Are You a Christian? Then you are adopted. God adopted you into His family when you asked Jesus to be your Savior. When the Bible was written, Rome ruled the world. Rome made and enforced the laws. Roman law stated that a person could adopt a child, but they could never unadopt that child. Legally they were a forever child. In Ephesians 1:5, the Bible says, God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. NLT The moment you asked Jesus into your heart, you were born into a new family tree as a child of the most high God.
At Salvation, God’s spirit came to live within you. Your old sinful nature no longer ruled you. The Holy Spirit of God indwelt you, and never leaves you. A believer is a changed being –forever. Your spirit is regenerated, and through the Holy Spirit, you have a divine link to your Heavenly Father that cannot be severed. You can disobey or neglect your relationship with your Heavenly Father, but the family line is never broken. Our earthly father may neglect or abandon us but God never will.
Do you love your natural family? Did they give you the gift of unconditional love? Or was your family life and relationships a bumpy or difficult road? I wanted to parent my children perfectly, but found that since I am not perfect, it was impossible. However, God the Father is the perfect parent. When I disciplined my children, I used to tell them they didn’t have to like it, they might not understand why I disciplined them, but they could trust me to do what I thought was best for them. God’s love is like that but infinitely better because He does know best.
What does being His child look like? He loves us unconditionally. His judgement's are always for our best. If we go off track, He will discipline us to get us back on track. Loving parents do that. We can always depend upon Him because He will never leave us or forsake us. He cannot lie to us. He satisfies my God given inner longing for significance or value. I am the daughter of the King of Kings. More importantly, my Daddy the King, values me for me. Not for what I do. I cannot earn His love - it's freely given. Nothing I can do will surprise Him because He already knows all about it. He is preparing a place in heaven for me some day. I don’t have to worry about eternal retirement. I have the Celestial Retirement Package. It’s out of this world. He satisfies my God given need for security. No matter what happens, I am secure, and I can trust myself to His care. I can live in peace no matter what happens. My Father is that powerful.
In seeking Beauty Treatments for the Soul, our heroine Esther is a Jewish orphan who is taken in by her Uncle Mordecai. Esther 2:15, Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle; (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther). The Bible doesn’t say how old Esther was when she lost her parents. No matter how old she was, it would be so sad to lose both parents at any time in life but especially in the formative years. Uncle Mordecai was a devout servant of the one true God of Israel. Esther and her people were living in Persia under king Ahasuerus. Esther 1:1, Ahasuerus reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces.
Not only was Esther an orphan, she was a member of a group of captive people who had been forced from their beloved homeland. One of the things I find interesting about Esther is her attitude. Whether it was her uncle or her parents, someone taught Esther about the sovereignty and trustworthiness of God. Our beautiful Esther could have made very different emotional choices which would've caused harmful and damaging toxic emotions to pollute her soul. She could have taken in the hardships she endured and defiantly pouted a litany of, “What if’s?” “What if my family had not been taken into captivity?” “What if my parents had lived?” “What if I had not been taken into the King’s beauty pageant roundup?” “God didn’t ask me what I thought about this!” “Why should I want to be a queen in this foreign country? After all, if we were still in Israel, my parents might still be alive!” She could have been angry and bitter, but instead she trusted herself to her God. Her attitude was respectful to God and those around her as she submitted to the events of her life. Her attitude stood out to those in authority over the women in the Persian beauty pageant, and Esther found favor with those over the house of the women.
What made her attitude stand out? Ultimately she trusted God and His sovereignty no matter how bad her situation looked. That trust was well placed. Esther's faith shined brightly in the darkness of palace intrigue. She ultimately became a hero, and saved her people from annihilation. All because she knew whose she was. She was a servant of the most high God. Her identity was settled in her heart and mind.
In the hardships of your life, do you know whose you are? Do you know in your heart and mind that your adoption is final? Do you rest in the fact that your King is all knowing? He knew you would not be perfect, but still He chose you. Let that sink in. We have all sinned. No one is perfect, but our all-knowing God chose us anyway. Mordecai knew Esther would not be perfect, but He chose to bring her into his home and raise her as his own child. He loved her, provided for her needs, and kept her as safe as an earthly father could. Our all-powerful heavenly Father loves us, provides for us; is our earthly and eternal security. Do you really trust Him in your heart for love, provision and protection? Your peace depends on you depending on Him in childlike trust. Trust usually grows over time, one decision to trust at a time. You can ask God to help you with your unbelief. Mark 9:24, “The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
As a beloved child, you can reverently and confidently talk to God about all that concerns you. Open your heart, be honest with God, He knows every thought you will ever think. You can’t surprise Him with your honesty. Climb up in your Heavenly Father’s lap and pour it all out! Pride, lack of trust, anxieties, anger, resentment, greed, jealousy, lustful thoughts, bitterness over life's "what if’s?" are heart toxin’s that could be polluting your soul. I encourage you to look deeply within. If you find any harmful heart pollutants, release those toxins to God, and ask Him to increase your faith. He will be so happy to help you with this! Father God wants His children FREE of ALL heart toxins. Let Him lavish you with the heart cleansing beauty of His love.
Soul Cleansing Beauty Treatment: Trust Father God+confession of toxin's+true heartfelt remorse over our sin and repentance / turning from that sin=cleansing and restored relationship