Jul 16, 2012

Posted by in Awesomeness, Faith, Fruit For Thought, Motivation Monday, Proverbs, Selah | 4 Comments

Young At Heart

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Today’s Proverbs Verse: Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body (Proverbs 16:24 NLT).

I’m back! For those who didn’t know, I spent last week in DeLand, Florida at a Christian youth camp called “Camp Decision.” I’m a youth leader at my church, and I went with about 10 other youth leaders, our two youth pastors, and 60 kids. It was an awesome experience!!! I’m going to do a separate post on my week at Camp Decision, but I have to share a little bit now to encourage you (like it encouraged me). The main thing I noticed during camp was the kids’ excitement, expectancy, and faith during the services. Just being in that atmosphere gave my faith a boost. That amazing experience made me think of the following scriptures:

At that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, “Who then is [really] the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And, He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 18:1-4 AMP)

 

People brought babies to Jesus, hoping He might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus call them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” (Luke 18:15-17 MSG)

 

I believe these scriptures don’t just apply to salvation, but I believe they’re applicable to anything in the kingdom. Even if you’re believing God for the manifestation of healing, you’ll need “child-like” faith that says, “God said it and I believe it!” No questions asked. “Adult-like” faith is too intellectual (too much mind & not enough heart) and it’s quite often jaded. Subsequently, trade your “adult-like” faith in for some “child-like” faith, faith that is “trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving.” I saw this kind of faith in action at Camp Decision, and it was so refreshing & beautiful. Not to mention, God was able to move more freely in the services, because He wasn’t restricted by doubt & unbelief. Instead, He was greeted by excitement and expectancy (i.e. child-like faith)…Just think, what would God be able to do in your life if you had the faith of a child? **G.I.G.**

P.S. – I’m a Sinatra fan, and I thought this song was perfect. Enjoy!

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  • T. A. Acker

    Very insightful blog post! Children are inspiring in the way they embrace life. Great song as well.

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thanks, T.A. Acker!! :-)

  • Blessedlife2

    I really enjoy your blog, it is truly uplifting and encouraging. I know your mother is very proud !

    • fruitofmybranches

      Thank you! You’re so sweet :-)