Faithful to the Finish Line, Day 8: Seated in Power

In the midst of the tribulation, it’s easy to forget that our Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. On Day 8 of the Faithful to the Finish Line Leader Challenge, be comforted that He lives to intercede for you!

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Your Challenge

Fix your eyes on Jesus and the finish line by reading Hebrews 12:1–3 every day for ten days. 

Today’s Verse

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.—Hebrews 12:2

Today’s Devotion

Imagine what it must have been like when Jesus ascended to heaven as His beloved disciples said goodbye to Him. Imagine the celebration of the angels when Jesus was finally back in their midst. What awe and wonder there must have been when Christ sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, signifying that His work on earth was finished and death had been defeated! Did shouts of praise and songs of adoration fill the heavenly realms as He took His seat? That position of authority, power, and honor was purchased through our Savior’s excruciating death and glorious resurrection, and He will reign there forever.

In the midst of the storms of this earthy life, it is easy to forget that our Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. As waves of trials come, we can question if our God is in control or if He is even aware of our suffering. But, dear women, we are told in Romans 8:34 that “Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”

He intercedes for us at the right hand of God!

Not only that, but we are told in God’s Word that we are seated with Him in the “heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6).

Let those truths wash over you as you navigate the often-stormy seas of this earthly life.

  • If you are facing a health crisis right now, remember He intercedes for you.
  • If you are grieving the death of a loved one, remember He intercedes for you.
  • If you are praying for a prodigal child, remember He intercedes with you.
  • If it seems like Jesus is distant, remember you are seated with Him.
  • If it feels like the enemy is winning the day, remember that he is a defeated foe and we have full authority over him, because of our position in Christ.

May we and the women we serve join the great cloud of witnesses and turn our eyes upon Jesus, our risen King of kings, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, now and forevermore.

Prayer 

Lord Jesus, I worship You as the One who is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. I cry out from Revelation 5: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (v. 12). Jesus, You are worthy! You are seated! It is finished! Amen.

Reflect and Respond 

  • Are you in the midst of sorrow or storms right now that seem to be the result of God hiding His face from you? Cry out to Him through prayer, knowing that Jesus intercedes for you and is ever aware of what you are going through. 
  • Read Stephen’s story in Acts 7, paying close attention to exactly what Jesus is doing in Stephen’s darkest hour

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Judy Dunagan

Judy Dunagan

Judy Dunagan served as a women’s ministry leader for twenty years before joining Moody Publishers in 2014 as an acquiring editor for the women's line of books and discipleship resources. A wonder seeker who chases knowledge of God and His Word, Judy is passionate about discipling women and making God’s Word come alive in everyday life. Judy and her husband, Rick, love their empty-nest years in the Colorado mountains. Connect with Judy at JudyDunagan.com.

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