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HeartSong
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 In The Heavenly Places

April, 28

[b]In The Heavenly Places[/b]

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ . . . and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:4-6).

This is our rightful place, to be "seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," and to "sit still" there. But how few there are who make it their actual experience! How few, indeed think even that it is possible for them to "sit still" in these "heavenly places" in the everyday life of a world so full of turmoil as this.


We may believe perhaps that to pay a little visit to these heavenly places on Sundays, or now and then in times of spiritual exaltation, may be within the range of possibility; but to be actually "seated" there every day and all day long is altogether another matter; and yet it is very plain that it is for Sundays and week-days as well.

A quiet spirit is of inestimable value in carrying on outward activities; and nothing so hinders the working of the hidden spiritual forces, upon which, after all, our success in everything really depends, as a spirit of unrest and anxiety.


There is immense power in stillness. A great saint once said, "All things come to him who knows how to trust and be silent." The words are pregnant with meaning. A knowledge of this fact would immensely change our ways of working. Instead of restless struggles, we would "sit down" inwardly before the Lord, and would let the Divine forces of His Spirit work out in silence the ends to which we aspire. You may not see or feel the operations of this silent force, but be assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if you only get your spirit still enough to be carried along by the currents of its power.

--Hannah Whitall Smith


"There is a point of rest
At the great center of the cyclone's force,
A silence at its secret source;
A little child might slumber undisturbed,
Without the ruffle of one fair curl,
In that strange, central calm, amid the mighty whirl."

It is your business to learn to be peaceful and safe in God in every situation.


[b]Streams in the Desert[/b]
[i]by Mrs. C. E. Cowman[/i]

 2009/10/17 1:04Profile
JoanM
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 Re: In The Heavenly Places

Wonderful HeartSong. Thank you. And thank God for what He did in and through Hannah once she was born again.

"The working of the hidden spiritual forces..." captures what I saw, experienced, know more of through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, at the conference, of His Word. Rather unusual how simply the flesh is stilled, the focus of the mind sharpened, comfort and encouragement and.....and....the needful things...received.

 2009/10/17 2:29Profile
AbideinHim
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 Re: In The Heavenly Places

"This is our rightful place, to be "seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," and to "sit still" there. But how few there are who make it their actual experience! How few, indeed think even that it is possible for them to "sit still" in these "heavenly places" in the everyday life of a world so full of turmoil as this."

Praise God that that if we can just see things from God's perspective, we would be delivered from much worry and anxiety with the things of this world.

One of the first books by Watchman Nee that I ever read was "Sit, Walk, and Stand". Before we can walk, we need to learn that we have been made to sit together with Christ in heavenly places. All things have been placed under His feet. We can rule and reign with Christ from a postion of rest.

Thank you HeartSong!!


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 2009/10/17 5:27Profile
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Good thoughts, I have been thinking on this issue a bit lately. Our mindsets should be vastly different as Christians because of this reality. For example, there are all sorts of "7 steps to joy" type books out there. Yet, once we realize we dwell in the heavenly realm with Christ at the right hand of the Father, how is it that we need 7 steps to love, joy, peace, or any such thing? Don't we realize that through the Spirit, that the life that Christ experiences right now sitting at the right hand of the Father is available to us right here and right now? "As He is, so are we" said the apostle John. The life He experiences is available to us. And Jesus never lacks love, joy, peace, etc. as He sits at the right hand of the Father. Why then, do we? We only lack such because we fail to appropriate by faith what the Lord has provided for us in abundance. Let us put on the mind of Christ!

Check out something I wrote, in part, on this topic recently: http://www.iamadisciple.com/articles/theascendedlord.php


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"Yet, once we realize we dwell in the heavenly realm with Christ at the right hand of the Father, how is it that we need 7 steps to love, joy, peace, or any such thing? Don't we realize that through the Spirit, that the life that Christ experiences right now sitting at the right hand of the Father is available to us right here and right now?"

Brother Jimmy, you make some real good points here. There was a time in my Christian life that I had all the steps down to living a successful Christian life, yet I lacked one thing, and that was the reality of what I knew in my mind. Only the Holy Spirit can bring us into this living reality of the life that is in Christ. All of the fulness of God has been placed in the Lord Jesus, and we are in Him, so the branch is a partaker of all of the fulness of the vine.

We have tried to live the Christian life by a faith formula, and yet Christ as been given to us to be our life. It is in Him that we live, move, and have our being.

Mike




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We have tried to live the Christian life by a faith formula, and yet Christ as been given to us to be our life. It is in Him that we live, move, and have our being.



Amen. The amount of self-help books out there on these topics that are so popular at Walmart and Christian books stores is testimony to the lack of heavenly realities we experience in our lives. It's a testimony to humanism and the strong arm of the flesh that has become so prevalent in American Christianity today. I wonder how many Christians even realize that we who have been united with Christ have been made to sit at the right hand of the Father?


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All of the fulness of God has been placed in the Lord Jesus, and we are in Him, so the branch is a partaker of all of the fulness of the vine.


. . . that the wondrous sap might flow through, and that leaves might come forth for the healing of the nations.

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