Category Archives: Kids Entering the Presence of God Series

Are Children Too Young to Receive Baptism of the Holy Spirit

DSC_1322It happened again. I was leading a workshop at a Pentecostal church for children’s leaders when I came to the topic of children receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As usual, I received blank stares followed by a question from one brave person who asked what everyone else was thinking. “Aren’t children too young to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?”

I’ll list the reasons I gave that group for why children are NOT too young to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Children's Church3God promised the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to children as well as adults. Not only does the promise in Joel mention sons and daughters, it mentions all people or all flesh, not all adults.

Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)   And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

Children's ChurchGod promises the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is something you achieve after you’ve been a Christian for a certain amount of time or reach a certain age. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift, like salvation, for everyone, including children, who believes.

Luke 11:11-13 (NIV) Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

DSC_1304The gift of the Holy Spirit is specifically mention as being for our children.

Acts 2:38-39 (NIV) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The youngest person to be respond to the Holy Spirit was in his mother’s womb. John the Baptist was a fetus in his mother’s womb. Elizabeth, his mother, was six months pregnant when Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, visited. Elisabeth’s baby leaped in her womb. If that is possible before a child is born, of course children can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

There is no junior Holy Spirit. When Jesus rode on a colt into Jerusalem, He was fully God and fully man. So the fullness of God in the flesh resided on a child donkey. A child handled the fullness of God just as a child can receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. There is no junior Holy Spirit.

Children are receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit today. Both of my children received the Holy Spirit when they were children. Many children in my children’s ministry throughout the years have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many times when I hold children’s revivals or speak at church camp, children receive the Holy Spirit.

There is no age limit mentioned in the Bible, and there is no age limit I have observed while ministering to children over the last 28 years. Children can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

Are Children Too Young?

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Sometimes a picture, or in this case a video is worth a thousand words.

 

 

 

Are children too young to pray for people?

Are children too young to worship God?

Are children too young to preach?

Are children too young to lead worship?

Are children too young?

Matthew 21:16  From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise?

Acts 2:17  In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

 

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 13 – Featured Children’s Church Curriculum

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This Children’s Church curriculum teaches children how to enter the presence of God using the tabernacle of Moses as a pattern. It covers many of the things blogged about in this series.

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Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 11 – The History of Children in Revival

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Many across the nation and the world are praying for God to send us another mighty revival. Yet these same people ignore the ministry God has done through children throughout the ages. Almost every major move of God in the past has had children as a large part of that revival. Some revivals even started with children.

John Wesley mentioned in many of his journal entries how God moved among children while he was ministering.

May 5, 1737. Indeed about this time we observed the Spirit of God to move upon the minds of many of the children. They began more carefully to attend to the things that were spoken both at home and at church, an a remarkable seriousness appeared in their whole behavior and conversation.

August 30, 1758. I began meeting with the children in the afternoon, though with little hopes of doing them good; but I had not spoken long on our natural state before many of them were in tears, and five or six so affected, that they could not refrain from crying aloud to God. When I began praying, their cries increased, so that my voice was soon lost.

In 1741, George Whitfield visited Edinburg where he preached to boys at now spending their time in reading the Bible and books of piety, and exhorting their fellows to do the like.

In November, 1839, Rev. Murray McCheyne visited Dundee where he discovered 39 weekly prayer meetings taking place. Five of them were conducted by children and only had children attending.

Children’s prayer meetings also sprang up from 1874 to 1883 following D.L. Moody’s campaigns.

In April, 1868, Charles Haddon Spurgeon endorsed the ministry of children after he saw the move of God among many of them.

During the Brownsville Assembly of God revival of the 1990s, children were caught up in a spirit of intercession and would spend hours praying.

These are only a few of the accounts of God moving through children during revivals in the past. Imagine what God could do among children if we taught and encouraged children to enter the presence of God.

Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 10 – The Glory of God


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As we step into the Holy of Holies, we see the Ark of the Covenant. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant always represented the glory of God.

The Ark was four feet high, two feet long, and two feet wide and was made out of acacia wood. A gold molding was placed around it, and four gold rings were attached to it. Two gold poles went through the rings. The ark was carried by the poles since anyone who touched the ark would die.

The lid of the ark was called the mercy seat. This is where the blood sacrifice for the people was placed. Attached to the lid, hovering over the mercy seat, were two gold cherubim worshipping God with gold wings that touched.

The ark reminded the people of the glory and presence of God. But God’s presence and glory were never contained in a box. Psalm 72:19 says “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory.

There are many ways to help children understand the glory of God. Here are a few.

The Blanket: The word, glory, means the heaviness of God. One way to illustrate this is with a heavy blanket. Talk about how when you were a child, being wrapped in a heavy blanket would make you feel warm and safe. Being wrapped in the glory of God also makes us feel safe.

Draw Near to God: James 4:8 tells us to draw near to God for comfort. One way to illustrate this is with a bungee cord. Every time something bad happens, God wants to pull us close to Him to comfort us. We can resist the by pulling on the cord, but God is always drawing us to Him if we will allow Him to.

Pillar of Fire and Cloud: When the Israelites walked through the desert, God directed them with His glory. At night, He would appear as a pillar of fire that lit up the sky. In the daytime, God would appear as a cloud. He did this so He could guide them. As long as they followed Him, they would never be lost, and they would always be in the presence of God.

Mt. Sinai: Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. God showed His presence through a cloud that covered the mountain. It was there that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. But Moses wanted more and prayed “Show me your glory.” God answered that prayer and allowed Moses to see a part of His glory. He showed Moses His back. Today God wants to show children His glory. As they draw near to Him, He will draw near to them.