Self-sufficiency is destroyed as I realize my dependence upon God more and more daily. Then, I know my security lies in God. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states, “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
This verse was reassuring during a severe hail storm last night. This morning I express gratitude for our protection including home and cars.
Everything we have belongs to God, so I am not so sure, He could or would have a bad relationship, a disease of any kind or a lack of supply. Accept this as Truth and it will set you free. God’s world is our classroom and His word is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'”
Recently, while reading a spiritual article, the author said in a paragraph, “As we look beyond the immediate object we’re waiting for –the job, the relationship, the physical healing — and focus on deepening our understanding of God, we find patience replacing impatience, love dissolving ego and self-will, and hope supplanting fear. The unfoldment in our thinking is evidence of God’s presence. The outcome is healing.”
So many times, I have witnessed this in my own life and always when I have yielded to God rather than trying to outline and use human will!
In the second chapter of Mark, there is a story of a man with an affliction of thirty-eight years. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to be made well, rather than say “Yes, of course”, he began to list reasons why he wasn’t healed. Reading about that healing caused me to look at my life and when I sometimes give excuses why things are a certain way. It is tempting to blame another or for example, if one is selling a home, to claim it is the wrong time, etc. There is nothing impossible to God at any time and I still catch myself wanting to believe in a limitation of Good! There is no limitation of Good. Either I believe that or I don’t!
Recently I read an article where the author used an example of a $10 gold piece, a $10 bill and a $10 counterfeit bill. He related the gold piece as God, the bill as man and the counterfeit as error, evil or satan. Man has God behind him as the $10 bill is backed by Fort Knox and the counterfeit is just that, counterfeit with nothing behind it. When we are tempted by anything not of God, we can see it as nothingness, powerless, counterfeit. This was so reassuring to me.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22. Anything opposing those are counterfeit!
Any time I have a thought of Love, compassion, inspiration, I know it comes from God. That is the still, small voice that is within. When I cannot hear it, it is because of negative emotions such as self-righteousness, self-justification, anger, unforgiveness, disappointments, hurt feelings, etc. So, it is up to me to recognize those emotions and replace them with Love and compassion. This, of course, is not something I can do humanly, but by turning to God and asking for His help, I can rest assured I can see what He sees! John 13:27 states, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Sometimes when I become opinionated, I remember a citation from our textbook, which reads, “Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to ‘judge righteous judgment,’ and never to condemn rashly.” There is only one God!