Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our EARLY inheritance

Wouldn't you love to receive an early inheritance, especially if you are young and have a small family?  Why wait when you could use it now? Talk about kindness and generosity. That is exactly what Jesus did for His bride, the church.

When Christ died and rose again, He bequeathed to His new bride, here on earth, His healing, His faith, His hope, His love, His peace , His forgiveness and everything He was on earth as the Son of God. Romans 8:16 says, " The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with him." (ESV) His death and resurrection released the first installment of His inheritance. We don't have to first physically die to appreciate and appropriate His inheritance.  We can start by enjoying it here on earth and receive the fullness later.


The following verses are only a few of the many blessings we have already inherited in Christ. The full inheritance awaits us, but until then, the Lord has released to His Bride an amazing EARLY inheritance for us to receive by faith. As you mediate on these verses you will be blessed.

WE HAVE INHERITED..............


1.  All things that pertain unto life and godliness--2Peter 1:3

2  The divine nature of Christ--2 Peter 1:4

3. Power and anointing in the Holy Spirit--Acts 1:8, 1John 2:27

4.  Forgiveness of sins and freedom from guilt--1John 1:9 &
     Romans 8:1

5.  Divine health and healing--Matthew 8:17

6.  Prosperity in all things including our soul--3John 1:2

7.  Love, joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit
     Romans 14:17
 
8.  Victory and freedom from the bondage of sin--Romans 8:11

9.   More than conquerors in all things--Romans 8:37

10.  An Abundance of grace for every good work
       2 Corinthians 9:8

11.   Freedom from poverty --assurance that our needs will be met.  
        Matthew 6:36

12.   An understanding of the mystery of God's will--Ephesians 1:9

13.   Divine guidance--Romans   8:14

14.   Security--Psalm 91

15.   Co-laborers with God--1 Corinthians 3:9

16.   Seated in heavenly places with Christ--Ephesians 2:6

           and  much, much more.

In this life we already have received an inheritance far beyond anything that we deserve.  To receive and experience all this inheritance here on earth will take more than a life time.  Enjoy the journey.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ANOTHER LOOK AT LENT

It's Lent!  Forty days before Easter. It is time to give up something. Let me see. I am a little overweight--chocolate , cheese or ice cream for a start?  How about TV?  Oh no, forget that! March Madness is starting--college basketball games. Wait a minute.  

What am I thinking. Even if I give up sweets or TV, I know myself only too well. Just as soon as Lent is over, I will be right back into the sugar bowl and watching theTV.  I don't think I really understand Lent.

From a religious point of view, I think it is a time for man to give up something in honor of the Lord's great sacrifice.

 The more I thought about it and what I wanted to give up, I was more aware of my old man of sin, the flesh.  It doesn't like to give up anything.

But isn't that the point. It is a sacrifice for only forty days.  I could at least do that. It sounded good. 

 I began to ask the Lord what He might like me to give up for Lent. To my surprise, Roman 12:1 and 2 came to mind."I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." 

He, then, spoke to my heart, "My daughter, the only thing I desire is for you to give me your whole heart every day ."

Then an acrostic for Lent came to mind. 
                    
                 Live Eternally Now Today (Lent)

Now is the day of salvation.  He has put eternity in our hearts. Every day is to be a blessing unto the Lord.