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Elevated To New Heights

    I love living in the mountains. On a clear day, as you climb to the top of a mountain, your view is uninhibited. Personally I feel there is nothing like it in the entire world.  From the hollows that provide a sense of security, to the mountaintops where one can feel so free, God’s creation is beautiful. There is yet another part of God’s creation that we cannot see with our physical eyes, the unseen realm where Christ bids us welcome.  These “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8b) enable us to rise above the gloom that sin produces.  Elevated to these new heights Christ permits the believer to be seated.  From this lofty position our spiritual perspective is keen.

    I have recently pasted the 25-year mark in ministry, and over the past two and a half decades I have witnessed a lot of ups and downs.  Through the years, one thing has captured my attention more than anything else, the unwavering resolute of many Christians in what we call third world countries.   I have loosely observed the doctrine of these “giants of the faith,” and one consistent truth seems to surface over and over again, they have an uncanny understanding of what it means to be “in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3b).  It doesn’t seem to trouble them that worldly possessions are lacking.  They have, what I call, real faith.

    It’s time the Church owns what the enemy with trickery has taken from it.  In other words, Satan has deceived the believer long enough.  Christ has delivered the believer from the power of darkness, and has translated us into his kingdom (Colossians 1:13).  Ephesians 2:6 tells us God, “Has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  We do not live in the darkness; we are children of the light.  We may suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12), but we are not forsaken.  Perhaps we are cast down, but we are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9).  God has purchased us with his own blood (Acts 20:28).  “Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him” (2 Corinthians 2:14).  I can be rich in Christ without “stuff.”  Consider the Apostles in Acts 3:1-10, they admitted, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth [Peter said to the lame man] rise up and walk” (verse 6).  Why?  Because they were seated with Christ in the heavenly realm! 

   Many small ministries have bought into the lie of the enemy.  The adversary has whispered in our ears, “You’re small and insignificant.  Look at all the large ministries; you should consider closing your doors.”  Jesus said, “…he [Satan] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).  The Word of God tells us, “…they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12).  Consider you church as an outpost.  An outpost is a small group stationed from the main body, they are assigned to guard a particular area.  We are all members of the body of Christ; some posts may be larger than others yet we are all necessary. We all are called to be light bearers in this dark world.  Don’t allow the enemy to dismiss your God given post.  Enter the tower watchman; take your place among those seated in heavenly places. We have been elevated to new heights in Christ.  We are permitted to operate with the mind of Christ.  We are told to “seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).  Verse 2 prompts us to “Set our affection on things above, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.” 

   We need to learn a lesson from our brothers and sisters who really suffer for the name of Christ.  We need a new perspective, a point of view from this lofty position in Christ.  We need to reevaluate our spiritual portfolio. Where are your investments held?  Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupts, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

   A story was told of a man who had been imprisoned for many years because of his faith in Christ.  During his incarceration many unspeakable things happened to him.  One would think upon release bitterness would have drove him to revenge, but that was not the case.  Why?  This man was elevated to new heights in Christ Jesus; he experienced the beauty of God’s unseen creation.  Perhaps like Apostle Paul this man knew “that the sufferings of this present time was not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). 

   In closing.  Is your spiritual perspective finely tuned?  Are you allowing yourself to be seated in the heavenly realms in Christ?  The outlook from this vantage point is filled with freedom.  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). What are you waiting for?

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