This is my 100th post on the blog. I hope that along the way I have managed to glorify God, and made Him proud, but regardless, all glory belongs to Him.
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God does not want any of us to be lost. He rejoices when one of His lost sheep returns. If you are one of those lost sheep, doubting or even unbelieving today, know that God wants you back, and He will stop at nothing.
Mat 18:3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,
Mat 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mat 18:7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
Mat 18:8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
Mat 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
Mat 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
Mat 18:13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
Mat 18:14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Humbling ourselves before God is true repentance. It is turning away from our “adult” wisdom and ways, and through the grace of God, become innocent once more. It is the removal of that which causes us to sin, and was paid for by the blood of Jesus.
Children are under full control of adults, specifically their parents, therefore adults can cause children to sin. God warns us here that adults must learn from the innocence of the children, and remove anything that will cause these children to sin. Jesus then further equates all of His followers to earthly children, and stresses that He will not let even one of them perish. He also tells us that we must remove from our own lives that which causes us to be lost in the first place, that which causes us to sin.
Isn’t it just wonderful that God makes this promise to us? That we can be sure that He will always come after us, and pursue His own like a shepherd searches for a lost sheep? I am always touched when a child goes missing, and droves of people show up to help look for a missing child. The police will issue an “Amber Alert”, telling people everwhere what and who to look for, and this is shown on public broadcasts and roadside electronic notice boards. There is normally a huge response, with hundreds of people giving up their time and resources to find a child.
God similarly issues His own “Amber Alert” when one of His children goes astray. His will is that His child should not be lost, and whatever God’s will is, is done. He uses all His resources to find and bring His children back to His loving care .
Today, if you are having doubts, or feel that you no are no longer under God’s care, then know that He is speaking to you here. It is His will that you be with Him. He is right there with you, even if you don’t feel it or even want it. Even if you think you are not worthy, then know that it does not matter, the blood of Jesus made you worthy. Confess your sins anew, and answer the call of God today.
God, His angels and His church wants to rejoice about you, the one out of a hundred today.
May God bless and keep you this week, may you walk with Him for His glory.