In Romans 8:14, we read,”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This morning, Youth Leader Courtney directs us to consider our identity. Do we act like orphans or sons? He goes on to compare the mindset and attitudes of children/sons of the house vs. orphans. While children have a relationship with God, freedom in Christ; needs met; and know God’s joy in them, orphans have none of these. As sons/children of God, we need to know that we have access to the resources of the Father. Orphans steal from someone else in order to have enough. Let’s begin to live our lives as God’s children.
Scripture references: Romans 8:12-18
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Blessed are the pure at heart for they shall see God. It’s important to remember that God gave mankind power and authority to care for and be in charge of the world (Gen 1:26) Yet, that power and authority was weakened by sin. Jesus came to not only rescue a rebellious people worthy of death, but he restored the God given authority to men and women through the Church of God.
Acting in the authority given to you as a Christian is a process of purification. Not only is authority a process of addition (we receive power and authority as ambassadors of Jesus) it is also a process of subtraction (the Holy Spirit in love removes sin and corrects sinful desires from us). The chastening or discipline of God is a good process, even painful, and full of nourishing fruit. God renews our heart in love so that we live in love. With God, get your heart right to act in authority right. Living the authority God intends for us to have is a process of purity in heart; authority isn’t about demanding what’s right or demanding your rights, it’s about living what’s right – loving God and loving others.
Scripture references: Matthew 5:8; 1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:5; Romans 10:9-10
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