Preparing For Your Inheritance

Introduction:

Ps.47:1-4; I Pet.1:3-4.
The words “heir,” “inherit” and “inheritance,” are used 308 times in scripture.
The inheritance is thus, a significant Biblical theme.

I. The Inheritance takes Time:

* We live in an instant society; everybody wants something “now!” Isa.55:9.
* As Christians, we have to avoid the “I can’t wait!” mentality. We must learn to wait for things which God wants to bring to us, in His time! “The lust for instant gratification is a child of Rousseau and a father to revolution.1
* Postponement of gratification requires vision and discipline: that is good! A disciplined person is going places.
* “Lower class people are not patient. They resist any suggestion of deferred gratification in life. In contrast, upper-class people are willing to wait to be gratified. This is why upper-class people are more thrifty, make long-range plans, and remain in school longer than lower-class people. The generation of the exodus was a lower-class generation. Their children were not to imitate them.” 2
* “To everything there is a season.” (Eccles.3:1)
* Don’t go into debt, merely because you can’t wait for something!
* The spouse, the better job, the new house, the new furniture, the new car. Prov.4:18
* Waiting involves inconvenience; but waiting is necessary. “Good wine, takes time.”
* We have to learn to wait for God’s purpose. Joseph learned to wait. Ps.105:17-19.
* Abraham and Sarah had a long wait before Isaac was born. Isaac and Rebekah could not have children, till they had been married 20 years.(Gen.25:20,26)
* Jacob, after meeting his great love Rachel when he was 77, waited 7 years before they could marry. They waited another 7 years, before she could bear a child-Joseph.
* Caleb too, learned to wait – 45 years. (Joshua 14.)
* God is a long-term God. Prov.20:21.
 
II. The Inheritance Requires Preparation:

* God is taking His saints from darkness to light, from immaturity to spirituality, from arrogance to humility, from self-confidence, to confidence in Christ. Jn.13:7.                            
* Every beautiful tapestry has an underside, which the admirer doesn’t see. The Lord’s tapestries have an underside, too: pain, affliction, embarressment, suffering, loneliness, ignominy, humiliation, rejection. These are not nice, but are necessary; the standard things for great Bible characters: Joseph, Moses, (Heb.11:24-26) David, Jephthah and Jesus.
* Godly character doesn’t happen overnight!

“I walked a mile with Pleasure
She chatted all the way,
Leaving me none the wiser,
For all She had to say.

And I walked a mile with Sorrow
And never a word said She,
But oh, the things I learned from Her
When Sorrow walked with me.” (Barry McGuire)

* The best photographs begin as negatives in a dark room, to be revealed at a later date. If there are no negatives- no picture. Don’t despise God’s dark-room!

 
II. The Inheritance Requires our Faithfulness:

a) Spiritually: our liberty in Christ is not freedom from the commands and demands of scripture.God is a jealous God: hence horoscopes, fortune-telling, witchcraft, the occult, magic-arts, seances etc, are utterly “out of bounds” for the Christian. Any participation in these, or a past family involvement, must be utterly renounced. Ex. 20:5.

b) Morally: David’s moments of adultery with Bathsheba, led to a lifetime of regret, (and a great price), but Joseph’s moral faithfulness is an example for us all. Moral faithfulness for a Christian, begins in the mind, and means that we must exclude pornography and all sexual fantasy from our thoughts. Phil.4:8; II Jn.8.

c) Financially: Keep all your financial dealings before the Lord. No “creative accounting,” with your tax; no “funny money,” or undeclared “cash jobs.” A good reputation “with outsiders,” requires accountability in everything. I Sam.12:3-4;
I Thess.5:22.

d) Musically: Heavy rock (“AC/DC”, etc) is not God honouring, and thus is unacceptable. Bach said, "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging." 
II Cor. 11:3

e) Ethically:

(i) Daniel was regarded as being “neither corrupt or negligent.” Dan.6:4.

(ii) Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it. Ps.15:4;(See M. Henry’s Commentary, Vol.V, p.305, base of column 2, part [2] ).

(iii) God has very high ethical standards.(Moses refused the temptations, implicit with the money, privilege, status or power of Pharoah’s court. Heb.11:24-26)

Conclusion:

“It is God who is at work in you…” God is preparing us all, for a future day with Him. Let us be obedient to His call, and share in the inheritance, He has prepared for us.
Deut.4:35-38.

1. Rushdoony, R. J., Roots of Reconstruction, 1991, p.1120.
2. North, G., Sanctions and Dominion, 1997, p.143.

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