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Like a Child

November 3, 2017

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Like a Child

When the disciples tried  to keep people  from bringing their children  to Jesus  for His blessing,  Jesus called  for the children  to come to Him  and He taught the grownups  some very important lessons  that they used to know  —  but forgot.     In Luke 18:16-17,  Jesus said,

Permit the children  to come to Me,  and stop hindering them,  for the kingdom  of God  belongs to such as these.     Truly I say to you,  whoever does not receive  the kingdom  of God  like a child  shall not enter it at all.

The child of God  is rest assured  in a number  of truths  —  like knowing our heavenly Father  is the almighty  —  our heavenly Father  will surely save us  —  our heavenly Father  is so happy  to be with us  —  and our heavenly Father  really rejoices over us  with a most tender love.

Zephaniah 3:17  says it  like this  to assure even us  of the truths  of God’s love  for us,

The LORD thy God  in the midst of thee  is mighty;
He will save,
He will rejoice  over thee  with joy,
He will rest  in His love,
He will joy  over thee  with singing.

Our heavenly Father loves us  so dearly  and little children know it.     As we older children  of God  face our many daily challenges,  we ought not to forget  what we knew as a little child.

If we stubbornly  keep on forgetting  who we are  ( We are the children  of God. ),  we will be putting ourselves  in a position of denying our Lord.    A little child would not think  of denying his father.     His knowledge  of the truth  is not swayed  by the neighborhood bully.     That’s how God wants us  to be  as we face our trials  every day  —  remembering the truths  of God’s might,  saving power,  love for us,  and joy over us.

The apostle John remembered  Jesus’ great love  for the children  and said this  in his old age,  in 1 John 3:1-2,  to encourage us  in our walk  in faith,

See how great a love  the Father  has bestowed upon us,  that we should be called  children of God;  and such we are.     For this reason  the world does not know us,  because it did not know Him.

Beloved,  now we are children  of God,  and it has not appeared  as yet  what we shall be.     We know that,  when He appears,  we shall be like Himbecause  we shall see Him  just as He is.

As a child of God,  we long to grow up  to be like our heavenly Father  in love,  joy,  kindness,  gentleness,  mercy,  peace,  patience,  goodness,  faithfulness…….      What a day that will be!

As we look  to our Lord  for guidance,  and run to Him  for help  in our every need,  may we always do so  with the open trust  and love  of a little child.

Then  in the safety  of our heavenly Father’s arms,  we lovingly say,  “Hallelujah!     O LORD,  we are  so glad  You love us and care  for us.”

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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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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