As I study Jesus and the attack from the Pharisees when in Matthew 15:1, 2, it reads “Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread?”, Jesus always looked at the spiritual meaning. He knew that uncleanness isn’t physical, but mental. It’s always our thoughts that should be addressed first and of course, the physical will follow. Awareness of whether our thought is from God or the carnal mind should be the question.
Jesus had no concern for rituals, but was more interested in the heart! My question should always be “Am I doing this for the glory of God or me?” That truthful answer will always set me on the right path. Today, I will be conscious of my thoughts and immediately recognize whether or not they are clean and loving.
In studying the parable of the healing of the palsied man, perseverance was definitely obvious. The only means he had of seeing Jesus was to have his friends carry him. Then after getting there, they could not get in because of the multitudes. Still undeterred they decided to remove tiles from the roof and lower him into the midst before Jesus. He was then healed! Roadblocks are only erroneous thoughts that need to be seen through, refuted and replaced with the Truth. It is always a necessity to see the Truth of our real Being, which is the image and likeness of God. Perseverance is always needed.
Luke 5:19-20 states ” But not finding any way to bring him because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, He said ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'” He was then healed. Today, I will remember who my real Father is and be grateful.
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.
Last night we watched a program about love and forgiveness. This morning I was reminded if either of those are conditional, they cease to be love and forgiveness. One cannot love everyone, but or forgive everyone, but! There are political figures and other celebrities that I didn’t feel I loved and have been very critical of them. As I think about Jesus on the cross and it has been told he even forgave then; shouldn’t I do the same? “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” That is certainly not saying we should not pray about the world but genuinely know and understand there is a higher power than what we are seeing and there is no stronger power than Love.
While reading about a young man who left a “hate group” when he actually met some of the people he was supposed to hate and realized he didn’t hate them, I began my internal examination of my heart to see where I needed to love more. Philippians 4:8 reads “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” That is exactly what I want to do today, with the help of God.
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.”
When Jesus healed the ten lepers, He told them to go show themselves to the priests! This was even before they were healed. This was certainly a call for faith to know they would be healed. As we pray, we have to begin with our spiritual perfection as a reflection of the one God and this knowledge and understanding brings about healing.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
Often when we are asking for help when experiencing a challenge, whether it is physical, financial or problems with relationships, there is doubt of deserving God’s help. This was what I was thinking when I was reading about Peter cutting off the ear of the soldier who was arresting Jesus. He didn’t hesitate in reprimanding Peter and immediately healed the man’s ear. Surely, humanly this soldier didn’t merit this act of forgiveness.
From there, I begin to think of the world’s concept of riches is grasping and hoarding while God’s way includes letting go and giving. Humanly, none of us are probably worthy of God’s goodness, but it is given us by grace. 1 Peter 1:8 reads “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” This is all possible by the grace of God.