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

Posted by: judyhitson | January 7, 2020

“Thou Mine Inheritance”

“Thou Mine Inheritance”
by Judy Hitson

Lamentations 3:24 NLT I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

Inheritance is the word I heard to write on for 2020 as I sought the Lord for a topic. I don’t know about your thoughts on this topic but to be honest when I thought of inheritance, I thought of land and possessions. Preparing to write, I anticipated what the Lord would teach me about inheritance. In the past when I wrote, the Lord prompted me to write testimonies of my experiences on each topic. With inheritance, I come to the Lord as a student. Perhaps it is a familiar topic to you from your life experiences or maybe not. In either case, join me on this adventure with the Lord to seek His perspective on inheritance.

I note here the importance of to hear God’s voice and stand on His promises like:
John 10:27 NKJV My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

“Thou mine inheritance” is a phrase from the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” Those three words came to mind with the lyrics and the tune in a time of prayer when I asked the Lord what He wanted to write through me. Those words captured my heart with amazement. The reality of the Lord being my inheritance brought new life in a profound way. Though I have known the Lord more than forty years at this writing, I confess not grasping the person of Jesus Christ as my inheritance. With this new revelation, I see my intimate love relationship with the Lord, my God, brings me to a new road of discovery.

First and foremost, see with me that the Lord is our inheritance and all else flows from that.

What more could we want?

What more could we ask for?

He is our all (see Col. 3:11).

He is enough.

With Him we have everything. All else is pale in comparison.

Looking in the Bible my heart leaped to find confirmation of this phrase, our key verse above, Lam.3:24 and Ps. 16:5 NLT  LORD, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.

Prayer: Thank You Father in Jesus name for Your Spirit who gives us life. Thank You that we can hear Your voice and follow You on this adventure of what You want to reveal through Your word on inheritance. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | December 17, 2019

Intimacy Brings True Rest

Intimacy Brings True Rest
Merry Christmas
by Brenda D. Flowers

“O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (Words of Jesus, John 17: 25-26)

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18, NKJV)

Throughout the Bible, we discover pictures of God’s love poured out for us, descriptions pointing to His perfect plan for us to have intimacy with Him. When we visualize these, we view images which bring security and rest.

As we give our hearts to God and trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, we can feel God’s heartbeat, the rhythm of His sweet presence, and experience a rest beyond imagination. Filled with His Spirit, we experience and know God intimately in a new way, the way He wants us to know Him.

Take time right now to recall images of intimacy described in the Bible. . .

During this Christmas season, I am touched deeply by God’s beautiful plan for intimacy with humanity. I ask myself, “Why did God choose to have His Son to be placed in virgin Mary’s womb to be born in Bethlehem?”

Have you ever thought about how Father God could have had His Son enter humanity in countless other ways, but He chose to have Jesus intimately placed in the womb of a woman?

Having carried a child in my womb, I know the depths of intimacy this experience brings. Words truly cannot express the immense feeling of awe and love a mother feels upon carrying a baby and giving birth. Then when the baby is born, both mother and father can experience the amazing touch and warmth of the new little life held close to the heart.

At this time of year, when I see Nativity scenes portrayed in various ways,  I try to imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt holding their baby the first time, knowing He was the Promised One to bring salvation to mankind. Imagine their awe and love as they touched their new born child, the Hope for Eternity! Feel the love of God in that moment.

Heavenly Father, my words are inadequate to express how grateful I am for Your beautiful plan of redemption. Thank you for sending Your Son to light the way for us to have intimacy and true rest with You now and forever. Hallelujah!

Posted by: judyhitson | December 3, 2019

Stay Home and Rest

Stay Home and Rest
by Judy Hitson

Isaiah 32:18 NLT My people will live in safety; quietly at home. They will be at rest.

This verse and the following quote of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow caught my eye and captured my heart as a word of the Lord for my life:

“Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest; Home-keeping hearts are happiest”……….

“My Heart-Christ’s Home” by Robert Boyd Munger came to mind and the saying,
“Home is where the heart is.”

The words of Chuck Pierce, Glory of Zion International, in his November, 2018 letter may have been the spark of the Spirit to write on rest this year. He said, “The LORD came and found a place to rest! He is looking for places to visit this year.”

Consider what the word of God says: John 1:33b NLT ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” Col. 1:27b “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” May the Lord find a place to rest on us and bless us with His visitations.

What is the Lord saying to you about His call, His mission for your life and how to rest in Him?

You may be called to the market place, to a foreign land, travel as the Lord leads you or stay home.

When I came to know the Lord, I thought He would send me out to speak and preach the Good News of His Kingdom. He called me to raise up as a mother, Judges 5:7. The years go by and I continue learning to stay home and rest in Him with our children,  grandchildren and with all who come to our home. I wrestled with the Lord how to live out the great commission. Now as I rest in Him, He reveals His mission for me is to go into all the world through online Christian writing.

At the beginning of the year I thought I had learned so much to share on rest. As the year comes to a close, realization hits me. Rest is a life-long lesson that will be attained in glory when Home with the Lord in a glorified body. Until then let us be good students of the Holy Spirit to learn more each day to rest in the Lord.

Prayer: Lord help us walk in the light of what You reveal to us that we may rest in You. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | November 25, 2019

Jesus, You are my Rest

Jesus, You are My Rest
 by Brenda D. Flowers

Rest, as I breathe in and out
Life, no more strife.
Breathe in …to 10.
Breathe out…from 10.
Follow and flow in Him.

Jesus, You are my rest!

After working, rest.
In obedience, rest.
Stepping forward, rest.
During life’s tests, rest.

God rested and rests.
His love pattern’s best.

Trusting in Him, rest.
Abiding in Him, rest.
Knowing Him, rest.
Living in Him, rest.

God rested and rests.
His love pattern is best.

Rest, as I breathe, in and out
Life, no more strife.
Breathe in…to 10
Breathe out …from 10
Follow and flow in Him.

Jesus, You are my rest!

Filled with love, rest.
Joy abounding, rest.
An easy yoke, rest.
Free from fear, rest.

God rested and rests.
His love pattern is best.

Jesus, You are my rest!

Read: Genesis 2:2 and 7, Matthew 11:27-30, & all of Hebrews (esp. Hebrews 4: 11 & 16 as quoted in prayer.)

In faith, trust, and humble obedience, I find rest.

Prayer of thanksgiving as we learn to rest in Jesus:

Lord, may we, “…be diligent to enter that rest…. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Thank you for the gift of Your Spirit who keeps us.

Jesus, You are our great High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses and who has completed the work, taking away our sin and conquering death.

Thank you and praise You, Heavenly Father, for Your beautiful redemption plan. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. You provided the way to bring us true rest. Praise you, God.

In Jesus’s mighty name we pray. Amen

 

Posted by: judyhitson | November 13, 2019

Rest in the Lord

Rest in the Lord
by Judy Hitson

Isaiah 30:15 NLT This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:”Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it….”.

Pause. Take a few moments now and personally consider the words of Is. 30:15 NLT.

The LORD speaks to us today as He spoke to the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day. He said only in returning to Him and resting in Him would they be saved. But they would not.

Will you?

Will you return to the LORD and rest in Him?

It is a choice of our own free will.

Through my own struggles with enemies of the flesh, world and devil, I have determined my heart is fixed Ps. 57:7 KJV. When I veer off the Lord’s path to go my selfish way, I stop with the conviction of sin. Then I return to the LORD and rest in Him. He is worthy. There is no other Savior of the world. I wait for Him.

The Lord taught me an important lesson many years ago on salvation. It was a revelation that changed my life while reading 1 Peter 1:9. It is worded like this in the New English Translation, “because you are attaining the goal of your faith-the salvation of your souls.” It stunned me to think about the salvation of our souls, our mind, will and emotions. This spoke to my heart about the progression of faith. Thoughts of the second birth came to mind. Reminded that when we receive the Holy Spirit in our spirit we are born again, John 3:3,7. God reveals in His word at the spiritual birth, we are babes in Christ. He speaks to us about growing to full maturity, e.g. Eph.3:19, 4:13; Lk.8:14; Heb.6:1; 1Cor.2:6, 1Cor.14:20.

There was a season in my life when the Lord would speak to me in three verses from Scripture and still does on occasion. He revealed these were, “Three-fold Holy Spirit Punches.” One example is:
1. 1 John 1:9 – we confess our sins and the Lord forgives and cleanses us.
2. 1 Thess. 1:9 – turn to God from idols and serve Him, the living and true God.
3. 1 Peter 1:9 – attaining the goal of our faith-the salvation of our souls.
(Notice these three verses are all in the first letter, the first chapter and the ninth verse. I found this a profound word of the Lord by His Spirit.)

Prayer: Lord Jesus when I veer from Your path, help me return to You and rest in You. Amen.

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