I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
Fellow Lovers of our King, Jesus,
Someone knocks on your door to hand deliver a letter from an attorney’s office. It looks important. As you quickly scan the contents it informs you that an uncle, you never knew existed, has put you in his last will and testament. You are astounded and excited to find out, at the reading of said will, that you have inherited a lot of money and a house in the country.
Good News! I thought of how our king, Jesus, put us in His will. We are His heir, inheritor, legatee, recipient, receiver, and beneficiary for all eternity! Not just a friend, but His child! Placed in Christ the moment we believed. There is no safer place.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into aninheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… I Peter 1:3-4
An inheritance no one can revoke and thieves cannot break in and steal. And it is ours! An inheritance is being kept, just as you are being kept, by the power of God until that day He brings you home. I am dancing. O glorious day! Let this meld into your heart.
We are beneficiaries of precious things eternal. People get excited when an uncle leaves them something in his, but no matter what its value, it is temporary and will fade, be lost, rust, be stolen or even squandered and it will definitely be left behind. What King-Jesus has for His beneficiaries, and greater still, for His children, will never fade, grow old, be misplaced or stolen. Let’s not be entangled in the snares and reasoning of this world, for that invites fear to take root and multiply and we become unfruitful.
Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of what we choose to do with it! (our attitude)
Unlike the world, I have no impetus to live in fear. Fear is crippling and robs me of clarity, stifling my ability to think and act. Any fear I allow warps my God reality. Stealing my joy, peace, contentment and highly affects my spiritual growth. The first step for me is to consciously recognize the fear. Speak it aloud and lay it at the Cross. ASK: Why am I afraid? Where did it come from?
I must choose to refuse fear and run to the word of God, no matter how I ‘feel’. Run to the Truth and refuse any lies. God’s word tells us again and again not to be afraid. Fear is part of satan’s arsenal to defeat me, but God has already defeated my enemy. I am not told to fight satan; I am to resist him strong in my faith! My fight is the good fight of faith’. Believing faith will ‘receive from God, His Victory. When I am in the fog of fear, it is very hard to act against my feelings and choose with my ‘will’ to focus on the most powerful weapon I have: God’s word. I know it delivers, for I have proved it true over and again, but it never gets any easier.
Charles Stanley shared thoughts on fear: Besides the obvious fears there are others we do not label as fear, for they have an alias. Such as:
Greed: my fear of going without.
Rejection: my fear I will not be accepted
Indecision: my fear I will make a wrong decision
Procrastination: my fear of failure
Guilt and shame: my fear of being found out
Anger and anxiety: my fear of not being in control
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers and decided to go forward anyway.” Jm
Another way of saying ‘Fear not” is found in Philippines 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We guard our minds with Truth. Our mind is the main artery the Holy Spirit uses to work His will and purpose in our lives. He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. Our mind is the main vehicle to feed the ‘new man’ living in us, with God’s word and thereby receive wisdom and strengthening of our faith.
“You've gotta dance like no one’s watching,
Love like you have never been hurt,
Sing like there is no one listening,
And live for the Savior on earth.” (My paraphrase)
“It is not about reading the Word. It is about obeying the Word.” JM
“No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.” CSL
Happiness is not a feeling, but a choice. We choose how we will respond to our circumstances. We cannot walk in fear and faith at the same time. Refuse fear. Focus on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute, if there is any excellence and I anything is worthy if praise, think on these things. (excerpts: Philippians 4:8)
Precious Father, You who keep and deliver and save! I bow in awe that You love me so deeply and have given me an inheritance I cannot begin to understand. My name is in the book of life. I inherit all I do not deserve and You have removed the hell I do deserve by Your holy sacrifice. You are teaching me to walk by faith and these lessons are difficult to say the lease, but they are laced with Your lovingkindness and mercy and grace. Thank You for your patience and tender watch-care over me. I pray in the name of my Savior and King, Jesus. Amen
“I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals, that you forget the Lord your Maker,
who stretches out the heavens and who lays the foundations of the earth, Isaiah 51:12-13a
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
Child of the King of kings,