Recently, I felt impressed to increase my time in the word, as never before! I believe that we are not just living in the last days, but according to Bible prophecy, we are living in the last hours of the last days. Which means each of us should be living with our eyes up and our hearts full of expectation! These are the days where the church of God will walk in the revelation of who we are in Christ Jesus, so that we can declare the Gospel with great conviction and power, bringing in souls for His kingdom like never before, because time is short!
This past week my children and I were watching Jonathan Shuttlesworth speak on Bible prophecy. It has been excellent! I want to encourage you to download his U tube App called revivaltoday - do it today! You can go back and watch his powerful teachings, all relevant concerning what is happening in the world today and how it lines up with the word of God. Trust me, you will be blessed watching it!!
We live in a world where the spiritual battle over souls is rife! So if you’re finding you’re facing opposition in moving forward with whatever God has called you to do - keep pushing forward! Don’t get distracted or dissuaded, regardless of the struggle you may be facing. I want to remind you that God has already overcome the situation that has you troubled. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”. Today I want to show you, from the Word, that God has placed inside you all you need to live as an overcomer in this life.
Many believers find their comfort in knowing that one day, when they get to heaven, all struggles and pain and suffering will be over. And that if they can just patiently learn to accept and endure the suffering now, and hang on by whatever thread of hope they can muster, they will eventually be free of their burdens and find rest. But that’s not living, that’s surviving, and Jesus didn’t say He came to give us enough power to just survive, He said He came so that we would live abundantly, full of His power and might.
Please understand, I have personally know the pain of loss and disappointment. I’ve slipped into the trap of fear and tasted despair and hopelessness. I don’t for a moment make light of the severity of the struggle each of us face during our life here on earth. But when we realize who we are in Christ Jesus and the powerful inheritance we have in Him, we keep walking, we dig into the well of abundant life that’s flowing from His Spirit and we use the light of His Word to find our way, right out of the darkness and into the light again. We cannot afford to camp in the valley, we must get up, shake ourselves off and move on in the strength of God that’s inside us.
You may feel that there’s nothing of value left in you, and that you have nothing more to offer. But that’s just your feelings, it’s not what the Word of God says about you. And God’s Word is truth! You don’t have to wait for heaven to live free and blessed. There is a glorious inheritance that’s yours to enjoy, right here and right now, in the midst of the ugly and unfair reality of life we find ourselves subject to.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the spiritual inheritance every child of God should be living out of now! Ephesians 1:17-18 says, “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),...”
The Apostle Paul refers to God as the ‘Father of glory’, Who will grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation to truly know Him and His glorious inheritance that is in us. Through the finished work of the cross, Jesus has already done everything needed for us to live in victory in this life. Now it’s up to us to understand what the extent of our inheritance is, and to walk in it every day of our lives.
The moment we became born-again, we inherited the nature of our Heavenly Father. He is the Father of glory, that’s His nature. So our reborn spirits hold the essence of His glory within us. Now, we found the Hebrew language has two different words to describe the word glory. The first word is kabod which means a weight or heaviness. The second word is Kavod , referring to the shekinah glory, which is the dwelling, Devine presence of God. This tells us that the glory of God, which is our spiritual nature, is in fact the weight of the indwelling, Devine presence of God. Romans 11:36 says that all things originate from and are found in God. The fullness of God’s powerful, supernatural life and light and love are locked up in the nature of God, which is called His glory. Since our spirits are made of His nature, it means we carry the fullness of God inside of us.
2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.”
If this is true, then how can we cause the supernatural fullness of God, which is our spiritual inheritance, to influence our lives while we are here on earth? It can only be done through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:14 says,“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” We must be led by the Spirit of God, if we are to live in the full inheritance we have in Him. Jesus demonstrated how to live led by the Holy Spirit. He made it His business to continuously spend time with His Father and only did what His Father told Him to do. John 14:17 tells us that the Spirit of truth is with us, and in us and we will be able to recognise Him. That means we will know when He is leading us. Every child of God has the capacity and ability to hear His voice. We will only be led if we take time to meditate on the Word and spend time listening to the Holy Spirit every day.
Romans 8:17 says, “And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.”
Now, as tempting as it is to not add that last phrase of verse 17, it must be mentioned. If we are going to live out of our spiritual inheritance, as children of God in this world, we must be determined to live by His principles and walk holy lives. We must be sincerely devoted to Him. Living like this is going to bring much opposition from the world and the devil himself. That’s because any believer who knows that they are walking full of the power of God and is more concerned with being led by the Spirit than his own comfort, is dangerous to the devil and his agenda on this earth. Rejection and ridicule, even gross injustice, were things Jesus suffered for standing His ground for what was right and good in His Father’s sight. How can we imagine it would be any different for us?
What is extremely important however, is that we don’t misinterpret that word suffering in verse 17 as meaning anything Jesus died on the cross for. He became the substitute for all sickness, poverty, depression and every devilish bondage, so that we don’t ever have to bear it ourselves. Our freedom from the curse of sin and every bondage of the devil, including sickness and poverty is all part of our inheritance. In fact, as we keep on reading, that’s where Romans 8:37 comes in, declaring: “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.”
As heirs of God, we are free to live free from every curse Jesus carried on that cross and full of His Devine power to touch and influence the world around us. Every promise in His Word is already ours and we have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing! By faith, and living completely surrendered and controlled by the Holy Spirit, we can live as God’s powerful ambassadors here on earth, until the day we go home to be with Him in heaven.