Did you know that you have certain legal rights as God's child?
It's true, and this truth will change your life if you will grab onto it today. Let me explain your legal rights first (this will fire you up); and then I'll share my personal story at the end of this post.
Here's what I mean by “legal rights as God's child”:
Children, by default, are legally entitled to certain things. Every child has these rights simply because of who they are. It's not because the child is or isn't smart, well-behaved, pretty, handsome, or gifted. Every child has rights simply because he or she belongs to his parents.
And you have certain legal rights with God–certain things you can expect Him to do for you–simply because YOU are His child.
What are your legal rights as God's child?
Well, even though I'm not going to go into all of your rights as God's child today (because that's what part of my book is about–watch a 2-minute video of me talking about my book here), I will tell you this key point:
You have a legal right for God to grow, develop, and promote you into your destiny–just because He is your Father.
Here's a human example of your legal right to be promoted by your Father:
When you were a baby, you ate baby food. However, when your parents saw that you were old enough to handle it, they started feeding you adult food.
Your parents probably started weaning you off baby food with tiny bites of simple adult foods. But as your ability to chew and digest adult food grew, they continued to feed you more of what you could handle. Eventually, you were weaned off baby food altogether.
When your parents transitioned you from baby food to adult food, they were PROMOTING you from one thing into another. They looked at your growth and ability, and they put you into the next higher level when you were ready.
If they hadn't–if you had shown up in middle school or high school still eating baby food–the authorities would have stepped in. In the American legal system, this is what would have happened:
- The authorities would have said your parents were abusing and neglecting you.
- Your parents would have been deemed unfit.
- You would have been removed from your family and placed in a different home, where someone could have cared for you properly.
Why? Because your parents have a legal responsibility to promote you.
And whether you realize it or not, your parents promoted you a lot when you were a child:
- They had to buy you bigger clothes as you grew.
- They toilet-trained you.
- They taught you how to bathe yourself.
- They moved you from riding a tricycle to riding a bicycle, as you grew and could handle it.
Your parents promoted you as you became ready for promotion. You had a legal right to those promotions, simply because you were their child.
So here's the deal: You are GOD'S child if you have made Jesus Christ the Boss of your life.
Psalm 27:10 tells us:
Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]” (Psalm 27:10 AMP).
If you feel forgotten, the Lord will take you up. He has already adopted you as His child, if you have made Jesus Christ the Boss of your life:
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1a).
And as God's child, you have a legal right for God to promote you too.
- You have the right for Him to teach you new things.
- You have the right for Him to move you into the next opportunity, as you become ready for something bigger.
- You have the right for Him to give you a bigger mantle of authority as your character and ability to handle it grows.
- You have the right for Him to promote you into your destiny.
So when I felt forgotten, I asked God to perform the duties of a Father for me.
When I first started praying this–asking God to perform the duties of a Father for me–I felt like I hadn't seen any progress in my life for quite awhile. That's why I was so frustrated.
But I asked God to promote me. I prayed like this:
- “Father, I come before You in Jesus' name. Your Word says that I can come boldly before the throne of grace, that I may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
- “Father, You know me. You're the only One who truly knows me, inside and out. You know what You've called me to do. You know the gifts and calling You've put inside me.
- “You know what I'm ready for and what I'm not ready for. You know what the next thing is You want me to do.
- “Father, I've been faithful to serve and do everything I can according to Your Word. But I need Your help. Only You can bring me into Your call on my life.
- “So Father, because it's Your job to promote me as Your child, I ask that You would perform the duties of a Father for me.
- “Move me into the next thing You have for me. Open doors You want to open, and keep them open. Close doors that You want to close, and keep them closed.
- “Father, lead me and guide me into the next part of my destiny and call in Christ. Keep me humble, and draw me ever closer to You. Let me seek You first, and seek Your Kingdom, and I know all these things will be added to me. In Jesus' name, amen.”
And shortly after I prayed that, as I've mentioned before, God started doing new things in my life:
He started expanding my writing career by having a number of articles that I've written published. He brought me new people to mentor (and mentoring is a huge part of God's call on my life).
And most dramatically of all, He started expanding my responsibilities in leadership in the ministries I'm involved with in my local church. My pastors gave me new assignments that are very powerful and very public. Those assignments are things directly connected with my passion for revival and prayer, and I am ever-so-grateful. (Truly, beyond-words grateful.)
But you know what? Those promotions didn't come from men.
They came through men, but it is GOD who performed the duties of a Father for me and moved me into the next bigger thing He had for me and my life. Did He use men to do it? Yes; He always will honor the authority He's placed over you. But God still did it Himself. GOD opened doors for me.
So if you feel forgotten, ask God to perform the duties of a Father for you too.
- Remind Him of His promise that, when your father and your mother forsake you (or even reach the end of what they can do for you), HE–the Lord–will take you up.
- Humbly present your case to the Lord. Talk with Him about where you've come from and where you want to go.
- Remind Him of the promises He has given you that apply to your destiny.
- Ask God to perform the duties of a Father for you, and promote you into the next thing He has for you.
And God will answer. He won't give you your end result all at once; God will never move you into opportunity for which you're not ready, because it could hurt you. And He is not an unfit Parent; He will always Father you perfectly.
But He WILL move you into the next thing for which you ARE ready.
God is the perfect Parent–the perfect Father. He is the perfect Provider, the perfect Lover of your soul, the perfect Listener, the perfect Promoter.
And if you ask Him to perform the duties of a Father for you, He will.
God will move you into your next level of promotion when you ask Him to perform the duties of a Father for you.
Your Father God sees you perfectly. He knows you intimately. He knows what He has called you to do, and He knows how He desires for you to get there.
That means He knows what the next door is that He wants you to walk through. He knows what the next, bigger level of responsibility is that He has for you. He knows who He wants you to reach, and when He wants you to reach them. He knows how to move you into new levels of service, humility, and authority.
And if you'll ask Him to perform the duties of a Father for you and promote you, He'll move you forward into the next thing He has for your life.
Does this message speak to you? If so, please leave a comment below. I want to hear what you think!
- Dear Christian Who Feels Forgotten, Here’s Step One
- 7 Life-Changing Prayers For People Who Feel Forgotten: Prayer #1
- Prayer #2: Ask God To Perform the Duties of a Father For You
- Prayer #3: Believe (And Remind God) That Promotion Comes From Him Alone
- Prayer #4: If You Feel Forgotten, Ask God For Favor
- Prayer #5: If You Feel Forgotten, Pray For Influence
- Prayer #6: Ask the Holy Spirit To Advocate For You
- Prayer #7: Ask God To Bring You The Reward Of Your Labor
- Encouraging Word & Free Printable Bookmark of All 7 Life-Changing Prayers
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