Inheritance

 

Bag with inheritanceI have 5 amazing kids and my family has expanded with two my sons marrying great ladies and now they have children of their own. I find myself reflecting on my journey as I look at the kids. I often see myself in something they do or the way they say something. It seems like a life-time ago since they were babies. I will sometimes have conversations with my parents or my wife’s parents and they reflect similarly – they remember us being small sometimes like it was yesterday.

I started reading the book of Hebrews this morning and this book starts out declaring the importance of Jesus, the Son of God. The Hebrew writer is a mystery, although he writes like Paul. The content is strong as he describes Jesus. Check this out…

In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe through him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. So he became superior to the angels, just as the name he inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:2-4 CSB)

I love it when someone is blessed by something one of my kids has done. I love it when they say I favor. I tell everyone that my youngest son Luke looks the most like me! (In case you didn’t know, he’s my Nicaragua son!) I want my kids to grow up being honorable, honest adults who serve the Lord.

The older I get, the more I start thinking of what sort of inheritance I’m leaving for my children. First, I want to leave an inheritance of faith in Christ. The Lord changed my life when I surrendered my heart to Him many years ago. The Lord changed the way I love my wife, the way I parent my children and the kind of friend I am to others. I believe knowing the Lord has been the most pivotal choice of my entire life. I was young when I made that decision, but it’s been affirmed many times over as I get older. As I read the Word of God, my faith gets deeper and stronger. My inheritance with Him is His Presence forever in heaven. My family receives that incredible inheritance as well because they’ve given their heart to Him as well.

I try not to worry about how this life comes to a close because of the promise of my inheritance. I want to simply trust Him and walk with Him every day that I have ahead.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Insight

Insight Light Bulb ConceptI have had many “Aha” moments in my life. I enjoy reading and learning new things. I’ve said many times before that I want to be a life-long learner. I also enjoy seeing others have that “Aha” moment and grasp a thought or insight that really opens the horizons up for them. I enjoy teaching and helping others have insight to a topic or subject.

I also enjoy teaching from my spiritual journey. I feel like that every day I open His Word, He teaches me something new or gives me a clearer and deeper understanding of a truth that I was already aware of.  I enjoy reading His Word in different versions and translations to give further insight of the context of certain passages that speak into my heart.

Paul, in writing to the church at Ephesus, pens some of the greatest truths simply tucked away in this letter. I came across this passage and I’m praying that this over my heart and the hearts of anyone who reads this little blog. Check this out…

15 This is why, since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. (Ephesians 1:15-19 CSB)

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the Spirit of Wisdom.

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the revelation of Him.

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the knowledge of Him.

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the hope of His calling.

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the glorious inheritance.

I want an “Aha” moment regarding the immeasurable greatness of His Power.

I want the eyes of my heart to be open to see Him like I’ve never seen Him before. I want to see Him more clearly than I do now. I want more wisdom, insight and understanding of Who He is and what He’s calling me to do and be. The insight that the Lord gives is like none other. I’ve learned more from my time in His Word than the volumes of books I’ve read or seminars I’ve ever attended. The Word overflows with insight to God’s heart. I’m profoundly grateful for His heart that is saturated with Grace for His kids – like me!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Inheritance

 

Bag with inheritanceThis is a familiar word as I hear it all the time in my business. Some people inherit land, houses and money from their parents or grand parents. It is spelled out in a will or by transfer of title prior to the death of the person giving the inheritance. Inheritance is not usually something that is deserved because of behavior. It is usually a function of birthright. I read a great book a few months back called “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall. (I would highly recommend this book.) The Ultimate gift puts quite a twist on this whole inheritance discussion.

Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob. Remember the coat of many colors, being sold into slavery, then thrown into prison falsely accused, interpreter of dreams and promoted to ruler of Egypt by Pharaoh himself. Josephs two sons received an inheritance in the Promised Land that was significant. This traced back to the journey of their ancestors. Check this out….

5 This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans:

The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon 6 and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east. 7 Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan. 8 From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans. 9 It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites. (Joshua 16:5-9 NIV)

 

I am very thankful that through Jesus coming to earth, I now have an inheritance that is far more valuable than anything I could possibly own or attain here on earth. My eternal home is secure and waiting on my arrival at my appointed time. I would love to give my children a “temporary inheritance” (aka $$) as well as help direct them to follow the Lord fully to be given an unbelievable, eternal inheritance!

I can’t earn my inheritance from the Lord, but it is mine to accept.

His Presence in me & my eternal inheritance trumps anything I could own or earn while I’m here on this earth!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Inheritance

 

Bag with inheritanceI thing that this word is a word that can be a synonym with gift. An inheritance is a lot like a gift but it’s given because of some prior relationship. It can be possessions that are left behind by a friend or family member. It can also be characteristic or trait given genetically by ones parents or ancestors. Inheritance is generally something, which we have very little control over. The family of a wealthy person can’t control how generous he or she is to specific individuals. The division of the inheritance is often spelled out in a last will and testament.

The Lord is giving His people an inheritance of the Promised Land. Out of 12 tribes, one will not receive the same inheritance. Check this out…

1 The Levitical priests – indeed, the whole tribe of Levi – are to have no land allotted to them or any inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the Lord, for that is their inheritance. 2 They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them.

5 for the Lord your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the Lord’s name always. (Deuteronomy 18:1-2;5 NIV)

I think it’s healthy to see the Lord as my inheritance. If I were to be the recipient of an inheritance worth millions of dollars, it will still be temporary. If the Lord is my inheritance, then my eternity is secure. It is so easy to be distracted here on earth with things that don’t last. I need to keep my attention and my gaze upon Him because He is eternal.

It’s interesting to see people’s response and reaction to money. A large inheritance seems to really change some people. I heard a great quote recently that said, “Money magnifies who we already are”. If we were a jerk without money, we will be a jerk when we get money. If we are kind, even though we’re broke, we’ll be kind even when we’re not broke.

I’m reading a series of books called “The Ultimate Gift” by Jim Stovall. The author conveys with this series of novels the value of character and an understanding of the gifts of this life. Our values really are magnified by money. I would be really wise to make the Lord my inheritance and use the resources that I have here on earth to pursuing eternal life with Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Inheritance

 

Bag with inheritanceI grew up among the lower middle class as far as economics go. My parents raised five kids on a modest income. Now that I’m a father of five, I wonder how in the world they pulled that off on their income. While we didn’t have a lot of money growing up, we developed strong character. We were introduced to the Lord at a very young age and it wasn’t something that was drilled into us. My parents walked out their faith in front of us. We were involved in church and both my parents served in one capacity or another. My parents passed on a heritage of faith that is still a powerful influence on me today.

Often when I hear the word inheritance, the first thing that is thought of is possessions and money left to children or heirs after the death of another. There is a legal process to go through that consummates the inheritance. There have been other situations that occur where a person inherits burdens or troubles left behind by their predecessor.

The Lord is preparing the Israelites for when they inherit the land He’s promised. Aaron is the leader of the Levite family. He gives the Levites a different inheritance. Check this out…

20 The Lord said to Aaron, ‘You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites. (Numbers 18:20 NIV)

There was a part of me that thought this arrangement seemed unfair. There is another part of me that realized what a gift the Lord had given the Levites. He had chosen them from among the 12 brothers to serve Him and represent Him among the entire family/nation. The task ahead of them bore great responsibility, but also came with great respect as well.

I realize that the wealthiest heir without God is still poor. I would rather inherit the heart of God than all the wealth in the world. I want the Lord to be my inheritance. I want Him to be more than enough for me. I don’t want to become so enamored with worldly possessions that I miss out my heavenly inheritance. I am an heir to God’s promise. He will keep me. He will protect me. I rather be economically poor and have a close relationship with the Lord than to be “economically set” without Him. He is my inheritance and He is all I need.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Real Property

Parcel PicWhen I list a piece of land for sale, I often note the Good Lord is not making any more land. It is the truest form of “real property”. Houses, barns and even trees can be replaced or replanted, but real property is not being reproduced. During the deep downturn in our economy, I was blown away by some of the land prices. They are starting to climb out pretty steadily right now.

The Lord divided the land He had promised to His people. He obviously thought that having family land together was the proper way to divide it up. He also wanted it to stay in that family forever. Check this out…

1‘“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: if the prince makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his sons, it will also belong to his descendants; it is to be their property by inheritance. 17 If, however, he makes a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, the servant may keep it until the year of freedom; then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs to his sons only; it is theirs. 18 The prince must not take any of the inheritance of the people, driving them off their property. He is to give his sons their inheritance out of his own property, so that not one of my people will be separated from their property.”’ (Ezekiel 46:16-18 NIV)

 

One of the top considerations of a piece of land that is for sale is the location. It is important how access is gained. The most important consideration to many is the price point per acre. If it’s a commercial spot of land in a very strategic location, it will bring top dollar. If it’s a bit off the “beaten path”, the same piece of land will bring pennies on the dollar.

Land is one of the most permanent components of real estate, but it is also temporary along with everything else in this world. I want my inheritance to be in heaven. I want my children and their children’s children to accept the inheritance that the Lord purchased for His kids.

Pressing On!

Dwayne