The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


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Shifting Mountains and Breaking Walls

By Jasmine Green on October 06, 2013

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If ever there was a daunting moment in history, this might have to be it.

Moses, Israel’s great leader and friend of God, had just died. And now Joshua had the task of leading Israel into the Promised Land, 40 years after they started the journey out of Egypt.  On top of that, the Promised Land was already occupied and heavily fortified.

And then God speaks to Joshua:

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous…This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9 NLT)

It’s interesting that God, who knows the very most inner thoughts of man, says not once, but three times to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous”.

Joshua was more than likely feeling quite the opposite in that very moment.

Yet, there is great power in confessing with faith the opposite of what current circumstances present. Speaking out the opposite of natural conditions in faith, transpires into the supernatural – where impossible things become possible – and what seem to be impenetrable walls, such as that in Jericho, are brought to the ground.

When you come up to a mountain or a wall in the natural, shift the atmosphere by speaking the opposite.

Remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

 


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Living a Kingdom Legacy, Part 3 [devotion]

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By Jasmine Green on July 08, 2013

This devotional is the final article of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.

Over the last two months, we looked at Ruth’s choice to live a Kingdom legacy life – how it benefited from spiritual kinship and attracted great favour.

A third key principle of Kingdom legacy living is revealed in the last few sentences of the book of Ruth:

3. A Kingdom legacy life transforms generations

In Ruth 4, the greatest effect of Ruth’s kingdom legacy life is recorded. Through her marriage to Boaz, and the birth of her son, Obed, she has her mark in history as the great grandmother of King David – a worshipper after God’s own heart – and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we have the privilege to see how our lives are inspiring and impacting others. Other times, as in the case of Ruth, we may not see with our own (natural) eyes the eternal effects living a kingdom legacy life, but it certainly transpires in generations to come.

Here’s a modern example of this point:

If you were to pick up a glass drink cup, take a sip and put it back down, you may not notice any changes to the state of that glass. But if you pick it up and inspect it closely, you may just see the remnants of your earlier fingerprints on that glass.

It may be small, and in the case of a fingerprint, not attract great attention or gain headline news, but there is clearly an imprint you have left on that glass. It’s the same for the lives that you come into contact with every day.

So my final thoughts, and questions, are these:

1. What is the legacy you are living right now?

2. Is it the one you want to be living and the one you want to leave?

Not one life was ever created to be insignificant and not one moment of your life exists to be wasted.

There is a legacy that your circle of influence can be transformed by today. So I encourage you to make the decision to live it to the full, right now. All of heaven and kingdom legacy livers of past and present are backing you – so go for it!


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Living a Kingdom Legacy, Part 2 (devotion)

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By Jasmine Green on June 17, 2013

This devotional is the second of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.

Last month, we looked at Ruth’s choice to live a Kingdom legacy life and how it benefited from spiritual kinship – by positioning herself alongside a ‘spiritual mother’ who would share her knowledge, wisdom and life experiences for Ruth to learn from.

As Ruth’s journey continued, another key principle Kingdom legacy living becomes evident.

2. A Kingdom legacy life attracts favor

In chapter 2, Ruth goes to work in the fields to support herself and Naomi. She arrives early at the nearest fields and receives permission to collect the grain left over from the field workers.

Boaz, the owner of the land, arrives onsite and asks his foreman who she is. He learns that it’s Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, and officially extends the offer to her to continue working in his field, helping herself to the water from the well, and even the protection of staying with his young women workers.

With all of this kindness poured upon her, Ruth inquires about the favor she has been shown, especially as a foreigner. Boaz’s replies,

“I…know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” (Ruth 2:11-12 NLT)

It’s interesting that Boaz had to ask who she was at first. But when he found out, he was already aware of whom this woman was, and more significantly, the Kingdom legacy life choices she had put into motion.

What I notice in this passage is a supernatural principle is at work.

In God’s marvelous economy, which is logically puzzling yet amazingly tangible, blessings not only accrue in Heaven but in this earthly life too.

When you choose to live a Kingdom legacy life – putting God first in your life as a priority – you will encounter favor with God and favor with man.

It reminds me of Proverbs 21:1 (NLT):

The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.

When I reflect and consider how God’s favor has been poured out on my life, I often think, “who am I, but a little speck of dust in comparison to the entire universe, that God cares so much and blesses me in turn?”.

Well, that’s just the nature of who He is; He is faithful to those who show themselves faithful.

For me, I’ve found that once I embarked on my Kingdom legacy life journey, there was no way I wanted to go back to my old ‘ordinary’ life. How about you?

Don’t forget to check back next month for the final and third part of this series: living a Kingdom legacy life transforms generations.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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Living a Kingdom Legacy, Part 1 (devotion)

By Jasmine Green on May 19, 2013

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This devotion is the first of a three-part series about living a Kingdom legacy.

As I prepare to become a first-time parent in August, the distinction between leaving alegacy and living a legacy has really challenged me.

Leaving a legacy is, generally, positioned in the future tense. It’s usually placed on the mental shelf until you need to get serious about thinking of retirement, or perhaps when you need to make decisions about your children’s’ future.

Living a legacy is based in the present. That’s because what you value, say and do in everyday moments right now, is already shaping your legacy.

We see three key principles of living a Kingdom legacy – where the supernatural (God’s handiwork) infiltrates the natural (your everyday life) – at work, in the book of Ruth.

1.  A Kingdom legacy life benefits from spiritual kinship

In chapter one, Ruth is released from her ties with Naomi, her mother-in-law, following the death of Ruth’s husband. Naomi encourages her daughter-in-law to return to her old life, her family and land.

Ruth chooses to stick with Naomi and says, “Your people will become my people, and your God will be my God”. (v.16)

It’s here in this moment, that Ruth chooses a Kingdom legacy life and we see the fruit of that start to unfold.

And it is why “church” – the body of Christ – is so important for us, today. We are all made to do life together.

Each of us has had mountains we have overcome and valleys we’ve walked through. Beyond our biological parents, daughters also need spiritual mothers and sisters, and sons need spiritual fathers and brothers in their lives.

Likewise, through lateral kinship with people of the same age, we can share and support others through life, especially when we do it side-by-side.

If you don’t have a spiritual kin (buddy, mentor, etc.) in your life, I encourage you to pray to be positioned alongside someone who can support you as you choose to live out a wonderful Kingdom legacy life.

If you already do, how has your life benefited? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check back next month for part two in this series: living a Kingdom legacy life attracts favour.