Today’s Reading: Galatians 3-4
Key Verse: Galatians 4:6
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
What a great change! We were enemies of God, but have become His friends, and more than friends, we have become children of God. As His enemies, we deserved His wrath. Instead, He showed us His infinite love. We deserved to be punished, separated from Him forever. Because of His initiative, the opposite occurred. We are welcomed into His Kingdom as members of His family. In these chapters, Paul explains an astounding change. The Galatian believers have come from being slaves: slaves to sin and from trying to obey God out of duty, to being heirs of God. In reality, they have the rights, privileges and freedoms of sons and daughters of the King. We have these same rights. Therefore, we can call God, “Abba, Daddy!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, I pray for the Spirit of Your Son to fill me now. I pray in faith believing that You are now keeping your promise to me. The promise of the Spirit was given to me by Jesus, Himself when He said, “How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11:11-13). I’m asking, Abba Father, and You are more willing to give of Your Spirit than I am to receive. Therefore, I am receiving the Holy Spirit at this very moment. I praise and worship You! Hallelujah! Glory to Your Holy Name! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As a youngster, I would go forward to the altar at church, asking Jesus to come into my heart and write my name in His “Book of Life.” However, when I did something I knew was wrong, my confidence in my salvation was gone and I would give up until the next time I came forward in church. We called the bench in front of the pulpit “the penitent form,” or, “the mourners bench.” I knew I was to be “penitent” and I was to “mourn” over my sins. But it was not until age 16 that I realized I am a child of God by faith and faith alone. I then believed that even as my human father would never cease to be my father, even so God, my Father, my Abba, would never erase my name out of His Book. The day after I fully believed that, I quoted Jesus words in John 6:37 over and over: “The one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out.”
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8-9.
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