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!
I’d Rather Give Audience to Spirit by Elizabeth Bice Luerssen
I really wasn’t enjoying the show playing on my stage of consciousness–sad, depressing, even frightening, and with a cast of characters no one could love.
“The show must go on.” It must? Must something so bad have a good run? Then I had an angel of an idea: I stopped watching; took away the audience. And the show closed!
That poem resonated with me the minute I read it and I thought of times when those unwanted shows tried to entertain me in my thoughts. Psalm 34:19 states “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” This means to me that I need to question my focus when an endless tape is playing and I will do that today.
There is a huge difference in the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge”. The first signifies eternal reality while the latter speaks of human opinions, justifications, condemnation and comparisons. We are given strict orders to stay away from that tree in Genesis 2:16 where it states “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Isn’t that telling us to stay with the thought that God is Good and the only creator? He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good! When we pray with that knowing, there is no room for error. The more Good we focus on, the more there is visible to us.
Today, I will watch my focus!
While watching a program last night on television, a man played such a despicable part and a woman played such a fearful role that they both were believable. After a while, I couldn’t separate them from the role they were playing. Then I began thinking of someone I know who has an undesirable trait that appears real! My thought shifted as I prayed to see him as the child of God he really is. He is succeeding in this part without even knowing his true identity. Today I will focus on his real identity, whether or not he is aware of it.
Luke 6:37 reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Today my focus will be on loving others unconditionally. I will look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and be alert to criticism and judgment of others and myself. 1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Also, love casteth out fear, so when we are fearful, we need to look and see where we are not loving enough!
Recently, I came across the above list my art teacher had given to our class and thought I would share it. (And add to it)
- Step back from your work. ( That means to me to never re-act or over-act but from this view, you can see clearer)
- Draw what you see, not what you know. ( Sometimes the human brain wants to tell you something that isn’t true.)
- Consider composition. ( Where do you want your focus to be?) Shouldn’t we always be alert to this?
- Be patient with yourself. (No matter what we are doing)
- Enjoy the process. (So true about everything in Life) Psalm 119:27 reads, ” Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.”
When Eve was tempted by evil or error to partake of the fruit of the tree of “good and evil”, she and Adam had every thing they needed, but that wasn’t enough. She wanted to be able to judge! Even today, the thought of judging is often so seductive that we are willing to give up our peace in order to have a human opinion and voice that opinion. Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” And God said in Genesis 3:2-4, “The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.
There are so many times we want to focus on what we do not have rather than on what we do have. Isn’t that what Eve did and that removed her joy and peace? Today I will focus on gratitude and humility and that should keep me busy!