What Does God Want For You? by James Merritt

WHAT DOES GOD WANT FOR YOU?
Dr. James Merritt
Romans 8:14-17
4-6-03

INTRODUCTION

[Adoption Testimony]

1. As you think about that testimony, let me ask you
a question. What does Mark Twain, John Lennon, Faith
Hill, Marilyn Monroe, Art Linkletter, Gerald Ford have
in common? They were all adopted.

2. Now if you are an adopted child you are very
special. If you know someone who is an adopted child
you know someone very special. Because, without
question, an adopted child is a wanted child and a
loved child.

3. You may wonder what in the world adoption has to
do with the church, or with you or me. Let me tell
you in this sentence. The church is simply a place
where adopted children come together and fellowship
with their father, because all of God's children are
adopted. When you receive Jesus Christ you don't just
become an employee in a company, or a member of an
organization, you become a child in a family.

4. John 1:12 says, "But to all who believed Him and
accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of
God." (NLT) Now it is true that we are given the
right to become God's children, but the way we become
God's children is through the beautiful doctrine
called Adoption. The Apostle Paul tells us with three
unbelievable truths what God wants for all of us.


I. God Wants To Adopt You Into His Family

1. "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage
again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption
by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father.'" (v.15) When we
come to Christ God doesn't just forgive us, He adopts
us. We go from being condemned orphans with no hope,
to adopted children with no fear; go from being
foolish wanderers with a guilty past, to adopted
children with a glorious future.

2. I think we would all agree that we would have
gotten far more than we deserved if God had just
forgiven us and cleansed us. But God does more than
that. ...


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