Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Led by the Spirit
Today in your prayers, pause to give thanks to the Holy Spirit. He is true God, whom we worship together with God the Father and God the Son—the Triune God. Pause to give thanks to the Holy Spirit because his work is vital for your eternal relationship with God.
Without the work of the Holy Spirit, you would be terrified of God’s judgment. Your spirit would be enslaved by the fear of death. You would be lost in the hopelessness of eternal separation from God.
However, in his amazing love for you, God the Father gave you his Holy Spirit. The Father gave the Spirit to you through the gospel—the good news of salvation in his Son, Jesus Christ. By the power of gospel, the Holy Spirit connected you to God. He led you to trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of all your sins and brought you into God’s holy family. The Spirit made you a child of God.
Now as you are led by the Spirit, you are not afraid of God. You are one of his children! He dearly loves you. He proved his love by giving his own Son, Jesus, to suffer and die so that you can be so closely united with God that you can call him, “Abba, Father.” You can live in the firm confidence that God is your loving Father and you are his dear child—for time and eternity!
Holy Spirit, I thank you for making me a child of God through faith in Jesus as my Savior. Live in my heart to instill my spirit with the confidence of life with God now and forever. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions