Easter - 2018

Monday, February 9, 2015

Adopted into a safe place.

I read the true story of a woman who explained that her favorite spot at the local zoo was the “Creatures of the Night”, where nocturnal creatures crawled and flew about.
She said “One very bright day, I stepped into the exhibit and was plunged into total darkness. Almost immediately, a small hand grabbed mine.”

“And who do you belong to?” she asked.

A little boy’s voice spoke in the darkness: “I’m yours till the lights come on.” (Connie Lavoie Readers Digest 3/09, p. 165)
Why did he grab that woman’s hand? Fear. And his fear disappeared only when he was able to hold of the hand of that woman.

This is the teaching of Romans for us… We can handle the fear of our lives because we have the right (as adopted children) to grab hold of our Father’s hand.

Many people are afraid to die...but the reality is that living is a scary thing. The news, the market, the opinions, the sacrifices, the mistakes…all lead to a very scary existence.

Now, because God’s Spirit lives in us - and because we have been made heirs of God - we have a new outlook. And it’s found in Romans 8:15. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father.” This is an intimate relationship that carries the weight of all the love, grace, and power that comes with a Passionate God.
We are brothers and sisters in God's family. You know I love ya, Don 

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