“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence” (2Pet 1:3 NLT).Adopted as God’s children
God adopts all who believe in Jesus Christ as His children. As His children we are intimately bonded by the love of the Triune God. Our lives of faith in the invisible God in a visibly fallen world is sustained by daily communion with God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself doth testify with our spirit, that we are children of God” (Rom 8:15-16 NLT).Bonded to the Creator God
The most common noun in the OT for prayer is “tfilah” or “tephilah”. The verb “lehitpalel” refers to self-examination and reflection that brings intimate bonding between the creature and the Creator. (Dr Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg)
“LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psa 131:1-2 NLT).
Our Lord Jesus often uses a child to illustrate a childlike faith in terms of trusting Him and entering His kingdom. He teaches His disciples (learners) to feed on the spiritual “milk” and “meat” of God’s word under the instructions of the Holy Spirit so as to grow up into maturity.
There is already the spiritual bonding between the child and God that nothing can separate. Neither destitution, diseases, death nor demons can separate us from the love of God.Communion in the Spirit
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation (koinonia) in the Spirit …” (Php 2:1).
The word “koinonia” can be translated as communion, close relationship, participa-tion, or fellowship. “Koinonia” is fellowship with Christ and with one another (1 Jn 1:6-7). It includes participation in the Gospel (Php 1:5), any other fellowship in the Spirit, such as the learning of God’s word, worship and prayers in the Spirit (Php 3:3; Eph 6:18).God is sovereign
Brothers and sisters in-Christ in Bethesda Chapel, in the midst of all kinds of worldly fears, live godly lives. God is sovereign.
As children adopted by God through faith in Christ, be bonded to God in your private and public prayers. Commune with God in your spirit constantly with thanksgiving. This is God’s will for you (1 Thess 5:18).
To God be the glory!
Elder Yoong Yuen Soo