What is the first thing Jesus tells us we must do to step onto the path of salvation?
Peace Be Unto You
"Take no thought for your life, but Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, AND His Righteousness, and ALL THINGS shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
Then Jesus plainly states in Matthew 18:3, "Verily, I say unto you" - and whenever Jesus says verily, or verily verily, he is about to expound some great truth - "Except you be converted, AND become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of God."
And where does Jesus tell us we can find the Kingdom of God? Go here? Go there? Go where? "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: The Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU." (Luke 17:20-21)
Many people today, still do not understand this statement, "The Kingdom of God is within you."
We were made in the image of God the Father; we were made mind from Mind. As such, the Kingdom of God is there within us, our mind, it has always been there, waiting for us to turn away from the soul of this evil world and reconnect with the Father, so there can be brought to our remembrance, who we are, where we are, and why we are here.
We need the light (knowledge) and love (understanding) that comes from God the Father; that transforming power of Light & Love that is necessary for regeneration. Become happy and at peace, like a little child, and discover the Kingdom of God that is within you; it's always been there, waiting for the prodigal son to turn away from his riotous living here on earth, and begin the long journey home.
Becoming as a little child is not an option! This is the way back home because heaven is made up of child-like angels. So how do we become as little children?
So far the soul has had us thinking in terms of earthly glory, as if it were the way to heaven. We have been taught to think in earthly terms of position, honour, fame, fortune and power - and none of these things exist in heaven. "What is greatness in the eyes of men, is foolishness in the sight of God." Jesus came not to glorify himself, but to humble himself as a little child, because it is the way of salvation.
Without humility, we can never receive the "grace of God" (James 4:10, 1Peter 5:6). Jesus says to go lower if you want to go higher: humility raises us up. Jesus is telling us to go against all human inclinations, against all those things this world holds so dearly; that unless we repent, become born again, AND become as little children, we shall never enter into the Kingdom of God (no matter how many good works we have done).
We are the off-spring of God, his little children, mind from Mind, made in his image, and we should start behaving like God - righteously. "In times of our darkness (ignorance), God winked at those times, but now we should repent, be converted and become as his little children once again."
We must humble ourselves before God and he will lift us up: "O God, please have mercy on me - a sinner."
We must become as little children AND listen to the Word of God, our Father, which he sent and signified through his angel Jesus, who now sits above the throne in heaven. We must listen to the Word of God the Father, just as a little child on earth would listen to the teachings of his righteous father. For then, Our Father, who art in heaven, "will give good gifts to we who ask." (Matthew 7:11) Seek - Knock - Ask.
We must humble ourselves as little children and approach the Word of God with no preconceived ideas or ideals - "be followers of God as dear children." (Eph 5:1)
We should no longer be "men" tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, misled by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of their deceitful plotting; taken advantage of by many. (Eph 4:14) We should no longer be "men" who can be easily deceived and led astray; who can be fooled and drawn into fantasies, philosophies, fables and myths.
We are to be as little children, not "men", but we are not to be ignorant, blind trusting little children. We are to study and prove, rightly dividing the Word of God. We are to be wise as serpents and test the spirits. We are to beware of those wolves in sheep's clothing, not to be the blind following the blind. "Brethren, do not be children in understanding worldly things; in understanding be mature." (Matthew 10:16)
Therefore, lay aside all guile, and lay aside all hypocrisies, and lay aside all envies, and stop all evil speakings; keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile. "Be as Nathaniel in whom is no guile!" (John 1:47) "For he that will Love Life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. Like the "firstfruits of God, standing before the throne of God, because in their mouth was found no guile." (1Peter 3:10, Rev14:4-5)
Guile: clever but dishonest methods of deceiving someone; using tricks to deceive someone. The devil is full of guile!
"Blessed is the man in whose spirit there is no guile." (Psalms 32:2) Jesus did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who when he was reviled, reviled not against; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth righteously. (1Peter 2:22-23)
Become as a little child that is not skilled in deceiving others. Little children are born honest; "so provide things honest in the sight of all men." (Romans 12:17)
We must become like humble little children, with a thought process that is pure; "for blessed are the pure in heart" (Mtt 5:6). We must be humble, not proud; we must be remorseful, not rebellious; we must become like little children before we learned selfish and stubborn pride. Is your ego, your pride, more important than entering into Life eternal? "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (1Peter 5:5-7)
We need to start again, for we have been deceived and led astray. We need to see this world as it really is - evil. "The world hated Jesus because he testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." (John 7:7) And in 1John 2:15 we read, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." And Jesus goes on to say in John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
We have been led away with the error of the unrighteous. We need to become like Adam & Eve, like little children in the Garden of Eden, "naked and not ashamed," listening to and following the Word of God our Father.
God is faithful and will not forsake his children (Heb 13:5) Be loving and trust in your heavenly Father, but at the same time be wary of "the things of this world" wherein trust can be a dangerous thing. This is why Jesus admonishes us the be "wise as serpents;" wise about the ways of the demons and devils in this world.
We need to have faith in God the Father like a little child. We need to trust God the Father because he knows what we have need of before we can ask. Remember, God is long-suffering towards us, that we should ALL come to repentance.
We need to repent, change, and eat from the Tree of Life & Love - God the Father. We are to serve God, not mammon. "Thy Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
We must become destitute of the proud, haughty soul of this evil world. We need to put that soul away and become like those we want to be, the children of heaven.
We need to break that soul-mind connection, and become little children again with the Father-mind connection. We can do this by "doing" the Word of God the Father, with his help. "Repent of thy wickedness, that the thoughts of thine heart (soul) may be forgiven thee." (Acts 8:22)
To become as a little child means that we are no longer soul reliant, but have disconnected our mind from the soul, thereby trying all those thoughts that rise up from the soul, and have formed the true connection with the Father, in righteousness, trusting God to provide our daily needs because "he knows what we have need of, before we can ask,"
We have to learn to stop those evil "thought patterns" from rising up out of the soul, from deceiving us, from tricking us, from controlling us, from being the source of all our problems, pain and suffering, and from being used against us by others both seen and unseen.
As little children, connected to the Father, we are free from those learned and developed thought patterns which were created by our earthly experiences in childhood, quickened during adolescence, and cemented in early adulthood. This is the broad road that leads to destruction.
No one can know all things and all the ways of the devil and his demons on this evil planet because of this deceptive soul inside. "Satan, which deceiveth the whole world," (Rev 12:9) Satan "was perfect in his ways from the day he was created, till iniquity was found in him."(Ezekiel 28:15) Satan was not only perfect, but "full of wisdom and perfect in beauty."(Ezekiel 28:12) That is why we need the help of the Father, who is pure good, who cannot tell a lie, to reveal the truth to us.
Yes, we are powerless to save ourselves without God's help, and anyone who has tried to go it alone can attest to this fact. "We are saved, not of ourselves, it is the gift of God: not of works, least any man should boast." (Eph 2:8-9)
As little children we can know the Father and together overcome the wicked one, his soul, and this evil world of his. We can overcome Satan the devil, his evil soul within, and this evil world of his because "He that is in us is greater than he that is in this world." (1James 4:4)
See with your eyes clearly; understand with your mind; trust God the Father; repent, become born again, become as a little child, and He will heal you. Be converted through the Word of God, with the help of God; "for we were as sheep gone astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls." (1Peter 2:25)
Remember how thou hast received these teachings, and hold fast. Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. Preach these teachings, in the name of God the Father, among all nations. "Feed my Lambs." (John21:15)
The Mystery of God's Kingdom has been entrusted to those who have eyes to see and minds to understand. As Jesus declares in Matthew 11:25, "I thank thee O Father, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto little children."