033: A Far Country


It’s getting late, way past your bedtime, but Friday night only comes once a week! The family begs you. Please! Oh please stay up and spend some time with us!

You’re exhausted, but can’t resist! You love spending time with the family and can’t say no.

Can anybody relate?

You try to engage, but can barely keep your eyes open. After a few minutes, when nobody is watching, you kick back the recliner. Before you know it, you have relaxed your way into a comfort zone, drifting in and out of sleep.

I mean you’re not sound asleep. You can still hear the voices, the giggling, and the bustling about in the kitchen. Oh no, not the kitchen! I pray they don’t make a big mess! Then you smell it . . . okay, it’s just popcorn.

Half asleep, with eyes closed, you can still keep up with your family’s conversations. Jolted by an outburst of laughter, you peek through squinted eyelids to see what all the commotion is about. You don’t know what’s so funny, but force your eyes wide open long enough to participate in the amusement anyway. Then off you go, back into your blissful rest.

We’ve all reached this point of exhaustion . . . too tired to focus on anything but sleep.

How much of our spiritual lives do we experience in this same state of lethargy?

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ephesians 5:14

Are we awake to all that’s going on in the Spiritual realm? Or have we been lulled to sleep by the pomp and circumstance of this life? Is it a pursuit of pleasure that has captured your attention? Or is it more like a burden of hurts, hardships, and struggles that has overtaken you?

We tend to judge everything by what we experience in these fleshly bodies. But what if the most important things of this life, the things that really matter for all eternity, can’t be experienced in this flesh?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God . . . Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:3-6

Unless you are born again, born of the Spirit, you will never see this Kingdom of God. We all are just passing through this physical world in our body of flesh. However, the real world, the spiritual, is what’s going to outlive this life.

Some spend their lifetime focusing on earthly pleasures that satisfy for a season, never considering the eternal implications. However, for the child of God, the greatest pleasures experienced here can’t even compare to what will be experienced over there.

What about you? Have you been so distracted by the here and now that your senses are dulled to the spiritual?

If you are a born again Christian, although you live on this earth, you are a stranger to this world (or at least you should be). The Bible says God’s children are a peculiar people!

 Is there something peculiar about the way you live, or do you blend right in with this world? Does your life stand out as a foreigner, or are you recognized as a worldly citizen?

If you belong to Christ, your citizenship is in another country— A FAR COUNTRY!

This heavenly land holds great eternal promises that far exceed any on earth.

Whether you are a born again believer or not, whether you know it or not, there is a spiritual battle raging over you. The devil is determined to distract and detach you as far as he can from the Kingdom of God.

If you would like to learn more about this unseen spiritual world and how it affects you, then tune in to this podcast episode.

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