Even Jesus was tempted by error or satan, so why should we be surprised when we are. “If you really are the son of God, you should be able to turn that stone into bread.” Now, if Jesus, the most spiritual man ever, was tempted, we should think of what He said to error. “Get thee behind me, Satan!” How often do we hear in our thoughts, “If you were a better person or if you hadn’t done this or that, or if you weren’t so stupid….”?
In the prayer he gave to us he tells us “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;”. The very instant my thought becomes dark or doubting, I turn to Romans 8:38-39 which states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
While praying with those verses, the darkness disappears as I claim my inseparability to God!
Today , being the Fourth of July, gives us all pause to reflect on our freedom and we should be so grateful. Even deeper in thought is the desire to have freedom from fear of lack or limitation of good. So many of us are fearful about health, finances or relationships and this certainly can feel like bondage!
In I John 4:18, it reads ” There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.” Obviously, that is not talking about human love, which is so limiting, but God’s Love, which is all-encompassing. When engulfed in fear, the question we must always ask is “Where do I need to Love more?” Love is always the answer.
Matthew 13: 18-23 tells about the seed or Word of God falling on different kinds of mental conditions. Initially, it talks about hearing for the first time and getting excited about it. But, that is temporary because there is no root. When our mental condition is not prepared to receive this because of preoccupation of material cares, riches and pleasures, we are not ready for the Truth. The good ground is an honest and pure heart willing to be patient for the fruits of his labor. Matthew 13: 23 states “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” When doubt and discouragement try to enter into thought, we just need to reject the thought there is more than one God and replace it with the knowing there is only one God!
As I ponder the story of the prodigal son, the younger son who took his inheritance and lived foolishly and wastefully, when he recognized his predicament and called out for help, his Father was looking for him. It doesn’t say how long he was gone and it really doesn’t matter because God is just waiting for our call.
Titus 3:5 reads, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
When we ask God for bread (understanding) we are never given a stone (hardness of heart). Man is never, ever separated from God.
Early this morning before leaving for several hours, I glanced out back at a hanging basket that was very wilted. I quickly ran outside and watered it and forgot all about it. This afternoon I was at my desk reading my Bible when I turned and glanced out my window at this same basket. It was beautiful and in bloom!
As I looked at it, I quietly thought about this plant showing no sign whatsoever of the appearance of this morning and quickly pondered this applying it to my own life. When I water my soul with gratitude and love, everything I see reflects this. This watering needs to happen often rather than seldom. Am now praying with verse Psalm 51:10 which reads, “Create in my a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”