“This is the Time” by Garris Elkins

by | Jun 17, 2013 | Church, Future, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare | 0 comments

I am sensing this
is a time for the Church to discover, and for some to rediscover, the
significance of where we are currently positioned in heaven, in Christ, at the
right hand of the Father. In order to navigate what is before us we must first grasp
this truth and believe it so that our belief becomes a lifestyle more than just
a theological understanding of truth.

Today, many are
experiencing the nipping, biting-at-your-heels work of hell trying to
discourage them and this is causing some to give up. This is a time of spiritual
warfare where our greatest assault on the enemy’s camp will be the refocusing
of our lives upon the reality of who we are as believers in Christ. That
refocusing is the conflict. This battle will be won when we realize where he
has positioned us in heaven so we can live in victory now, not in defeat.

This morning, one
of my former students, who is now living in his home country in Asia, wrote
these words to me regarding a conversation he was having with someone at his
church:

“She asked me in
what ways I had received the things I asked of the Lord in a way that made
prayer seem like it is a way that we ask the Lord to do things for us and I remembered
Garris’ book, Prayers from the Throne of
God
. I explained to her my view on prayer and how it changed my walk with
Him and was surprised to hear that she had never thought of it that way. If
there’s one thing I learned in my time in Anthem, its that I shifted my view on
prayer from being on the receiving end to becoming a watchman, calling down
what is in heaven that is not yet on earth and having faith that it is when it
is not.”

This is a time for
each of us to reconsider the great truth Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church – we
are now, at this moment, seated in Christ at the Father’s right hand with all
the works of darkness in submission under our feet. It from this position we are
called to conduct the business of God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in
heaven.

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