SPIRIT OF ADOPTION!
“…..you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
There is much fullness of Spirit which God graciously gives you. There are anointments too which come through the Spirit. And that too, how special it is for God to accept you as His child and to shower upon the Spirit of adoption in your heart! This makes it possible for you to call Him “Abba, Father.”
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were known as the “Firstborn of God.” God had entered into a covenant with those Israelites. Promises were their’s and the order of worship was also their choice. And they were God’s special people.
But as years went by they had forsaken God and followed other gods. They worshipped idols. They irritated and angered God in all ways. Because of this, God pushed them away and chose us, the strangers and gentiles. He gave you the Spirit of adoption by replacing Israel.
Paul, the Apostle writes, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6).
Recently, I was staying in a sister’s home. She said, “My mother died after giving birth to me in a hospital. There was no one as the father to claim me. The doctor sympathized and brought me up taking me to her home. She already had four children of her own.
She and her four children will share the dining table and happily converse while eating. But, I will be eating, after they finish eating, by sitting down on the floor. Those children were provided with high-class education in renowned schools while I was given an ordinary education from a Government run school. There was always a big difference between me and them. The marriages of her children were very grand but I was married in a very simple manner.” Thus she explained with sorrow, the disparities shown to her. But our God is the Lord who will never forsake the orphans and He loved her, gave her a good husband and commanded mental satisfaction for her.”
Since you have been given with the Spirit of adoption, you are not the second level children. So, raise your hands and joyfully say, “I am a child of God. I am the child of the King of kings. I am the inheritance of God, the Most High.” You are the one filled with the blessings of the Spirit.
To meditate: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).