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I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS!
KNOW YOUR BIRTHRIGHT
I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS! | By Mike
No, it has nothing to do
with saving a lot of money on your car insurance. As hard as it is to
believe, this news is infinitely better!
Have you noticed that good
news usually is limited to one situation or circumstance at a time? You
may hear from your auto mechanic that your car doesn’t need any repairs,
but then return home to find that your water-heater has flooded your
house. The relief you felt about the first situation is eclipsed by the
frustration from the second situation.
In sharp contrast to the
above good news/bad news scenario, when God gives good news, it is
completely good. It is all-encompassing. It affects every area of your
life in a wonderful way.
God’s good news is
commonly known as “the gospel”. The word gospel means “good news”. I would
like to highlight two verses in the Bible, from which we can gain great
insight into this good news. One verse is Acts 20:24 and the other is
In Acts 20:24 God further
defines for us exactly what good news is. Paul is speaking, and he tells
us about his mission from God. The verse states “But I do not consider
my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my
course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify
solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Paul says in this verse
that the good news is the grace of God.
What is meant by the
phrase “the grace of God”? Books have been written on the subject,
but I believe there is still a great deal of confusion about it among
Christians. Although volumes of helpful information could be written, I’d
like to give you something “pocket-size” that has helped me to understand
and apply God’s grace in my life.
God’s grace is all His
power and favor given to us, because we have received Jesus Christ as our
Savior. It has nothing to do with how we behave or perform. We can’t earn
it, nor do we deserve it. Romans 11:6 tells us, “But if it is by grace,
it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer
grace.” All we can do is receive this awesome favor from God, and
thank Him for it! His grace is always available to us. Sometimes we make
choices that inhibit us from effectively experiencing His grace in
our lives, but those are things we can change!
How can we use this truth
about God’s good news today? That’s where the second verse I mentioned
earlier comes in. Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”
Since we discovered earlier that the word “gospel” is synonymous with
God’s grace, we can see in this verse that God’s grace is His power for
salvation to us. The word salvation has direct application to our lives
today, in addition to our eternal life in heaven. The Greek word
translated salvation here is “soteria”. According to Strong’s Concordance
(and Strong’s Dictionary), this word refers to rescuing or delivering,
health, safety, and salvation. There is so much more to our salvation than
going to heaven when we die! God’s grace is His power in our lives,
available right now.
I have discovered that God
has GOOD NEWS for His children in every area of our lives. His powerful
grace is always available to us, to make us victorious in every way. The
best way to activate God’s grace-power in your life is through
understanding your BIRTHRIGHTS,
as God’s Child. Knowing, believing, and acting on these Birthright truths
releases the joyful experience of KINGDOM
That’s why this website and Grace Place International exist. I pray that
this helps you, as much as it has helped me!
2008 by Mike Stephens. All rights reserved.
KNOW YOUR BIRTHRIGHT | By Mike Stephens
few days ago, as I sat in the park eating lunch, God drew my attention to
a huge oak tree. He reminded me that the tree grew to full size and
maturity “automatically”. The question then came to mind, “Why doesn’t
that happen in our spiritual lives, since at the moment of salvation we
become new creations?”.
then showed me that our spiritual development isn’t automatic like the oak
tree’s development. As Christians, our regenerated spirit is united with
the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:17 says, “But the one who joins
himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him”). We already have in us
everything necessary for our spiritual growth and development (II Peter
1:3). How then, can we bring the good things that God has placed within us
into our earthly experience today?
next thing God showed me was, to experience the wonderful things He has
placed in our spirits, we must KNOW some things. God tells us in Hosea
4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. That is a
strong statement that has major implications for our lives. I’d like to
invite you to give careful consideration to a couple of
BIRTHRIGHT truths that I
believe could make a major difference in your life (as they have in
believe a great place to start is to consider what God says about our
nature as His children. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, God’s
Word tells us that you are a BRAND NEW BEING (I Corinthians 5:17).
He says that the old is gone, and all things are new. Romans 6:6 tells us
that the person we were, through our birth into this world, was crucified
with Jesus. We are not partly old and partly new. We are no longer “in
Adam”, but we are now “in Christ”. Our words and actions will closely
follow what we really believe about any topic or situation. Why do
we often find ourselves not acting like the new creations that God says we
are? It’s because we have not been believing what He says about our true
nature in Christ, and about His goodness to us. If you don’t know (or if
you’ve forgotten) that your old sinful self is dead and gone, you won’t
fully experience the power of your new life in Christ. Paul says in Romans
6:6 “…knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him…”.
Another truth that will produce victory in your life is, GOD IS FOR
YOU! Romans 8:31 says “What then shall we say to these things? If
God is for us, who is against us?”. If you haven’t read the eighth
chapter of Romans lately, may I suggest that you read verses 31-39? I
believe that you will hear God’s message of love and victory for you in
these verses. God doesn’t put any conditions on His position of being “for
us”. We can make choices that may limit how much of His favor we take
advantage of, but He is always for us. Isn’t that great to know?
brought out just two truths from God’s Word that I believe are essential
for us to know. The Bible is loaded with these life-changing truths. The
wonderful things He tells us in His Word are describing and explaining the
spiritual inheritance that He has given us. They are our
BIRTHRIGHT, as His children, because
of His love and grace. I encourage you to check out the other articles,
music, and information on this GPI website. They
all point to more BIRTHRIGHT truths that can
help you experience an abundance of life beyond your ability to imagine.
At GPI we call that KINGDOM LIFE!
And visit the website often, because new things are continually being
2007 by Mike Stephens. All rights reserved.
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