Confidentiality for Pastors - A New Pathway to Spiritual Equilibrium
The
Sons
and Daughters
of
God
 
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).
 
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is (I John 3:1-2).
God's love towards us is incomparable. He wants us to succeed in life, and the only way we can do that is in and through his divine will. 
 
When he formed us in the womb of his mind he took aspects of his divinity and poured himself into us making us the sons and daughters of the King of kings.
 
The only problem with that is we don't realize who we are until God calls us again to himself and reveals to us who we are in him. 
He awakens our spirit by his spirit and fills us with the spirit of eternal life, the Holy Spirit. 
 
This spirit of eternal life guides us through the door of his holy will.  God's creativity is infinite. We know this by looking at the populations of the entire world, and what we see is astounding.
 
We see diversity, uniqueness, beauty and wonderful peculiarities in humanity and nature.
 
This creative God gave each and every one of us a pure jewel of his divine love, a unique gift wrapped up within us that makes us special individualistically. 
 
Like a newborn babe emerging from the womb into time, who may look like the mother, or the father, or some distant relative, but intrinsically, what we really have is a child of God emerging from the womb of eternity into the
womb of finite time. 
 
We are inclined to believe that we are are our parent's child, when in fact, intrinsically, we are the sons and daughters of God. But quite often we don't act like the children of a King, and instead we find ourselves floundering like fish
out of water, which of course we are, until God touches us with the recognition of his Holy Spirit, and cause us to realize that we are princes and princesses. 
 
I was standing downtown Oakland one night several decades ago, waiting for the bus to take me home, and a young man approached me and asked me if I was married.  I told him yes, that I was married to the Lord Jesus Christ.  And I began to tell him about the Lord. But he said, you don't understand, I'm a drunk."  I countered with, "No you are not a drunk, you are a prince, you just don't know it yet."  He almost swayed at what I said, like he couldn't believe what I had just called him.  I began to unravel to him why he was a prince, and when he walked away from me he was deep in thought, and no doubt completely sober of mind.
Princes and princesses stumbling in the darkness of their minds, unaware of who they are, populating the whole world, lost in sin, and not even looking for the door that leads to eternal life.
 
Princes and princesses who are called drunks, thieves, prostitutes, drug addicts, etc., and they believe that they are who the world calls them and not what the word of God says about them. 
 
We are God's beloved ones, his adored ones, his creative expression on temporary leave from the realms of eternity to discover who we are, fulfill our purpose in time, and return to the loving arms of God, the Creator of all that is and will  be.
 
Romans 9:25-26
 
"As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God."
 
Galatians 3:25-29
 
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
 
We know that when Jesus died he died for sins of the whole world, consequently no one was left out of the salvation equation.  The door to eternal life in the presence of God was opened to give every son and every daughter the opportunity to walk through by faith, believing in the only begotten son of God. 
 
The only question that needs to be answered is: "Do you believed that Jesus Christ died for your sins?" 
 
If you answer yes, and repent of your sins the door to eternal life swings wide open to you.  All you need do is follow Jesus, the second Adam, through the door into the eternal embrace of God's love, and claim your heritage as sons and daughters of God, princes and princesses of the King of kings.
 
It is the will of God that we become who he created us to be. It is in the will of God that we have inherited eternal life, all we need to do is claim our heritage by demonstrating faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through repentance, and turning away from sin. 
Turning away from sin, however, is the sticking point.  How do you turn away from sin and sin no more. If someone held a gun to your head and told you that if you sinned again you were going to die immediately, I dare say you wouldn't sin again, which makes the point that you can stop willful sinning if you had the right motivation. The motivation being death, the only difference is the wages of sin, which actually is death, is delayed by the timing of God and his meted out recompense. 
 
Because the recompense is delayed the children of God continue to sin, not knowing that their footsteps are leading them farther and farther away from the love of God.  The more entrenched in sin one becomes the more difficult will be the turning, and more difficult will be the internal struggle between the flesh and the spirit. Nevertheless, the saving grace of God is more powerful than any sin you may be drowning in at the moment. 
 
No one is claiming perfection, but we do strive for it in our daily lives, and truly may not reach it until our life winds down in time.  God tells us to be holy like him.  It is always an upward journey.  If we stumble along the way we repent of our sins, and continue the journey upwards in the presence of the Lord, upwards in faith towards the eternal gates of heaven.
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