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  • Writer's pictureDave Rodriguez

Choices that renew life “I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father.”

“because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14, 15)

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,”

“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 3:26 & 4:6)

In 1995 my father retired from the grocery business, I remember going to his retirement party and hearing from so many people as one after another would share stories about my father. I never truly knew how successful my father was until that evening, I knew that my father worked hard and that he was faithful to his family and a good provider. I remember shortly after he retired I found a magazine in his office at the house that had him on the front cover. I was so proud to of him at that moment. He was my father at that moment and I wanted to let others know, throughout the years when I have spoken to people who are in the grocery business I always refer to my father and his success in the business. As a parent myself I have now seen how my children view me as their dad, I see their excitement when I get home or when I spend quality time with them. I see it when they grab my hand as we go for walks in the community. I can recall the first time I moved past knowledge of God and understood what it meant to have a relationship with God. The first time I read these passages in God’s word and I began to understand that I am a child of God, through faith in Christ. That no matter what my story may be, no matter what baggage I may be carrying, or what I have experienced in this journey of life. Through Christ I move from an ordinary perspective of who I am to an extraordinary one. To know that I know God and that he views me as his son, he knows me. In conversation with him I can call him Abba Father, Daddy God and I know that I am loved no matter what my story or experience. As I accept Christ, and Gods plan of restoration, my life is transformed and changed. I can now walk in a new confidence and I can walk with a new authority. I conclude with this story, I am privileged to work with a person who doesn’t speak very much, when he does speak, he only uses basic verbal skills like yes, no and hey buddy. He likes to keep to himself and likes to keep people at a distance. One day when we went out he wanted to introduce me to someone, and with such energy and excitement he patted my back and pointed at his friend letting his friend know that I was his buddy. Begin your day by reminding yourself that you are a child of God, then as you go throughout your day let others know who your father is.

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