How to Trace the Fire of the Holy Spirit
- Friday, September 17, 2004
Helping Children Trace The Fire of the Holy Spirit
These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your heads and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:6
Encourage your children to take this journey with you. One family bought dollar store calendar notebooks for each child. The parents instructed the children to write the assigned verse at the top of the appropriate week. During the day, the parents hope the children will intentionally think about how that Scripture can shape their actions or responses to circumstances.
Before going to bed, the child will describe (in the blank space for each day) how God used the Scripture to guide them through their activities. The parents plan to regularly discuss with their children how God is revealing Himself to them through these Scriptures.
Another family is making these Scriptures a part of their dinner time discussion. The family repeats the Scripture together and talks about how the truths of that particular verse apply to their daily lives.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. - Psalms 19:7
God's Word is living. Planting it in our hearts through memorization is like planting tiny kegs of spiritual dynamite that will be ready to explode just when we need God's encouraging words. God will use His Word to direct us in our every day lives. Don't sell yourself short and conclude you can't memorize. Set a goal that is both realistic and stretching. Remember that others in your church are struggling to memorize God's Word as well!
Let's encourage one another to hide God's Word in our hearts so that we will not sin against Him. Let's believe that "the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple". Following are some memory work helps. In the back of this booklet are the 27 treasured promises of Scripture. They are formatted to cut into cards that you can tape onto a 3 x 5 card.
1. Carry this card with you. Use waiting minutes (in a grocery line, doctors office, red light etc.) to read it over and over again.
2. Involve the whole family. Read the Scripture several times together at dinner time or before leaving for work.
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