Joyce Meyer - Walking In Faith And Living With Purpose
We're doing a series called, "Sit, stand, walk, and run" and the premise is is that if you think about a baby, the first thing they do is learn how to sit up and sitting represents entering the rest of God.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. When He ascended on high, He sat down, that's actually very important. He sat down because He finished what He was sent to do and He entered the supernatural, amazing rest of God. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:6 that we, you and I, are also seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Now, what that means is we actually live in two places at the same time. Obviously, I'm here on the platform, you can see me but internally, in my heart, in my soul, I'm seated in heavenly places tonight because I am, I just really am trusting God and have entered the rest of God concerning everything that goes on here. So, my body's here but my heart is seated in heavenly places with Christ, trusting Him to do what only He can do.
Now, you can live that way. You can live seated in heavenly places. You can parent from a position of rest. You can be in difficult situations, do all the crisis demands and still be in the rest of God internally.
You know your real life is in you, it's not what's going on around you. Your real life is in you and you can have wonderful circumstances and no peace and be miserable. You can have lousy circumstances and have peace and have a wonderful life.
So, let's don't look so much to our circumstances as to our heart. If our heart's right with God, then everything else is gonna work. It's so wonderful to be in the rest of God.
Now, the next thing we can do once we learn to enter in the rest of God is we can stand strong in God and we can stand against the enemy and we learned about that this morning. And then we need to walk this thing out in our daily life. You know, going to church is great but it basically does zero good if you don't go home and walk it out.
Let me say it again, going to church is great but it does absolutely no good if we don't go home and walk it out. I am wasting my time here tonight if all you did was come to see what I look like in person.
You're here to learn, and I'm here to learn how we can glorify God better and we always need to listen, having already purposed that we're gonna do what we learn. To be a hearer of the word and not a doer means that we're deceiving our own selves.
The Bible says also that we can run our race, and I think a lot of people get the order all mixed up. I think a lot of people get saved and they're trying to run with God, do some great thing, they don't know how to be seated. They don't know how to stand. They're not even walking in what they're being taught but they're wanting to do some great thing. So, we need to get it right and we need to realize that these things take time.
Our relationship with God is walked out in a journey and I more and more I think because now I've been walking with God for a long, long time, I think a lot about my journey and it's amazing all the things that have happened over the years that I've been in a serious relationship with God.
I was saved a long time before that but I wasn't serious, and I like to talk about that because I think a lot of people just kind of go to church and go home, go to church and go home.
You say, "Are you a christian?" "Well, I go to church". Well, you know, that doesn't really mean anything if it's not affecting your life and you're not living it out in your everyday life. So, tonight we want to talk about the Bible says about walking. We walk in faith. We walk in love.