Be Seated In The Glory
Sitting is a position of rest, where you put your entire weight on what you’re sitting on or in… in this case. We are being told here to put our full weight in the glory. When you sit on a plane, lifting your feet doesn’t lighten the load, you’re still putting your full weight on the plane….
Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms (of glory) in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, which He demonstrates by His kindness (chréstos… patient goodness, excellence, uprightness of character) unto us in Christ Jesus”. I read that in the Azusa Street Revival, the glory would come in like a cloud and the children would play hide and seek in the cloud of His glory.
(that’s how prevalent it was) In the glory there is a demonstration of the fullness of all God has provided. His fullness is in the glory, and just as there is no sickness, poverty, defeat and failure in heaven, where His glory fills everything… so it is that when He invites us to sit in heavenly places, He is inviting us into a fullness of health, financial provision, living with excellence, and success that cannot be experienced outside of His glory!
The secular does not supersede the sacred. It’s not a choice, either or… Israel’s daily experience involved the glory of God as part of their 24/7…in the wilderness… One did not exclude the other….but their secular life was lived out in the abiding glory of God….
Three guys decided to splurge and rent a master suite on the 75thfloor of a skyscraper, what a view of the entire area. They went sight seeing and got back to the skyscraper, only to find that the elevator was out. Bill said, let’s break the monotony by doing something to take our minds off of the climb. I’ll tell jokes for the first 25 floors, Jim, you lead us in singing, the next 25 floors, and Bob, you’re good at stories for the next 25… So they get to the 51stfloor and Bob says I’m going to start out with a real sad story…. We left the door key in the car….. Many have missed the glory,and continue to struggle, because they have been using the stairs when they could have been taking the spiritual elevator of His glory into all that God has available….
I pray that no one will live their entire life without sitting down and resting in the glory…..
Think of it, fullness of peace, confidence, assurance, and all we have need of, in the glory of His presence….free from worry in a world that has gone insane… free from the pressure cooker while we’re in the world but not of the world. It’s the kind of living which makes a crucial discovery, found in Isaiah 6:1 “I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory.”
We see what we are looking for! Which is why last week, my message was “Watch for the Glory”….
God is inviting us into a place near Him, that overwhelms any and every thing that is outside and apart from Him. God told Jeremiah in chapter 39:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”. That’s a promise! Jesus came from the realms of glory and became a man outside of the glory, so that we might enter the glory which He has entered into in our behalf, to make it possible for us to have access to all the supernatural realm which He now dwells in.
Ephesians 4:10 "He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. 12 to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”.
This is not something you struggle and wrestle your way into. You see some folks in a tremendous struggle as they wrestle and fight to get past their habits, their patterns, and their addictions, to get into the glory… But this is something that is about letting go, yielding, and falling into it. It is at the end of ourselves that we let go and fall into the fullness of Himself.
I must come to the place that I surrender, that I let go, and I just free fall into Him.
I fall out of my anger, resentment, and unforgiveness, and I fall into His mercy, grace, kindness and mercy. I let go of my pride, my self-reliance, my own self-centered ways, and I fall into His embrace, His acceptance, eternal plan and destiny. I let go of my hurt, my brokenness, my failures and flaws, and fall into His completeness, His Agape love, and the place He has already gone before and prepared for me….
The demoniac of Gadara encountered the Lord’s glory and fell out of the Devil’s grip, and into the peace of God that passes understanding, and scripture tells us He came into his right mind…. Before, he was naked, tormented, and only dead people could stand him (he lived in the cemetery) but once he was touched by the glory, he was dressed up, thinking right, and restored to his family and friends. God’s glory invades the battleground of the mind and will…..to set up kingdom thinking!
Ephesians 1:17 Paul prayed an interesting prayer v17 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. v18 I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, and the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints” We are heirs of the glory…it’s our preordained inheritance in Christ….
Our Father God, is the Father of Glory, and He is unlimited, past finding out, He has no beginning and He has no end, He is timeless, and measureless. There is no place where His glory is not present….. His glory is being demonstrated right where you are no matter where you are. You simply need to fall into it, surrender, and yield yourself to it….
To be seated in heavenly places, means that we, who are in Christ,do not belong to the world system, but we are now part of another dimension, where God rules, and we are not only His children by new birth but all that is part of us, is now under the influence of His glory. You could say that in Christ, your life is now GLORIOUS! A glorious life is not a perfect life it’s a real life wrapped in the goodness of God. God is good all the time!! You have been given an invitation, by the father of glory, to live in the glory! I might go so far as to say, it is your mandate, your imperative, if you are to live the full life which He has provided….
Colossians 1:13 “For He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and HAS TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON". (The kingdom of His glory) This is very important, if you are to live a life of victory that God intends for you. It’s about your Perspective. This means, for the believer who receives it, that we are not Praying from the Ground up/ or the earth up into the heavens, or up somewhere, where God is….Up is now down!!!! We are Praying FROM HEAVENLY PLACES in Christ JESUS, far above the Prince of the Power of the Air… The eagle and the hawk, don’t attack their prey from below, they get up on high (thousands of feet) and come down at tremendous speed, and they never know what hit them. When you take your place in the heights, above Satan’s principalities and powers… He doesn’t know what hit him!!! He’s not prepared for that, because He thinks He’s over the earth, but God is telling us that He has given us a place above Satan’s kingdom….
Revelation 1:6 “And He has made (established and empowered) us as kings and priests unto God and His Father. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen”. We operate out of His glory and His dominion… This is His authority, rulership, and power over all…. Every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the rightful ruler…. It’s your time to be seated….
In Philippians 3:20, Paul even says that "OUR CONVERSATION IS IN HEAVEN." (Our language is the word of God) We speak revelation, wisdom from above, we receive the mind of Christ, whereby, we are given insight, understanding and knowledge the world doesn’t have access to. That is where believers are to live….
1 John 5:4-5 "WHATSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD OVERCOMESTHE WORLD: AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD, EVEN OUR FAITH. WHO IS HETHAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD, BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD?"
John is saying, stop struggling to get there, and surrender to it, fall into it, yield to it, because that’s where God birthed you into!!!
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, didn’t have to earn their positions in the English royalty…. They were born into it! That’s how kingdoms work. We are birthed into God’s kingdom. You don’t have to work for it, you are seated there, as a birthright from God Himself! So He tells you… “Be seated in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus”….
(Have everyone, stand, now, when I say, “Be seated”…. I want everyone to be seated) Now was that so hard? You simply surrendered, yielded, and let yourself fall into your seat! A great and remarkable change will come into our lives as we sit down in heavenly places. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you have full access to God’s love, power, peace, hope, and provision. You’re seated at the table, and instead of fighting to be special, you yield to it, and it is glorious!!!
That’s what God is telling us about the glory realms of the Kingdom…. Colossians 3:1-2 "If you are now risen with Christ, then seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. SET YOUR AFFECTION ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON THE EARTH."
A guy went to his minister and told him, he was depressed and all but giving up hope… His wife left him, took the kids, the house and the car. Emptied out the bank account, and his business had failed as well. The pastor said, “Get alone with God and open your bible, then put your finger on any place on the open page and do what it says”… Well he hadn’t seen the guy for 6 months and when he did, the man was happy, and looked great….Hethanked the minister for his advice and told him that it had changed his life and turned everything around… The minister couldn’t remember what he told him, so the man reminded him, and said when I opened my bible, I put my finger on chapter 11, now everything is great!!!! I don’t advocate chapter 11 except as a last recourse, but every believer has access to the power of redemption and forgiveness which puts you on the path to a brand new start!
Let me read the words of Heather Holman… She says… “I’ve spent all my life trying to be somebody special. Maybe one day, I thought, I’ll receive that exclusive invitation to sit with powerful, important, beautiful, wealthy, or high-achieving people. I fantasized about those exclusive tables and the day my new life would begin. This would be a famous and glamorous life, one where I was truly special. I exhausted myself and battled feelings of jealousy, loneliness, insecurity, depression, and anxiety. One hot July day as I sat outside reading my Bible, my invitation arrived. I was reading Ephesians 2:6—a verse I had read thousands of times before and could quote by heart. But this time, a single word changed my entire life. I read, “And [God] raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”.. I felt something I had never experienced before: I was already seated at the table I’d been longing for. The sense of belonging, security, and love overwhelmed me. I understood I could stop fighting for a seat—that I could stop waiting for my glamorous life to begin. It was already happening. Suddenly, it didn’t matter where I was or what I was doing. I could be cleaning toilets and also be seated with Jesus. I could be driving my old burgundy minivan in my ordinary neighborhood and feel content. I could hear news of others’ successes and rejoice with them because we were already together at a royal table. This meant I could stop striving and comparing my achievements to other people’s. God had specific instructions for me that didn’t look the same as my neighbors’. So I could finally take my eyes off myself—abandoning all the jealousy and comparison—and instead worship this amazing Savior who has provided a place for me”.
You see, the Father has told us to sit in heavenly places, the word sit, is “ye-chav” which actually means a dwelling place, or to take up residence in heavenly places. That heavenly places is where we now live!
(Everyone stand up once again, and when I say, “Be seated”…this time the word will be “Ye-chav” OK, everyone, “YE-CHAV”…(like clearing your throat) Which means “Take up residence in Heavenly places”!!!
What happened to Jesus, has happened to you! Ephesians 4:8 “When He ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave supernatural gifts unto men." The gift of faith is God faith…. The gift of knowledge is God knowledge…. The gift of wisdom is God wisdom… The gift of discernment is God insights….
Our new life history began when Jesus rose from the grave and ascended on high! Jesus rose and sat down, (Ye-chav) outside of time, outside of sickness, outside of death and the curse, and He has brought us with Him, to a place at the right hand of God the Father of Glory, the place of His favor!
Have a “Throne Room Attitude”… In the heavenly places, you have the favor of God….This is not something you can arrive at, it is who you already are in Christ! When you sit down, you are atrest in Christ, and God makes all your enemies your footstool.When you rest, the Holy Spirit’s promptings in your spirit will become clearer to you. Rest is not inactivity—it is Spirit-directed and spirit led activity. We are the temple or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, and scripture calls us His temple. The Outer Court can be a busy place, with a lot of activity, while in the Holy of Holies, there can be perfect quietness, and peace. So, we can do all the things that our life demands of us, while within our spirit, spiritual activity is happening.
Elijah knew how to rest in the glory…. One time the bible says that while he was sleeping the army of the king surrounded his home and when the servant arose, he saw an army surrounding them, and ran to wake up Elijah. Elijah calmed the servant down by saying there are more with us than against us. Then he prayed that God would open the eyes of the servant, and when He did, he saw what Elijah was seeing, the army of the king who had come to capture him, was surrounded by an angel army which smote them, and the rest, Elijah marched back to the king as his captives… You can rest, in the glory, no matter how it looks!
Ephesians 6:18 “Pray (communicate) in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, that you may stay (spiritually) alert…. How important to have a “throne roomattitude”: To sit down and let God defeat your enemies. The battle is the Lord’s. He will make your enemies your footstool.
Jesus puts position before provision. Before Jesus miraculously multiplied the loaves and fishes, He told the multitudes to sit down and rest first. We need to actively sit down in the secret place of the Most High—David tells us that Our Good Shepherd tells us rest in green pastures, then notice what follows… He restores our soul, He leads in paths of righteousness or leads me to do the right thing…I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, with no fear, for He comforts me….He prepares a table in the presence of my enemies…. He anoints my head with oil… My cup is filled to overflow….Goodness and mercy take up residence with me… I am in his presence, His glory, His goodness, forever!!!
The prodigal son had everything that he could ever want, but he had not positioned himself to receive it. He went through a lot of unnecessary heart ache, lack and hardships. But when the prodigal came to himself, he ran and simply fell into the waiting arms of his father and was restored. Immediately, a royal robe was placed on him, a crown on his head, a signet ring or authority was put on his finger, and special shoes on his feet which everyone could see was about his new position…
I strongly feel Holy Spirit, calling us to sit down in our God given position, and receive the robe, the ring, and the shoes, that havebeen ours along. When we come into the right position, we will receive the provision available to us in His glory !!! It’s time to get dressed up, for some supernatural visitations in the Father’s house!
Lord God, put the shoes on our feet that we might walk in the glory, put the ring on our finger that we may rule and reign in the Father, put the robe on us that we may walk in your authority, and receive the glorious inheritance which belongs to all your children….God is moving us from the battlefield to the throne room… from the hand to hand fighting to the scepter of authority and rulership….
Scripture says we shall reign in life as kings and priests unto God….. Closing song….