It is often easy to fall into the dangerous habit of judging and comparing ourself to others, but that only leads to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes both. We don’t even know the real picture when we entertain comparisons. As I cease to judge, condemn and compare, I begin to make progress. Luke 6:37 states, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” That leads to real freedom!
As I ponder the serpent in the third chapter of Genesis, he only made the suggestion to Eve to eat the apple. He did not force the apple down her throat but just tempted her with the thought she could become as a god knowing good from evil. She had been forewarned by God but gave in to temptation. There is only One God and we reflect that God as we were made in His image and likeness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Any thought that does not come from God comes from that illusive, lying snake. We must learn to recognize the origination of a thought and learn to be aware of negative thoughts, where we refute them immediately and replace them with the Truth! God is, error isn’t and that’s that! (A little simplified, but still true)
Genesis 3:5 states, “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Sin was a lie from the beginning and still is but Divine Love can always replace it and does so!
This morning as I awoke early and began to pray, I realized that the words would not flow nor was I even sure I had the right words. Then humbly I knew that I could just ask God to know my heart and I needn’t worry about “getting it right”. Then I opened my Bible to Psalm 5:3 and it states, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” There is neither a right or wrong way to commune with God!
There is a place deep inside each of us that can either be filled with problems and challenges or God, Love. It is always our choice. Self-absorption, which includes, self-pity, self-condemnation, self-righteousness comes up when we turn our back on God, Good. 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.” This is not only for difficult times but for all time!
Thessalonians 5:17 states, “Pray continually.” This does not mean long, lengthy prayers but praise and expressing gratitude for everything. Today I choose Joy!
The above seems to be in our face daily! When we read, study and pray with our Bible, every challenge is addressed and there is such guidance and direction. Galations 3:28 states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” As we pray with this verse, we know this is speaking of our true spiritual being.
All my life, I had heard it said, “The devil is in the details”. It has taken spiritual growth for me to question and refute these old sayings but as I have turned more and more to God and releasing old belief, understanding has taken place. Psalm 73: 23-26 reads, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
This verse says the complete opposite! God is in the details and when we put Him first in our life, there is peace, harmony and dominion.
This morning I arose an hour earlier than needed and am already at my desk reading and praying for this day! It is such a blessing to watch the sun rise over the hills and hear the birds sing. It is so easy to get into a rut and just go on “autopilot” when God’s amazing beauty is everywhere.
2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Today is His day and I will rejoice.