Even with our rain adjustments, we all enjoyed our final day at camp. We considered again God's lavish love on us and His incredible sacrifice to make us His children, exchanging our old lives for His new life. Campers and staff shared stories of how the Lord had spoken to them this week. Referring to our invitation to come into God's family, one camper said, "I was on the outside and now I'm on the inside."
A director shared the verse below with some staff yesterday. In light of that, we're praising God that He has given us life and love through His Spirit. Please pray that campers and staff would remember His love to adopt us and would rely on His Spirit as we enter back into our everyday lives.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. 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.
- (from Romans 8)