Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:17 NIV).
Friend to Friend
When my husband, Steve, was in high school, he worked various jobs and was notoriously frugal. His twin brother, Dan, and their best friend, Mike, were not quite as thrifty. Dan and Mike had odd jobs from time to time—flipping hamburgers at the Wild Pig being the most infamous. But their funds disappeared as quickly as they got them. Steve, on the other hand, was a saver. And they knew it.
Steve had a little brown wallet with a horse head on the front and a zipper on the top. It was his “saving wallet”, and he kept it safely tucked away in his sock drawer. Occasionally, Steve, Dan, and Mike would get together to plan an adventure, such as a weekend trip to the beach or the mountains, or just a wild night out on the town playing Putt-Putt. Dan and Mike would often say, “Let’s just pool all our money together in one big fund. Steve, go get your horse head. We’ll put all our money on the table and combine it. We won’t worry about whose is whose. “
They knew Mr. Thrifty would have about thirty dollars to match each of their one-dollar contributions. It was a great deal for them. Not so much for Steve.
When we come to Christ, it is as though Jesus says, “Just put what you have in with what I have. Let’s make one big pot. What’s mine is yours.”
The Bible says that you are a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). That means that you get what Jesus gets. You didn’t earn this inheritance. God is not giving it to you because you were particularly good. He has lavished you with blessings because it pleases him to do so (Ephesians 1:7).
When will we receive this inheritance? We already have! Notice the verb tense in Ephesians 1:11: “In him we have obtained an inheritance.” We already have obtained it. It is simply up to us to know it, believe it, and act on it.
The Holy Spirit abides in all believers. You’ve already been given everything you need to live victoriously in and through all things. And yet we wonder, at least I do, Why don’t I operate in the power that I already have? Why is my love so fickle? My power so pale? Why do I cower rather than making demons flee? Why do I live in the cul-de-sac of Christianity rather than venturing out on the highways and byways of the adventurous faith?
I believe living boldly comes with practice. First you know the truth. Secondly, you believe the truth. I don’t mean just believe that it is true but believe that it is true for you and in you. Thirdly, you act on it, walk in it, stomp about in the surefootedness of it.
God does not need to be stirred, prodded, or roused as if from a sound sleep. We do. We need to wake up, take hold, and live in the power that is already ours.
No matter what you are going through today or will go through tomorrow, your destiny is greater than your difficulty, greater than your dilemma, greater than your discouragement. And God has given you everything you need to get there.
John wrote: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). To lavish is to give freely, profusely, extravagantly, and abundantly. He doesn’t give us everything we want when we want it. No father wants spoiled children. Rather He gives us everything we need to produce well-behaved children who bear His name well.
One translation of 2 Peter 1:3 says that God has “granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness . . .” (NASB). The word granted paints the picture of transferring something from one person to another. And isn’t that exactly what God did for you?
He transferred these precious promises from His heart right into your account—not because you deserved them or earned them, but because of His magnificent grace. And notice the verb tense of the word granted. It is past tense. It has already been done. This is not something that you will receive in the future, but you have access to it right here, right now.
Heavenly Father, I don’t deserve a single blessing—not one. I am so thankful that You have given me everything I need pertaining to life and godliness. I’m thankful that You don’t give me everything I ask for. What a mess I would be. Thank You for being so good to me!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What are three promises from God that you are taking hold of today? Click on comment and let’s share.
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Today’s devotion was taken from Sharon’s book, Take Hold of the Faith you Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. A mediocre, mundane faith is not what you were made for! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, you’ll learn the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith, living less than what we had hoped. You’ll also learn how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing.
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1- results of my mammogram will be His choice, not mine. I’m nervous. Last year’s found something that turned out to dissolve by the time I went for the ultrasound. 2- Jonathan’s birthday will be a blessing. God has great things planned for him! My nephew. 3- Joe is in God’s hands. My ex-husband.
Yes yes and yes.
1. God will ever leave me or forsake me. 2. God draws near to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 3. God’s compassions never fail and are new each morning
1-God forgives me of every sin
2-God hears every prayer
3-God’s mercy and grace is new each day
a.) God is faithful and just to forgive me of all of my sins.
b.) God has given me a divine Savior, in Jesus.
c.) God shows me His loving kindness and protection everyday (Ps. 91:4)
1. That He loves me even though I am a sinner
2. He will provide for me abundantly
3. He will come for me one day, and I will spend eternity with Him
1 I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
2 I will never leave you
3 whenever you call I will answer
Am hanging on these promises today. Thank you for reminding me that I already have the power from God to live a victorious life.
1. God loves me unconditionally 2. My strength comes from Him. 3. He gave me purpose.
God gives me the power to do what I have to do for him. These are my three areas of God’s promises:
1. Know and understand the truth.
2. Have faith and trust God to believe in the truth
3. Take a leap of faith and act on the truth.
(1) I will give you life and life more abundantly and I God will grant wisdom knowledge and understanding
(2) that if I trust in theLord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding he will direct my path.
(3)My steps are ordered by the Lord
1. Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours
2. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you
3. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Thank you for writing this ~ it’s so good I’ve bookmarked it. My family and I are believing God and what he has said in His Word for (1) my brother to finally meet his wife and have a family (2) healing & health for my parents and (3) that I will be a mom. And we are standing on the promises in His Word ~ or ‘stomp about in the sure-footedness of it’.
Thank you 🙂