Posted by: judyhitson | August 4, 2020

Joint Heirs with Christ

Joint Heirs with Christ
by Judy Hitson

Romans 8:17 NKJV and if children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

The impact of this word hit me to the core reading this verse in the Passion Translation, And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own.

Does that blow your mind as it does mine to realize as children of God we are joint heirs with Christ and will inherit all that he is and all that he has?

Think about this a moment.

Now be impacted with the condition we read to that promise. We read in the New King James  Version, “if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. In the Passion translation we read, “provided that we accept his sufferings as our own.”   

Do you identify with the suffering of Christ?

There were some dramatic changes in my life after I received the Holy Spirit. These changes affected relationships and financial income. Within the first year, I quit work as a nurse to be a stay at home Mom. I left the denomination my parents raised me in from birth to join a new denomination. It was painful and difficult in many ways. Yet choosing Christ and His ways for my life, I will never regret.

When we identify with the cross of Christ, life changes for us. Our priorities change as we learn God’s word and His ways.

In the hymn, “Jesus Paid it All,” the line, “Find in Me thine all in all,” speaks volumes for our lives in Christ. In Col. 3:11 we read the phrase, “Christ is all.”

Are you finding in Christ, your all in all?

Are you finding in your life, Christ is all?

To think of being joint heirs with Christ is amazing and wonderful but realizing the cost Christ paid, we must count the cost to follow Him. My experiences are minimal compare to those who suffer far greater persecutions. Some experience death for the sake of Christ.

Prayer: Father in heaven thank You that we are Your children. Help us fully follow Christ by Your Spirit. Help us accept His sufferings as our own and enjoy the promise of being joint heirs with Him. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | July 22, 2020

Meditate on Our Lovely Inheritance

Meditate on Our Lovely Inheritance
by Brenda D. Flowers

whatever things are lovely….
meditate on these things. (from Phil. 4:8, NKJV)

I am touched by how God speaks to me through His written Word…

Meditate on lovely things.

It is July 2020, a year of unprecedented challenges due to a continuing spread of COVID-19 and a growing civil unrest. As we face these times, many Christians are crying out for God’s intervention, His will and His guidance. For these things, I am petitioning Him daily in prayer.

When I start to be anxious about current circumstances and specific family circumstances, I am reminded:  “Be anxious for nothing, …” (Phil. 4:6a, NKJV)

God knew what circumstances we would be facing this year individually and corporately in our homes, neighborhoods and nations. It’s interesting that God led us to write on the topic of our inheritance in Christ this year for Christian Writers Circle.

God has prepared a lovely inheritance for us indeed!

Once we are born again into God’s Kingdom, we are placed in a position to experience the amazing promises announced in His Word, including aspects of our great inheritance.

Jesus, in obedience to His heavenly Father, taught His disciples and us to pray….“Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray these words, let’s do so in faith without wavering. It is possible to experience God’s Kingdom on earth even now, in the midst of this pandemic.

When we meditate on our inheritance in Christ, we have victory over fear and anxiety. We can experience great peace even when facing unpleasant circumstances beyond our control. We do so by keeping our eyes focused on Jesus.

Our inheritance in God’s Kingdom is lovely. Jesus is our portion and the way prepared by our loving heavenly Father.

Let’s focus on these truths today.

Prayers of David to pray as we meditate on what is lovely:

O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. (Psalm 16: 5-6, NKJV)

I cried out to You, O LORD:  I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. … (Psalm 142: 5, NKJV)

In the comment section below, please share aspects of our lovely inheritance you have experienced recently. Let’s encourage each other.

Posted by: judyhitson | July 9, 2020

Nations as your Inheritance

Nations as your Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 2:8 NLT Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.

Have you asked the LORD for the nations as your inheritance?

People represent nations. Nations are not only about locations on a map. It is about people groups who live in locations and need to know the Savior of the world. Some people are called to reach unreached people groups. The great commission calls us to go into all the world and make disciples of men. (Matt.28:19-20)

Do you know God’s calling in your life?

For me, it is to raise up as a mother in our nation. I remember the day Judges 5:7 seemed to leap off the page in my daily Bible reading about Deborah raising up a mother in Israel. I asked, ”Lord, how do You want me to raise up as a mother?” That day I received a phone call from a young mother. She asked if I would consider caring for her one year old son when she returned to work part time.

Like puzzle pieces being fit in place for a whole picture, I see God spoke to me through His word and circumstances to know His will and His calling for my life. One way is to raise up as a mother and fulfill the great commission sharing Jesus one person at a time, seeing each person as representing a nation.

Recently reading  Jeremiah Chapter 1, my heart was struck through the whole chapter, especially verse 10, “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

As the LORD spoke to Jeremiah and appointed him to a work over the nations, He speaks to us and appoints us to a work. He will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go; He will guide us by His eye, Psalm 32:8.

The words in Psalm 2 and Jeremiah 1 seem to be words for us today as we see nations in an uproar. We need to know our part with the Lord in our nation and nations of the world.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, with revelation and understanding for us as children of God to ask for the nations as our inheritance. Help us live in the light of it to give glory to our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 15, 2020

Inheritance as a Promise

Inheritance as a Promise
by Judy Hitson

Ephesians 1:14 NLT The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Remember learning as a child, “A promise is a promise is a promise?” Though we have all been disappointed when someone breaks their promise to us, we can be sure God keeps His promises.

Today, capture God’s promise of His Holy Spirit who gives life(John 6:63; 2Cor.3:6) and His promise of inheritance for us as the people of God.

Did you catch in our key verse that God’s Spirit is the guarantee of His promise of inheritance?

Draw close to Jesus in Spirit and truth. Be embraced in His love for you and discover or dig deeper into this promise. We have so much to look forward to in the future but so much to treasure in the promises of God for today.

As Christians we sing “Standing on the Promises” (of God) and are amazed when they become a reality.

Since I received the Holy Spirit, I continue to be amazed by His power, love and sound mind (2 Tim.1:7). It is Christ in me the hope of glory (Col.1:27). From the smallest incident to a major incident in daily living, the life of the Holy Spirit cannot be overestimated.

For example, when one of our sons was a young child, he got sand in his eye at the sandbox. I asked, Lord, we are not close to house, what should I do? The thought of Jesus in Scripture using spit and his hand to heal a blind man came to mind. I swiped my son’s eye with some of his spit and he was immediately relieved. It may seem small and silly or you may believe the Spirit of God led me to help my son in that way.

Another example I’d call a major incident was listening to the Holy Spirit rather than the wisdom of man. A surgeon told my husband that it was a no brainer, he needed radical major surgery for the diagnosis of a rare form of recto-colon cancer. You can imagine the shock of that news! As we sought the Lord in prayer and had many others praying, we agreed on an alternate route through natural medicine. We visited a Christian doctor who years prior was sent home to die with a brain tumor. The Lord healed him. The Lord also healed my husband. That was fourteen years ago at this writing. Praise the Lord.

Prayer: Father in heaven when we believed in Christ, You called us Your own, giving us the promise of Your Holy Spirit (Eph.1:13). Thank You for this guarantee and promise of Your inheritance as Your people. Help us give You praise and glorify You in Jesus name.

Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 2, 2020

Inheritance of God’s Grace

Inheritance of God’s Grace
by Brenda D. Flowers

 “If you (really ) love Me, you will keep and obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever —the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive (and take to its heart) because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans (comfortless, bereaved, and helpless); I will come (back) to you.” (Jesus’s words as recorded in John 14: 15-18, Amplified version)

 I am writing this post on Pentecost Sunday, meditating on how gracious God is. It is truly amazing how much Sovereign God loves us!

Do we fathom the depths of God’s Grace gift to us?

Jesus came to earth full of grace on a loving mission. He was obedient to His Father’s directions.

Jesus’s purpose for becoming a man was intentional.

Gracious God created a plan so that all mankind could be reconciled to Him. God has always desired an intimate relationship with us. He wants to commune with us daily and He wants to bless us with fruitful lives.

When Jesus came to earth, He gave credit for all He did to His Father. His words reflected the gracious character of God. Do we see how Jesus told His disciples that when He left them they would not be left alone?

As Christians, we can trust that God’s gracious character was deposited in us. He poured out His Spirit on us so we may complete the mission He has for each of us.

So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober (in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert), fix your hope completely on the grace (of God) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1: 13, Amplified)

Through God’s love gift, we are given a guarantee of a grace filled everlasting life. Yet, like Jesus, God also wants us to be grace givers.

Church, God gave us His Word of Grace for great purpose. We are to proclaim His truths.

Prayer:  Lord, I know you are loving and full of grace. That is who you are. I see the beautiful inheritance you have given me. May I truly live my life in a way that shows who You are in me. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen

 

Posted by: judyhitson | May 25, 2020

Land of Our Inheritance

Land of Our Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 135:12 NLT He gave their land as an inheritance a special possession to his people.

First, let’s look at that which is eternal, not temporal, that which is spiritual, not of this physical world.

How do we do that when we are talking about land?

Consider with me, Joshua 13:1 NLT When Joshua was an old man, the LORD said to him, “You are growing old and much land remains to be conquered.”

When I read those words in my daily Bible reading, the Lord spoke to me that there is much land that remains to be conquered in the Spirit.

There was a sense of relief, like a burden lifted and revelation. My generation passes the baton to the next generation to conquer the land not yet conquered.

You may be growing old like me and see much land remains to be conquered, or you may be part of a younger generation carrying a new mantle on your journey of faith. In either case, we are one in the Lord called to occupy until He comes.

Our inheritance of land involves getting rid of enemies. Let’s ask ourselves:

What enemies are lurking in the land of my inheritance?

In my life, I  need to conquer my temperament and food idolatry. Hebrews 12: 1 talks about the sin that so easily trips us up, that ensnares us.

The Lord has revelation and  understanding for us through the Old and New Testament. They are not simply historical stories but for us to learn promised land living in the Spirit today.

Deut. 7:1-2 NLV “The Lord your God will bring you into the land you are taking for your own. He will drive away many nations in front of you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations bigger and stronger than you.
2 When the Lord your God gives them to you and you win the battles against them, you must destroy all of them. Make no agreement with them and show no favor to them.

I discovered with Google search the 7…”ites – Teaching by Pastor Max Holland, New Life Baptist Church.” His words on the Hivites struck me, “their vision was limited to enjoy earthly inheritance, hedonism.” The definition of hedonism – “1. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good. 2. devotion to pleasure as a way of life..”

Prayer: Lord bless us with revelation and understanding of the land You’ve given us as an inheritance a special possession. Help us by Your Spirit to utterly destroy enemies in our land to partner with You and not partner with the enemy. In Your name Jesus we pray. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | May 12, 2020

Inheritance of Light

Inheritance of Light
by Brenda D. Flowers

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)

As I write this, it has been over forty days since we in America and in the world have had to drastically change our daily routines. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, American citizens were to shelter in place at home and practice social distancing. In compliance with our government guidelines, our churches, schools, and many places of business have turned off their lights. Familiar buildings and main streets are dark.

Yet, in the midst of this darkness, I keep hearing… “I have come to give you light.”

In John 12:46, we can read Jesus’ words, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.”

Like me, are you experiencing the light of God’s Word in new ways?

There are glimmers of hope being shared to brighten our hearts.

Christians from all over the world are coming together in new and creative ways for virtual prayer times. Individuals and families are setting aside times to intentionally communicate. Some Christians are called to humbly pray for the healing of our land with prayers of repentance. There are also intercessors uniting to pray for another great awakening in America.

Could it be…a great awakening is happening now?

I believe more and more people are realizing the truth of God’s Word and the eyes of their understanding are being enlightened.

In Psalms 13, David was experiencing a great time of darkness in his life. During his crisis, he cried out to God: “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death.” Like David, many of us are learning to be real with God in our prayers.

We can trust when we seek God sincerely, we will find Him and He will love us with His perfect love.

Jesus knows our struggles. He is intimate with all our ways. He is our great High Priest interceding for us. (See Hebrews 4:14-16)

Great anticipation is filling my heart, even in the midst of this time of uncertainty.

For You will light my lamp;
The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.  ..
.(Psalm 18: 27, 28, NKJV)

As followers of Christ, we are not left in the darkness.

Closing Prayer:
Father of Lights, thank You for what You are teaching me as I walk through this time of darkness. Help me sincerely follow Jesus and be a light so others may come to know You.
Thank You for Your promise of an inheritance in a land of eternal light. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | April 20, 2020

Inheritance as a Reward

Inheritance as a Reward
by Judy Hitson

Colossians 3:24 NLT Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you serve is Christ.

This is serious!

We Christians need to be serious, not only about our eternal salvation but also about our eternal inheritance. In 1 Corinthians 3:8-15 we find the judgment seat of Christ regarding rewards and loss of rewards. This is not in reference to salvation but how we build on the foundation of Christ, our Master.

1 Cor. 3:14-15 NLT If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Colossians 3 can help us learn to put off the old man and put on the new man. This is something only God can do in us. Let us rely on Him to develop the character of the new man in us.

Remember Philippians 1:6 NLT And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

When I considered God will give me an inheritance as a reward, I was happy and excited. Suddenly I cringed when rewards and loss of rewards came to mind from 1 Corinthians 3. Then I thought of Esau who sold the eternal inheritance of his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew. (Hebrews 12:16-17)

Can you identify with temporal cravings of your carnal nature?

It doesn’t have to be food. Fill in the blank. It could be anger like Moses who was not allowed to go into the promised land. He struck the rock twice which symbolized Christ our Rock and Living Water. When we react with our carnal nature, it suppresses opportunities for the Spirit to give us life to put on the new man. Let us respond with our new nature in Christ.

God has given us a free will to make choices, right or wrong.

Today, what is your choice?

I hear the hymn, “I Surrender All,” and say, Yes Lord, I surrender all to You.

It isn’t easy but it is best we surrender all to Jesus, our blessed Savior.

Prayer: Lord Jesus help us look to ourselves that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Amen. (2 John 8 NKJV)

Posted by: judyhitson | April 6, 2020

Stewards of Our Inheritance

Stewards of Our Inheritance
by Brenda D. Flowers

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ABBA, Father….
and if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together (Romans 8: 15, 17)

Our life circumstances have changed drastically as the battle against Corona virus has intensified. Many of us are confined to our homes or even our rooms. Some are serving on the frontlines in positions of great responsibility and danger.

But in reality, we all face a hidden enemy daily. Corona virus may be a new threat but the results of sin in our world and the tactics of our true enemy are not.

Where do people find true hope in times of hurt, sickness, fear, loneliness, or despair?

It is in times like these when people search for help and answers to their questions.
As a child of God, I have that hope. I ask myself…Am I living daily in a way that shows I have the hope of resurrection life and a great inheritance? As Christians, we are called to be ready with an answer for the hope we have in Christ. (See 1 Peter 3:15)

In this season of forced seclusion, I believe God is speaking to us about the importance of being a good steward of all that He has given us. Are we listening to what He is saying during this unique time of challenge? With additional family in my house, I find I must prioritize my time with God to make the time to read His word, pray, and listen to what He is teaching me.

I know the Way to peace. Lord,  help me to live my life in a way that leads people to You, the Prince of Peace. With so much negativity in the world and even in my home at times, I cry out for help, and God is faithful to bring encouragement.

Through hard times, I personally have been comforted by meditating on God’s Word and the truth of our great inheritance in Christ. As a Christian, I am an heir of God’s Grace and of His great and glorious Kingdom. Meditating on this truth is foundational to the joy I experience and share.

God is teaching me the importance of having an attitude of gratitude even in the hard times. Keeping a Thanksgiving journal and Prayer journal have been practical ways for me to remind myself of God’s help in past times of need and His answers to prayer. When I speak to people, I can share how God has blessed me and answered my past prayers. How God has been there for me becomes a part of my testimony of faith to others.

As we share our testimonies we are giving God glory. What a great purpose we have as children of God and stewards of His kingdom on earth. It is amazing to think about how our stories are instrumental to His story.

God is challenging me to see how I am called to be a good steward or overseer of more than just monetary resources. I want to be a good steward of all my resources, relationships, time, abilities and opportunities He gives me each day, trusting His mercies are new every morning to help me.

Prayer:

Lord, please open our understanding so we may fully comprehend the Scriptures and experience Your present help in time of need. During these times of isolation and challenge, may we steward all that you have given us with grateful hearts. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit who comforts and guides us daily. We want to give You the glory by the way we live our lives. May we be found faithful. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray. Amen

 

Posted by: judyhitson | March 19, 2020

Thank God for Inheritance

Thank God for Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Col. 1:12 NLT always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.

Ponder Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer in the whole passage of Col. 1: 3-14. It is worth the time, taking to heart this exhortation from the Lord through Paul. Note Col.1: 10 NLT Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

Do you live in the light as He is in the light?

1 John 1:7NLT  But if we are living in the light as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other,  and the blood of Jesus, his son, cleanses us from all sin.

Think about the high price paid for us to share in God’s inheritance. The reality of this price is seen in Phil.2:7-8 NASB but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

A hymn comes to mind regarding the price He paid, “Jesus Paid it All.” Perhaps you can sing the words to this hymn from memory or look it up and savor its words.

If Jesus paid it all, how should it affect us?

Hear Jesus speak this word to you personally, Luke 9:23 NASB And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Are you following Jesus in this way?

When we realize God became a man because of His love for mankind, that He would die so we might live, our hearts should overflow with thanksgiving to Him. Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice for sin.

“Since Christ has accomplished an eternal redemption, we are able to share in an eternal inheritance.”
(The Bible Exposition Commentary Warren W. Wiersbe Vol. 2, page 311)

Prayer: Father in heaven help us live in the light as You are in the light to share in Your inheritance with thanksgiving to You in Jesus name and by Your Spirit who gives us life. Amen.

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