Romans 8:16-17 – “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” NASU
Amen! In this Passage you have it! When the Holy Spirit witnesses to your human spirit that you are a Child of God rejoice! That means as a child of God you are an ‘heir’ and beyond that, you are a ‘fellow heir’ with Christ. We will not only suffer with Him but we will be glorified with Him. Fellow believers, there is a better day coming! There is a day of ‘triumph’ coming for those who are faithful until the end. There is a day of ‘glory’ coming for those who endure to the end. There is an ‘eternal day’ coming for those who are washed in the blood of Jesus and have their sins forgiven. What more do you need to give you the courage to stand firm and stand true than the witness of the Holy Spirit that you are ‘indeed a child of God”?
Early in my ministry, I attended a meeting in Tyler, Texas of the Church of God In Christ organization. There were probably a couple of thousand people in attendance and the speaker was a pastor from Houston. The elders were sitting at a table in the front on the floor level directly in front of the pulpit and the Evangelist was charged with receiving the offering. After well over an hour of testifying, preaching, singing and motivating the congregation to give, which they did almost to a person by coming down the aisles and standing in front of the elders putting their offerings down and the elders recorded it in their books. He turned to the choir that was seated on the floor level at that time and as they began to come forward he stopped them saying, “Unh Unh honey, some of you women are too dressed up to be puttin’ them quarters on the table.” Then he turned to the preachers on the platform and yelled, “Can I get a witness?” The place erupted with clapping and shouting. I left the meeting at almost 11 PM that night and they had just finished taking the offering. I don’t know what time the service was over but I had a blessed evening but had to go to work the next morning so I could not say. I was preaching and working a secular job too while going to college so my time was precious but I would not trade that night for anything. I learned something about enthusiasm for worship and willingness to be open and direct with regard to what people were doing. It was refreshing then and is now when I see it and experience it.
The only real witness we need concerning our spiritual condition is not the testimony or accolades of men but the witness of the Holy Spirit. If our hearts condemn us then we need to take stock, but if the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God then stop fretting, doubting, and worrying and REJOICE! Your name is in the Book of Life and that is the most important thing.
As you go through your day go in the witness, comfort, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit. God bless you richly is my prayer!