EVERYONE on the planet has an inheritance waiting for them from God.....Unfortunately, most of us never bother reading the Will to see what we have been granted by way of benefits....It's like never going to the bank vault to open the safe deposit box to read the will. How foolish!
ROMANS 8:17 TELLS US, "IF WE
ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, THEN WE ARE HEIRS OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH JESUS.
IF WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD...MEANING WE HAVE SOUGHT SALVATION THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS, THEN WE AUTOMATICALY BECOME HEIRS.
WHAT IS AN HEIR? - ACCORDING TO THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION, IT IS - "one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship"
JESUS IS GOD'S SON...AND ANYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR BECOMES A "JOINT-HEIR" WITH HIM...OR A SON OR DAUGHTER OF GOD - THE FATHER.
GOD HAS LEFT US A TREASURE CHEST FULL OF "GOODIES" HERE ON EARTH...AND A HUGE TREASURE AHEAD CALLED HEAVEN AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER.
HEIRS RECEIVE AN "INHERITANCE" OF ALL THAT THE FATHER POSESSES.
GENERALLY, WE ARE GRANTED THE INHERITANCE ONLY UPON THE DEATH OF THE ONE WHO IS LEAVING THE INHERITANCE.
GOD, IN THE FORM OF JESUS, DIED ON THE CROSS FOR EVRYONE'S SINS. EVERYONE ON THE PLANET IS A POSSIBLE HEIR, BUT ONLY IF THEY BECOME PART OF THE FAMILY OF THE ONE LEAVING THE INHERITANCE. SO TO BECOME "SONS OR DAUGHTERS OF GOD", WE DO THAT BY ACCEPTING WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS FOR US...WE ASK HIM TO FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS AND WE ASK HIM TO BECOME OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. "THERE IS NO WAY TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME"...JOHN 14:6.
GOD IS A TRIUNE GOD - "TRINITY" - FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. GOD, THE SON DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS, THEREFORE HE HAS PROMISED US MANY THINGS.....ONE IS HEAVEN AND ALL IT OFFERS, AND THAT IS OUR INHERTIANCE - WE COLLECT ON THAT PART OF THE INHERITANCE AFTER WE DIE.
THE REST OF THE INHERITANCE IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW - HERE ON THE EARTH....SO LET'S DISCOVER WHAT IS IN THE "TREASURE CHEST".
PSALMS 68:19 TELLS US THAT GOD LOADS US UP EVERY DAY WITH BENEFITS...AS PART OF OUR INHERITANCE - " Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us up with benefits, even the God of our salvation."
1. JESUS PROMISES US "REST"..... MATTHEW 11:28-30 - "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IF one studies the Bible, it becomes abundantly clear that Jesus gives us rest when we swap yokes with him. A "YOKE" is something that wraps around the neck of (for example) an ox or two. They then pull a very heavy load behind them.
Our "yoke" is one that pulls constantly..a load of guilt, shame and sin behind us. Jesus says, "Take my yoke of grace upon you instead." Grace frees us from the heavy load of guilt, sin and shame that we carry under the Law of the Ten COmmandments...that is our yoke. TO be free from all of that, Jesus says that He has died for our sins, and is willing, if we ask Him, to exchange our sins...which He has already paid for, with His righteousness so that God, the Father, can see us as righteous people...forgiven..."righteous" (without sin.
2. PEACE - IS IN THIS TREASURE CHEST....
PHILIPPIANS 4:7 - " And the peace of God, which SURPASSES all HUMAN understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
IT MEANS THAT AS LONG AS YOU KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY, AND YOU HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM...HE WILL WORK ALL THINGS OUT FOR YOUR BENEFIT. ROMANS 8:28 - " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
3. YOU WILL FLOURISH AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN GOD'S EYES...AND YOU WILL LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH - PSALMS 92: 12-14 - "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing."
This is a CONDITIONAL PROMISE. God says, if we become righteous ("Seek Ye FIRST the kingdom of God (heaven) and His righteousness...then you will receive food, clothing and shelter from me...I will deliver it into your hands...and then, if you keep my words, and live by them, you wil be healthy and you wil flourish, and you will live long on the earth." Matthew 6:33.
4. WE GET FREE PSYCHOLOGY - 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4 -"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
5. TRAINING FOR LIVING HERE ON EARTH - JAMES 1:2 -"Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various TIMES OF TESTING BY GOD.". I have discovered that James is absolutely right! Each time God tests me, I now realize it is to train me to become stronger for the next thing God wants me to do, so I welcome trials as a teaching moment from God Himself. I ask now, "GOd, here is another time of testing, what is it that you want me to learn"?
AND GOD GIVES US A WAY TO GET THROUGH THIS TRAINING PERIOD - 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 - There hath no TIME OF TESTING THAT YOU GET THAT IS TOUGHER THAN ANYONE BEFORE YOU HAS UNDERGONE, AND - God is faithful - HE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO GO THRU A TIME OF TESTING THAT YOU CANNOT HANDLE - AND HE WILL ALSO ALWAYS MAKE A PATH OF ESCAPE FROM THAT TEST, SO KNOWING THIS MAKES IT BEARABLE."
6. A RETIREMENT PACKAGE - SECOND TO NONE! JOHN 14: 2-3 "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
7 - THE BENEFIT OF NOT HAVING TO FEAR ANYTHING - PSALMS 46:1-3 - "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof."
I fear NOTHING. Why should I? Many who contact me fear death. If I die, I win! "To be absent from the body is to be present (in heaven) with the Lord." 2 COrinthians 5:8.
8 - ALL OF YOUR DESIRES WILL BE MET - PSALM 37:4 - THIS IS CONDITIONAL, OF COURSE....."Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." To "DELIGHT THYSELF IN THE LORD" means that you are seeking Him out each day...building your relationship with Him. It also means that you are putting God FIRST in your life. It means that you are in His Word daily...studying to see all that He meant for you to see and read. It's His "Owner's Manual" for living. It also means that you are keeping the two commandments that jesus left us. "Love God and love your neighbor"...and "If you love me, keep my instructions" John 14:15. If you do that, you are "delighting yourself in the Lord, and He is then obligated to give you the desires of your heart.....so long as they confrom to His Word and His will. Obviously, this does not include, "Lord, let me win Powerball".
THIS FITS IN NICELY WITH THE NEXT THING WE FIND IN THE TREASURE CHEST OF OUR INHERITANCE..... GOD PROMISES TO TAKE CARE OF OUR FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER AND EVERY DAY NEEDS.
9 - FOOD - CLOTHING AND SHELTER - WILL BE YOURS!
TO REPEAT MATTHEW 6:25-26 - "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what YOU shall drink; NOR CLOTHING - what ye shall put on - NOTICE THE BIRDS - THEY DON'T SOW SEEDS FOR FOOD - THEY DON'T REAP IT EITHER - I, THE LORD YOUR GOD....CARES FOR THEM..AND I MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PLENTY TO EAT...AND HOMES TO LIVE IN - Are YOU not much better than they?"
God follows it up with MATTHEW 6:33 - " A CONDITIONAL PROMISE:- "SEEK ME FIRST - THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF MY SON....HE DIED ON THE CROSS. HE IS RIGHTEOUS...YOU ARE NOT. HE PAID THE PENALTY FOR YOUR SINS...SO ONLY HE CAN FORGIVE THOSE SINS. IF YOU ACCEPT MY SON, HE WILL GIVE YOU HIS RIGHTEOUSNES....THAT GETS YOU THE "INHERITANCE" IN THE TREASURE CHEST. IF YOU DO THAT - THEN I WILL GRANT YOU THESE NECESSITIES OF LIFE. I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU SO THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO BEG FOR FOOD, CLOTHING OR SHELTER.
10 - DIRECTION FOR YOUR LIFE -
PSALMS 32:8 - "I will instruct YOU and teach YOU in the way which YOU SHALL go: I will guide thee with MY EYES."
CAN YOU SEE AROUND CORNERS? GOD CAN.
11 - NEED MONEY? DEUTERONOMY 8:18 -"REMEMBER - IT IS ME...GOD....WHO GIVES YOU THE POPWER TO GET WEALTH"..BUT THIS IS ALSO CONDITIONAL.
BECAUSE MY SON JESUS TOLD YOU, "IF YOU GIVE BACK TO MY WORK IN A BOUNTIFUL WAY...I WILL ALSO GIVE MONEY TO YOU IN A BOUNTIFUL WAY, BUT IF YOU WANT TO BE CHEAP WITH WHAT I GIVE YOU...I WILL BE CHEAP TOWARD YOU." 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6
12 - HEALTH AND HEALING? NOT A PROBLEM! "PSALMS 103:2-3 -"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all YOUR SINS - PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE, AND WHO HEALS ALL OF YOUR DISEASES." THIS IS CONDITIONAL AS WELL..BUT IT IS AVAILABLE.
IF YOU DECIDE TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD....AND THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS..THEN YOU BECOME THAT "JOINT-HEIR" WITH JESUS, AND YOU GET TO SHARE IN ALL THAT IS IN THE TREASURE CHEST....AND I HAVE OMITTED HUNDREDS MORE PROMISES OF GOD.
WHEN YOU MAKE JESUS YOUR SHEPHERD....YOU WILL NOT BE FOUND WANTING...."THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD - I SHALL NOT WANT" 23rd Psalm.
I LACK ABSOLUTELY NOTHING......SO I CAN TELL YOU - FIRST HAND, THROUGH ACTUAL EXPERIENCE....THAT GOD'S TREASURE CHEST IS AVAILABLE TO YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HONOR THE FIRST THING....."Seek FIRST - the kingdom of heaven and God's righteousnes - which is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior...and all these (other) things shal be added unto you." MATTHEW 6:33.
John Tyler, Author
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