The Big Picture

How do you teach a child how BIG God is?  How do you teach them about God’s:

Omnipotence – God can do all things – there is nothing He cannot do

  • Job 42:2 “I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from thee.”
  • Jeremiah 32:17,27 “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”
  • Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”.
  • Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
  • Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns.”

Omniscience – God has total omniscience – He knows all that can be known

  • Psalm 33:13The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men.”
  • Psalm 147:4,5He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.”
  • Isaiah 46:10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
  • Acts 15:18Known to God are all His works from the beginning of the world.”

Omnipresence – God is everywhere as Father, Son and Holy Ghost – the Trinity – there is no place that God is not

  • Psalm 113:5Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwells on high.
  • Psalm 139:8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”
  • Jeremiah 23:23,24Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”
  • Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

One of my favorite object lessons is the SNOW GLOBE concept.  Anytime you can give a child a hands on lesson, it will be easier for them to understand what you are trying to teach them.

If you place a snow globe in a child’s hand,  you can explain to them the Trinity and characteristics of God.  Explain that just as you are a spouse, parent and child (three distinct people in one), God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

  1. God created the world (snow globe)
  2. The world is in His hands (just as they are holding the snow globe)
  3. He can see everything in the world all the time (just as they can see everything in the snow globe)
  4. He is in the world (when they shake – the snow is everywhere – just as the Holy Spirit is everywhere in the world)
  5. He walked on earth just like you and me  as Jesus – (people in globe)
  6. He controls everything about the world (have them shake, turn upside down, etc. to see how they control the entire globe and it is safe in their hands)

Children need a healthy concept of God; one that is full of awe, respect, reverence and love.

One Step At A Time …

I have fond memories of Bill Weston and his father whom we all called “Dad Weston” coming to our church on various occasions while I was growing up.  If memory serves me correct, they worked with the early years of Youth For Christ.  They taught us a song, that I believe they wrote.  I have not been able to find it anywhere but, it went something like this:

One Step At A Time
Only One Step At A Time
That Is The Way The Lord Will Lead You
One Step At A Time

Take That One Step Carefully
Take That One Step Prayerfully
For That Is The Way The Lord Will Lead You
One Step At A Time

Just a simple child’s song, but it has stayed with me my whole life.  Amazing how God brings it to mind during troubled times. 

Psalm 119:11 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” 

Children should be taught the word of the Lord.  By memorizing verses as well as through song.  Most of us raised in the church remember little songs like, “Only A Boy Named David”, “I Will Make You Fishers of Men”, “This Little Light of Mine” and others.  Simple truths taught through simple children’s songs.  The mind, like the body, needs to be filled with healthy food.  Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

We are what we think on ...

What Goes In

  • What we read, see and hear become our thoughts and what we think on (Video Games, TV, Movies, Books)
  • Our thoughts become our attitudes
  • Our attitudes become our character and
  • Our character becomes our actions (Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”)

Do not allow ‘junk food’ to enter your child’s mind.  Watch what they see, hear and read.

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