The other morning the Lord was speaking to me word trust. He said that He wanted me to trust in Him the way that I trust a chair when I sit down. The act of sitting is the only action required, the chair does the rest. REST. Sit with Me, He says.
REST he says. Lean back on me. Put your full weight on me. Hold nothing back. When you sit you do not do anything to hold yourself up the chair does the work. I have in times past, though, inspected the integrity of a chair before sitting. This definition of integrity being that there are no visible cracks; its’ craftsmanship that has integrity that can carry weight. HE says trust, SIT in me. I am able to hold you up. He has integrity. I don’t need to sit “gingerly” when I sit with Him. In other words I don’t need to phrase my prayers exactly right. I don’t have to hold back any weight of anger that my words might contain. He can take it. I can TRUST Him.
This morning I worked through carrying a weight of intercession. I identified in a positional sense with betrayal, hurt and anger on behalf of others and asked Jesus to come into that place in all of the hearts of those for whom I was praying. Many times we live kneeling in front of the cross instead of going through it to the other side. The cross is not the end but the beginning. Going through the cross means giving up the right to offense. It means getting the power to live as a overcomer in whatever area is surrendered.
As I went through this process of identification and surrender; I had a vision. The room adopted a golden glow and I saw above me clouds. Further above was a gold ceiling in our world, floor of another. I was being invited to come up, there is a chair for me there. A throne actually and I thanked God for taking me there. As I felt freedom from the burden I had the thought ” I am now seated in heavenly places. That there was now victory in the I had prayed about. Ephesians 2: 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
By coincidence (haha) I had later read a post by Marc Brisbois about being seated with Christ. It was a commentary about the scripture Matthew 20:20-23. He makes many good points that are not a part of this thread of discussion but you can read it in full here
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. 21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She *said to Him, “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.” 22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They *said to Him, “We are able.” 23 He *said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
Jesus connects sitting with Him and drinking from the cup that He is about to drink, meaning the cross. This describes the experience that I just had! When we experience the cross we in effect SIT WITH HIM. When we hold nothing back and invite Him in to our challenges, the cross gives us the ability to rise above them.
Trust in Him.
Sit with Him.
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