Christmas

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This devotional is written by Silvana Gateva.

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4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba,[b] Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Reflection

When reading  "But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son.." I immediately think about God's timing. It's important to remember that He knows when we need the Holy Spirit. We can experience the Spirit and his healing power through ministry but also through prayer, worship and it can occur to us in simple ways as we go about our daily life. Trusting God's timing can be difficult but also very liberating. Accepting that God will do the right thing at the right time can strengthen  your relationship with Jesus. If you find yourself struggling with that you can try praying "I Trust in You Jesus" and see how that progresses over time.

Carrying on we read "God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out 'Abba, Father'." The Notion of God being a father figure is not necessarily easy for all of us. As I mentioned earlier, trust is key to your relationship with God. Some people like myself, prefer to picture God as a mother, a sibling or a friend. This gives us freedom to feel comfortable and secure to pursue that trust.

At the end we are told that "So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are His child, God had also made you an heir" We are unconditionally loved by God. We are not only his children but also an heir. This shows us how important we are to Him. It puts both you and God in a place of honor, respect, value and most importantly love.

Practicing your trust can take time, however that time is exactly what is suited best for you. We are children of God, as a figure that makes us feel safe and loved. That alone is a firm foundation for our faith and ever growing relationship.

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