The post, below, was originally shared on December 8, 2011, on my old blog, The Urchin Chronicles (don’t ask – the name was a joke between me and Caeley). I wrote this just after our friend, Summer, was diagnosed with cervical cancer. About eleven months later she left this earth to be in the presence of God.
The post came up in my Facebook memories this morning. It’s one I want to hang on to, because the concept is something that was permanently engraved on my heart – it’s what I learned during that season of life, and it’s worth repeating. Today, I might change or reword a few things, but not much.
So, here it is…
There is a great one-liner in our LIFE study guide (this is a life-changing Bible study Church of the Highlands offers as a small group). It says, “we are fighting FROM victory, not TO victory.” That perspective is essential to overcoming any battle we face.
Although on the surface it appears that we fight the battle of sickness in our body, we actually fight it in our souls and spirits. Even secular psychology tells us what a difference it makes when a person has a positive outlook and faith in God.
I am NOT saying we don’t use doctors, or medicine. It’s foolish not to take advantage of the wisdom that’s been revealed to the medical community. What I AM saying can be stated best in this (loose) quote from Neil Anderson:
“It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we perceive what happens and what we believe as a result of the things that happen to us.”
Anytime we face trouble, those of us that follow Christ must remind ourselves that we fight from a position of having already won. There is nothing that can overtake us.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about 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 every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:18-23 NASB)
Did you hear that? Did you really hear it? Did you ingest it? Has this truth become yours? ALL things are in subjection, under His feet, and He is given to the Church, His body, in that capacity.
Now, what about you?
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, 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 <span in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7 NASB)
You, believer, are also seated with Christ. That is your position, which might sound strange. You are obviously still here, not in heaven. It’s not about physical position, it’s this kind of seat:
1. A place in which something belongs, or is established; 2. A right to admittance to such a space; 3. A place where administrative power or the like is centered.
What those two passages tell us is this: if all things are in submission to Christ, under His feet, then you my friend share in that authority. You share in that position; therefore, you have already won whatever battles you face.
I sat behind Summer last night during our First Wednesday service, and watched her worship with a smile on her face and with obvious peace. Even though I could also see that she was in pain. That is what it is to understand your position.
My friend, Mary Lauren, is being induced this morning and will soon welcome her third precious child into the world. After having a challenging induction once before, which ended in a c-section, there can naturally be nerves related to that.
In both of those situations, the real fight isn’t in the body. It’s in the soul. We draw from our spirit for strength…there is a well that never runs dry there. If we look outside, or to people who operate in fear and anxiety, we are done. The battle is the Lord’s. Know where you are seated. Walk in that knowledge. Then stand firm. Or as Watchman knee said,
SIT. WALK. STAND.