100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 49
You Are Blessed in the Heavenly Realms with Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
“Everything seems so insignificant from this vantage point,” my daughter, Jordan, said after we climbed 214 steps to the observation deck of Bodie Lighthouse. Truth abides in her statement, and it reminds me of these words in Scripture: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3).
Kingdom mindedness brings God’s perspective on life, and if you truly inherit (take into your belief system) God’s perspective, you will enjoy His rest in every way imaginable! You need to change your gaze from earth heavenward to one in which you see life from heaven earthward.
You must first understand Jesus’ current position.
God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, raised Christ “from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body…” (Ephesians 1:20-23).
Done. There is no power nor authority that supersedes Jesus. Your Savior is victorious over all! And notice that believers are connected to Jesus- we are the body connected to Him, the head. So, the fact that God placed all things under Jesus’ feet means that they are also beneath us, because we are the body connected to Him! That is what I like to call the “rise above” life!
You need to understand the ramifications of every spiritual blessing.
First of all, it’s every spiritual blessing. Perhaps the number one thing you can do to change your mindset is to declare that you have no lack as one who is hidden in Christ Jesus the Lord!
The overarching spiritual blessing you gain through placing faith in Jesus and declaring Him to be Lord of your life is peace with God. Because you accepted Jesus’ forgiveness of your sins, you now come with peace, not fear, into God’s holy presence (See Hebrews 10:19-22).
Peace is multifaceted, and it is important for the believer to understand God’s peace, for it is not like the world’s peace. In the Hebrew language, salom means to be safe, be complete. Health, security, tranquility, welfare, success, comfort, and salvation are all inherent with God’s peace. 1
See the difference? The world’s offer of peace is more like escapism, a try-not-to-dwell-on-it tactic. But God’s peace is an all-encompassing salvation and deliverance!
Child of God, you are blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ, and that means you live as an overcomer because you are connected to Him who overcame the world! Your spiritual blessings flow out of your place of rest, or peace, with God. You are victorious in every way because Jesus is already named victor over all! Out of your state of rest flows confidence in God Almighty. You are assured that He is with you according to His Word, and you know that He is working all things for your good. You already know the end of your story: It came together for good and God gets all the glory!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
What is one thing in your life that currently requires a change of perspective from an earth heavenward view to a heaven earthward view? Write it down in a journal or on paper and write the truth of Jesus’ position in relationship to all that is happening on the earth (See Ephesians 1:20-23) Encourage yourself by writing your position in Christ (See Ephesians 1:23). Write an explanation of what God’s peace means in light of the challenge you face. Journal the significance of having God’s perspective on the situation versus your personal perspective or that of the world’s.
1 “Old Testament Lexical Aids.” Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. AMG International, Inc. Chattanooga, TN. 1996.