heaven seat. Ephesians 2:4 says that we have been seated in heavenly places. But, so often we get stuck on first Heaven problems without seeking third Heaven solutions. It is time to adjust our thinking, grab hold of our authority in Christ, and lean into the solution available to us as Believers. Many Christians have a third Heaven experience where the impossible becomes possible as God busts through the door and lays His divine hand on the situation; paving the way for a miracle, curing the illness before our eyes, or opening doors that were bolted shut in our lives. The challenge is, when we come up against another impossible situation, we sometimes forget the eternal power that changed everything! For example, one day we experience the supernatural power of God in our lives; we see him feed the 5,000, heal the leper, raise the dead and the next day we are panicked trying to solve all our problems in our own strength. But, what if third heaven solutions were our first line of defense? Fear keeps us on our earthly seat, but faith places us on our Heavenly throne. What if problems became our faith builders and terrible situations increased our strength? I encourage you to watch this week’s video blog as I share further about the first, second, third Heaven, and how as Believers we can access Heavenly solutions.
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