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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Heirs of the Kingdom

According to Col 1:12 you are partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light once you become a member of God's Kingdom. (Eph 1:11. Acts 26:18). This means that you became an heir to the Kingdom. (Rom 8:17,14. Tit 3:7. Gal 3:29,4:7).

There are privileges and responsibilities to being an heir to any Kingdom.
As an heir to the Kingdom you have a right to everything that the Ruler of the Kingdom has - including the power, resources, and silver and gold that are His. The heir is treated with the same respect and honor as the one on the throne. He enjoys the same privileges. When he speaks it is assumed that he speaks on behalf of the throne.

The heir also has a responsibility to serve in the Kingdom, to protect the Kingdom, to honor the Kingdom and to increase the influence of the Kingdom. He does this by living according to the rules and standards of the Kingdom. He makes the Kingdom his priority and in natural Kingdoms he spends time in the military to protect the Kingdom. He is also committed to the propagation of the Kingdom's influence by His actions and by spreading the news and information about the Kingdom and what it represents (including it's benefits).

An heir still has the responsibility to grow into sonship or else he cannot fully enjoy the benefits of his sonship. (Gal 4:1). Just like a natural father will not give the keys to his house or his car to his 2 year old child, likewise, God, the Father, will not give you certain things that are yours by covenant while you are still 'young' spiritually.

It's time for you and I to take our rightful place in The Kingdom. You can grow in sonship, and leave the 'young' stage by applying yourself in God's Word and serving in the Kingdom. You can build your spirit by feeding on God's Word (Acts 20:32, Deut 4:6;29:9, 1 Ki 2:3, Jn 6;63, Psa 119:1,130,133), and increase your commitment to God's Kingdom by your ongoing service. (Mt 6:33).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Living a whole life through intimacy with God

The fact that God wants us to prosper is already settled. According to Psa 35:27 God has pleasure in our prosperity; it delights Him. Prosperity here refers to more than your finances. It also refers to your health, family, business, etc. A prosperous man enjoys wholeness in every area of his life. Furthermore according to Psa 37:23 God orders the steps of the righteous; again it delights Him. If you allow God to order your steps you cannot fail, you can only end up in prosperity.

A key part to allowing God to order your steps and walking in prosperity is your ability to hear God's instructions constantly. The ability to hear God is developed in intimacy; intimacy is developed by spending time with someone. Intimacy also leads to trust.

For example a man and his wife have an intimate relationship because they have spent numerous hours together, discussing and sharing about themselves. Consequently they have developed an ability to understand and trust each other. They share unspoken words that no one else can decipher.

The Bible lets us know that Abraham was wealthy; he had so much wealth that He was a reference point of his generation. It started however with an instruction to leave his father's house (Gen 12:1). He trusted God so much (intimacy) that when God spoke he obeyed. He even obeyed when God requested him to sacrifice his only son (that he waited 99 years for). And as he continued to obey, God continued to increase him. He prospered in his family, businesses, finances, etc. Likewise Isaac, Jacob, Daniel, Joseph, etc. all prospered because they had the ability to hear God, cultivated by being in God's presence.

For you and I the example has been set; we know God's intention to prosper us. The challenge before you and I is to take our relationship with God to the next level. We must make being in His presence a lifestyle, and thus intimacy with Him is established. In so doing we will set ourselves up to hear from Him constantly and thus everything that we do will prosper.