A few years ago I saw the movie, A Cinderella Story, a contemporary version of the classic fairy tale. There's probably not a woman alive that isn't familiar with the storyline: A princess grows up oppressed by her evil stepmother and two wicked stepsisters.
“Sam”, the modern-day Cinderella played by Hillary Duff, lost her father after he married the woman of her nightmares. When he died, Sam’s father left her everything he owned, but Sam was deceived by evil family members who stole her inheritance. Even though Sam was the sole heir, she was blinded by lies, banished to misery, and settled for a life of intolerable cruelty. For years, she was completely unaware that her father intended for her to possess everything he owned. She had no idea she was a princess destined for greatness.
Have you ever felt like Sam? Maybe you didn’t know that your Father has a will for your life. Everything he owns was given up for your inheritance to fuel your dreams and destiny. Because of deceit, however, many of us live in despair, captured by oppressors who appear stronger than us. We’re kept in bondage with false illusions of hope, trapped in tyranny only dreaming of liberty. We submit ourselves like slaves without realizing we have other options.
Even after many of us read the will our Father has for us, we remain bound in chains and trapped in limits set by our enemies. We live among the ashes and dirt, scrubbing up the messes others left behind, accepting the fate they dictate for our future. Why do we do this? Sometimes it’s habit. Sometimes it’s the lingering feeling of unworthiness, and sometimes it’s the familiarity of bondage. Our oppressors deceive us with the false illusion of provision and comfort. We settle for a life of intolerable cruelty as slaves, held captive to sin as servants of deception.
The good news is that Sam eventually found her father's will. She accidentally discovered she was entitled to everything her father owned. When Sam realized that all he possessed was her legal inheritance, a trail of tears flooded my soul. Why did this scene pierce my heart? Because it’s such a picture of what Christ did for us. By dying on the cross, he sacrificed his life so we could receive a grand inheritance. Until we discover the will, however, we too are blind to the fact that our Father has plans for our lives far greater than anything we can ask, think or imagine.
When Sam’s eyes were opened, she realized her dreams could come true. Someone believed in her. Someone loved her enough to give her access to a wonderful future. Listen to what she did next: She took possession! She kicked out her oppressors. She took immediate authority over them and refused to allow her enemies to continue to steal her inheritance.
Has someone stolen your inheritance? There is good news! You can take it back! Romans 11:29 says that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. So pick up your will today. Read about the inheritance Jesus died to give you. It's a legal and binding contract, all in writing and sealed by his blood. Don’t live another day in captivity. Kick out your oppressors. Take authority over your future and claim your inheritance today!
Empower your dreams and destiny. Read the Last Will and Testament and take possession of everything that is rightfully yours.
Wed, April 27, 2011
by Christy Johnson filed under