Posts Tagged ‘Children of God

21
Sep
17

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.
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14
Sep
17

God’s Children

Is everyone a child of God? Are we really all God’s children? The Apostle John seems to be saying that the answer is no. He wrote:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

There is a difference between God’s children and the world. God loves the world, but He calls those who know Him His children. Those who have trusted Jesus for forgiveness have been adopted into the family of God and have been made children of God. This is only made possible by the love of God that we have had lavished upon us. God is not stingy with His love. He does not withhold it from anyone who wants to receive it. What are you waiting for? Receive the love of the Father and be an orphan no longer. Let Him adopt you into His family by grace through faith in Jesus.
13
Sep
17

Reflecting Our Father

There are two definitions of righteousness that we need to know. First, you can be declared right with God by His grace through faith in Jesus. Second, to be righteous is to do the right things. That second definition is what John has in view here. He wrote:

If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. – 1 John 2:29 (NIV)

Jesus did the right things all of the time. He never sinned in any way. He was the perfect Son of God. When we do the right things, we show that we have been born of God. Have you ever seen a child misbehaving and thought, “What is wrong with his parents?” Have you ever seen a child acting up and said to yourself, “Why don’t her parents do something?” Our behavior reflects on our parents. As children of God, our behavior reflects our relationship with our Father. If we truly know who we are and to whom we belong, we’ll strive to live lives of righteousness for He is righteous.
21
Jul
16

Not Everyone Is A Child Of God

John 1:9-13 (NIV)

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

 
According to the Apostle John, we are not all God’s children. Those who have received Jesus Christ and believed in His name have the right to become the children of God. John repeats this idea in his first letter. 1 John 3:1-2 (NIV) says:
 

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 
God has lavished His love on us and has made us His children by love and grace. We are all God’s creation, but we are not all His children.
The good news of the Gospel is that anyone can become a child of God through faith in His Son. It’s not an exclusive club that only a few get to join. Everyone can become a part of this amazing family. Just accept God’s gracious offer of salvation through expressing your faith in Jesus Christ and you will be saved and adopted into His family. 
 
PRAYER: Thank You, God, for adopting me and making me part of Your family as Your child. Help me to spread the good news that everyone can become Your child. The world needs Your love and grace. I want to be a part of sharing it with them. In Jesus’ saving name I pray, amen.
21
Apr
16

Loving The Son

1 John 5:16-20 (NIV)

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

 

The book of 1 John starts with the Apostle John talking about remaining in Jesus and not sinning.  He writes about how, if we remain in Christ, we will not live a life of sin.  He writes at the end of his letter about these same things.  These bookends are so very important.  This idea of abiding or remaining in Jesus is vital to being a follower of Christ.

If you want to live a life with less sin, you need to love Jesus more.  If you want to live a life that is not characterized by sin, you need to remain closer to Jesus.  John says that the whole world is under the control of the evil one, but we who follow Christ are the children of God (1 John 5:20).  We are not under the control of the devil.  The devil never made you do it.  The evil one has no claim on you because you belong to Christ.  You are God’s child.  You are not under the control of sin or the devil.  God’s Spirit lives in you.  God’s Son has saved you.  God has made you His child and you belong to His family.  You are a child of the King!  Live like it!

Remain in Christ and resist the devil.  Temptation still comes calling to us.  We battle and struggle against sin.  We wrestle with wholehearted devoted to Jesus.  Everything within us (our sinful nature) wants to please the self.  Our Father desires fellowship and communication with us.  We need to love Jesus with all that we are so that we may remain in Him and resist the world.

PRAYER: Father, I ask today that You would keep me from temptation and protect me from the evil one.  Help me to love Jesus with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength.  In His name, amen.

08
Mar
16

Living And Loving Well

1 John 3:7-10 (NIV)
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
 
According to John, here are two identifying marks of a child of God:
  1. Righteous living
  2. Love for others
If we are filled with God’s Spirit, we will live a life that is noticeably different than the world around us.  We know that we are not perfect and that we do sin.  But instead of living lives that are characterized by sinfulness and selfishness, the life of a Christian is lived for God and not for the self.  We talk differently.  We act differently.  We think differently.  Why?  Because we are the children of the King.  Our lives reflect – either poorly or well – on our Father.  Are you living for Jesus or are you living for sin?
The same thing goes for how we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ.  The church should be known as a house of love.  Our lives should be filled with love, compassion, grace and forgiveness for our brothers and sisters.  Instead of allowing differences and grievances to separate us, we need to allow the grace of God to unite us.  That means forgiving each other and loving each other unconditionally.  Let’s face it.  We are all human and sinful.  Sometimes our differences divide us and we cannot work things out.  That’s why we need grace to bridge the gap between us.  The Apostle Paul had a falling out with Barnabas because of a young man named Mark (the Gospel writer) in Acts 15.  They had to separate for a while and then they were able to reunite and Paul had some very positive things to say about Mark (2 Timothy 4:11).
Think about these two things today.  How are you living?  Are you living a life of righteousness for Jesus?  How are you loving?  Are you loving your brothers and sisters in Christ?  Are you forgiving them and working out your differences?  Or are you holding grudges and bitterness in your heart?  Be a child of God today and live and love well.
PRAYER: Father, I struggle with living and loving well.  Help me to live a life of righteousness and love today.  Thank You for filling me with Your Spirit and loving me so that I can love others.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
25
Jun
15

You Are Royalty

Christian men, you are princes in God’s Kingdom.
Christian women, you are princesses in God’s Kingdom.
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, at the right time, according to Paul, to make us children of the King.  Jesus was sent to save us and redeem us.  We have been bought with His blood.  We have been made His children.  We are brothers and sisters and co-heirs with Christ.
Do not let anyone look down on you.  Do not let anyone treat you as anything less than the prince or princess God has called you to be.  Do not live as anything lower than the prince or the princess you are.  You are a child of God.  You have been adopted into His family.  Do not bring shame to the family name.  Do not act as anything other than the prince or princess you are.
Think of how a prince acts.  Think of how a princess acts.  Do they bring shame to the kingdom?  Neither should we bring shame to the Kingdom of God.  Do they bring shame to their family name?  Neither should we bring shame to the name above all names.
As a child of the King, you are either a prince or a princess.
Not because of anything you have done, but because of what Christ did for you on the cross.
You are royalty.
Act like it.
Galatians 4:1-7 (NIV)
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.



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