Sunday, August 11, 2019

Guided By Love

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Romans 8:15 (NET)  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.”

A child that is not sure of his father's love can never be as close to his loving father as the child that is sure of his father's love.

The Spirit of God who we have received endears us to God. He is the one who bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).

There is a tendency by the flesh to bring back the old principle of fear in our dealing with God. This is the only principle the flesh understands, one that obeys only because of fear of the consequences. But in the new creation,  we obey our Father because we love Him.

Operating in God's kingdom by the old principle of fear limits us greatly in our relationship with our heavenly father.
But if a believer walks in the flesh, his relationship with God will have to be governed by fear because that is the only language the flesh understands.  Not obeying God still has fearful eternal consequences that should be dreaded,  but a man who walks in the Spirit has gone beyond that level of fear and entered into the realm of love that facilitates a growing relationship leading to transformation into God's divine nature and eternal kingdom might and greatness,  not merely an escape from eternal damnation.

God wants us to have a growing relationship with Him,  one where we continue to know Him more and more until the perfect day. This is only possible when we are rested in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God. All of this is facilitated by the communion of the Holy Spirit who sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts and administers the grace we need for life and godliness.

Go into today remembering that grace and peace are multiplied in your life through the growing knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ (See 2 Peter 1:2). This knowledge is fostered by a loving fellowship with God our Father.

Confession: God loves and there's nothing the devil can do about it. I walk in this love and grow daily. Amen.

Prayer: Lord, help me walk above the dominion of the flesh and fear, and enter into the realm of your love through the dominion of your Spirit.

-Abraham Damilola Arigi

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