As I studied the 13th Chapter of John when Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, I saw how much Peter resisted this show of kindness and love. Peter is so easy to relate to for you can see so much humanness and willfulness in him. It reminded me of how much easier it is for me to give than receive. Jesus was stern with Peter as He told him he would have no part with Him if this were the case. Giving and receiving are equally important! Sometimes the little ego tries to enter where giving is concerned. It becomes evident just how important receiving is as we pray for an answer to a problem. Don’t we need to be receptive and expectant of an answer?
John 15:11 states “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Last week I posted that I had been praying for the selling of our daughter’s home in another state and it had been on the market for months and months. As I had been praying, I realized that I had been coming from fear and desperation rather than affirmation of God knowing all needs before we even ask. When I became peaceful about it and knew God was in control, I released it totally. Yesterday, we received a call from our daughter saying they had a concrete offer. Praise God.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
This morning I heard from her and there is some fear of inspections, etc. Isn’t that just like the carnal mind that the Bible warns us about? God takes us all the way; dotting all “i” and crossing all “t”s. Thank you, Father!
As I have been studying today’s Bible lesson, it mentions “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,”. Soon after, an unsolicited thought pops into my head from nowhere from the past when I suddenly realized that becomes a graven image from time to time since it is not connected with joy but regret. With this gentle nudge, I began to study the 10 Commandments closer and deeper. For example “Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain” means so much more to me now. Since I don’t use the word “damn” after God’s name, I thought I was home free until I realized that any comment after “I Am” that is ungodlike can be seen as blasphemous.
Hebrews 12:28-29 reads “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'” While studying deeper, everything becomes fresher to me rather than rote! I will look at all things anew today with childlike innocence and without judgment.
It made no difference how many people needed to be fed when Jesus fed the multitude. His disciples wanted to send them away because they didn’t see immediately how this would be possible with only a few fishes and a several loaves of bread. They were coming from a lack of Good or supply in their consciousness.
The Christ expressed gratitude and the human need was met. We never have to leave to find Christ. The Truth is always right where we are when we open our thoughts and rid ourselves of doubt, staying humble and grateful. Matthew 5:6 states “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.”
Human outlining keeps us from seeing the Truth before us.
While reading about the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:24-30, it is brought to one’s attention that the tares are not destroyed until the harvest. “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn'”.
The tares are totally separate from the wheat just as we mature Spiritually, any unChristlike trait just falls away and has nothing to do with our True Being and it never did have. Isn’t God Good?