In the last article, we looked at God being our Father. Now I want us to look at ourselves as the children, we the sons. Are we all just by virtue of being God’s creation, God’s children? No.
But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. ~ John 1:12 NLT
So here we see that only by accepting the call of God, by receiving Him and believing Christ as our savior, we become children of God. Born not of the flesh but of the spirit of God. (John 3:5). This means that as we believe in God, we accept His new life, and we give up the old life- the life that seeks the desires of the flesh.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
But even as this is true, we saw in the last article, that sometimes we may sin- but that doesn’t mean that we stop being children of God. The whole point is, the sin becomes not the natural cause of our lives but occasional bumps. The natural man’s mind only conceives sin and evil, but the mind of the man born of the spirit conceives the will of God.
Take it like this, when a baby is born, he doesn’t know anything. He is new in this earth. The only thing he knows is that he needs to feed. But he can’t feed like he used to when he was in the womb- it works differently out here.He starts to adjust to his new life as a new born such that the past nine months don’t count in his age. He starts feeding on breast milk, and as he grows, he feeds on harder food until he can gnaw on a bone.
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. ~ 1 Peter 2:2-3 NLT
We learn that it will not come all so easily, but as we are new believers, let us crave the spiritual milk. Then as we grow, not just as a result of time, but feeding on the word of God, graduate slowly into hard food, as the spirit reveals to us glory and more glory.
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
And at whatever stage we perceive ourselves to be, either craving the spiritual milk, or feeding on spiritual hard food, we have all been called to see and reflect that which we see – the glory of God- in our own spheres, that through our lives, God is seen and is glorified on earth.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. ~ Matthew 5:16 NLT
Keep Shining, you’re the light!
Keep Trusting, He’s your Guide!
God bless you!
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