The Natural Realm Vs. The Spiritual Realm
Believe it or not, there are two different kingdoms in this world. The spiritual kingdom or realm supersedes and is greater than the natural realm. What does this mean to most people? They may find it confusing because they do not know anything about the Word of God. By the time we are through with this teaching, you are going to know the difference and the importance between the two different kingdoms.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8: 6
The carnal mind is operated by the five senses. The spiritual minded person functions according to revelation from the spirit of the true God. If God created all life, and He did, then He surely knows how to live life to its fullest. This will result in life and peace to the greatest extent. But the carnal mind which is operated by the five senses is referred to as death. Do people who live by the carnal mind -- are they dead? No, this is a figure of speech which we are beginning to cover in this website. To be carnally minded which is death, is like being dead. You are never blessed, but inside you are really miserable and confused. Life or peace. Which choice are you going to make?
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8: 7
How simple this teaching is, but yet it is more important than it is simple. The Word of God after many years of studying is very simple to understand. The carnal mind which is operated by the five senses and not by the Spirit of God, is in conflict with God. Why? Because it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. It does not fit or agree with what God teaches. It is in conflict. We all know what conflict is. It is at least something that disagrees with another thing. So God makes this part that is referring to the carnal mind very simple for us to understand. Then God goes on to the next verse.
So then that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8: 8
When you study verse seven, God explains Himself pertaining to natural man. And I want you to know that natural man is a man that lives by the five senses. He is a carnally minded person. Now take a look at verse eight. God tells us that this is why those who are in the flesh and live by the five senses cannot please God. They live by the rules of the god of this world who is Satan. We, as believers live by the God and father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and therefore, if we renew our minds to His Word, we live life to its fullest and we have the peace of God which passes all our understanding.
I am going to stop there just to give you an idea of how much knowledge there is available to us simply in the book of Romans -- 3 verses. These verses clearly illustrate the difference between the natural realm and the spiritual realm.
There are almost countless illustrations, chapters, and verses that will teach you this principle. Let's move to another chapter and give some more examples.
Let us see if you can understand which realm the following example falls under.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5: 1
It should be obvious to you that the Scripture is referring to the spiritual realm. First of all God is saying to stand fast therefore in the liberty or freedom wherewith Christ hath made us free. And not being entangled with the yoke of bondage. What is the yoke of bondage? It is being captured or falling into a trap that the world has set for you. God is saying do not be entangled with this type of situation. In another part of this Website, God warns us about entanglements. I can tell you from my different experiences that a worldly entanglement can partially destroy your life. It has been said that the smart man walks away, but it's a tough pill to swallow. One of the worst entanglements that you can be involved in is a legal entanglement. Courts, laws, police procedure, is corrupt in almost all ways. I did do a teaching on the subject and you should look it up, find it, read it, and never forget it. The enemy will try to get you entangled in some type of bondage to keep your mind from being peaceful and from having a great life. He will steal your time by getting you entangled in negative circumstances. Don't ever forget this. Look the other way and keep away from the enemy unless God wants you to strike a blow, because you know the blow that you are going to give will make a difference to God and will help Him. This seems to happen very seldom. Here we are with one verse of Scripture in the book of Galatians and we come up with a massive amount of wisdom and guidance. It's quite amazing isn't it? You should be thinking this if you are renewing your mind and believing that God's Word is true because every day that passes by will prove to you that this is true. That reminds me. Let's go to a different epistle and take a look at another very clear but very powerful example.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12: 1, 2
In the spiritual realm, God is in imploring you by His mercy that you would present your bodies a living sacrifice which is wholly and acceptable unto God -- because this is your logical service.
Isn't this a wonderful Scripture? God is begging us by His mercy to give our lives and our bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto God because that is what we should be doing. Take notice how God says a living sacrifice. We are no good to God if we are dead so take the best of care of yourself. This is all related to the spiritual realm which as you remember is much greater than the natural realm which is composed only of the carnal mind or the five senses. Now let's take a look at the second verse now which is really important because if we don't adhere to it, we are conforming to this present world which is to be carnally minded which is death.
God says something that is extremely important in our everyday lives. There are so many temptations in this world that we have to be very sharp and very aware of how we can be influenced. Getting right to the point, God says to be not conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind -- by God's Word - so that we can prove to ourselves what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God. You see that when we renew our minds and we do not ever conform to this world, we will prove to ourselves that God is great and that He is acceptable and is perfect along with His Will. You must remember that His Will is His Word. We must know Gods Word so that we will never conform to the world. We will have knowledge and the wisdom of God's Word. God does not want His people to be stupid, but to be sharp and to be wise.
We have covered only six Scriptures pertaining to our subject and have covered an immense amount of information pertaining to two different kingdoms. We have a choice every day as to which kingdom we are going to live by. For some of you, this teaching is very simple. But for some, it may open up your eyes and one thing you should know is that you have free will to do whatever you please every single day of your life. The true God never oversteps your free will. Now there is a spiritual principle. People think that God makes them do things or He helped them to stop smoking. That's not really true. You have free will to go about and do whatever you feel like doing every single day. God wants you to love Him by your own free will and He will never ever force you to do so.
This teaching may appear to be repetitious to some believers, but to others it is an extremely important teaching. I am now going to turn to the book of Ephesians and will give you some more similar examples of the world verses the Word. Let's take a most popular Scripture and one that I have gone over maybe 100 times. But yet it speaks clearly regarding our subject.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [from on high]. -- Ephesians 6: 12
Now take notice of the first phrase of the Scripture. It says we do not deal with flesh and blood. It is talking about the natural realm which is the realm of the five senses which is the same thing as being carnally minded. This verse does not compare contrasting kingdoms. It only speaks of the natural realm. But let's take a look at the next verse.
Wherefore take unto you all the whole armour [all the resources] of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day [the evil one] and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6: 13
Now we see the contrast with verse 12. God is switching to the spiritual realm by telling us to take on all the resources of God. And where are those resources? They are in the Word of God. So throughout every teaching that I have ever put together, it is inherent that we study. If you don't have time to study, you might as well toss the whole thing. I myself, have to make time to study so that I can put on all the resources of God so that I could withstand the devil in the evil day which is this day. At the end of the verse, God says to stand. This is the only way that we can stand and that is by renewing our mind and that is by studying God's Word. There is no other way. That is all that God asks of us. Is it too much to ask to be able to live the more than abundant life?
You should be able to see by now that the whole Word of God talks about these two kingdoms and we have free will to choose which kingdom we are going to live by. This is the most simplest teaching I have ever put together because no matter where I go in the Word, this principle exists. Let us take one more example. I can go to any book of the Bible and find these principles. So they must be very important and they must be principles that we must apply. If we do not apply them, we will bring calamity to our lives. Pick a book. Let's flip to Philippians. I should stick to teaching the Word and leave the jokes to someone else.
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs [backbiters, the adversary], beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. -- Philippians 3: 1, 2
This verse is telling us to rejoice in the Lord. It is also telling us that if the same things are written to us it is not a problem, but for you it is safe. It means we are re- teaching some of the Word of God. It is well known that we learn by repetition and this all falls into category of the spiritual kingdom, doesn't it?
Now take a look at verse two where God is saying to beware of Satan who is nothing but a backbiters and evil throughout along with all of his evil workers. Obviously, this part of the verse is speaking about the natural kingdom where the enemy prevails. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
It should become obvious to you by now that the Word of God speaks about the natural kingdom and the spiritual kingdom. This spiritual kingdom is always stronger than the natural kingdom. But your personal adversary will trick you into thinking that this is not true. You must remember one Scripture and you must commit it to memory. With this Scripture, I am going to conclude this teaching which has been one of the shortest teachings I have ever arranged. But to continue to repeat what I have said makes no sense at all. The point is made and it should stay in your heart for ever. There are two kingdoms and one is from hell and the other is from heaven. By which kingdom are you going to choose to live?
I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengthens me. Philippians 3: 13
Do not ever forget this Scripture because it will make you believe that the spiritual kingdom is always greater than the natural kingdom. Also you should remember that greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world [I John 4: 4]. These Scriptures alone will make it possible for you to live the more than abundant life. That is why Jesus Christ came and that is why he accomplished what he did for us.