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About the Author
Dr. Baldock has pastored nine churches; four of which he pioneered and built from the ground floor up. Dr. Baldock also has four earned Doctorate Degrees, and one Honorary Doc- torate.
Dr. Baldock is currently traveling around to different churches teaching and preaching the word of God. He attends Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Gos-port Indiana. Dr. Baldock has spoke at many conventions and has worked with several well known ministries. He taught for several years with the International College of Bible Theology and with Midwest Seminary. He taught at the School of the Prophets in Poplar Bluff Missouri for about four years and he taught about two to three years at The Lion of Judah in Malden Missouri.
Dr. Baldock is a gifted preacher and teacher of the Word of God. He enjoys working with pastors and church leaders to train and raise up leaders in the local church. He enjoys helping to restore pastors and leaders who have fallen on hard times and are in need of men- toring.
Dr. Baldock has authored many books and study helps. He believes that the gifts that God has given him should be shared and imparted to (with) others. He believes in everyday, practical teaching that reveals the application of the Word of God in the persons everyday liv- ing. He is a strong believer to the fact that everything you will ever receive from God is be- cause of the "Cross" and "The Finished work of Jesus Christ." He believes that the "Cross" is the means of all you will ever need and that "Jesus Christ is the Source" of all that God has supplied for us.
Dr. Baldock is available to speak and teach at your local church or, conferences, along with leadership training and motivational speaking. If you would like for Dr. Baldock to come and speak at your church or conference, and if you would like more information about his books, CDs, DVDs and a plethora teaching tools, you can write to:
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P.O. Box 648
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You have An Inheritance
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.."
As I read this passage of scripture the phrase, "shall inherit all things" came alive and leaped off the page. These were no longer just words of dry ink, but a live force pumping into my innermost being.
I became extremely curious as to what it means to "inherit all things" and just how to bring this promise alive in my own life. Let me share with you what I discovered and what the Holy Spirit revealed to me.
Let's begin by looking first at the word, "inherit."
The word "Inherit" appears sixty-two times in scripture and the word "Inheritance" appears two-hundred and thirty-nine time in scripture. The word "inherit" comes from the Greek word, "Kleronomeo," and this word is derived from the word, "Kleronomos" meaning: an heir, to inherit, to obtain for an inheritance properly by lot, as the children of Israel did in the "Promised Land."
"Kleronomos" comes from "Kleros" meaning, by lot, and from the verb "Nemo" meaning to hold in one's power. This is exciting because it does not merely mean an allotment (of inheritance) but the act (taking action) to receive (obtain) what has been allotted to the heir. As an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ the believer is entitled to obtain the inheritance that has been provided for them through the "Cross and the Finished work of Jesus Christ!" The following are some ways to obtain your "Inheritance:"
By birthright; when a person receives Jesus Christ into their life they become "born again" which means, they enter into sonship with God through Jesus Christ. Romans 8:17
By overcoming (faithfulness), that means to live the life that Jesus Christ has provided for us. I will discuss "overcoming" in the next chapter.
To those who show kindness to the brethren. Luke 10:25
The Apostle Paul talked about the opportunity that was set before him (you) along with the importance in receiving (obtaining) what has already been obtained for him and every believer.
"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Philippians 3:12-14
Everything that pertains to life and Godliness has already been obtained for every believer by the "Cross and the finished work of Jesus Christ" there in. The cross is the means and Jesus Christ is the source of all blessings. Since Jesus Christ has already apprehended life and that more abundantly (John 10:10), it just makes good sense that we obtain that kind of life through our relationship with Him. For it is Christ who obtained life and the giving of blessings which is an inheritance to all those who will live in Him. I will discuss the "Newness of Life" that Jesus Christ has obtained for all those that believe in another chapter.
I have noticed over the years that, the main problem that a lot of people have obtaining what Jesus Christ has accomplished is simply a lack of knowledge of what actually belongs to them. It is impossible for anyone to walk in their inheritance if they do not have any (or limited) knowledge of any kind of inheritance. It would be like some long lost relative dying and leaving you a million dollars and you are still living in poverty. If you don't know about the relative or about any will that he/she may have left concerning you, you will never obtain it.
Matter of fact, there are houses, land and even money that is unclaimed because the recipient is unaware that any one has left anything for them. There are agencies that pay people to find those who have never claimed what is rightfully theirs. The word of God is full of benefits and blessings that belong to every believer. However, without knowing (or understanding) they (the believer) will never walk in what belongs to them.
The scriptures declare that a lack of knowledge brings destruction. "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
I believe without any doubt that this (the lack of knowledge) is the cause of most if not all of the problems that we are faced with today in our churches and our everyday living. It is important to understand that the lack of knowledge does not necessarily mean being in a state of ignorance. Matter of fact, in the above passage the prophet Hosea was referring to a rejection of the "law of God." There are people who don't know because they have made the choice not to know.
The word "destroyed" comes from the Hebrew word; "Damah" "Daw-maw" the prime root of this word comes with the meaning; to be dumb or silent; hence to fail or perish; translated, to destroy; cease, to be cut down and or off.
There are people today who are cut off from the benefits of an inheritance simply because of a lack of knowledge. Some will never pursue to know while others are hungry to know what belongs to them. The good news is, they can come to the knowledge and no longer remain silent and be cut off from the things that belongs to them through the "Cross and Finished Work of Jesus Christ." This brings us to the prerequisite to the "inheriting (obtaining) all things."
Jesus Christ "must" become the Lord of your life;
In the third chapter of John Jesus spoke to a man by the name of "Nicodemus" who was a ruler of the Pharisees. Nicodemus came to Jesus concerning the miracles that was being done. Jesus began to tell him about being "born again" which without it no man can enter into nor see the kingdom of God. What does it mean to be "born again?" I?m so glad that you asked. Being "born again" simply means to turn your life over to Jesus Christ. Receive His forgiveness and repent, Romans 10:9-10 says it much better than I ever could.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans10:9-10
Being "born again" also means that you have "surrendered" your life to God. You are no longer your own but you belong to God. The results of this experience are many however here is just one David said;
"The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want." Psalm 23.
David believed and trusted God for all that he would ever have need of. The Lord was his shepherd!
You must realize (understand) that you have an inheritance.
Before the believer (you and I) can obtain anything, they (we) must first realize that there is an inheritance available. You may be living in lack in some area of your life simply because you are not aware of what is available for you. It is God's desire that each of us come to the knowledge and revelation of our inheritance. Not only an inheritance, but all that is contained there in. This is why it is imperative to discover all that God has supplied. We need to know what God thinks and says about us in order to completely know and understand what has been obtained for us.
"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints."
The above scripture reveals that we the saints are God's inheritance. But I want you to notice, in this prayer the request of the giving of the "Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation" in the knowledge of Him, which speaks of receiving the knowledge of Jesus Christ through the word of God. A lack of knowledge and revelation concerning Jesus Christ will cause a person to be cut off from the things of God. It just makes good sense that we should be pursuing the "Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation" in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
How can a person claim what belongs to them without the knowledge that it even exists? The answer to that question is a, "resounding," "they can't!" knowledge will unlock and open a world of opportunity to the one who is seeking it. I want to challenge you to seek after knowledge. When you find it, I guarantee that you will discover opportunities that you have only dreamed of!
You must walk in your Inheritance.
"And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes which had not yet received their in- heritance. And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go and possess the land, Which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?" Joshua 18:2-3
Israel had been living in the promised land for several years, yet, some of the tribes had yet to claim their inheritance. Neither, had they completely driven out the inhabitance of the land. There could be a couple of reasons why they had not begun to walk in their inheritance.
1. Fear of the inhabitants. Remember, when the spies went into the land ten of them said that it was not possible to take the land because of the inhabitants, see Numbers 13.
2. It is possible that they could gain profit from working for the inhabitants of the land.
3. Another reason, could be due to the strength of the armies of the Canaanites. Israel saw these armies greater then themselves. Because of this they did not have confidence or faith in the ability of God to overcome their enemies
Out of these three things (and I am sure there are more) I believe that fear is one of the biggest mountains that stands in the way of many receiving their inheritance. It is amazing that they were aware of what God had promised but was still not walking in the promise. There is no doubt that there is an enemy standing in the way of the believer. That enemy can appear in many different forms and fashions. However, it is time that the believer stand up and claim (not just by talk but by action) what Jesus Christ has apprehended for them. Remember, Jesus Christ has already overcome the enemy. See John 16:33. So, we don't have to face the enemy in our own strength or power, but, in the power of the "Anointed One!"
The enemy is constantly trying to keep you (the believer) from walking in what God has promised. In return, you, as a believer, must continue to come against the enemy and be persistent in receiving your inheritance. Believe me when I say, "Persistence pays off." I am reminded of the following story:
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl, One was an optimistic soul;
So with a last despairing cry,
I'll swim around till my strength is spent.
On top of the butter at last he stopped And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
What a great example of being persistent. It is time for you (us) the believers to stand our ground and run the enemy off and take possession of our inheritance! With that being said, let me share with you another story that is recorded in the scriptures that has given me the strength and courage to stand my ground. There has been occasions that I have contemplated running. It may not have happened just this way, so, the emphasis are mine.
This story deals with a man by the name Shammah. Now, Shammah owned a parcel of ground where he raised lintels. I like to call it a "pea" patch. Every time Shammah would go out to the field to reap his harvest of peas, the enemy would show up and run him off. Shammah was continually going home empty handed. One morning when Shammah was getting ready to go to his pea patch one more time. Just as he was approaching the door to his tent, Mrs. Shammah grabbed him by the arm and said. "Brother Shammah, look at me and listen closely.
Don't you dare come home tonight empty-handed." Shammah left the house with a visual of the sternness that was in the eyes and voice of his lovely wife, Sister Shammah, burning within his mind. Along with his visual was the continue ringing sound in his ear. "Brother Shammah, don't you come home tonight empty-handed!" These words kept ringing over and over in ear and mind as he approached his pea patch.
While in the middle of his pea patch the enemy came once again, yelling and screaming, "Get out of this pea patch, it is not yours to reap. We have come to run you off as times before."
Just as Shammah was getting ready to run, as on previous occasions, there was a ringing sound in his ear, "Brother Shammah, don't you come home tonight empty-handed." He stood and took notice to the voice of Sister Shammah. This time he decided not to run. As he stood his ground the enemy cried the much louder. It was a scream louder than before, and as Shammah looked up, to his surprise, the enemy had increased in number and strength. His heart began to beat with fear, and he began to run. Then, suddenly, he saw in his mind's eye the sternness of his beloved wife, Sister Shammah's eyes and heard once again; "Brother Shammah, don't you come home empty-handed." Suddenly, he began to feel courage arise inside of him as never before. He stopped running and stood, staring at the enemy and said; "This is my pea patch and I am not running from you any more. I am standing my ground and taking what is rightfully mine!"
As Shammah stood his ground, the enemy fled, and he returned home that day with his harvest (inheritance) in hand. You can find this story in 2 Samuel 23:11-12. Just remember when you read it, the emphasis on this story are mine, so don't get concerned.
There is another man in scripture that I admire. His name is Caleb. When it was time to hand out the inheritance of the promised land he looked at Mount Hebron and said, "Give me this mountain." At this time Caleb was eighty-five years old yet he said, "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in." Joshua 14:11
There are some qualities about Caleb that I want to share with you. From the first time he saw the land of promise recorded in Numbers 13 to the time of taking his inheritance he possessed these:
1. He never lost his vision
2. He never gave into distractions
3. He never let go of the promise
4. He endured hard times
5. He never lost his strength to fight
6. He never lost his courage
7. He never lost his Faith and never entertained doubt or unbelief
If the enemy has been keeping you from receiving your inheritance, it is time for you to stand your ground. It is time to gain the strength, knowledge and revelation of what Jesus Christ did at the Cross! It is time for you to do what is necessary to "Gain the Victory" which is your "Inheritance!"
Begin by telling the enemy, "I refuse to run from my harvest field;" "I am standing in the middle of my Inheritance." "Healing is mine!" "Joy is mine!" "Peace is mine!" "Abundant living is mine!" "Financial breakthrough is mine!"
Continue to stand on what has been obtained for you. Allow the same kind of courage that raised up in Shammah and was in Caleb to arise in you. God has given you an inheritance by "The Cross and the Finished work of Jesus Christ." It is time for you to begin to walk in it!
There may be some things that we can inherit in this life. However, most of it is something that can be corrupted by moths and dust. But I believe that the greatest inheritance of all is, eternal life. That life, which is reserved for all believers, where God will wipe away our tears, where there will be no more sickness nor pain and no more heartaches over there. What a place! But most of all, we will see Jesus Christ, the one who gave His life for us!
You have an inheritance that was provided to you through Jesus Christ
Now, begin to walk in it!!!
Excerpted from "Gaining the Victory"
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Table of Contents
About The Author, vii,
A Special Thanks, ix,
Chapter 1 You have An Inheritance, 1,
Chapter 2 You are what God Says You Are!, 11,
Chapter 3 "What does Overcoming Mean?" Part 1 Defining Overcoming, 23,
Chapter 4 "What Does Overcoming Mean?" Part Two, 43,
Chapter 5 What Does Overcoming Mean? Part Three, 63,
Chapter 6 What Does Overcoming Mean?, 69,
Chapter 7 What Does Overcoming Mean, 79,
Chapter 8 The Battle Part 1, 95,
Chapter 9 The Battle Part Two, 107,
Chapter 10 The Battle Part Three, 129,
Chapter 11 Victory Comes Through Revelation, 145,
Chapter 12 With Obedience Comes Victory, 159,
Chapter 13 Walking In The Newness Of Life, 171,
Chapter 14 God's Prescription For Living An Overcoming Life, 183,
Chapter 15 Pass Or Fail, 193,