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by Carolyn Hope

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:15-17)

In the first portion of Romans 8, Paul discusses the difference between living according to the Spirit and living according to our sinful nature. Those who live by the Spirit, he says, are children of God. He then tells us some of what being a child of God means for us in the verses above. As children, we call God our Abba, our Father. In addition, being God’s children makes us His heirs who will share in the glory of Jesus.

Something happens when we transition from slave to son. Not only are we given freedom and an inheritance, but we enter into a newfound intimacy with our Father. We can approach Him with confidence, knowing that He loves us, and we can go deeper into our love for Him each day.

In one of my college classes, I experienced such a shift in relationship with my professor. Throughout the class, I could feel him watching me and I didn’t know why. We had very little interaction, though I much respected him and gratefully learned from him. Our final test was an in-person lab in which we had to put into practice all we had learned. My test date came, and it went extremely well, better than I had even hoped. After that day, something changed in my relationship with that teacher. From that point on, when he looked at me, it was with pride. It was as if he knew all along I would do well, and I had proved him right. A door had been opened, and I could freely approach him knowing that he would fully accept me. I began attending the church he pastors, and he has become a father figure to me that I am very grateful for. My relationship with him has touched my heart in ways I never expected.

When you believed on Jesus, you became the son or daughter God created you to be. You are His child, and nothing can change that. He views you with great love, joy, and pride. He has deep confidence in you and in all that you will do. You have access to your Father, a freedom to approach Him without hesitation, and an intimacy that is unprecedented and incredible. Draw close to your Father today; His arms and His heart are wide open to you.

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Faithful to Set Free

by Carolyn Hope

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Yesterday, we touched on God’s faithful forgiveness based on Jesus’ blood. The blood of Christ bought more than our forgiveness; it also bought us our freedom.

God is a God of freedom, and His heart is to see every person set free. Wherever Holy Spirit is, there is freedom (2 Cor. 3:17). Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” God did not create you to be a slave, but He calls you a son or a daughter. As a child of the King, you are free indeed (John 8:36).

There is nothing so sinful or wretched that God cannot or will not free you from. There is no depravity too deep for His reach. The freedom Jesus brings is stronger than every chain or lie. You can walk in freedom. What is it that has been holding you back from total freedom? Bring it to Jesus, and let His blood speak the better word. The moment you gave your life to Christ is the moment that you were born into freedom. Satan seeks to keep you bound in lies, claiming that you’ll never be free. Dear one, your freedom has already been purchased. The receipt is in your hands. Go and claim your freedom. You don’t have to live as a slave anymore; you are a free child of God.

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