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Excerpt from sermon  #299


ďAnd he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God,Ē Romans 8:27. 

 As Godís dear children grow in grace, the greatest desire of the heart is for the Spiritís enlightening of the heart and mind to know the will of God.

We read in Hebrews 5 about babes in grace and that they desire the sincere milk of the word. Then there are young men in grace, and then there are fathers in grace, who have strong meat.

As we grow in grace, we grow smaller and smaller and smaller within ourselves.

We read in 1 Corinthians 13:11, ďWhen I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.Ē

I want you to stop and picture something. A little child is always increasing. She is 1, and then pretty soon she is a big girl now. She is 2. She keeps growing and soon she says, I am going to go to school. Everything in the future is big and increasing. I am going to college. I am going to be ... Everything keeps gaining momentum.

When we become men, we put away childish things. John the Baptist said in John 3:30, ďHe must increase, but I must decrease.Ē

In Matthew 18:2-3, the Lord Jesus was speaking to His disciples as they asked who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, ďAnd Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.Ē

This means that except we become as a little child we cannot enter His service. We cannot enter His kingdom. We cannot come under the kingship of Christ unless we become as a little child.

So, when I became a man, I put away childish things, and I started to grow in grace, and how did I grow? I grew smaller and smaller and smaller within myself. I started to hunger and thirst after the knowledge of the will of God.

Now it is not such a big future anymore that I have all figured out for myself. Now my future is: Lord, what is your will?

How often our heart has to go out to the Lord and say, Lord, give me the wisdom to know your will, and the grace to do your will.

As we grow in grace, we have a longing desire to know the will of God. Why? We hate evil. We love God. We become as a little child. A little child can sit at the table with no concerns about who is going to pay the taxes or the light bill or any of the expenses, or where the food comes from that is on the table. They have a childlike faith, trusting that their father has put it there. It never enters their minds where it comes from.

When you and I truly become as a little child and have childlike faith, then we begin trusting the Lord, and we see that He makes provision for us. Then we do not worry so much about the things of this life. Now we are maturing into a full-grown father in grace, and that is called eating the meat. We come to the point that we become as that little child.  Amen.

I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice and an alien by birth;
But Iíve been adopted, my nameís written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe, and a crown.
Iím a child of the King, a child of the King;
With Jesus my Saviour, Iím a child of the King.

Harriet E. Buell, 1834-1910

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