How do you lead with love and protect your heart at the same time?

We discuss this and what it means to be a child of God on this Gratitude:UnFiltered with Joshua T Berglan..


Because Jesus’ finished work on the Cross has given us direct access to God, we can now enter into His presence as children, not as servants or slaves. Second Corinthians 6:18 says, “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Children have privileges in a household. They don’t stand outside and knock—they come right in, because their dad owns the house. They don’t stand outside the kitchen and ask for food—they go right into the refrigerator and help themselves. I remember when I moved back to my hometown after I was married, and I needed a particular tool, I’d just go over to my parents’ house during the day (when they were at work) and borrow the tool. Because I believed everything that was theirs was mine. Now, if I weren’t their child—if I was just a friend or a guest—that could be called stealing! But children have certain rights and privileges in a family. You are no longer a guest in God’s house—you are His beloved child. First John 3:1 says, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (NLT). God’s love gives you the kind of access that only family can have. You don’t have to wait to be invited—you can legally now just walk in boldly and claim your rights and privileges.

You can expect to be welcomed with open arms. You can crawl up into Daddy’s lap and cuddle up for a nice chat. When I found out I was God’s beloved daughter, I stopped approaching Him like, “Almighty One, please hear me,” or “Sir, can I speak with You for a moment?” No, I just say, “Abba, Father…” and continue talking with Him as the apple of His eye—as if He wanted to hear from me and have a chat with me. Because He does! And He wants to do the same with you. You no longer have to shake with fear when talking to God, wondering if you’ll be received or not. You have right standing—you are the righteousness of God in Christ (see Rom. 6:18). You are God’s beloved child, with all the rights and privileges that entails.

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