II Timothy 1:7 states , “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Praying with this verse gives us authority to declare that God has given us “a sound mind”, perfect health and eternal life. This prayer gives us confidence to know that God is governing and supplying our every human need.
By knowing this, we can refute all negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. These thoughts can keep one healthy!
While reading about the Crucifixion, I am always amazed that only one of the disciples was present while the Christ was on the cross. They had spent the last few years with Him listening to His teaching and watching His healing of the multitudes, but had fled during his worst time. After pondering this, I think I should be gentler with myself when it looks as if I have little or no faith.
John 20:19 states, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He blessed them even after they had fled when He had needed them most. He always forgave. By being kinder to myself, I am able to be kinder to others. Today, I will do that!
The brothers of Joseph were very fearful after their father had died. Humanly, Joseph had reasons to hate his brothers for all that they had done to him. The key word there is “humanly”, but Joseph always listened to God. In Genesis 50:20-21 it states, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.”
This is applicable to our lives today, when rather than entertain regrets of the past, know everything that happens is to glorify God. There are times we don’t recognize this Truth right away. To stay in the past is futile and useless unless we use that time to see our spiritual growth.
Acts 17:27 reads, “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” This morning while studying and praying about a specific issue, I was gently reminded of “Pop Quizzes” I was given in school.
They were not given as punishment due to something I had done wrong, but just to see if I were learning and applying what I was studying and learning. The same applies here as I read the Bible. How freeing that is to me to look upon a seeming challenge that way.
“Be still and know that I am God.” is from Genesis 46:10 and is how I begin each morning. With that verse, outside thoughts can be quietened as I listen for God. The first thing that is overcome is fear and doubt, which is mesmerizing and hypnotizing. Sometimes, it takes longer than others, but my thinking needs to be receptive and humble and can only reach that stage when fear is gone.
When I realize that God is always here, not just when I need Him to clean up a mess that I have made but He also preserves Good, which is ongoing. There are times, when it is less obvious, but when I trust Him completely, He reveals what I need to know and always has. My heart is filled with humility and gratitude as I see proof of Him everywhere.
As I reread the story of the Prodigal Son, then ponder all of the healings in the Bible, I am so reassured that there is absolutely nothing that God cannot do. We could not dream up anything that is too difficult or too evil that God, Love cannot dispel. Psalm 16:11 reads, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Today, I will relish that thought!
Earlier today when I went to the store to buy groceries, the woman who checked me out was very rude and negative. As I prayed about how to handle her, I was reminded of Genesis 1:26-27 where it states, “Then God said, “let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.”
Now as I thought on this while still looking at her, I began to pray to know the truth about her as well because those verses are all-inclusive. As I left, I told her to have a blessed day and my heart lifted. As I heard her complain, I thought about “Complaint being poverty” and “Gratitude being riches”. The entire trip home I prayed about her and vaguely remembered a time when I would have reacted to her rudely. That was so long ago and never a part of who I am, nor could it be her.