Open Heaven (December 23)
Topic: THE HERITAGE OF GOD Written by Pastor E.A Adeboye
Open Heaven (December 23)
Memories: Behold, what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world know us not, because it knew him not.
Read: Roman 8:14-17
Romans 8:14-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba,[a] Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
The word ‘heritage’ refers to a cherished property or inheritance, having special architectural, historical or natural qualities and values. It reveals the sense of history, personality, importance, authority and worth of a people or nation. It therefore not surprising that God commanded the Israelites to document historical event, convents, laws and commandments that form their heritage, in order to preserve them forever (Exodus 17:14, Exodus 34:27, Deuteronomy 11:20). God and His kingdom also have a heritage. The people of God in all generations are the heritage of God (Psalm 94:5). The Bible therefore refers to the Israelites, the church of Christ and little children as God’s heritage (Joel 3:2, 1 Peter 5:3, and Psalm 127:3). Since a heritage refers to assets of monumental value, the Lord’s heritage is therefore something very precious, to be protected and watched over will all diligence. This should give you an idea of your worth to God as a Christian. Open Heaven (December 23)
In the beginning God created us in His own image and for His pleasure, but man later fell from grace and became a slave of sin. In His mercy, God approached the slave market and repurchase us by offering the precious Blood of His son, Jesus, as ransom for us. By this heavy investment, God has secured a double claim of ownership over us: as the beautiful work of His hands, and as His adopted children, bought with the precious Blood of Jesus. Little wonder the Holy Spirit in 1 Peter 2:9describes those in Christ in these terms:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that yeshould shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
All of mankind have the opportunity of becoming God’s children through faith in Jesus Christ, who came into this world to redeem us from sin and Satan over two thousand years ago. As you celebrate His birth this season, remember what He came to manifest the nature of God and demonstrate His character to us, so that through His example we can imitate the ways of our heavenly Father in our daily lives. Those who live their lives in this manner, under the saving grace and lordship of Jesus Christ being spare no expense to preserve their heritage, God can go any length to preserve those that are His heritage. Are you part of God’s heritage?
Bible in one Year: Proverbs 20-22, Zechariah 11:1-14
Hymnal: Sing Hymn 9
Prayer Point: Father, I thank you for paying such a high price to make me your heritage: please help me to imitate your ways in my daily life, in Jesus Name. Open Heaven (December 23)