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December Devotional…..

“But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  Luke 18:16, 17

If you want to warm the heart of your heavenly Father, then be careful to maintain a child like faith. It’s been said that:  “the strongest faith is found in a child’s heart.”  In Luke 18 Jesus calls our attention to the importance of “child like faith” for a couple of reasons.  First, because He simply loved children, but second, to serve as a contrast to the religious leaders who let their stubbornness and sophistication stand in the way of, not only themselves, but others trying to make it into the kingdom of heaven.  You say:  “Isn’t a child someone who is spoiled, needy, clingy and whiney?”   They can be, but there is a big difference between being “childlike” and “childish.”  Childlike faith shows up in your trust.  When the news comes on the radio about a slumping economy, your child just sleeps away in the back seat of the car.  Mom and dad will take care of me.  Childlike faith shows up in your thoughts.  If you could crawl into the mind of a child you would discover it to be a world of dreams, imaginations and creativity.  Childlike faith shows up in your talk.  “My dad can beat your dad up.  My dad is bigger than your dad.”  Children make big, bold and brave confessions.   There are many ways faith is described in the Bible but perhaps no faith puts a smile on the face of the Father, like a child like faith.

Prayer: “May the characteristics of a child like faith be the portion of my walk with Jesus. Be pleased with my simple belief that you will take care of me today.”