8th March 2019

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 3:1

 

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14

 

    

 

Prayer Points

 

Take some time to consider what it means for you to be a child of God. Thank God for what is true of you as a Christian. Put away everything that undermines your confidence in your relationship with your heavenly Father.

 

Pray for those in your church who are ‘at the edge’; not quite sure that they are yet children of God (yourself?) Pray that they will have an experience of the ‘Spirit of sonship’ when God’s Spirit tells them they are God’s children (Romans 8:15,16).

 

         

     DAY 3 : ADOPTING

 

I cried. I knew it was going to happen. For months it had been expected. But when the twins were born I cried. There’s something about seeing new life brought into the world that does this. Our children were brought into our family with all its love, characteristics and quirks! Interestingly, there is something about becoming parents that we have inherited from God (Ephesians 3:15).

 

Jesus describes the process of becoming a Christian as becoming a child of God. God has children – those who receive (or believe in) his Son Jesus (John 1:12). Think about this for a minute: when we become Christians we are adopted into God’s family. We take on the family characteristics and have its privileges:

 

*    We have a new family – a good one (John 8:35, Hebrews 2:11)

*    We have a new Father – the best there could be (Matthew 7:11)

*    We have a new status – children of royalty (1 Peter 2:9, 10)

*    We have a new access – so we can receive the mercy and help he gives(Hebrews 4:16)

 

So how do we feel about ourselves today? Low self esteem? Feeling we don’t really count? Not worth being taken seriously? Perhaps instead we should remember we are children of God: having the most amazing Father caring for us. He is ensuring that we will become like him; sharing in the family characteristics of love, holiness, power and kindness. We matter to God. We are his children.

 

    

Pray

 

*    Pray for your ‘big issue’

*    Pray for your ‘three friends’

*    Pray for a new wave of revival.


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