Yesterday, we began talking about our privilege to have a “birthright” in the Kingdom of God.
I have always considered myself a “Christian”, but it wasn’t until last year that I realized I was a defeated Christian. It blew my socks off to learn that I didn’t have to be plagued by a seizure disorder, bad eyesight, and a poor financial status.
I thought that as long as you knew where you were going to heaven, you didn’t need to ask or expect anything else of God. I realized even more that I was walking in false humility.
“It’s okay God, You don’t have to heal me. You’ve got bigger things to deal with; like cancer.”
“It’s just The Lord’s will that I can barely afford fuel. I’ll lean on Him.”
Have any of these thoughts plagued your thoughts, conversations or facebook page?
As I began to realize that it wasn’t God’s will for me to be sick or poor (Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 53:5) and I began to walk in the largeness of my birthright in Christ, I realized that the foot-holding deceiver (Ephesians 4:27) has a hold on many dejected Christians. By every word that comes from the mouth of God, we learn our true birthright in the heavenlies.
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us–an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!” (Romans 8:15-17, MSG).
Our birthright in Christ is similar to our natural birthright. However, instead of being born into the family of God, we are adopted.
John 1:12 tells us that those who receive Him, those who believe His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
In contrast, those who do not believe in Christ are not His children or adopted into His family. Because of this adoption by the blood of Jesus, when God looks at you, He sees you as spotless and blameless in His sight. Not because of anything that you have done, but because of what was accomplished on the cross.
One benefit of adoption into God’s family is that we are able to speak with Him and relate to Him as a good, loving Father. This relationship is essential to the rest of the blessings we receive in our birthright.
When we know WHOSE we are, we are able to stand against the deception of the enemy. We are confident in the Words of our Father.
The blood of Jesus, that was shed on the cross, cleanses us so that we may receive the promised eternal inheritance. Cleansing washes us of those sin-stains so that we are white as snow before the Lord.
“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:12).
As Children of God, our inheritance goes back to our forefather Abraham.
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3).
In the next chapter, we see that Abraham had become so wealthy that the land could not support him and they separated from the rest of the family. Galatians 3:29 tells us that if we belong to Christ, we are heirs to the promises of God. Because I want you guys to see the awesomeness of our God, I want you to give you some homework. Don’t worry, it’s just a small chapter. It entails a large portion of what our inheritance is in Christ.
Read Deuteronomy 28.
What is it that has been stolen from you? What blessing is rightly yours as a child of God? Is it healing? Financial stability? Your marriage? The enemy only takes what you’ve rightly given him. Thankfully, we can call back what is rightfully ours and begin to walk in the inheritance of our birthright.
In 1 Samuel 30, we read of the account of David as he recovers all that the Amalekites had taken from him. There was not one thing missing (verse 18). We live in a fast-food, instant-pudding world that grants our immediate gratification attitude. We get upset when God doesn’t meet the “just-add-water” criteria. We can’t stand to wait. But we must be proactive in walking in our birthright, otherwise it’ll belong to the enemy.
I am reminded of Matthew 4 when Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted and prayed for forty days, so he was hungry.
Notice that the first temptation the devil uses is with food. If at any point in time, Jesus were to submit to the temptation, he would despise his birthright and sold it. Instead, read what Jesus’ response was:
“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
“It is written”, is the basis upon which we must stand so that we are not lulled to sleep by deception, causing us to sell our birthright.
As Romans 8:14 says, those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. It is crucial to be led by the Spirit because of the level of deception that has been released on the earth.
Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. He chose to be led by the Spirit again by counteracting every temptation with the Word of God.
“Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, EXCLUDED from citizenship in Israel and FOREIGNERS to the covenant of the promise, WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT GOD in the world. BUT NOW in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been BROUGHT NEAR through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13, my emphasis).
What have we been brought near to?
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
Because of His great and precious promises, we don’t have to sit and wish to escape the corruption of this world. We can participate in His divine nature and escape the wiles of this world and into the realms of heaven! Be apostles, special messengers of the Most- High God.
He’s given us everything we need to walk and be effective. By His righteousness, we’ve been given a precious gift: a step-by-step guide to truly living the Christ-led, all surrendered life.
So what are we doing standing around with our hands in our pockets, shuffling our feet in confusion?
Get in the word! He does not desire us to live dejected, broken, poor, sick, hurt or in need. He desires us to escape those by participating in His divine precious promises.