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1.17.2021 – Childlike Simplicity

“But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”—Matthew 19:14

The Lord is zeroing me in on something this morning…

He’s showing me a “key” here in His Word that I think He wants to take me further into…

“Child-likeness…”

Jesus said some powerful things about being “like a child” when He lived here on the earth.

Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”—Mark 10:15

“…and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.“—Matthew 18:3

“Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 18:4

“But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.“—Luke 22:26

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”—Matthew 11:25

When I was a child, I allowed my imagination and my spirit to run free

I was not “hindered” by such a complicated mind —well, I was perhaps a more complicated child as I grew a little older, but when I was very young, I was as simple and “light” and “free” as most children naturally are.

And I’m learning, at 35 years old… that there is so much to what Jesus is saying about being “as a little child” in order for us to “enter the Kingdom of God”… to experience it HERE AND NOW…and there is so much yet for me to learn.

But I notice how God often “simplifies” my ways

Because I’ll often find myself stuck in my “box” that I’ve created for myself…

And when I let go of my way, He transforms my complicated, overthinking mind into a more simple way of thinking.

And then, I can see.

Then, I can grasp.

Then, I can understand.

Then, “It’s so simple!”

And I love the way I can take my complicated, stubborn, narrow-visioned ideas of how things are “supposed to look” or my idea of exactly how things “would, of course, HAVE to look”…

…and God takes my “thinking” and crushes that “box”….

And He transforms my thinking and He simplifies my “complicated-ness”

He removes the “it HAS to look this way” within so many areas of my life, within so many of my ways…

And I’m so glad, because, goodness how I get overwhelmed and lost and STUCK within my own ways of thinking sometimes.

But He simplifies me. ❤️

He sets me free.

He helps me to really see.

We grow up, we go through some life…we try it our way…

…and then when we come to Him…

He teaches us how to be more “like a child”…

What a process. ❤️

Thank You, for teaching us in Your Word, Lord Jesus. ☀️

Thank You for Your leading, Holy Spirit. ?

And thank You, Heavenly Father. ?

-Heather ?

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