This morning I have been reading and studying the third Chapter of Genesis where Eve is seduced by the serpent. In thinking about that crafty, mesmerizing thought that the snake represented, I realize Eve was not harmed, only hypnotized into believing that there was a power opposed to God. But we all know the outcome of that allegory. Genesis 3:13 reads “Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The serpent only made a suggestion! He did not force that apple on Eve! I think about today when my thought feels mesmerized about something, I only need to still my thought, turn to God and know that He is all-powerful and always there for me and refuse to listen to error. Where is my focus and who am I believing? Today I choose God.
Recently, I was reading a spiritual article by Edward Kimball, where he said “We are not minus the supply for our needs, but simply minus understanding of its presence.” Then I was led to Psalm 119:27 which states, “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” God is always here and we can never be separated from Him. He will answer our every need when we get human ego and outlining out of the way! Today I will listen completely for Him to direct my path.
This afternoon after being out of state for a week, we were hoping to get to the post office by 4:30 when the doors are locked. When we were about twenty minutes away, my husband remarked we were not going to make it in time. Tomorrow is Saturday and they are only opened until noon and I really wanted to stay home and get things done.
As I was praying it was tempting to watch the clock or try to speed or run through caution lights, which we did none of the above. I prayed to know that we were following speed limits and I didn’t want to outline how I could get our mail, so I simply released the outcome to God. It was 4:30 when we arrived and they had locked the door but when I approached and saw it was locked, there was a man inside looking at me. I just smiled and through the glass told him we had just come from out of town and was hoping to pick up our mail. He returned my smile and asked my address through the glass door and told me to meet him at another door, where a few minutes later, he handed me my stack of mail.
Philippians 4:4-6 was the verse that had come to mind which 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, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I realized I was not anxious, but gentle and the man in the post office responded to that gentleness. Thank you, Father for spiritual growth that may only be tiny steps, but they are still apparent.
It is so tempting at times to pray and immediately look to see if God has answered the prayer as we are expecting. Actually, healing first takes place in Thought where we feel Love, Light and Gratitude. John 4:48 reads “Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe “. Pharisaical Thought is when material evidence is needed to prove God is listening rather than having faith and trusting God to work His purpose out in His time. Jesus condemned the Pharisaical demand for material signs.
I John 4:18 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.” So many times it has felt like I should not be afraid, that it is something I need to do. Of course, I realize that fear is the basis of all anger, negative feelings, disease and pain of any kind. That verse is not telling us that there should be no fear in Love, but there is NO fear in Love. God is Love and can know no fear. “Be not afraid” and “Fear not” are all through the Bible. Would God expect His child to do something so difficult?
The Truth is God knows no fear, so how can we? We handle this with the knowledge that we are talking about God here, never, ever human love.
Recently, I have been thinking about age, which seems to be so important in many people’s lives. An author of a Spiritual article wrote that she wondered if God had been young during Moses’ life, then older when Jesus was on earth and now, very old. Finding that humorous I begin to ponder that idea. If we are made in the image and likeness of God and reflect Him and He doesn’t age, do we really age? Then I was lead to Psalm 90:4 which reads “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.” Could dwelling on our age or death possibly keep us from living fully? Haven’t you met young “80-year olds” and old “30-year olds”? Today, I will focus more on living today to the fullest!
When my heart is filled with gratitude and humility, I experience Heaven on earth, just as I experience hell on earth when my thoughts are filled with pride and fear. I John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in Love. But perfect Love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.” Today, I will definitely watch my thoughts and keep them joyous. That is my Divine Inheritance and I will Love all.