Sitting in the Chair

  • Introduction
    • Most are asking questions such as, “Am I where I’m supposed to be at this point in my life?”
    • The basis of the will of god is not a place of doing, but a place of being
        • Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV) – Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set you heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 
        • Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) – And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…
    • It is sitting in the chair that was prepared for you
    • The purpose of opening up the seat is for the company that comes with it (The Father)
  • Chairs Example
    • Two chairs before each other
      • His strongest desire, intention, etc. is that you and I are in the seat before Him
    • Have been seated… past tense – the seat is available in some fashion here and now
  • When I say “Take the seat”, I mean:
    • Being present to the very presence of God, giving our attention to His very being
      • In other words – What He says, is treasured.  What He does, means everything. Setting your heart and mind on things above
    • Taking ownership and making ourselves at home in the place that was prepared for us and become fully present to the company of The Father
    • To be seated with Him is a place that had to be purchased for us (The Place of Peace)
      • 1 Corinthians: 7:23 (NIV) – You were bought at a price…
        • Not as simple as just giving us the seat out of the goodness of His Heart
      • Hebrews 9:22 (NIV) – In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
        • Jesus’ action on the cross and His breakout from the grave made a way for us to take the seat that God prepared for us and the possibility for us to sit in it
  • Becoming present to the company before us – The Father
    • The Father had to make some very real decisions and arrangements to put us in that seat
      • This was to express His nature to us
        • No partiality, Father to the fatherless, fights for his own, defender of the cause of those not able to stand for themselves
    • The Father didn’t send His son to die on the cross to have another worker bee – He died on the cross to have a friend
      • John 15:15 (NIV) – I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends…
        • There is nothing more important to Him than you sitting in the seat he prepared for you
          • If you do nothing more in your life than sit in this seat – you did it. 
            • This is where purpose, plans, and prophecy come from
      • The Listener’s Chair – a place where the respect is so deep that you fight to listen, not to speak
        • Listening – Not simply to hear, but the posture of the heart to receive the authenticity of others
        • Sitting with the one of greatest character
        • Because of His character, the seat is the only place that you can feel the redemption for the worst things you have ever done.  We feel the conviction coming into it, but it is the only place that we can feel reconciled
          • Our past, present and future were settled by what Jesus had to do to put us into that chair
            • Reconciling our past, fulling appreciating / maximizing our present, and having insight into our future – all wrapped up in the chair
              • Do we think that He has not considered all of our future?
                • Ephesians 1:9 (NIV) – And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…
              • Story of Kristen and I’s beginning testimony
                • He pointed me back to faith in Himself
  • Wellspring of Life
    • John 7:37-39 (NIV) – Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
      • The results of sitting in the chair
  • Conclusion
    • I settled in my heart that being present with Him, taking my place in the seat that He prepared for me is being fully immersed in the will of God, and I had great peace from that.  From that place, He spoke to me, “Your strength is in your peace.” I saw that the things that I needed for whatever he prompted in were found in that place of being.
      • If we decide if we are in the will of God by looking at things like plans and purpose as a measure, we will be disappointed every time that things don’t look the way that we think that they should look
        • Joseph example
        • David and Goliath example

 

 

TALK IT OVER

1. What are some encouraging things that you have learned about God from moments of being intentionally present with Him.

2.  What types of things make it challenging to be present to God on a consistent basis?

3.  In what ways can we support each other to have a listening mindset to the things of our Heavenly Father?