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Friday, May 20, 2016

Child-like Faith and Joy

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  You are never too old or too young to drink in the refreshing joy of the Lord.

            Several times in the Bible the faith of a child is mentioned.  Two such passages:

  •  Luke 18:17: “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

  • Matthew 18:1-3 “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Obviously, there is something valuable to be learned from children. Their faith is pure and innocent.  Children are trusting…until they are taught otherwise.  Their hearts are open to receive and give love. Children don’t need “proof” to believe what they are told.  As adults, we are much more guarded due to our life experiences.  

      In a wonderful article by Natasha Crain, she points out ten things we need to remember about FAITH:

1. Faith is what saves.
2. Faith can grow.
3. Faith can fail…if we focus on our circumstances rather than Christ.
4. Faith is a gift.
5. Faith can move mountains.

6. Faith means to trust.
7. Faith is protective.
8. Faith results in action.
9. (Great) Faith is believing before you experience.  
10. Faith is a decision everyone makes.
 Whether child or adult, we all need faith in God…which leads to JOY in the LORD!

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