Hello everyone. My name is Matthew Bell. I’m a Christian entrepreneur, author and speaker, and I’m also part of the GOD TV Digital Media team. I want to welcome you to God Today. Today I want to share with you a powerful message that I pray will bless your life, family, and maybe your businesses and careers.
I want to start by sharing two Bible verses with you. First is from Ephesians chapter two, verse six, where the Bible says, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with hHm in the Heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” And later in the same chapter in Ephesians 2:19 scripture says “Now, therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
As a result of Jesus’s work on the cross and our acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we’re no longer slaves to sin. We have been adopted by God, the Father as heirs to Heaven and we are now seated in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus, as members of the household of God. It is important to understand what it truly means to be a member of God’s household. The dictionary defines a household as “those who dwell under the same roof and compose a family.” God is now our Father and we live with Him as a family in the heavenly realm.
Now allow me to offer an analogy. When I was a senior in high school, I lived with my parents as most teenagers do. I would wake up for school, take a shower and get dressed and run downstairs for breakfast. I’d often grab juice from the refrigerator, cereal from the pantry, and if it was a special day, my mom might be making bacon and eggs. As a growing teenager, I’d pretty much eat everything in sight. I then hop into my car and I drive to school, but…and this is, this may also come as no surprise…I didn’t pay for anything. My mom kept the kitchen fully stocked with food and she paid for all the bathroom products that allowed me to take my morning shower. The clothes I put on were also paid for by my parents and the car I drove was a gift when I got my license, I had access to all these great things simply by being a member of my father and mother’s household. I had full access to the resources of the household.
Now, when I grew up, we lived in a modest middle-class neighborhood and while we enjoyed great comfort, we weren’t super rich, not by any stretch. While I had access to the resources at my parents’ household, my access was limited to what was available in the household. We didn’t have fancy cars, designer clothes…let me be clear about all that. But this is where our relationship to God, as members of His household differs greatly from our experiences with our earthly families.
God’s household is without limitation. All that is good and wonderful and everything you can dream up or desire exists in the heavenly realm. Just like I could have walked into my parents’ kitchen, open the refrigerator and pour myself a glass of juice, we can do the same as members of God’s household. We simply need to reframe our thinking about what it is that we actually have access to and position ourselves to seek it.
Accessing the things of Heaven is something we can freely do as sons and daughters of God and members of the household of God. God is not a far off thing. And Heaven is not just a future reality. It’s very important to grab hold of that. I want to share with you a quote from Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. He says, “The belief that Heaven is entirely a future reality has reduced far too many of God’s declarations in scripture about the believers identity and calling to positional truths that are acknowledged, but never experienced.”
Let me be clear friends, Heaven is not a future reality. Heaven is now reality. We have access to all of Heaven today. We simply need to reach for it. When we do, we can see Heaven manifest here on earth in all aspects of our lives…including our businesses, our families, our careers, you name it! I want to pray for you today. I want you to grab hold of this so that you can take Heaven into your atmosphere with you today.
Father God, show them what it truly means to be a member of your household. Show them what it means to have access to all of Heaven. I asked that You would make Heaven real in their lives today and give them the faith to reach for the things unseen and usher in breakthrough and heavenly resources into their lives today. I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Have a blessed and wonderful day and tune into God Today tomorrow.