Romans 8:17 NIV “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
When you believed on the name of Christ, the Bible records that you became a joint heir (Rom.8:17). This means that you now have legal rights to all the spoils that Christ took back by His resurrection. This ought to affect our prayer lives. Our attitude to prayer must be different. Our prayers to God must exude confidence. This is why prayer is best done on the basis of what has been revealed in God’s Word, that we may have confidence.
If only we knew and walked with a sense of this reality that all things belong to us already, our lives will be different. Our faith walk must grow to the level where the realities of the new creation in Christ dominate our thinking. But it says that we enjoy these things if we suffer with Christ. This does not connote the idea of “no pain no gain”, rather it speaks of unity with Christ. You and I, like Christ, are not of this world, and the time we spend here will be filled with persecution because the world is under the sway of the wicked one (1 Joh.5:19). Our suffering is the battle to maintain our victory in Him, while keeping ourselves pure from the things of this world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 Joh.2:16).
You have every right to enjoy all that heaven has. You may have to patiently wait to experience the manifestation of what you’re believing (this is your suffering), but as you hold on patiently in faith, the promise is sure to manifest. The writer in Hebrews 6:12 puts it beautifully, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (NIV).
The wealth of heaven’s resources are available for you to enjoy. Don’t look to any other source but God. Keep your trust and confidence completely in Him, and wait patiently for the Lord’s manifestation in your life.
Scriptures to Meditate (click here): Joh.17:22-24, Tit.3:7, 2 Tim.2:11-12, 2Cor.1:5, Gal.3:29, Jer.17:6-8, Ps.27:14