Posted by: judyhitson | November 16, 2020

Don’t Waste Your Inheritance

Don’t Waste Your Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Luke 15:12-13 Voice
One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” And so the father liquidated assets and divided them. A few days passed and this younger son gathered all his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land. Once there he wasted everything he owned on wild living.

“Haste makes waste.”

Can you identify with me that making hasty decisions can lead to costly mistakes?

The prodigal son probably thought about asking for his inheritance a while, but once he received it, from what we read in Scripture it doesn’t look like it took long to waste it. In the culture of his day, a son was allowed to ask for his inheritance while his father was still living.  

The following verse comes to mind regarding the prodigal son and my own life:

Psalm 25:7 NLT Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth,
Remember me in the light of Your unfailing love,
For You are merciful, O LORD.

The prodigal son experienced the transformation from rebellious sin to the mercy of God through his father.

From my life, I can remember rebellious sins of my youth. Praise God for the experience of His grace and mercy when I confessed and repented of my sins. God in His amazing love forgave me the sins of my youth and gave me new life in Christ.  

We read of the prodigal son’s father running to meet him with compassion, extending love and mercy with a robe, a ring, sandals and celebrating his return with the fattened calf. (Luke 15:20-23) This is a reminder of God’s grace and mercy available for us in our times of need when we go to Him to repent of our sins.

The older son, however, reveals a different perspective. When he heard and saw his father was celebrating his younger brother’s return home, he resented it and was angry. He said to his father in Luke 15:30 Voice So this son of yours comes, this wasteful delinquent who has spent your hard-earned wealth on loose women, and what do you do? You butcher the fattest calf from our herd!”

Scripture does not tell us the end of this son’s story. But we see the faithfulness of this father (Lk.15:11-32) to both his sons, as our Father in heaven is faithful to us.  

Prayer: Come Lord Jesus to our aide to grow in Your likeness by Your Spirit who gives life that we do nothing apart from You and seek the will of our Father in heaven. Amen.  

Posted by: judyhitson | November 2, 2020

Peace in the Battle

Peace in the Battle
Inheritance of Christ’s Peace
by Brenda D. Flowers

Ephesians 6:15 NKJV and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace:

In America, as election day approaches, and even in some of our Christian homes, there is no denying … a battle is raging.

   Evil mocking and hurtful words blast through the air waves. A giant is waging war and many people are complacent, caught in indecisiveness or fear.

     Do we see this mocking giant for who he really is?

     Are we choosing to sit at the battle line doing nothing while our culture embraces more and more his false banter as truth?

     These are questions I’ve asked myself.

      I have come to the conclusion that I don’t want to remain quiet, doing nothing. I want to raise my voice as David, the shepherd, did long ago when he faced the Philistine giant, “for the battle is the LORD’s and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 47b, NKJV)

     As soldiers in God’s army, we are to be strong, courageous and prepared, knowing who we are in Christ. Our armor and actions matter.

      It is interesting to me that God emphasized the importance of our feet being shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Have you ever thought about why the scripture says these words? After studying the Bible and commentaries on the armor of God, I realize more and more the depth of this statement. God truly prepares us as we study His word and spend time with Him.

Your word is a lamp to my feet    
And a light to my path (Psalm 119: 105)

    Here is what I’ve discovered. Battles are not won by soldiers who have fear. Gospel means good news. When we have peace in our hearts, we do not have fear. A soldier must wear armor, including special shoes that fit him well, in order for him to be effective in battle. With God’s help, we receive our unique shoes of peace (so to speak). By going through personal battles or trials and coming out victoriously, God prepares us for greater battles.We can be assured that God’s peace is given to us as part of our inheritance in Him, the Prince of Peace.

      If we are willing to step into this spiritual battle for Truth, being willing to give God the glory, we are prepared ahead of time with His perfect peace. This is the good news we can stand on, proclaimed by Jesus:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14: 27)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for preparing us for the spiritual battles we face. May we remain sure footed in Your Peace, knowing the battle is Yours. We give You the glory for the Victory is Yours. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | October 19, 2020

Don’t Forfeit Your Inheritance

Don’t Forfeit Your Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Genesis 25:33 NLT But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.

What is a birthright?
 
Birthright (bekorah) has to do with both position and inheritance. By birthright, the firstborn son inherited the leadership of the family and the judicial authority of his father. Wikipedia -Jacob and Esau

Esau was so hungry, he cared more about filling his stomach then the privilege of his birthright as firstborn son. We see in Gen.25:29-32 Esau said he was starved and asked Jacob for some stew. Consider the vital lesson for us to subdue cravings of our natural desires for what is of greater value. In this case, we read Esau sold his birthright to his younger brother. We see he chose temporary pleasure rather than his family position and inheritance.

Today laws on inheritance differ from the ancient Biblical practice of birthright. However, my heart was impacted to understand Esau’s choice to sell his birthright and what we can learn from this for our lives.

Desires of our human nature can lead to wrong choices. 

There is a stark contrast in Luke 4 when Jesus was tempted by Satan. The key here is that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. This had me thinking of the privilege we have since the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Compared to Esau in the Old Testament, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the sense of eternity and our spiritual inheritance, it matters how we live.

Pastor Allen Jackson, World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN once said: “If you don’t turn your heart to the Lord, you will forfeit your inheritance.”

Let us turn our hearts to the Lord and not forfeit His inheritance for us. As the Lord had a plan for Jeremiah’s life (Jer.29:11), He has a plan for our lives. Pray with me Psalm 139:23-24 AMP Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

Closing Prayer: Father, turn our hearts to You in Jesus name to follow You all the days of our lives. Help us think of eternity and the spiritual inheritance You planned for us. You are worthy of our all. Amen.  

Posted by: judyhitson | October 7, 2020

Inheritance of Enlightenment

Inheritance of Enlightenment  
We Need a Great Awakening  
by Brenda D. Flowers

Psalm 18:28,30 (NKJV) For You will light my lamp;  The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness….As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven: He is a shield to all who trust in Him. 

In our world today, many voices clamor wanting to be heard, voices proclaiming “truth”. Debates rage with hurtful words. 

Many people are searching for knowledge and enlightenment. Their sources are often books, the internet, radio, television, or social media platforms. What is our source of truth?

If we were to research statements or expressions related to the topic of Enlightenment today, we would discover countless quotes written by individuals of various religious and cultural backgrounds or world views who believe they have true knowledge and enlightenment. Many of these statements are grounded in philosophies and people’s theories.

We must be aware that these “truths” are being taught to our children and young adults in our schools and colleges, while truths from a biblical worldview are being blocked. Our popular media has played a great part in imparting anti-biblical beliefs that have influenced our culture. 

How are we as Christians to respond in love?  

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is important for us to realize our position in Christ and awaken to our responsibilities. God gave us His Word.
(See John 12)

For Christians in America, this is a crucial time for us to join together in prayer and to stand up for what we know to be truth. To have discernment, it is wise to study the platforms behind the candidates, to seek the Lord for His guidance and then to vote.

Our enlightenment comes from God. 

As we meditate on God’s Word, may we gain more insight regarding the great inheritance we have as followers of Christ. May we also be emboldened to testify regarding the truth of God’s word rather than the opinions of men.

Prayer:  Lord, help us in our country to return to You. Enlighten our eyes as Christians to wake up to the realization of who we are in Christ. Empower us in America to boldly proclaim the truths and original intent of our Founding Fathers. Help us to trust You, Lord, with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. Awaken us to what is true and continue to teach us to pray. In Your mighty name, Jesus, we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | September 23, 2020

His Presence, My Presents

His Presence, My Presents
My Inheritance in Jesus
by Brenda D. Flowers

“1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, the son of Abraham: … 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.”
“20b Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins. 22 So all this was done that might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, “which is translated, “God with us.”(Matthew 1: 1, 17, 20b-23, NKJV)

When reading the Bible, have you noticed the importance God places on genealogy and on the fulfillment of His promises through individuals’ lives?

On my birthday,  I felt God’s nudging to spend time with Him meditating on why I was created and what my purpose is for being alive in this period of history.

As I read God’s Word and prayed, it was like God was giving me presents through deeper revelation.

First and foremost, He spoke to me about the value of life. Each person has been created for great purpose.

Have you ever thought about that?

 I realized it is not an accident that I was born in 1953 or that I am living now in 2020, a time of crisis in our country and the world just like it was not an accident that Jesus was born in Bethlehem at the time of Roman rule.

We are not accidents.

Each of our life stories matter far beyond our human understanding.

Still, quiet, breathing, not in a hurry, I felt God’s Presence and realized His presence in my past.

What amazing presents God has given through His presence in my life!

He has presents for you too.

A powerful present I received was the revelation that how I live my life today impacts my inheritance in God’s Kingdom.

As a daughter of the King of kings, I know one purpose is to share the good news of God’s love to all who are in my circle of influence.

Each individual matters in the lineage of Christ and in our own lineage. God’s design for our lives, our redemption, purpose and inheritance in Jesus Christ are amazing treasures to be discovered.

God reveals Truth as we search His Word. Ponder with me the depth, height and width of the amazing presents found in God’s Presence.

Remember we are God’s workmanship. (See Ephesians 2:10)

The presence of the Holy Spirit is God’s gift as a guarantee of our great inheritance. (See 2 Corinthians 5: 5)

Posted by: judyhitson | September 21, 2020

Receive the Eternal Inheritance

Receive the Eternal Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Hebrews 9:15 TPT (The Passion Translation) So Jesus is the One who has enacted a new covenant with a new relationship with God so that those who accept the invitation will receive the eternal inheritance he has promised to his heirs. For he died to release us from the guilt of the violations committed under the first covenant.

As Christians, at some point in our lives, we accepted God’s invitation for a new relationship with Him through Jesus Christ in the new covenant. Soak in the reality of receiving His eternal inheritance. 

What is the eternal inheritance?

1 Peter 1:4 NIV tells us it will never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven. It is for us who had a new birth, a new covenant, a new life. Other translations speak of this eternal inheritance as special blessings, priceless, pure that will last forever. Our security is in heaven, not on earth. We are children of God in the family of God. God is our Father in heaven. He gives us this inheritance. It is a gift we receive and not something we earn.

Remember Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount, “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV)

Let us think about things in heaven not on this earth to live Christ, to follow His example on earth to walk in sacrificial love and care more for others than ourselves.  

Our choices on earth affect us through eternity.

Jesus came that we may have life and have it to the full from John 10:10b NIV.

Consider our life in Christ from the following perspective in Hebrews 9:

12 eternal redemption – Christ Jesus delivered us from sin through sacrificing His life on the cross for us.  

14 eternal Spirit  – Christ Jesus rose from the dead and left His Spirit on earth for us to receive His life.

15 eternal inheritance – a gift reserved in heaven for us to share in what belongs to Him.

What amazing blessings are ours in Christ as we follow Him on this earth, like His peace in the midst of chaos, His love in the midst of a world in opposition to Him. As we set our minds on things above, the Lord reveals blessings that await us in heaven, like His eternal inheritance for us who belong to Him who sits on the throne in heaven.

Prayer: Father in heaven, bless us with revelation and understanding of the eternal inheritance promised to Your heirs that we may live on earth as it is in heaven. In Your name Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | August 21, 2020

Inherit a Blessing

Inherit a Blessing
by Brenda D. Flowers

8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing…15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3: 8, 9 & 15-17 NKJV; I encourage you to read all of 1 Peter 3 to get the full meaning in context.)

Have you been missing the hugs of family and close friends in 2020 like I have? As most of us have tried to follow the government required social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have respectfully kept a distance of 6 feet or more. For a person like me who loves to give and receive hugs, this has been hard. I honestly have experienced waves of sadness and loneliness as I have not been able to visit some family and friends for many months. I’m asking the Lord if this is His will. How are we as Christians to balance our response to the current state of affairs in our nation and in the world?

God’s word is clear that we are called to love and compassion. What are ways that we can reach people with love and compassion?

Chris Brown, Cody Carness, Kari Jobe, and Steven Furtick found a way when they wrote the song, “The Blessing”, which was released in March of this year, as a lead single from Elevation Worships’ 12th album (according to Wikipedia). This song is based upon Aaron’s priestly blessing as recorded in Numbers 6: 24-26. The writers of this song have shared their testimony regarding the writing of this song which you may read on-line.

I was touched by Kari Jobe’s words that were quoted in the July article of christianitytoday.com:  “‘Because this song is based on Scripture, the message is timeless, and we wanted to release it as quick as we could knowing the effect it could have on people’s hearts and spirits immediately, as it did ours,’ Jobe told The Christian Beat . “God knew it would be something we could hold onto during a season of our lives that’s full of uncertainties and unknowns.” The article is entitled, “‘The Blessing’ Sung Around the World: 100 Virtual Choirs Spread Worship Anthem.” It describes how this song has given churches “the chance to unite behind a common message.”

I can testify that God used this song to speak to me when I was feeling sad and lonely. God blessed me through the message of this song.

Let’s encourage each other today as we remember the blessings of knowing Jesus Christ. He is interceding for us right now.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the hug you give us through “The Blessing.”

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.

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