Below are the verses from a song sung by our soloist in Church Sunday that I felt was worth sharing.
Though I may speak with the heat of fire and have the power to inspire, but have no love, I may as well beat a rusty drum, blow an empty shell.
For I may know all there is to know and prophesy how the world will go, but have no love, then lost I am. My words are vain as grains of sand.
Love is not proud, makes no parade. Love keeps no score, love is not afraid. Love always hopes, loves always hears. Love never fails, never disappears.
Whenever dark thoughts begin to fill our mind, they become gods! The Bible clearly says to “Have no other gods before me”. By staying alert, we can easily see what is bringing us down mentally and refute this thought and replace it with the knowledge that God is all-encompassing and omnipotent Good. Being grateful and humble breaks the mesmerism of darkness. Pride and fear lead to the darkness.
1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” I have to remind myself of this from time to time.
To me, the kingdom of heaven means peace, harmony and well-being and is here and now and we don’t have to wait until here-after or here later to experience it. Luke 12:32 reads, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” As we live life to the fullest with Love for all of God’s creation, we can experience that joy! Replace all bitterness, envy and revenge with Love which dispels all negativity.
There are times when we are so self-absorbed, we are blinded to all the Good surrounding us. By ruminating about past hurts, either real or imagined or aches and pains in the body, and over-analyzing everything, Life can easily pass us by. To get back on the right path, I turn to Luke 12: 29-32 which states, “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. Your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Praying with this verse causes me to release it all to God and know that my every need is met by Divine Love.
While studying the story of “The Good Samaritan” this morning, I begin to ask myself questions about this topic. Am I kind and patient when it may look like I am being inconvenienced? Am I rude to solicitors when they call? Do I smile at people while out shopping or am I so self-absorbed that I don’t even see them? Today, I will be aware of these things.
The Good Samaritan stops to render aid after the Priest and Levite had walked on by. Luke 10:36-37 reads, ” Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
If ever I attempt to begin my day without stillness, I am either resisting or wanting to speed up events of the day. Without fail, I am reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:41-42 where it reads, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
By ceasing to humanly outline the day and “Letting God be God”, my day flows so much smoother.
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus walks on the water and His disciples are afraid and alarmed. Earlier in the day He had fed a multitude of 5,000 with five fishes and two loaves and I sometime question why His disciples found His walking on the water amazing. Then, I am reminded of challenges and doubts I entertain while praying when He has proved Himself to me over and over.
Matthew 14:31 reads, “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?'” He was talking to Peter who had tried to walk to Him. This is reassuring to me when I fall because the Christ is always there to pick me up.
It is easy when things are going as planned to think we had something to do with it. When there are challenges, we are more willing to give it to God, but actually, He is always in charge! How arrogant we are at times when our next breath is dependent on Him!
Isaiah 55:9-11 reads, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Our heart should stay filled to the brim with gratitude and humility!
David slew Goliath with one stone. That was all that was required. I take that to mean I need only cling to one Truth or verse to uplift me. This morning I am praying with Philippians 4:7 which reads, “Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” With replacing “I” and “me” for “you” , I claim it for myself!
This morning as I was reading my Daily Devotional, it occurred to me that the majority of these begin with a forewarning of when our journey gets rough! While pondering this, a light bulb came on because after reading these, you almost always expect something negative to happen!
Refusing to begin each day expecting disaster, I will pray with Jeremiah 25:11 which 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.” Never once does it mention “pitfalls” but prosperity. Often times we experience these “pitfalls” when we are expecting them!