Matthew 18:3; "And he said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted. and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. v.4 whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven".
This is talking about when we are converted or accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour as well as a child. The age of childhood is the learning age. We are learning all the things of God. Reading His Word is very informative. It tells us how we as a Christian should act and live.
To live as a Christian we want to get rid of ALL the fleshly desires. Get away from people that try to get us to live in a worldly way. By nature people follow a way of life that leads us away from God causing us to walk in a direction that leads us towards eternal death. We need to live in the manner God wants us to, let Him mold us as He wants us to be. This causes us to want to have and live a righteous life.
As we begin having a relationship with the Lord we will want to change our life. This means to change our complete view of our life. We watch what we are doing and saying. We have the love of Christ in us which causes us to love all. We even love our enemy which is hard but with the Lord's help we can do it. He gives us strength that makes it possible to do the things that would be impossible for man himself to do.
Matthew 18:6; "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".
This is talking about whoever spiritually destroys a child or childlike believer, they will bring upon themselves the greatest wrath of Christ. Everyone should give attention to the Words of the Lord, especially teachers, pastors, and parents. It is the responsibility of the parents to instruct the children God has blessed them with. The parents need to protect the children from Satan and the world. Parents should not let their children be influenced by ungodly friends. Jenifer, the author of Sweet Blessings had a blog on this. To read what she had to say go to: The World Is Watching. This also means the childlike believer needs to take special care and attention to the ones that might cause them to go astray.
There are plenty of ways for a new Christian (actually for all Christians) to be led away from God. They have to be careful of what movies they watch, radio, and even their own habits they had before they became a Christian. Satan will do anything he can to lead us astray. That is why we need to read the Word of God, pray, and fellowship with the Lord. It is through these things that will help them and us as Christians to be victorious over Satan and his lies.
Matthew 18:7: "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"!
As I have said before the Word of God is so informative. This is talking about those who are influential in placing sinful things before others and especially the children. These people will receive the final condemnation. These things include humanistic teaching, pornographic literature, false teachings, immoral movies, alcoholic drinks, drugs, and even words especially the suggestive ones. This is joining oneself with Satan, the great liar and tempter. So, we need to remove all these things from our lives, the lives of our family, and our churches.
One needs to ask themselves; "What Would Jesus Do?" We know Jesus is a righteous person and would never do anything that was not righteous. So we have our answer right before us. We have to always watch what we say and do. It really isn't that hard, the Holy Spirit will guide us in all things. He will never lie to us. We need to make sure we are not the cause of someone being led away from the Lord.
Thank you for dropping by. I have enjoyed our visit. May you always know the peace and joy of the Lord.
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