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Monday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 10 October 2016) – Faith like a Child’s?

Topic: Faith like a Child’s? [Monday 10, October 2016]

Memorise: And said,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. –
Matthew 18:3

Read: Matthew 18:1-6 (KJV)

1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as
little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me,
it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 46:19-48:35, Psalms 77:11-20

MESSAGE:

The child-like faith is what everybody requires, not only to make it to
heaven but also to enjoy his or her days on the earth. If we do not
believe this because it sounds illogical, we must believe it because
Jesus said it. What is then required of us is to pray for the kind of
faith that is comparable with that of a little child. The first thing
about a little child is that he is very trusting. In my living room
several years ago, there used to be a portrait of a little child looking
so innocent with the inscription; “No Problem”. The faith that will
enable us not to see problems but see only God who specialises in
solving problems is the best for us.

Another characteristic trait of little children is that they forgive
easily. Unlike adults who keep malice, children forgive and forget the
wrong done to them almost immediately after it’s done. The Bible says in
Ephesians 4:32:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Children fulfil his Biblical injunction freely. Children could be very
generous with their things except in some unusual occasions. Without
knowing the spiritual implication of their actions, children are tender
hearted with their peers. This is exactly what God wants from us. In Colossians 3:12-13, the Bible also says:

12 Put on therefore, as
the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

There are many blessings we will access from the throne of God our
Father if we can begin to take after children. For example, if we freely
forgive those who wrong us like a child will do, our prayers will
receive quick answers from God. In Mark 11:25, Jesus Christ said:

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any:
that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your
trespasses.”

This instruction that comes from our Lord is simply saying that before
we pray, we must first forgive! We can see the reason many of our
prayers are not answered; we refuse to forgive. I pray that a user of
this devotional will find grace to forgive and be kind hearted in
Jesus’name.

Prayer Point: Father, please help my faith and transform me to be able to forgive freely and be tender hearted in Jesus’ name.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.



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