Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made us alive) together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
We read last week of how God comes right down into our situations. The reason He comes down is to bring us up! God said to His people, “I am come down… to bring them up.” (Exodus 3:8).
God always leads us upwards and onwards. The devil leads us downwards and ultimately to destruction. In the Word of God we read of going “down” to Egypt (which typifies the flesh and the world, e.g. Isaiah 30:1-2 and 31:1) and going “up” to Jerusalem or Zion (which speaks of the ways of the Lord, e.g. Isaiah 2:3). Even when you are in the north of Israel, people still speak of going “up” to Jerusalem. It is interesting that the Hebrew word for Jews immigrating to Israel is ‘aliyah’ which means ‘going up.’
God lifts us up when we are bowed down. He holds us up when we are about to fall. He causes us to mount up with eagle’s wings when we are weary.
God also raises motherhood to a great height. In Ezekiel 19:10-11 God gives an allegory about motherhood and says that it is “exalted” above everything else round about. This word in the Hebrew is ‘gabah’ and means ‘to soar, to mount up, to raise up to a great height.” The devil deceives you to think that motherhood is an inferior role and that you will accomplish more out in a career. God wants you to know that He has lifted motherhood to the highest status of all careers. He wants to lift you up to walk in the fullness of your role – to embrace it, to rejoice in it, to give your life to it and to realize its powerful influence.
But wait - here is the greatest revelation of all. God wants to lift you up to where Christ is! And where is Christ? He is seated at the right hand of the Father “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion… and hast put all things under his feet…” (Ephesians 1:20-23)
Jesus who was equal with God came down to the lowest when He submitted to the cruel death on the cross for our sins and was buried. But, praise God, He rose again and ascended to heaven. But the most astounding revelation is that when Jesus died, we died with him; when He was buried, we were buried with Him; when He rose from the grave, we rose with him; and when He ascended, we ascended with Him and are now seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! (Romans 6:3-4)
We generally think of Christ living in us. This is true – and a glorious truth. But it is also true that we are in Christ, living in Him where He lives. Can I urge you to lift your sights? God has raised you up to this place. You are joined with Christ in His dominion over all. By faith, begin to picture yourself in Christ in heavenly places far above all. Far above all the pressures and problems that weigh you down. Principalities and powers of the evil one.
From what position do you run your home? Groveling under the deception of doubt, depression and defeat? Weighed down by worries and weariness? Or do you govern your home from the position where God has placed you? In this heavenly position in Christ, you can look down upon your problems. You can see them as Christ sees them. From this position, you’ll walk in victory over the enemy and every subtle evil force that seeks to creep in and destroy your home. From this position, you will overcome. From this position, you will see clearly and have wisdom to know what to do.
When your children squabble and get on your nerves, instead of blowing your cool, you will handle the situation from your truthful position of “in Christ”! Instead of screaming at them, you can take your authority in Christ and pray unity and harmony into their lives. (Of course you’ll need to use godly discipline when necessary too!) When things get on top of you and you feel overwhelmed, you will remember that you are above the situation – in fact far above all. You can stop what you are doing, pray out loud, and release God’s peace and rest into your home.
Dear mother, there’s no need to stay down in the dumps. There’s no need to feel a failure and that you can’t do it! It’s futile to come down from your position in Christ. Come up, dear mother! Come up to where God has placed you and stay seated in your heavenly place.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Oh dear Father, I am totally amazed at your love for me and for the exceeding greatness of your salvation. You not only saved me from my sin, but you have lifted me up to live in Christ in the heavenlies. It is hard for me to understand, but by faith I receive your truth. I thank you that this is where I am in Christ. Lord, please help me to constantly live in this heavenly place. Help me to govern my home from this conquering position. Help me to remember that in Christ, I have all power over the enemy and that I am far above all his insidious attacks. Thank you, Lord. Amen.”
“In Christ I am far above all!”
Confess this powerful statement out loud many times during the day.
Here are some Scriptures for you to look up that tell you that God is…
THE LIFTER OF YOUR HEAD
Psalm 3:3; 28:9; 69:29
THE LIFTER UP OUT OF THE DUNGHILL
THE LIFTER UP FROM THE GATES OF DEATH
Psalm 9:13; 71:20
THE LIFTER UP ABOVE THOSE WHO PERSECUTE US
Psalm 18:48; 27:6; 30:1;
THE ONE WHO LIFTS US UPON A ROCK
Psalm 27:5; 40:2
THE ONE WHO HOLDS US UP
Psalm 17:5; 18:35; 71:6; 91:11-12; 94:18; 145:14