Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
King James Version
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
King James Version (KJV)
We live in a time and culture of rights. "It's my right to ___." Just fill in the blank.
But we don't have a right to be God's child. We are given that right by God's grace.
This right came to us at great cost to God. Jesus' came to earth, lived,
died and was raised from the dead. We receive this grace through faith:
God gives us new birth as we trust in Jesus as Lord and we are baptized and
To be born of God, to be born from above, to be born "again" is the gift of
adoption into God's family and brings us all the rights of heirs in God's house
this adoption, this right for granted! We are God's children right now (1 John 3:1-3).
Let's give thanks for this grace and live like we belong.
Abba Father, thank you for including me in your family.
May my life reflect your influence, character, mercy, holiness, compassion,
righteousness, and love. I want to be like you, my Father.
So just as I was born into your family by the power of the Holy Spirit,
please fill me with your Spirit so that I will more closely reflect you in all I do and say this day.
In the name of my older brother Jesus I pray. Amen.
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for Tuesday, 07/01/2020 (Devotional)
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