Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"It Is Mine"

"And if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if so it be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together."  Romans 8:17

The Bible says that when we are born-again, we become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ Jesus.  The dictionary defines heir as:  a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death.  Through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we became heirs of God.  This means that all that belongs to the Heavenly Father belongs to us.  It means that whatever belongs to the Son/Jesus we share with Him.

We became heirs of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  So now everything that He has is mine as well.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  The earth is His and the fullness thereof.  That means whatever I need I already have because the Father has it and I am an heir to all that He has.  It is mine!
 
We are living so far below the privileges, rights and provisions we have as God's heirs.  We live like beggars, paupers, defeated, despondent, fearful, intimidated, weak, downcast, barely getting by, sick, afflicted and overwhelmed people.  

It is time we stop living lives of lack-- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically-- when we are heirs to the riches of His glory.  We need to start believing, receiving and possessing our inheritance.  

If I need peace, I am an heir to the peace of God that passes understanding-- IT IS MINE.  If I need victory, I am an heir to the victory that overcomes the world through Jesus-- IT IS MINE.  If I need healing, I am an heir to health and healing because of the stripes on Jesus' back-- IT IS MINE.  If I need strength, I am an heir to His perfect strength-- IT IS MINEIf I need wisdom, I am an heir to the wisdom that He gives liberally-- IT IS MINE.  If I have a financial need, I am an heir to all the gold in the hills that He possesses-- IT IS MINE.  If I need understanding, I am an heir to the enlightenment and revelation that He has-- IT IS MINE.  If I need joy, I am an heir to His joy that is unspeakable and full of glory-- IT IS MINE. 

Whatever I need, it is mine because I am an heir.  Whatever He has, it is mine because I am an heir.  It is time we start living like His heirs and receiving all that we need to live the abundant life that He has given us so that we can glorify Him in return.

Have a great day.  All that the Father and the Son have are mine because I am an heir-- it is my inheritance. 



Monday, April 24, 2017

"The Same Answer For All"

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."  Luke 4:18,19

The world is filled with lots of lost people, bound people, discouraged, depressed, sick, weak, fearful, anxious, worried, hurting, lonely, unloved and hopeless people.  But for all these people who are in all these different situations there is one answer.  It applies to all.  That answer is Jesus.

Jesus seeks and saves those who are lost.  He is the way and makes a way for those who can't find their way.  He sets captives free and opens prison doors to those who are bound.  He binds up the broken hearted.  He strengthens the weak.  He lifts up the hands that hang down and are ready to quit and give up.  He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities.  He is a present help in time of trouble.  He is the solid rock upon which we can stand.  He is hope for the hopeless.  He is the peace giver, whose peace is sufficient.  He comforts those who mourn and gives them the oil of joy.  He takes the part of those who fear Him and fights on their behalf.  He gives beauty for ashes.  He exchanges heaviness for praise.  He gives liberty to those who are bruised.  He heals the sick.  He draws near to the beaten and down cast.  He gives mercy and grace to those who have none.  He is with those who are lonely and will never leave nor forsake them.  He is love and lavishes it freely on all who will receive it.   

He is all-sufficient and more than enough for whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you are going through and exactly when you need it.  He is the answer for us all.

Have a great day.  There is one answer for everyone regardless of their situation-- His name is Jesus.       

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Water Walker"

"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."  Matthew 14:28,29

You will never walk on water unless you step out of the boat.  The Lord immediately bid Peter to come to Him on the water when Peter requested to do so.  What awaited Peter when he made that step?  Peter's faith was brought to a new level.  He enjoyed the thrill of doing the impossible.  He joined Jesus in this adventure.  He gained a knowledge of Jesus-- His power and His saving grace-- which he had not known.

The Lord wants to take us into new places, new experiences and new revelations.  He wants us to join Him in the plan and purpose He has for each one of us.  But it will not happen if we continue to stay in the boat. 

Many should be "walking on water" with the Lord but aren't because they don't want to leave the "comfort" of the boat.  They are afraid to step out.  The are looking at the "impossibility" of the situation.  They can't see past the natural.  They are stuck in the opinions of others.  They are clinging to what is safe and secure, refusing to let go.  They want to continue to hold on to the familiar.  They aren't trusting enough of the Lord that He will preserve them, help them, enable them and be with them.  As a result, they are missing out on something in their life that will never happen sitting in the boat. 

Is the Lord calling you to a higher place in Him?  Is He calling you to go where you have never been before?  Is He leading you into a new venture?  Is He wanting to relocate you from the boat to the water?  Are you going to let Him?  Are you going to answer His bid to come?  Are you going to trust Him and step out?

Have a great day.  You will never walk on water unless you step out of the boat. 
     

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"What Is In There?"

"Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me."  John 14:30

When trials come, when temptation comes, when people say bad things about us, and so on, it will show us what is inside of us.  It will show us where our hearts are.  We like to think that we are "perfect", but during these times we will see that our hearts may not be as "pure" as we thought they were. 

Confrontation, problems, trials, and difficulties bring out what is inside our hearts so that we can see what is there.  Without them we won't know.  We will think that all is well.  We may think that we are doing all right, while all the while there may be some pride issue, some rebellion, some unforgiveness, some anger, some bitterness, etc. that is hiding in our hearts. 

The Bible tells us that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked and that we don't know them-- even though we think we do.  We don't know the depth of flesh, carnality and wickedness that may be lurking in them.  Before you say that a Christian can't have wicked thoughts inside their hearts, let me say this-- at salvation our spirit is born-again; our soul, our heart, our mind has to be renewed and transformed.  If there wasn't a chance of wicked thoughts being there, why are we told to "cast them down" and not entertain them? 

This is why we must pray that the Lord will create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit in us.  We should pray it daily, but at the same time we should be on the look out for what comes "out of us" when we are facing something that we don't like to deal with.  When Jesus was tried, tempted, mocked, confronted by evil men, His heart was pure, the devil could find nothing in Him to use against Him, to accuse Him of, to fault Him with, to gain an avenue and access into His life.  The same should be said of us.   

Have a great day.  Going through trials and problems will show us if there is anything in us that does not need to be in our hearts. 

Scripture references:
Romans 12:2
Jeremiah 17:9
2 Corinthians 10:5
Psalm 51:10
Matthew 15:11-19

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Prisoner"

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles."  Ephesians 3:1

There are many Christian songs and hymns that talk about surrendering to the Lord.  Have you surrendered to Him?  Have you surrendered everything to Him?  Are you holding on to something that you need to surrender? 

The Bible calls those of us who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and follow Him as Lord:  Christians, believers, disciples, servants, children, heirs and prisoners.  We are called prisoners of Christ.  A prisoner is someone who surrenders and submits to the authority of another.  When we think about prisoners, we usually think about people who have committed crimes and are receiving punishment.  As a prisoner of Jesus Christ, that is not the case.  We are prisoners by choice.  We are prisoners of love.  We have freely given ourselves to Him. 

When a person enters a prison, they have to surrender their belongings.  They also surrender their wants, desires, wishes and will.  They become the "property" of someone else.  It is the same for us.  We become His "property"-- surrendered to His will and desire for us.  "For you were bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20"

When we think of prisoners, it conjures up a negative view.  But being a "prisoner of Jesus" is any thing but negative.  As I said earlier we are prisoners of love.  That being the case, He takes full responsibility for us.  That also being the case, means that we can easily surrender all to Him because He will take care of and replace the "all" that we truly need.  That being the case once again, we can surrender all our trust to Him as well. 

Have a great day.  Are you a love prisoner of Jesus?  If so, have you surrendered all to Him?