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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"Sonship"

Sonship
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."
  Romans 8:16,17

   
A new convert came in deep distress to see his pastor.  He said, "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I'm losing my salvation." 
    The pastor said, "Do you see this dog here?  He is my dog.  He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me.  Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son.  He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess.  But who is going to inherit my kingdom?  Not my dog; my son is my heir. You are Jesus Christ's heir because it is for you that He died."
    We have received sonship, not by works of perfection, but by His grace.  We are heirs of God; yea, joint-heirs with Christ.  Our bond to God is a family bond; it is not based on rules but relationship.  We have a family tie with God.  Our new relationship is based on three things:
  1. His love (John 3:16).  Families are built on the foundation of love.
  2. His life (1 John 3:16).  He laid down His life for us.
  3. His line (Col 1:14).  We have a bloodline that makes us sons of God. His precious blood has washed us, bought us and set us apart!
    As children of our Father, we need to listen to His Word and obey it so that we will grow. We are secure in the family, by grace, but we must not remain babes in Christ.  Be secure in your salvation and have confidence in Him, and grow in grace.


Study verses - Gen. 15:6; John 1:11,12; 3:3-21; Gal. 4:1-7; Eph. 5:1; 1 John 3:1


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Previous devotions



Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011
"Barking or Pulling" - August 31, 2011
"Spiritually Homeless" - August 24, 2011
"Fulfilling Your Duty" - August 17, 2011
"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011

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Words of Truth - December 14, 2011