So often when we experience discomfort, whether it be financial, physical or relationship; we think it is punishment. I Kings 17:18 reads, “And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?” Then in John 9:2,3 it reads, ” Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus responds, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
This belief is apparent today as it was in Biblical times, when actually, any challenge we experience is to learn more about God and our relationship to Him. God is not a punishing God, but a loving One. Today, I will practice seeing His Love everywhere!
Growing up in a fundamental religion, the Easter Season was confusing to me. First, I was taught at a very early age that Jesus died upon the cross for my sins. That was even before I knew what sin was! For years I decided that I must be very bad for Him to have to die for me and I couldn’t grasp what I was supposed to do to be saved. As I was led to a spiritual concept, my old beliefs changed to understanding that I was made in the image and likeness of God. God is Spirit, Love, Truth, Life, Soul, Principle and Mind and this began to make sense to me. I could actually be nothing unlike God! For so long, I tried to be perfect humanly and just seemed to make matters worse. Now, I start from perfection and little by little, any imperfection falls away into the nothingness it has always been. Isaiah 12:2 says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
So often, we may come from the belief of lack of Good and scarcity, but when we humbly and gratefully turn to God for clarity with expectancy, our every need is met and then, more so. God handles every request and with abundance. It is up to us to open our eyes and let go of negativity. After Jesus had fed the multitude, John 6:12-13 reads, “When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.’ So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” His Good overflows!
All my life, I had heard it said, “The devil is in the details”. It has taken spiritual growth for me to question and refute these old sayings but as I have turned more and more to God and releasing old belief, understanding has taken place. Psalm 73: 23-26 reads, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
This verse says the complete opposite! God is in the details and when we put Him first in our life, there is peace, harmony and dominion.
Beliefs I have claimed throughout the years have changed and sometimes, often and do not result in feelings of security. On the other hand, my understanding comes gently and in increments of Knowing that God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good. Security results as I recognize man as image and likeness of God, which is in Genesis 1:26, where it states, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping that creepeth upon the earth.” That is the real creation.
Another old belief I need to rid myself of is that hindsight is 20-20. That is far from the Truth if the past holds blame, bitterness and condemnation. My prayer again is to see how God sees things. 2 Corinthians 12:9 reads, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”