Sunday, 7 March 2021

You’re Accepted, Loved and Secure!

If God loves you, you must be worth loving and if He wants to have you in His Kingdom, then you must be worth having. 

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Romans 8:15 ‘So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children’

If you're adopted, that means your parents chose you. They could have picked a different gender, colour or ancestry. but they selected you. You may say, ‘But if they could have foreseen the rest of my life, they might have changed their minds’, but that’s the point exactly!  God saw our entire lives from beginning to end and He was still convinced; Ephesians 1:5 ‘God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure’.

We can now live like God's very own children, adopted into ... his family, and calling to Him ‘Father, Father’; Romans 8:15 ‘So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father’ .... And since we are his children, we will share His treasures because all God gives to His Son Jesus is now ours too.  

God doesn't accept you because of your pedigree and He doesn't reject you because of your divorce, deficiencies, debt or dumb choices.  You're His redeemed child.  You can call Him 'Abba' which means 'daddy' or 'papa'.  You may approach God with freedom and confidence; Ephesians 3:12 ‘In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence’ and this is the case on your bad days as well as your good ones!

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It doesn’t stop there either, it gets even better.  Your adoption is horizontal as well as vertical.  You 're now a member of His redeemed family.  Dividing walls of hostility are broken down and community is created on the basis of a common Father, you have instant family worldwide!  If God loves you, you must be worth loving and if He wants to have you in His Kingdom, then you must be worth having.  God's grace invites you, not requires you, to change your attitude about yourself and take sides with God against your feelings of rejection and unworthiness.  You’re Accepted, Loved and Secure!

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; Galatians 4:4-6 ‘In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus’.

Father God, I wonder how I managed to exist without the knowledge of your parenthood and your loving care.  But now I am your son, I am adopted in your family and I can never be alone because Father God your there beside me.  I will sing your praises, I will sing your praises, I will sing your praises- for evermore! 

Author: Neil Berry

May God bless and enrich your life

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