By Josh Hunt
The gospel is the greatest message in the Cosmos! What God has done in Christ has ensured our happiness for all time! Are you enjoying the reality Jesus came to give you? Well, as I have heard Joseph Prince say – paraphrased – ‘there’s nothing wrong with the message, and there’s nothing wrong with you.’ Often when preachers assert the validity of the message they preach they blame their listener; [read in angry preacher voice] “there’s nothing wrong with Jesus, there’s nothing wrong with the Word, so the problem is with you!”
But there is nothing wrong with you, in-fact, Jesus has made you right! The message and reality of the gospel is true. There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s nothing wrong with you! But allow me to ask you, are you enjoying it? Are you enjoying the glorious news of the New Covenant? Enjoying is imperative for, well, enjoying. Faith enjoying is a glorious way to see and enjoy the spiritual inheritance in the tangible! Are you enjoying? It’s so fun! Life with our Daddy is so exciting! His goodness overwhelming!
So many people are hearing the grace message, yet some are struggling to feel it in their emotions. Some are left saying; “Thank Jesus for the cross! But, where is the joy?” There is a difference between intellectual assent and enjoying and believing the truth. Many are becoming free intellectually, and knowing the benefits to an extent; however, in order to enjoy the full benefit, we must enjoy the reality by faith. It’s possible to learn the truth of new birth in Christ, but still locate ourselves in deadness. Worry, fear, anxiety, depression, can be all signaling signs that we may be, at times, locating ourselves incorrectly. As Joseph Prince says; ‘right believing produces right living.’ The same is true; wrong believing produces wrong emotions.
Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural. Don’t be deceived into thinking and believing that a contradiction, whether an emotion or circumstance, can dictate the level of glory you can experience! Didn’t anyone tell you that you have been joined to Christ? Mortality was swallowed up by immortality! Your life is supernatural! You are supernatural! One with deity, Married to Majesty! And, don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Don’t be tricked into thinking and believing that you have got to build a relationship with God in order to enjoy the gospel. Some people are so worn out through trying to attain happiness and joy through prayer, fasting, or ‘abiding’. No, didn’t anyone tell you that you are joined to Christ, Married to Majesty?! Don’t ‘settle’ in the natural, and don’t try to ‘achieve’ in the supernatural. Instead, ‘settle’ into the arms of Daddy God, and rest in what Jesus has ‘achieved’ for you! In other words, the key is to enjoy the gospel by faith!
You are not ordinary, so stop locating yourself in the ordinary! You are not a victim to your circumstance. It is not fitting for the wonderful (you), to locate themselves anywhere but heavenly realms. You may have spent your whole life locating yourself in the natural, believing you are less than who God says you are, but today, you can relocate! Maybe you’re struggling with negative circumstances? You have options you may not know about!
It will help you in locating yourself correctly if you understand what grandeur you have been plugged into! You’ve got a great inheritance:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 KJV)
Union with the King of the Universe has its benefits; you are blessed, with every blessing God has! The Christian life is not a process of one becoming blessed, or receiving spiritual treasures. The Christian life starts with unequivocal wealth and blessing! The phrase “who has blessed” is one Greek word, eulogeō, meaning to ‘invoke a benediction upon’. In Christ, God has pronounced every pleasing blessing heaven has to offer on you! You have a great inheritance. Also, just because it says “spiritual blessing”, doesn’t mean that the blessings aren’t those that can translate to tangible realities. No, “spiritual” is telling us where these blessings are located. The treasure chest is in the spiritual realm.
You’ve also got a great identity:
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5 KJV)
You are something very special! The Spirit longs for you to know your royal identity, to see yourself as you are, located in Christ. These verses reveal so much about the believers great identity; 1) We are holy (hagios = “pure”, “saint”, free from sin, made holy at the core of being). 2) We are blameless (amōmos = “faultless”, “unblamable”, united to Jesus therefore forgiven and unpunishable). 3) We are before him (katenōpion = “directly in front of: before (the presence of)”, the NIV says “in his sight”, however, this isn’t just a Jesus-goggle thing, God doesn’t just see us as holy and blameless even though we’re really not. No, he has made us to be holy and blameless and seated us on his lap, we are before him, in his presence continually.) We are also, as Ephesians 1:4-5 goes on to say, “adopted as his sons” – You are declared to be God’s baby and given spiritual life and immortality!
And you’ve got great power:
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Ephesians 1:18-19 KJV)
Paul doesn’t pray that the mighty Spirit of God would make us weak vessels strong. No! Paul prays for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened – enlightened to know that we have a great power on the inside of us. Enlightened to know that we are powerful, sharers of God’s great omnipotence! My goodness the believer is powerful. You are packing so much glory and power. If you realized just how powerful you actually are you would walk with such confidence! Agree with God. The Old Testament exhorts the weak to say that they are strong (Joel 3:10), but under the New Covenant God has made you strong – strong with his incomparable power and strength.
So, you have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power. But, are you locating yourself in the great? Are you enjoying truth? Right now, right here, where are you locating yourself? You see, even if you aren’t locating yourself in the gospel reality, it will still be true, you will still have a great inheritance, a great identity, and a great power, but you won’t be able to enjoy it to its fullness. You are designed, however, to experience heaven on earth. You will only be at home when you locate yourself in heavenly places. And, through enjoying and locating yourself in heavenly places you will make your home like heaven!
Every one of us has a built in GPS system. We wake up in a morning and often allow our GPS to locate us in the natural, in our circumstances, in our wrong beliefs. Sometimes people live in this negative auto-pilot; some continue to allow themselves to locate themselves in the natural – this then produces negative feelings and emotions, a stability that is built on an unstable foundation. However, when we start to realize the other realm, the heavenly realm, we allow ourselves to locate ourselves in the heavenly realms. When we locate ourselves in the gospel reality, in Christ, we see the power and glory of God manifest in our outward lives, bringing the full force of our inheritance with it. We see heaven on earth! So, locate yourself correctly! Start to enjoy faith. Live your life with an enthusiastic awareness of the kiss of heaven. Locate yourself in heavenly places. Locate yourself in the gospel reality!