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.”
The entire Beatitude reads, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Read an inspiring paragraph from an article on this beatitude that says, “May I remind you that we have to be merciful with ourselves, too. Don’t think you are a victim of time or a disease or any false belief. Be merciful in forgiving yourself for past mistakes. Rise above the material picture to the one innocent man of God’s creating—that’s you.”
The greatest mercy is the fact that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil”. Habakkuk 1:13.
Today my focus will be on loving others unconditionally. I will look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and be alert to criticism and judgment of others and myself. 1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Also, love casteth out fear, so when we are fearful, we need to look and see where we are not loving enough!