Devotions for May 15, 2017

ROMANS 8:12-17

12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,[a] you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,[b] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[c] of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[d] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[e] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

WE CALL HIM ABBA FATHER

Paul writes that we have been adopted in as His own children. He loves us more deeply than any earthly father.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does our new position guarantee us, now that we are children of God?

Q: Think about how a young child approaches their father: In light of your new position, how do you approach God through prayer?

Q: Why is important to communicate to others how we are to approach our heavenly Father?

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