His Inheritance and the Hurricane of Life
In earlier writings I spoke of our inheritance in Christ and listed on my website some of the Scripture that speaks to this wonderful truth (www.intothemistbook.com/blog.) These are wonderful truths and when proclaimed and spoken in a symphony of praise to Jesus, they have the power to bring our mind, will and emotions into the very center of the triune Godhead where we will find rest for our souls. I can say this with absolute assurance as many times in my life I have found myself in the outer-bands of the hurricane, swirling in life’s complicated circumstances, helpless and battered by the torn lives of others who are facing despair in their own lives.
The Eye of the Hurricane–Perfect Calm
I was watching a weather show where hurricane hunters fly a plane straight through the hurricane through the most intensely fierce “eye-wall” and into the eye, where there was absolute calm. It is stunning in that eye; you can see the entire hurricane swirling around, but held back by some invisible force. There is blue sky above and a dark wall of destruction all around but now the pilots are traveling in absolute calm. The pilots all fail in language to describe it. Many of us have believed that the power of the hurricane is in the outer bands—that is where all the noise and fierce winds and destruction blow. But in reality, all of the power of the hurricane is in the eye. Likewise, swirling around in that cacophony of life’s battering winds, we can only see the debris and destruction that the fierce winds are kicking up and we flail about wondering why God is not helping us.
The Eye of Our Hurricane–Jesus Christ
The power of our personal hurricane is in the eye—the very center of the Triune God. Our power and peace begins the very moment we, in the midst of the outer bands of the hurricane, begin speaking “But, thanks be to God…” Suddenly, as we speak all of the wondrous truths about who God is, we are in the middle of that eye, looking into the calm, undisturbed composure of the face of Jesus. And we can say, “Why, Jesus is not disturbed by the outer bands, and here with Him, I need not be disturbed.” Thanks be to God who …
And this is why I put together that very powerful list of Scriptures of thanksgiving and praise to God and why, when Jesus gave me those scriptures—in the middle of one of the worst hurricanes of my life instructing me to just speak them out loud—I found myself in the Eye, in perfect peace and rest. The events continued to swirl about, but my spirit was in perfect peace. Jesus is the Eye of the hurricane—He is the place of “shalom shalom”—perfect peace—and he says that in Him, we are more than conquerors. We may not believe that; we may not be feeling it in our emotions just now, nevertheless, it is truth. In that place of His perfect peace, we can face anything that life throws at us. I have tried it both ways; I have tried to face the hard things in life with my own fleshly strength and found myself tossed and turned in chaos and confusion. And I have put to the test the truth of His word that Christ is in me, that I can of myself do nothing, that He is always leading me in triumph, that I have everything I need for life and godliness, and on and on—the list is really endless when you try to put it all together. He has never failed me in that test.
Our Inheritance in Christ
I wrote earlier in this series that we tend to focus on our inheritance—all the things we “inherit” now that we are in Christ and He is in us, and these things are true and amazing and powerful and “living and active,” and until we really believe who we are in Christ and who He is in us, we will walk crippled through life’s storms tossed around by every wind. However, on the flip side of this truth is a truth even more amazing and more powerful and that is the truth found in Ephesians 1. Ephesians 1 is a holy of holies to me. It is a long list of what I inherited when I invited Jesus Christ to live His perfect life in me.
Beginning in verse 17, is a prayer—that once we realize who we are in Christ, Paul prays that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to me, Kathy, the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of my understanding will be enlightened, that I may know what is the hope of His calling and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which is the same power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places at the right hand of God.
You can barely read this without falling face down—“Shachah”—which is what “worship” means. The highest form of worship is believing God, when there is no reason left to believe.
These passages speak of Christ’s inheritance. What did He inherit? He inherited us! We are His inheritance.
In the Old Covenant there are numerous stores told of wars in Israel with her enemies. In these stories there is a common thread where the leaders seek God to determine if this war was one in which He would send them, or whether they should refrain from the war. When He indicated to them to “go up, for the Lord your God is with you,” they fought and won and they were instructed to take the plunder—the spoils—of war from the enemy. And in ancient times, the victorious armies would take all of the “spoils” of the battle, including the possessions and the defeated enemy, and they would parade them through the streets of their own kingdom in a victory parade, showing them as defeated and plundered enemies.
These things were written for our instruction. Spiritually speaking, there has been a long and fierce war in the heavenly realms and God’s enemy, Satan, has desired to plunder God’s kingdom and take spoils, which are God’s people.
However, at the appointed time, Jesus Christ came in the flesh, putting on the flesh of humans, living among us, modeling for us that He of Himself could do nothing except what the Father told Him, and as He faced the same battles we face, in the power of the Father living through Him, He defeated the battles that the enemy launched against Him. The final battle, the Cross, where Jesus, in the flesh, would not merely be crucified, but would actually become the sin of the entire world’s history, past, present and future, and put it to death, covering it in His blood. He then He descended down into Hades and proclaimed His victory over all the powers of darkness, and He took the captives from there and rose from that place of death taking “captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8).
Colossians 2:15 says that He “disarmed principalities and powers, making a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (the cross).
He won the war. He disarmed the enemy. He paraded the enemy as a public spectacle and triumphed over him.
And we are His plunder!
We are His trophies!
We are His inheritance!
We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! Why do we live as though we are the defeated ones? Why? Because we do not believe what He has written about us. We live in the outer bands of the hurricane when everything we need to live the life is in the eye of the Hurricane—Jesus Christ—who always leads us in victory (2 Corinthians 2:14).
“…to the praise of His glory…” (Ephesians 1:6, 12).