Scripture: Romans 8:12–17
Key Verse: “We are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16b–17)
When God created humankind, he created us to live in perfect friendship with him. This wonderful friendship was severely damaged when the first humans, Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God’s commands. This is often referred to as “the Fall” of humankind! The relationship between God and humans was shattered. However, God’s Son, Jesus, died and offered us salvation, enabling us to enter a new relationship with God. No longer are we separated from God because of Adam and Eve’s wrongdoing! Through Jesus, we are adopted into God’s family and are co-heirs with Jesus Christ. We are God’s children. God took something that Satan intended for evil and destruction, our rebellion against God, and turned it into something marvelous: We are adopted into God’s family, and God loves us just as much as God loves Jesus. As co-heirs with Christ, we share in his inheritance. We have the promise of salvation, an eternity with God, our Father.
What does this passage reveal about us? About God? About life? Does it seem too good to be true? How do you feel knowing you have been adopted into God’s loving family? What would it look like for you to live in true freedom?
Holding firmly to truth isn’t easy. It’s a continuous battle of staying focused on God’s truth by rejecting lies that the enemy tells us. God’s Word instructs us to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Write on pieces of paper the lies that you have been listening to, such as: “I’m not good enough,” or “I can’t do this,” or “I’m not pretty enough/skinny enough/smart enough.” Now read the key verse, as a reminder that you are loved and are part of God’s family, while slowly tearing up each piece of paper. Do this whenever you need a remember!
Lord, fill my mind with truth. Please give me faith to believe that you want me in your family and have made a way, through Jesus, for this to become a reality! Let me know I am your beloved!