Friday, November 02, 2012

Spiritually Flying

Spiritually Flying

Recently there was man who made the news because he jumped from the edge of the atmosphere to earth.  A crazy feat, indeed, but he reached the ground safely.  To get up there he went on a hot air balloon.  But, to come back down he just had to let gravity pull him down.  How can this be?  The story goes that an apple fell on Sir Isaac Newton’s head and he asked himself, “Why do things fall?”  He did some research and what he found he called the Laws of Gravity.  The dictionary defines gravity as the gravitational attraction of the mass of the earth, the moon, or a planet for bodies at or near its surface.  It is a fundamental physical force that is responsible for interactions which occur because of the mass between particle and the likes. 

Gravity forces all things to behave in a certain way.  The moon orbits around the earth because of gravity.  Likewise, all planets orbit around the Sun because of gravity.  The moon’s gravity pulls the water in its direction creating the change in tides.  We do not go around floating because of gravity.  It is a force that pulls us down and everything else toward the planet.  Because of gravity we get the expression “What goes up must come down.”  And, when they come down they typically break.  Just ask anyone that has fallen from a tree or another high place. Many have suffered broken bones due to falls, some even die.  This is why learning how to fall is so important to tight rope walkers and tumblers.  So, we can conclude that we do not feel or know about gravity until we are trying to break away from it. 

Yet, some things manage to go up and come down without harm.  Many creatures fly.  To fly mean to move in or pass through the air with wings.  This means that these creatures can break the force that attracts them toward the earth, by moving through the air with wings.  Man has found a way to make objects that can also break the force of attraction.  Planes and rockets have been built to fly around the planet and fly out of the planet.  This means that a stronger force than gravity is required to elevate the object and keep them from falling on the ground.  This you feel when the plane is taking off.  This also means that a stronger force is actually at work when the objects go down in such a way that the object remains pretty much intact in it reaches the ground.  This you feel when the place is landing.  So, objects and creatures do not know gravity control them.  And, even objects that fly are limited by gravity.  A bird must move its wings to stay flying.  A plane needs a moving helix or turbine to create the momentum to fly.  This requires mechanical parts moved by fuel created combustion.  No fuel, you fall.

So, you have one power that pulls you in, and to pull away you need a stronger power than the one pulling you in.  Sin pulls us in, it overpowers us.  And, just like most objects and creatures do not even know about is this power pulling them in, Sin keeps a hold of us and we do not even know it.   That is until we are trying to pull away from it.  You will never succeed breaking away from Sin unless you have something more powerful than Sin to pull you out.  It is no wonder that Paul talks about sin in terms of bondage (Galatians 4:3).  How can we spiritually fly?  We need spiritual wings, helix or turbines, and fuel to make them work; and enough fuel to keep us elevated.  Paul in Ephesians 2 gives us an answer,

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Christ, by His Grace, has equipped us to spiritually fly.  Through the Holy Spirit we are given all we need to lift off earth, and remain on the air.  And, we need not worry about fuel.  The power to keep us flying is given to us also.  We can conclude this from the following verses,

Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power (“dunamis”) - ability, efficiency and might - when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends - the very bounds - of the earth” (AMP.).

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or conceive, by the power (“dunamis”) which is at work among us . . .” (NEB).

God has given us an infinite amount of fuel to spiritually fly for eternity.