While reading John chapter 4 I was struck by what happened to the woman at the well. I know much has been said about the woman at the well, but when scripture comes alive in you its worth talking about. It was while she was talking to Jesus a couple of things stood out. One that was when Jesus told her “ that whoever drinks from the water that I give them shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.Then, she asked for that living water. But then the second thing is, He brings her to the place of confessing her sin. Oh how I love Jesus, he is truly the way, the truth and the life. He presents life eternal, brings us to repentance and we confess our sin accept Jesus as savior and lord and are saved. Then the third thing that really struck me is that he filled her with that living water she asked for. Jesus said that the well of living water would spring up to eternal life. That eternal life welled up in her and then she went back to the men in her city and told them all that Jesus had said to her. The interesting thing about that to me is that her words were living water springing up to eternal life to those men and then they went to find Jesus. They said they believed because of the words of the woman, “ He told me all things that I have done.” Oh but then after they found Jesus they said to the woman. “ It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the savior of the world.” That living water, full of life and revelation that leads to eternal life. That’s what our lives say to those we speak to about our Savior, out Lord, our Jesus. For our living lives, filled with living water that flows out of us to cause others to seek after the savior on their own until they find him is glorious and beyond human words to explain. Its eternal! And that’s living life.
Often times in the morning as I’m waking up I find myself in far away places and almost always talking to a group of people. Call it dreaming or vast imagination or even imagining your worst fear. For me speaking in front of people has quite a fear connected. So anyway as I was in this place which happened to be my class reunion. I was telling my fellow classmates my life story from the point of graduation to the present. To the high achievers in my class I’m sure I was quite boring and to those who lived similar lives it was hum drum. But I was telling them the highlights the lowlights the tragedies and the triumphs of my life through the years. I do know that in reality I have the most children and grandchildren of those in my class so I highlighted that quite well in my talk. Besides the fact I shared that early in my adult life I became a believer in Christ.
I even shared some struggles when I made that choice. As I was ending my talk a scripture came to mind and its in Revelation 12:11 “ And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony;” I began to have a revelation of the power of this scripture. I was sharing the tragedies, triumphs and struggles and realizing that at the moment of accepting Jesus in my heart I had the power of the blood of Christ to overcome the adverse things. The “ him” is the one who seeks to kill, steal and destroy us in anyway he can. John 10:10. And the word of their testimony is Jesus Christ who is the word and our testimony is our life in the word, Christ in us. That our lives are a testimony of Jesus in us as Savior and as Lord. As I fully woke up that morning I had a revelation in me that will never leave me or forsake me. For I am that living testimony of the life of Christ in me and the power of the blood of Christ that covers me. And that’s living life!
I’ve never thought about this until the other day when I was in a conversation with a friend. This person was telling me about a very intense spiritual battle they were in concerning the safety and wellbeing of close family members. A couple of years ago this person had gotten guardianship of a nephew. The nephews mother had all three of her sons taken from her by the court. She had recently moved close to one of the sons and was harassing and threatening the family. After an intense weekend with the mother, this person heard the Lord say “ enough”! This person knew at that time they were supposed to get a protective order, knowing full well what the family was going to say. As this person was telling me what they felt in the spirit after they got the protective order, I kept hearing “on earth as it is in heaven” They felt a relief in the spirit as well as bolder, stronger and empowered. As I thought about what this person said and what I was hearing I began to see this part of the Lords prayer in a different light.
On earth as it is in heaven, what is in heaven that needs to be on earth? How can the two become one? So backing up and taking the whole sentence in the Lords prayer, Come thy Kingdom be done thy will on earth as it is in heaven. The kingdom of God can not be seen but it’s what we as believers become a part of the minute we are born again. We fight to advance the kingdom of God. Whether in a fierce spiritual confrontation with the enemy of the kingdom of God pulling down strongholds and setting the captive free, for ourselves or the nations or it be in raising one from a newborn birthed from the womb or a newborn birthed in the spirit. We are continually in a battle.
On earth as it is in heaven, what does it mean? With God He can minister this to each one of His as he sees fit, but this is what I see at this time. It’s that moment when our will meets Gods will and we act in obedience to fulfill what needs to be done to carry Gods will forward. That moment of revelation that you are One with the Father. That explosion of power from on high that no weapon formed against you can prosper. That moment of a blessed union with heaven of peace and holiness.
It can be that moment of wedded bliss or it can be that moment in a battle that has raged on for days, weeks or even years when you know that’s it’s now on earth as it is in heaven. Recently another friend asked for prayer for an onslaught in their life from the enemy. As I asked the Lord how to pray and was ready to draw my sword and fight back the enemy on their behalf. I heard, “ what did Jesus say?” What did Jesus say? When? “ To Peter”. Jesus told Peter that Satan had asked to sift him like wheat, but Jesus said, “ I have prayed that your faith would not fail you.” Jesus, who is all authority didn’t cast the enemy away from Peter but empowered Peter to overcome the enemy. So how did I pray? That their faith would not fail them and that God would teach them to how to war . We have been clothed with the shield of faith to stop those fiery darts that the enemy shoots at us, and when they hit that shield of faith, those darts become powerless. Jesus wanted Peter to learn to war, for himself and for others. To advance the kingdom in his life as well as in others. On earth as it is in heaven. That place where we become one with the Father. That place where no weapon formed against us will prosper. That place where the Holy Spirit leads us into the spiritual realm that can’t be seen by the natural eye. That place where we live and move and have our being in Christ. On Earth as it is in Heaven.