If We’re Sitting in Heavenly Places Why Doesn’t It Feel Like It? – Eliezer Gonzalez

Aug 22, 2016 56785

SwingI love the first two chapters of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. It’s such a wonderful reminder of our perfect acceptance by God, They tells us about how God sees us as, even while we often struggle on this earth. Chapter 2:4–7 says that,

…because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Too often, I don’t live as if this bedrock fact were true: I don’t feel as if I’m seated in heavenly places. Instead, I feel worthless, unloved, and unlovable. How can this be, if what God tells me about myself is true?

There are two natures at war within me: the carnal nature, and the spiritual nature (Rom. 7). I was born with my carnal nature, but God gave me a spiritual nature when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour.

One of the ways in which both of these natures within me reveal themselves is through my feelings. My new spiritual nature that comes from God causes me to have feelings of joy and peace and love. But my carnal nature brings me feelings of unworthiness and fear.

These two natures will be at war within me until the day that I draw my final breath this side of eternity. The question is: which feelings will I listen to? Which feelings will I accept as a reflection of my reality?

Some drugs can be dangerous, and can give us feelings that are entirely wrong, like thinking you can fly. But there’s nothing more dangerous than the drug of listening to the voice of your carnal nature.

We tend to consider our feelings to reflect the truth. Yet nowhere does Scripture tell us that our feelings are the truth; instead, we are told that God’s word is the truth (John 17:17). And God’s word tells me that I am treasured, and that I have been given eternal life, and that he has raised me up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

We must learn day by day to shut down the voice of our carnal nature that reminds us how unlovable we are. We must hold on to Christ’s promise, that to all those who trust in his everlasting love,

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).

The only feelings that we can trust are those that agree with what Christ has promised. That’s why that old verse is true,

Be my feelings what they will,

Jesus is my Saviour still.

Oh yes, if he’s is your Saviour too, then you are eternally cherished, you are untouchable, and you are seated in heavenly places with Christ!

We need to tune in more and more to the still, small voice that reminds us that Christ has valued us even above his own life. One day that still small voice will swell into a chorus of myriads of angels welcoming us home. – Eliezer Gonzalez

Dorothea Bharathi

May 31, 2021

Dear Eliezer GOnzalez, It's my pleasure to receive the first God sent mail to my inbox, thank you so much. I am happy for your enlightenment and encouragement for taking away the feeling in me of being unloved, well let me tell you about what I have learnt in the school a proverb "Virtues all agree but vices fight on one another." the theme it goes this way Biblicaly, with your neighbor, Typical virtues include courage, temperance, justice, prudence, fortitude, liberality, and truthfulness. Vices, by contrast, are negative character traits that we develop in response to the same emotions and urges. Typical vices include cowardice, insensibility, injustice, and vanity. All this matters just as you said about being carnal to be of sinful thoughts are contrast to vices and spirituality is being virtuous, being saved and be born again in spirit and truth to be saved to attain the kingdom of God for our eternal life which is obtained as a free gift bec of our faith that is GRACE unto salvation and live a sinless life. Exodus :34:6:Isaiah:11:1-3:Hosea:2:19-20 Micah :6:8: Luke :6:20-26:Romans:12:9-21: etc.,


Kasaija Blaise

Mar 27, 2021

Amen the man of God you really enlightened me with the truth, faith and courage towards God


Mubogi

Mar 24, 2021

Thank you man of God


ANN-MARIE STEWART

Mar 4, 2021

Thank you, Because in all honesty i didn't understand the carnal self and it is the reason why my thoughts are sometimes tainted with worthlessness and feelings of unloved. It even made me wonder if I am save. But glory to God for the reminder that ; "For by grace ye are saved through faith, not of myself but it is a gift from God"..


Udi donatus onoriode

Dec 21, 2020

God sent message like this is still needed in my life, family. God bless you sir


Emmanuel Lado

May 6, 2020

Thank you man if God for the words of wisdom and Courage.


Boniface Lapken Longwe

Feb 1, 2020

Amen man of God am so blessed man of God may God continue to give more reveration


Jackson

Jan 3, 2020

Wow,,,, it's so strong that what the message dorminate inside is deeper than even actual understanding....Alot of Godly hidden righteousness in it.Thank you


Janes mutuma

Nov 11, 2019

this is amazing I love it send more of it


Patricia Lungu

Oct 20, 2019

Amen and amen thanks. Am really encouraged by your encouraging words. May God continue using you so that i can continue being with my God and never go back or give up though am passing through a difficult situation in my life but i know that one day things are going to go back to normal


tawonga bangajena

Apr 19, 2019

Amen .May God bless you for the good job you are doing . I thank you .


Andrew j

Apr 1, 2019

I am greatful to have linked with this' site,as it has brought courage and inspiration to me in a way of me keeping loving my God, knowing very well that this will brings me a complete turn around in my life.


SHADRICK REGISTER

Jan 24, 2019

am really very grateful for the gospel may God bless you


Eliezer Gonzalez

Jan 3, 2019

Thank you Fallah. As we encourage you, you encourage us, and so the blessing continues. Grace and peace, Eliezer


Fallah Quirmolue

Jan 3, 2019

I am very much greatful for my encounter with this website, I believed that God is going to change my story,my condition and bring my destiny to reactive. I blessed God also for you who has been used by God to encourage someone like me,in Jesus mighty Name Amen.


Festus Dahn

Dec 15, 2018

Thanks for reminding of God's love toward men kind


Azuka

Nov 30, 2018

Am feeling blessed in Christ Jesus who strengthens me?. Amen God bless you for sharing such a nice message


Dinora Villate-Labin

Oct 12, 2018

Thank you for this word of confirmation. I have started to experience listening and paying closer attention to this small voice, as you called it. In which God let’s me know through his word how important I am to Him. And I leave all my burdens in His trusting hand. And I’m making it with all I can, to put this as a habit in my life. To listen more or as much to that voice that reminds me who I am for God. Blessings.


Banzeo Diahn

Oct 11, 2018

Thanks man of God for the words of God, what you are doing is not for nothing I believe God's Angels are on assignment and they are taking record of everything. I'm so blessed in this remote part of the world receiving such encouraging messages from you may God bless and guard you and family. Thanks pastor Banzeo Diahn, Sr. Christ Church international zwedru city Grand Gedeh county Liberia West Africa.


Joseph Nzioka

Oct 5, 2018

The message is priceless and invaluable. The truth is incorruptible. It is what has begotten us. On meditating upon it, we get so upbeat to live for the Lord God who never leaves nor forsakes us. We represent God's love. We are seated in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus. What a glorious thing. Thank you for your encouragement, Eliezer.


Prince Daniels

Oct 1, 2018

Thanks man of God you made my day!!!!


Michael sichone

Sep 28, 2018

Thank you man of God for the word..am really lifted ...thanks


Isaac Fynn

Sep 19, 2018

Thank u very much for these sweet words of God u have been sharing with us. May God bless you


Kabunga Jimmy

Sep 13, 2018

I want to say thank you to the Man of God for the wonderful work of preaching the word of God around the world may God bless you abundantly


Eliezer Gonzalez

Sep 9, 2018

You're welcome, in the name of Jesus!


Jason Onwuka

Sep 8, 2018

Hi Eliezer, Thank you for the words of God you have been sending across the world for winning souls. The word of God is true and the only answer we have is Jesus, as Jesus is the answer. To God be the all the glory for everything. Amen


Stuart

Aug 5, 2018

Thank you man of God for that food of our soul you have given to us so that it may help us to grow strong and firm in spirit in our personal relationship with our Lord Jesus christ. May God bless you.


James Paul paulinho

Aug 5, 2018

Thank you very much for sharing this with me. May God give you more grace to do this even more.


John Abeka

Aug 4, 2018

God really bless you sir for this insight and now I can know which voice to listen to.


Samuel Grace

Aug 2, 2018

This is really a blessing to me, God bless u and ur family Sir, more strength from above


Patient Muyembe

Jul 27, 2018

May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be praise and really thank God for having access to your emails and this wonderful encouraging words. May He bless you for the good job you are doing


Kabagambe Fred

Jul 26, 2018

God blesses you to encourege the people and I have conference on 5th september this year uganda I request you to come to teaching to this conference I no God he can do good work to the people God blesses you. Yours faithfu Bishop Kabagambe fred


Sundar Davies

Jun 10, 2018

May the Lord richly bless you according(1Corinthian15:58) for proclaiming His word in Jesus name.


Christian Sampson

May 20, 2018

Amen thanks for the reminder Grace and Peace.


Eliezer Gonzalez

Apr 22, 2018

Only through the grace and imputed righteousness of Jesus! – Eliezer


Tony chelangat

Apr 21, 2018

Am so much pleased to continue living righteously


Eliezer Gonzalez

Apr 12, 2018

I'm glad we can bless each other, Edward. Grace and peace – Eliezer


Edward Mumba

Apr 10, 2018

Amen, This is powerful!! I thank God for what He has done for us in His Son Jesus, and thank God for you too man of God you're a blessing to my life; I'm enjoying the word of God. Thank you?


Eliezer Gonzalez

Apr 9, 2018

May our Lord God bless you! Eliezer Gonzalez


daniel thiaine

Apr 9, 2018

whats a touching n a revelation message... God bless u much.


Eliezer Gonzalez

Apr 2, 2018

Amen, Terry! May God pour out his blessings on you! – Eliezer Gonzalez


Terry M. Quewon

Apr 2, 2018

I'm thanksfull to the Almighty God who is superior of my life. We are all redeemed by the blood of Jesus because He love us while we were yet sinners, Christ die for us. Through His holy blood we have been cleansed to live with Him in eternity.


Eliezer Gonzalez

Mar 28, 2018

I praise God that he has filled your heart with assurance. Yes, trust in the Lord. – Eliezer Gonzalez