Seated with Christ
Posted on 06/10/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.
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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
Holy and Anointed One
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
Risen and Exalted One
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
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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.