For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:14-15)
This Sunday, the worship band at LifePoint will be introducing a new song: No Longer Slaves, recorded and performed by Bethel Music based out of Redding, CA. Watch the video below, or visit the link at the bottom of the page to listen to the song in full.
You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
‘Til all my fears are gone
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
From my mother’s womb You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again to Your family
Your blood flows through my veins
You split the sea so I could walk right through it
You drown my fears in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing,
I am a child of God
Lyrics by Brian Johnson, Jonathan David Helser, and Joel Case
© 2014 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP), All Rights Reserved
Full Blessings of Sonship
Fear. We all struggle with it. Far from facing it head on, as we are so often told to do, we become controlled by it. It consumes our hearts as it hounds us with life’s most dreaded worst-case scenarios.
But God hasn’t redeemed us only to let us remain crippled by fear. He spared no expense to make us His own dear children. And now that we are, He’s not about to start holding out on us. No, He wants to give us His very best gifts—the full blessings of sonship through Jesus Christ—to destroy fear for good.
According to Ephesians 2:2-3, in our former ways of living, we were “sons of disobedience” and “children of wrath,” wanting nothing to do with God. Our rampant disobedience and hostility toward Him made us subjects of His righteous condemnation. But—praise be to Him!—Jesus became our wrath-bearer. He was made to be sin for us so that we might become God’s righteousness (2 Co. 5:21). And now He has dawned His love in our once-dead hearts.
Born of the Spirit (Jn. 3:5), we’ve gone from being sons of disobedience to sons of God; from children of wrath to children of light (Eph. 5:8; 1 Thes. 5:5). At once, we came to our senses by a supernatural touch of God, experiencing the reality of “the great love with which he loved us” (Eph. 2:4)—a love so powerful that it has already begun to cast out our fear here and now (1 Jn. 4:18).
However, we aren’t rescued from condemnation only to go it alone—to eek out the remainder of our lives with some sense of dignity until we can make it to heaven. No, God’s love provides us with something much better. As part of His unwavering commitment to dispel our fear completely, He gives us a family with which to walk arm in arm.
When the church gathers, it’s a living embodiment of God’s fatherly care. It’s a powerful reminder that we have a new family, a new address—the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). Just as we were born with earthly parents and siblings; so now we are re-born into a Spiritual family with a loving Father and a Savior who isn’t ashamed to call us brothers (Heb. 2:11). In fact, each Sunday His salvation song is said to resonate beautifully in the midst of the congregation (Zeph. 3:16; Heb. 2:12).
As a result of our transfer of address, we’re being conformed to the image of Christ—the true and perfect Son—through God’s power within us (2 Co. 3:18). But we must behold Him together regularly in order to become more like Him. So as we gather to worship Jesus, there’s a family resemblance taking place, leading us into greater freedom from from sin, from Satan, and—yes, that’s right—from fear.
LifePoint, God wants us to be free from fear today. And He has given us everything we need to walk in that freedom. So let’s confidently sing No Longer Slaves together this Lord’s Day. Let’s celebrate the love of the Father. He has done everything required to bring us into His family. And we are under His care now. What more could we ever want?
Liturgy for Sunday, October 25, 2015:
Call to Worship: Psalm 105:1-3
Confession & Assurance: Ephesians 2:1-5
Benediction: based on Philippians 1:27