To survey is defined as to take a general or comprehensive view of or appraise, as a situation, area of study, etc.
1. to view in detail, especially to inspect, examine, or appraise formally or officially in order to ascertain condition, value, etc.
2. to conduct a survey of or among: to survey TV viewers.
3. to determine the exact form, boundaries, position, extent, etc., of (a tract of land, section of a country, etc.) by linear and angular measurements and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry.
We see in Joshua 18, Joshua commanding the remaining 7 tribes of Israel to survey the land, to cast lots before the Lord for the land of their inheritance they had not received as of yet.
Joshua 18:8 Then the men arose to go away; and Joshua charged those who went to survey the land, saying, “Go, walk through the land, survey it, and come back to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the Lord in Shiloh.”
But if we back up a couple of verses, we see in Verse 3 that the 7 tribes had not possessed the land given to them by inheritance by God.
Joshua 18:3 Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?
How many of us know we have an inheritance in Christ? How many of us know how to claim our inheritance?
According to Sapling.com, How to Claim an Inheritance, there are some steps to take to claim an inheritance.
An inheritance may be received through various estate planning instruments, such as a will or a trust. If you believe that you are entitled to an inheritance, you should be proactive and seek it out, rather than waiting for a distribution of the property.
Determine how the inheritance will pass to you. For example, if you have a copy of the will that names you as an heir, the will is the instrument by which the property will pass. However, if you believe you are entitled to an inheritance from a recently deceased individual, and you are not aware of a will or a trust, contact individuals close to the deceased to determine if an estate planning document exists.
WE IN CHRIST, HAVE THE WILL AND TESTAMENT OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, written in HIS WORD, the New Testament.
Hebrews 9:15-17 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
Write to the administrator or executor of the estate in the case of a will, or the trustee in the case of a trust. State in your letter that you believe that you are a beneficiary of the deceased. This will put the administrator, executor or trustee on notice of your claim of inheritance.
WE HAVE BEEN MADE CHRIST’S EXECUTORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF CHRIST.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; ✨we as Christ’s representatives✨ plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. He made Christ who knew no sin to judicially be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness.
Ephesians 1:11-14 ✨In Him also we have obtained an inheritance✨, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace the source of serenity and spiritual well-being who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, ✨through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant✨, equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you making you complete and perfect as you ought to be, accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Travel to the probate court in the county where the deceased lived. Ask a deputy clerk for any records relating to a case involving the estate of the deceased. Pay any required records fee. Take note of any scheduled hearing dates in the case.
WE ENTER INTO HIS COURTS, WHICH IS A COURT THAT IS OUT OF TIME AND SPACE-ETERNAL, WHICH IS SUPERIOR TO THE EARTHLY.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And ✨into His courts with praise✨. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Hebrews 10:10 And in accordance with this will of God we who believe in the message of salvation have been sanctified that is, set apart as holy for God and His purposes through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Anointed ✨ONCE FOR ALL✨.
Ask the deputy clerk for a claim notice form. Many courts provide a form which you must file with the court as notice of your claim to an inheritance. Fill out the claim notice form as indicated. File the form with the court as required. Attend the hearings to make sure that a distribution of property is made from the estate to you.
WE PETITION THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE IN HIS COURTS, BY HIS WORD.
2 Timothy 4:8 In the future there is reserved for me the victor’s crown of righteousness for being right with God and doing right, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that great day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing.
Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, And a God who is indignant every day.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything every circumstance and situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your specific requests known to God. And the peace of God that peace which reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus is yours.
Galatians 3:15-18 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Hire an attorney if you cannot find any cases pending for the deceased’s estate or encounter difficulty in obtaining your inheritance. An attorney will be able to guide you in the right direction toward claiming your inheritance.
WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE – CHRIST JESUS.
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.