Brother Kenneth Hagin, in talking about believers, once said:
“Bless their darling hearts and stupid heads.”
Sometimes I’m amazed at what comes out of the mouths of Christians.
I’m talking about people who love God with all their hearts. People who are in church every time the doors are open. People who will no doubt go to heaven.
But sometimes they say things that are not smart and they don’t even realize it . . .spiritually speaking, of course.
For instance. . .
“Well, I can’t do anything about my situation. . .it’s just the way things are.”
When I hear that statement. . .I wanted to shout out.
“Don’t say that!”
“Do you realize how spiritually ignorant and harmful such a statement is?”
“Are you listening to yourself?"
Do you understand the words you’re sowing into your future? The words we sow will either bring a harvest of blessing or a crop of negatives. . .we don’t want?
When someone says. . . “it’s just the way things are”. . .it’s a statement of resignation and resignation will eventually lead to self-pity. It’s a tactic the enemy uses to convince a person there is no hope. .
Sometimes a current situation will be used to gain sympathy or express frustration. Either way it’s fodder for the demon hordes to run wild with.
I’ve heard well-meaning, God-fearing Christians use this expression as a self-justification as to why they’re not doing better in life.
Saying something is: “just the way it is” is a rationalization for limitation and ineffective stewardship.
People who seek this free pass from effective stewardship often cite Psalm 16:5-6 as the scriptural excuse for staying where they are.
“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
According to dictionary.com the 21st century meaning of the word maintain is:
“to keep in existence or continuance; preserve; retain”
Literally, it means to hang on to what you’ve got.
In examining Strong’s Concordance you find the Hebrew word for maintainest is tamak (H8551) and it has quite a different meaning.
“to grasp, support, attain, lay hold of, to be held, to be seized”
I think it’s clear that “to grasp. . .attain. . .seize” gives a different impression of the word.
Let’s go further. . .
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for lot is gowral (H1486) and it means:
“lot, portion, recompense, retribution”
I’ve discovered that people tend to focus on the last part of that verse. . .and not the first part.
“The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup. . .”
If you are maintaining. . .it’s your inheritance from the Lord. . .and is most certainly unrestricted.
Here’s the New Living Translation of Psalm 16:5-6 which says:
“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!”
Does that sound like limitation to you? Of course not.
Psalm 16:5-6 in the Message Bible says:
“My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice! You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir!”
And just for the record. . .your lot in life. . .is not to live in an overcrowded housing complex or where you have to duck every time a car drives by.
Let’s look carefully at the words of the Message Bible translation of Psalm 16:5-6 once again:
“My choice is you, God, first and only. And now I find I'm your choice! You set me up with a house and yard. And then you made me your heir!”
Seven reasons your lot in life is more than you think.
First, make the right choice.
Interestingly enough, the word choice appears in the King James Version of the Bible a total of 23 times. In twelve of those verses the word choice is the Hebrew word mibchar (H4005) which means:
If having the option of choosing the best in life. . .why in the world would you settle for less than the best. . .or what you perceive to be things. . .just the way they are.
1 Corinthians 12:31 in the Amplified Bible says:
“But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all--love].”
Does it sound like God wants you to settle for less than His best?
Once again, I don’t think so. Not only that. . .but He wants us spending eternity in heaven with Him.
Josh McDowell, noted author said:
“A lot of people say, well how can a loving God send anyone to hell? First of all God doesn't send anyone to hell. If we go to hell, it's by our own choice. But when somebody says to me, how can a loving God allow anyone to go to hell, I'll turn around and say, "Well how can a holy, just, righteous God allow sin into His presence?"
Second, you’re the only one who can make the choice.
1 Corinthians 8:9 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Only be careful that this power of choice (this permission and liberty to do as you please) which is yours, does not [somehow] become a hindrance (cause of stumbling) to the weak or over scrupulous [giving them an impulse to sin].”
God started out giving options of choice a long time ago and they appeared to be crystal clear.
Deuteronomy 11:26 in the New Living Translation says:
“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!”
Clearly, the choice was theirs just as it is ours today.
Growing up your parents made choices for you. But there comes a point in time. . .an age of accountability where you become responsible for the choices you make. . .either good for bad.
Truthfully, they can also be life or death decisions whether we realize it or not. It may not be physical death … it could be death to your spiritual well being or your financial well being or a relationship.
Deuteronomy 30:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“[The Choice of Life or Death] “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.”
Your choices are all predicated on your obedience to the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 30:10 in the New Living Translation says:
“The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.”
Finally, Proverbs 2:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”
Dwight L. Moody, renowned pastor and teacher once said:
"One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there."
Third, God must always be first.
Proverbs 3:4-6 in The Living Bible says:
“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”
God will. . .the Scripture doesn’t say. . . “might, could or should”. . .the Scripture says that when you put God first. . .He WILL direct you and crown YOUR efforts with success.
Psalm 90:17 in the New Living Translation says:
“And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!”
When we put God first. . .not doubting His word or His promises. . .He will show His approval of our faithfulness by making our efforts. . .the things we put our hands to . . . successful.
Putting God first. . .means not doubting His promises. If you’re facing what appears in the natural to be dire economic circumstances, have faith . . . put God first.
Putting God first. . . means that regardless of job status. . .God will come through for you even when things appear to be hopeless. Read the story of Joseph for encouragement.
Putting God first . . .means just that. . .honoring Him for who He is and what He’s done and is doing in your life.
Putting God first. . .means standing your ground against every demonic assault against you, your family and your finances.
Fourth, never put idols of any kind before God.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
If money becomes so important that it messes up your priorities . . .then it’s become a false god . . . it can cause a person to ignore not only the true God but family, friends and other things . . . that offer true value.
Please notice that I said money “can” cause us to ignore what should be our first love . . . I didn’t say that it “will” cause misplaced priorities.
The choice is clearly ours to make based on our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father . . . we will either seek Him or the idols of this world.
Many seek money or other idols in search of what’s missing in their lives… that which can only be satisfied by a personal relationship with the Lord. Once they find God, their priorities are most usually straightened out.
Personal relationships are sacrificed when people worship money. It is sad, indeed tragic, to say in our country we have aborted babies because of money. . .we have placed our children in the care of strangers because of money and the things that it buys.
Psalm 115:4 says:
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.”
There is still much truth in that scripture that applies to men today. When money becomes an idol. . I can tell you. . .God is grieved about it because He knows too well the lasting consequences it can cause to everyone involved.
Psalm 106:36 says:
“And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.”
I just finished reading all 119 verses in the King James Version of the Bible that deal with idols. I can tell you without equivocation that any idol that replaces your Heavenly Father is like making a death wish.
Revelation 21:8 says:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Bottom line, always put God first.
Five, you’re the one He chose.
John 15:16 says:
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
When the scripture says that we’re to “bring forth fruit, and that our fruit should remain” does that sound like He just wants us to accept our ‘lot’ as a negative in life? Hardly.
This is especially true when you consider the last part of the verse which says:
“. . . that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
So if your Heavenly Father is willing to give you whatever you ask Him for. . .does that sound like He wants you to accept things just the way they are. . .not really.
Here’s the really great news. . .when we’re producing fruit for the Kingdom. . .the scripture says God will give us whatever we ask of Him.
What an offer. You’d have to be a hamburger short of a happy meal not to take advantage of this life-changing offer.
Leviticus 20:22-24 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Obey my laws and teachings. Or else the land I am giving you will become sick of you and throw you out. The nations I am chasing out did these disgusting things, and I hated them for it, so don't follow their example. I am the LORD your God, and I have promised you their land that is rich with milk and honey. I have chosen you to be different from other people.”
God has chosen you to be different from other people.
Sixth, better than a chicken in every pot.
During the presidential campaign of 1928. . .a circular promoting Herbert Hoover said that if he won there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”
Hoover won the election. . .but never honored that campaign promise because the nation was hit with the stock market crash of 1929 which plunged the nation into the Great Depression.
Politicians make all sorts of promises.
Mark Twain, the American humorist, once said. . .the way to tell if a politician is lying is whether or not his lips are moving.
Let me tell you about someone who never lies. . .never has. . .never will. He can’t lie.
So when God promises us a house and a yard. . .we can take it to the bank.
And by the way, God not only wants you to own a house. . .but houses.
Deuteronomy 6:11 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn (excavated) cisterns (wells) which you did not dig out, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are full and satisfied.”
You may be thinking. . .yes, but Brother Harold, I lost my home due to foreclosure or I’ve been evicted from my home because I couldn’t pay the rent.
Don’t fret about past loss. . .embrace your future gain.
Nehemiah 5:11 in Contemporary English Version says:
“You must restore their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and homes to them this very day. And repay the interest you charged when you lent them money, grain, new wine, and olive oil.”
Let’s go a little further in Nehemiah to 9:25 in the Contemporary English Version which says:
“They captured strong cities and rich farmland; they took furnished houses, as well as cisterns, vineyards, olive orchards, and numerous fruit trees. They ate till they were satisfied, and they celebrated your abundant blessings.”
Your Heavenly Father doesn’t limit you to one house. . . .
Matthew 19:29 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.”
Mark 10:30 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life.”
Have you noticed that in each of these verses it refers to houses. . .God wants you to own houses.
Now would be a good time to shout “Hallelujah!!”
Seventh, you’re family.
Romans 8:16-17 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”
You are a joint heir with Christ.
Romans 8:17 says:
“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. . .”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for heirs is klēronomos (G2818) and it means:
“one who receives by lot, an heir; one who has acquired or obtained the portion allotted to him.”
Galatians 3:29 in the Amplified Bible says;
“And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham's Seed], then you are Abraham's offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.”
The Greek word for joint-heirs means:
“a fellow heir; one who obtains something assigned to himself with others, a joint participant.”
The term heir is most frequently used today in legal documents. . .like Last Will and Testaments.
Since we are joint heirs with Christ. . .our right to an inheritance rises and falls with Jesus. The word joint literally means intertwined and made into one.
I could go on. . .but here’s the bottom line. . .if we’re joint heirs with Christ to an inheritance. . .then what’s His. . .is ours. There is no inheritance until someone dies. And Jesus died so He could give us the inheritance that sin took away.
Hebrews 9:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance--since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement.”
God is constantly opening so much more than what we have at the moment.
It’s also exciting to know that God wants us to have everything He has promised us in His precious Word.
Romans 4:20-21 says:
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Are you saying to yourself, “Well, I don’t have it at the moment?”
Neither did Abraham when he was tempted to waver at the promise God made to him.
Trusting and believing God is part of the process. The question should really be: how much am I ready to believe God for?
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