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A LITTLE CHILD
from sermon #299
THE SPIRITíS INTERCESSION ACCORDING TO GODíS WILL
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
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.
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.
we grow in grace, we grow smaller and smaller and smaller within ourselves.
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
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.
we become men, we put away childish things. John the Baptist said in John 3:30,
ďHe must increase, but I must decrease.Ē
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
once was an outcast stranger on earth,
Harriet E. Buell,
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