P & F – Day 19. Thursday, April 13. 2017
DAY 19 – A Kingdom of Son’s & Daughters!
4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Galatians 4:4-7 (NASB)
We live in an orphan culture. This is an odd statement. What do I mean by this? Andy Mason explains this brilliantly in his book God With You at Work when he writes:
“Orphans grow up without the presence of a father or mother. They do not have the comfort, stability, or safe environment that loving parents provide in a home. They do not receive their identity from belonging to a family, so they typically build their identity around some form of accomplishment or accumulation of things. In spite of this, they never feel like they belong and never feel satisfied. Their internal void cannot be filled with external things. Orphans learn from a very young age that they need to look after themselves, protect themselves and provide for themselves because if they don’t no one else will. They say, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me”. They don’t know what it is for someone to nurture and develop them or help them in realizing their dreams. Because they grow up without the presence of a father or mother, they never learn love, trust or connection. They don’t know rest or peace. As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. We were all orphans because we were separated from the Presence of God our Father. The result of original sin was that Adam and Eve left home. They left the Presence of a loving Father. They set themselves against Fathers love, and the resulting curse was separation and toil. Adam and Eve became orphans. When you remove the presence of a father from any environment you create an orphan culture. Even though we may have reconnected with God as our Heavenly Father, most of us have yet to fully embrace what it means to live as a son or daughter of God.” (from CH3 Restoring Sonship – Living From Inheritance)
Kingdom culture is different. Kingdom culture is a culture of sonship! Listen to how Paul describes this type of culture as he writes to the church in Rome,
The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms
1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
3-4 God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.
The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.
5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.
9-11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
12-14 So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!
15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!”
Romans 8:1-17 (MSG)
Wow! No more striving to measure up, to be accepted, to be loved, to earn a place in the world or with God to receive anything. We are loved, accepted for who we are, and adopted as sons and daughters! We are no longer orphans! What an incredible gift! Heaven starts and ends with family. How well are we representing that in our lives?
If we are operating out of a place of sonship, our reality would be much different than it is now! It would be Kingdom come! If we really understood what it is like to be a son or daughter, our reality will be heaven on earth! It will change the way we think, the way we do things, the way we interact with God, it will change our prayers, what we ask, how we weather the storms, how we walk in faith…. It will change every area of our lives! Heaven come!
Today as we pray ‘KINGDOM COME’ let us do so knowing we are sons and daughters and heirs of Abba Father!
- Start with praise. Cry out to God as ‘Abba, Father!’ praising Him for His gift of adoption received by faith thru Jesus Christ.
- Ask the Father who He says you are. What do you need to believe about yourself in order to fully live as a son or daughter of God?
- Pray that we would corporately and individually really understand what it means to be a son and daughter of the King
- Pray that this revelation would infiltrate everything we do!
Author: Corey Stickel