SEATED IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES

God gives us a special place. A private parking area.

We are privileged to have every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.

This is our parking place.

In Romans 8:17, We are co-heirs with Christ.

The Kingdom of Heaven is ours to have with Him

While here we are called the salt and light to our environment.

We are God’s children.

We are special.

We have high privileges.

We are to continually renew our minds to know what God has done in us.

The Lord prompts us to set our affections on things above where Christ is seated in complete authority

We are seated with Him.

Our worth and value is heard in His voice to us as He pulls us up to Himself to share our hearts burdens in His love.

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Angelic special opps

“And God’s Angels met him.”

Genesis 32:1

When Jacob left the promised land, he had a vision of Angels ascending and descending a ladder

After years of being away Jacob returns from serving Laban.

In Genesis 32 The Angels are there again

Jacob is coming home to the land the Lord had
promised to give to Abraham and his off-spring.

Wherever we go, God’s hosts are all around us.
We never go alone. We’re never abandoned.

These Angels are God’s elite special ops.
They are a squadrons of special forces to protect us

These are the Lord’s “ministering spirits,

sent out to serve all who call on His name in humble faith

John Wesley spent fifty-two years in the saddle riding through toils and snares, fronting dangers at every turn
as he preached Christ Jesus to his generation.

John Phillips writes that In those days

traveling was dangerous for a lone man.

There wasn’t a Police force to defund

There wasn’t a National Guard to call up

Prayer was the only 911 of that era

Stage coaches traveled with armed guards,

Robbers and Highwaymen lurked in ambush waiting a chance to shoot down the unwary.

John Wesley was riding one day on a lonely stretch of road when he noticed shadowy forms ahead,

These forms that vanished behind trees almost as his eye took them in.

He couldn’t turn back; but riding on meant danger and possibly death.

There was no hope of human help, so John Wesley prayed.

Suddenly he heard hoofbeats coming behind him,

He turned in his saddle as another traveler rode up alongside. Wesley gave the newcomer a greeting than silently the two spurred on down the path,

They past the place where the robbers were concealed.

Seeing two men instead of one, they passed through safely


When Wesley turned to say something to his companion,
he discovered that there was nobody there!

The mysterious rider had vanished into thin air.


John Wesley had received an unusual glimpse of his Angel escort protecting Him.

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Incongruities

Darkness and light can never be brought together by talk.

Some things are not negotiable

A. W. Tozer

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Above it all

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

There is no disapproval

There is no denouncement

There is no disparagement

There is no disappointment

There is no denigration

There is no disfavor

There is no destruction

There is no detraction

There is no discontent

There is no disillusionment

Since God is For us nothing is against us

Romans 8

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Just trust

Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain,

but a person who fears the Lord

is to be praised

To fear the Lord is to trust the Lord.

This is a respectful rest in His perfect power and in His miraculous moving
in everything

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God and delivers them.

Psalm 34:7

As the heavens are high above the earth so great is his steadfast love toward us who fear him

Psalm 103:11

As a father pities his children,
so the Lord pities those who fear Him

Psalm 103:13

He fulfills the desire of all who fear Him

Psalm 145:19

The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
on those who hope in his mercy

Psalm 33:18

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His mercy

Psalm 147:11

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Prayer reminders

Prayer, reminds us to want God’s will above our own will.

Prayer is the act of coming before God’s

We approach His amazing throne of grace to ask for help

He is our only source of change

Heb. 4:16

We enter prayer with concerns,

We leave with confidence in God’s

We relax in His sovereign grip over all things.

What more could we ask for?

God changes us as we trust Him with ourselves,

We express trust through our communication with Him

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Slander is God’s soap and Adversity is His scrub brush

Out of no where

It’s all out of control

weird stuff starts to happen:

Strange people show up.

Odd disruptive circumstances

Icky nonsense presses in on us.

Everything looks to be falling apart!

O dear God,

won’t you take care of us?

We’re helpless

This vandal horde is attacking us.

We don’t know what to do;

we’re looking to You.

2 Chron. 20:10-12 paraphrased

Is God actually allowing

brash, cocky people to attack us?

Why does Insolence

surround each of our steps

Why are people haranguing us
with their condescending
abrasive remarks?

Why would He let people attack us?

Why would He put icky individuals
in our lives who beat us down
with false accusations?

We hear the ringing in our ears

We have their grinding continual attacks

Their guilting us

Their derision is falling all around us
like a deluge of drenching rain.

We feel exhausted,

We feel paralyzed and lifeless.

We ache with loneliness,

We feel our failure

We feel their rejection.

But we listen to You

We know our life of faith consists
in letting things alone.

We can trust in You God,
we must keep our hands off it;

We know you will guard us

Rest in the Lord,

wait patiently for Him:

fret not because of those who prosper in their way,

Don’t worry because of those who
bring twisted devices to pass.

Things may seem to be going all wrong,

but God knows as better then we

God knows what’s best;

God will intervene in the right moment as we trust Him.

We need to let Him work in His own way and time.

There is nothing so relaxing as
inactivity in some things,

and there is nothing so damaging as restless working,

for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will.“

Adapted from A. B. Simpson.

“Being perplexed, we say,
Lord, make it right!
Night is as day to You,
Darkness as light.

We are afraid to touch
things that involve so much;
Our trembling hand shakes,
Our skilless hand may break;
But You make no mistakes.’

“Being in doubt we say,
`Lord, make it plain;

Which is the true, safe way?
Which would be gain?
We’re not wise to know,
Nor sure of foot to go;
What is so clear to You,
Lord, make it clear to us!’ “

It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there.

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Consequences

NOBODY gets by with anything.

God is on the scene in every situation

God is active as we pray & trust Him to work

God’s sword is honed on His whetstone,

God’s bow is strung & His arrow is on the string,

The Lords Lethal weapons are in hand,

and each arrow is a flaming missile.

Look!

It’s goofed up to think we can get away with anything,

We end upside down swollen with evil.

Lies are oozing out of every pore!

See them shoveling day after day on their own grave,

they think their concealing their boozed up lechery

Their headed to a big trap

Check it out!

Their headfirst, legs waving in the breeze.

It’s just what happens: mischief always backfires;

violence always boomerangs.

We’re thanking God, who makes things right.

We’re adoring God …

He makes things right!

Psalm 7:11-17 Paraphrased

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Prayer is a paradox.

Praying is a blending of complexity and simplicity.

As James Montgomery who lived from, 1771-1854 wrote:

“Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, unuttered or expressed,
the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear,
the upward glancing of an eye, when none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try;
prayer is the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the contrite sinners’ voice, returning from their way,
while angels in their songs rejoice and cry, “Behold, they pray!”

Prayer is the Believers vital breath, the Believers native air;
their watchword at the gates of death; they enter heaven with prayer.

O Thou, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way:
the path of prayer thyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray!”

J. Oswald Sanders noted:

Prayer is as appropriate to the aged philosopher as to the little child.

Prayer is the exclamation of a moment and the attitude of a lifetime.

Prayer is an agony and an ecstasy.

Prayer is the expression of the rest of faith and the fight of faith.

Prayer is submissive and yet persistent and tenacious .

Through prayer we in one moment lay hold of God and by prayer bind the devil.

Through prayer we can be focused on a single objective in one area.

Through prayer we can can roam the world and effect history.

Prayer can be forlorn submissive confession and prayer can be rapt adoration.

Praying invests puny individuals with a sort of omnipotence.

We’re forced to admit, We do not even know how we ought to pray.

But we’re deeply comforted, that the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness…

Through our inarticulate groans the Spirit Himself is pleading for us,

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid

The Spirit bears us up in our weakness;

We don’t know what prayer to offer.

We don’t know how to offer our prayers worthily as we ought,

The Spirit Himself connects with our prayers and pleads them in our behalf

He penetrates into the soul of our unspeakable yearnings

He permeates our groaning that are too deep for utterance.

And Jesus who searches our hearts knows what is in the mind of the Spirit

Christ delves into what the Spirits intent is inside of His promptings in us.

For the Spirit is interceding and pleading to God through us in harmony with God’s will.

We’re confident that God is our partner in our prayer labors.

We’re self assured that all things are working together into God’s special plan.

God has our best in His purposes. We love God.
We are called by God and through prayer His design and purpose are realized clearly.

Romans 8:26-28 paraphrased

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The believer & politics

Why was North America seen as a new opportunity for what was called Pilgrims?

In England, the Church and Government were tied together.

There were Separatists who believed they weren’t to be controlled by the Government.

These separatists were considered treasonous and enemies of the Government.

They lived in danger of persecution and imprisonment.

In 1609, a small group of Separatists left England for Holland.
After 10 years in Holland this small group decided to come to the US.

But not all separatists left England

There were leaders like Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Andrew Gray, who stayed in England. Many spent time in prison for their faith.

They were told not to gather in groups. So they did it in secret places. They met in the woods and in barns. Like believers in the first centuries who met in caves and in the catacombs.

They showed us that a church can grow and flourish despite cruel persecution.

These early leaders were called Puritans. They wanted to clean the Church of state politics.
They were very well studied in scripture.

John Wycliffe lived earlier then this era. He watched 60% of his village die through the Black Death.

During this plague people would look healthy one day and then drop dead a day later.

History shows incredible prejudice against those who had faith in Jesus. Like the times of the Roman Empire believers were blamed for any national problems.

There are amazing feats of faith through history.

During the great missionary movements of the 1800s.
Hudson Taylor arrived in Shanghai during the start of the Taiping Rebellion, the fourth bloodiest event in human history.

Taylor saw the city on fire.
But he stayed 51 years and created one of the biggest missionary organizations (800 missionaries)
in Christian history.

These men were more than just scholars.

They were people with lives that shine the glory of God.

Even with their flaws, we see the amazing glory of God using broken individuals to accomplish incredible purposes.

Where are we now in the history of the Church?

It’s been 6 months since we’ve attended Church.
We went to an outdoor service yesterday.

It was all done in compliance to the Governments control. But where are we? Are we again allowing a new tricky State run power take over of the faith?

Is the answer political? Or, is the solution in our walk with Jesus?
The Puritans were incredible students of God’s word.
We’ve become more students of local and national news.

Was the virus promoted by meeting in a field? Will 60% of Snohomish be wiped out? Nah, it’s doubtful. Covid-19 has a mortality rate of less then 1% by those who get the diesease. And not that many people get it.

The answer is not political. The solution is a closer walk with Jesus.
Psalms 1 is still pertinent and relevant.


There is a blessing if we don’t walk in the counsel of those who reject God.

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