Tuesday, July 19, 2011

inheritance

noun
1 a : the act of inheriting property
   b : the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
   c : the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
{definition taken from merriam-webster}

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being in montana since mid-june, i've had to skip my treasured NCL women's study that is currently going through beth moore's inheritance study. HOWEVER, the Lord has faithfully guided my devo time to inheritance-themed scripture... yay!
on sunday mornings, pastor levi lusko {of fresh life church - here in whitefish & kalispell} is going through the book of joshua aka the uprising... so, i started reading that for my morning devos and the book of proverbs as well. i highly, highly recommend reading these concurrently with each other... it has been amazing! full of awesome inheritance nuggets. :)

...and i actually looked up the word inheritance today and totally geeked out about it. i thought it was kind of amazing that i could apply all three merriam-webster meanings to my spiritual inheritance through Christ ::

def. a) the act of inheriting property
when we put our faith in Jesus, we are made His sons & daughters, thus being heirs to Himself and His heavenly kingdom. { galatians 3 }

def. b) the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
just like we inherited our earthly parents' qualities - brown eyes, straight hair, whatever - we will inherit His qualities too - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control - if we are truly his children. awesome! { galatians 5:19-26 }

def. c) the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations
when i read this one, i immediately thought of joshua observing moses' faith in God and all the miracles that God performed when he obeyed.......  and how joshua then steps up after moses dies and demonstrates the same faith and obedience in God as his former leader. he acquired that vital trait of faith from the past generation. i love that!! { joshua 1 }

since we are in that same spiritual family, we can read these amazing stories of faith and obedience and possess those same traits as joshua and moses... let's take hold of that faith and obey God - He will do amazing things!
:)

2 comments:

c. ray said...

Beautiful and inspiring! Insightful and wise;)

nicswife said...

thanks c. ray! :)