“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12–13 NIV).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(Romans 6:23 NIV).
You have a second family tree and a greater heritage to receive.
Growing Up Like Daddy
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
(1 John 3:1 NIV)
“God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, his purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite your love, O God!” (Psalm 36:5–7 MSG).
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
Who’s Your Daddy and What Does He Do?
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
(Romans 8:15-16 NLT)
1. He loves and understands us
13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. 14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
(Psalm 103:13-14 NLT)
2. He Gives Us the Gift of the Holy Spirit
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:13 (NIV)
3. He Leads Us by the Holy Spirit
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 (NIV)
4. He Disciplines Us
5 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. 6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” (Hebrews 12:5-6 NLT)
5. He Gives Us an Example to Follow
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)
His, Mine and Our Family…
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (Proverbs 27:10 NLT)
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. (1 Timothy 5:1-2 NIV)
47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:47-50 NIV)
.Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:17 NLT)