Coming into the transforming presence of the Most High is something that will open our eyes to a great many things.

Drawing near to Him will guarantee that we will begin to rethink the way we think, and question the way we have always considered things to be. We progress forward toward Him until we face areas we may be unwilling to give up, or that we are not wanting to consider changing. It’s then that we shelter our eyes from His light as He reveals truth that we choose not to see. It’s then that we also make ourselves prisoners and are bound to enslavement such as guilt and shame that others so easily blame us for, instead of taking responsibility for themselves. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

What could be our reality is that the things we must turn away from is the most painful to our flesh and the most healthy to our Spirit. Our flesh chooses to cling to that which is loved in the flesh–those things that are of this earth which bring to us a sense of security and comfort. Our flesh is unwilling to part with such things or even to consider doing so. It is not until we can willingly deny ourselves and our selfish nature, that we will move forward toward YHVH. It is not until we are willing to abandon all we have ever treasured, believed or thought we knew, that we will truly “throw off everything that hinders” so that we can fully come into the transforming presence of our Most High.

I have heard people ask, in reference to heaven, “What will there be to do up there?” or “What will we do for fun?” Such questions seem innocent enough, yet they are brought only out of that part of humanity that seeks self-pleasure–the part that “…savor not the things that be of YHVH, but the things that be of men.”(Matthew 16:23) To think otherwise is to yield to the self-deceit of our flesh, allowing our thinking to remain imprisoned by the thoughts which once led us, rather than our thinking being transformed in the presence of our LORD. To seek heaven is to seek God and to forsake self and that which is pleasing only to self. “For, whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it”. (Luke 17:33)

A great many things hinder us from coming into the transforming presence of our Almighty. Continuing to hold to ideas, philosophies, patriotisms and beliefs that we once held before we stepped into the light–those things will hinder us from moving toward our Father. Continuing to cling to earthly desires, careers, ambitions and success as we defined them before we came to our Messiah–those too will hinder us and cause us not only to hesitate from moving toward Yah – they will cause us to turn away. While we still have to work and provide for our families, we don’t have to have all the latest fashions, electronics and toys for ourselves or our children. The Father gives us all that we need, we must be willing to accept that and try to live for Him and not for love of money and earthly things. I like what Paul says in this tongue twister verse: “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate that do I”. (Romans 7:15)

The question of “What will we do in heaven for fun?” should change to “Whom will we/you be with?” Messiah died so that we might come to the Father, heaven happens to be the place wherein we shall be with Him. Going to be with our Father means going to be with and live with Him, if that doesn’t sound like “fun” to us, then we might want to examine our hearts to discover what our true treasures are and where our true loyalties lie. We cannot claim to truly love Him while refusing to come closer to Him because we are unwilling to let go of what we cling to on this earth.

Remember Lot’s wife. She clung to what she was supposed to be leaving behind. Life was in front of her, yet she turned instead to lifelessness. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:17,26)

We are new creatures in Messiah, and just as a butterfly does not try to live like a caterpillar, so we should remember that we are not as once we were – nor should we act like it.