Journey to Inheritance

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Journey to Inheritance

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (Phil. 3:13 KJV)

Inheritance is the notion or practice of conveying to one the properties that belonged to another. This is the act of transferring the title or ownership of the estate (often) of a departed family member to surviving kinsfolks. The notion is all Cultural, Scriptural and Natural. It is a blessing to have good inheritance.

Inheritance therefore becomes a good and seamless means to being wealthy especially where the transferred item is of immense value. Though it is encouraged that children do not grow up banking on the inheritable properties of their parent but rather focus on building their own lives and acquisitions, inheritance would naturally increase one’s wealth and it grows when properly managed.

Gaining good value of one’s inheritance is as good and cogent as laying up good and lasting inheritance for one’s kin. We shall do well if we receive a great inheritance as we lay up a great inheritance. The material and texture of what is inherited or laid up for an inheritance is the panache of a good and surviving inheritance. The Bible records the wisdom of building a surviving inheritance when it says, A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children:” (Prov. 13:22) but also cautions, “Wisdom is good with an inheritance…” (Eccl. 7:11). Let us awake to what we build for our children and (also) examine what we inherited from our parent. Has it (the inheritance) diminished or increased.

Talking of his own inheritance, David said, “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16:5-6).

It is the inheritance of Timothy, (his Godson) that Paul had an insight about; “the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice;…” (2 Tim. 1:5) and He further encouraged the young man;  “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” (2 Tim. 2:14).

Beloved, let us go forward to that inheritance in Christ that fadeth not as the Bible says we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:4-5).

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Looking Forward

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matt. 14:30 KJV

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). God desires that we believe Him and don’t doubt.

When the disciples saw a figure at the forth watch of the night and being troubled by their outlook, they were fearful for they imagined the figure was a spirit but they were very wrong in their outlook for that figure was rather their friend, mentor and leader; The Lord Jesus. It must be understood that what is seen is not as central as how things ought to be seen. We must get and gain this truth.

Unbelief is a sin with grave consequences that have made light the Word of God whereas must be otherwise viewed as serious. We cannot forsake, object or reject the Laws of God, make light of what God takes serious and expect to live. For the wages, compensation for sin (wrong doing) is death. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

As the Bible story continued, Jesus helped the faith of the disciples as was recorded, “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  And Peter gained confidence to approach The Lord Jesus “walking on water” except for his doubt he was not sustained. He (again) saw the wind boisterous; he doubted and began to sink.

Thank God for the faith of our Lord Jesus, who shared the same occasion but identified Peter’s problem, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?(Matt. 14:31 KJV) Do not look back. Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

Man must believe God and not doubt, “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. “ (Heb. 11:6).

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Go Forward

The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward! (Exo. 14:15)

It is most gratifying to understand, apprehend and integrate the truth that God hears into our personal lives. We must live in the eternal consciousness that God hears and He sees. Oh! We thank our God that He hears. How else shall we relate to Him if our God does not hear. But thank God! He hears. David said, “Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.” (Psalm 17:1) and God very well says, “Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:”(Num.14:28) I thank God, our God hears.

The Bible recorded a most profound representation to help our comprehension when it says, “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? (Psalm 94:9).  It is God’s appreciation, value and use for the ears that had Him gave us ears. God knew He would need to speak to and we would require to hear Him. Consider this,  “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: (Deut. 28:1)

The Bible says of certain gods that do not hear; what a misery to talk or relate with a god that does not hear. Bible recorded the misery of certain people who worship a Baal god. About their relationship with their god the Bible says, “And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made…And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.(1 Kings 18:26-28). What a waste and frustration to have or serve a god. But Thank God! Our God hears and answers.

Now, the important notice for our concern, consideration and commitment is, what is God hearing from you and I? Notice and consider this, “…when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1)  We must learn and take cognitive action about this event and as the Bible much and clearly admonished us, “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:10-12).

Beloved, God knows where we are and what we are going through; let us rely on the Word of the Lord and move in the direction He commands. Move forward without complaining

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The Resurrection and the Life

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2 KJV)

A prevalent and unique attribute of Law is its application or enforcement.  A law will lose its essence when it is not enforceable. This unique feature of Law is what confers reward for obeying or aligning with the Law and punishment for its violation. It is important to understand that, every Law is laden with consequence: positive and negative. When we gain the unique operative implement of a Law and engage it, we trigger the natural consequence of that Law in the exact context by which we engaged it.

Take for instance, the Law of gravity; it is widely understood and said; “whatever goes up, comes down”. This is a prevalent natural Law. The operative implement of this Law is so customary and dominant that no one would pray that what he/she throws up would come down.

No one is therefore at any threat of losing a wallet filled with money when thrown up because throwing up the wallet will consequently exact the effect of the Law triggered by the act of throwing it up; after all “everything that goes up comes down”.

This said; the effect of the Law of Gravity as illustrated is typical to every Law. We procure the cause of any Law whenever we activate it by an action that initiate its effect.

The Law of sowing and reaping is also very apt to elucidate the trend and potency of Law. The Bibles put it thus; “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Gal. 6:7 AMPC)

Giving the operative effect of this truth (Law) prayer to God cannot help any person to either alter what was sown as to reap something else or reap what was not sown at all as “God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.)”.  It is rather incumbent, mandatory, compulsory, necessary, etc. to sow what one expects; then trust God to grant exceeding yield of expected outcome. We must know what we are doing and what Law is ratified by our action and thereby predict and prepare for the outcome.

The Bible talks about the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus: we must understand what action triggers the operations of this Law, maintain the stream (continuous) operation of it to inherit or reap its laden benefit. Notice intently, the make- up of this law; it is in Christ Jesus. So this Law does not operate outside of Christ Jesus akin to how the Law of gravity does not operate (in Space) outside our Earth.

About the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, the Bible says, Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“ (John 3:14-16 NIV).

Beloved, we initiate and precipitate the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, when we believe, rely trust, depend, etc. on Jesus Christ – The Word of God.   Lay hold on it!  

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