What does it mean to be a part of God’s family?
We, at World Prayr, pray that just as you believe that God used His mighty POWER “In the Beginning…”; you also BELIEVE that by GRACE He used His mighty POWER to, forever, wash away our sins, when Jesus on the cross said, “IT IS FINISHED”. Be blessed by this powerful book, “Walking in God’s Grace….Practical Answers to Tough Questions”
Enjoy this excerpt from Walking in God’s Grace…
This is the reason for which we were created, to be a part of God’s family. Unfortunately, due to the sin of one man (Adam), that family was broken. So instead of being naturally born into God’s family, as some may teach, we were instead born cast off from God’s family.
Romans 9:8 and Ephesians 2:3 say “that we are born as children of wrath.” When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are welcomed into a global family and a heavenly body as God’s children (John 1:12, Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:1-2). So now that you are part of God’s family, we have brothers and sisters around the globe praying for us and ready to love us.
Although we have new abilities, a new heart, a new mind and a new spirit, we are still broken. The memory of the life we once lived, the choices we made, things we did that were against what God is are still fresh to us. Those things were what the Bible classifies as sin. Because those memories still reside in us, it creates new attractions to do those same things over and over again. Because it is what still feels comfortable to us.
It is what still appeals to us because of the feelings that we associate with them. So even though sin no longer has power over our lives, it still holds an appeal and is why we still sin. It is why everyday a tough decision must be made to live how we once did or how the Holy Spirit enables us to live now. This is what Paul meant when he said that a struggle still rages within him. It is what many refer to as the battle between the old man and the new man.
As this battle rages, because the Holy Spirit now reigns in us we feel like complete failures. Which brings more familiar memories. Memories of not meeting the standards our parents, loved ones, friends set and feeling like we will lose their approval as a result. So we become harsh task masters on ourselves and others as we hold up standards we think they and us should be living by.
In effect, we become like harsh zoo keepers as we work to keep others and ourselves in well ordered, clean, cages. Cages formed from our need of approval from others. So we stop looking at ourselves under the light of God’s passionate love for us but not only ourselves, but others as well. We end up relating to our brothers and sisters in Christ based on what they are doing and not doing, instead of God’s amazing love and mercy...continued
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