The bible calls it “heavenly places.” Believers need to understand that God created the visible and invisible world, and we have access so we can thrive and win spiritual battles.
Understanding heavenly places is key to our victory over the enemy and life struggles. Your blessings are there. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Christ is seated there next to the Father. It’s in Christ that we live and move and have our being. 1 Peter 1:2-3 reminds us, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Jesus holds us together, made us co-heirs to God’s promises, and makes intercession for us. Why not go there when we need help in times of trouble?
What else can we access in heavenly places? Angels!
They are assigned to believers as ministering spirits. We need their assistance since angels know the spiritual realm and how to operate there. They also provide protection as Psalm 34 says, the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.
Do you know what else exists in the heavenly places? Demons are there, and they are assigned to us by our adversary. The spiritual battle is there but the enemy wants us to focus on what we see in the natural, so we fail to uncover his strategies.
Perspective is Everything
Here’s an illustration I read that can help us gain perspective. Imagine that you are seated high in a stadium at a football game. From that vantage point, one can watch the quarterback step back in the pocket, and the receivers weave through the defensive line to their designated spot. You can easily see the trajectory of the pass when the ball is thrown. If you are seated at ground level, it is harder to see who is moving where, the positioning of the offensive and defensive line, or anticipate the next move of each player.
The demonic realm tries to trick us into coming out from under God’s protection so he can move in and mess with our lives. Their ability to deceive comes by consent when we believe their lies. Their plans prevail when we go along with the schemes instead of applying biblical wisdom to our situation. But if we stand firm under God’s protection, we can secure victory because God is greater.
How can we get there?
We must understand the spiritual realm and our place in it. Meditate on the concept of your identity in Christ. This is your ticket to heavenly places.
When difficult issues or troubling thoughts come, see them, other people, and yourself through God’s eyes and your heavenly perspective.
I have had to grasp and apply these truths to my life during a challenging season. One of my spiritual mentors reminded me, “You know, you are seated in heavenly places.” That truth from Ephesians 1 captured my imagination, but it took me some time to understand and apply it to my life.
When emotional pain would sweep over me, I practiced precisely where to go for help.
I would run to my room, open up my journal and bible, and pour out my heart to God, asking for His peace and comfort. I cried out for His help, and I practiced seeking Him daily because I was desperate.
I would go on a run and listen to worship music and would feel His mighty presence. That season of my life trained me on how to live in heavenly places.
Every believer has access. Aim your needs and desires toward Him in full faith, and you will have God’s perspective, wisdom and peace.
When you are there, you will anticipate the enemy’s strategies and remain steadfast under God’s protection. You will rise and exceed limitations. You will transcend your trials with Him. You don’t have to be desperate, but you do have to be expectant and full of faith.
Need help to get there? We love to see clients walk into that higher elevation with Jesus. The victory has been won by Him, and learning how to dwell in our heavenly place next to Jesus can be a liberating and life-changing experience. It’s where the battle over the enemy has already been won – Hallelujah!