Inheritance and Legacy by Joy Pollard
Joy was the keynote speaker at our women’s luncheon, a meeting we have the third Saturday in the month – you are always welcome to attend.
She began by saying that she had been reading the Bible books of Kings and Chronicles and noticed that every king’s mother was listed. The inheritance comes from the mother to the father to the son. People have messed this up.
Hezekiah means Jehovah strengthens, His wife was Hephzibah which means my delight is in her and they produced Manasseh – making to forget. Hezekiah had done much to restore worship of God in Judah, and Manasseh undid all the good that his father did – in fact he did so much evil that it was more than any before his time. He ruled for 55 years. Had Hezekiah not asked God for 15 extra years of life, Manasseh would never have been born. It is best to stay within God’s perfect will for our lives.
Amon (which means educator builder) was the son of Manasseh and his mother was Meshullemeth which means allied, friend.
Amon could have fixed stuff and done good, but he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and had a short career.
He produced a son – Joshiah which means Jehovah helps – his mother’s name was Jedidah means beloved.
Her son left a great inheritance for the nation of Israel.
Our inheritance is what we are given, but our legacy is what we make of our lives to pass down to future generations.
With our inheritance we can either invest it well or squander it, it is our choice.
Joy encouraged us to look at our family tree – to see what information we can find about our family, our grandparents and great grandparents.
Joy spoke about how in her family line there were four generations of pastors, but in Joy’s generation her only brother died of leukemia, the devil tried to kill him three times prior to that. There was a car accident in a snowstorm where the car went off the road when her brother was little, and they couldn’t find the car. The devil did not want the fifth generation of children to have a pastor – that plan of the devil was spoiled when Joy was placed in the ministry.
Whatever God’s plan is for you, the devil wants to interrupt it. And then the devil wants to use the tragedy to collapse the whole family.
Joy had 2 younger sisters, one who was born 9 months and one week after her brother’s death. This sister went through hell even before she was born. Joy and her sister’s parents were numb for decades after her brother’s death, but that was not Joy’s inheritance. She claimed her inheritance of the preaching anointing, and chose to serve God and tell somebody about God’s goodness.
The devil is able to muddy the waters, but we have the right to trace our inheritance and legacy and claim them.
Joy gave the example of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi means my delight. She married Elimelech which means God is King. They couple left Bethlehem when there was a famine and went to Moab. They birthed two sons – Mahlon (means sickness, invalid) and Chilion (pining, wasting away). What was Naomi thinking to name her children invalid and wasting away????
Naomi’s husband died, and her sons died – leaving the three wives widows- Ruth and another. Naomi told the sons’ wives to return to their Moabite families, for there was no inheritance. But Ruth chose to stick with Naomi – and the two went back to Bethlehem, they went backwards, not knowing how to go forwards.
Naomi changed her name to Mara which means bitter (or in other words, life stinks, my life is a mess). That’s what she spoke, and we know that we will have what we say. Boaz bought back her inheritance – for Naomi did not go back and claim it. Naomi’s resource was Ruth – and Ruth’s name means female companion. In other words, Ruth showed up.
Because of Ruth’s loyalty and faithfulness she created an inheritance which became part of the lineage of the King of Israel three generations later, and ultimately was part of the lineage of the Son of God (Jesus).
She did not get stuck in circumstances, deny the inheritance or refuse to create a legacy. Ruth became heir to the promise because of her faithfulness.
We then looked at Exodus 2
Perspective is everything.
Moses’ mother was Jochebed which means Yahweh’s glory. Moses was born at the time when Pharaoh wanted all male children of the Israelites to be killed at birth, brought to the river and drowned. But because of Jochebed Moses had an inheritance and a legacy. At this time the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt, and had been slaves for 400 years. That could have been Jochebed’s testimony, just keep being a slave and do what is ordered. But instead she chose to trust God. After nursing Moses for as long as she could undetected, Jochebed made a bed of reeds and placed Moses in the flags (Irises) where Pharoah’s daughter would find him. Pharoah’s daughter wanted to keep Moses, so Jochebed’s daughter came down and offered to find a wet nurse to nurse Moses. So God caused Jochebed to not only be able to nurse her own son, but Pharaoh’s daughter paid her for nursing the baby. During the three or four years that Jochebed nursed Moses, she was able to teach Moses the history and laws of the Israelites. So, even though Moses was raised as an Egyptian, he had the heart of a Hebrew.
Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Joy told us that a three-year-old child should be able to self calm and restrain behavior.
Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.
The child’s behavior and discernment will reflect on his reputation.
Jochebed nursed her child and taught Moses, and transmitted to him his inheritance that He was a Levite, and the legacy was Moses.
God’s promise for the Levites was without repentance, and God promised that the Levites would have provision. God provided for Jochebed and she was acting in the function of a Levite.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Train your natural AND your spiritual children. Input your inheritance as legacy, so that your legacy is imparted.
Isaiah 54:1 Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says te LORD.
We should all have spiritual children in addition to our natural children and impart of our inheritance.
Isaiah 54:2-3 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.
This will only happen if you transmit your spiritual inheritance as your legacy.
Isaiah 54:4 Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
Naomi felt the reproach of widowhood and focused on that, but God had a better plan. Naomi couldn’t see that better plan, so she spoke against it. She changed her name from Naomi to Mara (bitter). Fortunately she had Ruth. If Naomi had returned to her homeland by herself, speaking these negative things, then she would have talked herself out of her inheritance and legacy.
Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
Regardless of what you have inherited in the natural, Abba Father is our husband, and it is about what He says, not what is in the natural, that counts.
Isaiah 54:13-15 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
This peace is God’s inheritance for you for generations because of what the devil tried to destroy. God called us, and we do not want to be sidetracked.
Isaiah 54:16-17 Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.
This passage shows us that WEAPONS WILL FORM so don’t be surprised. TONGUES WILL RISE so don’t be surprised. There will be vindication. God will be your vindicator. We do not want to hold on to a root of bitterness over our situations, for if we try to vindicate ourselves, we tie God’s hands. God cannot deliver us in our mess if we are trying to fix it on our own. God will not compete with you.
If we are really dead, we won’t care what anyone says, and we can leave it in God’s hands, for our Vindicator has the truth.
Joy told us that she apologizes for everything, if someone comes against her with an unjust complaint. She just defuses the situation with apologies and turns it over to God who will vindicate her.
Righteousness and security in spite of the challenges is our inheritance. Heritage is occupancy, and it belongs to us, but we have to occupy. You have to possess it.
Joy read Isaiah 54:17 in the Amplified Bible But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
The ideal Servant of the Lord is Jesus. No weapon formed aainst you will prosper. If you keep your mouth shut from speaking negative, your legacy of faith and trust will be transmitted to your children. ABBA, your true Father, is where your inheritance comes from. You transmit that inheritance and it becomes your legacy.
Titus 2:3-5 AMP Bid the older women similarly to be reverent and devout in their deportment as becomes those engaged in sacred service, not slanderers or slaves to drink. They are to give good counsel and be teachers of what is right and noble, so that they will wisely train the young women to be sane and sober of mind (temperate, disciplined) and to love their husbands and their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, homemakers, good-natured (kindhearted), adapting and subordinating themselves to their husbands, that the word of God may not be exposed to reproach (blasphemed or discredited).
We want to give good counsel so that the word of God is not exposed to reproach. That is our job, to pass on the legacy so that God’s word is not exposed to reproach. We want to share and model and teach our natural and spiritual children and that becomes our legacy.
Legacy is fruit. We have the right to ensure our legacy is good, even if we don’t live to see it fully worked out.
2 Corinthians 4:15-18 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God. Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.
The things we are facing are a slight momentary affliction, so we want to persevere towards our legacy.
This teaching was a blessing.
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