As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
This morning as I study Matthew 9:18 which reads “there came a certain ruler, and worshipped Him, saying, ‘My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.'”, there seemed to be no doubt in the ruler’s mind that this was not the end for his daughter. Nor did I sense this was a last resort for him, but was clearly positive the Christ could heal his daughter. The human scene would have been scary, as well, but his faith in Christ was stronger than the material evidences before him. So often, we are asked to put aside what we are seeing and rely upon the Truth that there can be no imperfection in perfection. God’s universe IS perfect and our every needs are filled in this moment. Today I will live more in the moment, watching thoughts of yesterday and tomorrow, giving them no power.
This morning as I was studying the Bible, the thought came to me about the popularity of all the self help books in production today. As I pondered this, I realized the Christ was not in any of them I had read and they seemed to promote “self-reliance” which I find offensive. The more I recognize my dependence on God, the more I depend upon Him. The more I turn to Him with any and all challenges without human will and human outlining, the more Good I experience in my life.
John 15:5 states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Today I will be grateful for all lessons, which become blessings as I understand more.
We can study mathematics forever but if we don’t solve a problem, we will never be a mathematician. The very same is true for reading a recipe for a cake but we still have to make it. This is true about riding a bike, swimming and on and on. It is especially true about being a Christian. We can read the Bible forever but if we don’t put it into practice in our life, are we still a Christian? Being a Christian to me means following the teachings of the Christ. Loving one another, standing for principle (which He always did) and knowing He was the true child of God were just a few of the ways. Psalm 25:4-5 states “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” We actually have to put these things into practice in our life.
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.
The very instant we experience adversity, doubt about God and His goodness come flooding into our consciousness. Actually, at that exact time, we can turn from fear and know God is just working His purpose out. It seems so easy to turn to discouragement but the Christ, Truth is just waiting for us to replace our thoughts about self and replace them with thoughts about God and our relationship to Him. “Turn the other cheek” which could just mean look at the situation from a different angle.
Isaiah 55:8-9 reads “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declare the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” That verse is self-explanatory to me. Don’t trust my thoughts unless they are from God. If we are entertaining negativity of any sort, we know that is NOT from Him and then, we simply and humbly ask to see what He sees, which is always His perfect child. He also works out every detail and takes you all the way! Not partially, but all the way.
Today as I was pondering how Peter had denied the Christ after the Crucifixion and questioning that information, I was reminded that I do that daily when entertaining the thought that there is something not possible to God. The Christ represents the Truth and there can be no imperfection in perfection. To doubt God is to deny the Christ. Our every need is met by Divine Love. I Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Today, I will keep my focus on Good, God which dispels all opposing erroneous thought. Right where a challenge seems to be, the Christ is right there revealing the Truth to us! Only Spiritual growth is going on and that does not have to be painful!