A Royal Invitation by Lisa Bevere
Excerpt from Without Rival
Imagine there is a knock on your door. You run to answer it and upon opening the door you discover an etheral agent of the king. I want you to think Cinderella style, but rather than a herald there is an angel on your doorstep.
This angel is so large and radiant that you can barely see beyond him, but you are aware there is a gathering of witnesses who are waiting to catch your reaction. The divine messenger calls you by name and declares loudly that you are an heiress — a princess of the heavenly realm. There is an ocean of applause. Stunned, you answer his declaration with a question, “I am?” He nods in affirmation and places what appears to be an invitation into your hands. With trembling hands you turn the envelope over. There is no mistaking your name perfectly written in bold gold letters. You draw a deep breath and lift tear-filled eyes only to realize you are alone on your doorstep. The angel and his entourage are gone.
A voice calls out from within your house.
“Who is at the door?”
You answer back with a whisper, “I am.”
You are overwhelmed by the sense that everything has changed, and yet when you look around at your circumstances, nothing has. The purpose of this visit was never about a change of circumstances or location. This invitation is to an unrivaled transformation within.
You glance down. You are wearing the same clothes you were in when you opened the door, but somehow they feel lighter, as though they no longer have the power to constrict, label, or identify you. As you turn to reenter the house, your mind is clearer, and you realize that this is where you live, but it is no longer your truest home. A distant city whose founder is your God and King beckons you. You walk through the family room past the slightly confused faces of your loved ones as you head for your bedroom. In the silence and the solitude of your room, you open the envelope and carefully remove the gilded invitation.
You, beloved daughter, are now reborn as Sarah, a princess of the Most High,
As you grow in the intimate knowledge of Jesus, His grace and peace will continually multiply in your life.
This royal designation means you will have access to all that you would ever need as you pursue godliness and run the course of your life. Be assured that as you delve into the Holy Scriptures, your youth and mind will be renewed and you will become aware of all the vast treasury of the great and precious promises that have been granted to you. Each of these has been miraculously provided for you! Lovely one, in case you yet doubt, this is the best invitation you have ever received!
All you need to do now is to turn your back on the world that has already turned its back on you.
2 Peter 1:2-4 puts it like this in the English Standard version:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
The rest of the excerpt is in Without Rival by Lisa Bevere and I would highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with their identity. It’s amazing! You may purchase this book through Amazon.Com.
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