As I pray with Revelation 3:19 which reads, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”, I am led to look up old definitions of the word, “chasten”. Some dictionaries say it means to “punish” while others read to “correct”. I choose the one that is to correct because it feels more like I am a student and learning while to punish denotes that I have done something wrong. God is a God of Love and, of course, teaches us and reveals the Truth to us as our heart is softened and our human will power ceases. Repent also means to change the way we are viewing something.
When I think like this, I am both grateful and humbled by this chastening!
This morning, the devotional was a warning of being too concerned of pleasing others rather than God. It is impossible to please everyone and very frustrating as well. We actually never truly knows what others think of us in the first place. Our focus should be on learning more of God, putting Him first and realizing we are never separated from Him.
Hebrews 11:6 states, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” This cannot be done while attempting to please everyone else!
Below is a favorite poem of mine written by Gilbert Carpenter, Jr.
I see myself as God’s own child, as perfect in His sight.
I see my brother-man as well, a perfect child of light.
Then to complete my prayer, I see him seeing me aright..
I see him seeing me seeing him as perfect in Love’s sight.
Thought this was needed now, as always.
As the election draws closer, we should recognize God as the true government and work more on governing both our thoughts and actions. Prayer is imperative for the office of the President, rather than the person. God is the highest power there is!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 That means to me all anxiety, including the thoughts about the up-coming election.
Joy can be experienced any time and anywhere. It does not depend upon our material comforts or circumstances. It is obtained by staying in the present, not from regrets of the past nor fear of the future but by staying with God. Often, we may think we will be happy when…. or if…..
Habakkuk 3:17-19 reads, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
There are times when the path ahead seems easy and I may be tempted to go it alone. That is exactly the time I need to pray with Psalm 105:4, where it states, ” Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” Today, I will remember this verse and pray with it.
As I have been pondering John 5:30 , it states, “I can of my own self do nothing.”, the thought came to me how easy it is to know all Good comes from God. What is a little more difficult for me is when I am faced with error, I want to blame myself! Then I realize that is exactly what the line in the Lord’s Prayer means when it says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The temptation is to believe I can ever be separated from God.
By following the teachings of Jesus, and clinging steadfastly to God, I know that evil can never be a part of me or anyone else as I look through God’s eyes.