Revelation 4:1,2 - "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.' Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne."
A sign in front of a church said "we are just a waiting room for heaven."
That is not what we are called to be. We are called to be a gateway to heaven through which people can enter into and begin to experience heaven now!
Every time we ascend we will descend with a blessing for the earth. The blessing we come back with is a piece of heaven -- evidence of its existence. The way we do this is the "Way", Jesus. As we ascend by the progressive revelation of who He is, we will see more glory, and we will carry that glory with us. Affirmations: HE HAS NOT LIMITED ME ON HOW FAR I CAN GO, EVEN TO SITTING WITH HIM ON HIS THRONE. WHAT COULD I POSSIBLY HAVE BETTER TO DO?
Romans 10:10 - "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Observation: WHEN YOU BELIEVED IN YOUR HEART AND CONFESSED WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD - WHEN YOU RECEIVED HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR - THAT IS CALLED THE "GREAT CONFESSION."
BUT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH - HOW TO STAY IN THE FAITH FIGHT UNTIL YOU WIN - YOUR CONFESSION BECOMES NULL, VOID, POWERLESS, AND OF NO USE TO YOU IN THIS LIFE.
Jesus said there is a mysterious drowsiness that we have to overcome. Indeed, immediately after highlighting the various evidences of the end (see Matthew 24), He compares the Church to virgins who "all got drowsy and began to sleep" (Matthew 25:5).
Virgins sleeping at the end of the age: this seems incomprehensible with all the signs in the Heavens and wonders upon the earth, not to mention the increasing presence of Christ. Yet this phenomenon is something we each battle: the tendency to become spiritually drowsy and lose our focus as we wait for the Lord's return.
There is a subtle activity of the enemy that dulls our perception and seduces our zeal. Our vision takes a backseat to other less important aspects of life. From the beginning, the voice of satan has had this lulling effect on mankind. Eve's excuse for disobedience was, "The serpent hath caused me to forget" (Genesis 3:13Young's Literal Translation).
This sense of spiritual forgetfulness, of drowsiness, is the cloud of blindness that we each must discern and overcome.