When I first ventured beyond the veil into the realm of the Holy Spirit, I surely had some fear to subdue. I liked the nice shallow water of the soul realm. Everything was nice and calm in the shallow end of God’s Kingdom. I was safe, and nothing about my faith was weird.
But I desired the Lord so much that I followed Him to the edge of the shallow end and faced a waterfall. I was unwilling to jump off for some time. But my relationship with the Lord was going nowhere and I couldn’t seem to get any closer to Him. I shared my dilemma with one of my pastors. I told him that I wanted more of the Lord but couldn’t seem to get any closer. He answered me with words of wisdom that opened the door to the craziest adventure of my life. My pastor said, “Do you need more of the Holy Spirit, or does the Holy Spirit need more of you?”
Initially, I did not know the answer to this question. But I soon found out that it was all a setup by Jehovah Sneaky! He had heard my heart’s cry for more of Him but gently revealed to me that if I wanted more of Him, I had to be willing to pay a price.
God said to me, “Tisha, are you willing to be a fool for Me?”
I answered yes without much thought to the cost that I had just agreed to. I agreed to take the leap off of the waterfall into the deep, exciting, wonderful, and weird world of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know it at first, but it would be a leap would that cost me everything.
As I stepped beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, I began to SEE with the eyes of my heart the unseen realm of spiritual warfare. I began to SEE and EXPERIENCE a realm other than the physical one. It was exhilarating. It was full of wonder. It exposed my fears and forced me to deal with my wounds. I had my feet in two worlds. The physical one and the spiritual one – and while I was enjoying getting closer to the Holy Spirit… the people around me were not happy about it.
I became “scary” to some of my closest friends. I became “crazy” to my unsaved family. I became “wicked” to the church I attended. In a very short time, I had become the “fool” that I had agreed to become in order to be closer to the Lord. I had been rejected by more people than I can count.
But… it was SO worth it!
You see, I was in very good company in the deep end of the Kingdom. Jesus Himself was considered a fool. He was Beelzebub to religious leaders. (Luke 11) He was “out of his mind” to His family. (Mark 3) His own disciple rebuked Him for talking about His crucifixion. (Matthew 16)
Jesus did CRAZY things like touching the lepers. He turned water into wine. He walked on water and told winds and waves to be still. He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He rebuked unseen demons. He forgave sins and let the guilty go free. He talked to His unseen Father and heard Him talk back. He prophesied future events. And then to top it all off… he called a dead man to come out of the grave after he had been dead for four days.
This is the Man I follow.
This is the Kingdom which I belong to. The crazy one. The one that makes no sense to the physical, logical world.
Some of you have been asking for more of the Lord, but you have a fear of the Holy Spirit. You have a fear that He will make you speak in other tongues and do weird things like putting mud in a man’s eyes to heal his sight. You fear being mocked. You fear being called a “fool” by the world.
But this is the Man that you chose to follow.
He blesses the shallow end, but He lives in the deep end. He doesn’t always give you all the details. It’s not always safe. Honestly, it’s not always fun. But it’s where He is… He’s beyond the veil.
Jesus ignored the religious. He walked away from His controlling family. He patiently endured His disciples… and He finished His calling. He showed us HOW to live in two worlds at once.
He is inviting you beyond the veil to be a fool for Him. He wants you to hate the shallow end. He wants you to dive head first into His craziness.
Because -- it is in the midst of what this world calls “crazy” that His Kingdom is found.
Are you ready for more? Let’s take the leap!