BREAKOUT POSITIVE THOUGHTS. 630. ( Less is Greater, Greater is less .)

“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.”

Part of childlikeness is accepting living with mystery because we know we only know and understand in part.

That’s fine as a child and in itself opens us to access hidden aspects.

With later rationalising we are more resistant. 

It opens us up too to God’s presence of seeing, knowing and believing without rational processing. 

There is such simplicity in faith and trust, no matter what, without deeper understanding. 

The child like that Jesus loved. 

It was the foundation upon which each revelation, He later brings, can sit firmly upon. 

We only have the opportunity to love, trust and have faith in this way while we journey this life on earth. 

In heaven He will be before us unhidden.

In heaven our every need will be met and therefore a need no more. 

In heaven there will be no pain. 

In heaven there will be a knowing. 

Whilst we will continue in our praise and worship it will not have the child like sweetness that our praise here on earth will have. 

Jesus knows we will endure pain and hardship and will have to respond on the basis of our perceptions.

Now is our opportunity to love and respond to God in faith. 

Now is an opportunity to sacrifice tears for joy. 

Now is a blessed opportunity to find peace in His presence. 

We need to see life from God’s perspective and have joy in it each day. 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ”

In Jeremiah we see that although his circumstances did not change his perception of them did and reflected in his emotions as a result. 

While we have less control over our complex emotions we do have control over our thoughts. 

Life circumstances don’t define who we are, God does. 

Filling our minds with the word and knowledge of God impacts our belief in God’s gift of belief and faith and hope. 

Biblical hope is anticipation, expectancy and joy. 

Not a maybe.  

For example the concept of eternity removes the sting from death. 

The measure with which we regard eternity defines our faith. 

We are in the middle of a relay race where we are all the winners together. 

We have clarification through the Holy Spirit  on what is of value and what is worthless.  

God brings increase from loss. Good from a crisis.

“And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”

We, if we are like children do not need explanation just the trust in His presence.

It is a priceless exchange and transaction that we have become part of. 

When we honour Jesus the painful moments become those most precious. 

The illustration shows Jesus close to the child like trust in mystery revealing more of Himself. Hope arching, His light emanating to push back the darkness.

Four Scriptures that come to mind:

“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.” Matthew‬ ‭18:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark‬ ‭10:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John‬ ‭12:23-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The song           To Be In Your Presence.      Noel Richards

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