“Taking your place on the throne at the right hand of God”
Everyone has heard of the goodness and abundance of God, but few experience it in the bump and grind of everyday life. They are aware of some of the many promises in the Bible that speak of the overcoming life and most believe God has the power to do it, yet somehow the reality of it seems to evade them as they daily confront a seemingly endless myriad of problems and troublesome circumstances that shroud their lives in a slaty grayish cloud.
Reigning in Life
God never intended for man to live out his days a victim of circumstance. To this end, He sent Jesus to raise mankind out of weakness, empowering him to reign in life. ~ “Those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5.17).
Most Christians know deep down this is true and possible. They just lack instruction on what the Bible says about how to get it done because the modern Church has fallen grossly distant from the Bible and the words of Christ on this subject. Though this simple, yet block-buster spiritual law is taught throughout scripture, no one taught more clearly on this subject than Jesus Christ Himself.
How it works
Jesus drew back the curtain and shined the spotlight on the key when He said that a good life or an evil life is entirely in man’s control and is a product of what he determines to permit to occupy his heart. ~ “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Mat. 12.35). Whether it is a question of healing, finance, or any other need; whatever you decide to let occupy your spirit, this is what your future will be.
More than a Positive Mental Attitude
Positive thinking, or just imagining things are better, may easy your depression, but it will not break you free from Satan’s grip and stop the curse1 of the law from operating in your life. Only the power that raised Christ from the dead can do that. ~ “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is…the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1.18-20).
It is the failure to understand that God has dealt with us through Jesus Christ where most people get lost. Christ is the power key. It is nothing less than faith in Christ alone that kicks down the jail cell door where the devil has held you captive and raises you up seated on a throne in life reigning at the right hand of God. ~ “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” (Eph. 2.5-6).
Beyond the Grave
Most understand how God dealt with the sin of the entire human race through Christ by placing their sin upon Him in the death of the cross. They know Christ acted as their substitute, and it is powerful enough to remove their sins forever; however, they have never been instructed beyond that point. Christ’s mission on your behalf did not end in the grave, where2 he left your sins, having paid the price for them. God continued dealing with you through Christ ~ “When He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all principality and power and might and dominion… and He put all things under His feet” (Eph. 1.20-22).
Raised with Christ
When God raised Christ from the dead, He made you a master in life more than capable of dominating every circumstance and all of the power of the enemy. The problem is you have never, or rarely ever, heard this. Jesus said the faith that moves mountains, which symbolize the enormous and weighty problems in your life, works like a seed. ~ “Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Mat. 17.20). The seed of faith is planted in the heart by hearing and contemplating the word of God. ~ “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10.17).
Taking Charge of Your Destiny
Today you have what you have permitted the enemy to sow into your heart yesterday. The more you persist contemplating the problem, the bigger the harvest of that problem becomes. The moment you begin to take control of what monopolizes your spirit, the enemy will flee and the gray clouds will disappear. The issue is most people are asleep at the wheel. They just leave the door open and allow the enemy to saturate the fertile soil of their spirit with the seeds of destruction, failure and torment.
While Men Slept
Jesus said ~ “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way” (Mat. 13.25). Instead of moving to the solution, they think about the problem day and night from every possible angle; only augmenting fear, depression and spiritual weakness. Every king knows that his ability to reign rests solely upon his mastery of the art of war. ~ “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2Cor. 10.4-5).
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
1. Gal. 3.10
2. Act. 2.27
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