No Longer Slaves

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

August 5, 2023

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Romans 8:15 "And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God's very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, 'Father, Father.'"

Think

Life often burdens us with a heavy load, stirring up fear and uncertainty. In these moments, it's easy to feel like a cornered animal, helpless and afraid. Yet God's Word paints an entirely different picture. In Romans, we're reminded that we're not abandoned creatures flinching in the shadows; we are God's children, welcomed into his loving family.

Our heavenly Father doesn't want us to live in dread; he wants us to understand and embrace our position as his children. When we invite Jesus into our lives, we're adopted into the heart of his family. It's more than just a legal term; it's an invitation into an intimate, loving relationship. We're given the privilege to call out to him, "Father, Father," recognizing his unending love and care.

Our transformation from fearful, enslaved people to beloved children is a testament to his grace. It changes our perspective, affects our actions, and shapes our future. When we comprehend this fundamental shift in identity, we start to live confidently, secure in the knowledge that we're part of God's family. So, here's a truth to hold onto: we're no longer slaves to fear but beloved children of God.

Apply

Reflect on your identity as a child of God. How does this understanding shape your thoughts, feelings, and actions? Today, in your daily tasks, make a conscious effort to live out your identity as a child of God – not out of fear, but from a place of love and acceptance.

Pray

Dear Father, thank you for adopting me into your family. I'm grateful that I'm not a slave to fear, but your beloved child. Help me to remember this truth in every situation I face, and may my life reflect the love and grace you've shown me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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