The life of faith you live is the legacy you leave. Every generation has an assignment from the Lord to tell the next generation of the goodness of God, and to build in them an expectation of what’s to come. There comes a point when you have to “get your own God,” meaning you have to learn to trust and believe God for yourself. Faith allows you to frame the future with your words. Begin to see your future the way God sees it. Living a legacy of faith is to decide that God, not a person, is going to be your Source for everything in life—love, family and finances.
Get Your Own God
“Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power” (Psalm 145:4). This scripture can be summed up in the word legacy. A legacy is something that is received from an ancestor or transmitted or transferred from the past. It’s what one generation gives to another. There comes a time that you must decide that God, not a person, is going to be your Source for everything in life—love, family and finances. So, what does “get your own God,” mean? There comes a point when you have to “get your own God,” meaning you have to learn to trust and believe God for yourself. You must develop your own personal relationship with God, first through salvation, and then by continually choosing to follow His leading in your life.
That’s where the life of faith comes in. You don’t know what to expect, but go on ahead trusting God to guide and take care of you. Faith allows you to frame the future with your words. Begin to see your future the way God sees it. It’s fear of the unknown that keeps people locked in one place. Fear is a prison. It is NOT a feeling; it’s a spirit. A prison is an area with walls, in the natural or the spirit, that limits how far you can go (Hebrews 2:14-15). So many people are locked in that prison and unable to step out into the future that God has called them to. They are frozen in their tracks because of uncertainty. Breaking free from the prison of fear will make you run to the vision in faith, instead of running from it in fear.
Living A Legacy
There are two kinds of legacy—the one you keep and the one you leave. We’re not talking about leaving a legacy; we’re talking about living a legacy. God commanded the fathers that they should make the goodness of God known to their children. We have an assignment to live a legacy, not just leave one.
There are two kinds of legacy—the one you keep and the one you leave. A living legacy—that is the obligation or assignment that exists on every generation: to live a life that preaches the goodness and faithfulness of God to the next generation (Psalm 145:4). The greatest thing his family can give its children is a spirit of faith. A person of faith is a stable person—not wavering, unmoved and unshaken—based on God’s Word.
The legacy of character and faith is an inheritance more valuable than money. If you believe this message of faith, you’ll have a home like we’re talking about. You will know what to do when problems come and when you face challenges. You’ll have the answer. We’re not talking about leaving a legacy; we’re talking about living a legacy, because the life you live is the legacy you leave.
The greatest legacy you can leave is a legacy of words that demonstrate character and faith. Make a quality decision now: From this point on, this family is a faith family. We put our hope in God. Don’t talk about failure and fear; talk about the hope you have for the future. Be expectant about your future with God.
Your Glory Story
The life you live is the legacy that you leave. Faith in God will give you a story that will give Him glory. You have to have your own story with God—your glory story. Take the opportunity to tell the story of what God has done for you. That’s the legacy of faith. When you need to know what to do, the Holy Spirit will remind you of what you have learned. Say out loud, “I’m not going to take anxious thoughts; I’m not going to be worried” (Philippians 4:8-9).
This life of faith is a long walk of faith. Enoch had a long walk of faith. He was willing to walk with God for 300 years. By faith, Enoch was taken away and did not see death. His testimony was that he pleased God (Hebrews 11:5). Enoch lived 65 years and begot a son, then he lived another 300 years. He was taken by God at age 365 (Genesis 5:21-24). Enoch walked with God for 300 years. That pleased God, and that’s what faith is (Hebrews 11:6).
Whether you were raised in a Christian home or not, you have a legacy from your heavenly Father. Open your heart to the Lord as He teaches you the legacy He has prepared for you.