The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 11 May 2019 – Children of Promise
TOPIC: Children of Promise
READ: Galatians 4:21-31 King James Version (NKJV)
“21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”
The expression “Children of promise” describes those who are truly bam of God. Our passage today used the sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael, to drive home the difference between those living in the flesh and those living in Spirit. Hence, a child of promise is born, not by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13). Children of promise are descendants of Abraham like Isaac, not through birth, but rebirth; not by law, but by promise; not by works, but by faith. You are a candidate of heaven as a child of promise and must manifest the power of God here on earth.
Children of promise face persecution.
The children of the bondwoman will always persecute the children of promise. They do not understand the children of promise and always see them as a threat. The big question you will have to answer is “Are you among the children of the bondwoman or among the children of promise? If not of promise, then bow your head and invite Jesus into your life now. Pray this simple prayer – “Lord Jesus I invite you into my life to be Lord and my personal saviour. I receive the grace to serve you for the rest of my life. Amen! Congratulations!
Prayer: O Lord Jesus, please, help me to remain faithful to you as your child of promise despite the persecutions and trials. Amen. Anglican Communion) 11 May 2019