Recently, I heard it said that we need to reach up to humility, not down. So often, that seems to be a trait that man avoids and that is a totally different word from humiliation! Actually, when I am humble, that is exactly the time I am more receptive to hearing what God is telling me. Pride and fear need to be avoided at all cost.
Isaiah 41:13 reads, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
As I think of a person who may appear my enemy, how can that be if I am learning compassion, patience and humility during this trial? I will read and re-read Matthew 5:43-48, which reads, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
Today, I will practice that Love!
This morning at the grocery store there was an error made and it took a while for the cashier to get it rectified. On the way home, I rehearsed the event in order to tell my husband what had happened. All at once, I was reminded I had a choice here. Rather than ruminating over the error, I could catch my thinking and replace it with the thought that she was a precious child of God! My thought lifted and I realized I was free from negative thinking and it was always up to me!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Beliefs I have claimed throughout the years have changed and sometimes, often and do not result in feelings of security. On the other hand, my understanding comes gently and in increments of Knowing that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good. Security results as I recognize man as image and likeness of God, which is in Genesis 1:26, where it states, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping that creepeth upon the earth.” That is the real creation.
So often, it is easy to notice all the bad going on in the world and listen to negative things reported by the media. At that very same time, there is so much Good going on if we just look for it. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Proverbs 17:22 reads “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Today, I will watch for unwelcome thoughts that attempt to steal my joy. I will take responsibility for what I am thinking and I can do this when I cling to God.
Another old belief I need to rid myself of is that hindsight is 20-20. That is far from the Truth if the past holds blame, bitterness and condemnation. My prayer again is to see how God sees things. 2 Corinthians 12:9 reads, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Have been out of town for the past few days and even though, God is always with me, I find peace in returning to my desk and windows. Studying and praying this morning, I realize that stress is trying to do things personally using limited human love, rather than God’s infinite love. There is such a difference. His Love dissolves all stress! The battle is always God”s, never mine.
In Philippians 4:6, it states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”