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Growing in Grace
It isn't your past that defines you, it is what you let God do with you, and through you, because
of your past, that defines who you become.
- Kassie
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       Let God's Word shine light on your step today
       as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
This is what the Scripture says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
(Heb. 3:15)
Devotional: Adopted by Choice
Nov. 2nd
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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 Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children,
then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we
suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Romans 8:15-17 (NKJV)

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image
of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)

Just before starting this new devotional series, my brother got married. I had to travel about 6 hours to the resort that him and his bride decided to be married at. On getting into town, one of the first things I did was to go to the hotel my dad was staying at to see him. I haven’t seen my dad in over two years. I’ve talked to him but as he lives deep in the heart of Texas, and I live MANY hours away; visiting often is not something I get to do. However- when I got to his room, the hug he gave me, made up for the past two years of not seeing him. The words out of my mouth were, “Hi Daddy!”  Now I will admit that as I write this, I will be 41 years old in just a few weeks. And yes, I still call my dad, “Daddy”, always have, and always will. I may refer to “My dad…” but when I speak to him, when I call him by name; it has always been by “Daddy” and has been since I was about two and a half years old. You see, my dad adopted me when I was three. The way the story has been repeated to me, is that one day; I referred to him as “Daddy”, and when he asked me who I was calling “”Daddy”, my reply was, “Aren’t you my Daddy?” He went on to tell me that he would be if that was ok, and that from that point on, this is what I should call him. And I have ever since.

My mom and dad got married and had two boys. They are my brothers! It was in my teens that someone referred to them as, “Oh, you mean your half brothers…” I came unglued! You see, there is nothing, “Half” about me and my relationship with my brothers. I don’t just “half way” love them. I can also tell you, that growing up-- there was nothing “half way” about our arguing, or their picking on me, and just being typical little brothers.  Interestingly enough; years later my mom and dad divorced. But my dad is still every bit as much now, as before-- my dad. He chose to adopt me. He chose to be my dad. My brothers might have come about naturally, but I was chosen and when my parents divorced, he remained my dad. He now has two other sons, and though we may not share the same physical blood, we do share the same dad. So for me, I very much accept them, they are part of him, so they are a part of me.

The reason I share this with you is to tell you, God did the same thing for you. He has chosen you to be a part of His family. He chose to adopt you and when you accepted Christ, God becomes your Heavenly Father, and nothing can stop that. Christ became your “big brother” when you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior; and now you are welcomed into the very fold of God’s family. Christ is “The First Born” and when we accept Him, we become His brothers and sisters. Read Hebrew 2:5-18; I love verse 17, “For this reason Jesus had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way so he could be their merciful and faithful high priest in service to God.” It doesn’t matter if in your earthly family, you are the oldest or the youngest, or maybe have no siblings at all, when you come to Christ, you become part of a heavenly family. If you have ever felt alone or thought that you didn’t really have anyone-- know that you do now!

I would also like to mention, that even if you are estranged from your earthly family, you are not from God’s family. Even if your relationship with your earthly parents is nonexistent, know that it is not with God. Ps 27:10 says, “If my father and mother leave me, the LORD will take me in.” (NCV)
Children often play the game, “How much do you love me?” Christ looks at you and says, “Child, do you want to know how much I love you?”  Then He answers, “This much!” Watch as He raises one hand and then the other, and spreads them out and says, “I love you this much. I would go to the ends of the earth for you and step into the very pits of hell for you; I love you so much, that I have come to die for your stead.” And beloved, there is NOTHING HALF about that.

One final note; years later, my mother met and married a wonderful man. He has been a wonderful stepdad. He didn’t just marry my mother; he accepted all of us, me and my sons, and my two brothers on this side and their children. I can tell you all the kids call him, “Pops” and don’t even try telling one of my boys that this man ISNT their “Pops”! For them, they feel like they have it made, they have “Grandpa Phil” (My dad) and they have their “Pop’s” (My stepdad).

It occurred to me as we stood for double posed wedding pictures-- one set with my dad, and one set with my mom and stepdad, that “step parenting” is not new. In the bible, Joseph set the stage for stepdads to look towards when he accepted God’s request to care for Mary and her child. Can you imagine the feelings that must have flooded Joseph as he realized that God was intrusting him (Joseph) with HIS son? But Joseph accepted this responsibility. He accepted Jesus and cared for Him. So if being a “step parent” is coming into your future, know that even in this, you are not alone, God has been here too.

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