Living by faith

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of his strength of his might, which he brought about in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.

And he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1-18,19,20,21 22,23

And to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things. In order that the manifold wisdom of God might be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3-9,10

These are amazing verses; do we really believe that the God of the universe has brought us into these things?

Looking at the state of the Church and at myself personally its very hard to believe these things are so.

But thank you Lord that it’s not about myself, or the Church to come into these things, it’s about what is already reality.

These things are not waiting for a set time, these things that the lord has for us are available right now.

Just because we have not yet come into the reality of it, does not negate the truth of it, it’s a matter of seeing who we are in Christ.

We all know who we are in ourselves, that’s pretty obvious. We have no trouble telling one another this truth, but how many of us truly see of who we are in Christ?

This is I believe one of the great areas that the church has misunderstood the work of Christ.

We have made the Christian faith just another form of Judaism, trying to please God by what we are in ourselves.

This was the great battle of the apostle Paul.

Paul more than any other came into this foundational understanding of what Christ did on the cross.

This was the cause of many of his great battles he had, not with just the unsaved Jews, but also with the other apostles.

Paul truly saw that Christ had completed all things for him through his death.

Paul realized that he now no longer needed to please God out from himself; Paul saw that Christ fulfilled everything for him by his death on the cross.

This was the great issue that Paul spoke about in Romans 7

This is I believe common to all Christians; some take longer than others to come to this realization, that in myself there is no good thing.

Anything acceptable to God is only what he has completed for us in Christ.

To me personally this has been the realm of the greatest battles in my life, learning how to live on what Christ did for me, at the same time not falling back onto the ground of who I am in myself.

Living on the ground of who I am, is the ground of weakness, failure, frustration, sin, condemnation, but to live on the ground of who Christ is, there is peace, victory, Joy, the heavens are opened to us, we share in his great inheritance.

But on our natural ground the powers and authorities have authority over us, we are helpless to fight against them, they truly are our masters leading us hopelessly into sin and rebellion.

This is the great battle of the faith trying to maintain our ground; the enemy knows that if he can get us back onto natural ground, then he again becomes our master.

He knows that he is defeated on the ground of who Christ is.

He cannot win there because the victory is already reality, but if he can get us back into ourselves then he again has his way with us.

This is what living by faith means, living by something that is outside of space and time proven and secured, but at the same time always knowing that one can fall from faith back into present time, were sin and evil, and the devil still exist.

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