BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -

DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.


No. 38
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main


Getting to know God together.

The birds in the bush must be very wet and cold when it rains a lot!
We have had so much rain in Queensland this summer &  Autumn.
It has flooded our rivers and creeks many times.
The horses in the paddocks get soaked as well as the birds.
The reason why we have had snakes in the house,
is because there is no dry place for them to be.
And so they try to come into the houses.
My hair-dresser told me that recently she had a big brown snake in her shed.
Another friend said that last night a green tree snake,
crawled over her foot while she was reading her Bible in her bedroom!
Even snakes get uncomfortable outside in the wet!
They want to be inside, nice and dry too!

My fish in the pond get so much water that they nearly float out of their home!
I wish sometimes I could talk to them and say “it’s OK,  we will look after you!
We won’t let you float out onto the grass.”
My friend laughs when I say that,
“ You would have to talk fish language,
if you were going to make a fish understand you. You wouldn’t have a chance!”
I can’t become a fish on days when it floods.
I would like to, so I could help them to be calm.
I would like to talk to them and say, “It will be alright!”

Do you know that is why Jesus became a man?
He wanted to be with us in our trouble,
and help us understand what God wants us to know.
Jesus was God Himself,
but He came to the earth as a little baby at Bethlehem.
The Lord cared so much about people on earth that He became one with them.
He cared so much that He took our place on the Cross, so we could live forever.
He cared so much that He didn’t stay in Heaven, just looking on.
He was God, so he could do something wonderful about the hurts we face on earth.
God came as a man to our earth!
That God-man was the Lord Jesus Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ),
and the Word (Jesus Christ) was with God,
and the Word (Jesus Christ) was God.” (John 11).


EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

In the days when Jesus was walking as a man on earth most people did not know who He was. The last part of His ministry on earth was filled with suffering for Him.
Silly and wicked people jeered at Him, they spat at Him and finally killed Him!
Did Jesus fail then in His purpose of coming to earth?
No, for He communicated the greatest message to we ‘fish’ in our pond that has ever been given. He showed us the great love of God, Who gave His Son to even die for the sin of the evil world.
After His death and resurrection Christianity blossomed throughout the entire earth. People saw  that Jesus must have been God and He must have risen from the dead,
for his disciples would hardly have risked their lives for a hoax! Those early Christians gladly gave their lives for their Lord, to tell others that He was the Saviour of the world.

Do unsaved kids jeer at you if you say you are a follower of Jesus Christ?
Do they laugh if you say you read the Bible?
That can’t be helped, you know.
Believers in Christ have always suffered ridicule and much worse from those who will not repent and turn to the Saviour.

What do you do?
* You pray for them, and ask God to work in their hearts,
so that they too can find life in Jesus Christ.
* And you let Jesus be strong in you,
so that you will not let Him down by being a coward!

“l can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 413).
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 47).


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