Sorry I have not been posting been going through some stuff. God has me back on track.
Acts 17: 28b – 33
Acts 17:34; PS 37:39
What did you about the Lord when you were a child?
What has changed in your view of Him since then?
Have the changes all been positive? If not, why not?
As for me he was my friend I was five years old, I remember because my foster father wanted to adopt me and I told him and the case worker Ms. Wilson no. Needless to say they ask why? I told them Jesus said you were going to die and was going home. But I asked Jesus if I could to with you and he said no. I asked why? He said he had something for me to do. I said okay what was it? And he said not now it is not time. So I said okay, well that was 48 years ago. I’m still waiting except that now I’m writing about Jesus Christ with the hope that other people will find him. And not do as I did. I got so angry with Jesus that I walked away from thinking I could run this race call life all by myself. Well I’m here to tell you, No you can’t do anything without Jesus Christ. It took me 40 years 8 wars later to realize Yes I Need Jesus Christ in my life. Let me put it this way when I fell on my face, I fell hard this time what brought me back to Jesus, I had a stroke and heart attack. Listen people when God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit want your attention sometimes, not all the time, they will knock you dead on your butt. A few years ago my youngest son when through the same thing except he had seizures, not heart attack and stroke. But what he told me was enough to make him give all his blessings to Jesus. Do not do as I did talk with Jesus even if it is to just say the greeting of the day.
Seeking a Blessing
And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it they rebuked them.
Do Not Hinder
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God
Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall in no wise enter therein.
How can children be hindered from entering into the Kingdom?
Why does one need childlike Faith in order to enter the kingdom?
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not :for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall in no wise enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
What was Jesus emotional response to the disciples restrictive actions?
How does Jesus want us to imitate children in our faith?
What is the difference between childlike and childish faith?
How could your faith be more childlike?
What does it mean to “receive the Kingdom”?
Our faith is tied to our understanding of God’s faithfulness. Like a child, we are called to trust and rest firmly in His care, to hear His word, then trust it; however, the confidence to do so relies upon our willingness to completely surrender. Like a child free of care, we are no longer burdened by the weights that we were 8ntened to shoulder alone when we allow our trust to firmly rest in the faithfulness and loving care of our heavenly Father.
How childlike is your faith in God?
Where are you not trusting Him completely?
With the faith of a child, renew your trust in Him and fully receive the Kingdom.
Purity is about being clean in what we see, what we say, what we think, and how we feel. These things determine how we act. It’s an internal state of being “clean” that produces positive outward actions. Purity is what keeps us knowing and doing what’s right.
Like our Scriptures for today said, we need to focus on being clean on the inside first. We shouldn’t just pretend to have it all together on the outside. That’s just being fake. We need to look inward and see what areas we need to clean up.
Maybe it’s not getting angry or frustrated or jealous of others, but being patient and happy for them.
Or it could be choosing not to swear when you hear others do it, but being clean in the things you say.
It could be on the inside not thinking bad things, but keeping your mind clean and only thinking about good things.
Or even not looking at or watching things that you know you shouldn’t.
So what areas of your life do you need to clean up a little bit?
When we can figure out how to live our lives with purity, then we’ll start to act the way God intended for us to act.
It’s not wrong to be tempted. All of us will be tempted at some point in our lives. We just read that even Jesus was tempted. But, it becomes wrong when we give in to the temptation and do something we know isn’t right.
Here’s the thing about temptation. It looks good at first. It could tempt us toward something we actually want to do, but in reality, it promises something that it can’t deliver.
When we give in to it, we buy into a lie. Temptation will lead you to do wrong — whether it be to cheat on a test to get a good grade or to lie to your parents so you don’t get in trouble.
We need to learn to recognize when we’re being tempted to do something that we know isn’t right, and give it over to God. He can give us the strength to overcome.
So, when and where do you feel like you are being tempted? What things do you need to give to God and get strength from Him to do what’s right?
Spend the next few moments praying to God about those things. Know that through Him you, can overcome!
Why Renew Your Mind?
Back in 1992, I said the prayer of salvation. However, my life did not change for nine years. I did not know that salvation was just the beginning of the Christian experience. Renewing your mind is the key to experiencing new life in Christ.
God desires that you have a wonderful, daily relationship with Him. He wants you to grow in faith. He wants you to understand His love for you, as well as His thoughts and ways.
Renewing your mind through the Bible is God’s way to transformation. When you read, meditate upon, and apply God’s word in your daily life, you are changed from the inside out.
You will begin to reflect God’s character and others can taste and see that the Lord is good through you!