Did Someone Say, “Cake?”

I’ve got Heaven on my mind, today. That’s not entirely uncommon, though.  Quite often (truth be told), I’m thinking of how I can’t wait to get off this rock, because of how much being here sucks. And sometimes, it’s because I’ve just experienced something beautiful, and I’ve said to myself, “It just can’t get any better than this.” That immediately triggers the response, “Yes…yes, it CAN get better than this.”

I’ve got heaven on my mind.

But, I gotta get there, first.

Part of getting to Heaven is being able to live it out, here on this sucky rock. Jesus said so, when He taught us to pray…”Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.” He would not have instructed us to ask for it, if it were not something we should expect to have accomplished. But, like anything good on this earth, if you really want it, you’re gonna have to fight for it.

This is no fight that anyone with carnal knowledge is used to.  Anyone born into this world is aware that life is a fight. Some call it survival of the fittest.  You could call it the fight of the fast and the furious, or a fight of the sly, the slick, and the wicked.  It could be called the fight where he who hesitates is lost.

God calls it a fight to the death…of YOU

Being born into a sin nature, creates a piece of us that naturally distracts from our goal of Heaven. There’s a glitch in the matrix: part of us that is determined to MAKE a life for ourselves here on earth, as if THIS is all there is.  Having to live here, if we’re not careful, we can actually come to believe that this IS as good as it gets. That kind of thinking will damage our eternal perspective, and THAT is where the fight begins. This fight going on in us, here on earth, is meant to be the fight of our lives…to the death.

It is from the elements of death that the substance of victory is created.

Kinda like in baking a cake.

I love baking. It’s different from cooking meals.  There are very deliberate measurements that are required, if you’re going to bake a cake. I mean, people who are familiar with the recipes can take more liberties with them: you can go a little more or less on many things, but, deviate too much from the recipe and you will have some inedible mess on your hands!

Have you ever tried to eat the ingredients of a cake, by themselves?  Let me assure you, it’s DISGUSTING. Eating any one ingredient, in excess, can make you VERY sick. But, in their proper measure, in the appropriate combination, they are all integral to making a delicious treat.

Death of that carnal nature is of primary importance. It is akin to baking powder. The bitter work of dying to our selfish and fleshly nature is how the Spirit of God rises in us. You can’t make a victory cake without death being in the mix. Mixing is a painful, violent process…there is a reason that the phrase, “mixing it up,” is used for a fight AND making a cake; and “batter” is what’s left to be poured into the pan!! The ingredients are forced to accommodate one another, in order to produce an end product that is greater than the individual ingredients. Only after your flesh has had all the fight beaten out of it, can you blend successfully.

Finding a purpose for the pain of real life is the breakthrough. The point of life and living is in the BECOMING…becoming what God created us to be; becoming available for God to use, in helping others ‘become.’ It’s not enough for us to be Heaven-bound. We need to bring Heaven down, so we can make it into Heaven, TOGETHER. There are things about becoming that we have to maintain while, others need to be let go of.  We start out innocent and naive. While we’re maturing, it is necessary to shed the naivete. Circumstances of life will strip us of our innocence too, if we’re not careful. That innocence is the thing that keeps us light and hopeful and heaven minded. It’s the thing that Jesus was referring to when He said we must come to Him as little children – fully convinced that the Father loves us and will keep His promises to us. We lose that, and just like a cake that is over beaten, we become tough and tasteless. We can’t trust God, because PEOPLE have disappointed us…and that’s just SILLY.  People fail (we all do it, all the time), but God (who NEVER fails), is familiar with the recipe. He knows how to make provision for that, and STILL make Heaven on earth for us…if we trust Him.

It’s a daily death walk, to be sure. But, that’s why God provides new mercy for each of us, every day.  Every moment of every day presents the opportunity to be Heaven on earth, or Hell on wheels.

Oh, it’s a fight alright.

If you do it right, it could be a piece of cake.



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