How Does Jesus Call You To Have Childlike Faith?

How Does Jesus Call You To Have Childlike Faith?

We are called to surrender our lives.
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This past week, I helped out with the kindergarten class at vacation bible school. During this week, I was able to examine what God was laying heavily on my heart. I felt as if God was telling me to write about childlike faith. So what did I do this week? I took some time to dig into the Word to study how God calls us to have faith like a child.

During this week, I caught myself in awe as I watched these precious children worship our Lord and Savior by singing and dancing. Hearing these little voices praise our big God was so humbling. I loved listening to each child talk about how much Jesus loves and cares for them. It amazes me that these children who are so small and young can fathom Jesus' endless love for them. Even though I was one of their teachers for vacation bible school, I think they taught me more about my faith than I taught them about theirs.

Teachable, dependent, obedient, trusting, humble and innocent. These are some of the adjectives that I would say a child possesses. These adjectives are also what we, as followers of Christ, should strive to possess. We should come to the Father like a child. We are called to fully submit ourselves to Him. Galatians 2:20 says, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." In that verse, Paul tells us how he submitted himself to the Lord, and we must do the same.

Like a child trusts and depends upon their parents, we must trust and depend on Jesus. In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." We are required to be completely dependent upon Jesus in order to enter His kingdom. This means we must totally surrender our lives to Jesus in order for Him to live through us.

We must humble ourselves before the Lord and recognize that salvation is a gift. We cannot earn salvation. Jesus died for our sins in order for you and me to have eternal life. We have done nothing to make ourselves worthy of forgiveness. We do not deserve this gift of grace, but it was given to us. Matthew 18:4 says, "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." In this passage, Jesus corrects people by telling them to be humble like a child. He points out how important humility is to become one of His followers.

Today, I encourage you to examine your heart and find how Jesus is calling you to be teachable, dependent, obedient, trusting, humble and innocent.

"As newborn babes, long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow toward salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." Peter 2:2-3
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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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By Using God To Justify Hate, Christians Are Giving Christianity A Bad Name

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

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I grew up in Alabama, so it's no surprise that I grew up in church. I was saved, or baptized, at a young age. I grew up going to church camp, going on mission trips and participating in church activities, such as Thanksgiving lunches and Christmas plays.

As I grew up, I became interested in politics. I began watching public officials, most of whom claim they are Christians, build their platforms by turning down the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, helping the rich get richer, saying Christianity is the only correct religion and wanting to take away healthcare from those who cannot afford it.

The more I noticed these public officials saying things like this, the more I noticed that people who went to church agreed with them. This upset me.

What I was taught about Christianity was that God accepts everyone — no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, social status or economic status. He accepts all.

What I was hearing from churchgoers and those who claimed to be Christians was the exact opposite.

I faced an internal conflict, deciding whether or not I wanted to go to church anymore, much less be a Christian. I didn't want to be labeled as someone who does not accept people for who they are. That's not the person I am.

I didn't want people to think that, if they're in the LGBTQ community, I thought they were going to Hell. I didn't want people to think that, if someone was poor, I thought they did something in life to cause that. I didn't want those of other faiths to think their religion was not valid. I didn't want people who were physically or mentally sick to think I didn't want them to receive help.

So for the past few years, whenever someone asked me if I believed in God, I told them yes, but that I didn't believe in organized religion.

It may come as a shock to some Southerners when I say you don't have to actively be in a church to believe in God. My dad always taught me that you have to sometimes separate God from church. I never fully understood what that meant until I was in that situation.

According to pewforum.org, 66 percent of college graduates surveyed consider themselves Christians, and 25 percent said they do not have a religious affiliation.

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state. I believe that in church, you can be taught to love someone no matter who they are and what their situation is. I believe that you can hold your own political morals.

What I don't believe in is using God's name to justify hate toward a certain group of people. And that, in my opinion, is what is giving Christianity a bad name.

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