Newsletter Oct’12 “Heavenly Places, Our Position”

Heavenly Places, Our Position

 

Written by: Ps Cebile MBOKAZI

Edited by: Phinah MOLEKE

One of the biggest lessons acquired from the past year of the Aerospace MBA classes was that If you can’t clearly articulate your positioning, and if it doesn’t have real, meaningful, differentiated value to the marketplace and your organization, you are not only drifting somewhat aimlessly, but your chances of real success are greatly diminished.

So, this month we will review what our current position is. We have been glorified with Christ and we are seated with Her.

When God first made man, He gave man dominion over everything on earth. (Genesis 1:26) But when Adam fell, sin and death entered the world, and man lost his authority to the devil. So did the devil win? No, God executed His redemption plan by sending prophets and wants us to know that restoration is ours to enjoy heaven on earth — it placed us in a much higher position!

When the Lord raised Re from the dead (hell), we were raised together with Her. In other words, we are now seated with at God’s right hand, “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come”!

A good example for rational minds — will be the Global Positioning System (GPS), a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to 4 or more GPS satellites. Well positioned (24) satellites, each satellite continually transmits messages of time, direction, speed & most importantly, position. Research tells us that, the Galileo system will be high-precision in terms of both timing and position due to improved technology & atomic clocks that will be installed on board the 30 satellites. Aerospace, marine and the general public is relying on this system for accurate positioning otherwise failure could be catastrophic.

Positioning things perfectly is one of our God’s best attributes, the correct place and a correct timing. If we look at the solar system for instance, the planet earth is the third planet from the Sun, just the right distance away from it to have a planet teeming with life. The same with us we have been glorified with the Sun so that we may be placed at the right position so we may have dominion over everything on earth enjoy life in abundance.

“And you She (Re) made alive, who were dead in hell, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of Her great love with which She loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Re our Sun, that in the ages to come She might show the exceeding riches of Her grace in Her kindness toward us in Christ Re. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are Her workmanship, created for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Amen!

Where is Christ right now? Seated at the right hand of the Mother. To sit at ones right hand means a place of authority, it was a place of honor it means dignity and rulership. Part of it is that, the term “at the right hand of God” points to an active exalted position. The phrase “right hand” is a metaphor, God exercises his authority by the right hand. Our spiritual resurrection places us in union with Christ. God made us alive together with Christ. We are now united together with Him, and we now share Her resurrection life and power.

“Raised up with Her” and “seated” enthroned with Christ in heaven which is right here on earth. It is also the state into which believers are introduced by our re birth (transformation or transmutation). We now enjoy, even in this life, a state of purity, exaltation and favor with God. We are even now described as citizens of heaven. We are in Christ we have a right to the privileges, blessings, and responsibilities of citizens of the kingdom of God. Even now, spiritually we occupy the heavenly city of which we can build here on earth.

For the Aerospace thesis report, my research dissertation was “The Analysis of South Africa’s Space Sector Strategy for Innovation and Growth” and I was overwhelmed with some of my findings as I was looking at the global space industry. In Space it’s all about positioning and more position. Mobile phone companies and television broadcast network will tell you that LEO (Low Earth Orbit) it’s where you want to launch your satellite to have the best coverage for your clientele and the space is limited in this orbit and all associated issues of space-debris.

The Latin word for “heavens” is coeli, in French is cieux, in Zulu is “amazulu” and in Hebrew “heavens” is shamayim, it is in a plural form, meaning “heights,” “elevations.” The phrase “heavens and earth” are used to indicate the whole universe. The Bible speaks of three heavens, the first being our immediate atmosphere, the second is “outer-space” or what astronauts refer to as cosmos — where our atmosphere ends. It is the heavens in which the sun, moon, and stars are fixed in orbit. And the third heaven is the place where God and the team dwells. It is beyond the space and stars, where no man has seen by telescope.  This heaven is the dwelling-place of God, to which Paul was taken, and whose wonders he was permitted to behold-this region where God dwells. That my friends, it’s where we are operating from now,—-the third heaven. Meaning that we are far above all principality, far above all power, far above all dominion, far above all circumstances, far above all institutions.

Well, some of you may be asking, Re, how can you say that I am seated with the God in the heavenly places when all I see around me is the world, sickness, lack, killings and all its offerings???

Don’t worry, I have been struggling with this too and to help me understand better the Lord explained this position thing this way; it’s a place of rest more than anything else, whereby we can enjoy the finished work of Christ. And I was given the following scenario, please follow and allow your imagination to assist you;

Understanding and knowing God as a pilot, Holy Spirit as a co-pilot of my life (on a plane) with an enforced cockpit door. And think of the Angels as the cabin crew serving and making sure that those on board are well catered for. Some of you who are in Aviation — may be aware that after 9/11 terrorist attack in USA, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) introduced a new directive recommending that cockpit doors should be securely locked during flight. Well, so imagine that I am on board this aircraft.  I am not allowed in the cockpit during flight until the plane has landed. So imagine that I can’t take over the aircraft and fly myself even if I think the pilot crew is doing a bad job.

The thing is –since this is my aircraft (my life) — I even have the right to be the pilot of my own aircraft as long as I am licensed. I can communicate with the crew anytime I wish.

Now, during the whole journey, I have observed the pilots making quick stops (which often grants me the opportunity to discuss the journey with them and other things), I have also seen them re-routing several times, going through turbulence and extreme weather conditions, taking risky decisions  even unscheduled stops for maintenance & refueling and getting more passengers on board, others getting off the plane —–I have developed a relationship with each passenger on board, sometimes it’s hard to see them go, panic or loosing hope.

Most times it has been difficult not to be able to control the plane and fly myself, or seat in a co-pilot seat to observe the pilot’s every move & analyze their decisions — even though I am not a trained, qualified or licensed pilot, I often thought I can suggest something better to the pilots on how and where to fly.

It’s a relationship based entirely upon TRUST!!!!

Even though we have not yet reached the final destination, I am learning (it’s a process) that God has my best interest at heart, sometimes I wonder about that, especially if things don’t go my way. In those times, the Holy Spirit often say, “Don’t worry, I have you, I got you -gal”- God’s mind is one track minded- get Re to her final destination safely, no matter what. When things do not go the way I have imagined or thought they should go–that’s the time I need to trust the most*

I am feeling so privileged to be able to seat back at the 1st class seat and enjoy all the provision, the 1st class service, the on-board entertainment, the view etc…But most of all, I love and have enjoyed my conversations & relationship with the pilots and the entire crew and the passengers on board and those who have disembarked already.

So my friends, same goes for you too, imagine your life as your aircraft, do you want to fly the aircraft yourself or would you rather ask God to fly it on your behalf? Are you a licensed pilot? If you are a pilot, this question might be tricky but at the same time simple too because your life is not your job to work out since you don’t have all the route plans. You may fly the airliner from airport to airport but your life is a bit different and a bit more complex than just point to point, isn’t?

So I encourage you, to learn to take your seat of rest and start receiving and enjoying the journey. The four corners of the earth are yours through Christ, north, south, east and west by grace. Let us declare the following by faith;

*I am seated in heavenly places with Re

*I have direct access to God

*I am created to bear fruit

 

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