Our value is not what we think we are worth, but what the Heavenly Father sees because of who we are in Christ. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.” — I John 3.
Our value is the unmatched price that our Lord paid for our redemption: His unconditional love. As children of God, it means we are adopted into the Family of God and co-heirs with Christ, sharing in his sufferings and his glory. As his children, we also have a heavenly inheritance by hearing the word of truth and believing in Christ (Ephesians 1:13).
First Peter 1:4 describes our inheritance, being born again “into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.” The Apostle Peter described our inheritance with four specific qualities.1)
Imperishable. There is no element, whether it be fire, water, air or any element that can cause our inheritance to perish. Our inheritance is eternal, remaining forever. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:232)
Unspoiled. While the world around is imperfect, his gift of eternal life is perfect. But the gift of eternal life is perfect, because the Giver of eternal life is perfect, holy and blameless. There is nothing of this earth that can touch what God has given us. Revelation 21:27 says, that nothing or anyone who is impure, shameful or deceitful.3)
Unfading. The promise of salvation is “never-fading”. The things of this world will fade, such as our favorite sweater that fades from the brightest blue to a grey-blue. Unlike the world, our garments of praise and our inheritance in Christ will never fade, lose it’s glory or diminish. It never changes, like our Savior who is unchanging. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, Hebrews 13:8.4)
Kept. We are citizens of heaven and so we take possession of our rightful inheritance when we are finally home. The Holy Spirit guarantees that we will receive eternal life in the world to come (2 Corinthians 1:22). In fact, “when you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:13–14).
Our heavenly inheritance is beyond what this world can imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”.
It is so important as we watch the signs of the times, that we do not fix our eyes on what is seen, because it is only temporary. Instead, we fix our eyes on what is unseen, released from the Kingdom of heaven. This is because what is unseen, is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
While we may face trouble in this world, it is a journey that brings an eternal glory. We read in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”. So do not be discouraged in this world when you face trouble. We have received salvation through his grace. When we see him face to face, we will see that it is beyond your wildest imagination, wrapped in his eternal glory.
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Dear Heavenly Father,
I humbly come before you. I praise you for your goodness. Thank you for keeping me and covering me with your grace and mercy. You are worthy to be praised. Thank you for your Son Jesus and the finished work of the cross. I am overwhelmed by the power of your love working in my life.
In this season of trouble, Heavenly Father, I ask you to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Holy Spirit, search my heart and shed your light on the corners of my heart.
(Please take a moment to search your heart, if there is anything that you need to ask forgiveness of.)
I cry out to you on behalf of my loved ones and dear friends. I plead the blood of Jesus over all them. I ask your healing power to flow over each one who is sick. I ask for your peace to reign over each one and anxiety to leave in the name of Jesus. Keep each one in the palm of your hand. I will walk in faith and not in fear, because the Lord is on my side I will not fear.
Father, I place my trust in you. Thank You that I can come boldly to your throne of grace through the righteousness of Jesus. I can confidently trust in Your peace and safety for my life and home because I know that Your angels are always on guard. I receive and believe.
In Jesus’ Name.
Waiting for God ...
Waiting on God and his timing can make us feel restless. There will be a season of work yet to come, however, while we are waiting, we can draw closer to the Lord. We can use the time to seek God for vision and prepare our hearts, for what’s to come. As the Holy Spirit inspires you with ideas and scripture that speak to your heart, write them down. This can help you sense God’s peace working in your life, bringing hope, rather than a sense of urgency or anxiety during this time. One day when you look back on these notes, you will see God’s hand, thoughts, and ideas to inspire you after this pandemic season is over. Seek his will because this is a time of preparation. God’s Church is getting primed and ready for deployment. There will be a season that is right and he will tell you, ‘now, run with the vision I have given you.”
"Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it." Habakkuk 2:2