Last week I did my first Facebook Live video and called it #askaliss. I invited anyone to send in a question for me to cover and many of the questions were to do with seeing in the spirit realm. This is such a huge topic, so I decided to use it as the main focus for the time being and answer more specific questions on each programme. I was pleased to see many people watching live and during the first programme I shared how essential it was for even Jesus Himself to know what was happening in the spirit realm. This is what He said about it:
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19) and “By myself I can do nothing” (John 5:30).
We are to live like that too. Jesus said, “…Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). The Holy Spirit is the one who shows us what is happening in the spirit realm. He will speak only what He hears and will make known to us what the Father is doing in heaven. “But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
Wouldn’t it be much easier if God just gave us an illuminated sign every morning, telling us what we are to do and say for the rest of the day? But it wouldn’t be such an adventure and we wouldn’t have to rely on Him and be so close to Him if that was the case. So we really need to get to know Him and His ways. The Holy Spirit speaks to us in so many different ways, showing us what is happening in heaven. Many things take place in the spirit realm, but we need to see them from the highest viewpoint.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will give us a random thought and we need to pay attention and ask Him more questions. A number of years ago I was walking my son Phoenix to school. As we entered the school gate, a young woman walked in front of us with her son. I noticed her skirt and remember thinking how nice it was. I didn’t think much more than that.
Learning how to Listen
The next morning I awoke early and my first thought was of the woman’s skirt. I wondered why that was on my mind so I asked the Holy Spirit if there was a particular reason. I began to feel emotional and realised the Lord wanted me to pray for her. So I began to pray and even though I asked the Lord what He wanted me to say, all I sensed was that I needed to talk to her.
I took Phoenix to school that morning in plenty of time, praying that I would see her. She was nowhere to be seen, so I waited a while and then spotted her arriving late. After she had dropped off her son I approached her, feeling nervous. I had not spoken to her before and wasn’t exactly sure what I should say. The Lord had still not given me anything to say to her. But I knew He had highlighted her to me for a reason.
I said “hello” and told her my name. I said I was a Christian and that God had a message for her. I still didn’t know what the message was, but I stepped out in faith, hoping the Lord would reveal something to me. Then it happened. As I began to speak, the words seemed to flow out of me, inspired by the Holy Spirit. I was so thankful!
I explained, “You are in a desperate situation, something connected with your family. You are not sure if you believe in God, but you have been crying out to Him and asking Him to help you. I am here to tell you that God has heard your cries and He has sent me to tell you that He is going to do a miracle in your life. You haven’t been sleeping and you don’t know where to turn. If you give your life to Jesus and follow Him, He will turn your life around and answer your prayers within two weeks!”
I was hoping I was right!
As I said it, I was hoping I was right! But as I looked at her, I saw tears flowing down her cheeks and she was nodding. She said everything I’d told her was true. In fact she was so concerned, she was taking tranquilisers but they weren’t helping. The problem had been going on for two years.
I explained to her about Jesus; the fact that He had died in her place, He had taken her sin and disease upon Him and how she could have a new life because He had risen from the dead and sent His Holy Spirit. She was enthralled and readily let me pray with her and took a leaflet on knowing Jesus that I carried in my bag.
A few days later I saw her again and she told me that she had given her life to Jesus and already she was feeling better and had stopped taking the tranquilisers. I prayed with her again and the next time I saw her, two weeks later, she excitedly explained that her life had turned around, the family situation was resolved and she would not now lose her home. Her husband was a Muslim and I was able to prophesy to him too.
You can find more of this teaching in my book, ‘The Normal Supernatural Christian Life’ and also follow me on www.facebook.com/alisscresswell to watch my live videos as I continue on the theme, ‘How to see in the spirit realm’.