Into the Deep

6/23/14

This is another vision the Lord showed me a few years ago around the same time as the other I posted by the name, “An Old Friend”.

The vision began on the beach with Jesus again at my side. He led me to the edge of the water and we dipped our toes into it. There was something about the ocean that touched me in that moment. The vastness and depth of it overwhelmed me and I was hesitant to enter into it. I looked at Jesus with skepticism and with some encouragement from Him, we stepped in, splashing our feet and talking idly to each other.

After a time He led me deeper in, up to our knees and the power of the waves nearly toppled me over. This was no ordinary ocean. I could feel the power of God in it. He revealed to me that the ocean represented His presence. Jesus steadied me with a hand on my shoulder and we continued forward.

The water was up to my waist at that point and the current began to drag me deeper into His presence. I held onto Jesus at that point so I didn’t get swept away and drown. I should probably mention that I am not a huge fan of the ocean so that in itself was a test.

Jesus essentially took over at that point, moving deeper until I was clinging to his neck to keep from going underwater. It was then that He told me it was time to take the plunge and with a little more encouragement from Him we immersed ourselves. After a few moments, we returned to the surface and I felt free and full of joy. All of my hesitation was gone.

At this point, Jesus started to teach me how to swim. I copied everything that He did and over time I became more dependent on Him and more like Him in my movements. Eventually, as I grew stronger and more confident He swam onward and I followed Him. The shore was far behind us.

We swam for awhile and then we came upon a new land, walking onto the shore. He told me that this is His kingdom. I caught only a glimpse of it before the vision ended. I just remember that the colors were more vibrant and lush than anything I had ever seen before. It felt like Home.

So, what was this vision about? It had a very similar theme to the vision I had received two weeks earlier. It was about trusting Jesus and entering into the Father’s presence. Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the only way into heaven. The Father is calling to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I am certain that I would have drowned.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

It was also a representation of baptism.

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. – Romans 6:1-4

The beach at the beginning of the vision was the old way of life, the sinful life. Entering the water with Jesus and being immersed represented how we are crucified with Jesus Christ. When He died for our sins, they were paid for by His blood AND our old, sinful selves were crucified with Him. And just as he was raised to life, we were raised to new life with Him. It’s done. As Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished!” He’s done it all! Thank God for Jesus Christ!

That was the reason I felt so free and full of joy. Now because we still have our old, sinful bodies while we’re here on earth we have to submit them to the Holy Spirit which enters us after we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That was the process of learning to depend on Him, learning to swim as He did and to follow Him wherever He led me. The greater our dependence on Jesus the more He shines through us. Then when we reach the end of the race and arrive in heaven we will be given new, glorified bodies just like Jesus after the resurrection. This is what it means to “Walk in the Spirit”.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I would encourage you to let Him into your heart. There is a new life waiting for you! If you want to talk to me, ask me questions, or request prayer I’m here for you. You can reach me at thecascadeblog@gmail.com.

 

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