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.

Posted by: judyhitson | November 4, 2019

Resurrection Life

Resurrection Life
by Brenda D. Flowers

Then when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. John 11:32-33 NKJV

Have you ever had a time in your life when you struggled between whether to wait or to take action to help a loved one?

Maybe you thought you could fix the problem or help that person get out of dire circumstances. Maybe you wanted to help the loved one to find healing or deliverance and felt you had answers for him or her.

But after seeking God’s will, you knew God was saying to you, Wait and rest knowing I hear and answer your prayers.

In our journey towards maturity in Christ, I believe we all experience times we have to choose to wait rather than immediately help someone.

Jesus waited and He was at rest in the events recorded in John 11. Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead four days. Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, John 11:5 NKJV.

Why did Jesus wait?

After years of studying John 11 in different stages of my life and seeking God to answer my questions, He answered with greater revelation.

I now see how Jesus struggled in His humanity but was obedient to His Father. He knew what His mission was on earth and Jesus knew the greater purpose of His actions. He knew that by waiting, He would give His Father greater glory.

Jesus spoke clearly and boldly, proclaiming supernatural truth. Yet, He identified with humanity in true compassion and care as His spirit groaned and as He wept.

There are great lessons to learn as we study Jesus’ obedience and the power of His words and actions while He was living away from His heavenly home.

We can have full assurance that Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. He was in all points tempted as we are, yet was without sin. Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life so we may have life in Him.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need, Hebrews 4:16.

Prayer: Lord Jesus help us rest in You and wait patiently for answers to our prayers for loved ones. Guide us by Your Spirit to attain to resurrection life. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | October 7, 2019

Rest, Relax, Don’t Run

Rest, Relax, Don’t Run
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 62:5 NIV Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.

Do you experience times when you want to run away from situations in your life?

The most recent experience for me was with Christian Writers Circle. Though the Lord spoke for us to write on “Rest in the Lord” this year, I have battled negative thoughts for lack of attendance. Asking the Lord if this small group was to end,  I said, Lord we can’t have a circle with just the two of us.

The words, “Rest, Relax, Don’t Run” were shared by a man from an interpretation of his dream. These words spoke to my heart as God’s word to me in regards to Christian Writers Circle. I heard: “I am with you always. I am with you in this time of drought as it seems in attendance.” Then I found a note I wrote with Ps. 62:5NIV. It emotionally affected me that the Psalmist speaks to his soul (his mind, will and emotions). This gripped my heart to speak to my soul and find rest in God where my hope comes from. I asked myself: What does my heart desire? It is to write what the Lord speaks to me and what He teaches me to help others as well as myself.

With unrest, anxiety and violence manifesting on the earth, let us look to the Lord who offers us His rest. How awesome and amazing He is.

Getting into the rhythm of resting in the Lord is beneficial for our spirit, soul and body. When this rest is disturbed, it brings us to face our humanness. Our spirit may desire to continually rest in the Lord. This  will come to fullness when we are in our glorified body.

For now confessing our sins, receiving forgiveness from the Lord and forgiving ourselves are key for true repentance to return to rest in the Lord.

One day as people of God, we will know His rest 24/7. Now our lives may be caught off guard in our walk in the Spirit that rattles our soul. In these times let us speak to our soul to find rest in God where our hope comes from. Let us rest, relax and not run.

Praise and thanksgiving for rest in You Lord Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | September 2, 2019

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest
by Judy Hitson

Hebrews 4:9 NASB So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

I am convinced, Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest. No need for me to debate earthly arguments about the Sabbath. He is Lord of the Sabbath. As Scripture says, the Sabbath day is the 7th day of the week. That is Saturday. There is a transition for the Sabbath under the Law of the Old Covenant rules and regulations. This was a foreshadow of Christ. The New Covenant  under grace and love brings us to an intimate, personal, love relationship with Jesus Christ, our Sabbath rest.

Jesus came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. He will fulfill it through us. It is good to work six days and rest one. The difference is either self efforts to keep the Sabbath or to know the Lord and rest in Him. That is not just one day a week but everyday of our lives.

Consider our need as Christians to cease from our works so Christ can work in and through us.
I hear: Gal.2:20 NASB I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

As I researched Sabbath rest I share two articles that were helpful:

  1. Theodore H. Epp, Founder of Back to the Bible,
    “What does God’s word say about the Christian keeping the Sabbath?”
  2. GotQuestions.org, “How is Jesus our Sabbath rest?”

The second article confirmed to my heart what I sensed the Spirit of God revealed to me, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. It blesses me to rest in the Lord and live in peace.

When you think of Sabbath rest, are your thoughts toward a day, a year, a Person or all of the above?

Scripture addresses each of these. Putting our reliance upon Jesus Christ, He reveals His word to us by His Spirit. If Jesus is our Sabbath rest than it is not a legalistic day of our concerted efforts to keep the Law. Rather, by the Spirit we find our rest in Christ alone.

Prayer: Father help us as Your children to rest in You through Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son, as our Sabbath rest by Your Spirit. Amen.

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