Tag: Child

Self-Sufficient People

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

The apostle Paul wrote, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). The phrase “children of God” is often used to describe believers but the words may be used too flippantly, with little understanding of the power and depth of their true meaning.

To be a child of God means simply to be God’s dependent; that is, “one who is unable to exist or function without help.” The child of God knows he cannot control his own life without the Lord’s daily help.

Many sinners are self-sufficient people who see themselves as high achievers — can-do people. They preach that whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve — that with the right mental attitude, a person can do anything.

The church has been flooded with self-help books of all kinds, many about winning your own victory over self, doubt, fear and loneliness. Many in the church believe if you have the right formula, you can figure out everything for yourself and solve your own problems. This attitude says, “God, you gave me a good mind so I’ll just think this through and work it out.

Jesus once found his disciples arguing among themselves about which one was going to be the greatest in God’s kingdom and he gave them a lesson. “Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18:2-3).

Jesus was saying, “Forget about who will be greatest. You must rethink your relationship to me and learn how to walk in this life.” This child represented a life of total dependency, because children cannot adequately take care of themselves.

Have you learned to be wholly dependent on the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Come to him as a little child and he will revolutionize your thinking!

by David Wilkerson

Khanak: Narrow As A Verb

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

But in the original Hebrew, it reads a little differently. The Hebrew word translated as ‘train’ is ‘khanak.’Khanak’ literally means ‘to narrow.’ So, it could be translated as, “Narrow the way for a child.” What does that mean? It means that true love is not lax. Don’t be lax with your children— narrow their way. Protect them from what is ungodly and guide them away from evil and to the good. Filter what they receive and help them walk on a straight path. They will be blessed. And while you’re at it, try it on yourself. If you would live a life of discipleship, you have to ‘khanak’ yourself. Narrow your own way— keep yourself on the narrow path, direct all things away from evil and to the Lord. Narrow your thought and your desires and your focus, or what you see and hear. Train your own self up in the Lord, and you won’t depart from His way. For the word ‘khanak’ isn’t just for children – it’s for disciples.

Today’s Mission – Today, narrow your own way. Direct your thoughts and focus your heart and desires to the Lord.

by Jonathan Cahn