Monday, April 6, 2015

Can You Hear God's Secrets?

Jesus said:
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
and that which is born of the 
Spirit is spirit."
John 3:6
Did you know that your body is not the real you? The real you is the part of you that will live forever. We call it your spirit. Your body is something you live in while you're here on earth.

God is spirit too, and Jesus. Jesus was with God before He was born as a baby in the manger. Jesus' spirit came to earth into a body so He could walk and talk with the people here on earth and then die for our sins.

Before your spirit came into your body, God knew you and loved you. He decided He wanted you in His family a long, long time ago--before the earth was even made!

The way you get into God's family is not by being born in your body, like you did in your earthly family, but to be born-again in your spirit. This means that you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Once you do that then your spirit will live forever with God in heaven!

While you are here on earth, God wants to talk to you. He has always talked to people and He had some people write down His words in a book. That book is called the Bible. You can read the Bible and listen to God talking to you from those words.

God will also talk to you from His Spirit to your spirit. This way it doesn't usually go through the ears of your body, but right to your spirit. It's very exciting to hear God speak to you!

Be careful though, because the devil can try and talk to you too. He will try and talk to your spirit just like God does. But the more you know God's voice the easier it will be to tell the difference between God and the devil. The more you read the Bible, the better you will know God's voice.

God has secrets He wants to tell you! He loves you very much and can't wait to tell you things. He wants you to talk to Him too. When we talk to God, that is what we call prayer.

When you get to know God, you will have more peace in your life than you've ever had before. The better you get to know Him, the more peace you will have.

If you have never asked Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, then all you have to do is ask Him now and He will come and you can start living as a child in God's great big, beautiful family!

Here are some Scriptures to look up and read in your Bible:

1 Thessalonians 5:23
John 4:24
John 1:14
John 3:16
Romans 8:29
John 15:26
John 16:13
John 10:4-5
Ephesians 1:9
John 14:27
Romans 10:13

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Wind Listens to Jesus!

"Let us go over to the other side."
Mark 4:35

One day, Jesus planned to take His disciples into a boat and go to the other side of the sea. He said, "Let us go over to the other side." Jesus' words are very powerful, and if He says we are going to do something then we are going to do it!

His disciples must have forgot how powerful Jesus' words are because they became afraid when a strong wind started blowing and made great big waves. The waves were pounding against the boat and it was starting to fill up with water! The disciples were very afraid and woke Jesus up. He had been sleeping this whole time! Jesus was not afraid. He knew they were going to the other side of the sea.

When Jesus woke up, He asked them why they were so afraid. Why did they not have any faith? He spoke to the wind and told it to be quiet and still. Do you know what happened? The wind did what He said! It became perfectly calm. Jesus' words will not only keep you safe, but will keep you from being afraid too if you will believe Him.

This story is in Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eyes Wide Open!

"blessed are your eyes, because they see;
and your ears because they hear."
Jesus, Matthew 13:16

This is a story from John chapter 6 in the Bible. You can read it in the Bible yourself, but here is what it is about.

One time, when Jesus was here on the earth, there was a large crowd of people following Him. The reason they were following Him was because they saw Him healing sick people. This was a sign from God. It was a wonderful thing to see all the sick people be healed! Jesus also did a miracle of feeding over 5000 of them with just one boy's lunch. The boy had five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus fed the whole crowd with it! It was a great miracle. There was more left over than what they started with!

The next day, Jesus and His disciples were on the other side of the lake. The crowd was looking for Him. They got into boats and found Him. Jesus knew that the only reason they were looking for Him was because He fed them, not because of the miracles they saw. So He talked to them about seeking Him for more than food. He said to seek Him for the eternal life that Father God gives to those who believe in Jesus. What the people said next was so bad! They asked Him what kind of sign He could do so they could believe in Him. What! Remember, that was the whole reason they followed Him in the first place was because of the healings and miracles He did. And now they say they can't believe until He does a sign!

It was like the crowd of people didn't even see the miracles that Jesus did, even though He did them right in front of them. Or they forgot them already. Some people are like this today. They have hardened their heart and closed their spiritual eyes and ears so they can't see that God is real and doing great things.

Jesus said to His disciples, "blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." Be sure to keep your eyes, ears and heart wide open to Jesus. Seek Him--look to get as close to Him as you can, and you will see just how amazing He is! If you don't know how to seek Him, then pray, "Jesus, show me how to seek You!" He will.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friends of God!

Jesus said
"You are My friends if...."
John 15:14

Wouldn't it be cool to know what God is thinking about? Wouldn't you like to know His plans, ideas and what He is going to do? Well, Jesus said that His friends will know what God--our heavenly Father--is doing because He will show them! If you are friends with someone you know what they like and don't like. You know where they live and you talk to them a lot. They will tell you what kind of things they've been doing or planning to do. What an awesome thing to be a friend of Jesus!

Jesus told us how to be friends with Him. He said if we keep His commands then we are His friends. His commandment is for us to love each other just like He has loved us. He said the two greatest commandments are to:

1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

When we love like this, we are keeping His commands and we are His friends. Ask Him anything. Ask Him what He likes and doesn't like. Ask Him what His ideas are and what He thinks about. Jesus loves you so much that He even died for you. But God raised Him up from the dead and now He wants to be your friend! 

John 15:12-17; Mark 12:28-34

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Mind Border

And you will know the truth
and the truth will make you free
John 8:32

Do you know what a border is? A border is like a line that shows where one thing ends and something else begins. It's like a fence you put up around something. You might put a fence around a yard to keep your dog from running away and getting lost. You might put a fence around a garden to keep animals from going in and eating your food. After all your hard work, you don't want little critters stealing your food!

There are other kinds of borders too. There is a border that keeps your spirit from being invaded. Your spirit is the real you. In your spirit God has put all kinds of cool things. They are like treasures buried inside you. They are ideas and hopes and dreams and gifts and all kinds of things like that. But there is an enemy--the devil--that would try and steal these things from you. You can win against him because Jesus in you is greater than he is. The only way the devil can win against you is if he tricks you. One way he tries to trick people is by bringing thoughts and ideas to you that go against what God says. (Kind of like what he did to Adam and Eve). So what do you do to protect the border of your mind?

First of all, you need to know the borders that God set up. They are His truths. He wrote them down for you in the Bible. The more you read the Bible, the stronger the border of your mind will be. Then, when the enemy brings tricky thoughts to your mind to try and trick you, or deceive you, you will know it's him because you will know that thought is not the truth. Be sure to read the Bible a lot so you will know the truth. When you know the truth, the devil won't be able to trick you. Reading your Bible makes the border of your mind strong!

With your mind-border strong so the devil can't invade it and trick you, then you can discover all the awesome things God has put within your spirit. You can spend your time on these things, so that your life becomes an adventure with God like it is supposed to be!

John 8:32; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Proverbs 25:28; Proverbs 22:28

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thank-You: Jewish Help to America

"Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!" Psalm 25:22 NIV

Do you know when you are supposed to say thank you? It's when someone does something nice for you right? Well, there were some Jewish people who did something very nice for the United States of America. If you live in America, you can say thank you to these people.

Haym Salomon was a Jewish person from Poland who was living in America at the time of the American Revolution. This was the war the United States fought to become a free country. Mr. Salomon gave the U.S. army a lot of money so they could give the soldiers food and clothes and win the war that gave us our independence. He, and other Jewish people he gathered money from, gave millions of dollars to the army for the war. They said they could not have done it without him! He was never paid back this money either.

As a way of saying thank-you, George Washington instructed the people who were making the one-dollar bill to put something on the bill for the American people to remember the Jewish people's contribution to our independence. If you have a one-dollar bill, look on the front side and you'll see it has George Washington on it. Look at the back side and find the eagle in the circle to the right. Look above the eagle and you'll see 13 stars in the middle of a cloudburst. The thirteen stars are for the 13 colonies but they are shaped in the Star of David to honor the Jewish people. They are in a cloudburst to represent God's glory cloud in the temple in Jerusalem. 

Let's always remember what these Jewish people did for America!

See Stand With Israel: Friends of Zion by Mike Evans, by Time Worthy Books. Pages 97-102.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bad Breath!

"...has God said,...?" Genesis 3:1

When someone talks, they breathe out. Say your name out loud. There is air that comes out of your mouth when you talk! This breath of words create an atmosphere--like a cloud--around you. It could be a life-cloud or a death-cloud. If you say things from a heart full of God's Spirit, a heart that is full of the love of God, then you make a life-cloud. But sometimes people say things that makes a death-cloud around them. 

One example of this is the serpent who spoke to Eve. He created a death-cloud of doubt. He asked Eve about what God said to them and which trees they could eat from. He wanted her to start to doubt God and think that God didn't really care about them. This is bad breath! We don't want to listen to those people who breathe out words against God--making us doubt Him or His goodness.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. When He was here on the earth, His whole life looked like God's breath! His life showed us the love of God and helps us get to know Him better. When we spend time breathing in the Words of God, (by reading the Bible and making sure we understand it), then God's big life-cloud surrounds us. You will be surrounded by His love, faith, peace, and everything that God is. Then, when you breathe out and speak, your breath will make life-clouds around you and other people too!

Breathe in..breathe out...the life-filled breath of God!

John 1:14