Scripture for Today: Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'”
I have heard some real horrors stories of people who have had their identities stolen. Stealing identities has been around for a long time. But now with so much sensitive information being on-line, there is the added risk of theft through our passwords. A whole industry has been born to protect the consumer. But nothing can offer 100% protection from those intent on stealing identities for gain. And many victims are unaware of how their information was stolen!
Today’s verse tells me that as a believer in Christ, I have the indwelling of His Spirit. Because of His residence in me, I am His child. I belong to Him. That is my identity and I can call my Heavenly Father, “Abba,” or “Daddy.” Before this spiritual adoption I was a slave to the flesh. Obeying those impulses and desires kept me under its power and I lived with fear. I was afraid of never being good enough. I lived with fears and insecurities about eternity and punishment. But with sonship, my identity changed!
I have been born into His family and nothing and no one can make me “un-born” out of it! But sometimes I forget who I am. Old habits and ways of thinking can cause me to live according to the desires of my flesh. But I am never obliged to live that way again (verse 12). His Spirit reminds and assures me that I am His child and I have choice. I can choose to live like who I am!
Lord, thank you that my identity as Your child will never be stolen!