All who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord are children of God. Here is what the Bible says.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name . . . (Joh 1:12 NKJV)
For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring. (Act 17:28 KJV)
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith . . . (Gal 3:26 NIV)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. (Rom 8:14 NIV)
The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God. And we really are His children. (1 Joh 3:1 NIV)
Characteristics of Children
- In Christ, we are children of God through faith. As such, we are able to feel an affectionate, devoted, and respectful confidence in our Father God.
- We know that we are greatly loved by our Father. We recognize that we are precious to Him.
- We have a spirit of ready obedience to our Heavenly Father—because of our love for Him and His love for us. We have an earnest desire to obey Him because we trust that His plans for us are totally good and always in our best interests.
Advantages that Children Receive
- We are in a loving relationship with our Father, and are continuously surrounded by His supernatural and miraculous favor.
- We are forgiven, cleansed, and free from bondage.
- We are entitled to fellowship and communion with our Father.
- Our Father gives us wise counsel and teaching by the Holy Spirit.
- Exceeding great and precious promises have been given to us by our Heavenly Dad. We are encouraged to “ask and receive so that our joy may be full.”
Trust God to pour out the benefits of salvation in Jesus Christ upon you. Because we are His children, He invites us to turn to Him and ask Him for everything that we need. Put away any timidity, and with loving trust and assurance, ask Abba Father to meet your needs right now. God bless you.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. (Ps 119:114 ESV)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Ps 27:5 NKJV)
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Ps 31:20 NKJV)
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. (Ps 32:7 NKJV)
A pavilion is another word for a tent, chamber or building. Through these Bible passages, the Lord is:
- Teaching us,
- Making promises to us, and
- Encouraging us.
The Lord is teaching us to run to Him and to His Word when we are in need, in poor health, or in trouble. He is reminding us to lay all of our troubles and concerns at His feet; and to trust Him to deal with each and every one of them on our behalf.
The Lord, through these Bible verses, promises to:
- Be our safe haven,
- Shield us and hide us from trouble,
- Set us high upon a rock, far from strife and evil words spoken against us,
- Save (deliver) us from trouble, and
- Surround us with songs of release and freedom from and victory over all evil.
Last, but not least, the Lord is lovingly encouraging us to put all of our faith and trust in Him and in His Word. He wants us to be steadfast and unwavering in our faith in Him.
God wants us to remember that He cannot and does not lie! (Num 23:19; Tit 1:2) Trust the Savior today.
Why does the Lord want us to be ready to tell people about salvation at a moment’s notice? One reason is that the Lord is not willing that any should perish; He wants everyone to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9)
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Tim 4:2) He wants us to be ready whether it’s convenient and whether it’s inconvenient—when the world mentality (at any given time) is “pro-Christian” or “anti-Christian.” Our heart attitude should be eager to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim 2:3-4) The warfare in which we’re engaged is to share the gospel with as many people as possible, regardless of their response or reaction. Leave that part in God’s hands. When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we were automatically enlisted as a soldier in the army of the Living God.
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men . . . (2 Cor 3:2) Not only do we share the gospel with our words, but we share it by the lives that we live. People will read us as easily as they read a book or a letter.
What are you sharing through your day-to-day life? Is your readiness joyous and filled with hope and courage? If so, then it will be good and edifying to read!
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor 10:4 – emphasis added)
. . . that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:14) As we study the Bible, the Lord helps us to become mature and to equip us for every good work.
Weak men we may be; but it is not as such that we fight our battles. (2 Cor 10:3 NEB) We don’t have the mindset of being weak; but rather, we fight because we have a supernaturally mighty friend in Jesus, our Savior.
What are our weapons? Our weapons are the Word of God; prayer; preaching the Gospel and teaching the Word of God to all who are hungry.
The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and He accesses the power of God on our behalf. (Zech 4:6)
Paul did not use violence; psychological maneuvering; a crusade of lies against his enemies; political power; money; or denominational loyalty as weapons. Paul used the spiritual weapons that were at his disposal, revealed to Him by God.
The same weapons that were available to the apostle Paul are available to each one of us today. Pick up the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and study to show yourself approved as one who “rightly divides the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
People who have not been exposed to church attendance or religious teaching of any kind may not know how to answer our title question. They may not even understand why anyone would like to go to heaven! What is the definition of heaven?
- the dwelling place of the Deity and the blessed dead;
- a spiritual state of everlasting communion with God;
- a place or condition of utmost happiness;
- the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; and
- the place or state of existence of the blessed after mortal life.
One thing mentioned more than once in these definitions is that heaven is the dwelling place of God. Since we believers know that God is love (1 Joh 4:8), the concept of living forever with the God who IS LOVE becomes a very appealing goal for us.
A key aspect of our life as human beings is the understanding that God created all humans in His own image. (Gen 1:27) Since we’ve all been created in the very likeness and reflection of God, not only is a relationship with God important to us but love, itself, is important to mankind.
We need to recognize these two facts because every human being needs to make a decision about faith in God, and every human being wants to receive and to give love.
In the next article, we’ll continue with this subject.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both. (Pro 20:12)
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’ (Mat 13:15)
When we open the Bible and read it, it’s one of the ways of keeping our spiritual ears open. Meditating upon various Scriptures is another way.
Attending Church services where the Word of God is preached, and having fellowship with other Christians are two more ways to maintain a hearing ear. Being sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit is yet another way to keep your spiritual ears open.
Because the Holy Spirit lives with us after we accept Christ, He will teach us and give us revelation knowledge concerning the Scriptures whenever we’re reading the Bible. Expect God to teach you as you read the Bible. Listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit as you listen to preaching. He will insert valuable thoughts and concepts in the midst of excellent preaching and teaching. It is the Holy Spirit’s way of enriching your understanding and maturing you.
Recognize that God is always communicating with you, because He’s in relationship with you. That’s why He provided mankind with such a beautiful salvation because He desired to be in relationship with us. What a blessing and an honor!