Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Daily Devotional

Sons and Daughters of God

by Joyce Meyer

You must submit to and endure [correction] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not [thus] train and correct and discipline? —Hebrews 12:7

If we want to be led by the Spirit of God, we must be willing to grow up and become mature sons and daughters of God. We must not allow our fleshly desires, our natural appetites, the devil, our friends, our emotions, or merely what we think to lead us; we look only to God’s Spirit for leadership and direction.

The more we know God’s Word, the more we understand that He will not lead us astray or direct us into anything that is not good for us. Even things that may seem uncomfortable in the beginning will ultimately turn into great blessings in our lives if we will simply follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Learning to follow Him is part of spiritual maturity.

The Bible sometimes refers to us as “children of God” and sometimes as “sons of God.” There is a difference between children and mature sons and daughters. Though all are equally loved, mature sons and daughters enjoy liberties, privileges, and responsibilities that children are not yet old enough to have.

We come into God’s Kingdom as babes; we go through a time of being children; and then we learn how to behave as sons and daughters of God and joint heirs with Christ. God wants to do wonderful things for us, but we must grow up in Him in order to receive them. I encourage you to do everything you can to pursue spiritual maturity. Begin today to ask Him to help you in this process.

God’s word for you today: Be willing to grow up into maturity in God.

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