This morning as I am thinking about events in the news; many powerful people being humbled due to sexual misconduct and I began to pray. We have heard repeatedly that nothing hidden will not be revealed and in so doing, there has to be correction of wrong doing. So often there is a void and people choose lesser gods to worship as in people, possessions, and power. There is only one God and He is a jealous God! He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Good so there is no place for a lesser power.
By bringing this into the open, these errors can begin to heal. In the beginning of the Bible, error appears as a serpent (an evil suggestion) and by the time we get to Revelations, it has become a large dragon, but that is when it is destroyed. So rather than a bad thing that is happening, things can only be healed if they are revealed. These are not bad people but people who have made wrong choices. Today I will love even more as I witness chastening everywhere.
Colossians 2:2-3 states “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Recently, I heard the above question read and it resonated with me! What a wonderful question to ask oneself when conversing with others. Actually, it can be applied to thoughts we might entertain and we are always at choice on what we spend time thinking about. James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Isn’t that saying the same thing; God/Love or devil, error?
This is one small way I can help out in world news and affairs. Rather than getting caught up in the gory details, I can turn to God, who is all-powerful and know the battle is always His. Today, I will not waste one minute on contaminating! Instead, I will look to see what God sees in every situation.
This morning, the above word seem to appear in my thinking from out of the blue. When this happens, it means I need to do some research so I looked up the old meaning of the word “complacent”. It means to “be pleased with oneself” and this got my attention because this can easily lead to self-righteousness and judgment. Also, my spiritual study becomes rote and mundane; almost comatose.
Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” This applies to everything I do with no exception. I will replace the thought of complacency with joy and gratitude for a new day and a deeper understanding of my true identity.
Today it has been brought to my attention that the above can certainly burden one while darkening thoughts. It is so seductive to entertain ugly thoughts but then where does it leave us? Right then, right there Christ, Truth is and all we need to do is question this thought to see if that is what God is seeing. Luke 6:42 states, ” Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pullout the mote that is in the brother’s eye.” We can surely not have dark thoughts and still have room for the birth of the Christ in our thinking. They cannot co-exist.
In the fifth chapter of Mark, the story of the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years is given. Today, as I was pondering this, it occurred to me that her entire life was affected since during Biblical times, she would have been considered “unclean” and ostracized from family and loved ones. As I thought about her healing when she touched the hem of Christ’s garment, I wondered if maybe she had been praying with Psalms 139:7-10 where it states, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” Her healing was the Christ revealing to her, her true identity and never being separated from God/Good.
Also, it was apparent to me that there must have been humility in her thought, since she would have had to be kneeling to touch the hem of His garment; she couldn’t have been standing erect.
As I sit at my desk this morning and look out over the back, there is such a fog that one can barely see the outline of the trees in the distance, much less the hills beyond them. Now this certainly isn’t the first fog I have seen here but it is always arresting since I never, ever have doubts on what is out there. It brings to mind that I should never doubt God just because my human view may be limited. Zephaniah 3:17 states, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” That verse may not tell me how He will do that, but I will trust it to be so just as I know the hills and the trees are right outside my view for the moment, but soon will be revealed.
My heart is filled with gratitude to learn of His grace for me, which is certainly not earned but freely given.
Recently, it was revealed to me that our granddaughter was not going to receive a much-needed scholarship from an organization, where I am very active. It seemed she didn’t show enough initiative nor interest and I was very upset. This morning as I was at my desk studying and praying, the thought came to me that God has this! I don’t need to plan, outline and manipulate, but only trust Him. Psalm 5:3 reads, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” No where in that verse does it require my doing anything but expect Good. God doesn’t need my help.
Today, I will put that into practice and know all is well and only Good is going on.