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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...

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...

Why do we fast?

By Josh Hawkins

Many people across our nation are entering into a 40-day "Daniel" fast starting today, eating no meats or "pleasant food" from March 1st to April 9th. The Lord has given us an invitation to focus our prayers on Matthew 9:38, asking the "Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest", specifically to the college campuses of our nation.

I've been examining my own motives for entering into this fast, specifically related to the posture of my heart and the expectation I...

The world economy and the signs of the times

By Josh Hawkins

It’s been very interesting to watch how the media has been covering every single aspect of the world’s troubled economy recently. I’ve read articles on how it compares to the times of the Great Depression in the US in the early 20th century. I’ve also read practical articles on how to live off of $10 per day, and some humorous ones including how to make a prom suit out of duct tape.

It does not take any prophetic anointing to discern that that these times are putting a “strain”...

Striving

By Josh Hawkins

Did you know that “striving” is a biblical concept?

In the church today there’s much talk about “striving” and how not to do it. We wrongly interpret striving as effort to earn God’s love, acceptance, forgiveness, and affection. Rather than fasting and praying out of love and longing to receive more of His presence, we fast and pray to earn His acceptance. We must remember that His love and forgiveness has been freely given to anyone who would accept it because of Jesus’...

Hope in the midst of great shaking

By Josh Hawkins

I've been pondering Ephesians 1:17-19 lately, more specifically one phrase that Paul prays. He desires that we would know the "hope of His calling", or as the NIV puts it, "the hope to which we have been called". I've been making a little handout on it, so I figured I would share with you some of my thoughts from it!

Hope is an emotion deeply rooted inside of every human. Hope is simply the expectation and desire for something better than what currently exists. For example, the...

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The world economy and the signs of the times

By Josh Hawkins

It’s been very interesting to watch how the media has been covering every single aspect of the world’s troubled economy recently. I’ve read articles on how it compares to the times of the Great Depression in the US in the early 20th century. I’ve also read practical articles on how to live off of $10 per day, and some humorous ones including how to make a prom suit out of duct tape.

It does not take any prophetic anointing to discern that that these times are putting a “strain”...

Increased Effectiveness in Prayer by Abiding in the Word

By Josh Hawkins

This month I wanted to share with you something that I have been trying harder to implement in my life. As I shared last month, I want myself and those I speak to that believe in Jesus to have a maturity in their walk with Him. I also want to have an action plan to be mighty in the Word and mighty in prayer - so that when I pray, angels and demons move, affecting personal situations, bringing the power of God to sick bodies, and bringing peace and salvation to geographic regions.

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Some thoughts on the grace of God

By Josh Hawkins

I have recently been pondering the word Christians throw around all the time - "grace". By definition, grace is the unmerited favor of God. He gives us something we are undeserving of. I am so thankful for His grace!

But as we read in 2 Peter and Jude, one of the great pressures in the end times will come from false teachers within the Church.

For certain men have crept in unnoticed...ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny...our Lord...

The passion of Jesus the Messiah

By Josh Hawkins

A few days ago on one of our sets at IHOP-KC, our worship team sang through the drama of the cross of Christ. Beginning at Jesus’ anointing at Bethany, proceeding to the garden of Gethsemane, the beating by the Romans, the march to the cross, and finally ending with an empty tomb, we developed each scene musically and vocally for the two hours of our set.

As we were singing and playing through the story of our Lord’s passion, it struck me how ignorant I was regarding many of the...

The salvation of God in the Incarnation

By Josh Hawkins

With this final article in my series on the beauty of Jesus in the Incarnation, I want to focus on the salvation of God in the Incarnation. More than presenting you with dry theological facts or systematic theology, I am hoping to connect you with the epic narrative that God has been writing since the dawn of time. God’s story of salvation, redemption, and restoration is the...

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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...

The beauty of Jesus in the incarnation - Introduction

By Josh Hawkins

As we approach yet another Advent and Christmas season, I wanted to write a series of posts to look at the birth of Jesus. I am convinced that there can never be enough pondering, thinking, meditating, and talking about the Son of God taking on flesh and being born into the world. Theologians call this event the Incarnation. My heart is to write short posts that aid in your meditation and keep your heart focused as the weeks progress. This series will be by no means comprehensive...

The cross, inheritance, and the age to come

By Josh Hawkins

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...

The deity of Jesus - the First and the Last

By Josh Hawkins

Take a second and remember what it was like when you finally were able to call yourself a teenager. Remember how awesome it felt to be able to include yourself in the “cool” class of people? Go back even further and ponder what it was like for your parents to see your birth. What excitement and joy filled their hearts? Now go back even further to the moment your grandparents were born. Keep going back. Further. Further. Go all the way back to Jesus. Isaiah. Jeremiah....

The great line of division: Is Jesus God?

By Josh Hawkins

I believe the greatest point of contention that men will wrestle with at the end of the age is the identity of Jesus. Is he just a good man that lived a few thousand years ago or is He fully God?

I’ve been studying Christology lately, and even just yesterday my roommate Tim spoke to some Jehovah’s Witnesses at our door. As we were talking last night, we both quickly made the point that the root of the problem in their faith is their misunderstanding of the person of Jesus. They...

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