Time Alone With God daily devotional

Time Alone With God daily devotional

Written by Pastor Phil Stout, JAXNAZ Church

Tuesday, November 1

Read: Romans 8:12-17

Romans 8:12-17
New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.


Consider: The scriptures teach that every human being is a child of God. We were all created in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). All of us are his image-bearers. So what did Paul mean when he said that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14)?

We know that some people do not live as though they have a parent. Some people have rejected their parents. They have no communication with them and, therefore, no relationship with them. I’m not throwing stones here. For some, there may be good reasons they have had to cut off that relationship. Others have been given no choice. All I’m saying is that it is possible to have a parent without living as that parent’s child.

Paul is asking us to embrace our Heaven Father—to embrace his parenthood in our lives. And he tells us that as we allow the Father to lead us, we are led into greater intimacy with him. That’s why he uses the Aramaic term, Abba (8:15). It is a term of endearment that a child uses when talking to his or her father.

What is fascinating is Paul’s teaching that we are adopted into the family (8:15). In our self-ness and sinfulness, we rejected God’s fatherhood in our lives. We rejected our heritage. But we were welcomed back into the family. And since we so thoroughly rejected him, he adopted us to once again call us his children.

We were born as his children. Then we were adopted—born again.

Pray: Prayerfully meditate on what it means to be adopted into God’s family. Consider that adoption doesn’t happen accidentally. It is intentional and comes at a great price to the adoptive parents. Ask the Holy Spirit to translate the image of adoption for you so that today you live with a renewed sense that God is your Father.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

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