It is important to know what true belief really is. It is so common to see people say that they believe in God but in reality they do not live a life for Him. Their belief is only words and there is no substance to what they say. Real faith can do great things. In prayer, a believer in God receives answers and can do great things. Jesus said, 2“if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Can you believe this power is inside of you? If you are doubting, then you also undercut God’s power inside of you. Trust in God, for He says, 2“all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” So what kind of faith does such things? It is the humble faith of a child in each of us. Here is a prime example of their faith, when they were around Jesus, as the children were 2“crying in the temple,” they said, “Hosanna to the son of David.” When speaking of these little ones, Jesus said, 2“have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” It is there humble faith that gives them over to God in glorious praise. Now, if our faith was like unto theirs, we could do great things in the kingdom of God. As we give our hearts and minds over to the Lord often in prayer, we will become conformed to His ways. And when your heart is humbled like a child, you are able to learn and act like never before. What great things you can do in the name of the Lord.
Jesus has told us how we can enter His Father’s kingdom, when he was asked, 1“who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” His answer may surprise some of you but not those that have humbled themselves also as a little child. To answer the question, 1“Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 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.” Based on what Jesus said, it is pertinent that we become humble and start learning and doing as a child. This will easily jump start our faith as we rely solely on God and His chosen people to help us. Jesus spoke about becoming like a child when he said, 1“whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Giving ourselves to God like a child is important for our salvation. This is what will jump start our faith and our prayer life. But please never forget to also show love to every child around you, for Jesus taught, 1“whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Offending them in any way and causing them to do evil instead of good is so terrible. There are major consequences to this. Jesus said, 1“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.” So please consider living your life as a child of God and also loving other children as Jesus loves them.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for teaching me and giving me sound wisdom and knowledge. You have come and answered my prayers as I have come and submitted to You. Thank You for lending an ear to me and hearing my cries. I need You Lord, as a child needs their parents. You are my joy and the substance of all things good in my life. If there is love, You have given it. If there is kindness, You have made it happen. Thank You for taking care of my needs, dear God. You surely supply my wants and desires. There is strength in You Lord. My whole body is strengthened daily as I give myself over to You in prayer. Thank You for hearing my needs this day. Earlier I needed Your help and immediately You answered my prayers. Where strength was lacking, You filled me up and took away my weaknesses. Where there was doubt, there became hope. I know it was Your hand that guided me and helped me. Thank You Lord. I trust in You for answers. You are the rock of my salvation and my hope. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Matthew 18:1-10 (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.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
2Matthew 21:12-22 (KJV)
12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.
18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.