James 2:23 NIV: And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. Abraham was know as a friend of God because of his faith. What a privilege to be known has God's friend. Did you know though that as Christians we have even a higher privaledge than what Abraham had? The Bible says that we are the adopted sons and daughters of God: Ephesians 1:5 NIV: "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—" Also: Hebrews 2:11-13 NIV "Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” When we give our lives to Jesus we are adopted into God's family. What great privaledge God has given us! As we continue to fast and pray and commit ourselves to God, let's remember what a great privaledge it is. Let us also remember, although we should have a healthy reverence for God, we never have to be afraid to speak with him cause he will never condemn us if, through faith in Jesus, we have become part of His family. Romans 8:1-2 NIV "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death." Tonight we prayed about peace. Let the knowledge of being part of God's global family fill our hearts with such peace and purpose!
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