In this present hour the sovereignty and authority of Jesus Christ is not political on this earth - not manifest among men - "My kingdom is not of this world," but His sovereignty is a spiritual sovereignty.
He is secretly governing and there is a mighty impact.
To come into
the heavenlies means you are to have a spiritual and moral ascendancy.
the way out with God? Out of difficulty, out of suffering? It is the way
Here you are in the midst of some suffering, difficulty, adversity. You
cry to the Lord to deliver you and the Lord does not do it. Then you get into
all kinds of mental fogs.
Why doesn't the Lord deliver you out? Because He is
trying to train you to rule and your way of deliverance is by your spirit taking
ascendancy over it.
You say, "Lord, I take government over this thing to make it
serve Your end and I refuse to be under it in spirit."
When you have taken that
position you have come out of it - God comes in.
We want to be delivered from our
troubles and the Lord wants us to take ascendancy over them in Him.
That is what Paul did. His thorn in the flesh
was just as painful to him in some senses but he was on top of it - it was serving
him and he was not a prey to it.
That is the rule of the heavens. It works - I
have proved it again and again.
The trouble is that sometimes we are so silly
and foolish and blindly go on.
We yield to it or the enemy blinds us concerning
it and then it suddenly breaks upon us that we should not be under it and say,
"In His Name I take ascendancy over this thing" - we come out by the heavens.
The Lord would show us first of all that the
heavens do rule and then bring us into that elevated place with Himself
spiritually and governmentally, where the gates of Hell shall not prevail
against us, and lead on to the great position where all authority on earth and
in heaven is in His hands.
The purpose of God now is the securing of an
administrative instrument and the training of that instrument to govern.
wonder why the Lord does not wipe the devil out of the universe, why He does not
stop suffering and affliction, for the Word tells us that our Lord Jesus was
"manifested to destroy the works of the devil."
All this has been permitted in
order to bring the Church individually and corporately to the place of spiritual
ascendancy over trial.
God intended to put us into some higher position and that
is our rightful position in Christ where the heavens do rule.
You are only down
and out and under when your spirit is under.
God would have us take ascendancy
over conditions that are. Revelation is bound up with this very thing.
wonderful how you go dragging on, hardly holding your ground and then suddenly
the Lord gives you a flash - why don't you take your position in Christ?
The great fact is that sovereignty is in the
heavenly position and heavenly position is secured for us now in the Lord Jesus
for we have been made to sit in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.
government, ascendancy, elevation - all in our Lord Jesus and in that position we
should be governors over things - spiritual governors.
Not the volume of voice or
the phraseology, not the clenching of the fist.
It is your spirit being in a
position where you can perhaps very quietly and deeply but strongly in your
spirit say, "No, I refuse that in the Name of the Sovereign Lord."
We weaken the
forces of darkness by a quiet definite position in Christ. Not a mental thing
but spiritual, because the heavens represent that which is spiritual.
~T. Austin Sparks~