Romans 8:15 (NKJV)

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

The Apostle Paul, writing to the church at Rome but sending a message to the universal church at the same time, said that as children of God we received the Spirit of adoption. That brings us into close relationship with God as our Father. We have come to an intimate place with Him where we can call Him “Abba, Father” or “Daddy” as we might say it in our culture. This is in stark contrast to the spirit of bondage we were delivered from that caused us to be afraid to approach God boldly. We must take advantage of this privilege and step right up to the throne of God as if we belong there – just like a child would approach his earthly parent. Little children don’t even recognize when their parents may be in an important conversation. If they need or want something, they come boldly and the parent has to correct them and ask them to wait. All the children know is that is my dad or mom and I need their attention. We must accept the Spirit of adoption and become as little children, approaching our Father boldly, feeling comfortable enough to call Him, “Daddy.”

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