As I have meditated on what it means to be seated with Christ in the heavenly places, I have stumbled upon a limiting belief that, in the past, has hindered me from stepping into the full measure of truth.
In my church circle, there was an emphasis on humility. As I've learned, however, it was a false type of humility because it was laced with a belief that I was, at the very foundation of my being, a sinner...scum...worthless - and always would be except for God's saving grace. All of the Scriptures like the one about being seated in heaven came with a cautionary warning, "And remember, the Bible says to not think more highly of yourself than you ought." I internalized this as meaning that I must always remind myself of my lowly state and wretchedness. To think differently might lead to a dangerous form of pride that could possibly cause me to think I know better than God and exalt myself above Him in my heart.
The thing is...that line of thinking does exactly that...but in a much more insidious way for me than what I viewed as arrogance - someone who believed they were better than they were. This mindset says that no matter what God has done for me - to name a few: washed me white as snow, cleansed me from all unrighteousness, given me a new heart, placed His Spirit within me - I am still wretched and undeserving.
That, I believe, is a thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of God who has restored me to myself - the one He knew from before the foundation of the world, whose works are already ordained, and who even now is seated with Jesus in heavenly places.
When I meditate on where He has seated me, on the completed work of Jesus in my life that restores my awareness and my ability to be alive in my Truth that says I am already with Christ and in Christ and united to Him in holiness and purity and wholeness and seated in heavenly places where He is high and lifted up and has chosen to lift me up with Him...it causes my heart to expand with such love and affection for Him, opens my eyes to the beauty and grandeur of His face, strengthens my spirit on the journey of discovery of the glories and mysteries of God...and I desire to spend more time with Him, look deeper into the Scriptures, be more diligent to be love and to follow His voice.
Bill Johnson says that I can't stand to have a thought in my head that God doesn't have in His. By the same token, I say that it is good practice to find God's thoughts about me and get those ingrained in my head.
I am so thankful for this journey that He has opened up for me and feel great joy as I anticipate the opportunities I have to serve Him from this new state of awareness.
I'd love to hear what insights and revelations Holy Spirit has downloaded to you recently! Drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this post and let's have a conversation!
I AM seated with Christ in heavenly places.
I AM who He says I AM.
I CHOOSE to believe God!
P.S. This morning I have intentionally left out specific Bible references because I choose for you to dig in and seek and find today for you.