My last scripture..
A simple one.. it simply makes it real clear that it is purely by His Spirit that we have the ability and the right to call Him Father.
He has given us His Spirit for several reasons one of which is to imprint Himself on us, as well as support and encourage the work of sanctification whereby we start to look more and more like Him.
Just like any father, He is looking at His children and day by day checking on our progress of looking and becoming more like Him. Now, this is not a judgemental observation He is making, He is all to familiar with our mess and our state, but each day He gives us an opportunity to do better than the day before untill we are fully in His image and likeness. Remember this was how we were created from the book of Genesis .. All He is looking to do is realign us with His original plan for our lives.. this is done withe support of His Spirit .
Romans 8:15 says this; For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Father! my Father!”
(Good News Bible – GNB)
I chose the GNB version as it really makes a declaration of indeed something that is Good News!
The Spirit that God has given to us is not one thats is to bring us into fear, or dread. We see often in the Old Testament that there was a genuine fear and dread of God even among His own people. There was a lot of running and hiding and looking for alternative to hearing directly from God or His prophets. But this scripture is clearing that all up for us and letting us know that THIS is NOT THAT! The Spirit that we are to (or have) been given has done and will continue to do the work of adoption!
It also ensures a clear separation from any other kinds of spirits that are often looking for a host. This Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit is not looking to enslave, nor torment, nor bring fear. THIS is NOT THAT either. 2 Corinthians 3:17 brings further clarity to this Spirit by letting is know this; “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”
This Spirit brings a freedom and a liberty to do something.. yes move mountains.. heal the sick.. raise the dead.. but something also very intimate. Something very personal. Something of great personal value .. the ability to call Him Father.
A few years ago I realised that having been born and raised in church, baptised at the age of 5/6.. knowing a lot about God, that I had not known Him as father. I shared this on a previous post that I understood God.. King.. Creator.. etc..but I had totally missed Father and therefore had missed a whole level of relationship with God. Im on first name terms with my own father and you could say I was the same with God. I didnt know Father.
But this scripture lifted my load when I sat and struggled with how I was supposed to create this father daughter relationship .. I realised and accepted that this was the work of His Spirit that He has given me for this same purpose.. just so I can call Him father.
He gave His Spirit freely..just so that we could come off first name terms and come to know Him and Daddy!
I would enough you to let Go and just let God be God in your life. He has given to us EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness . (1 Peter 1;3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”)
He’s laid the foundations ..open wide the door.. tell me what more can Jesus do