5.6.2020 The Lord is Our Inheritance
Word for the Warrior May 6, 2020 The Lord is Our Inheritance!
Here is a song for you today: https://youtu.be/wgRXeqgbpCc Heaven’s Sounding Sweeter All The Time
One day, we will take possession of our portion, our heritage, our full inheritance. John Calvin writes of our inheritance, "We do not have the full enjoyment of it at present. . . . We walk . . . in hope, and we do not see the thing as if it were present, but we see it by faith. . . . Although, then, the world gives itself liberty to trample us under foot, as they say; although our Lord keeps us tried with many temptations; although he humbles us in such a way that it may seem we are as sheep appointed to the slaughter, so that we are continually at death’s door, yet we are not destitute of a good remedy. And why Seeing that the Holy Spirit reigns in our hearts, we have something for which to give praise even in the midst of all our temptations. . . . Therefore, we should rejoice, mourn, grieve, give thanks, be content, wait" (from Calvin’s Ephesian sermons, delivered in Geneva, 1558—59). When we understand and value the glory that awaits us, we are better able to endure whatever comes our way in this life. We can give God praise even during trials because we have His guarantee that we will receive all He has promised: "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Revelation 21:4 gives us a brief but beautiful description of our inheritance: "‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." God and man will dwell together. Everything will be made new. The bejeweled city, New Jerusalem, will be our residence. The river of life will issue from God’s throne. The healing tree of life with twelve kinds of fruit will grow there, too. There will be no night there, because the eternal light of the Lamb will fill the new heaven and new earth and shine upon all the heirs of God. David writes, "Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance" (Psalm 16:5–6). And that is why "we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Recommended Resource: Who am I?: Identity in Christ by Jerry Bridges
Prayer: Abba Father, we are ever so thankful for the hope and destiny you have for us—now & in eternity. How can we ever be downcast? You have given us a sweet glimpse today of what you have in store for us—and it keeps getting better all the time. While we are getting older—its not without the blessed vision of the place you have prepared for us! Living on earth has been so good—but it keeps getting better & better!
Help us not to cling so hard to the things HERE—but lift our eyes to what you have in store for us. We think of the song, “Heaven came down & glory filled my soul—where at the cross the Savior made me whole….” And may we enjoy the days you have given us here on earth as well! Remind us to treasure every moment we have—every day—every week—every season of our lives. Help us, Holy Spirit, to live fully—not for ourselves but for you, and those you have sent us to.
Holy Spirit, give us the boldness, courage & tenacity to live fully each day—without grumbling, complaining or wishing the day away. We bless you today, Abba (which in our language means Daddy) and thank you for the bountiful gifts you have given us…in this life & in the next. Thank you also for the blessed hope that some day we will again be reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us. WE are thrilled to be your kids today….in Jesus’ Name, Amen.