“This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every 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” (Eph. 1:20-21, NET, emphasis mine).
The night that Lily was airlifted to Lima, our dear friend Yazna was there at the hospital. She had a vision of angels surrounding Lily in the ICU as the staff prepared her for travel. With her spiritual eyes, Yazna saw other angelic beings in the hallway, and still others standing ready to guard the waiting ambulance. Her vision provided strong comfort to me. It was also a confirmation of another Scripture Holy Spirit had been repeatedly stirring in my heart:
I am convinced it was those angels that facilitated and provided safe travel to Lima. They made sure Lily’s breathing tube stayed in place going over all those potholes. I also am convinced that they made sure she didn’t die when her airways were closing up, that first night in the ER.
Reflecting on this, here is another truth Holy Spirit brought home to me through this harrowing experience: The spiritual realm is superior to the physical realm. Angels are exceedingly strong; strong enough to do a perfectly executed job of protecting us from harm. And God’s power is far, far greater than all the painful circumstances we face.
Think with me for a moment about the story in Isaiah 37. We read there about the angel of the Lord putting to death 185,000 men who were threatening the wellbeing of His children. Just one angel. There is no story, anywhere, where a man, or even a big group of them, could slay an angel. But just one angel could take out an entire army of men. The angels have superior power – exceedingly superior. And God sends these powerful agents to take care of us! “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14, NIV).
Not only that, but He also has proclaimed to us that His exceedingly superior power is “for us who believe” (Eph. 1:21). He long to exercise His power on our behalf. He also wants to pour His power through us for the manifestation of His superior Kingdom here on the earth. Every time He does so, change happens. Inferior circumstances line up with His Word.
Here’s an example: Not long ago, a precious sister I have discipled for years had her retina come detached. She was in need of emergency surgery. Deep, deep compassion, combined with a fiery passion from Holy Spirit, rose up inside me as I prayed over her. The superior Kingdom of Heaven manifested in those moments and physically repaired her eye. Surgery was no longer necessary. Her circumstance, as dire as it was (she was in imminent danger of blindness), was no match for the superior Kingdom realm.
The heavenly realm is manifestly superior to the physical realm. How essential it was for me to understand this truth, as I proclaimed the Word of God over Lily in the ICU! Every day, I sang, spoke, and prayed His promises over her as she lay unmoving on that bed. How vital was it for me to understand that His victorious, effective power was flowing as I did so — especially when I couldn’t see any results with my physical eyes!
Her pediatrician told me afterwards that he had been profoundly impacted by how immovable he perceived my faith to be during those long weeks. I do not report any of this because I am anything special. I want to point to my Jesus, and how Faithful and True He is! How absolutely worthy of our deep trust! How great his immense power is, available to us! If I trust Him so deeply, it’s because He has proved Himself to me trustworthy in ways not even possible to describe.
My friend, we are receiving an unshakable Kingdom. The Kingdom into which He has brought us has the answers that the broken souls around us so desperately need. Tangible answers. Real answers. Superior answers.
As we think about this Kingdom, where is King Jesus seated? Where is His throne? Ephesians tells us that it is “far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named” (Eph. 1:21). “Far above” does not just refer to a measure of physical distance. It denotes superiority in every way. God’s power is exceedingly, abundantly greater than your circumstance.
Now, dear one, where are you? You are seated with Him in those same heavenly places, in that same “far above” position (Eph. 2:6). For those of us who believe, He has made His superior power entirely available.
Right now, in your office, room, car, or wherever you are, you are in the heavenly realm. You are far above whatever difficult situation you are facing today. You are in the superior position. And His power is for you. With all my heart, I encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to let it flow through you more and more… into the hurting world around you.
“For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power” (1 Cor. 4:20, NET).
In what miraculous ways have you witnessed God’s power at work in your world?