Friday, September 18, 2015

A Position of Rest

by Cecil Paxton

In Ephesians 1:3 it says “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” 

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing and the truth is we lack nothing! But when we are challenged with a problem, we must decide which is going to be more real to our heart, the problem or the promise in God’s Word.

Before we are faced by life’s challenging problems there needs to be truth that is establish by the Holy Spirit deep within our heart. When I say “deep within our heart” I am talking about what is foundational truth to us; or as Proverbs says, what we write to the table of our heart.

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. The blessings are spiritual which means they are in the spirit and not yet in the natural realm. If you base what truth is to your heart to what you see in the natural realm when facing a problem, you will establish unbelief in your heart.

Our heart reflects what we actually do believe not what we say we are choosing to believe. Therefore, if we are believing the problem, we are sensitive to the natural realm. This is why all unbelief is about us as unbelief is about what we believe concerning the problem and the result is our heart can be hardened to the spiritual realm.

These blessings are in the heavenly places in Christ. To make it simple, at salvation our body became the temple of the Holy Spirit meaning the presence of Christ is in our spirit on the in-side of us right next to our heart in how we are believing. So the heavenly places are on the inside of us. The question to ask ourselves is “Are we living in Christ or living in self?”

In Proverbs 3:5 we are told to trust in the Lord with all of our heart, lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Do we live life from a dependency on the life of Christ on the inside? Do we trust Him more than we trust ourselves? Has this been proven to our heart? Under pressure you automatically choose from what is already on the inside of you, from what you truly believe, and not what you choose to believe?

All the promises are “in Christ”. In Christ is a place of rest where we cease from our labors where we stop striving trying make something happen. But it is not a place of passivity. No, we are aggressively taking a hold of the promises in our believing but from our position in Christ. Our position in Christ is where we already have the promise and are denying the problems’ right to stay in our lives.

We believe it is leaving right now because the problem belongs to Jesus and the promise belongs to us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, when the promise becomes more real than the problem, your heart will back up what your mouth says resulting in the manifestation in the natural realm of what was already given to you in Christ in the spiritual realm.

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