OPEN HEAVENS Devotional – Wednesday March 30th 2016
TOPIC: THE FAITH OF A CHILD
Memorize: And said, verily I say unto you, except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 18:3
Read: Matthew 18:1-4;
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3 and said, “verily I say unto you, except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of God.
4 “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 1-2, Proverbs 2:20-3:12
One of the greatest lessons to learn from little children is that they don’t worry about anything. This is the way God expects us to relate with Him; relaxing and putting all matters in His care, knowing that it will always end up in our best interests. Nothing good can be achieved when we trust only in ourselves, because every step we take will always lead to one mistake or another. Your faith in God must be real. A father will promise his son an aeroplane even though the man does not own a bicycle, yet the child believes, because his father said so. As a child of the Almighty God, you should humbly come before Jesus, surrendering all your desires and worries to Him. With this attitude, you will always leave His presence with a confirmation that all your requests are granted. Real faith goes beyond the natural to a point in which those things that seemed impossible become possible. Faith causes events contrary to natural laws to take place. Faith is required to move the immovable and reverse the irreversible.
When you go into the presence of God, focus on Him and worship Him. He will wipe your tears and remove all forms of worries, sorrows and problems from your life. Seek the face of God concerning anything He wants you to do. As you release your faith and follow God as a child who trusts the instructions of his father, you will be amazed at the wonderful things that will begin to manifest in your life. Sometimes, when I go before God with the aim of presenting my requests, He asks me to do something sacrificial myself. At a moment in the history of RCCG, when we were not growing the way I wanted, I decided to seek the face of God by engaging in some spiritual exercises. Suddenly, the Lord asked me what I would give to Him, I responded by saying that I was ready to give anything in order to see the kind of Church I was praying for. Then, He told me to sow my Pajero Jeep which was as good as a private jet to me at that time. I loved my Pajero so much because it was one car that never gave me problems, but the Lord asked me to sow it into another ministry and I obeyed. The day the representative of that ministry came to pick it up, my driver wept; but that was the beginning of a turning point in my ministry. It was really painful to give out the car, but the pain could not compare to the joy I eventually had, simply because I believed in God’s faithfulness.
Faith in God is very vital to our walk as Christians. It is an expression of our confidence in God and on his promises. Nothing ever works without faith. Repentance is impossible without faith. The prodigal son had faith in his father, knowing that the worst that could happen was that he would be made a servant. Through his act of faith and his going before his father in true repentance, his sonship was restored. Do you think you have missed it beyond repairs? Have faith in God. Do you think that opportunity will never come again? Have faith in God.
“ For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” 1 John 5:4
Nothing works without faith.