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Too Legit to Quit!

1 John 3:See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

We are God's children. Whether those of the world believe it or not. We are God's children!! In John 1:12 Jesus says "But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God." There is evidence, or proof, we are God's children because the Word says in 1 John 3 "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! " So, believe the Word of God and know that God loves you and takes care of you as His children, whether the world recognizes that fact or not.

What does it mean to be a "child of God." 1. We are weak on our own and dependent on God's care. 2. We need our Father's strength and guidance. 3. We need God to show us how to live life and we are totally lost without His Word. 4. We do grow up a little at a time and learn the rights and wrongs of living life. 5. We are punished at times to direct us on the right path. 6. We are given grace and forgiven by our loving Father. 7. We have a brother and His name is Jesus. 8. We learn to get along with our siblings.

As you can see being a child of God is a real thing and just to know that God loves us in that way should make us want to lean into Him more and more each day. But does it? Children also disobey their parents and when they grow up they sometimes stray from what they were taught. They rebel and question their Father. Sometimes they leave their Father's care and protection to do their own thing. The story of the Prodigal son is a glaring example of a child doing that very thing. But the Father welcomed that son back when the son realized his bad move. (Luke 15:11-32) . Perhaps you have been a prodigal child and have tried to escape the love of God. That even sounds crazy to say that doesn't it? ESCAPE the love of God? Who does that? We do when we don't follow His loving, helpful, sometimes painful guidance because of our self love. Self love always draws us back to the old "natural" man and that person's life will always be compromised and weak. But the one who follows our Father will always see real truth and real hope in their life.

God's love is real and it is Too Legit to Quit! So don't quit. Just rest in that love and trust God for living your daily life, beginning with getting into His book of instruction, the Bible. It is in the living Word of God where we find that guidance, that hope, that strength, and that power. God's love is easily found in the book He has given us and this book shows us how to live our life victoriously. Common sense would call us to never deny that God loves us. God's love and Spirit are inescapable for the one who believes. Psalm 139:7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

God's love is Too Legit to Quit!! So don't.....quit. Keep on seeking God and know that He is watching and caring for you, even when you close your eyes in sleep at night. God is always "on call!"

The Pilgrimage continues.....

David Warren

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