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Church on a cruise with Don and Wendy Francisco

Church on a cruise with Don and Wendy Francisco

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15-16 NKJV).

In the Hebrew ‘Abba’ is the expression of a very close relationship. It’s as close as a little child crying out to his father saying, “Daddy!” It’s the word Jesus used when He prayed to His Father in Heaven. And Jesus had the right to call God, Abba, because He trusted His Father. Here’s the amazing miracle.

Instead of human beings needing to fear a just God for all of our lives, He found a way to reach down and adopt us through our faith in Christ. This is what I leaned on as a child from a poor family, living what could have been a very sad life. At times I reveled in my position as a child of God. I had been taught that I was loved as much as John, Paul, or any of the apostles. My spirit would soar with happiness as I looked at the blue sky and imagined my Heavenly Father looking down on me with love and approval in His eyes.

“Ah,” you might say, “the innocence of a child.” However, even today I find the knowledge of His Fatherhood very comforting. Many times I have cried out to Him, Abba, Father! Instantly I feel His presence. Being an adult certainly does not exempt you from being adopted by God. My husband was adopted as an adult. God’s in the business of adopting all ages, colors, and sizes of people. He’s got enough love for all of us. And the very best part of being adopted by God is that He has no special favorites. Every one of His children are favored.

The miracle here is that, by the Holy Spirit, we can have that same intimate relationship with God that Jesus had with Him. And just like Jesus, we can have it for eternity!

—From The Miracle of You, to find out more click here.

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