September 11, 2018
Victory for the Ascension of Jesus (Feast of Trumpets)
1. Center Down
Before you begin today’s spiritual excursion, please take a few moments to breathe! Take three slow, deep breaths, expanding from your abdomen; try not to raise your shoulders. As you inhale, whisper, “Jesus reigns…” As you exhale whisper, “in love and hope…”
2. Slowly read aloud the following Scriptures: (Feel free to pause at any time during your reading to reflect on, thank, praise, or acknowledge God’s stirring in your thoughts and emotions.)
[The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus,] “and what is the immeasurable greatness of [God’s] power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:12-21, ESV)
[Paul continues,] “even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:5-7, ESV)
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3. Concepts to Consider:
Without the ascension of Jesus, His work is not complete. It is this reality, His “seatedness,” that demonstrates that the Final Victory is indeed won and that Jesus is now in full possession of His divine power and authority as the second Person of the Trinity. Satan is defeated, death has lost its sting, and those of us who are in Christ are seated with Him. This means 1) God is very near to us as all times just like Jesus is now in the immediate presence of God, and 2) we–through His authority–have been given the power to reign in the earth as His ambassadors, with justice, love and hope.
In the Gospels, in the letters of Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews, and Revelation, we see the seated Christ reigning and bearing witness to His finished work through the scars of His resurrected and ascended body. It is also from this position that He continually prays for us, “ever making intercession for us” (Hebrews 7:25). It is also from here that He “shall come again to judge the living and the dead” (2 Timothy 4:1).
As we close out our celebration of the Feast of Trumpets at sundown today, we do so aware that Jesus reigns and is coming again. God has put all things under His feet, and, by extension, we are free and bolstered in Him to live a life of ascended victory!
4. Reflection Question: (You are encouraged to write, draw, or respond however the Lord leads to the following inquiries. To share your musings in a public forum where others can dialog and process with you, please go to http://tiny.cc/victoryn30 ).
1. How will being reminded that you are seated and reigning with Christ in His ascended authority affect how you will walk through your day?
5. Prayer for Today:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! The earth is Yours and all its fullness. You founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. O Ascended Christ, You have raised us up and seated us with You in heavenly places! We are grateful that You pray for us, ever making intercession on our behalf. Thank You for giving us Your peace and joy. Thank You for providing a life of hope, abundance, and royal destiny. Thank You for being our Resurrection and our Life!
Reigning Christ, we trust in You with all of our hearts, and we do not depend on our own understanding. Therefore, direct our feet along Your path of righteousness and holiness for Your Name’s sake. You are the God who brings rest to our souls. Father, we expect You to give us peace of mind. We confess, even though we may be pressed on every side by troubles, we will not be crushed or broken. We will be at perfect peace today, as we trust in Your settled reign and rule.
Holy Spirit, bring to mind any sins we need to confess and, Lord, remind us of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts the whole earth is full of Your glory. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are the God who is, who was, and who is to come. Your judgements are sure. You are the Almighty. To You, who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture passages you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.
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