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May 2, 2015

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Post 2013 05 04

Children

Philippians 3:3  tells us  how  we need  to be  as God’s  children,

Put  no confidence  in the flesh.

Young  children  totally depend  upon their parents  to care for them.     They grew up that way  as their parents cared  for them from birth.     They know no different.     Parents provide everything  from diaper changes  to lessons  on growing up.

Although we might not like  to think of it,  in many ways,  we are  children  all the days  of our earthly lives.     No matter who we are,  we depend  on God  for our next breath  and for lessons  in growing up  spiritually.

Jesus called  His disciples  children.     Even after His resurrection,  when He appeared  to them  as they had been fishing  all night,  Jesus called out  to them,  in John 21:5,

Children,  you do not have  any fish,  do you?”     They answered Him,  “No.”

Jesus had appeared  to them  many other times  after His resurrection,  but they still were not  “grown up”.     Neither are we  —  no matter how old  we are.     That is why  we should never put any  “confidence  in the flesh”.     It’s even dangerous  to imagine  that we can trust  in our own strength,  because Jesus knowingly  teaches us  in John 15:5,

Without Me  you can do  nothing.

That’s one  of the most important  lessons  we can learn  —  and why Paul humbly says  in 2 Corinthians 3:5,

Our adequacy  is  from God.

In all our weaknesses,  it is always best  for us  to lean  on our Lord  and Savior.     There is no real  growing up  without Him.     The apostle Peter learned that,  and so tells us  in 2 Peter 3:18,

Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord  and Savior  Jesus Christ.     To Him  be the glory,  both now  and to the day  of eternity.     Amen.

Let us keep growing  as we are nourished  by His word  to us  in the Bible.

Satisfied  with God’s wondrous truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for graciously caring  for us  and helping us  to grow  in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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