Receiving Our Inheritance by Faith
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!" -Matthew 7:8-11
A girlfriend of mine was tithing (giving 10% of her money) to church when her debit card number had expired. Normally she had the card number on file, but she had forgotten to change it. The accountant called her to ask her why the card had declined, and my friend gave her the new number.
My friend said, "You know what, could you throw an extra $20 in there for the offering? I want to sow into my future."
"Certainly," said the accountant.
The following week my friend received a raise: $2 extra per hour! That was exactly 10% of the offering she had given. While we were talking she said, "I remember thinking, 'Aw man! I should have given like $50 or something.'" But she had really felt impressed to give an offering during that moment in time. And God had inspired her with the exact amount to give.
When we move forward in acts of faith, God sees our hearts. God desires that we have good things. He desires that we receive our inheritance in Him. We need to be specific about what we're reaching for. We can pray and ask for different things to happen in our lives, and this is a necessary step. However, we also need to back up our words with action. God is not moved by need - He is moved by faith. Faith without works is dead. And yet works without faith is meaningless. We are never to give to get; but there is a natural sowing and reaping principle in the Kingdom of God.
Are you stepping out in acts of faith in order to receive your inheritance?
Related resource: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey