The Challenge Week 5 – Day 1

(Ephesians 1:11)

The coveted and honored birthright. It was bestowed upon the first born son. The birthright allowed the first born son to receive a double portion of his father’s inheritance. The eldest son was considered the priest of the family and inherited the judicial authority of his father. Firstborn sons were respected, exalted and favored in their families and communities.

Jesus, God’s only begotten son, is considered the firstborn of all creation and the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:15, 18). As such, Jesus was loved, honored, and exalted by the Father. He carries the judicial authority of His Father and is our High Priest. Jesus is firstborn among firstborn. He is exalted above all and is seated at the right hand of the Father in a position of honor and power. He is heir to all the Father has.
Yet Jesus does not stand in that position alone. He invites each of us, as sons and daughters, to co-inherit with him (Romans 8:17). He graciously allows each of us to carry the benefits, the honor, the favor of the firstborn. We are priests, we inherit a double portion of our Father’s inheritance, and we have the judicial authority of the Father. In this world, we are like Jesus (I John 4:17b)

Unlike Rueben, our birthright cannot be lost. Nor can we, like Esau, give our birthright away. However, the enemy works hard to deceive us from walking in the fullness of our birthright. He uses shame and condemnation to convince us that we are not worthy, we are not equipped, we are not righteous to walk as priests, to wield the authority of our Father.

The truth is, we are heirs, co-heirs with Christ. We are sons and daughters. We have favor, authority, and power. We are well-quipped to push back the darkness and demonstrate the power and love of God. However, each day, every moment of the day, we must choose if we will believe that we are, in fact, heirs. Will we believe that as Jesus was in this world, so are we? Will we trust that the works Jesus did, we can do greater? Will we walk in our birthright as firstborns, or will we trade our authority for the lies of the enemy?

You are heirs, sisters and brothers. Walk in it!

Daily Prayer for Week 6:

Lord, I thank you that you are my Father. I cry out to you as Abba, Father. I ask you to bless me and keep me. Make your face shine upon me and be gracious to me today. Lift up your countenance upon me and give me peace. You have put your name on me and you will bless me. I am yours and you are mine. Thank you that you answer me when I am in distress. Send me help from the sanctuary and grant me support from Zion. Give me the desires of my heart and make all my plans succeed. I will shout for joy and raise a banner in the name of the Lord for I am victorious. Now, I know Lord that you save me for I am your child. I know you answer me from your holy heaven with the saving power of your right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses but I trust in my Father, the Lord my God. (Based on Numbers 6:24 – 27, Psalm 20)


Memorize it – meditate on the scripture, quietly repeating it over and over again throughout your day until you can declare it without reading it.

Actualize it – make the scripture real to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh revelation of its meaning; how can you apply this to your daily life? Then journal what you feel the Holy Spirit is speaking.

Personalize it – Rewrite the scripture using personal pronouns such as “me” or “I”. For instance: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” Remind yourself that the scripture applies to you personally.

Week 6 Memory Verses
Focus: I Am an Heir
(Unless otherwise noted, all scripture are NIV)

Day 1 Memorize: For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26, 29 NKJV)

Week 6 Day 2 Memorize: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” (Romans 8:15 – 17 NKJV)

Week 6 Day 3 Memorize: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

Week 6 Day 4 Memorize: “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:6-7)

Week 6 Day 5 Memorize: “This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” (I John 4:17)

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