I recently got back from teaching a “Heaven Now” conference in Sao Paulo state, a ten-hour bus ride from where I live. I taught four sessions over the weekend based on my Heaven Now Trilogy. The conference was based on the truth that a pure gospel message produces extreme joy and power, and if what we believe isn’t producing that kind of joy and power, we should examine how we’ve become double-minded concerning Jesus’s death, resurrection, and incarnation. We can mentally acknowledge these truths but act as if they aren’t true! Major themes were approaching God the Father through Christ, continually praising the Lord and sharing testimonies, and looking at God and His will only through Jesus regardless of our experiences.
During the second session, five or six people were healed during the message about praise and proclamation, without even receiving prayer. Several others were healed as they prayed for each other. At the end of the conference, I asked for anybody who still had pain in their body to stand up. They received more prayer until there was only one attendee left with any pain…and it was at least 80% gone!
Behold God’s Invisible Nature Through Christ and it Manifests in the Natural!
Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Scripture teaches that God’s nature is invisible, but we can see him through faith in Christ. Scripture testifies of who Christ is, and testimonies of his work also reveal his nature. When we look at Christ and the promises of God’s word, the invisible reality we see manifests in the natural realm. By faith, we see God, and the invisible reality of who He is becomes visible! If you are trying to see the invisible God through your experience, you might feel like He is stingy. But as you look at the invisible reality found in God’s word and revealed in Jesus Christ, your experience can change! There is a whole new world in God that goes beyond what you could ask or imagine!
Romans 8:31-32 (NIV) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Psalm 31:19 (NRSV) O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you, and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!
Psalm 36:7-9 (NRSV) How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
Psalm 23: 5-6 (NRSV) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Do you know what it’s like to be constantly on the brink of tears because God’s goodness is pursuing you? Miracles happen all around. I remember a metro coin falling from thin air so we wouldn’t be late. My friend waking up in my house to the unexplainable smell of roses. One healing after another. And many other abundant manifestations of God’s goodness.
I was recently listening to a preacher and he offered milk and cookies to everybody at the beginning of his message. I felt like God spoke to my heart and said “Eat the milk and cookies. They represent my goodness.” God brought the Israelites into a land flowing with milk and wild honey!
Psalm 34:8-10 (NRSV) O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. O fear theLord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want. The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 84:11 (NRSV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
God Has Prepared a Feast for You!
If God gave us his Son, he will give us all things! He lays up his abundant goodness for those who fear him and has a river of delights for his people!
To repent is to change how you think. Scripture reveals God’s extreme generosity. Respond to God’s word with repentance and contemplate his goodness. Resolve that “I’m a target for God’s goodness.” God is a rich Father and is extremely generous! Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh! Let’s God’s word be made flesh in you so that God’s invisible nature is made visible! Take the scripture and believe it, and Jesus Christ will be manifest to you through the Word of God. The Word makes the invisible nature of God visible.
Hosea 3:5 (NRSV) Afterward the Israelites shall return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; they shall come in awe to the Lord and to his goodness in the latter days.
When God’s goodness becomes your heart-reality, it will result in an abundance of miracles. Fill your heart with God’s promises and get radical about praise and thanksgiving. When you choose praise and thanksgiving at all times, you use your mouth as a rudder to direct your heart. God’s glory manifests as a cloud of his goodness around you.
Give God’s Riches To The World!
Knowing God’s extreme generosity is not about some self-centered religion that only asks what God can do for us. Far from it! It’s knowing the generosity of our Heavenly Father that empowers us to be generous. I’m not just talking about money either! Although financial giving is a part of it, money isn’t even “true riches” according to Jesus!
We experience God’s generosity in both giving and receiving. It’s such a blessing when the Lord leads you to give to someone, or speaks to someone about giving to you. And the real treasure, much more than the money itself, is God’s nature, care, provision, love, and generosity that is manifest in the act. Giving away God’s riches includes giving the gospel message, healing, prophecies, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, miracles, and all kinds of angelic manifestations.
When your heart knows God’s generosity towards you, you will have the attitude “I’m rich! I’m rich! I’m so rich!” When you know that you are spiritually rich, you can give God’s riches to the world. What if you know that you have healing for that person with MS because you are spiritually rich? How will you act? What will you do? How will knowing God’s generosity change the way you respond to situations? When you know God’s generosity, you will know you are rich regardless of your financial situation. Learn to act and think according to the facts of who God is to you, of what his attitude is towards you, and of what you have because the Spirit of Christ lives in you and the nature of God dwells in you.
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Go to Heaven Now