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Daily Verse: “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-3 ESV)
OURANOS (3772): “through the idea of elevation; the sky; as the abode of God. By implication, happiness, power, eternity. The eternal dwelling place of God (Matt. 5:16).”[i]
Become like children.
Entering God’s kingdom requires childlike faith. Heaven’s root word means the dwelling place of God. Children have no problem believing in God and His promises. Biblical stories of Jonah in the belly of a fish or David’s triumphant victory over a giant, easy to believe from a child’s perspective. And children trust they receive the Holy Spirit when they place their faith in Jesus, bringing heaven to earth:
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 ESV)
Heaven means God’s residence. When we receive His Spirit, we become God’s dwelling place. Eternity in heaven begins on earth when we place our faith in Jesus. Accepting God’s Spirit gives us access to His peace. Only when we tune into the Spirit’s promptings will we enjoy the beauty of heaven.
God doesn’t want us to live lives of misery; He wants us to live our lives to the fullest.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
Receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit will help us live abundantly. Trusting God’s grace and mercy, despite our sinful nature, frees us from condemnation. Learning to forgive others as Christ forgave us liberates us from the negative thoughts of unforgiveness. When we fill our minds with God’s word, we become more childlike. Instead of letting harmful intentions control our minds, God’s word transforms us into uplifting and encouraging people. Life change happens when we put God’s word into practice, not just reading it but doing it.
You can experience heaven on earth by applying childlike faith to God’s promises. Don’t look for explanations; trust God will do what He says He will. Experience heaven on earth as God’s peace transcends all understanding in your life.
[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. (pp. 183-4) Thomas Nelson