Confidence of Sonship

by Carolyn Hope

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. (Romans 8:15-17)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38)

There is no greater security than being a child with loving parents. When I was little, I used to pretend to fall asleep in the car so my Dad would carry me to my room when we got home. I loved the way it felt to be held in his strong arms. There, I knew I was safe and protected. In his arms, nothing could harm me. In his arms, nothing else mattered.

You have a perfect Father who loves you, protects you, and holds you. He adopted you into His family, and His arms are always open to you. Nothing can take you from His embrace. In His arms, nothing and no one can harm you. You can rest in the love of your Father. He’s for you. He’s with you and He loves you for all eternity.

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Unfailing Peace

by Carolyn Hope

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Imagine a lake surrounded by a forest. The water is still and calm, steadily quiet. As the wind moves the trees, the reflection on the water changes, but the water itself is as still as ever. Even though storms come, bringing a disruption to the quietness of the waters, when the storm is over, the lake returns to its tranquil state. This is peace. Regardless of circumstances, a peaceful heart remains steady and unshaken.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, which means He rules over it. Jesus not only has the power to consistently be at peace, but He is a Peace-Maker and a Peace-Bringer. When the disciples were caught in a storm, Jesus spoke peace into the situation, and the waters stilled. When we were lost in our sin and at war with God, Jesus came to earth and sacrificed Himself for us, so that we might be at peace with God. Jesus creates peace wherever He goes.

The Prince of Peace lives inside of you. Therefore, you can have peace in every situation, and in fact, you can bring peace into chaos! You are a peace-carrier and a peace-maker. The same power of Jesus to calm storms and raise the dead lives within you. Walk in peace today. Let your heart be still and steady. Receive Jesus’ words to His disciples before His crucifixion: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). You have a peace that is greater than what you’re going through. Let this peace rule in your heart (Col. 3:15). It will not fail you.

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Chosen Ones: You!

by Carolyn Hope

“I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.” (Isaiah 41:9)

Isaiah 41 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It so confidently affirms God’s power and tender love for His children. We see from this verse that it doesn’t matter where you come from, or how far from God you have been. He will always call you back to Himself.

He also decrees that you are His chosen one, and He won’t ever change His mind. We live in a culture that says, “If it’s broken, you don’t like it anymore, or it doesn’t meet your expectations, throw it away and get a new one.” That’s not how God views you. You are not dispensable, nor are you replaceable. There’s only one you, and Jesus wants you for who you are. He won’t ever get tired of you. He’ll never be impatient with you. You don’t have to be nervous about God’s attitude toward you. You are always accepted, and you’ll always be His chosen child.

Rest in the truth that you were chosen, and you were chosen for a reason. You are enough for whatever God calls you to. With Him by your side, you can do anything. You can walk confidently, knowing that your Father forever chooses you.

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