Posts Tagged ‘leading’

20
Feb

SPIRIT OF ADOPTION

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Paul had just declared that when believers choose to be led by the Spirit, not the flesh, they become “sons of God” (v. 14) He continues, “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father‘” (Romans 8:15).

There are three key principles presented in this verse:

First, we “have not received a spirit of bondage again to fear“. Under the Old Testament covenant, God had given some great commands. Follow them, and they would live. But, because of their fleshly nature, no one could live up to the Law. From God’s perspective, it was holiness; but from our perspective is was hopeless. Fear of failure drove God’s people to walk a life of fear. It was a “spirit of bondage” and the result was “fear“.

Second, we learn that, in contrast, what we did receive is “the Spirit of adoption“. It is the opposite of “bondage” and the results are the opposite of “fear“. This is another name for the Holy Spirit describing His attribute of adopting us as children of God. When the Spirit adopts us, that means He takes responsibility for us. He begins to lead us wisely like a loving and careful parent leads his/her child. This is what the Holy Spirit does in us. This is His relationship with us.

Thirdly, the extent of that adoption of us is that we can now cry, “Abba, Father“. Not only that the Holy Spirit sees us adopted, but people of faith get to see ourselves as adopted, as well. We begin to see the fearful God with adoptive eyes. This change in God’s attitude is because His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the wages of death in our place. Instead of being afraid of God, we see that He loves us and protects us. “Abba” is the Aramaic word for Father, but is culturally used as a term of endearment, much like “Papa” or “Daddy”. It doesn’t mean that His fearful nature has changed, or that God has now become like us, but that we have a unique adoption covenant with God almighty. And He will watch after His kids.

Let’s change the way we see God through the Spirit’s eyes.

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25
Feb

RESTORING AND LEADING

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in PSALM 23

He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

Now David begins to wander from the imagery of the shepherd/sheep and moves into the God/follower dimension a bit. First, he says that the Shepherd restores his soul. How do you restore a soul? In DeKalb County, when we talk of restoring something its usually an old car, truck, or tractor. But, how do you restore a broken heart or damaged soul? There is no answer to that and people spend millions annually on psychotherapy and drugs in a vain attempt to fix what’s broken within us. But David says the Shepherd does that for free.

Secondly, he tells us that the Shepherd leads us down paths of righteousness. What are those paths? Those are the paths that lead us to God’s blessings versus the path that leads us heartbroken. God has a right way and a wrong way. Often those ways are obsure to us humans, but the after affect in our lives is inevitable. We need the Shepherd to lead us down the right(eous) paths.

How have you learned this lesson through life’s experiences?

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