Friday, June 10, 2016

Special Advocates for Little Ones

June 10, 2016 0
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 18:10 (NASB)

Whether Jesus is talking literally about “little ones,” as in children; or figuratively, as in, Christians with lesser faith, we must remember to gently treat the “little ones” with love and respect in order to not lead them away from the Lord or discourage their walk. So special are they to the Lord, that they have their own angel who is at the ready to perform God’s work for them.

If you work in children’s ministry, or are a parent, know that your service is incredibly important. Remember that each of those little ones should receive careful treatment. Do not take your job lightly.

If you come across a fellow believer whose walk is lacking in your eyes, do not disregard them or lose patience with them.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Is Your Pain Blinding You?

June 01, 2016 0
For a while now, I've been feeling like I was wandering around in a desert like Hagar. Abraham and Sarah sent her and her son Ismael away after God told them He'll make a great nation from Ishmael. When Hagar ran out of water, she laid her suffering son down and walked about a football field away because she couldn't bear to watch him die. She wept hard because she took her eyes off God's promise and only saw her immediate circumstances. She cried so much, her eyes probably swelled shut and she was unable to see a well nearby. The Lord, in His mercy and grace, pointed out the well to Hagar. He told her to bring the water to Ishmael and to comfort him because they were going to live another day. I was hurt long ago and like Hagar, I took my eyes off God to see the stressors and (what looked like) dire situations around me. In my pain, I forgot the Lord's promises to me and I let that pain blind me to a point where I was unable to see a well nearby. I couldn't see the open doors and blessings the Lord was offering me. If you find yourself in a spiritual desert, don't wander around aimlessly, don't take your eyes off God, don't forget His promises, don't ever forget that He is faithful. Genesis 21:8-21

Deuteronomy 6:7

June 01, 2016 0
"Obey God and love Him with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength and as for His commands, Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
Deuteronomy 6:7

Summer is almost upon us and that means VBS (Vacation Bible School) is around the corner. Children are fun and VBS pretty much feels like a party, but we need to remember that if the Lord places us in a child’s life, whether as a babysitter, parent, teacher, whatever, our role is incredibly important. We need to tell children about God. They grow up so fast and kids may not want to listen later, so we need to make sure we’re teaching them God’s commandments and that the reason we keep them is because we love Him.