The Word says we are seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all powers and principalities of this world. That means we can live above our circumstances because we fight from a place of victory.
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:6 (NIV)
There are days when we all, as followers of Jesus, feel weak and overcome by the realities of our circumstances. The waves come crashing in. Our perspective is narrow and filled with grief or despair at what may come. What reality do we stand on when everything seems so unclear and uncertain? We call the Bible “Good News,” but where is this good news on our darkest days?
The answer is found in Ephesians 2:6 when the Word says, “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus!” Due to the sacrifice of Jesus, God not only raised us up FROM the death our sins require, but He also raised us up TO be seated with Jesus in heavenly places, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion” (Eph. 1:21). Once we understand the position we are fighting from, our current circumstances quickly pale and minimize. We fight “the good fight” high in the heavenly places, far above every power and tactic the enemy tries to throw at us. God put “all things under [Jesus’s] feet” (Eph. 1:22) and we are sitting right there next to Jesus.
Jesus has authority over everything on this Earth and we are seated beside Him. He imbues us with authority to speak life, calm storms, heal sickness, proclaim truth, cast out demons, etc. We must take hold of our position and the authority that comes from being co-heirs with Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places. When we do, we see victory before it is even realized in our circumstances. We know with certainty that the battle will be won. We know that we are safe, loved and protected, because we look right beside us and see Jesus!
Be encouraged today. You are not a victim of the changing circumstances of life. You’re a victor seated far above this world with Christ Jesus. He so lovingly gave His life so you can live abundantly and victoriously in this world, bringing glory to His name.
Thank you, Jesus, that You not only died for the remission of my sins but to give me a new life, seated beside You in heavenly places. Bring me deeper revelation of how my placement with You affects my identity and the authority included in my new nature. In awe and thanks, Amen.