God's Holy Fire: 'God's Children'

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
— Romans 8:16 NIV

Key Thought

We can believe that we are God's children. We can think it. We can desire it with all of our hearts. We can pray for it. But, the real validation happens when the Holy Spirit joins with the spirit inside of each of us to speak to God, the Father of all grace. The Spirit's words are simple, "O Father, hear the heart of your child!" The Spirit then makes clear the emotions and needs of the believer in that moment.

God, the Holy Spirit lives inside each disciple. He intercedes for us when we pray even when we don't have words to say what our hearts yearn to express (Romans 8:26-27). The Spirit's presence in us is one of the proofs that we are children of God (Romans 8:9). In the presence of God, there is no doubt that we are God's children and co-heirs with the Prince of heaven (Romans 8:17). Such truth should make our hearts soar with confidence in our future with God!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for giving us such sweet assurance! I am thankful to know that there is no doubt that I belong to you; the presence of the Holy Spirit within me, the Spirit's intercession for me, and the testimony of the Spirit to you that I am your child give me this assurance. For this gift of grace, and thousands of others, I thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Illustration of Romans 8:16 NIV — The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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