Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's Already Yours

Do you remember the older brother in the story of the prodigal son? He throws a temper tantrum because his father never gave him a goat (a goat for crying out loud). The father says, “My son, everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31 NIV).

A spiritual lesson can be learned from his immaturity – God has already “given you all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3 KJV), so you don’t have to feel short-changed for something you already possess.

The older brother was already in possession of the inheritance. He had access to as many fat cows and goats as his little heart desired. They were his for the taking. So what was he waiting for?

We ask God to give us joy. But joy doesn’t come from “out-there-somewhere.” It’s a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)… and you already posses it… waiting to be cultivated and activated!

I’ve asked God before to give me peace about certain situations. But when He didn’t rain down peace on me out of heaven from “out-there-somewhere”, I became irritated and impatient, failing to recognize that He has already given me peace through Jesus (John 14:27)… and a peace which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

You see, God is waiting for me to walk in what He’s already provided.

Don’t wait for God to give you victory… when the victory is already yours. Just walk in it!

Don’t wait for God to give you hope… when He has already poured out hope upon you. Just walk in it!

Stop waiting for God to come through for you… when He already has!

It’s already yours. Just walk in it.


Cathy said...

This is so true. So often we walk as though we are defeated when, in fact, we already have the victory! It's often a matter of our attitude, lack of faith, and limited human perspective that prevents us from living victoriously. God has already conquered. The Holy Spirit provides the tools for victorious living. Our part is to claim the victory we already have in Jesus!

Ron said...

Thanks for the good word!

Cathy said...

Thank you. Your blogs and sermons have truly hit the mark and ministered to us in so many ways!