Monday, July 22, 2013

56. Living the Life

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love which He loved us, 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 place 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 2:4-7)


Being in Christ is what He has called His disciples to be and to do. Being in Him is the doing. It was His blood shed on Calvary that paid the price for you and me to inherit the grace that abides in Him. And because of that grace, He calls us to Himself as His disciples, to sit with Him in the heavenly places. We are to sit above the fray of the world. To that extent He told us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He is His righteousness; He is His kingdom. We are to be with Him in the dwelling place of the Most High.


We are to get out of ourselves and into Him; pray, brother, pray. Intercede for others in the secret place. Our frivolous needs are always met in Him, but when we lose sight of Him and begin to focus on our stuff, we forget where we have been allowed to sit. When we are in Him, in His kingdom, we have been afforded to be in the Presence of the Almighty. Do not take that for granted.


The Truth of the life lived in Him is the exciting, God-breathed type of life as in Ezekiel when God breathed over the dry bones and they came to life! Paul stated, “…in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”. (Ephesians 3:12).


In all of the Kingdom of God, He shows us the riches of His grace, His kindness…He shows us Himself. That is something to shout about! We have been allowed entrance into His kingdom and have been allowed to sit with Him in His heavenly places. Hallelujah! Be glad that the Creator of all of the universe loves you with such a great and magnanimous love that even while we were yet sinners, He loved us enough to fulfill His plan to die for us. He paid the price for our eternal life with Him. That life is not just for your time after time, but it is for your time today.


Today, live in Him and know where He has placed you with Him in the heavenly places.  It is by His wonderful grace that He loves you and is willing to love through you to a lost and hurting world.



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