For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15
It’s really hard to say what might be the most important verse in Romans 8 but this one has to make the top five.
God does not withhold what we need as children. He is generous with words, and word pictures, to let us know where we stand with him. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we don’t ever need to live in fear of not being good enough anymore or of being cast out of His presence. No more will a spirit of slavery spread insecurity like a cancer throughout our soul. We can rest in our adoption.
“Adoption” is huiothesia in the Greek, which means, “to have an installation or placement as a son.” Adoption means being taken from one family and placed in another. It means receiving a whole new status that cannot be nullified, even if the children are difficult and dishonoring.
Satan, the father of all children (unless adopted by Christ,) is the worst of fathers. He is not nurturing but cruel. Though we all once belonged to him, there was never a warm sense of security. Everything Satan isn’t, God is! Whatever we experienced as children that left us wanting can be erased in the arms of our new Father. It’s never too late to ask for what we need. The healing we seek rests in the power of His words and the Spirit who breathes them into our needy hearts.
I never knew security until I found it in You. There’s no peace like the peace I feel because I’m Yours. Thank you. Amen