Today’s AMI QT blog, written by Pastor Sam Lee of Catalyst Agape Church (New Jersey), was first posted on October 3, 2013.
Devotional Thought for Today
“The Lies About Us”
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’”
I apologize, but I had a strange thought this morning as I meditated on today’s verse. I was wondering if animals, that is, other than human beings, struggle with their identity. As I looked out the window, I saw birds perched on branches and birds flying in the air. Do birds compare themselves to other birds? Do they get jealous because their feathers are not as colorful as the next bird? Does a cat become depressed because they were born a cat and not a dog?
I heard a story about a dog that was convinced by another dog that he was a cat and not a dog. So, this poor dog tried very hard to be a cat. This dog was miserable because no matter how hard he tried to be a cat, he couldn’t do it. He tried to meow and couldn’t do it. He tried to climb trees and couldn’t do it. He tried to eat cat food and hated it. The more effort he put into being a cat, the more miserable he became. The dog couldn’t be joyful. Why? It was because he believed in a lie. Sometimes believers are like this dog. The devil lies about our identity and we are miserable because we believe in those lies.
We all have experienced rejection, hurt, and pain, and it is through those negative experiences, the enemy lies about our identity. Those experiences distort our understanding of our heavenly Father and our identity as kingdom heirs, as sons and daughters of God. I want to challenge you today not to believe in those lies. No matter how difficult and how strong the spiritual attacks may come, let’s proclaim the truth!
Our heavenly Father was willing to pay any price in order to save me (Rom. 8:32). My heavenly Father is always ready to meet my needs (Luke 11:11–13). My heavenly Father loves me so much that He is willing to discipline me to bring me to Christian maturity (Prov. 3:11–12; Heb. 12:5–10). Even when I rebel against Him and reject His love, my Father continues to do what is best for me (Rom. 5:8). He does not make His love for me conditional upon my love for Him. He loves me even when I am not loving Him (1 John 4:19). He has made me His heir and reserves a home for me in heaven (Rom. 8:15–17).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to discern and deny the lies that envelop my identity that robs me of true joy and peace available in the finished work of God. Thank You for Your grace through which I’ve already received, in abundance, everything that I ever need. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 16
Lunch Break Study
Read Romans 8:15-17: For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Questions to Consider
- From Romans 8:15-17, what are some blessing of being adopted as a true child of God? From these blessings, circle the one that touches your heart the most.
- Describe briefly where you are in the journey of knowing God as your Father.
- We no longer need to fear; we are heirs of God; we are co-heirs with Christ; we can call God our Father; we are children of God, etc.
- Personal response
As you wrap up this day, did anything happen that made you feel vulnerable, weak or fearful? Were you insulted? Did you hear any news that may affect your future? Review your day here.