Romans 8:15 Meditation
Text (Ro 8:15, NIV):
"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father."
The Inspired Life of God given you doesn't bring with it the bondage to the fear and anxiety that once exercised such dominion in your life(1); on the contrary, it brings the comfort of knowing you've been rescued from the grip of death and hell(2) and, in Christ, reclaimed as God's precious child(3). Know this: You're securely tied to the Father, and no one will ever be able to snatch you from His Protection(4). The Life of God within each of us calls out to the Father with the most tender of devoted invocations: "Oh Daddy...I am Yours, and You are mine. Keep me close to You, for You're my joy, and Your Joy over me(5) has become My Strong Fortress(6)."
Thank you for rescuing me from the clutches of death and hell and for making me Your beloved child.
In the Name of Jesus, I say these things...
See 1Jn 4:18.
See Ps 107:19-22 and Ga 3:13.
See Jn 1:12-13 and Ga 4:4-5.
See Jn 10:28-30.
See Zp 3:17.
See Ps 18:2 and 94:22.
Note to All My Blog and Social Media Friends and Followers:
I've made it a point, over the last decade, to accept friend and follower requests from any who ask. I think I've "defriended" only three or four people in the last ten years and did so only because they posted inappropriate material to one of my walls or timelines. Thankfully, it's been several years since anyone committed such a breech of etiquette.
I write all this to indicate I have many "friends" and "followers," whom I do not know personally (yet!). Lately, I've been getting countless (sometimes more than 200 a day) messages from people I don't know. Please know this: I speak a brief word of blessing over each person who sends me a message, but I can respond directly to only a few each day. If I did not discipline my activities in this way, I could, conceivably, spend my entire day every day responding to such messages.
By disciplining myself to the above social media activity-limitation plan, I in no way want to belittle or disrespect anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. My hope and prayer is that, even if I don’t respond to your message directly, you will know I cherish you and pray you'll experience God's love and grace personally and deeply. Experiencing God is the highest Good anyone could ever experience. May each of you experience such Good through your pursuits of Divine Union with Jesus Christ, the Eternal Living God.
As always, may the Lord bless you and keep you…
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