Do you feel like you're seated in the Heavenlies? Most of the time I don't! In fact, only on rare occasions when I'm in prayer do I feel like I'm soaring through heaven (metaphorically speaking). Yet God's Word is clear.
God. . .raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6, NKJV).
Amazing. But what does it mean to be seated in the heavenlies? How would that feel? If I close my eyes and picture myself in Heaven with Jesus, I suppose
- I'd feel safe, like nothing could ever harm me.
- I would no longer worry about anything, right? In heaven, there are no worries.
- I would lack for nothing. All my needs would be met.
- My future would be determined, and it would be a good one
- I would have full access to the throne of God to talk to Him whenever I wanted
- I would be part of God's family
- I would be loved!
Sounds good, doesn't it? Truth is, I don't have to wait until I actually go to heaven to feel those things, to believe those things and to live those things. It's just a matter of taking God at His word and believe Him. How do you do that? Try reading Ephesians over and over until it sinks in!
3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4: just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love
7: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins
8: He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
11: In Him also we have obtained an inheritance
13-14: sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance
19: exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe
10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
19: Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God
11-12: according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
20: Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
Here's a list of our blessings NOW from these first three chapters
We Possess every Spiritual blessing
Set Apart, Holy
Blameless in His sight
We have been given Wisdom
We have an inheritance
Sealed with the Holy Spirit
Seated in Heavenlies
God has good works planned for us
Our Citizenship is in Heaven
Part of God's household
We have peace
God's immeasurable power is at work within us
We have boldness to come before God's throne
And this is just from three chapters of the Bible. Can you imagine the promises in the entire thing?
We need to believe these blessings. We need to believe we are seated in the heavenlies with Christ! Not in an arrogant prideful way but in a humble, thankful way. As a child who's been adopted into the most powerful family ever known. It's a change of heart and a change of attitude that comes from faith. Stop cowering from the enemy. Stop living a defeated life. Take your seat in the heavenlies with Jesus and start living a life of victory!