Today's verses are John 1:12: "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." My child, the most important decision in your life is to receive me.  The most important act you'll ever commit is the reception of me as your personal Lord and Savior.  Receiving me has little to do with with an intellectual agreement regarding some facts about me.  It has little to nothing to do with knowing about me.  It has everything to do with knowing me in a personal relationship.  It has everything to do with an intimate, ongoing relationship of personal trust.  To know me personally is more important than anything else in your life.

You believe in me and you believe in my name.  My name is my character.  It defines who I am.  I am perfect love, grace, kindness and compassion.  I am your Savior.  I have saved your from the penalty of eternal death.  I took that penalty upon myself so you wouldn't have to do so.  The wrath of my Father was placed on me instead of you.  I am also your Lord.  Because of what I've done for you, I'm asking you daily to submit to me and my will for your life.  Don't let any area go untouched to my Lordship.

Now, because you've received me as your Lord and Savior, you have the right to become one of my children.  Because of your saving faith in me, I now have adopted you as one of my children.  Before this relationship, you were a wandering waif, an abandoned orphan, with no hope for entering my heavenly home.  But now, because of what I've accomplished for you on the cross, I've given you the right to become one of my children.  You've now been adopted in my family.

You were specially chosen by me to be in my family.  You have a new name.  You are an eternal heir of all I possess.  You are guaranteed my presence and love in your life forever.   You are my beloved child.  You should never again see yourself as a slave and me as a master.  No longer should you think our relationship is defined by your obedience to rules and regulations.  No longer should you think that our relationship is defined by me punishing you whenever you break my laws.  Our relationship is now solely defined by one reality: you are my child.  We are in a personal, living, intimate relationship, one that will last forever.  I will never leave you or forsake you.

Therefore, face today with boldness.  Face today with courage.  Abandon anxiety and fear.  Why should you be afraid?  I will be with you.  I love you as any good parent loves their child.  You have my eternal presence.  You have my daily blessing.  I am yours.  You are mine.

You are my child in whom I'm well pleased.