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The Faith Of A Child

  • Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Luke 18:1517 ESV

    At church one night, a visiting speaker called my six-year-old son up front and told him that the Lord had heard his prayer about the dog, and that he would receive it. I thought for sure the lady had missed it because he had never mentioned that he wanted a dog. After talking with him, we learned that he had been watching Smokey and the Bandit and wanted a basset hound like Jerry Reeds dog, Fred.

    His mom said we would look and I interrupted and said Oh no, we are not helping God out. We already have a dog and are not looking for another one. If someone gives you a full-blooded male basset hound, we will know that it is God. A couple of weeks later, I came home from seminary and heard a strange dog barking. To my surprise, out walked a full blooded male basset hound puppy about nine weeks old, along with papers showing that he was AKC registered.

    To shorten this up, my son and his mom were at the grocery story and while standing in line, they began talking with a woman, and she mentioned she had a puppy for sale. She had just purchased an AKC registered basset hound puppy for $600, but got it home and changed her mind. She wanted to sell him, but suddenly decided to give him to my son. She wrote God bless you on the papers and signed him over.

    What could I say? I had spoken the requirements, and God surpassed it. My son had heard the word of God in church, he believed it, he prayed and God answered. A complete stranger gave him a full-blooded, AKC registered, male basset hound puppy. He named him Buford. All we need is simple faith of a child, and believe that God will do what He said.

    Prayer: Lord, please let me see what is essential, heal the scars that the years have created, and help me to walk with the faith of a child once again, in the name of Jesus.

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J D  Williams
J D Williams LORD PLEASE GIVE ME AND EVERY BELIEVER THE FAITH OF A CHILD THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO LOVE AND TRUST YOU WHOLE HEARTEDLY......
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor for the inspiring message!
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Chad Hale
Chad Hale Amen. We serve a awesome God for we all must become as little children to enter into heaven. The lord truly gives all our hearts desires in Jesus name. Amen.
May 27, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  That is a beautiful story!  God will always fulfill our hearts desires, if we just have faith and believe!!  Amen!!
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Debra lynn Hubbard
Debra lynn Hubbard Amen... What an awesome God we serve thank you lord king of kings... for all your wonderful blessings... And answered prayers
May 27, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Your heart desires. this is what he does.
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt What a great lesson, Faith for children is so pure and simple. Adults make things so complicated. We can learn so much from children. This is the message we all need.
May 27, 2015
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Cynthia Nortey
Cynthia Nortey Amen
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, I needed this today, speak to my spirit Lord, order my thoughts in your word! In Jesus' name I pray!
May 27, 2015
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Alane Grosz
Alane Grosz Amen
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Dennis Bradburn
Dennis Bradburn Us as adults make it so hard , but we can learn from a pure heart of a child to believe all that God has for us ! The gospel is so simple when we humble ourselves as a child ! Good word preacher !!
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen
May 27, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield When I was a kid, I prayed in the same manner for a horse! My parents said they couldn't afford an equine pet, so I saved all my money and bought my first horse--a recently castrated barrel racer Quarter horse named Captain Jack--for the grand sum of $375! That was a lot of money to a 15 year old in 1975--LOL I couldn't afford a saddle so I learned to ride bareback and God rewarded me for my efforts--I won the Bareback Championship later that same year! God really does work in amazing ways! love, Kathy
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you pastor Dion. this is so true. No matter how tempted we are to help God answer our prayers, we have to be still and know He is God. our attempts always fall short of God's perfect plan for us and our loved ones.
May 27, 2015
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eileen forrest
eileen forrest We all need faith like a child.....a go-get-em’ attitude. Our children’s faiths are shaped and formed by us, and everyone that gives them input into the important questions they pose to us as children.. We need to be able to speak the Word Of God like a child, so that a child can understand, otherwise we are not communicating properly. This is very true Pastor Dion and I just wanted to say I read your devotions every morning with my friends, and we are just blown away at your "childlike" expressions for your love of God. God is so happy with you and how you are leading His sheep back to the fold. Thank you Pastor Dion. We love you.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli I was talking to my 3 year old granddaughter one day and when my daughter got back on the phone, I said I wish I were there to understand every word (you know 3 year olds are hard to understand especially on the phone).  Anyway my daughter told me she was praying that she prays all the time.  I hope she never strays away like most of us do, I love that she prays all the time (the faith of a child). 
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell In the Name of Jesus!!! Faith of the children... help and keep me, Holy Spirit.
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Deleted Member Amen, I know he was one happy little guy. Oh, the faith of children. It is awesome. Love this story.
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen, help us to keep that faith of little children.
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Deleted Member Oh, I know about our little grandson praying and he has such amazing faith and he is so bright knowing that Jesus will take care of everything. When my Mammy passed away just a few months ago, my little grandson that was 3 at the time, would not leave my side. He knew my heart was sad, on the day we buried my Mammy, he sat right there with me at the grave site and tears were flowing from me, because she was not only a Mammy to be, she was like a Mom. My little grandson took the kleenex from my hands and wiped my tears away and said, MeMaw, take a deep breath, its gonna be okay. Oh as I write this, this morning tears are running down my face, not only because of missing my Mammy, because I know she is in Heaven, but also for the faith my little grandson had that day, to tell me its gonna be okay MeMaw. 
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Deleted Member Yes, Amen I so want that faith as little children have.
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Deleted Member Amen, if we could have that faith like children and not try to help God with our problems, we would receive our answers so right on time.
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Deleted Member A beautiful story, God knows our hearts desires.
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Deleted Member Amen, God loves us as His little children, if we can have faith like children, that is awesome.
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Deleted Member Amen, if we would just come to Jesus as His little children, believing and having that faith as little children, and not make it so difficult, like we tend to do as adults, life would be so much happier. Happy as little children without a care.
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Deleted Member Amen, what a wonderful word sent to us today. Thank You 
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Deleted Member Amen, may Jesus speak to our hearts and give us the peace of little children.
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Deleted Member Amen, may I have that faith as little children, because I sure need Jesus to answer special prayers in my life and I know as an adult I tend to want to help Jesus, but I have decided to lay it at His feet and walk away having that faith as a little child. No worries and no cares.
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good to us and I too thank Him for all the many times He has answered my prayers.
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Deleted Member Amen, 
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Deleted Member Amen and Praise Jesus. Thank you for answering many prayers for all of us.
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Deleted Member Oh this is so precious. I know it has to be awesome to hear your little boy pray and talk to Jesus. Thats is just what Jesus wants us to do as adults, talk to Him as if He is your best friend sitting beside you. He hears your every prayer. He loves you.
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Deleted Member Amen, it surely inspired me too. I want to have that childlike faith.
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello amen
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Michele  Smart
Michele Smart It's our job to take care of our little ones but many times they take care of us bless their hearts!
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Denise Aschendorf
Denise Aschendorf Amen. Believe and you will receive.
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers That prayer though...so simple, yet so profound!!! Lord, please hear our hearts as we pray this today!
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Mahlet  Tsegaye
Mahlet Tsegaye Amen!
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you for the encouragement Eileen :)
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Kathy Harris
Kathy Harris AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thanks for reminding me of this, I remembered a story when I was a little boy! thank you
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen. Praise God! Thank you! Iitks just that simple...Wow!
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Your story brought tears to my eyes, Tamara.  I am so sorry for the loss.  My Mom is gone and has been since 2003 and I still miss her.
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Karen Braxton
Karen Braxton Amen Amen and Amen!!!
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