TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, February 21, 2019:
Acquire by gift or succession; something such as property, a title, or a right received as an heir; something gotten by legal right from a person at his or her death; something received as a legacy or promise.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Did you know that you are an heir to unimaginable wealth that will never perish, spoil or fade? If you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Jesus as your Savior you have become a child of God. God has for His children an inheritance reserved for us in heaven.
Do you need to be reminded that here on this earth He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). In heaven He has reserved for us an inheritance far beyond what our minds can comprehend here on earth.
Our divine inheritance is so certain, according to the scriptures (above), that it is as if we have already received it. It is certain because it was determined (predestined) by God's will and guaranteed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the will of God that every one of us, no matter how vile a sinner we may have been, that we are to be made righteous by believing in Christ and therefore becoming entitled to receive the inheritance God has prepared for us.
In I Peter 1:4, Peter tells us that if we belong to Christ, we are one of His children and our inheritance is incorruptible and undefiled and does not fade away and is reserved and waiting for us in heaven. No one can take our inheritance from us because God has guaranteed it by sealing us with His Holy Spirit of promise.
Naturally, we all want to know what we are going to inherit. Much of our inheritance is far beyond our human comprehension but the scripture gives us a few hints. Part of our inheritance will be the transformation of our body and soul. We will be conformed to the likeness of His Son (Romans 8:29 and I John 3:2). Our weak perishable bodies will be changed into strong, glorious ones that are free from sin and death. Not only will we live forever and forever, but we will live in the glorious presence of our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In Ephesians 2:7 we are told that God will show us "the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." As we live our days on this earth let us show love and gratitude to our Father for such amazing goodness. Let us devote each day of our lives to living for Him and make these words of Colossians 3:23-24 a part of our daily life: “Whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto man; knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord."
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 32:7.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Thank You Lord for the inheritance You have stored up for me in heaven. Help me to daily show my love and gratitude to You for Your amazing goodness to me by faithfully and heartily serving You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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