I’m kicking it old school today. I’m going all the way back to the very basics. I’ve spent some time last night and this afternoon studying who I am in Christ. Scripture is full of verses that speak to that very issue.
Yet so many of us live defeated lives because we don’t take the time to study and then to believe that what the Word says God says is true of us.
I’ve had several eye-popping discoveries, or re-discoveries as the case is. I haven’t learned anything new, but with my mindset lately it is as if I’ve forgotten all I ever learned. So over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my discoveries with you. Who knows maybe someone else needs to know this.
Today I read Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (nasb)
This is such an encouraging verse!! We have been blessed, it is past tense. God already blessed us!! It doesn’t say, “God will bless you in every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…” but that “God…has blessed us with every spiritual blessing…”
I know I am a spiritual being with a physical body. I am not physical-ness. I am spiritual, and so are you. We are so much more than mere flesh and blood. In fact, our skin is just a covering for our true self, it makes us visible to others.
Which really comes in handy when you’re sitting on the subway.
So we are spiritual beings. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
I also know that when I came to the cross, confessed my sin and accepted the free gift of Jesus sacrifice for my sin, I was crucified with Christ and yet I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
Also in that very moment, I was sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit of Promise. My life was hidden with Christ in God.
According to Colossians 3:1 I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ because I was raised with Him.
So I am a spiritual being. I am seated with Christ in heavenly places. And I’ve been gifted with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
But I need them here where I live in the flesh. Where I’m fighting to learn truth, where I’m struggling to see His hand. Where the rubber meets the road. Where I’m trying to be optimistic, where I view the coffee cup as full even as I’m choking on the grinds in the bottom.
Here. Where I live by faith. In the Son of God who loved me and Gave Himself up for me.
That is where I need the blessings. All the spiritual blessings.