I was driving to my podcast recording session last Friday (July 24) and I decided to open my spiritual ears to listen to the Lord. Yes, you can open your ears or refuse to listen.
I have found over the years that if we are receptive to the Lord’s voice and are willing to be trained by the Holy Spirit to listen to Him, He will reveal some remarkable things to us. This is true in prayer ministry, general and specific guidance and direction, little words from Him for encouragement, and even correction.
So last Friday’s drive was a, “Speak, for your servant is listening” moment (1 Samuel 3:10). I was almost immediately impressed with a picture. Actually, three. The first was a bubble, much like ones I created with a straw and soapy water as a kid. Then I saw the same bubble as the soapy film began to settle to the bottom of the bubble. The upper part of the bubble became thinner and thinner. I was just waiting for the “Pop!” Finally, I saw a bubble, but it was made of riveted iron. Pretty strange, I know!
What was the Lord saying? All I had to do was ask…and His response was cool! He impressed on me that many people are like that first bubble. The film is the separation between our world and the spiritual world. Our world exists within the entirety of God’s creation, both natural and supernatural. But all we see is what’s “in” the bubble.
The thinning bubble was the revelation to me. God was saying we are in a time when the separation between the natural world and the spiritual world is thinning. Because of that, people (in general) and His reborn people (in particular) will get increasing sensitivity to, and interaction with, the spiritual world.
This can be a good and bad thing. It’s good if what you’re interacting with is of God. It’s bad if it’s of the satanic realm.
Overall, I believe the thinning of this particular picture is the advance of God’s kingdom in a way that will reveal God to those who are lost freshly and more easily. Now is a time of God’s grace. For God’s people, the thinning helps us draw closer to God in troubled times, it helps us to hear His voice for comfort and encouragement and helps us see His hand moving to help give meaning to what is happening around us.
The thinning of the natural/supernatural barrier is a hallmark of revivals throughout history. It’s also a hallmark of God’s Spirit moving in new ways such as the Pentecostal movement in the early 1900s, the Healing movement in the 1940s, and the Charismatic movement of the mid-60s to mid-70s. Such “thinnings” are the result of prayer and seeking God’s face and are often connected with tumultuous, even rebellious times. When these times of a thinning barrier between heaven and earth are sensed, they should be embraced.
I believe we’re in such a time of thinning.
What was also interesting was the third bubble, the iron-clad one. This spoke to me of people who were so hardened against God it would seem to take a miracle to break through to them. What was sad was that I saw absolutely no change. No thinning. Some people are so hard-hearted, they won’t soften and open up to the Lord even if He ‘s drawing near to others.
I don’t know who those people are or what “thickness” condition any person happens to be in their lives. All I sensed last Friday was God is at work in these days. We need to see the people who are in their unthinned bubble, unaware of God, and pray and encourage them to begin to reach out. And when we meet people who are experiencing the “thinning,” we need to encourage them to press on and press into get closer to God, to hear His voice, and be His face to the world. When we meet the iron-clad people whose bubble seems impenetrable to God, don’t give up. Pray for a miracle. God created each person to be with Him. Period.
Why is this important? Because “it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment—” (Hebrews 9:27). Everybody’s bubble is going to pop, their life in this world is going to end, and we all need to be prepared for that moment. Even those who are alive when Yeshua returns will go through this. Their physical body will change suddenly, faster than a bubble pops, and the separation between the natural and supernatural worlds will cease to exist for them.
In the meantime, we can practice living in the supernatural world by merely asking God to connect us with Him in new ways through His Holy Spirit. Just like sitting in a car and asking Him to speak. Just be prepared for Him to answer!
Pastor Jay Christianson
The Truth Barista, Frothy Thoughts