Being Like A Child

This morning my Tecarta Bible app brought together the verse of the day and devotional reading together in a way that shed clearer light on God’s Word.

Matthew chapter 6 is a continuation of Jesus’ famous “sermon on the mount” that began in chapter 5. In the Gospel of Luke our verse of the day is presented as the answer to a question by Jesus’ disciples.

Luke 11:1-3 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

There are times when my prayers of thanksgiving to Father God are “tinged” with a trace of shame. Not for what I’ve done but for the blessed life I’ve lived beyond what I deserve. It’s when I have to thank God saying, “in my entire 67 year of life, I have never known a day of physical hunger.” The tinge of shame is in knowing that around the world, many children of our Dear Heavenly Father do experience hunger and even die from it.

The devotional reading from Tecarta comes from Mark chapter 10 and centers on this verse,

Mark 10: 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

I’ve heard ministers speak of needing the “innocence and blind faith” of a child to trust in God’s Word. The following is a “copy&paste” of part of the devotional reading found here,

In any society, children are the most dependent members. They have no inherent power for self-protection—no means to ensure that their lives will be safe, comfortable, or fulfilling. Little children are singularly reliant on the love, care, and nurture of others for their most basic needs. They must cry out even though they may not know exactly what they need. They must trust their lives to someone who is more powerful than they, and, hopefully, they will be heard and lovingly cared for.

We, too, must admit that we are truly powerless if our life is to become healthy. This doesn’t mean we have to become victims again. Admitting our powerlessness is an honest appraisal of our situation in life and a positive step toward recovery.

Jesus Is The Aleph & The Tav, The Alpha & The Omega, The First & The Last
א ת Jesus Α Ω א ת Jesus Α Ω א ת Jesus Α Ω א ת Jesus Α Ω א ת Jesus Α Ω א ת Jesus Α Ω

There’s a phrase I’ve written in my posts a few times that’s been coming to mind quite often in recent weeks. It too touches on our reliance of Father God for “Everything.”

“The Christian Life isn’t hard to live, It’s IMPOSSIBLE without the help of the Holy Spirit.”

Living a Christian life without the aid and leading of the Holy Spirit is nothing but “self righteousness” and as filthy rags in God’s sight. Realizing my total life is dependent on the divine leading and favor of Almighty God is a good thing to “remember.” I hope to never “grow up” so much in the knowledge of God as to think I fully understand Him or can do anything pleasing to Him without Him.

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