One of the true delights in life is God’s family. No matter what kind of earthly family we come from that might be filled with fights, disagreements, hard feelings, love, tenderness, nurturing…. all believers belong to God’s family, He is our heavenly Father and we can call Him, “Abba Father’. This is a term that was used to express a very close relationship with our father, like Daddy. Romans 8:15-17 explains our adoption into God’s family. “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!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
I find this passage incredibly encouraging. I am adopted through faith in Jesus to belong to His family making me a join heir with Christ in heavenly things. I will have eternal life with Jesus, reign in heaven, have a home there, belong to God and I can call Him Father and Jesus brother. Jesus reaffirmed this truth in Matthew 12:50 when He was questioned about his brothers and sisters, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” I will also have support in the here and now through His indwelling Holy Spirit that testifies to my spirit that I belong to God and empowers me to live for Jesus each day. Being in God’s family also means I will suffer for His name as I stand up for Him and tell others about Him. It is all part of being ‘in the family’ of God.
Usually at Thanksgiving we think of family and give thanks for having those in our lives that care about us. Likewise, we should take time to be thankful for the family of God. Think of those brothers and sisters in Christ that are risking their lives to tell others about Jesus, those that are suffering great hardships around the world, those who we work with every day that are in need of a helping hand, an encouraging word or prayer. Philippians 4:6 is a promise from God that reminds us to pray with thanks. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Pray for your brothers and sisters today with calmness knowing they are loved by God and are join heirs with Christ. It is our privilege as members of God’s family.
I am thankful for each of you as you seek to know God more completely, and I pray that my words will be an encouragement to you!
Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have been adopted as God’s child and belong to His family. This is a precious truth from scripture that gives me great comfort. Through my faith in Jesus, I now have a forever family and God is my heavenly Father. Romans 8:15-17 lays out our family heritage and what it means to us eternally. “ 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!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” We are adopted through our faith in Jesus into God’s family. We can call God our Father. His Holy Spirit indwells us and reminds us that we are God’s children. By suffering with Christ, we are considered joint heirs with Him and will share in heavenly glory. Through adoption we have access to our heavenly Father and can go to Him each day seeking knowledge, wisdom, comfort, mercy, compassion, hope…. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103:8
How will you use this truth in your life today? You are God’s child and belong to His family thorough your faith in Jesus. This blessed privilege brings hope, contentment, comfort, assurance and belonging into your life.
Read the scripture again in the Message and let it sink into your soul and cause you to praise and thank God. “15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
Suggestion: Call on your Father, God, today in prayer and thank Him for the privileges you have as His child. He is accessible in prayer, has saved you for eternity, has a home waiting for you in heaven, will be with you each day- will never leave you nor forsake you, His Holy Spirit indwells and bears witness to your spirit that you are His, He gives you power for living and a purpose for your life…..Thank you Jesus for making this possible for me. Amen.
Psalm 128 gives a summary of blessedness for the believer who follows God and clings to Him in the midst of a sinful world. The list of blessings is not all inclusive nor does it mean that because we do not experience these blessings something is wrong. Rather, the believer can rest assured that God will bless him/her. A truth that is seen throughout the Bible is that God blesses His people. Faith brings blessings.
128 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, The believer is gifted by God who walks in his ways! as he walks with him each day.
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your work is blessed.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table. Your home and family are blessed.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life! Your city and nation are blessed.
6 May you see your children’s children! Your life will be long
Peace be upon Israel! and filled with peace.
God blesses us each day as we walk with Him. The blessings will look differently for each one of us but the truth of this psalm is that God’s blessings effect our entire life. From our selves to our work to our home to our city and nation. He blesses in all areas of our life and desires that we make an impact on those around us for the sake of the gospel. Paul summarizes his reasons for work and ministry in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
As you walk with the Lord today, look for His blessings in your life. Seek to share God’s blessings with others so they may come to know your Savior and seek Him too.
Today’s blessing passage is found in Psalm 127. The entire psalm, verses 1-5, set forth the idea that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. Man strives or toils in life building and watching over their ‘things’ but the psalmist is saying that unless God is in it and watches over it all the work is in vain, worthless and meaningless. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep. God brings purpose to our days and rest to those who rest in Him so unless He is in your day you will feel anxious, stressed and restless.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth. God’s gift to man is family, home and children to extend one’s legacy and work for the Lord.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. God blesses us through our children. One can have both physical children as well as spiritual children. Both are as sign of God’s favor to us. They can attest to our love for God, our character and our great hope in Him. Truly, the man with many children is blessed.
The psalmist gives us hope and assurance that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God. Is God in your home? Is He with you at work? Do you take seriously the teaching of both your physical and spiritual children so that they see your love for God, your trust and hope in Him? Take a moment today and thank God for His protection, direction and guidance and for His great gifts you you. Blessings are God’s undeserved favor coming into your life. What marvelous gifts!