Originally posted by kirksey957
In the Lord's Prayer there is the phrase "on earth as it is in heaven." Do you find any places, experiences in the world today that you think would be like "the new Jerusalem"?
According to the prayer you're refering to Jesus said "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
So I think where on earth the will of God is taking place that is an experience on earth as it is in heaven.
The Apostle John refers to the believers walking in this world as He [Christ] is: "... he who abides in love abides in God and God in him. that we may have boldness in the day of judgment because even as He is so also are we in this world" (1 John 4:16b,17)
This passage speaks of the brotherly love flowing from brother to brother out of the abiding in God and God abiding in them. This brotherly Agape love gives the believers boldness because they know that they are on earth and in the world as Christ is - " ... as He is so even are we in this world"
Actually this process that I speak of joins man to heaven. There is installed into the believer's innermost being a connection, a channel between earth and the third heavens. When we walk and live in this connection we are in what Matthew calls "the kingdom of the heavens"
There is rejoicing and giving of thanks and praise in the heavens. When we praise God on the earth we sense we are touching the heavens. Praise in spite of adverse circumstances always causes man to ascend within and sense that she is rising above in transcendence. This is because what is going on on the earth in the praising one is the experience of heaven. Since the surroundings are not always favorable it is an act of faith. It is "the sacrifice of praise"
There is much praising and giving of thanks in Paul's letters. It is not because he was comfortable or in favorable circumstances. It was his praising in faith. The joy of the Lord is our strength. He praised and thanked God in faith. God's will in heaven was carried out on the earth in this faithful praising one. So thanksgiving and praise is a big item of God's will to be carried out on the earth as it is in heaven.
We are not rejoicing in our circumstances. We are rejoicing "in the Lord"
. There is a difference. In troubles and trials we are to "rejoice in the Lord"
If you are able to rejoice in the Lord in spite of your circumstances I wager that you certainly are carrying out the Father's will on earth. God is said to be enthroned on the praises of His saints. So praising and thanking God in spite of your circumstances enthrones God in your life. And the continual enthronement of God in your heart "metabolically" transforms your whole being into the image of Christ.
Thanking God and rejoicing in Christ is pure faith. It means you are not walking by sight but you are walking by faith. If a believer can learn this lesson early in their Christian life he will be victorious and overcoming. It is like a boat going down a river and being obstructed by a rock in the middle of the stream. The human way is to worry about how the big rock can be removed. God's way is to raise the level of the flow of the water.
Praising God and giving thanks in the face of problems and troubles raising the level of internal grace within, impowers one, energizies one, and causes the believer to be victorious. As a result he or she is built into that living holy city that God is building - New Jerusalem.
They are being transformed into a son of God and Christ is making His home in their hearts through faith. His will is being done on earth as it is in heaven.