Giving Hope to a Child

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 “But also look ahead: I’m sending Elijah the prophet to clear the way for the Big Day of God—the decisive Judgment Day! He will convince parents to look after their children and children to look up to their parents. If they refuse, I’ll come and put the land under a curse.” – Malachi 4:5-6

One thing I have learned over the years of mentoring children is that there are problems in families. I’m sure this is not a surprise to anyone since we are born into a sinful nature, but I always hope that relationships can get better in families. I can’t control this; I can only encourage.

It is evident that we are living the curse of the sinful nature. We see children suffering through drugs, sex, crime, and more. There is always hope because of Jesus. The children see Jesus as we who are his temple walk into the schools to spend time with them. This gives them hope. It may be the only Jesus they see.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to show who you are to the children. I pray that I always put you in front of me for all to see.

Faith Tip: Is there an opportunity you know of to show Jesus to a child? Let the Lord lead you in the call.

Loosening Our Grasp

Holding on Tight

“I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you, the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed. You have a long history of ignoring my commands. You haven’t done a thing I’ve told you. Return to me so I can return to you,” says God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

   “You ask, ‘But how do we return?’

“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day.

   “You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’

   “The tithe and the offering—that’s how! And now you’re under a curse —the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams. For my part, I will defend you against marauders, protect your wheat fields and vegetable gardens against plunderers.” The Message of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

 “You’ll be voted ‘Happiest Nation.’ You’ll experience what it’s like to be a country of grace.” God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so. – Malachi 3:7-12 The Message

We are a nation of fear, aren’t we? We watch the stock markets, and the gas prices, go up and down. The unemployment rate is too high, along with the physical needs such as clothes, food, and shelter for families to survive. We clutch our resources with both hands thinking we own them. There is fear in letting go … even for God.

Perhaps together we can take baby steps of faith in letting go and letting God take over. We must realize that God owns it all. It’s not that he needs our offering for his arm is not too short to cover any needs, but it is for our growth in trusting God that we need to follow this Scripture. God invites us to test him. He wants to bless us beyond what we imagine. Let us give him opportunity to do that. And in doing so, our relationship with God will grow and bloom.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the abundance of gifts you have given me. Forgive me when I haven’t acknowledged your provision or taken it for granted. I pray that I can let go of what I have and let you do something wonderful for your kingdom. Amen

Faith Tip: What is your fear in giving to God? Voice it. This will lessen the power it has over you. Then take baby steps to loosen your grip on your resources and watch what God will do.