Battle of Inheritance Part 2 Written by: Eric Johnson
Article by: Nicolas
Date: 07/15/2008 10:46:31
ur core value needs to be that God intended us to enjoy the fruit all the time. Psalm 68:19, "Ö he daily loads us with benefits." Godís desire is that we eat all the time. The Church has a tendency to believe that the fruit is for us to enjoy for a single moment; we donít realize it is bait that is meant to lure us to the source, so we can pick the fruit at will.
In Part 1 of "Battle of Inheritance," we talked about not apologizing
for whatís been given to us for free. Along with that, we talked about
the tension that occurs when you have been given something for free and
about not letting the pressure of "I need to prove why I deserve this
inheritance" determine what you do.
A few years ago, while flying to Alaska to do a conference, I was
caught up in a conversation that I was having with myself on the plane.
I had been pondering the whole thought of why kingdoms or empires fall.
Why do we look into history and see a king build up his empire and then
see it fall when the next generation takes over? Why do we see revival
explode in one generation and then die in the next?
As I was dwelling on these questions, I felt like the Lord told me that itís because they didnít make the transition from inheritance
Then I was led to read the story about the nation of Israel and the 12
spies that went into the Promised Land to spy out the land.
In this moment in history, we can extract some keys to help us make
this transition in the years to come. I will address one of them in
Part 2 of "Battle of Inheritance."
In this story, the spies were sent into the Promised Land to bring back
two things: 1) a report and 2) fruit from the land. There is something
significant about the report of the land and its fruit. Letís first ask
the question, "What is fruit?" The word "fruit" is defined as "the
sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed
and can be eaten as food." It also carries the meaning of the result of
hard work or activity.
After the spies had spied out the land of promise, they brought back
the fruit from the land. I ask, why was it important for them to bring
back the fruit from the land? It was Godís way of seeing what their
reaction would be upon seeing the fruit. He was looking to see if the
bad report or the fruit was going to determine what they would do.
To understand this part of the story is important. There are many times
in our lives when we are presented with a bad report, which can be
disguised in what we would normally call "reality," and we are also
presented with fruit from a land we donít own. That is, we donít see
the fruit in our everyday life.
Currently, we are experiencing tremendous breakthrough in many areas of
sickness, diseases and ailments. One area that we have purposely
targeted is cancer. We absolutely hate cancer with a passion. Early on
in this pursuit of a "cancer free zone" we did not see as much
breakthrough as we do now. Why? We have made a choice to pursue it no
matter the cost. And there have been some great losses along the way,
as well as great successes.
Instead of letting the reality of the strength of cancer in our world
determine what we do, instead of looking at the fact that there "are
giants in the land," we have chosen to look at the fruit--because the
fruit is meant to give a clear target to shoot for. When you move from
looking at the giants in the land to looking at the fruit, it takes you
out of a defensive stance and moves you into an offensive approach.
Godís intention when he shows us the fruit is to lure us into a Kingdom
reality that we can pick this fruit any time we want. When the nation
of Israel saw the fruit, they had an opportunity to believe that God
wanted them to live in the land it came from so they could have it any
time they wanted. Instead, they were distracted by the bad report.
With fruit comes responsibility. When you value fruit, donít also
equally value the bad report. If you value both, you make room for
options. When fruit is your only option, then what you do is very
strategic with extreme purpose of attaining the fruit. Such a hunger is
birthed in you that youíre not satisfied that someone else is enjoying
the fruit and youíre not. We begin to make decisions and live a life
that is on a constant pursuit of seeing that the Kingdom of Heaven is
Our core value needs to be that God intended us to enjoy the fruit all
the time. Psalm 68:19, "Ö he daily loads us with benefits." Godís
desire is that we eat all the time. The Church has a tendency to
believe that the fruit is for us to enjoy for a single moment; we donít
realize it is bait that is meant to lure us to the source, so we can
pick the fruit at will.
So start by recognizing the different times when you have had fruit
show up in your life and make the decision that youíre after the land
that it came from while not allowing the bad report or the giants to
deter you from the course. Give God permission to set you on a journey
through the land of giants so you can own the real estate all those
fruit trees are sitting on.