You are Seated with Christ

October 29th, 2017

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You are seated with Christ!

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 NIV

What does this mean, that we are seated with Christ? Let’s start by asking what it means for Christ to be seated at the right hand of the Father. What did Christ do to earn that position for us?

When exactly did Christ sit down at the right hand of the Father? “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12 ESV

Christ’s death on the cross won the position of authority that He has, and He has won against the enemy. Christ gives us His power. The power of the resurrected Christ dwells in us. By paying for our sins, we now can’t be accused before the Father, even if we sin accidentally after salvation, because Christ has paid the penalty, and there is no condemnation for us. All the condemnation fell upon Christ. Satan sincerely did not know that by crucifying Jesus, he was losing. Satan thought he was winning in ridiculing, beating, killing, and silencing the Son of God. What a surprise when Christ was raised from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father.

It is finished. That is why Christ is seated, His work is done. In the same way, we need to cease striving and abide in Christ. When we yield to God, we fulfill the law because we are filled with His presence, and that will be manifested through the fruit of the Spirit. Focusing on one law at a time and continuously striving to meet the entire law is working in our own strength, which is always bound to fail. Only when we yield to Christ can we fulfill the law, and the “burden” is light when we follow Christ. We are in a position of victory.

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This means we are FAR ABOVE all demonic principalities or powers, that Christ put under His feet at the cross.

“That he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church.” Ephesians 1:20-22 ESV

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“After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:3b-4 ESV

Our seating is in triumph. We are co-heirs with Christ, and we will rule with Christ. It has to do with our being united with Christ. If you want to know more about our authority in Christ, here is another article and video:

You are seated with Christ! You have already won the victory, even if you don’t see it yet!

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You are Full of Grace

October 28th, 2017

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You are full of grace. Grace is the means through which we receive all good things from God. It’s defined as unmerited favor–unconditional love—not based on our imperfect and sinful performance, but on the character of the one giving the grace. It’s a lavishness from the giver to the recipient who is undeserving. Grace is favor, good will, kindness.

Ephesians 4:7: “to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB

Examples of showing grace would be:

  • forgiving someone who has sinned against you
  • showing kindness to a stranger
  • doing good to one’s enemies

A. W. Tozer says: “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.”

“The free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from Him.” – Chuck Swindoll

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When we get up on a high perch and talk down to people as if they were scum, that is the opposite of grace. Jesus doesn’t speak to us that way. Even if the you are right about the sin of another person, if you do not have humility and grace in delivering it to your fellow believer, they will be unable to hear you because they know that Christ doesn’t speak in a dehumanizing way to the people He loves. If someone is speaking to you this way, go ahead and show grace to them and don’t get angry and defensive. It’s possible that they are right about your sin, but now you have the responsibility to gently show them that lording it over someone doesn’t produce righteousness.

I see so many believers being harsh with each other instead of showing grace. Based on the lavish amount of grace we have been given by God, it seems like we ought to be able to show more grace to each other.

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After all, grace is intrinsic in just about everything in the Christian life:

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved…”
  • Hebrews 4:16 “Approach God’s throne of grace with confidence…”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 “We are faithful stewards of God’s grace…”
  • James 4:6 “But He gives more grace…” (to the humble)
  • Romans 6:14 “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”

I think the key verse above is the one in James 4:6, where God says He will give grace to the humble. So if we humble ourselves before God, He will grant us grace. Then we, in turn, can extend that grace to others. You as a believer are full of grace, so exercise it!

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You are Blessed

October 27th, 2017

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You are blessed! What does it mean to live in blessing? Do you know that Jesus came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly? (John 10:10)

If we understand how to receive God’s blessings, we will be able to give to others what we have received; in turn, blessing those around us.

Life in abundance, that’s what Christ came to give us. It doesn’t mean monetarily, although in my life, God has supernaturally blessed me beyond my wildest dreams many times in the area of finances. The two most lavish things I’ve gotten from God is a trip to the Bahamas (God gave me back my honeymoon from the rapist) and a trip to Guatemala (to show my husband and kids where I grew up as a missionary kid). Both of these vacations were funded supernaturally by money coming in suddenly from unexpected sources at the last minute when we had no money whatsoever.

Last week God gave me a piano. It cost me nothing, and it was delivered at no cost. My son was taking piano lessons and is excelling with a natural talent for it. I had no money, so I asked God for a piano for my son. You see, I still don’t have any money, but I’m walking in abundance. The reason I’m supernaturally rich is because I’m connected to an Almighty God who owns everything.

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Blessed are the poor, because they rely on God for everything. Cursed are the rich, who have no need of anything and therefore don’t actually lean on God at all. (Cue the rich young ruler walking off the stage with no salvation.)

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

In the beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12, Jesus says that the following people are especially blessed: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted. Are any of these things true about you? Jesus says these people receive blessings: heaven, comfort, inheritance, satisfaction, mercy, seeing God, being called sons of God, and a great reward in heaven.

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Those who persevere under trial are blessed (James 1:12). You will come out as gold on the other side of the trial, so if you don’t feel like you are living the inwardly abundant life, hold on. You will make it. The agony will be lifted. You will be comforted and healed.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8 NASB

Matthew 10:37 says that freely you have received, freely give. When God blesses us, we can’t help but have it spill out to others. Look for ways to bless the people around you, especially your own family members.

I have always loved this benediction from Numbers 6:24-26, so I’ll end with this:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

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You are Equipped and Strong

October 26th, 2017

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You are equipped and strong. Not only do you already have everything you need to live out your purpose, but you are empowered by God to do so!

First of all, you must know that you are equipped by God. 2 Peter 1:3 NASB says: “Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” His divine power is the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. It’s the Holy Spirit that equips us, not our own strength.

We also have the Scriptures to equip us. Scripture is God-breathed and useful “so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:17 NIV

May God “equip you with everything good for doing his will,” says Hebrews 13:21 NIV. God will equip you with the right personality to fit the job description of what He designed you for. He will give you whatever experiences you need to equip you for what lies ahead. He has already given you the gifts and talents that He intends for you to use.

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Secondly, you must know that you are strong. The Holy Spirit empowers us to do what He has called us to do. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” says Acts 1:8a ESV, and we are told to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9).

If the power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you (Romans 8:11), then you absolutely have the power that you need for whatever you are required to do.

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If Satan or any other created thing tries to make you feel defeated, or that you are not good enough to do anything for the Lord, don’t listen to them! Listen God, who has created you to be you! If God says He has given you the power of the Holy Spirit, who are you to say you can do nothing? Yes, apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) This includes whatever God is asking you to do.

So step out in faith and do what God is calling you to do! You are equipped and strong!

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