What are you afraid of today? Rejection. Conflict. Poverty. Loneliness. Those are some of my fears. God is teaching me to Be Still in the midst of my fears. The fear feels real, but as you claim the Promises of God, they begin to fall away. Did you know that God has adopted you into His family? As Christians, we are sons and daughters of God. Today you will see that When you are afraid you can Trust in God’s adoption to Be Still.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
The Context of Romans 8:15
Romans is a letter written by The Apostle Paul to the Gentile Church in Rome. This is a time where Christians are being persecuted and Paul knows it first hand. Historians tell us he wrote this letter bound in shackled to a roman guard. If anyone could have been afraid it would have been Paul.
Some things to know before we begin about the context:
- Early Christianity was in conflict with traditional Judaism.
- The Jews held strongly to their laws and traditions and their belief that Jehovah was the God of the Jews.
- The Law and sacrifices had been their way of dealing with sin and bondage to sin.
- Jesus Christ came in and revolutionized everything!
- No longer are we slaves to the law.
- Traditions are not the way to God now.
- God made a way for The Whole World to come to Him, not just the Jews
Aren’t you glad Jesus came to make a way for us gentiles to know God?
Observations from Romans 8:15
Romans is this beautiful letter telling us how to live the Christian life. How to live free from the bondage of sin. It is amazing!
Right smack dab in the middle of chapter 8 Paul tells us Do Not Fear. You were adopted by God.
How was your relationship with your daddy?
Mine was an on again off again relationship for lots of reasons, and for most of my life, I felt like an orphan. But I’ve seen kids use their daddy as a way to scare bullies away.
“If you do that again I’ll get my daddy.”
Imagine saying that to the devil about our Abba! Powerful right?!?!?!Your Heavenly Father is far superior to your earthly dad. Maybe like my dad, you've been hurt and let down, abandoned and neglected. God the Father would never do that. Click To Tweet
What will your Abba Father do for you to show His Love?
- Your Abba loves you
- Chose you
- Delivered you
- Redeemed you
- Called you by name
- Claims you as His own
- Made you a Royal Priesthood
- Calls you beloved
- Removed your shame
- Is with you
- Hears you when you cry
- Is for you
- Fights for you
- Never leaves you or forsakes you
- Made a way to have a real relationship with Him
- Is coming back to take you home to be with Him for eternity
Some fun facts about adoption into God’s Family
God gives you His name, makes you a co-heir with Christ, blesses you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.
And once you are adopted you can Never be written out of God’s will!
Application of Romans 8:15
What are you afraid of in life today?
I am afraid if I am not needed I won’t be wanted. #PeoplePleaser I am afraid if I don’t do it, it won’t get done. Just to name a few.
Do you ever say to Him, “God I am scared”? He hears you and cares about what you care about!
Let’s hit some of the hard things head first here.
Trusting God in the midst of uncertainty is hard.
When I don’t know what’s happening or why it’s happening I am afraid. I am afraid to trust God because there have been some real things in my past that were too hard. He allowed them. It’s made me fearful to trust.
It took years internalizing these bible verses on overcoming fear to be in a place to Trust in God.
You can find so many more bible verses about fear and worry to help you Trust God in hard times. Go look!
I trust in God not because it’s easy, but because I’ve seen Him show up
When you look at bible verses on trust in God you see the same pattern. Things get hard and God shows up!
Has God shown up in a powerful way in your life?
The way we trust Him when He says “don’t be afraid for I am with you” is by remembering those times He’s shown up in the past.
Remember He has adopted you into His own family. You have the rights of a son of God or daughter of God. Live like a Princess. Don’t be afraid to come to God when you need help. Shoot, come to God all the time and it won’t even be a question!
Final Thoughts on Romans 8:15
Have you seen a theme through our study on How to Be Still? The Bible pits Fear vs Trust in God over and over!
I want to say I put my trust in God in every circumstance but I know that is a lie. Usually, we get there, but it takes a lot of wrestling.Today we saw another reason and way to learn how to trust God more. God adopted you. You don't have to be afraid because your Abba is far bigger and far more powerful than the enemy! Call out to Him. Lean on Him. Trust Him. … Click To Tweet
A Prayer to Be still Trust in God’s adoption
When I am afraid I will trust in you. I choose to trust You today. Thank you for choosing me. I praise You for adopting me into Your family. It’s hard to remember I am your daughter, a princess to the King of kings. It’s so much easier to be afraid to come to You. Make it my daily habit to talk to You, bring you my needs and be in an active, intimate relationship with You.
Thank You for breaking the bondage to sin that has held me for so long. Praise Your name Father for being a God of second chances, for forgiving me and bringing me with new mercy into this new day. Be my help and strength to not blow it today.