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16th February 2023


The Beauty & Blessing of Place

The Lord blesses us with many beautiful places as we journey with Him through this life.
Yesterday we looked at the pleasant place of unlimited joy & eternal pleasures in the Lord’s presence.
We have also considered the Father’s house (John 14:1-3), the secret place (Matthew 6:6) & the hiding place (Psalm 27:5, 32:7).
As well as the dwelling place (Ephesians 2:22) & the spacious place (Psalm 18:19 & 36).
Today we will focus in upon another special place – our seat in the HEAVENLY Places.


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, 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, Ephesians 1:3-4

even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:5-7


We have already noted (when considering the Hidden Place) that life is a continuous mix of blessing & battle.
We stand upon the earth & at the same time ‘In Christ’ we are seated, with every spiritual blessing, in heavenly places.
Please note that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing ‘In Christ’. SELAH
Everything you need amid the blessings & battles of life is provided by the Lord. Nothing is held back !!! So, so good.
This means that your spiritual resourcing & a heavenly perspective are ever available from the Lord.
We can be raised up at any moment as we look to & trust the Lord. The Lord is ever calling us UP.

The Lord lifts & raises us up ‘In Christ’. Note how again it is an US.
TOGETHER, with Christ & one another, we take our seat in the heavenly places.
When I am blessed & when I am battling, I need Christ, & I need my brothers & sisters in Christ.
The blessings & battles are experienced upon the earth, but our blessings & breakthroughs come from heaven.
My response, assisted by my Christian brethren, is to pray & warfare (spiritually battle) from the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10 & 6:12).
I pray with a heavenly perspective & I act upon the earth as directed by the Lord.
This is one of the ways the manifold wisdom of the Lord is revealed through the Lord’s people.
Jesus’ great victory being made known & ever declared to the spiritual principalities & powers who reject & resist the Lord.

We have duel citizenship (Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:17). We walk upon the earth but we belong in heaven (God’s dimension).
In the heavenly places we join with the resurrected interceding Son (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). Hallelujah!!
From the heavenly places intercessory overcoming prayer is made.
Our prayers TOGETHER bringing blessing & breakthrough upon this earth.
The victory of Jesus being made real in His people’s lives. Hallelujah!!
Rise up & take your seat in the HEAVENLY places.
Be lifted up to the place where you can lay hold of Christ & every spiritual blessing He has for you.
Thank you JESUS.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I experiencing spiritual blessings right now? 
  • Do I truly exercise the identity, spiritual authority & position I have ‘In Christ’?
  • Meditate upon the being seated in heavenly places ‘In Christ’.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You call me up to the heavenly places,
That ‘In Christ’ I belong in Your dimension – heaven.
Jesus thank you that You have made a way for me to sit in heavenly places,
That my every blessing & breakthrough flows from Your great eternal victory.
Holy Spirit keep me strong & steadfast in my identity ‘In Christ’,
That I might properly exercise the authority entrusted to me from its rightful place.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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