You Want Proof?
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father. For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. – Romans 8:15-16 (NLT)
If you’ve been a believer for any length of time, you’ve probably experienced a bout with doubt regarding our relationship. Perhaps you blew it, and you figured there’s no way in the world I would want anything to do with you. Maybe you had an encounter with a staunch skeptic who challenged and questioned every conceivable point of your Christian faith. Or could it be that in times of weakness you started entertaining questions like, “God, do I really belong to you? Are you even listening to me?”
It’s during these seasons of doubt that the Holy Spirit steps in and fills you with the assurance you so desperately need. It’s one of the main reasons I sent him to my believers. The Spirit personally bears witness with your spirit that you are my child.
The Holy Spirit is my presence alive in you. When you listen to the Spirit you’ll be refreshed with a renewed sense of the loving bonds that drew you to me in the first place.
When you have doubts cry out to me “Father! I need you,” and enjoy refuge in the very relationship that you previously questioned.
Yes, there will be times when you will blow it. There will be times when your faith will be tested by the unbelief of others. And you may still have questions. But my Spirit is infinitely greater than the sum of your insecurities—and so is my ability to assure you amidst your bouts with doubt.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
1 – Ask yourself, what proof do we have that God does not want us to doubt our relationship with Him? What causes you to doubt your relationship with God?
2 – If you have not yet begun a relationship with God we challenge you to read Knowing Jesus. If you have doubts about God, confess them to him and ask him to address those doubts in your heart and mind.
3 – Read Romans 8:1-17. What are three things this passages says about the Spirit of God?