Heirs of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 4:6-7:
-6:  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-7:  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if {since you are} a son, then an heir of God through {by the work of} Christ.

Today we are the sons of God.  “Son” is all-inclusive for every child of God whether they are male or female (Galatians 3:26-28) and we are all the children of God because we have the spirit of Christ with our very hearts. “Crying, Abba, Father” literally means saying daddy in the same way a child first speaks out to his parents saying momma or dada. Receiving the spirit of Christ has made us the children of God, and thus the biblical expression of “being born again of incorruptible seed” (I Peter 1:23).

Therefore, we are not servants of God, but emphatically, we truly are the sons of God! God has made us heirs of heavens throne and all that is therein; the majesty, the power, and the glory of heaven itself is to be ours because of the work of Christ. He gave his life for this, that we may genuinely know and experience the greatness of our heavenly calling, and of our eternal heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:18-19).

When the children of Israel (the Old Testament servants of God) were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they definitely had the release of a major burden of cruel slavery, yet they became servants to the Law, and the Law itself became for them an emotional internal bondage of rigorous mandates, actions, and commandments. However, today in God’s divine grace we are no longer servants, but sons and daughters, and heirs of His Majesty’s wealth because we accepted Christ, rather than on account of any works, laws, or commandments we may do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Romans 8:14-17a:
-14:  For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption {a sonship spirit that brings to the heart and soul of the children of God true inner spiritual freedom}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
-16:  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
-17a:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .

A joint-heir shares fully, we will not divide up Christ’s inheritance among all of the children of God but rather we will all partake completely in everything that belongs to Christ!  If you can get a moment this evening, look up at OUR heavenly amphitheater that passes through the night’s sky and grasp for one moment the true spiritual reality that we are heirs to all of it, and allow the Spirit of God to show you it is yours, and He will bless you thoroughly.

A Prayer with Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Prayer is believing with thankfulness, and believing is the HOW to our receiving from God. Prayer is what builds and strengthens our relationship with God, and gives us freedom and liberty to believe that God is present, willing, and able to answer us. Prayer is the key that helps release us from our doubts, worries, and fears, for we can daily give our concerns over to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). He in turn will manifest Himself to us, becoming our true sufficiency in life. In the Gospel of John we have a short prayer that Jesus offered, and he spoke it out to teach others around him how to pray in thankfulness.

John 11:41b-42:
-41b:  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
-42:  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

First notice that Jesus spoke intimately with God, calling Him Father. Secondly, notice that the very first thing he said was “I thank thee.” Being thankful is one of the greatest keys in receiving answers to our prayers. Yes, being humbly thankful even before receiving is absolutely the greatest way to receive our answers from God. Thirdly, Jesus acknowledges that God “always” hears his prayers. This is a great lesson to us so we may always know that God indeed hears the prayers of our hearts. Fourth, Jesus believed that his prayer would inspire others to believe as well. Believing in our prayers, believing that we will be receiving, is a biblical requirement for receiving from God, and will always be inspirational to others as they see our believing manifested.

“And when he {Jesus} thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth (John 11:43). Verse 43 is the climax of Jesus’ prayer, and Lazarus was raised from the dead because Jesus was thankful and he knew that God heard him.  He believed in his heart.  In Jesus’ prayer, he was thankful in advance, thankful knowing that his prayer would be completely answered, and this would also be inspiring to others. Jesus was teaching us how to believe the Father for the answers to our prayers.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe {in advance} that ye receive them, and {then} ye shall have them.

The healing Word of God encourages that we first believe in our prayer, and from the lessons of Jesus we can learn that being thankful is how he believed. Thanking God in advance and believing that we have received will bring great things into our lives, to our families, and our surroundings. The Apostle Paul said “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8), because the first thing in prayer is thankfulness, and thankfulness builds positive believing, and all believing equals receiving. Paul thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ, teaching that our prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ will have a positive effect to the answers we want. Jesus said, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29b). The reason we are blessed is that we believed even before we have received the gifts and answers that we desire from the Father.  May you continue to enjoy your prayer life with thankfulness.

Our Rights in Jesus Christ’s Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest right we have is the privilege to use the name of Jesus Christ. We can use his name in prayer and be assured of a positive answer, and we can use his name in the giving of thanks for God’s abundance. Believing in the name of Jesus Christ brings great things to pass in our lives. Using the name of Jesus Christ produces “signs” of encouragement for and to the individual believer, works “miracles” of loving comfort to our inner souls, and energizes “wonders” that exhort us to the worthy endeavors and exploits promised us in God’s Word.

John 14:13-14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14:  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I {Jesus Christ} will do it.

John 15:16b: – …that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Using the name of Jesus Christ in our prayer life is not a form of magic like saying “abracadabra,” and then some kind of magical trick is performed, nor is it sleight of hand for an illusion. Using the name of Jesus Christ, when spoken on the lips of believing Christians, unveils the actual power of God Himself so that God in Christ in us becomes manifested in our daily living. Jesus Christ has made available to us certain inalienable rights that can never change or be taken away from us such as our sanctification, our redemption, our righteousness, our reconciliation, our justification, and our continued forgiveness. These are the believer’s birthrights when we become saved (born again), for we have received everything that Jesus Christ made available by the sacrifice of himself, and now we are presented purified to our heavenly Father by Christ Jesus. Not only were we given spiritual rights and freedoms to walk with God, but we may also walk in Christ enjoying his accomplishments for us. In Ephesians 1 there is a prayer written specifically for believers:

Ephesians 1:16-19:
-16:  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
-17:  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him {God}:
-18:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened {and the reason for our spiritual “eyes being enlightened” with “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” –  is}; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling {to be with God for eternity}, and {that you may know} what the riches of his glory of his inheritance in the saints, {The inheritance is having the riches of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”}
-19:  And {that you may know} what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, {It is God’s power, yet it is our own believing in our spiritual rights that release this magnanimous power.}

The exceeding greatness of God’s power is manifested proportionally to our believing in our God-given rights. The greatest right that we have is to use the name of Jesus Christ in our prayer life to unleash the exceeding greatness of God’s blessings and power upon our lives. In Jesus Christ’s name, we can continue walking in blessed fellowship with our Maker, and with our Savior, and with one another.

He still Is Our Father

“Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words ‘our Father’ in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower. Jesus’ life showed God in a new light as our heavenly Father, and He still is Our Father!” ~LMJ~