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.

Posted by: judyhitson | March 2, 2020

Qualified

Qualified
by Brenda D. Flowers

…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, … (Colossians 1: 12-13 NKJV, read Colossians 1 for context)

Most biblical scholars believe Paul wrote his letter to the church at Collose, about AD 60, during his first imprisonment in Rome. Paul had not personally been to Collose, but he still had a great love for the church there.

Epaphras, a native of Colosse, and Timothy had helped to establish this church, not Paul. It is believed that Epaphras visited Paul in prison and shared about the progress of his church and had informed Paul of the problem of false teachers who were influencing the church.

Followers of Christ were being led astray from God’s truth …

Like then, there are Christians today who are being tempted to believe falsely. Many believers in Christ do not know the rich inheritance God has prepared for them and do not realize their true purpose in Him.

God has preserved His Word for us to study so we will not be led astray by false doctrine. God’s love for us is poured out in the letters of Paul and others in the New Testament. What magnificent truths we can discover as we read these love letters to us!

It is interesting to study the words Paul chose to write in his letter. He could have reprimanded the early church at Colosse, discussing point by point the error of their beliefs; but he chose instead, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, to share lovingly how he and others were praying for them. He shared his personal testimony of faith, too, and revealed the truth of God’s great inheritance for believers in Jesus Christ:

I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
     the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
     To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles:  which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
     Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus… (Colossians 1: 25-28 NKJV)

Do we grasp how wonderful our inheritance is?

Wisdom and spiritual understanding can be found in Jesus Christ, who redeemed us and now holds authority over all things.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for Paul and his obedience to You. Thank you too for the other saints who obediently surrendered their lives to serve You. May we hear Your voice clearly and fully understand the mystery of our great inheritance in You. Please empower us by Your Spirit to be willing to stand for Truth with Your loving compassion. It is in Jesus’s mighty name we pray. Amen

Posted by: judyhitson | February 4, 2020

We are God’s Inheritance

We are God’s Inheritance
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 33:12 NLT What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

The LORD is our inheritance, Lam.3:24; Ps.16:5 and as His chosen people, we are His inheritance.

Wow! Think about that for a moment.

This sense of a deep, abiding, love relationship brought to mind, I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine…,Song of Solomon 6:3.

Inheritance is not merely what we have but who we are.

We are the children of God, 1 John 3:1
We are His special possession, 1 Peter 2:9
We are His inheritance, Ps.33:12; Eph.1:18

How then shall we live?

Those words I recall from a Bible study by Francis Schaeffer. Memories flashed before me when I first came to the Lord and received His Spirit. I started to see my need of change. I couldn’t talk like I used to talk. I couldn’t go to some places we used to go.

For example, In the midst of making negative accusations toward our children, the conviction of sin came with a word from the Lord in my thoughts, Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. I would cringe, apologize to the children and seek the Lord. Another example, My husband and I liked to go dancing. One evening we went as far as the door. Loud music with repulsive lyrics could be heard outside. I looked at my husband and said, “I can’t do this anymore.” We left, never to return to that place we once enjoyed. Changes brought challenges to work through in our marriage and family relationships.

2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

How is your relationship with the Lord?

Have you received His Spirit? (John 3)

It is a matter of the heart. If we want to understand inheritance, we first need a living relationship with the living God.  Then we are blessed to receive revelation and understanding.

Prayer: Lord I pray that You will give light to the eyes of our hearts, so that we will understand the hope to which You have called us, what rich glories there are in the inheritance You promised Your people, and how surpassingly great is Your power working in us who trust You…. (Eph. 1:18-19 CJB)

Posted by: judyhitson | January 20, 2020

My Inheritance Was Prepared

My Inheritance Was Prepared
by Brenda D. Flowers

Have you ever felt alone, torn, worn, unworthy, lost or forlorn?
Like a scrap of paper: trashed, thrown away, hidden in the darkness of waste, and forgotten.

I have….

But God knew where I was.

He felt my torn places, my pain . . . my shame.
Yet He knew my worth.

My inheritance was prepared.

I was not meant to be left, lost and lonely.
He had a plan for this scrap. . . for me.

So He reached deep down and picked me up out of the dark into the light
to write a message for others to see…to touch lives with love, hope and dignity.

Then. . .

To help bring more scraps out of the darkness to His Light
to be posted brightly!

He has a purpose and plan for us to share.

Do you see?

We have a part in His story, marked by His hand writing
and empowered by His anointing.

LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. (Psalm 16: 5a, NLT)

We were never meant to be considered scraps. We were created to be beautiful pieces of God’s masterpiece.

As God reaches down to us through His Son, we have a choice to believe and reach out to Him.

Our inheritance is not meant to be left separated in the dark but instead united with Christ’s body in the precious Light of eternity.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
  My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
   or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
   granting me the joy of your presence
   and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16: 9-11, NLT)

ABBA, we come to rejoice and thank You for loving us so much that You reached down to us through sending Your Son. Help us realize the depth of Your plan for a wonderful inheritance. Help us mature as Your anointed sons and daughters through the revelation of who we are in Christ. Thank You that our future is bright.
In Jesus’s mighty name we pray. Amen

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