World thought inundates us with contagion of all types. Often, you cannot turn without hearing or seeing articles of a disease that appears contagious. Fear is always the basis of discomfort every time. If we would stop and address that fear head on, we could be reassured with Genesis 1: 27 and 31 which reads “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God saw all that He made, and it was very good.”
As I begin praying with those two verses, all fear dissipates as I realize only Good can be shared! Never error!! Contagion is always mental, but by becoming still and recognizing that we are made perfect spiritually and are always at choice as to what we want to believe. This way, we can see the same about others.
So often when we experience discomfort, whether it be financial, physical or relationship; we think it is punishment. I Kings 17:18 reads, “And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?” Then in John 9:2,3 it reads, ” Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus responds, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
This belief is apparent today as it was in Biblical times, when actually, any challenge we experience is to learn more about God and our relationship to Him. God is not a punishing God, but a loving One. Today, I will practice seeing His Love everywhere!
This morning I have been reading and studying the third Chapter of Genesis where Eve is seduced by the serpent. In thinking about that crafty, mesmerizing thought that the snake represented, I realize Eve was not harmed, only hypnotized into believing that there was a power opposed to God. But we all know the outcome of that allegory. Genesis 3:13 reads “Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The serpent only made a suggestion! He did not force that apple on Eve! I think about today when my thought feels mesmerized about something, I only need to still my thought, turn to God and know that He is all-powerful and always there for me and refuse to listen to error. Where is my focus and who am I believing? Today I choose God.
Recently, I was reading a spiritual article by Edward Kimball, where he said “We are not minus the supply for our needs, but simply minus understanding of its presence.” Then I was led to Psalm 119:27 which states, “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” God is always here and we can never be separated from Him. He will answer our every need when we get human ego and outlining out of the way! Today I will listen completely for Him to direct my path.
This afternoon after being out of state for a week, we were hoping to get to the post office by 4:30 when the doors are locked. When we were about twenty minutes away, my husband remarked we were not going to make it in time. Tomorrow is Saturday and they are only opened until noon and I really wanted to stay home and get things done.
As I was praying it was tempting to watch the clock or try to speed or run through caution lights, which we did none of the above. I prayed to know that we were following speed limits and I didn’t want to outline how I could get our mail, so I simply released the outcome to God. It was 4:30 when we arrived and they had locked the door but when I approached and saw it was locked, there was a man inside looking at me. I just smiled and through the glass told him we had just come from out of town and was hoping to pick up our mail. He returned my smile and asked my address through the glass door and told me to meet him at another door, where a few minutes later, he handed me my stack of mail.
Philippians 4:4-6 was the verse that had come to mind which reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I realized I was not anxious, but gentle and the man in the post office responded to that gentleness. Thank you, Father for spiritual growth that may only be tiny steps, but they are still apparent.
It is so tempting at times to pray and immediately look to see if God has answered the prayer as we are expecting. Actually, healing first takes place in Thought where we feel Love, Light and Gratitude. John 4:48 reads “Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe “. Pharisaical Thought is when material evidence is needed to prove God is listening rather than having faith and trusting God to work His purpose out in His time. Jesus condemned the Pharisaical demand for material signs.
I John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.” So many times it has felt like I should not be afraid, that it is something I need to do. Of course, I realize that fear is the basis of all anger, negative feelings, disease and pain of any kind. That verse is not telling us that there should be no fear in Love, but there is NO fear in Love. God is Love and can know no fear. “Be not afraid” and “Fear not” are all through the Bible. Would God expect His child to do something so difficult?
The Truth is God knows no fear, so how can we? We handle this with the knowledge that we are talking about God here, never, ever human love.