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There is much talk in the church today about "inheritance". From healing and the ending of injustices to great revival and financial prosperity, what some have haphazardly or intentionally called the "inheritance" of the believer either falls far short or is completely set against the Bible's description of our inheritance. Put simply, we have mistaken our childhood $5/week 'allowance' for an opulent estate and ownership of the family business.

A day is coming when God will dwell among men on the earth again (Revelation 21:3), when there is no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4). Believers will be raised from death just as Jesus was (1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) and will live forever (John 3:16). The new heavens and new earth will be the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13) when all of creation is restored (Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 8:18-25) by the Seed, Jesus (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 3:16) and God fulfills His promises to Israel as given to David and Abraham (2 Samuel 7; Genesis 15) through the reign of Jesus in Jerusalem as King of the whole earth. The meek and humble will live on the earth and participate with Jesus in its leadership (Genesis 15:7-8; Psalms 37; Matthew 5:5).

Our inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, and does not fade away (1 Peter 1:4). We are to be exceedingly joyful in this hope (Romans 5:2) when God will be supremely glorified in all things through Jesus (Colossians 1:18). God...

The Hope of Glory

By Josh Hawkins

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)

"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a phrase that is becoming increasingly misunderstood, especially in some Charismatic circles in the body...

Hope and the return of Jesus

By Josh Hawkins

In the past several years, few verses in scripture have been as beautifully disruptive to my heart as 1 Peter 1:13:

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
(1 Peter 1:13 ESV)

Peter opens up his first epistle with a eulogy lauding the mercy of God towards His people. He reminds his readers of their coming...

The heavenly armies at Jesus' birth

By Josh Hawkins

The Christmas story evokes so many beautiful emotions in us this time of year. For those who have eyes to see, Jesus' humble birth fills us with joy and stuns us with amazement. What churned in the heart of the LORD of glory to be born in such lowliness?

Amazement was also a common reaction of many in the four Gospel accounts. Whether it was because of Jesus' gracious words and wisdom (Luke 4:22) or His miraculous deeds (Matthew 8:27; Luke 9:43; Luke 24:41), the crowds, single...

Staying connected with God

By Josh Hawkins

Call it "devotions", "secret place", or "quiet time", our hearts always seem to struggle to maintain time alone with God. If our weak heart and the devil's distraction is not enough, our modern society and culture is also geared to pull us away from solitude. As I wrote about last month, there's enough trinkets, toys, new models, new movies, and new things coming out to numb us to our boredom. Sometimes we find it almost impossible to find that "alone" time with the Lord because there's...

The politicizing of the church

By Josh Hawkins

The church and the state have become increasingly entangled since Constantine's rise to power in Europe in the early 4th century. Theologians call this time the Constantinian shift where Christianity was adopted as the state religion of the Roman Empire. As Christianity was legalized, persecution virtually stopped. The church began to acquire power, wealth, and land in Europe like never before. Theology was altered...

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Wholeheartedness - God's invitation to us

By Josh Hawkins

I’m sure we’re all familiar with what Jesus called the “first commandment”, found in Matthew 22:37-38:

“Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment.”
(Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV)

These 27 words of Jesus are perhaps the most weighty and most demanding yet the most inviting and invigorating words ever spoken. In them He gives us the only plausible...

The 30 silent years of Jesus - what it means for us

By Josh Hawkins
From the series: The Silent Years of Jesus

Scripture’s hush regarding the first 30 years of Jesus’ life can speak volumes to us if we have ears to listen (see my earlier article here). There is a great feast of the knowledge of God at the table of Christ’s early years as a growing man. Various facets of His family life, the customs of Galilee, the geography of Nazareth, and the religious culture of the Jewish people collectively paint for us...

Growing in Intimacy with God - Part 1

By Josh Hawkins
From the series: Growing in Intimacy with God

We all desire intimacy with God on a deep level. It’s what we were made and fashioned for. But what exactly does it mean and how do we grow in it? Most believers are confident that they desire intimacy with Jesus, but few can tell you exactly what it means or how to obtain it. Intimacy with God is not supposed to be just a vague and nebulous idea that only a few are able to truly obtain in life. We need clarity on exactly what it is and how we obtain it because we can never expect...

The 30 silent years of Jesus

By Josh Hawkins
From the series: The Silent Years of Jesus

It’s Passion Week and I haven’t written here in a while, so I figured I’d give you a little bit of what the Lord has been speaking to me. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been intensely focused in studying the gospels and the life of Jesus. Through my study, I’ve realized that the gospels cannot simply be another item on my Christian checklist. If Christianity is biblically defined as conformity of my life to Jesus' life, than the story of His life can never be exhausted of its...

Prophetic Music at the End of the Age - Part 1

By Josh Hawkins

Music is the greatest form of entertainment in every culture and in every generation throughout history. Why? God has given the human spirit a deep musical dimension. There is something so mysterious about music. How do you hit a piece of wire in a guitar or piano and deeply move the human heart? When we hear God’s truth through anointed preaching it moves us. However, if we hear God’s truth in context to God’s music – music anointed by the Spirit – it moves us much deeper.

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Awakening and renewal - the big picture

By Josh Hawkins

The Lord is clearly moving in an unusual way in our world today. From churches and college campuses in Kansas City, Texas, and Atlanta to New England, Redding, California, and many places even across the globe, there is an unprecedented move of the Holy Spirit taking place. God is revealing Himself to His church as the joyful Father that loves to heal bodies and restore our hearts to the place where we truly believe in His love for us.

I love the extended meetings we’ve been having...

Before an audience of One

By Josh Hawkins

In the Christian music arena, the phrase “before an audience of One” is used liberally by almost every church worship leader, Nashville recording artist, and youth group musician. I absolutely love the concept – we don’t play to impress 300 in church on Sunday morning or 50,000 people in a stadium. We play to impress the Lord Himself, because, even though it may seem weak, we truly believe that He is pleased as we play and sing before Him.

But do we really believe that? Can we...

Bondservants of Christ

By Josh Hawkins

In my last post, I wrote about how our lives must be completely other-oriented, where we realize that the reason why we take in breath right now is ultimately for Christ’s glory, renown, and fame, not for ours. I wrote about how self-denial and a daily death march to the cross is what we are beckoned to by Jesus Himself (Luke 9:22-26), because a life of self-denial is the way to...

Doctrine and the pastoral ministry

By Josh Hawkins

In our modern churchgoing generation, the word doctrine often bears a scholarly, academic stigma. Most western Christians would not say that they are into doctrine. However, most would probably say they are into truth. This dichotomy is an unbiblical one. Doctrine is simply the ordering of truth, and the way that Biblical truths fit together as sound doctrine matters much more to the health and vibrancy of our hearts than we probably realize....

Embracing the cross as a lifestyle

By Josh Hawkins

As Christians, the cross of our Lord Jesus is rightfully the most considered aspect of our faith. So much has been written on the work of the cross, the beauty of the cross, and the wisdom of the cross. However, I’ve been realizing that I have severely neglected “the other side of the coin” when it comes to preaching and teaching about the cross. Not only does the work of Christ on the cross redeem us to God, but the cross demands a response from us as it beckons our flesh into its...

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