"Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord!" - Psalms 111:3-4 NLT
The place I grew up in was known for the large trees that grew in and around the rainforest which was only a short drive away from our home. I remember one day being on the bus on my way to school, and we passed one particularly tall tree and the trunk was absolutely massive. As I stared at that spectacular piece of Father’s creation, I remember thinking, “God, you're awesome!” What I wasn’t expecting was what came next. I clearly heard Him say, “I don’t care about the trees as much as I care about you.” I was amazed to think how much more valuable I was to God than a massive tree that had obviously existed for many, many years.
I am still regularly amazed at God’s incredible creation. Every time I look up and see the stars in the Milky Way, I can’t help but think about how amazing, how creative, and how incredible our Father is. The same happens when I look at the detail in a blade of grass. No matter how large or small the creation, God made it all.
As you go through today, be challenged to look at the detail in different parts of God’s creation. Think about what God created, and how much joy He took creating everything. Then, considering how much detail He put into everything, remember this one thing — He doesn’t care about any of that as much as I cares about you.
“I declare that God’s glory and majesty is revealed in everything He does. His righteousness never fails. He shows us to his wonderful works daily. How gracious and merciful is our Lord…”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
The word heritage is a really powerful word, but when used in this verse, it is referring to ‘property, possession and inheritance’. It is referring to something we have now, not because of who we are, but because of the One Whom we are related to.
The moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, He forgave us and wiped our slate clean. Not only that, He gave us a new heritage. Read this verse again - “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.
When Father looks at you, He sees the new creation that you are through Jesus Christ and if He sees you that way, then it would do you good to see yourself that way. You have both His heritage and His righteousness (Isaiah 54:17). It all comes from Him, and because it is His gift to you, the enemy can’t walk in and steal it.
No weapon formed against you will prosper because you are a new creation - a child of the Living God. As you declare whom you are, let the truth of that soak deep into your spirit and become part of your identity.
“I declare that I have a an amazing, God-given heritage. No weapon formed to harm me shall ever prosper and every tongue that speaks against who I am in Christ is wrong and void of any power. I am who God created me to be. My heritage and my righteousness are gifts given to me through Christ. I am His child, and He is my Father…”
“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” - Deuteronomy 4:2 NKJV
Is God’s Word final authority for your life or do you prefer to be in control? It should be, because the Bible was written for our benefit. Hebrews 4:12 says that God’s Word is alive and powerful. I know that no matter how many things I write down, what I say never matches the power and anointing of the living Word of God.
The Bible is full of God’s instructions for us. If we really believe that He has our best interests at heart, and that His plans for our lives are good, and that He wants to prosper us and not harm us and that He wants to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), then it makes sense that we would follow what He says in His Word because it is only ever intended for our good.
Many people don’t really like change and some things we read or hear from the Word we may not like because after all, change isn’t always easy. In fact, we might prefer to do something else rather than obey what we read, but it is imperative that we recognise that when God commands us to change in an area, or stop doing something, or even to start doing something, He is directing us because He has something good planned for us.
Today, as you read His Word, ask Him to speak to you and see what direction He leads you. Then, as He does, choose to obey, because His leading will always be for your benefit.
“I declare that I will take God at His Word. I trust Him for His Word is enough…”
“I declare that I have a God has given me an amazing heritage. No weapon that is formed to harm me shall ever prosper and every tongue that rises against me is condemned or shown to be wrong and stopped. This is my heritage. God has given me this heritage because I am His servant and my righteousness comes from Him.” (Is 54:17)