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Romans 8:16 Meditation

Text (Ro 8:16, NIV):

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children."

Amplified Rendering:

The Breath of Divine Love, which dances to life every aspect of our beingness(1), corroborates what we've already come to know through intimate experience(2): We are God's beloved! the offspring of His Heart! the manifestation of His Familial Love! This we know, this we believe, and this we live and love. We're God's adopted sons and daughters, and He's our Father--out true and lasting Father. There's no greater news to share, no greater reality to experience. Praise Him, O People! As His adopted ones, He Chose us and Loves us as His very own; and, as His very own, we move His Heart. Friends...we've got it made!

Consecrating Prayer:

Holy Father...

Allow me to let You Love me the way You want: As Your son (or daughter). Give me the power to be able to just sit here with You as a beloved son in the presence of his Father.

In the Name of Jesus, I ask these things...



  1. See Ge 2:7.

  2. See Ro 8:15


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A 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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