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Believe as a child

Question

“And said, Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

Why did the Lord say that we should have faith like a child? Why does he compare faith to the faith of a child? Why is it necessary to believe in this way?

Adolf

Answers

Svetlana - You can teach children
I am reasoning: how do children differ from adults? When they are born, they do not know anything, parents teach them. How do the parents teach their children? They give them knowledge, in other words, they speak the word. And the children live by this word. Children trust their parents. Then, when they get older, they hear or read another word (different teachings, different understandings), begin to doubt and search. A child makes a choice and becomes an adult.

I conclude, that the different between a child and an adult is in the baggage of knowledge. When a child grows up, he can understand a lot on his own, from this, he begins to rely on himself, and not on the parents.

God has placed for us: if you want to become heavenly and live eternally, it is necessary to die for this world, for all the teachings of this world (knowledge), which you lived by, because we believed in them (we were sinners, because we believed in many things, but not in God). And to believe in the one and only Truth from God, the teaching of Jesus Christ, be born from God – to accept the Word of Truth and live by Him, by Christ, completely trust Him, and become His child.

God loved us when we were yet sinners, and He gave us His Own Son (John 3:16). We need to be humble and become as little children, listen and do the will of our Heavenly Father. That is the only way to inherit the Eternal Kingdom.

Svetlana

Maria - Children are in need of guidance, they simply believe
The Lord is calling to believe, as children believe, because children are very trusting and believe everything. They are always in need of guidance, because they are feeble/weak, and cannot do anything on their own. They do not have any experiences of life, that is why they have no need to check/verify, they simply believe what is said.

I simply believe, that God Himself “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:18). “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). If God begat, then He is the Father, and the one born from Him – is His child.

Why is it necessary to believe in this way? “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

I believe every Word of God, because it is truth, it does not change, has power, and is the living word. By faith a person has forgiveness, justification, salvation, sanctification, healing, holiness, joy, love, eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven. He gave me the opportunity to be His child.

Maria

Nadezda - Sincerity, simplicity, and obedience
Be like children – be obedient, trust, in other words, it all lies in obedience. In hearing the word of truth, you need to believe and turn to God, as a child, believe that this is the truth, entirely accept this word. Speaking for myself, when I heard that all my sins are forgiven and that nothing is imputed unto me, that Christ died for me and resurrected, and I with Him, I experienced and experience that there is nothing greater or more blissful than being called a child of God: “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His names sake” (1 John 2:12).

Prior to this, I carried a burden upon myself, guilt, the past would always follow me, and here suddenly – everything is forgiven and Eternal Life is given, simply as a gift! I indeed rejoiced as a child then, not wavering in any way. His words are truth and today I rejoice in the same way, because I completely trust my Heavenly Father.

You need to be simple, sincere, and open, in order to inherit God’s promises. The growth needs to be natural, and the child-like faith is necessary for this and proper nourishment.

Nadezda

Zhenya - Children are always in need of their parents
I would like to add that children are completely dependent on their parents. They are always in need of them, in their guidance, they find comfort and peace in their parents, see them as protection, support, strength, honor, and all. Our walking in God should be the same. To turn to God and become like little children – I understand this means to come to this state through faith in the truth.

Zhenya

Irene - Faith like a child is necessary for salvation
Greetings to all. I remembered one example, which you Zhenya used once. It then became very clear to me what is chidlike faith.

Example: It is a deep night. In the warm crib a child is sleeping. Outside it is cold, a blizzard. The mother comes, wakes up the child and says, we must go. And the child, without asking, fully trusting her, goes with her. The little child will not ask, are you sure where we will go it will be better there, he will not test her word, because he simply believes that his mother desires only good for him, although he may not understand why he needs to go somewhere at night and in the cold. When the time will come, he will understand why his mother told him to do so. But right now he simply trusts her and sincerely believes.

I understand that only faith saves us, faith like a child. God said – then this is the truth, whether we understand it or something is not yet fully open to us.

Irene

Dima - Why is it necessary for our faith to be like a child?
Why is it necessary for our faith to be like a child? Because children do not question what parents tell them, what they are taught. Adults are well taught to doubt in everything, and prior to believing, they ask questions, showing doubt. For example, you tell a child that there is a God – he simply believes this. Tell an adult that there is a God – he cannot simply believe this, he wants to test it and “perhaps” will believe one day. Adults “know” a lot, children do not know anything, they simply believe. That is why it is written that it is necessary to believe as a child, trust the Word, trust Christ in what He said, in other words simply believe as it is written in Scriptures, not adding or removing anything.

Dima

Barbara - The child doesn't complicate anything, simply accepts
I would like to add in regards to the faith of a child, that a child does not complicate anything, but simply accepts. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpet beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

A child understands everything as it is told by his parents. In other words, the child looks at the world through the spoken word(s) of his parents.

Barbara

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Communion

Question

Hello, we had a question in regards to communion. Where in scriptures is it written about one cup? Also, what if someone has some kind of illness or sickness?

With love to all,
Sasha

Answers

Hermann - One Cup
To answer the question of the one cup – I would ask a follow-up question. Where is it written in regards to many or several cups?

It is written clearly, and not ambiguously about ONE cup.

“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:20

1 Corinthians 11:25 “After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come.

1 Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ.

17. For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

It is clearly written: “One bread” – we do not take many pieces, but one bread, that we break into pieces and we all eat from the One Bread, which is the Body of Christ broken for us.

In the same way it is one cup, from which we drink – it is ONE, not two, not three, and even more so not many cups for each person.

“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:21

The Lord has left us this commandment, so as to have us fulfill it in simplicity and precisely/exactly, how it is commanded. For some this is disgusting (squeamish) and they then decided to correct it slightly – for their destruction/death! Thus the faith is tested! For some this commandment is not spiritual enough, they say this is like a ritual and that you don’t have to fulfill it literally – it’s not a big deal (not unto death).

But this commandment was left to us by the Lord Himself, for us to remember the suffering of Christ, who was on earth in the flesh and suffered for us with great suffering death.

It is not necessary to add or remove anything, but simply to remember, as it is written. And it is not written ambiguously, but very clearly in regards to one cup. To come to the idea in regards to several/many cups, it is a big stretch (you have to come to this idea)! Because in Scripture there isn’t even a hint of this.

I hope I was able to clearly explain.

Herman

Olga - Scriptures speak of one cup
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor. 11:23-28)

“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17)

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

The Scriptures speak of one cup, which Christ drank and commanded us to do, when we remember His suffering for us, giving us redemption from sin and healing from sickness. When we receive the Lord’s supper, then we accept it as the Body and Blood of Christ with faith. What does such a soul think about, when in partaking in the supper he/she is afraid to get sick? What does he/she reason about? For the Word clearly tells us: “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”

With God,
Olga

Yaroslav - By His wounds we were healed
We believe that when we take the bread and the wine, that this is the body and blood of the Lord, by which we have been cleansed from sin and by His wounds we were healed, so then how can the Lord’s blood transmit disease if on the contrary it is the power and healing from it?

Yaroslav

Sasha - Thanks
Thanks for the answers, everything is more than clear. When we were baptized with Christ, we were baptized into His death. And the question of illness, when I drink His blood, it simply falls away (doesn’t exist) in the heart. Praise our Lord and Savior for this, Amen.
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Prayer

Question

Hello to everyone. I have a question about prayer. I do not have a full understanding of this question, and I noticed that I’m afraid to say something wrong. To be more specific, I have the following questions:

  1. May I bless my relatives (children, parents, husband)?
  2. I would pray in the morning for the coming day and bless all the deeds of the day.
  3. I wished blessings to those who came to me, called me, in other words – to everyone with whom I had fellowship.
  4. I would pray for the church, for the pastor – bless them.
  5. I would pray for the city, country and authorities.
  6. I would pray for the salvation of my relatives.
  7. Before traveling somewhere far, I prayed for the journey and blessed it.
  8. I would pray for healing, for the redemption from the demons.

I want to have full clarity on this question, and, please, be more specific, not like “you breathe and think, and these are your prayers”.

And one more thing. Could you explain to me the following Scripture:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

With love to everyone,
Marina

Answers

Lidia - Prayer is the need in God
Greetings to you Marina with the love of Christ. I read your question in regards to prayer and decided to write how I understand this question.

Prayer – is the breath of the faith, and we do not need to pray according to rules. Prayer – is the need in our God and how can we not pray to Our Father?! We contemplated that it is written to pray for authorities/government (1 Timothy 2:1-3), etc. Therefore, how it is in our heart today, we express our requests and prayers to God. Everything is simple and you shouldn’t be afraid. When you were a little child, you simply went to your father and mother and asked them for different things, and had no questions. This is how I understand.

Lidia

Vitaly - There are no rules to prayer
Marina, hello. Our Faith is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, where there can be no fear, but perfect love from the Father which casts out all fear. Why is there no fear!? Because there is no law that judges/condemns and imputes to us (the children of God) sin. There is no law, therefore there are no rules, memorized samples on how to pray and when, because where there is the Spirit of the Lord, there is Freedom. How your Spirit prompts you inside to pray, pray in this way without any doubt or fear, for the Lord sees the heart, and He does not await verbosity, how it is normal for hypocritical people.

If, for example, you will be coming to your earthly father daily and say the same memorized words, won’t he think that there is something wrong with you!? Because otherwise you might as well record your words of prayer and play them back when needed!?

God is the Living God and He accepts the Living worship and prayer, from the heart, when you as a child simply open before Him your inner-self. Also, prayer isn’t only when you call to God, but it is also when God speaks to you in your conscience, for you to hear Him, be edified, be comforted and joyous in having fellowship with Him, and this kind of fellowship does not seize, it is like the breath of faith. Just like David wrote in Psalm 15:7, that his interior preaches even in the night.

And a bit about groanings. If, for example, in your life you have a difficult situation, which you cannot resolve, and you even have no words to express what you are experiencing, then in this case only groanings remain in your heart which God also hears and certainly sends you an answer and consolation.

Vitaly

Evgeniy - Prayer is the natural movement of the heart
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (1 Corinthians 14:15 )

To pray is a simple question. Pray according to your desire and understanding. However, if you begin to see it is not sincere, not from your heart, but a necessary form, which is like a stamp, then don’t do it. Prayer should not be hypocritical, or to please people or circumstances, but it should be the movement/motion of the heart. Aloud or inwardly – it doesn’t matter. Christ rebuked Pharisees for their verbosity and ostentatious prayer in front of people.

It is also written that when a person asks for their own lusts, the prayer will not be answered. If you pray from your heart, then pray simply as it is; and decide yourself – when and how much. The simpler you will be, the more natural and sincere the movement of the heart will be in everything. This is true not only about prayer. The complete walking in faith is about simplicity, sincerity and straightforwardness.

Concerning the prayer points you listed, it is so. If you have a desire to pray according to all these points, then pray. You walk before God, and it is you who prays. There are no instructions here. The Scripture teaches the right faith and hope. However, it shouldn’t be your points that govern the prayer, but your faith and experiences/desires. If it will be the following of instructions, then this is no longer sincerity. If it is in your heart as such, then pray.

Zenya

Galina - Prayer is the expression of the desires of the heart
My understanding: to pray, is to express the desire(s) of the heart. It is the life by the Spirit. Why not just pray according to a list, according to your list? Because then it will not be from the heart, but from knowledge – according to the letter. Praying the same thing morning, evening, night, according to all the points, and what if you suddenly forget one of the points? God already knows what you truly want to say. He doesn’t need a neccessary report. He loves you for who you are and teaches/instructs you in your spirit, to act by the spirit, pray, speak, feel/experience, and not to judge yourself, if you forgot something. I myself also experienced this question/topic and learned to listen to my heart.

Galina

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