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PostSubject: Adopted By God   Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:24 pm

For you did not receive a spirit of bondage to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father". Romans 8:15

The Spirit of God is called the Comforter because He reveals the everlasting love of the Father - the perfect love that casts out all fear - in the hearts of those who believe. He opened my heart to embrace that love even when I was running from Him as a selfish, helpless alcoholic. Imagine the comfort that began to flood over me when He immediately released me from that twenty year bondage.

By nature, we're all children of the devil. Ephesians 2:1-3 states: And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

We have no right to God's love. But by His death on the cross, Jesus Christ has set us free from our spiritual bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15 states: Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

If we are a true follower of Jesus Christ, we are able to say: we who were once children of the devil, have been brought into the family of God. Galatians 4:4-7 states: But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Adoption is one of the deepest mysteries of the Gospel. Only Jesus, the eternally begotten Son of God, has a natural right to the love of God. But in Christ, God the Father has given everything to those who deserved nothing. I know exactly how that feels; which is why I am here trying to get the message across to you. Romans 8:17 states: and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Insight: Are you an adopted child of God...by faith in Jesus Christ? If so, do not fear. Your Father in heaven is for you and with you.

Prayer: Abba Father, I thank you for this message. Help me to take it seriously so I can become Your adopted child. And as your adopted child, I pray for Your strength to be in me, so I can get Your awesome message out to a lost and dying world that so desperately needs Jesus. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
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