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It's nice to welcome you back!
Did you know that you can make a difference in the world for God, right
now? Yes, you! I'd like to tell you about some people from the Bible who
were children when they made a difference for God.
1 Samuel, Chapter 3:1
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And
the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no
Samuel was a child when the Lord spoke to him and gave him messages to
give to all of Israel.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a
Jeremiah was a child when God sent him to speak to the people of Israel
and warn them because they weren't obeying God. God told Jeremiah what
would happen to them if they didn't change their ways.
1 Samuel 17:33
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this
Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a
man of war from his youth.
David was just a boy when he killed the giant Goliath.
So, how can you make a difference? By learning all you can about
Christianity and living THE WAY that Jesus taught us in the Bible. With
the way the world is today, God will be calling lots of young people to
do things for Him, and who do you think He will choose? That's right ...
FAITHFUL Christians ... even children.
I have a question to ask you ... who do you think has stronger Faith ...
a child or an adult? We'll find out what Jesus thinks about that in just
a minute, but first let's talk about being a child. There's a big
difference between being childish and being AS A CHILD. Being childish
is being ignorant, or without TRUTH, but being AS A CHILD is being
innocent and accepting the TRUTH with an open heart.
You probably remember
that we talked a little bit about the Holy Spirit when we talked about
the three parts of God, but chances are, you donít understand a lot
about Him, and thatís because youíve never gotten to know Him. Itís
almost as if weíre not sure if Heís really there or not. Heís not like
an imaginary vapor that floats around Ö Heís real! Do you ever have the
feeling that He's right there with you? Did you know that if you invite
Him, He will accept your invitation?
The first thing you need
to do, is have
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is
the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little
child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,
the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
You must have Faith as a
child to enter the kingdom of Heaven.
It looks like the answer
to our question is that children must have stronger Faith, because you
need to have Faith like a child to get into Heaven!
Have you ever known a
child who had an invisible friend? Have you ever seen such Faith?
Thereís a big difference between being childish and being AS A CHILD.
Being childish is being ignorant, or without truth, however, being AS A
CHILD is being innocent and accepting TRUTH with an open heart. So, no
matter how old you get, don't ever lose the child inside of you. We know
that imaginary friends are just imaginary, but even though the Holy
Spirit is invisible, He is not imaginary, He is real!
Sooooo, how do you make
friends with the Holy Spirit? How does a person get to know Him? He
already knows you, so thereís no need to feel bashful. The first thing
you need to do, is invite Him, because He is a gentleman, and He wonít
visit without knowing Heís welcome. Just like you, He doesnít like to be
ignored Ö He has feelings too, and if you ignore Him, He won't stay.
Have some milk and
cookies with the Holy Spirit. Make a chair available for Him. What do
you talk about with a friend over milk and cookies? He IS your friend,
talk to Him about everyday life things. Read Him this Step that youíre
reading. Tell Him your thoughts about it. Tell Him about your day ahead.
Ask Him to come with you to school. Become aware of His presence. If you
have to take your mind off of Him to do your work, He understands, just
like any friend would, but in your mind, know Heís there. Invite Him
with you on your way home from school. Start planning to do things
together. Ask Him to read the Bible with you every night. Ask Him to
open your heart to understanding the Bible better.
Our minds are always
thinking of something. We are always thinking to ourselves. Have you
ever tried to think of nothing? Itís impossible. So, what if you started
telling your thoughts to the Holy Spirit? What if, in your mind, instead
of just thinking thoughts to yourself, you told them to the Holy Spirit?
Ask Him to guide your thoughts and ideas, and help you with answers to
questions that you have about anything. If you give your thoughts to
Him, and by being aware that He is present with you, youíre showing your
Faith and trust in Him, which is the foundation of friendship. Watch how
your life changes when you include your new friend, the Holy Spirit, in
everything you do.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be
If you include the Lord
in everything you do, your plans will succeed.
A friend is also someone
who listens. Open your heart and listen to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to
speak to you. Have real conversations with Him. He talks to you through
the Bible. If you have a question, ask Him in Jesusí name, then open
your Bible to any page and point your finger without looking, then read.
His answer may not make sense to you at first, but at the right time,
Heíll guide you in learning His answer. He talks through other people to
give us understanding. He talks through your conscience by making you
aware that you should do the right thing. Sometimes we fail to recognize
the Holy Spirit speaking to us in the flicker of a light bulb, goose
bumps, brainstorms, a childís smile, the words of a song Ö there are all
kinds of ways that the Holy Spirit will and does speak to you. How did
the Spirit of God speak to the people in the Bible? Through thunder,
lightning, casting lots, scripture, prophets, a still small voice Ö open
your mind to Him, allow Him in.
ALWAYS AT YOUR SIDE
The Holy Spirit lives
inside of you.
One thing to remember is
that even though the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, He doesn't belong
to you ... you belong to Him. He also lives outside of you. Heís
everywhere and knows everything Ö He IS Godís Spirit. Itís not silly to
know that He can be with you whether youíre preparing a snack, out
fishing, after you're tucked in at night, watching the television,
looking at wildflowers, cleaning the garage, during a sleepless night,
or anytime and anywhere you invite Him, as long as you're doing
something good. The Holy Spirit won't hang around if you choose bad.
Well, I bet your new
friend, the Holy Spirit is waiting to get acquainted with you, so that's
the end of our lesson for today!
Be sure to write
something in your journal or diary to God and don't forget to
do your GOALS FOR GOD.
Step, take some time alone and invite the Holy Spirit to spend
some time with you.
Introduce yourself to Him, and get to know Him.
To continue the CHILD OF GOD program tomorrow, return tomorrow
And Iíll meet you there!
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