The View From Heaven

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It seems we wake, almost daily now, to new reports of tragedy in our land. Sometimes the tragedy strikes home, and sometimes just a little too close to home. In either case, the inevitable consequences are a shaken confidence and an invitation to sift through our beliefs about God, ourselves, and the lives we are trying to live in the middle of it all. With so much weighing heavy on our hearts and minds, something I’ve really come to recognize in recent weeks and months is that it matters where we sit as we consider it all.

More often than not, we sit in a seat that was never assigned to us: the seat of fear, rejection, victimhood, and/or abandonment. When we sit in any of these seats, the view is always negative. No matter which angle you take, the conclusion lacks hope and promise. I’m not just speaking in humanistic or philosophical terms. I do not subscribe to the theory or power of mere positive thinking in our circumstances. There was a time in my life when I reached for such solutions, but they failed me, and I was left to search for more. What I am speaking about has nothing to do with our own ability to determine anything, but rather with our choice to align our thoughts and feelings with the Word of the God Who determines (and has already determined) everything.

When I sit (as I have) in the seat of fear, rejection, victimhood, and/or abandonment, my view is limited to my own faulty perception. I was reminded afresh, just yesterday, that the fault in my perception comes from the way I have experienced life. That way has not been good to me. I have a history of scars and trauma that have spoken detrimental things over me, over the God Who has given Himself for me, and over this life that I’ve been entrusted with. If I were doomed to listen to my history, I would never become a Woman of Breakthrough. I would, instead, remain bound in the chairs which have become so familiar and comfortable to me, trusting the view which they provide.

But there is another seat reserved for me, for us. It is the seat of the finished work of Jesus, at the right hand (symbolic of power and authority) of the Father. Scripture tells us that Jesus, having shed His blood to purchase us back from the enemy and reconcile us back to the Father’s heart, took His place in the Heavens, sitting down beside the Father, where He now lives to intercede, to pray for us to be awakened to the reality He died to give us (Hebrews 1:3; Romans 8:34). In other words, He finished His work on our behalf, and now lives to awaken us to the fact that, because it is finished, everything we experience has the good and faithful plan of the Loving Father attached to it. Ephesians 2:6-7 designates this appointed place, this new seat, reserved for us in the Heavens:

“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” [New Living Translation]

Did you catch that? The view from Heaven is triumph, but not just any triumph. It is triumph through restored relationship, through grace and kindness, demonstrated toward us by God. It is triumph through unity, accomplished by perfect love. The book of Romans speaks about this triumph of love, about this view from Heaven:

“So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose…

So what does all of this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us? For God has proven His love by giving us His greatest treasure; the gift of His Son. And since God freely offered Him up as the sacrifice for us all, He certainly won’t withhold from us anything else He has to give. Who then would dare to accuse those whom God has chosen in love to be His? God Himself is the judge Who has issued His final verdict over them – ‘Not guilty!’

Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed one! For He gave His life for us, and even more than that, He has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at His right hand. So how could He possibly condemn us since He is continually praying for our triumph?…

Nothing in the universe has the the power to diminish His love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and Heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love…His demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything…

So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that this love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken His love…”[Chapter 8, verses 28, 31-35; 37-38, The Passion Translation]

Dear Woman of Breakthrough, where are you seated today, and can you see the triumph of His love through the haze of your circumstances? Are you convinced and full of confidence in the truth that, no matter what we face, He has appointed it to serve His good purposes in your life?

There may be much we don’t understand, much we cannot make sense of. God does not cause evil, to be sure, and yet we see it daily on all sides. Where is He, and where are His promises in the midst of such a scene? He is there, and His promises are embedded in the very ground of our deepest struggles, but they will only be found as we take our appointed places in the seat of love. We will only possess that which has been promised as we take the view from Heaven, rather than the view we are tempted to settle with each day.

I lovingly exhort you, dear Women of Breakthrough, to rise up and take your seats with Jesus. This is no time to draw back in fear, or to self-preserve with the expectation or conviction of abandonment. Our God is working a greater triumph than we can possibly imagine, and we will need to stand together in truth, if we will see the reality of it unfold before us.

Today is a good day to press in for breakthrough! That breakthrough is needed in the thoughts your mind agrees with, and the emotions your heart carries as you face troubles on all sides. The way has been opened for us. May we align our hearts and our thoughts, our words and our expectations, with the view from Heaven…today and every day.

Our God is faithful God, Whose love and mercy endure forever!

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