Seated with Christ

Posted on 08/09/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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GLORY

Great is the Lord God Almighty
Great is the Lord on High
The train of His robe fills the temple
And we cry out highest praise

Glory to the risen King
Glory to the Son, glorious Son

Lift up your heads, open the doors
Let the King of Glory come in
And forever be our God

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy is the Lord on high
Let all the earth bow before You
And crown You Lord of all


JESUS

Jesus, Jesus
Holy and Anointed One
Jesus

Your name is like honey
on my lips
Your spirit like water
to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
unto my feet
Jesus I love you
I love you

Jesus, Jesus
Risen and Exalted One
Jesus


I EXALT THEE

For thou O Lord art high
above all the earth
Thou art exalted
far above all gods

I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
O Lord


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Well, today's message
is going to be short.
But hopefully
you're not here
or listening elsewhere
just to hear
me talk.

Hopefully
you're listening
for a voice
that is much greater
than mine.

"I" can take
a long time
to say something
not very well.

But "HE"
can speak
ALL Truth
PEFECTLY
in the blink
of an eye.

So my job today
is just to
help point you
to Him,
to help encourage you
to incline your ear
to HIS voice,
and then HE
will speak to you
in His perfect way.

Amen?


Here's a quick question
I'd like for us
to ponder today:

Why do you do
what you do?

And,

Why do you NOT do
what you do not do?

Do you go to church
because it's what's
expected of someone
who labels themselves
"Christian?"

Do you not get drunk
and sleep around
because you're afraid
you'll go to hell
if you do?

Do you hold onto
your mind's conclusions
and beliefs
because you are afraid
you'll end up
making God angry
if your mind
gets it wrong,
or you won't
"be saved"
if your logical
conclusions
aren't "just right?"

Do you pray
because you think
you HAVE to?

Or to boost
your feelings
that you are
a good Christian?

Hey,
if you don't do
horrible things
because of fear,
at least
you're not doing
horrible things.

But that's just
the beginning
of wisdom.

And it reveals to you
the general direction
of your focus.

Is it Faith?

Or is it Fear?

Fear regrets the past
and worries about
the future.

Faith, which is Love,
keeps no account
of wrongs suffered
and is firmly rooted
and grounded
in the Eternal
Presence of God
in which they rest
Today.

Fear avoids doing things
that would offend God
or merit His wrath.

Faith dwells in the
Presence of God
and does,
or doesn't do,
what flows out of
Spirit.

Fear manifests,
or falsely disguizes itself,
as

righteous indignation,

spiritual discernment,

Biblical enlightenment,

absolute holiness,

spiritual devotion,

insistance others
accept certain doctrines,

refusal to openly consider
other points of view,

and so-on.


Faith, on the other hand,
produces the fruit of

kindness and mercy,

the right action right now
for the simple sake
of doing it,

a peace and rest that come
from accepting that
"I could be wrong,
but it doesn't depend
on my being right,"

and a full reliance
upon the finished work
of Christ,
or, what that boils down to,
the incredible,
immesurable,
unfathomable,
unshakable,
everlasting
Love of God.



Now,
the fallen human mind
is constantly fighting.

Fighting against the devil,
as though the devil
is afraid of the flesh.

Fighting against
the evil in the world,
as though
abusing its self
by its reaction to
the stories of the world
will somehow change them.

Fearing full surrender
and acceptance of
"what is,"
lest by not
constantly being
at war on the inside,
you will promote
or engage in
horribly dispicable deeds.


That's what the English
translation of Genesis calls
"The knowledge of
good and evil."

"In the day you eat thereof,
you will be like God,
knowing good and evil."

To whom was the serpent
speaking?

It would seem as though
he was speaking
to the mind.

As Jesus said,

The spirit's will
is righteousness,
but the flesh's nature
is weakness.

"You will be like God,
knowing good and evil."

And ever since,
the human mind
has been fighting
over what is right,
and what is wrong.

As though
it can really know.

And in being exalted
to the level of
judge of morality,
it becomes our god.

You cannot serve
two masters.

Does the mind
direct you?

Or is it
the Spirit?

Of course
the mind will
immediately say,
"It's the Spirit!
OF COURSE
it's the Spirit!"

And you can hear that,
and just let the mind
be.

You recognize it
as being what it is.

It is not you.

And it is not God,

no matter how loudly
and convincingly
it insists it is.


Ephesians 2:6
says that we are
seated with Christ
in heavenly places.

Or, you could
put it like this:

You are
resting with Christ
in the realms of Glory.

Seated.

Resting.

Not fighting.

Not struggling.

Not at war.

But at peace.

In stillness.

In quietude.

And where?

It doesn't FEEL
peaceful and quiet.

Not if your awareness
is trapped in the mind.

But if you recognize
that's where you are,
and you realize
that's not you,
and you fully surrender
to "what is" right now,
even if action is required
to bring about change,
and you stop fighting...

then you just might find
that place of rest,
as you enter
the realms of glory
where you are
seated with Him,
far above
all principalities and powers,
all kingdoms and rulers,
all wars and dominions,
all drama and suffering.

All of those things come,
and all of those things go.

They are all for a short season,
like a vapor that appears
for an instant,
and then
vanishes away.

When you are lost in
and identified with
that which is fleeting,
you cannot help
living in some level
of fear,
no matter how well disguized
it might be.

But when you
dwell in the place
of perfect peace and rest,
watching the clouds roll by,
and doing what is right
right now, always now,
rooted and grounded
in the
Eternal Present Moment,
then you will live
by Faith,
not Fear,
for perfect Love
dispells all fear,

and with Pure Love,
in His realm of glory,
we are perfectly
and eternally
at rest.