by the Brooks Family
“So you have not received a spirit of fear that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you have received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father.’ For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16
Imagine what it would be like to be a child without a permanent home, and then to be adopted by a royal family and invited to live in the palace. Paul tells us in these verses in Romans 8 that this is our story! Because we are adopted into God’s family, we need not be afraid, but instead we can be confident in our standing as His children.
Paul also told the church in Ephesus to be strong – not of their own power, but in the power of God’s strength. And he told the Corinthian church that God’s strength is most revealed in our weakness. In fact, God has a long history of telling us that we can be strong in Him. In Isaiah 54, He tells us that no weapon forged against us can stand. These words are part of the song we still sing, The Battle Belongs to the Lord. Think about that the next time you feel you are in a battle!
So, let me try to put all of this together and understand what God is telling us… God’s power is above all powers of this world, and His strength is revealed even in my weakest moments. And we have full access to this strength because we are His children – adopted out of our weakness and called to live with Him. That’s good news, Church!
Father God, we pray that You reveal Your strength through us – so the world will see that we are Yours. Forgive us when we doubt, and help us know that You are with us in any battle we face.