We talked in the last two posts about how to instill in our children what it means to be sons and daughters of our Father in heaven — the value they possess because they are part of the royal family, their authority as royalty, the discipline required in order to carry out their royal role well, and how they should use their position to serve and bring blessing to others.
The King’s sons and daughters must also be aware of the privileges which are theirs. If they don’t know what is available to them, how can they put their royal bounty to good use?
Too many Christians live like hopeless, helpless beggars, rather than the royalty they are. They are afraid that God will deny them most of what they ask, to keep them “humble.” Because of poor teaching, many of us have a very sorry notion of what relationship with our Father in heaven is supposed to be like.
We can help the Church break free of the beggar’s mentality by planting biblical truth in our children. They need to know the privileges God delights for them to avail themselves of. He is a generous Father!
The storehouse of royal provision is limitless — “exceedingly abundant above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)!
The apostle Paul said, “… All things are yours” (1 Corinthians 3:21).
2 Peter 1:3, 4 announces, “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who has called us to glory and virtue, whereby are given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature ….”
How very mind-boggling! All means all, but let’s look at a few specific privileges we possess, which we can study together with our children:
1.) Access to the Father at all times:
Hebrews 4:16 — “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Ephesians 2:18 — “For through Him [Jesus] we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
Ephesians 3:12 — “In Whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.”
2.) Provision for all our material needs:
Philippians 4:19 — “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 6:25-34 — This classic passage assures us that our heavenly Father wants to meet our basic needs, and that there is no need to worry about whether He will take care of us or not.
2 Corinthians 9:6-12 — Verse 8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
One of the names by which God has revealed Himself is Jehovah-Jireh (YHWH-Yireh) (Genesis 22:14) — “The Lord Who provides” or “The Lord Who will see to it.”
Isaiah 53:5 — “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
James 5:14-16 — “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Mark 16: 17, 18 — “And these signs shall follow them that believe: in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
There are dozens of Bible verses which tell us that God desires to heal us. Here is a link to more of them.
4.) Answers to prayer for all needs:
Romans 8:32 — “He Who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
John 15:7 — “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”
This is just a brief starter listing of the privileges which are ours as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. I have a page at my website, Encouragement from God’s Word, which lists many more.
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