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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

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Let Your Light Shine Through The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit – Hanukkah Booklet 5

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Self-Control – Eighth Night

Self-Control – Eighth Night 

We can let our light shine through self-control. Restraint or the ability to control your own behavior is referred to as self-control.  Self-control is a choice which will keep a person from overreacting or reacting impulsively. A person with self-control chooses to stay in control of their thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. They will behave wisely.

1 Samuel 18:5  NKJV     “So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely.”

     Just as David behaved wisely and exhibited self-control, so should we. With the power that is given to us through the Holy Spirit we can exercise restraint instead of being controlled by our emotions, and our ups and downs. Self-control will help us live a life worthy of God and one that glorifies Him.

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12  NKJV    “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

 

Father,      We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. Thank-you that you have given us the ability to control our behavior. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we not overreact or reacting impulsively. Fill us with a desire to stay in control of our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions. And may we behave wisely. Help us to live a life that glorifies You.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 8 candles)

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Gentleness – Seventh Night

Gentleness – Seventh Night

We can let our light shine through gentleness. Gentleness can be described as having a mild and kind nature or manner, orusing little force or violence. Gentleness starts with humility and respect. We must view ourselves and others through God’s eyes. Each and every person is valuable to God. One way we show gentleness is by appreciating (recognizing) the worth, or value, of others.

We can recognize and appreciate others through the Holy Spirit’s help. He will also help us treat others with the same gentleness as Jesus would.

Philippians 4:5  NKJV       “Let your gentleness be known to all men.”

     Those around us should be able to see God’s gentleness through us.

 

Father,      We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your gentleness toward us. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we display the same gentleness toward others that has been shown toward us. May we treat others with humility and respect. Let us see ourselves and others through Your eyes.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

(Light 7 candles)

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Faithfulness – Sixth Night

Faithfulness – Sixth Night

We can let our light shine through faithfulness. Faithfulness is unwavering in belief, believing firmly in something or somebody, consistently trustworthy and loyal, and correct. A faithful person is a person that can be trusted and relied upon. They are loyal, stable, dependable, responsible and committed.

God desires faithfulness. We don’t have to try and rely on our own strength to be faithful.

1 Thessalonians 5:24  NKJV     “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

     Through the Holy Spirit we can be faithful. He will make us the kind of person that others see as faithful and God will protect us.

Psalm 31:23  NKJV     “Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful…”

Father,    We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your faithfulness. You are trustworthy and loyal. Thank-you that we can rely on You. By the power of the Holy Spirit cause us to be faithful. May we be unwavering in our belief of You and in our relationship with You. May we be counted as trustworthy, dependable, and loyal. May we never waver in our faith in You or in Your Word.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 6 candles)

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Goodness – Fifth Night

Goodness – Fifth Night 

We can let our light shine through goodness. The definition of goodness is the quality of being good and virtuousness. It is also doing right. Our goodness is shown through our words, actions, works, character, and morals.

Philippians 4:8  NKJV    “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

     We know that only God is perfectly good, however we should strive to follow His example. When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and control us it will show in our thoughts, words, and actions.

Psalm 52:1  NKJV     “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually”

     Like God, our goodness must continue on and on without interruption. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can show goodness every day.

Father,     We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your goodness, which has no end and never stops. By the power of the Holy Spirit help us to show goodness every day. May it show in our words, actions, works, character, and morals. May we think only on things that are true, noble, just, pure, virtuous, things of good report, and things worthy of praise. Fill us with a desire to follow Your example and may we submit to the Holy Spirit’s lead and control.     In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 5 candles)

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Kindness – Fourth Night

Kindness – Fourth Night

We can let our light shine through kindness. Kindness is the ability to behave friendly, and pleasant, the practice of being sympathetic and compassionate, and showing consideration and caring. Kindness is also treating others with love and respect. Kindness is a wonderful  characteristic of God.

Titus 3:4  NKJV     “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared”

Luke 6:35-36  NKJV     “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

     If our desire is to be like Jesus we must show kindness to others. The Bible tells us to be kind, caring, and forgiving to others, just like He is to us.

Ephesians 4:32  NKJV     “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Father,    We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for Your lovingkindness and the compassion that You have shown us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we behave friendly to and pleasant toward others. May we be sympathetic and compassionate, and show consideration and care. Cause us to treat others with love and respect, showing kindness in everything that we do. Thank-you for the forgiveness and mercy that You have given to us. May we be quick to show forgiveness and mercy to others.                                           In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 4 candles)

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Patience – Third Night

Patience – Third Night

We can let our light shine through patience or longsuffering. Patience is described as the ability to endure waiting, or delay without becoming annoyed or upset. It also means to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties and hardships.

2 Timothy 2:3-4  NKJV     “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

     Longsuffering means having continued in existence for a long period of time. God is very patient and longsuffering with us. It is His desire that everyone will come to repentance, therefore He endures the waiting without becoming annoyed or upset with us even when it takes a long time.

2 Peter 3:9  NKJV     “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

     The only way a person can endure trouble, pain, waiting, and disappointment without getting angry or bitter is by submitting to God and abiding in Christ. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to be with us during these times.

Father, We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for giving us the ability to endure waiting and delay. By the power of the Holy Spirit cause us to not be annoyed or upset when we have to wait on Your promises. May we persevere when faced with difficulties and hardships. Thank-you for being patient with us and concerned about us. May we show the same patience and concern to others. Cause us to submit to You and abide in Christ every day.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 3 candles)

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Peace – Second Night

Peace – Second Night

We can let our light shine through peace. Peace is an inner quietness of the heart, mind, and soul that comes from our relationship with God. When we learn to trust God and keep our thoughts on Him we are filled with perfect peace.

Isaiah 26:3  NKJV     “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

God desires for us to seek peace with Him and with others.

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

     Knowing that our sins have been forgiven through Jesus is the first step to experiencing God’s peace. We cannot experience the peace of God until we experience peace with God. To His believers, Jesus promises a very special peace.

John 14:27  NKJV     “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Father,

We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done. We give You thanks for the inner quietness of our hearts, minds, and souls that comes from our relationship with You. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we trust You, O Lord,  and keep our thoughts on You. Fill us with Your perfect peace. May we seek to walk in peace with You and others everyday of our lives, and may we refrain from evil. Thank-you that we have peace through Jesus which keeps us from being trouble or afraid.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 2 candles)

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Joy – First Night

Joy – First Night

We can let our light shine through joy. Joy is a deep inner gladness and delight that comes from a clear conscience. Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness comes and goes depending upon what is happening to us and around us. Joy comes from God when we obey God and trust in His Word.

Romans 15:13  NKJV     “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

John 17:13  NKJV     “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Joy is present even when things are not going well with us, in good times and in bad. During these times we can rest in joy knowing that God’s Word is true. God is in control, and He has a plan for you – even in the midst of trials.

James 1:2  NKJV     “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”

Father,

We thank-you for this time of the year when we can come together to remember all that You have done for us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may You fill us with Your joy. May we abound in Your joy even when things are not going well with us, in good times and in bad. Help us to rest in joy knowing that Your Word is true. You are in control. Thank-you for the plan that You have for us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Light 1 candle)

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Let Our Light Shine Through The Fruit Of The Spirit – Hanukkah Devotions

Let Our Light Shine Through The Fruit Of The Spirit Hanukkah Devotions

 

Galatians 5:22-23  NKJV     “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

     Our lives are a message to everyone we come in contact with. We are to let our light shine everywhere we go. In life people listen more to what we do than what we say.

Matthew 5:14-16  NKJV     “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Through you others will see Jesus. You will either brighten their world or you will darken it by your behavior, your thoughts, your words, and your actions. You have an effect on those around you. You can let your light shine through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Servant Candle

The center candle on the menorah is called the servant candle. It represents Jesus. He humbled Himself and left His place in glory to come to this world and live a life of servant hood and love. Love is an essential part of God’s nature. God loves us in spite of our wrongdoings. He loved us so much He gave His Son as the ultimate sacrifice in order to save us from our sins.

Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

     To love others is to value them very highly and to desire God’s very best for them. One definition of love is an intense feeling of tender affection and compassion. God truly is filled with a deep feeling of tender affection and compassion for us. We can love others with God’s type of love when we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.

1 John 4:7-11  NKJV     “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

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