PRAYER: Please pray tonight for our community. That we would be drawn deeper into our relationship with Jesus.
DEVOTION: “It is the mind and plan of God for us to receive the Holy Spirit. What is the difference between the “wise and prudent” man and a baby? The man drinks cautiously, but the baby swallows it all, and the mother has to hold the bottle or some of that will go down too. This is how God wants it to be in the Spirit. The spiritually-minded baby cannot walk. However God walks in Him. The spiritually-minded baby cannot talk, but God talks through him. The spiritually-minded baby cannot dress himself, but God dresses him and clothes him with His righteousness. Oh beloved, if we can only be infants in this way today, great things will take place along the lines and though of the Spirit of God. The Lord wants us all to be so like-minded with Him that He can put His seal upon us.” (pg 79 & 80)
To think with the mind of a child.
Matthew 18:1-4 – “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus calls us to have the mind of a child to enter the kingdom of heaven. To think like a child. To be open to the idea of it all. Of Jesus, of resurrection, of the Spirit, of all of it.
Our minds need to be relaxed and open.
How do we actually attain this type of mind. Prayer. We need to pray and pray a lot about how we can see God this way. See God in the way that a child sees God.
Today, I know that sometimes the belief can be hard. The belief in all of it can be hard. But….Jesus.
Think back to your earliest memories. Of a time when fantasy was conceivable. When you would stay up late at night to read under the covers. When you would be scared that there was something under the bed. When you couldn’t sleep because the thunder and rain outside your window was too much.
God is calling us to have the mind of a child. The acceptance of a child. Let’s believe today like children. Believe today that God is with us. That Jesus is with us and died for us and that the Spirit, His Spirit, lives within us.