As I ponder this title, once again I am reminded that now is all there is! My husband just walked in to tell me that he just read “We are thought to be witnesses, not prosecuting attorneys.” I really like that for I am tempted to not only judge another, but myself as well. Comparisons follow that line of thinking and lead either to feelings of pride or inferiority and sometimes, both. Right at that time, I choose to correct that thinking and replace it with Love for myself and then, I can Love others as well.
Proverbs 3: 11-12 states “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” By releasing all human outlining, I can see only spiritual growth going on and that is seeing through God’s eyes. Today, I choose to be alert and catch early on, any erroneous thinking and stay in the Now!
This morning I am thinking about Heaven being a state of mind and I am reminded of something I heard many years ago. “We cannot get to Heaven until everyone does.” To me that means if I am seeing ungodlike traits in anyone, that can keep me from experiencing joy and peace. We need to see others as God sees them; not the rough and sometimes nasty exterior. So often, they are coming from fear. Just like at Halloween, we don’t believe the scary costumes at our door, when the children come to “trick or treat”, but know the purity and innocence beneath that apparel.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Only then, can we experience Heaven.
Sometimes it is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking everything will be better when we rid our self of some real or imagined pain, or a certain debt will be paid in full, or our relationship with another will be healed and on and on. John 4:35 reads “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” To me, that means thinking my every need is met right here, right now. Luke 12:32 states “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Nowhere in that verse does it say later or hereafter!
Today, I will be aware and stay in the present, knowing all is well today!
The above was on my mind this morning as I awoke and I was immediately reminded of the words “under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”. Indivisible meaning undivided and “for all” is self-explanatory. While praying for our country I was led to a verse in a hymn that is sung in our Church.
“Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Here health and peace are found, Life, Truth, and Love;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow but Love can remove.”
“Perfect Love casteth out fear.” Fear is always at the base of any discomfort followed by hatred and resentment. Recognizing this, I know I have to begin my prayer work with God/Love and see how He is seeing things. I know it is not from eyes that are filled with hatred, resentment, bitterness, etc. Today, I will look through God’s eyes and listen carefully; rather than with judgment and self-righteousness.!
As I was reading II Kings 25:30 which states “And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life”, I was reminded of the Lord’s Prayer. In it, it reads “Give us this day our daily bread;”. Aren’t these saying that God sees to it that our daily needs are filled.? When I begin my day knowing that this is always true, my imagined load seems so much lighter. I claim this Truth for me today.
In Luke 15:7, it states “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” While studying this, I began to think about what she might have uncovered while sweeping her entire house. As I thought of this, I was reminded what it looks like when I clean out my closet and until it is finished, it is a mess. Then I remembered the feeling after I complete the job or after the lost piece of silver is found! In reality, only Good is going on! We are just searching for that lost piece of silver and it will be found. My heart stays filled with love and gratitude.
This morning I read an article about being “Fired Up” when the Truth is revealed to us or a prayer answered. As I prayed about this, I realized at other times the answer to my prayer may take longer and slower. Our spiritual growth is never just a temporary “high” but in learning more about God and our relationship to Him, His uninterrupted care comes to light. 11 Timothy 1:7 states “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
God knows what I need to know the most and it is in His timing. There are times when it seems it is taking a little longer for my prayer to be answered; then I stop and see God does not make a mistake but knows better what we need. This is His day and I rejoice in knowing this.
This morning as I was praying and pondering the above question, very subtly the thought appeared that a relationship challenge I had some concern about appeared as the very thing that perhaps God couldn’t do. Immediately following a slight physical problem had appeared and I realized that I was listening to the carnal mind the Bible refers to as enmity against God. My faith is very strong and I know that having doubt is denying the Christ. Once again, I was reminded this is never about “recovery” but “discovery” of our true spiritual nature.
Psalms 139:14 states “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Spiritual man is made in the image and likeness of God and cannot possess error. Praying from that standpoint I see more clearly and realize completely the answer to the question “What cannot God do?” and know that it is nothing because with God, all things are possible!
The Bible tells us to love one another and it never follows up with except those of differing opinions, different political views, different color, and on and on. It just says to love one another. In Matthew 19:26 it states “And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” That is not followed by except an incurable disease or poverty or anything else but just states that all things are possible to God! This verse follows “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God”.
It is also said that this kingdom is within which means peace and harmony to me and the rich could mean being rich in erroneous, cherished beliefs. My answers and understanding come when I am willing to release these old, world-excepted beliefs. Today I will know there are no exceptions to omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good/God leaving no room for error.
Almost twenty years ago, during a challenging and dark time in my life, I moved to a city where I knew no one. During this time, I visited a downtown Church which I found very unfriendly. In looking back, during the year I visited I sat at the back and left immediately following the benediction. Several years passed before returning to this Church due to a move which was nearby and it made sense for me to go there. This time I became involved with different committees and stayed after Church each service to say “Hello” and be greeted as well.
Without a doubt, this Church became so important in my Life and I made lifetime friends there. Several years ago, I moved again and have a new Church but continue with relationships formed there and also, attend when we are in the area. How on earth could I have ever thought this Church unfriendly? I know how. I was so closed-minded and scared of being hurt, that I couldn’t see or feel the Love surrounding me.
Psalm 13:5 states “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” My heart fills with humility and gratitude as I realize that I have never been separated from God and never will.