Have been studying about Peter’s denial of the Christ after the Crucifixion. He had just told Jesus the night before there would be no way he would ever deny knowing Him, but he did just that three times. Matthew 26:75 states “He went out, and wept bitterly.” His remorse was so great but later, his spiritual understanding was so great, he went on to raise Dorcas from the belief of death! That story reassures me that my past is forgiven, freeing me up to learn more and more of God and my relationship to Him. Being able to use this understanding every day enriches my life.
This is true for each and every one of us.
Yesterday, I read a post on Facebook that said “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Heaven had visiting hours?” Immediately, I thought “Yes, it does and as a matter of fact, it is open twenty-four seven!” Why do we think we have to relocate to experience Heaven when joy surrounds us? We have a choice on experiencing Heaven or Hell any time. It is always our views on a situation. So often, man thinks things will be better hereafter or here-later when Heaven can be right here, right now!
By being grateful for blessings we already have opens us up to more. John 17:1 reads “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:” Not tomorrow, but now.
There is absolutely no challenge too small nor too large for God. This morning I was reminded how “depression” is widespread and talked about in advertisements and articles. Any time I have felt discouraged, I pray with Psalm 40:2-3 which reads “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”
To think we can go to God with any and all things is such security and nothing the world offers can compete with that sense of security. As I was thinking of the slimy pit, I also thought that there is no need to go to rock bottom because we can turn to God at anytime. We can always say “Thus far and no farther”.
It had been five years since we had had the large trees in our yard trimmed so this week we had all the old, dead limbs cut off and carried away. Not only do our trees look healthy and beautiful, our yard is more opened and the view clearer. As I was pondering this sitting at my desk, praying while looking out my window, it occurred to me I might need to do this trimming and casting away old, dead beliefs in my thinking and I surely needn’t wait five years to do this. As I practiced this, I saw how my vision improved when the temptation arose of seeing a past incident. Viewing this through God’s eyes, it put a whole different slant on things. God was with me right then as well as right now so I needed to cast off imagined hurt feelings and replace them with the Truth that I have never been separated from God for an instant.
Romans 8:38-39 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.” By staying with these verses, the old beliefs have been obliterated that say I was ever separated from my Good, God!
In Biblical times, oil was poured over the head of a sheep to keep out mites that would lay eggs and the sheep would beat it’s head against something hard to attempt to get peace. Haven’t we felt the same way when peace seems unreachable? Psalms 23:5 states “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil”. The oil we receive from asking God and accepting it is inspiration to see the reality of our true being. There can never be imperfection in perfection and if we are made in the image and likeness of God as the first chapter of Genesis says, we are spiritually perfect. We need to start from perfection rather than look for perfection. God is perfect!
As we work to stay in gratitude and humility, our heart can hear God more clearly than when we are buried in pride and fear. Today I choose gratitude and humility!
While rejoicing about the rescue of the young boys from the cave in Thailand, I first thought of things said about the assistant coach being irresponsible in taking them inside the cave. Now, it has been revealed that the same young man had studied to be a monk and not only had he taught the boys how to meditate he had shared his food and water with them. How wonderful! Once again, I was reminded of how we should view others through God’s eyes, which is Love.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 states ” For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Yesterday I read an article written by Darla Baerg on the “pros” and “cons” of controlled fires in large forests. With pine trees, the pine cones have a seed in them which is only activated by intense heat. This is a natural process in some areas in order to grow new trees.
We can relate to this in our own life wanting to avoid any and all discomfort, but by walking through these fires, not only to we have to lean totally on God, real growth comes from walking through those flames. This is not punishment but for our own Good.
Psalms 66:12 reads “You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”