Do you ever have those moments when someone compliments you for an achievement, and you honestly struggle to acknowledge that your achievement is significant? ‘Sure, I hung a door,’ you say, ‘but I really wish I knew how to fix that electrical problem.”
I always have these thoughts about my wilderness skills. I met a new dentist last Monday, and he asked me if that car in the parking lot with the AT sticker was mine. “Yes, it is.” I said, hoping that he had not also noticed the eBay clothing, old radishes and other rubble piled inside said car. “Thru-hiker?” he continued. “Yes.” “What year?” “2016.”
“That is quite an accomplishment,” the hygienist exclaimed.
I said “Thank you”, but you can predict what I was thinking. “Compared to what I want to know and the trails I want to have experienced, that now feels like a very small accomplishment.”
One medal is never enough for an athlete, you know. It’s always, “Woohoo, I did it! Now on to a higher peak!” There are many, many battles to be won before an athlete can rise to the status of an expert.
I once heard a professor say that in order to qualify as an expert at any skill, you need to have spent 100,000 hours practicing the skill. That equals over 11 years–if you never sleep a minute.
I have many hours to hike before I will call myself an expert hiker.
I know I am not yet an expert heaven-warrior.
Really, becoming an expert heaven-warrior is what I care about the most.
There are people who I admire, who understand the kingdom of God very well. They dwell there, and make their choices there, and find their identity there, and fight their battles there. They find their resources there. They keep their vision there.
It is awesome to watch, let me tell you. These heaven-realm people are unstoppable.
I want to live this way, too. But how to go about it?
Just as I had to learn every physical skill I know, I am learning spiritual skills. Bit by bit. Practice, and practice again.
I’m finding that it is actually very simple.
Know what is true.
Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything—every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.
This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow! 2 Corinthians 9, TPT
Agree with the truth. “I have every resource I need for now.”
Align your life with what is true. “I will walk in joy and praise, celebrating the abundance Jesus has shared with me! I refuse to disagree with his provision by worrying about tomorrow.”
There is a resource for every battle, and it is available to you right now, child of God! It is not so hard to walk in heaven vision.
Claim God’s promises. Obey God’s commandments. Believe the truths in God’s word.
Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life! Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.
Ephesians 3:17-20, TPT
But the evil men and sorcerers will progress from bad to worse, deceived and deceiving, as they lead people further from the truth. Yet you must continue to advance in strength with the truth wrapped around your heart, being assured by God that he’s the One who has truly taught you all these things.
Remember what you were taught from your childhood from the Holy Scrolls which can impart to you wisdom to experience everlasting life through the faith of Jesus, the Anointed One! Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness.
Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.
2 Timothy 3:13-17 TPT
Line upon line, precept upon precept.
Soon you will be an expert.