Acts 16:25,26 reads, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Many times, right when life seems the darkest and I am fearful and mesmerized with what seems real humanly, if I turn gratefully and humbly to God, I am released from bondage! That is the exact time I need to sing and praise God!
As I read and re-read this story in the 8th Chapter of Luke, several points come to mind. First, the woman touched the hem of His garment so she was on her knees and not standing erect and proud. This denotes humility. In spite of the fear, she took the needed human footsteps. The instantaneous healing tells me that she was receptive to the Christ and most assuredly, had a softened heart. In Luke 8, it reads “And he said unto her, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.'”
Humility and a softened heart precede all healing!
Frequently, much time is spent in thinking about future events; when one is out of debt, the children are grown, retirement, more leisure time and on and on. This day-dreaming will never bring fulfillment, but more longing. Joy is right here and we just need to open our eyes and count our blessings.
Philippians 4:4, 12 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!…I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Rejoice now for today and all it’s blessings!
While sitting and praying at my desk this morning, I saw the sun rising up higher in the sky. Then I thought about looking down a railroad track where it appears to come to a point, but it doesn’t! When looking at others, am I looking correctly through the lens of love and seeing the child of God? It is so important to view through love. 1John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
God, Love is as close as our heartbeat. That is a promise, independent of our awareness. We do not realize this when we are worried, which is a form of unbelief. Luke 12 reads, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Can it be any clearer ? Worrying means we are lacking faith in God!
While pondering Mark Twain’s quote that “Travel may prove fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”, it occurred to me that “Love shall be fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”
Today, I will accept God’s Love totally. I will be careful to avoid living as the Pharisees, who got so wrapped up in rules on how to live Christian lives, they lost sight of God. Man-made rules lead to bondage and enslave many. Today, I will “Cease striving and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10
Ephesians 5:8-10 states, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”