Thursday February 17, 2011

The Word for today is found in Matthew 18:1-4

1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

The Strong’s Concordance says “humble” describes a person who is devoid of all arrogance and self-exaltation—a person who has willingly submitted to God and his will.

Jesus confronts the tendency of humankind to associate authority with an exercise of dominance over others. The dominion or authority in kingdom life that God wants to place at our disposal is for victorious, fruitful living and for overthrow of hellish powers, not for gaining control of others or for serving our own interests.

His call to childlike humility and a servant-like heart establishes the spirit and style by which the authority of the believer is to be exercised as an agent of God’s kingdom power. (Jack W. Hayford, the pastor of The Church On the Way, Van Nuys, Cal.)

Walk in the blessings God has promised you in his Word today.
Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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