Rags or Riches

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pe. 1:2-4)

God’s Promises are power-packed truths that enable and empower us to reach beyond ourselves and pull upon the wealth of heavenly resources! Perhaps the most important realization in life is the knowledge of what Christ has done for us! We are a people chosen and embraced by God to receive abundant life… peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The Apostles Peter and John saw the potential of the human soul rising from the dusty ashes of a lost glory. Both make statements that clarify the Christian identity as that of royalty and priestly significance (1 Pe. 2:9)(Rev. 1:6). To know God and trust His Promises will lead us to the most empowered life offered to man… everything we need for life and godliness is found in Christ Jesus.

Mark Twain tells of the day the King and the Queen of a far off country were bringing their new little “Prince” home from the royal hospital. On the way home their carriage collided with a poor pauper’s cart. In the humble vehicle the poor man was bringing his wife and new baby home from the midwife’s house. In the confusion of the moment, the two couples picked up the wrong babies by mistake and the little Prince went home to be raised by the pauper and his wife.

As the baby grew into childhood, he was forced to go into the streets and beg for food. However, unknown to him the very streets he begged on belonged to him because they were the property of his true father. Day in and day out he would go to the palace and looking through the iron fence at the little boy playing there and he would say to himself, “Man, if only I were a Prince.” Of course, he was the Prince! But he was not aware of that fact.

He lived his whole life in poverty because he didn’t know who he really was since he didn’t know “who” his father was.

Knowing Whose We Are – Offers a Platform for Who We Become:

How true this is of many Christians. It is easy to go through life doing the same thing. Many have never taken time to find out to whom they belong. They have never realized who their real Father is… or what Christ has done for them. Since the day we were born again spiritually, we have become sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We are heirs, according to the Promise; of a royal throne. How sad to think we often go through life with self imposed spiritual poverty and cheat ourselves out of the riches of God’s marvelous grace. The riches are there whether we enjoy them or not (Phil. 4:19)! God the Father has made provision for every need in your daily walk with Christ.

Many “believers” are “unbelieving” when it comes to taking God at His Word when He tells us who we are in Christ.

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