Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Morning devotion with Kids - December 1st

We have been making a practice of having the kids read each day and then share the next morning something that stood out to them from their readings. Grace started off the morning with Matt 12:31 which deals with Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. She had looked up in the dictionary where it talked about Blasphemy meant to slander or speak evil against someone or something. I pointed out to her that it can also mean to resist the Holy Spirit. That we can blaspheme the Holy Spirit by resisting his convicting work. That by resisting his drawing our hearts get hard. In fact they can get so hard that we can get to the place where we can't hear the Holy Spirit anymore and He quits drawing us. We discussed where it talks about in John 16 that the Holy Spirit Convicts us of Sin, Righteousness, and Judgement and that if we resist his conviction of these that our hearts will become hardened and our minds become reprobate. This is a dangerous place to be.

Peyton's verse was out of John 9:1-3 dealing with the man that was born blind that Jesus healed. We tied this into the fact that Sin and Hard heartedness cause us to be Blind to God and the convicting work of the Holy Spirit. We also discussed that blindness can come because of no fault of our own, but because of our environment and things that happen around us. This can be because of the way we were raised or things that were taught to us at school, work, etc. We have to be cautious of what influences us because it can make us blind and hardhearted to God's word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Haven then shared out of John 13:8 where Jesus talked of washing Peter's feet. Haven didn't quite understand this because foot washing is a major deal in america because of our luxuries. We explained to him that this was a humbling thing to do in those days. It was something that servants did for their masters. It took one person bowing before the other. This is what Jesus did for us. He became a servant and bowed himself down to serve us. How unworthy we are of this gift. We need to humble ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to have its perfect work in us. Allow him to bring us to the cross and completely purge us. May he give us sight to see the things that he wants us to see. May we be filled with a Heavenly vision. One that reaps a reward for our Lord and Savior.

Be Blessed,