Prime Directive

Every fan of the original Star Trek is familiar with what they called the “prime directive” which was their most important star fleet rule that prevented them from interfering with primitive people’s development and thinking. The Enterprise crew was required to hide the “miracles” of their technology, such as their space ship that could travel between planets. To me, it is a picture of the separation God has placed between the natural realm and His supernatural realm. Jesus operated this way. He was careful what He revealed to people who had no faith.

Matthew 12:39-40
But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

It seems God doesn’t normally show natural-minded people the supernatural side of life unless it is part of His divine timing to accelerate reconciliation and His purpose to produce more faith. Faith is the key to our communication and relationship with God. Romans 3:27 tells us that everything we accomplish that lasts for eternity is done by the law of faith – the lives we touch, learning who God is, His love, His holiness. These are not accomplishments of our brains and abilities but are observations made by faith in God.

The core message Jesus preached was that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. He declared this as He went about doing good, teaching and healing the sick through the power of the eternal God, through His prayers to the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit. I would say that the most important attribute of beholding the kingdom of heaven is awareness. How do we make ourselves aware of what God is doing in our day? God sees everything that goes on in this world, both the evil and the good. You can become more aware of the kingdom of heaven by drawing close to God. You will find Him in life situations, thoughts that come to you after reading His word, your impressions, dreams, and even in daily events. Being aware of things you can pray about brings you close to God’s heart and is part of tuning toward what God is saying to everyone who will observe.

Daniel 2:22
It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.

The Kingdom of Heaven affects everything and everyone around us. It affects major happenings that shape nations as well as our individual lives. Daniel changed the course of history for the country where he was living through prayer and using his influence. We too are commanded to pray for the place where we live. Jesus said we will have the Holy Spirit with us forever, so we would do well to deepen our understanding of how the Holy Spirit can transfer us from a purely natural world into the kingdom of God realm. Realizing that the kingdom of God is open to the earth as a doorway to entering into a more abundant life. A time where the things we cannot do, He does, affecting things beyond our ability.

Psalm 56:8
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?

God collecting our tears in a bottle is an example of how things can transfer between the natural world and the kingdom of heaven.