It’s your house

This last Sunday we had the privilege to hear Landon Hairgrove share out of Galatians 4v1-7 about being a son, not a slave. There were so many great things packed into what he taught, I wanted to recap them for you here. Please read through this and let the Holy Spirit info you head and heart!

Galatians 4v1-7

1 Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

The 3 big things that we can draw from this passage are:

 

Stop thinking like a slave

I think we can use the words “thinking” and “acting” interchangeably here, because your mindset will determine your actions. If you think that God has you bound up, tied down, or controls you, guess what… you are going to act that way. I want you to read v1-5 there the lens of what you were not what you are.

Questions for you to journal

How do you think God sees you?

What specific things do you need to change about your thoughts/actions?

Start thinking like a son/daughter

I know all of us grew up differently, and some of you have had rough situations in the past. So before you draw your conclusion that thinking like a son/daughter is not all that great, I want you to consider this. Your earthly parents are still people – broken and not perfect, but our Heavenly Father IS perfect and good. When our faith is put in Jesus we get a new dad, the Heavenly Father, one we can call on (v6). He doesn’t replace the one you have on earth, but you get Him in addition and He is the father of all. As a son/daughter of God, we have a perfect example of love. A love that we all need, that no earthly father can come close too.  Thinking like a son/daughter means is summed up well in this quote:

“Live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness. Tenderness awakens within the security of knowing we are thoroughly and sincerely liked by someone…Scripture suggests that the essence of the divine nature is compassion and that the heart of God is defined by tenderness.”

― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child

Live like you are an heir

This is my favorite part. v7 puts it all together and delivers some great news! Not only are we loved and accepted by God, but we
GET
ALL
THAT
HE
HAS.
ALL OF IT.

Questions for you to journal

What does it mean for you to have all that God has?

What behaviors or thought patterns keep you for accessing all of God inheritance?

How would you live/think differently if knew that God has already given you your inheritance?

We need to stop thinking like we are a guest in God’s house, but we can take up residence.

It’s your house now. Enjoy.


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