How Do You See Yourself? Are You a Child or a Slave?

Posted: July 17, 2013 in Christianity, Journey, Ministry, Missions, Prayer, Reflections & Musings
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Dawn and I accomplished a first on Tuesday. We are in a small village San Antonio de las Minas near Ensenada, Mexico for the first time. The other thing I’m doing for the first time is writing this post using my iPad mini (It’s doable, but a little more challenging!)

Our journey to grow deeper, to learn more about inner healing and to connect with kingdom minded ministries brought us here. This is borne out of a desire to help others and to see God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

While connecting with our new friends here we’ve been discussing and learning about the keys for a transformed life!

One of the things that we talked about last night was our standing before God. Paul refers to those in Christ as sons and daughters of God. Yet we often think of ourselves as slaves.

Our Sonship is at the Heart of the Gospel

It is an amazing thing to realize that we can have such an intimate relationship with God. Romans, Galatians and Ephesians among other books in the New Testament demonstrate that those in Christ are children of God and are part of the family of God.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father! The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:15, 16, ESV)

…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” so you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:5-7, ESV)

Dawn and Dave are grateful for our grown children - I (Dave) feel privileged that my children call me daddy, at least sometimes ;)

Dawn and Dave are grateful for our grown children – I (Dave) feel privileged that my children call me daddy, at least sometimes 😉

What wonderful promises that God gives us. If we stop and think of the intimate relationship we can have with God it is mind blowing. In both of these passages Paul adresses God as Abba! Father! Like calling God daddy or papi in Spanish.

Do you see the Lord as being close to you? Can you relate to him as your daddy? All my kids call me daddy from time to time. My daughter, Hannah does it the most, and I love it, because it expresses a close and special relationship that we have.

God loves us enough that he is not only our Father, he is our daddy!

Oh, that we would all grow deeper in our love and understanding of the special relationship that we have with God. He is our daddy, and he will protect us and fight our battles. Lean on him. Look to him! Love him!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Comments
  1. Larry Who says:

    …Can you relate to him as your daddy?…”

    As a very young Christian, I was eating breakfast with with three other Christians. One said, “God is a good God.”

    I sat there and thought, “My dad is a good man and a good father who loves me. God is better. Thus, God is a good God.”

    From that moment on, I’ve believed that God absolutely loves me and would bankrupt heaven to bless me. He is my Daddy.

    Sadly, most Christians do no have this same revelation.

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    • I’m glad you had a good dad, and that the Lord used that to teach you about his love and care for you.

      For better or worse our relationship with our dad has a huge affect on us. If you had a good dad, then that makes it easier to see God as being good as you shared was your experience. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Yet God is good regardless, and he wants us to understand that we can have a daddy like relationship with him!

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  2. I believe that I’m a child of God and that He loves me. I do think, though, that sometimes we Christians tend to think that God will also overlook and forgive without consequence the wrongs we do. Striving to keep the balance of unconditional love and the knowledge of our sinfulness and the need for the law can be difficult. Fathers both love and correct. 🙂

    janet

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