Matthew 18:3 (AMP) and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Govern- to exercise continuous sovereign authority over(Yourself)To rule over. To control.
Matthew 18:3 (KJV) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
* Except ye be converted, turned from pride, ambitiousthoughts of worldly dignity. * The conversion here spoken is confined to a change in the present state of mind. (We must changed our minds and begin to think like God)
Children, when very young, do not desire authority, do not regard outward distinctions, Children are free from malice, They are teachable, and willingly dependent on their parents. These are marks of childhood, and render them proper emblems of the lowly minds of true Christians.
Surely we need to be daily renewed in the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. We need to continually examine our own spirits.
Children, full of innocence, come to their loving father and mother, trusting them to completely take care of them, to protect them, to provide for them, to correct them when they are wrong, and to love and cherish them. Jesus is telling us that we need to have this type of trust and faith in the Father. After all, we are His children.
Romans 12:2 (AMP) And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed as you mature spiritually by the renewing of your mind focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes, so that you may prove for yourselves what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect in His plan and purpose for you.
Have you ever considered how being able to think like God thinks could change your life? * The mindset of Grown folk will not enter into the promises of God
* The mindset of Grown folk will not received the blessings of God It is time to change the way we think, and renew our thoughts and ways of thinking. God never intended for us to live according to the world’s system and ways of doing things
* We should not lean on our own understanding but rather discern the Lord’s wisdom and walk in His truth.
Christ points to little children as the model to which the members of his kingdom must assimilate themselves. The special attributes of children which he would recommend are humility, unworldliness, simplicity, teachableness,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3).
* In the natural we become grown ups, but if we allow the spirit of God to lead us we become as children.
Matthew 18:3 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
God seeks a childlike submissiveness and meekness, a gleeful childlike heart ... and a childlike faith.
Except ye be converted — Turned from these worldly and carnal views and desires; and become like little children — “Free from pride, covetousness, and ambition, and resemble them in humility, sincerity, and disengagement of affection from the things of the present life, which excite the ambition of grown men,
The first step toward entering into the kingdom of grace is to become as little children: lowly in heart, knowing ourselves utterly ignorant and helpless, and hanging wholly on our Father who is in heaven, for a supply of all our wants.
Except we be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God: Except we be entirely, inwardly changed, and be renewed in the image of God, we cannot enter into the kingdom of glory. Every man must be converted in this life, or he can never enter into life eternal. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself — He that has the greatest measure of humility, joined with the sister graces of resignation, patience, meekness, gentleness, and long-suffering, shall be the greatest in Christ’s kingdom: whosoever rests satisfied with the place, station, and office which God assigns him, whatever it may be, and meekly receives all the divine instructions, and complies with them, though contrary to his own inclinations, and prefers others in honour to himself, — such a person is really great in the kingdom of heaven.
Not that a child consciously humbles itself, but is humble by nature.The Lord Jesus, in His teaching, used the example of a child as a model of true discipleship. A disciple must become humble by deliberate choice which the child is by reason of his constitution and natural disposition.
The more a man annihilates self and casts away pride, conceit, stubbornness, the fitter is he to become a living member of Christ's kingdom.
Except ye be converted," does not imply, of necessity, that they were not Christians before, or had not been born again. It means that their opinions and feelings about the kingdom of the Messiah must be changed.