Monday, October 12, 2015

Excerpt from GLORY DAYS by Max Lucado

Glory Days by Max Lucado

Excerpted from
Glory Days 
by Max Lucado 
©2015. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 
Used by permission.
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Inherit Your Inheritance
You already have everything you need to be everything God desires.
This well may be the best-kept secret in Christendom. We underestimate what happened to us upon conversion. But conversion is more than a removal of sin. It is a deposit of power. It is as if your high-mileage, two-cylinder engine was extracted and a brand-new Ferrari engine was mounted in your frame. God removed the old motor, caked and cracked and broken with rebellion and evil, and replaced it with a humming, roaring version of himself. He embedded within you the essence of Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17, NKJV).
You are fully equipped! Need more energy? You have it. More kindness? It’s yours. Could you use some self-control, self-discipline, or self-confidence? God will “equip you with all you need for doing his will” (Heb. 13:21, NLT). Just press the gas pedal. “God has given us everything we need for living a godly life” (2 Peter 1:3, NLT).
Glory Days begin with a paradigm shift.
In the Promised Land you do not fight for victory. You fight fromvictory. In the wilderness you strive. In Canaan you trust. In the wilderness you seek God’s attention. In Canaan you already have God’s favor. In the wilderness you doubt your salvation. In Canaan you know you are saved. You move from wanting-to-have to believing you already do.
When you were born into Christ, you were placed in God’s royal family. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12, NKJV). Since you are a part of the family, you have access to the family blessings. All of them. “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance” (Eph. 1:11, NKJV).

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