…from glory to glory

Increase and Multiply…


 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

–Genesis 1.28

Have you thought about or have you written your last will and testament? What do you want to leave to those within your family and your sphere of influence when you can no longer be with them this side of eternity?

Most people I know quite naturally want their names and their contributions to humanity to be remembered. And when they start out life in marriage and making a living for their family, they want heirs; they want children to whom they can pass on all the hard-won prizes of their careers–all their financial conquests; all their worldly dominion. In and of itself, this is a reasonable desire; but if the desire ends there, it is a tragic dead end…

When we remember that God gave Adam and Eve the command in the Garden to be fruitful and multiply in the earth, we also need to remember the context in which He gave this command; at that time in the history of mankind, God’s Name and God’s Kingdom prevailed in the heart of Adam and Eve. The command to be fruitful and multiply, therefore, was understood that it is God’s Name and God’s Kingdom which Adam and Eve would increase and multiply on the earth. It was not meant that Adam and Eve would increase and multiply their own name and their own kingdom on the earth. They knew that everything they had and enjoyed had come by the grace and sovereign rule of God; they knew that they were heirs of all that is good from Him…at that time…

Today, I have added another unit of study to the page on which I have posted Discipling the Messianic Believer: An Invitation for LIFE. You can find the new material on the link to Page 4. There you will find content and the links for each study session in Unit 4.

Unit 4 is entitled:  “The Legacy of LIFE.”  There are three study sessions in this unit. Each one explores a distinct treasure which those who belong to Messiah Jesus may claim and enjoy in its fullness–now and forever: Tzedakah*: Gifting & Giving, Your Children: Heritage from God & Legacy to the World, and Talmidim*…

 O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance.

               –Psalm 16.5-6

In this unit, I hope to take you back to the origins of your gifting and your heritage and the purpose for which you have been gifted. The world, the flesh and the devil are all about clouding our understanding of how simple it is to live to pass on and increase the Kingdom of God in our lives. I hope to simplify the explanation of what the will and testament of a believer’s life looks like. If your mind is anchored in the truth that every good gift and every perfect gift, all that you have and enjoy, are from the gracious and sovereign providence of God, then the concept of increasing His Name and His Kingdom in your life and sphere of influence will direct your giving, your vision for your children and your testimony to the world…

May you be blessed in the study of these topics. May God grant the increase to what He has liberally and graciously shared with me…for His glory.

*FOOTNOTE: If you find the terms in these studies somewhat alien to you, please go to the bottom of the study listings on Page 4 on the DISCIPLING THE MESSIANIC BELIEVER page. There you will find a link to Appendix A which provides A Guide to Messianic Jewish/Hebraic/Yiddish Terms.

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