OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL MONDAY 10 OCTOBER 2016 BY PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE

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TOPIC: FAITH LIKE A CHILD’S?

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
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
believer 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; “Non 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, tender
hearted, 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:
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy
and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness,
longsuffering; Forbearing one another and
forgive 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 aught 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.

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