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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Paul uses adoption to illustrate the believer’s new relationship with God. In Roman culture, the adopted person lost all rights in his old family and gained all the rights of a legitimate child in his new family. He became a full heir to his new father’s estate. Likewise, when a person becomes a Christian, he or she gains all the privileges and responsibilities of a child in God’s family. One of these outstanding privileges is being led by the Spirit (see Galatians 4:5-61). We may not always feel as though we belong to God, but the Holy Spirit is our witness. His inward presence reminds us of who we are and encourages us with God’s love (Romans 5:52).
We are no longer like “cowering and fearful slaves”; instead, we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are God’s children, we share in great treasures as co-heirs. God has already given us his best gifts: his Son, forgiveness, and eternal life; and he encourages us to ask him for whatever we need. (NLT)
Romans 8:14-17 – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.” For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
Norma Hubbard (Mississippi) titled her story “GRANNY’S GIRL;” here is a portion of Norma’s story:
“. . . After our conversation, the girl took her grandmother’s hand, and they began walking away. Then the child turned, looked back, and said proudly, ‘I’m Granny’s girl!’
“How proud that little girl was of her new shoes, holding them close to her heart! But it was evident by the expression on her face and assurance in her words that her greatest joy was her loving relationship with her grandmother.
“I was reminded of the many scriptures in which God expresses a yearning for a loving relationship with us. How many of us are as sure of who we are and whose we are as that child was, and how often do we joyously proclaim it to others, even to passing strangers? For Christians this can be as spontaneous as a child expressing love for her grandmother. . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I am God’s child – today and forever!
Prayer: O God, may we always be proud and eager to tell the world that we are your beloved children. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN
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1 Jesus was born of a woman—he was human. He was born as a Jew—he was subject to God’s law and fulfilled it perfectly. Thus, Jesus was the perfect sacrifice because, although he was fully human, he never sinned. His death bought freedom for us who were enslaved to sin so that we could be adopted into God’s family. (NLT)
Galatians 4:5-6 – God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law. So that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father.
2 All three members of the Trinity are involved in salvation. The Father loved us so much that he sent his Son to bridge the gap between us. The Father and the Son send the Holy Spirit to fill our life with love and to enable us to live by his power. With all this loving care, how can we do less than serve him completely! (NLT)
Romans 5:5 – And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
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