Seated (Comfortably) With Christ In Heavenly Places
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…" (Ephesians 2:4-6)
I had a dream a few nights ago that a friend came to me to pray about a financial need in his ministry. In the dream when he sat down comfortably on the couch to pray he discovered money alongside one of the cushions. He said to me, “Look, we haven’t even started praying yet and the provision is coming in! “
I believe God is saying that YOUR PROVISION COMES FROM WHERE YOU ARE SEATED. It is not greater activity that leads to provision but greater and more confident resting in the truth that you have been seated with Christ in heavenly places. We need to come to the place where our needs no longer produce anxiety and stress but rather confident expectation of the provision God will release to meet our needs. As needs arise in our lives they should serve to remind us to be thankful that we have a loving God who has promised to take care of all of our needs. For it is written,
"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." (2 Pet. 1:3)
Through the true knowledge of Him. That is the key to receiving every blessing God has for your life, knowing Him in truth. Mankind has produced all kinds of false ideas about God which continue to prosper and actually become barriers to people knowing him. God is not some big guy in the sky with a stick looking to knock you down every time you make a mistake. In fact once you come to Jesus Christ he takes all of your sin, both past and future and covers them with the blood of Jesus and chooses to never remember them again. That is not however a license to live loosely and do whatever you feel like, but rather a call to live a holy and reverent life because of the greatness of God’s love for you. Knowing God in truth enables you to relate to Him as His child and to receive every blessing He has for your life. What you believe determines what you receive.
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
If you are in Christ you have been seated with Him in heavenly places. Your life is not defined by your needs but by His life and provision. Do not worry or be anxious when needs arise as this is unbelief. Rather, be confident in the goodness of God and allow yourself to rest comfortably where you have been seated with Christ and you will see his provision manifest all around you.
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Phillipines 4:19