In the previous post I spoke about your new identity being one of a son, not one of a slave. The last quoted verse was Galatians 4:7:
“…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.”
As a son of God, you are an heir of God through your faith in Jesus. Everything on earth – all the riches and treasures – belongs to God.
“For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s and everything that is in it.” 1 Cor 10:26
That means, as a son and an heir of God, you will never lack anything. All the riches and the treasures on earth are your inheritance through Christ. These don’t only include spiritual blessings (like healing, deliverance and freedom) but physical blessings as well. God wants us to prosper in all aspects of life!
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2
If you are a millionaire your son won’t walk around barefoot in the middle of winter… How much more surely will God bless you, if He owns the earth and everything on it?
In Deuteronomy 28:1-12 we read about a myriad of blessings that was promised to the Israelites … IF they were obedient and followed the law at all times. However, if they did not obey the law, a myriad of curses would come their way (Deuteronomy 28:14-45). We have already established that we have been set free from the law and legalism through the complete sacrifice of Jesus. He came to fulfill the law, so that we do not have to submit to it in order to be righteous in God’s eyes.
Because we believe in the complete sacrifice of Jesus we are called sons of Abraham due to our faith, not sons of Moses due to our holy adherence to the law. That means we are heirs according to a promise, not according to a set of rules that is followed (as was the case with the Israelites in Deuteronomy).
“Know and understand that it is [really] the people [who live] by faith who are [the true] sons of Abraham.” Gal 3:7
To understand that we are now unconditionally blessed, we must look to God’s actions toward Abraham. He came to Abraham and told him He wants to bless him, without any conditions following this statement. We are now also unconditionally blessed because of our faith in Christ. So – how blessed you are does not depend on how holy you live, or how closely you follow the law – it is a free gift and an unconditional promise which is true in Christ.
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and [a]curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].” Gen 12:2-3
In a previous post I spoke about how God is earnestly waiting and longing to be gracious to us and to show us His kindness. Today I want to elaborate on that a bit, by referring to two more scriptures testifying to this fact. Firstly Jesus used the example of an earthly father’s heart towards his child:
“Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matt 7:9-11
Now if you don’t have children yet, imagine a parent, close friend or beloved pet. If they approach you hungry, will you spitefully give them a stone to chew on? No! Why do we believe that God (Who is the essence of perfect love) would be any different? He wants to bless His children! Another verse:
“He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” Rom 8:32
There are no exceptions if the word ‘all’ is used. You can’t say: “God will give me all things, except this or that”. All means ALL – no exceptions! We can really and truly expect the best gifts from God!
I want to continue the story about the Door and the Shepherd in this post. We’ve been busy in John 10, and today I want to look at verse 10 specifically.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10
In this verse Jesus clearly sets himself apart from stealing, killing and destroying. This is such an important part of His character that we need to grasp and solidify in our hearts. We must know the heart of God towards His flock. Jesus also refers to Himself as the good shepherd in the next verse (John 10:11). There are a few more verses in the Bible regarding God’s flock and His heart towards them:
“The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.” Ps 23:1-2
“I will feed them with good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be; there shall they lie down in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.” Ezekiel 34:14
“And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing, and I will cause the showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by Gods favor].” Ezekiel 34:26
As God’s sheep we can expect life in abundance – so much life that it overflows! We can expect provision, rest and peace in God. We can expect goodness and showers of blessings and favor. I don’t see any reflection of a bad shepherd in the verses above – just amazing kindness and goodness.
Over the course of the last few weeks quite a few amazing benefits of salvation have been mentioned. Complete liberty, freedom from anxieties and fears, blessings, divine protection and healing to name just a few. God delights in people who love Him out of free will. That’s why He does not force salvation on us. We are given a choice. Just like we are given the choice to believe in Jesus, we are given a choice to progress to the supernatural life of blessings and miracles.
“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…” Deut 30:19
This renewed mindset of blessing, healing and freedom does not always come naturally. Because it goes against what we have come to know in the natural realm we need to CHOOSE life (the supernatural). We need to choose the better portion, the gift that is wrapped up for us to freely enjoy.
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Rom 12:2
Let your mind be renewed in order to see the wealth of blessings that is set before you. Choose the better part – choose Jesus and the life that He has given us.
In the previous two posts we spoke about the incredible gift God gave mankind in the sacrifice of Jesus. He saved us entirely – body, mind and soul. We’ve already established that faith in the sacrifice of Jesus leads to salvation of our souls and reconciliation with God. We’ve also established that Jesus took it upon himself to carry every sickness and disease in order for us to experience health. The third aspect of this complete salvation is the salvation of our minds.
Let’s look at Isaiah 53:5 again:
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
The highlighted part of the verse refers to our minds, and the fact that we can now enjoy peace. Peace of mind means calmness, composure and freedom from worries. It is a quiet place of contentment and joy, free from all depression, sadness and anxiety.
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.”
“May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Pet 1:2
A gift needs to be received in order to be enjoyed. We just need to realize God’s heart towards us, and how blessed we are the moment we are born again. We must get to know Jesus, who is God’s gift to us. It is knowing the Truth that will set us free, really and unquestionably free (John 8:32, 36)!
We have already established that the fullness of God lives inside us the moment we are born again (see previous post). The fullness of God also refers to the presence of God, and the presence of God goes hand in hand with blessings.
We see this in 2 Sameul 6:11-12:
“And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household. And it was told King David, The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.”
The ark of the Lord represents His presence in the Old Testament. Wherever it went, blessings followed. The same can be said of His presence today (His character remains unchanged) – the presence which now abides in us. Therefore we can expect supernatural blessings to follow us, and everyone close to us – even all items that belongs to us. We now contain the presence of God, we are His temple!
“For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” 2 Cor 6:16