For a while now, the question comes to mind about Jesus being on the mountain and satan tempting Him to jump off because God would save Him if He really were the son of God. Why didn’t satan just push Jesus? Then a light came on in my consciousness! He didn’t have the power! What a revelation for me! The only power evil or error has ever is what we give it. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 reads “But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Truth and Love always leave error powerless.
Today I will ask God to protect me from believing that subtle little serpent or error when it attempts to trick me into believing anything that does not come from God.
Many times one may try to rate a disease or error. Is it the worse or maybe, not so bad? This labeling can be a deterrent in the healing process. When reading of Jesus’ healings and demonstrations, one will never read where He thought turning the water into wine was less than restoring the withered hand. All challenges should be met by the understanding there is nothing impossible to God and that is where our prayers should begin.
The false beliefs of “am I good enough” or “do I know enough” are dispelled with the knowing of God’s omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence leaving no space for error. Philippians 4:19 states “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” This doesn’t say “some of your needs” or a “few of your needs” but “all your needs”.
Today at my art class, there were so many new ideas literally thrown at us, but as we used them in our work, they began to make sense. They certainly would not have been understood if she had given these to us three years ago at our first class.
Then, later I was reading an article where a lady was taking a swim course and the teacher had jumped in the pool and explained the law of flotation and buoyancy. When the student was later relating this to her husband, who was a physics major in college said, “Oh, yes, that’s Archimedes’ law of buoyancy ,” and proceeds to quote the law word for word. Now his wife was unaware of that law but it still worked for her.
As I was later studying and praying at my desk, it occurred to me I didn’t need to know everything about God, but what I do know is He is Love, Truth and Life, which is a great way to begin my prayers. Psalms 23:4 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I also know that God is always with me and I can never, ever be separated from Him. That is a good start for any prayer!
Two of evil’s favorite weapons are self-condemnation and discouragement and are certainly not from God. When our hearts are filled with Love and Gratitude, those weapons have nothing in which to hold and attach themselves and are quickly dispelled as a dark room when the light is switched on. Philippians 4:6-7 reads “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Releasing self-absorption, we find peace and harmony.
“When you think about self, trouble grows and when you think about God (Love and Good), trouble goes!”
This morning I have been studying the above parable in Matthew 13: 24-30. One of the first things it has brought to mind is a lesson in my art class on negative and positive space. Both are needed for clarity. The negative space is that space which surrounds the item or items that I am painting or drawing. It is neither Good nor evil but to me represents the unreal while the actual painting is the real.
Matthew 13:30 states, “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.'”
As I ponder the serpent in the third chapter of Genesis, he only made the suggestion to Eve to eat the apple. He did not force the apple down her throat but just tempted her with the thought she could become as a god knowing good from evil. She had been forewarned by God but gave in to temptation. There is only One God and we reflect that God as we were made in His image and likeness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Any thought that does not come from God comes from that illusive, lying snake. We must learn to recognize the origination of a thought and learn to be aware of negative thoughts, where we refute them immediately and replace them with the Truth! God is, error isn’t and that’s that! (A little simplified, but still true)
Genesis 3:5 states, “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Sin was a lie from the beginning and still is but Divine Love can always replace it and does so!
As I have been pondering John 5:30 , it states, “I can of my own self do nothing.”, the thought came to me how easy it is to know all Good comes from God. What is a little more difficult for me is when I am faced with error, I want to blame myself! Then I realize that is exactly what the line in the Lord’s Prayer means when it says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The temptation is to believe I can ever be separated from God.
By following the teachings of Jesus, and clinging steadfastly to God, I know that evil can never be a part of me or anyone else as I look through God’s eyes.