17th May 2012

The Father Wants His Children Back

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  They are reborn—not with physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
John 1:12-13 (NLT)

When we are born we become physically alive, and members of our parents family.  Being spiritually reborn puts us into God’s family and we have received new life, and thus we are now part of His family.  Galatians 3:26 tells us, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”

We have “received God’s Spirit when he adopted you (us) as his own children.  Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father.’  For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15-16).  But we have all gone astray and God wants us back just as the father looked for and welcomed back the Prodigal Son.

Sometimes when we go through trials, we forget that our Heavenly Father will never leave nor forsake us.  He may allow trials but just like human parents who discipline their children for their good, God’s discipline is always good for us.  “And have you forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as children?  It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child.’” (Hebrews 12:5-6 TNIV).

God has reserved for his children the priceless inheritance—the gift of salvation and eternal life.  It is, “kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” (1 Peter 1:4-5)  And God, in his mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to achieve it because you are trusting him.  It will be yours in that coming last day for all to see.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for calling me back and showing me that you want all your children back.  Please help me to be the right example and be obedient to you, so you can use me in bringing others back.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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