Scripture:

Romans 8:14-15 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God. 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.”

Observation:

When we place our faith in Jesus, we have God’s Spirit living in us. Those who follow the Spirit are chosen to be children of God. God gives us his Spirit and adopts us as his own children where we can have an intimate relationship with him and call him “Abba/Daddy.” The Spirit does not make us slaves to God, rather it gives us power to overcome our sinful nature.

Application:

The same Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside me. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection gives me life so I am right with God. It is amazing how God loves us so much that when we believe in Jesus, he literally adopts us as his own children! If this is the way God views us in the spirit of adoption, so too should the Church and its’ body view adoption. While everyone may not become adoptive parents, we have many ways to support adoption with our time and resources.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for loving us so much to send your son Jesus so we can believe in Him and become your children. May your Spirit of adoption guide us for opportunities to support and serve that ministry.

-Todd Dawson

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