Spiritual Realm Exists.
“For our struggle is
not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
-Ephesians 6:12, NIV
As I sat down outside my
favorite local coffee shop with a spiral notebook in hand, ready to jot
down some notes and outline this blog entry (yes, I still use what I
believe they used to call “pen and paper” occasionally), a gust of wind
scuttled through the patio, which was fitted in the narrow space
between two brick buildings. It almost blew the notebook off the metal
table and my drink onto the pavement. I slapped my hand down on the
pages quickly, rescued my precious beverage from almost-certain peril,
and was reminded once again of the reality that compels me to write:
There is an invisible
world that exists, and in that world, a battle is raging.
My book, Spirit
Fighter, is about this enormous idea—that life is about more
than just what we see. That there is a world behind the world, as if
you could reach out your hand and poke a hole in the landscape in front
of you, peel it back, and expose this invisible land.
If this sounds a little out
there, consider this—it is impossible to read the Scriptures and come
away with a different understanding of the world than this. The Bible
is full of wonderful stories about how life is about more than what we
can see with our eyes and touch with our hands. Full of stories about
an invisible God making Himself known to us.
And yet, we—and our kids—tend to
live as if all that exists is what sits in front of us. Often we give
little thought to the place where the important, life-changing things
In Spirit Fighter
lingo, this place is called “the Hidden Realm.”
My characters Jonah and Eliza,
being part angel, are able to physically see this place, even enter
into it—and with amazement and horror, their eyes are opened to the
We humans don’t have this
ability (we would jump at the chance to have it, but I’m doubtful as to
whether we’d really like it), but we do have the capacity to sense it.
It’s like the wind. We can’t see it, but there are times when we can
feel its presence. We can feel it rushing around us. These are the
times in life when we are overwhelmed with the sense that there is
something more. More to life. More that hangs in the balance. It often
whispers in our ear, “Your heart is right. There really is
more to all of this.”
confirms the existence of
this spiritual world over and over again. In fact, he speaks with the
authority of One who has been there and seen it.
short, He has perspective.
My goal with Spirit
Fighter—and with this post, and those that follow—is to
challenge you to have a new perspective. To adopt the view that says
that 90% of life is actually being played out behind the scenes. And
because of this, even the little things in our lives matter. Decisions
we make can impact not only this world, but the other as well.
And by the way, if this is true,
which world is more real, anyway? The one we can see, smell, and
touch—or the spiritual realm? Does that sound like an idea right out of
the movie The Matrix? Not really. It’s a much older
concept, gleaned from the pages of the Scriptures themselves.
Which world are you living in?
Are you living in light of the reality of the Hidden Realm, or only in
what you can see with your eyes? Do your kids know that a spiritual
If you’ve neglected it, consider
the possibility that the most important things happening in your life
just might be invisible right now.
And for those of you who find
your hearts longing more and more for this world Jesus spoke of, know
this: that one day, you too will be able to look behind the curtain and
“There is nothing
concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made
-Jesus, Matthew 10:26, NIV