Bold Conversations

Last week we started talking about bold conversations and bold prayers. Pastor Kenton shared with us about the first prayer that the church prayed and he challenged us that the kind of prayers that we pray might not have pushed the church into the 21st century. In the next 3 weeks we want to continue talking about bold conversations and bold prayers. We are going to see individuals who pray boldly.

Imagine your parent or guardian is worth a billion Kenya shillings and you were the sole heir to their wealth. What would you do if someone else out of the blues laid claim of that inheritance? We all know stories of families that have been torn apart by their struggles over their inheritance. These stories actually get ugly because they pit family members against each other publicly. Families do all sorts of things in this part of the world to ensure that they are not cheated out of their share of the wealth that is their’s because their parents worked hard.

Imagine what would happen if a family had worked hard to create generational wealth and then at the last moment they are denied access to that inheritance? Imagine if someone else got access to that inheritance only to squander it? Imagine if the true offspring were denied access to the inheritance or somehow hindered from collecting it? What would be the implications of that? What would such a family lose?

The reason that families go through protracted legal battles that are messy and very public is because nobody wants to live in a less than position. Nobody wants to have the privileges, advantages and materials accumulations that are available to them to be transferred to someone else. If this is how we feel about material and physical possessions shouldn’t we feel the same about our spiritual inheritance? Why would you want the privileges, material accumulations and advantages that you are entitled to not to be transferred to you? Why would you live below what you are actually entitled to?

The Bible tells us about some women who were in danger of losing their inheritance and the kind of bold conversation it took to prevent them from being shortchanged.

Read Numbers 27:1-11

27 One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad—Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Their father, Zelophehad, was a descendant of Hepher son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph. These women stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the tribal leaders, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle. “Our father died in the wilderness,” they said. “He was not among Korah’s followers, who rebelled against the Lord; he died because of his own sin. But he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.”

So Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord replied to Moses, “The claim of the daughters of Zelophehad is legitimate. You must give them a grant of land along with their father’s relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father.

“And give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If a man dies and has no son, then give his inheritance to his daughters. And if he has no daughter either, transfer his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 But if his father has no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan. This is a legal requirement for the people of Israel, just as the Lord commanded Moses.”

This text takes is located at the point where the nation of Israel is about to take possession of the promised land … then the daughters of Zelophehad came forward.  But they realized that things were set up in such a way that some people were going to be left out of the promise from the very start.  And that included them. Within their own community where property rights were passed on through males of the same ethnic clan, whatever inheritance was about to be celebrated, didn’t include them.

Their father had died on their sojourn in the wilderness. If they had been sons, they would have inherited his portion of the land. If they had brothers, they would have been able to share in their brothers’ land. If they had been married, they would have gone to live on their husband’s land. If they had been widowed, their husband’s family would have taken care of them. But being as they had no father, no brother, no husband and no in-laws, they had no rights to any land. Having no land rights in an agricultural economy meant being utterly marginalized.

Now they were together with their people on the edge of the wilderness, but what the census made clear was that they didn’t count for anything and when everyone crossed over, they would remain forever disconnected from land and from sustainable life. These women found themselves in a situation. When these women grasped the fact that they were about to be dispossessed of their father’s property they decided to present a petition to Moses the man of God. In order to make some advances these women took some chances.

Despite the fact that these women were right and this was their inheritance,  to take a hold of their inheritance was a very bold thing. Their action was quite fearless and daring; courageous. For them to do what they did required a considerable amount of courage and bravery because:

  1. At that time, women who did not have equal standing in society, so they had every reason not to come to Moses .They risked a refusal to their request. They also risked being misunderstood as rebellious or branded as presumptuous.
  2. There was a structure in place for people’s disputes to be addressed. Note every case came to Moses after his father in law had advised him to divide his tasks among other leaders in Exodus 18. So these women had already gone to the people that were available to hear their cases and they had not made progress. For these brave women it wasn’t the first, second or third time.
  3. There was no precedent: a precedent is a principle established in a previous legal case that is binding or persuasive in deciding cases with similar issues. There was no precedent. In other words they were approaching God to challenge an existing law. They were entering unchartered territory.

Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances.

Despite these obstacles these women came to the tent of meeting, stood before Moses and articulated their issue. They successfully claimed their inheritance before Moses and Eleazar. Don’t miss the fact that for these women to claim their inheritance it took their working as a team. There were five women. Interestingly the passage does not tell us which one of the daughters spoke up. The impression I get is that the camera does not zoom in on any single woman but the focus is on what they accomplish together.

Last week we traveled to Naivasha with some of the delegates who came for the fearless summit. As part of our team building we went on a hike to [Hell’s Gate]. Hiking is not one of my preferred activities, but I decided to go along. If it was not for the fact that I was with others I would not have made it. Some places we needed to climb up literally up a wall of rock, or descend down the sides of a steep slope, or climb up a steep incline using a rope and every time there was someone to encourage, give a hand or literally hoist me up or down to the next place.

For you to navigate certain terrain you will need to use the passion, commitment and dedication of others to push you forward.

How many of you belong to a Life Group? you are not in that group for no reason. What you cannot accomplish on your own you can accomplish together. In our situation we have a great inheritance in Christ and we access the promises of God through Christ through prayer. Take a good look at your life and ask yourself if you are accessing your inheritance in Christ through prayer. Paul says in Philippians 3:12

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

There is a reason Christ took hold of you.

Is the kind of life you are living worth the pains it cost God to make his salvation available to you? The central issue in prayer is to boldly stand before God and ask for your inheritance in Christ. And those who don’t take chances don’t make advances! Listen to this verse: Matthew 11:12

And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].

Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances

What will it take for you to pursue your inheritance in Christ?

  • Desire: The daughters of Zelophehad had a desire borne out of their situation which was indeed dire. These women longed for an inheritance and their desire compelled them to take some steps. Nobody becomes anything in life until he has a strong desire for something. The first step towards a bold conversation with God is a strong desire for your inheritance. Many of us are living way below the poverty line, we are living on less than a prayer a day! Nothing distinguishes you from any other person in this city.  The first place to connect with God in prayer is at the point of your situation or desire.
  • Decision: Secondly, the daughters of Zelophehad not only desired an inheritance, they came to the point of decision to bring the matter to God’s representative at the Tabernacle. To be able to pray at all, one must come to the point of decision to pray.
  • Determination: Nothing can be achieved in life without determination. Undoubtedly, the first few times the daughters of Zelophehad decided to bring up their matter, things did not initially work out as they envisaged. But what brought them to this point we read about in this passage was determination. It helped them to overcome every hurdle until the law was overturned in their favor.

Many people don’t pray because they are not sure what is at stake and perhaps they have encountered some frustrations along the way. Prayer is about the boldness to ask for your inheritance. Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances. Listen to the kind of bold prayers we ought to be praying.

  1. Joshua 14:9 – So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ [prayer for legacy]
  2. Psalm 2:8 – Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. [prayer for global influence]
  3. Psalm 16:6 – The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. [prayer for God’s goodness]
  4. Isaiah 61:7 – Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. [deliverance from shame and disgrace]
  5. Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people [prayer for spiritual enlightenment]

There is a famous old saying that goes,

“Even a turtle doesn’t get ahead unless he sticks his neck out.” Choose today to ask for your inheritance. Strive to reach the full potential of your calling. Dream big, because you serve a big God. As I conclude this second message in our series ‘Bold Conversations’ here is how I would like us to pray:

  1. Take a good look at your life and ask yourself if you are accessing your inheritance in Christ through prayer.
  2. Secondly, repent and confess the condition of prayerlessness.
  3. Finally, ask the Lord to give you your inheritance in Christ.

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4 Responses to “Bold Conversations”

  1. Morning! I logged on to watch the video of the bold little preacher girl. Please load it 🙂 Thanks

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  2. Lance Mayabi Says:

    Powerful sermon. Shared this with my family today during our daily bible study together and we have decided to go all out together and take our spiritual inheritence violently and leave a legacy in this world for generations to come. Transforming the world. We are a family of fearless influencers who have learnt that the power bestowed unto us by God Almighty makes the devil tremble and that is why the devil wants us to live such mediocre Christian lives. Never again shall we live under the shadow of the devil. We are going to resist and he will surely flee.

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  3. It is abit strange no one is talking about their prayer life here. ok let me do this. I guess just like many of you I have done with less than a prayer a day.

    I prayed monday, tuesday, didn’t pray wednesday, i haven’t prayed yet today, am not sure what am waiting for. Well you might not understand this but I have no reason why am not praying. I don’t have an excuse not to but at times i struggle to find a reason to.

    Hope i will pray today.

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  4. Am fighting for my spiritual inheritance.Totally loved the sermon.Thanx Pastor Linda.

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