Last week I began to present the ingredients of a 100-year plan. I have written to you in previous blogs in regard to four levels of spiritual warfare. Those levels are the elements of belief, action, imagination, and influence. Beliefs inspire actions and actions propagate imaginations of the heart. The imaginations of the heart determine the influences of our lives. When we receive a belief we activate actions of that belief. A belief received is most often the testimony of an old belief lost and a new belief taking hold. A life-giving belief will dispossess a death producing one. Life-giving beliefs then inspire life-giving actions. When we act upon our beliefs we inspire the imaginations of our hearts towards further influence of that belief. It all begins with a belief and it culminates with an influence to others in the world. As I stated last week, God wants to reveal to us the secret things that belong to Him so those things can become influencing inheritances in the world to and through our children and to our children’s children.
When God reveals His secrets to men His secrets become a revelation to men. A revelation is a secret that existed, but has now become known to those who discover it. Revelations are simply disclosed secrets. The purpose of every revelation from God is to invite us to have an encounter with God so we will be transformed by God and become a testimony of that revelation from God. A revelation from God brings a blessing of God into our lives. When we receive a revelation from God we are called to act according to that revelation. It is impossible to act upon a revelation from God without God’s transforming power at work in the actions of our will. Anything less than faith will only result in dead actions of vane works. They may mimic truth, but they will never propagate real truth. Revelation from God is given to release spiritual inheritances into the earth.
Inheritances are cultural and not structural. They are living and not preserving in nature, therefore inheritances are meant to expand in the generations of men. Inheritances are a substance that can be received by the children of a passing generation. One generation gives the substance of its beliefs to the next generation and those beliefs are expanded through actions, imagination, and influence to the generations that follow. Inheritances are a substance of value to be expanded to greater value in the earth. An inheritance is not meant to be spent by the next generation, but to be used to increase the influence of a family to the generations beyond their day. Inheritances are measures of power given to expand the influence of God-given destiny in the earth. When inheritances are received they are supposed to be cultivated, propagated, and released to expand in the earth. They are the testimony of a family name. Inheritance is a measure of destiny given to a family name. Destiny received is a substance to be passed to and through the dynasty of a family name that brings blessing to the world in a multi-generational way. The Church bears the name of Christ and God wants to give inheritances that can release a destiny of His great grace to the world.
Inheritances from God come by revelation. God has blessed us in heaven with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). Those blessings are only ours when we come to see what they really are. When we see them, we can receive them. When we see the blessings of God we can also believe that God is giving them to us. God wants us to receive His blessings from heaven so that we can become the riches of His inheritance in the earth (Eph. 1:18).
The blessings of God come from God. God is not a performer of works. He is a being and He wants to bless us by who He is. What we believe is the image that we will present to the world we live in. What we believe is not really based on the knowledge we believe, but in the person we believe. Who we believe determines what we believe and beliefs determine who possess the gates. Gates are places of influence. They are what determine the future of the world. Whoever possesses the places of influence possesses the future of the world. Whoever possesses the gates possesses the future.
The future of the world is determined from heaven, but the question is, “Where is heaven?” Much of the Church believes that the future is determined by heaven, but their focus of heaven is a place that is far off or far away. I believe that we go to heaven when we die. It is a great promise and reward when our race has been run in this life, but our race is the destiny and not merely the reward that we will receive in heaven. Jesus didn’t instruct us to pray that we would one day go to heaven. He told us to pray that the kingdom and the will of heaven would be done in the world in which we live. He told us to look to our source of inheritance while we are here upon the earth not to our hope of God’s power for escape. He didn’t instruct us to pray to a God who is powerful. He told us to pray to our heavenly Father who is holy. A father is a source of blessing. A father is a source of inheritance. This is not commonly understood in the fatherless societies of the world today, but a father is the source of a family name and a family name is a source of inheritance. A family name carries the power of a family’s destiny that carries through the dynasty of a family name. Having a father in heaven guarantees heavenly blessings in any world in which we live.
As leaders in the body of Christ we are not called to tasks of Christian ministry. We are called to inherit the blessings of God our Father and to expand them as His inheritance in the earth. The secrets given to us by God are the substance of inheritance that belongs to our children and to our children’s children. This is the power of God’s increasing kingdom in the earth.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson