“For all who are led by the Ruach Elohim, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!””—Romans 8:14-15

The above scripture tells us a hard truth, one that we often don’t like to hear because it holds us accountable. That is, the children of God are those who are obedient to His Holy Spirit. How often do you get the retort “we are all God’s children!” You may have heard this when you are attempting to minister to or correct someone who doesn’t have a relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). It may often be a retort to escape the accountability required by scripture. After all, if we are all God’s children, who are you to tell someone else how to live! But Scripture tell us “whoever did receive Him, those trusting in His name, to these He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1 :12).