What Does It Mean to Be a Daughter of God?

What does it mean to be a daughter of God? It’s more than a label. It’s a position of royalty, favor, and blessing. As a daughter of God, you have a family and access to your Creator and Heavenly Father. 

Your position also comes with responsibilities. But the responsibilities are not to weigh you down. They are to encourage you in the race of faith and fulfill your purpose as you walk side-by-side with your Father and Friend, empowered by the Holy Spirit. 

Daughter of God, the Lord says this to you

“’I will be a Father to you,

And you shall be My sons and daughters,

Says the Lord Almighty.’”

2 Corinthians 6:18

To Be a Daughter of God Means…

You Are Forgiven

As a daughter of God, your sins—past, present, and future—are forgiven. God forgives you, not because you deserve it but because He is merciful and gracious. Your decision to accept Jesus’ work on the cross unlocks His forgiveness. As a result, the sins you commit are not held against you for eternity. 

His forgiveness wiped the slate clean and pardoned the debt caused by sin. As a daughter of God, the Father doesn’t see your sin when He looks at you. He sees the righteousness of Christ being worked out in and through you. 

  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”—Psalm 103:12
  • “But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”—Romans 7:17
  • “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9
  • “… bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”—Colossians 3:13

You Are Redeemed

Romans 3:23 says that sin has caused us to fall short of the glory of God, and sin’s wage is death. As a daughter of God, you are redeemed and freed from guilt. The word redemption means that Jesus ransomed you, or paid the price, so that you could be released from death’s prison. Redemption means that you have crossed from death to life. You were once under the law’s curse but are now a citizen of heaven.  

  • “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…”—Philippians 3:20
  • “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”—Ephesians 1:7
  • “… who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”—Titus 2:14
  • “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”—1 Corinthians 6:20

You Are Royalty

As a daughter of God, you have extraordinary spiritual riches in Jesus. He made you holy and put His royal robe of righteousness over your shoulders so that you would know He made you for Himself and would praise Him. 

  • “This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.”—Isaiah 43:20-21
  • “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”—1 Peter 2:9
  • “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”—1 Peter 3:3-4
  • “I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth.”—Ezekiel 16:11-13

You Have Access

As a daughter of God, you have access to His throne. His throne is a seat of sovereign rule, power, and authority. It is also a place of praise and grace. The Bible says you have access to God’s throne because of Jesus. The veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was torn in two at Jesus’ death (Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 9:1-9).

Jesus made a way for you to have direct access to God. As a daughter of God, you can approach Him in your time of need, make your requests known, and praise Him for what He is doing in and through you. 

  • “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”—Hebrews 10:19-23
  • “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”—Matthew 27:51
  • “… in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”—Ephesians 3:12
  • “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:19

You Have an Inheritance

Your inheritance in Christ is unfading and imperishable. Because you are adopted as a daughter of God by the blood of Jesus, you get to take part in His inheritance. Your inheritance in Him is holy, blameless, and pure. 

Jesus said He prepares a place for you (John 14:3), and He will come back and take you there. As a daughter of God, you are “born again not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23).

  • “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”—Romans 8:16-17
  • “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will…”—Ephesians 1:11
  • “And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”—Hebrews 9:15
  • “… to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…”—1 Peter 1:4

You Are Loved

As a daughter of God, you are loved with life-saving love. God loved you first, and His love is free from fear. His love flows through you, allowing you to love others. God loves you with sincere love. He wants your love to be genuine to reflect His true love. Daughter of God, you are loved with everlasting love. 

  • “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.’”—Jeremiah 31:3
  • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”—John 3:16
  • “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”—1 John 3:1
  • “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”—1 John 4:16-19
Up close view of Bible verse saying, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

You Have a Responsibility

In the human mind, “responsibility” sounds heavy, burdensome, and even scary at times. But this was not Jesus’ intention when He said, “much will be required.” His words reflected the royalty and authority you have with being called a daughter of God. He has blessed you in many ways, and He asks you to glorify Him with what you have been given. 

Your Father isn't done with you yet. He won't leave you as you once were or as you are. He continues to shape you, purify you, and work within you through His Spirit, enabling you to fulfill your responsibility in His timing. 

  • “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”—Luke 12:48
  • “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…”—Colossians 3:23
  • “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”—1 Corinthians 13:11
  • “’Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.’”—Ezra 10:4

How the Enemy Attacks Your Identity as a Daughter of God

Your sin is too big.

Satan wants you to think that your sin is bigger than God's grace. He wants you to think you need to work for your salvation rather than work it out because you already have it. This is all to get you to deny Christ's power. Meditate on how big God is and how He has given you authority and significance in Jesus to stand up to the enemy's schemes. 

You’re not a real Christian.

Satan wants to use earthly desires against you. The Bible says that you are saved if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. If you are born of the Spirit, you are born again. The old has passed away, and you are a new creation. Satan will always remind you of the “old” you. Ask Jesus to remind you of your new identity, a child and daughter of God. 

You will never change. 

The enemy has studied humanity for thousands of years. He has studied you all your life. He loves to remind you of your past: how you used to think and act. This is why the Bible tells us to renew our minds with the word and think about the things above. When Satan tells you, “You will never change,” remind him you have already been changed! Fill your mind with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy. 

In Summary

To be a daughter of God means you are…

  • Forgiven
  • Redeemed
  • Loved
  • And so much more!

The enemy will always come after your identity with lies. He will remind you of your past and whisper lies covered in fear. Knowing you are a daughter of God and what you have available to you as His child gives you a firm foundation of truth to stand on when the enemy wants to knock you down. 

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