Do you ever wish you had a very rich parent you knew was planning to leave you a lot of money? Or, better yet, one that was already sharing that future inheritance with you today? Wouldn’t it be great to know that all that you ever needed could be made available to you today?
As God’s children, that is the truth about us right now! Of course, everyone is not God’s child; everyone is one of His creatures, but not all are children. That only comes by our choice to receive what He has for us, beginning with a vital, loving familial relationship to Him!
In a recent blog, I spoke about having that living relationship with God and how I happened to come into that sweet union. (8/9/2012) Last Saturday, I wrote about the implications of that relationship and how it brings us into line for an inheritance from God as our Father. I encouraged you to read Romans 8 for yourself.
In that chapter, Paul shares with us his own testimony and instructs us that when we are born again by the Spirit of God, we become “sons of God” (v.14) and the Spirit we receive is also “the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out ‘Abba, Father’ (v. 15). It is by this process that the Spirit bears witness to us that we are the children of God. This is how every Christian comes into a vital relationship with the Living God!
In verse 17, he goes on to explain how becoming His child also makes us an heir “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ..”. Many Christians today do not even think about this inheritance, let alone get in line to receive it. As I stated last week, being joint heirs with Jesus means all His Father has for Him is for us too. But what does that really mean? And, are we claiming it for ourselves and our children? Claiming what?
What we are to be claiming is every unclaimed promise of God to His people, starting with the Israelites. For most of them, they were never fulfilled because of their disobedience to God’s instruction. That did not make them void! They are still valid for us as “those who are of faith and are blessed with faithful Abraham.” (Galatians 3:9)
You see, if we are Christ’s then we are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise and that puts us in line to inherit those same promises which the Israelites never got to enjoy. If you don’t believe me, study it out for yourself. We have a wonderful inheritance laid up for us beginning with promises God gave to Adam and Abraham in Genesis and concluding with the book of Revelation. It may sound overwhelming, but it is really very simple since He keeps promising the same thing over and over – life and life more abundant!
I know that I can claim these promises for myself and some for my family. One thing I believe is that it is not God’s will for my children to be in captivity like He told Jeremiah. It is His will for us to be free and more than conquerors. Is that the case with you and yours? If not, you will want to study more on this with me in the coming days. Begin by reading Jeremiah or in Genesis or even in Revelation, but begin reading about your inheritance so you can begin claiming it too.
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Meanwhile, I pray that the Son, your joint heir, is shining brightly in your world and driving out any and all shadows that dim your joy! If You are a child of the Living God then He has good plans for you and yours and He has already died to make that so!