Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 23 January 2022
Topic: You Are A Child of God
SCRIPTURE: “For [the Spirit which] you have received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!” Romans 8:15 (AMPC)
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 23 January 2022 MESSAGE
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Adoption. This means that by the power of the Holy Spirit we are actually part of God’s family. We were once sinners serving the devil, but God redeemed us, purchased us with the blood of His Son, and calls us His own beloved sons and daughters. Adoption is amazing! Someone who wants a child purposely chooses one and takes them as their own to love and care for. In some instances, this can be even better than being born into a family because when children are born into a family, they are not always wanted.
Sometimes their birth results from choices their parents regret. But when children are adopted, they are wanted, specifically picked out, and chosen on purpose. When we choose to put our faith in Jesus Christ, the new birth brings us into the family of God. He becomes our Father; we become heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (see Romans 8:16–17). He treats us as a loving, perfect Father. A good father is not silent toward his children.
He does many things for them, just as God does for us, including speaking to them to tell them how much he loves them, instructing them, guiding them, warning them, affirming them, and encouraging them. You belong to God; He has adopted you and is now your Father, and He wants to speak to you today. If you have had the painful experience of being rejected or abandoned by your natural parents, let me remind you that God adopts you and takes you as His own child (see Psalm 27:10).
Prayer Starter: Lord, as Your child, help me to always put my faith and trust in You – in all things. In Jesus’ Name, amen.