The Act of Simple Reception

It is a fundamental fact that God acts forever according to His eternal nature and man according to his. God forever gives, man forever receives.

If we want something and it is available to us, the taking of it is automatic. It is the first activity of a new born babe to receive air and nourishment.

In the glory of His grace, God never ceases to give ‘He giveth and giveth and giveth again’.

And man can never experience the ABC of his re-creation in Christ until he is brought back to the act of simple reception.

As Jesus said, ‘Except you become converted and become as little children, you cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven’.

Every iota of works and self-effort has to disappear.

Taken from The Deep Things of God by Norman Grubb

Jesus said we must become like little children

Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:2-4

To be as child

The look of innocence in a child
One minute calm; the next so wild,
Their ups and down of life we share
For through them all, they know we care,
They do things wrong; apologise
Then through their smiles and loving eyes
They win us over just once more
With dirty faces you can’t ignore.
You can’t be cross with them for long
As soon they fill the house with song.
 
In life they slowly make their way
Growing before you day by day,
Their pleasures simple with joy they live
They find it easier to forgive.
They have their own sure paradise,
A world of fun where people are nice.
They are not crippled with earthly ties,
They love the element of surprise.
So fresh and clean; their eyes so pure
Their every moment firm and sure.
 
I wish that I in strength could be
Just as a child so full and free.
I feel confined, unsure and tense
When I should walk in confidence.
I stand before You in my fear
They way ahead seems so unclear,
So full of doubt; I’m at a loss
But then I see You on the cross,
Oh Jesus for me You suffered the pain
So I could be like a child again.

By the late Andrew Feakin (passed away 16th March 2019)

Come to me, My child.  For that is what you are.. I, your true Father, you, My child.  I am here.  A very present help in times of trouble.  A very present comfort in times of peace.  For I am in you and your life is hid in Me.  I know the way that you should go.  I know the end from the beginning.  For I am outside of time.  I was there before you were conceived and will be there when you take your last breath on earth.  Lay all before Me.  There is nothing too difficult for Me.  I am longing for you to put your full trust in Me and Believe.  Believe that I am able to do more than you can ever ask or think.  But for too long My children hold onto their independence.  You think you are strong if you can cope alone.  For that is the heavy burden the world places upon you.  But your strength comes from Me and in your weakness – there My strength is made manifest.  For that is when you realise your real need of Me.  I tenderly care for you. I hold you in the palm of My hand.  Come to Me as a little child comes to a loyal parent.  Come aside and steal yourself away from the hustle and bustle of this life.  For I long to refresh you and satisfy your soul.  I am waiting.  Always just a whisper away.  Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.  Then you shall be strong.  Then you will be able to cope with whatever the world may throw at you.  For you will be secure in My love and be satisfied.

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