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Monday
Jul282014

Grace, mercy and peace...

2 John 1:3
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
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Grace, mercy, peace, truth and love. These are five amazing benefits of being joined with both the Father and the Son. Each one of these heavenly attributes are part of your birthright. You don't have to earn them or deserve them. They belong to you because you belong to Jesus. 

If we struggle with the concept of inheritance, we may struggle to receive all that God wants to give us. The Bible says in Romans 8:15-17 that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That means that everything that is part of Jesus' inheritance, now belongs to us too. We are no longer slaves, but heirs of the Most High because we carry the Spirit of Sonship in our hearts (Galatians 4:4-6).

To better understand what has been freely given to us, think of your own family. Your kids will receive your inheritance when you pass away. What do your children do to earn or deserve it? Nothing really. The reason that they are your heirs is that they were born into your family. That is the only qualifier. It is the same thing with God only on a scale that is eternally and immeasurably more than we could ever possibly imagine.

God's will for our lives is grace, mercy and peace in truth and love. Psalm 23 tells us that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives. We never have to chase them because they will follow us.

My prayer today is that you would know that there is an amazing storehouse of blessings in heaven that our Father has for you simply because you are in His Son. May we all have the faith today to say yes and amen to every good gift that comes from the Father of Lights (James 1:17).

Ephesians 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love; 5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved, (WEB)