Recently, I was pondering something in my life and questioning the reason behind it. A light came on in my thinking as rather than asking “Why is this happening” or “When will this end”, I began to wonder “How was I getting blessed by this experience?” Psalm 112:7 reads, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Lessons become blessings when understood and seen through God’s (Love’s) eyes.
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.
The above verse reads, “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” One source says…”one’s identity as a child of God.. is constantly being reaffirmed.” This being said, it also means this spiritual renewal is continual, not eventual. This keeps everything in the present and should keep us from regret of the past and fear of the future! Sin and error is never found in the present. What a freeing way to live!
This morning as I think of today and plan it out, I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9 which states, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Isn’t that a reassuring thought? I will keep that verse in my heart today.
Today I will refuse to take myself so seriously! I will laugh at myself more and realize I am not in control of my life. God is my pilot and I am His co-pilot, not the other way around as the saying went years ago. From Proverbs 17:22 it reads, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” and from Proverbs 31:25 it states, ” She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Sometimes, it seems that the world reports only dire predictions and bad news. Today I will recognize God’s presence refusing to believe He has left us!
Fasting means giving up! Giving up the dire predictions in the news, the political wars going on, the deaths and killings being reported. That does not mean to have the “Pollyanna” approach, but an awakened spiritual sense. 2 Corinthians 6:17 reads, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord and do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.” To me, that says to turn to God and refuse to get caught up in the hypnotic news of the day. That is, not to say, bury your head in the sand but know God is still in charge and always will be. God is either All or He isn’t. We can’t have it both ways. I choose “God is All”!
As I ponder the Kingdom of Heaven, what comes to mind is peace and harmony. It is my understanding that it does not have to be “hereafter” or “here later” but can be experienced right here, right now. First, human will and human outlining have to be rejected and yielding to God and His direction have to be obeyed. That is not as difficult as it sounds because there have been times in my life when I have literally worn myself out by outlining and planning. Today I will let go and let God be God!
Matthew 11:28-29 reads, ” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”