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Things Freely Given

If you've been saved for longer than a month, then you have probably been told that you are now the child of a King, or that you are part of a royal priesthood. Many still struggle to see the relevance of this to our everyday walk, nor do we know what we have inherited by becoming God's child. But to most of us, it certainly doesn't feel like there is any honor or privilege to our position. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 - "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

There are so many things that God has already prepared for His children to experience and enjoy, but they are not to be discerned with the natural senses: they can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. God does not reveal this to the rest of the world, because those who are not born again have carnal eyes and ears, so they cannot see or understand the deep things of God.

If we expect that being God's child means that we should be famous, rich or powerful, then we are doing just what the scripture forbids: we are saying that God prepared something for us that a man's eyes can see. Man's eyes can see wealth or fame; there is nothing spiritual about that. If we begin to treasure those things, then they will fill our hearts and affections, and we will be blinded to heavenly things (1 John 2:15-16; Matthew 6:21; Colossians 3:2). The cares of this world will choke our passion and excitement about the things of God. We will then know that we are a royal priesthood, but never be able to manifest it, or understand its value to our everyday life.

It's not that we are not placed in a position of great honor, but it's that we have limited God to only give us things that the natural eye can see - things that are visible and tangible in this world. We've judged ourselves by the world's standard of royalty. But there is a vast spiritual realm beyond what we see here that God has prepared for us. If we accept that it is not something that can be seen with the natural eye, we will experience it.

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