REST IN YOUR RESIDENCY……Miles J. Stanford

There is no time like the present for you to begin resting in your
Father’s presence. He sees you there, in His beloved Son. It is
a simple, scriptural matter of your seeing yourself there “in full
assurance of faith.” You are there in glory before the Father, not
in the flesh, not in the body, but in spirit as a “new creation” in
Christ Jesus.

This is not the time to visualize, or even to verbalize; and
certainly not to fantasize. It is the time, by faith in the facts,
to actualize. It is the time to rest in your residency, to
personalize your position. The Father has seen you there
before His face ever since the day you were saved. In eternity
past He chose you for that position, “according as He hath
chosen us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world.”
(Eph. 1:4).

As you by faith in the positional facts realize that you are in
the Father’s presence, you will not try to depend upon any
sense of His presence. Adulthood supersedes childhood. Now
you know His presence because you know that your position
in the Christian life is a life of faith in the facts—-nothing else.
Thus the Father enables you to live by faith so as to draw you
into His presence—not you, by sense, seeking to draw Him
into yours.

Fellowship between you and your Father involves oneness,
a commonality. As you in faith occupy your position, you find
yourself not only in His presence, but in His life and nature –
the human-divine newness of life of your re-birth. You are
there in full acceptance of His beloved Son. And that is what you
are: beloved of God. “We are bound to give thanks always to
God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from
the beginning chosen you to salvation” (2 Thess. 2:13).

Your blessed responsibility and privilege for now is to quietly
sit where you have been seated by the Father –and that is in
His presence. You have no other place. This world is certainly
not your home. The Father “hath raised us up together, and
made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph.2:6).
You occupy and abide in your position by faith; you will begin
to experience the resultant fellowship as the Holy Spirit prepares
you (2 Cor. 3:18).

As you rest, abiding above in your Source, in “Christ, who is our life”
(Col.3:4), you will have a new appreciation of a sound doctrinal
foundation and superstructure. Without regeneration, of course,
you would not be where you are; without assurance and security,
you would not be sure of where you are; and without acceptance,
you would not be able to rest where you are.

Further, without knowledge of your identification with the Lord
Jesus in His death unto sin and life unto God, you would not even
know of your position before the Father, nor of your privilege to
abide there in His Son. And these same truths assure you that you
have been freed from the old man by death and made a new man
in the New Man, thereby being made “fit to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:12). The basis upon
which the Holy Spirit carries on the subjective work in you, is the
objective truth of your eternal completeness in the Lord Jesus
Christ: crucified, buried, risen, and ascended (Gal. 2:20; Rom.6:3-5;
Eph. 2:6; Col. 3: 3,4).

As J.B. Stoney states: “When I look at this place, He is not here;
and when I look at myself naturally I am not fit for Him. How
happy then to know that I belong to the place where He is;
and that through grace I have been made suited to Him in that
new position; so that I set my mind and affection there, as the
place where my deepest joys are realized.”

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