Treasured child. I’m honored to feature Katie M. Reid’s writing here today for each one of you, for you truly are a treasured child…
Are you living like a slave of an anger Master or like a treasured child of your Heavenly Father?
If we choose to receive Jesus as our Savior, by faith, then we are beloved children and God has promised us a delightful spiritual inheritance.
There are two key truths found in Deuteronomy 8 that can help us possess what is ours as we enter the territory that belongs to us as dear children of God:
- God fulfills His promises.
In Genesis 13:15 and 17 God gave a promise to Abram:
For all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you (NASB).
God promised His people a land of their own, as part of His covenant with their forefather Abraham. God was faithful to keep His word:
Go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your forefathers (Deuteronomy 8:1, NASB).
God reminds His people what He had done in the past: how He led them in the wilderness, how He fed them, how He provided for them, how He disciplined them, how He treated them as children (see Deuteronomy 8:1-5).
God provided as a good Father does, and His children’s role was to receive what they had been given, with active participation.
God delivered His kids from slavery and gave them an inheritance. And not because they deserved it but because they were His.
In light of this, we can settle into what belongs to us as we remember that God fulfills His promises. We honor our Dad by doing our part, and possessing what is ours because of His doing.
And so he brought them to the border of his holy land, to the hill country his right hand had taken. He drove out nations before them and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance; he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes (Psalm 78:54-55, NIV).
- God gets the credit for who He is and what He does.
It’s tempting to take credit for the good that happens in our life and to blame others (or God) for the bad that happens. However, in Deuteronomy 8:7-10, we see that God is the one who brings His people into the good land that He promised.
It was God’s doing and He is the one worthy of thanks and praise for making it happen.
God commands His people to take possession of what He provided for them. Faith was required as they moved forward. They were warned not to become proud and not to forget what He had done on their behalf.
If we have believed in Jesus and received Him by faith then we are in right standing with God. We don’t deserve His goodness, yet He gives it. We haven’t earned His favor, yet we have it.
Our position as God’s beloved sons and daughters (forgiven and freed) is not based on our behavior but on Christ’s righteousness; not our worthiness but His faithfulness, not our ability but His power, not our good works but His grace alone.
So whether we experience suffering or success, hardship or abundance, dry seasons or lush pastures, God’s love for us does not change.
Can I get an “Amen?”
Want to know more about what’s yours, in Christ? Head over to katiemreid.com/martha-resources to access the Beloved Daughter’s Decree.
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Katie M. Reid encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life at katiemreid.com. She is a devoted wife, mom to five loud children, and a fan of cut-to-the-chase conversations over iced tea. She is also a national speaker and author of Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done (which includes a bonus 5-week bible study).
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