This morning as I was thinking about obstacles, I was reminded of Matthew 17:20 which reads “And He said to them, ‘because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible to you.'”
What that says to me is to keep my focus on God/Good and the mountain becomes a pebble. Never keep your focus on the obstacle! It is so much more than staying positive. It is total faith that God knows what He is doing and is working His purpose out and it blesses all! Today I will trust Him totally.
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.
The above was on my mind this morning as I awoke and I was immediately reminded of the words “under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”. Indivisible meaning undivided and “for all” is self-explanatory. While praying for our country I was led to a verse in a hymn that is sung in our Church.
“Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Here health and peace are found, Life, Truth, and Love;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow but Love can remove.”
“Perfect Love casteth out fear.” Fear is always at the base of any discomfort followed by hatred and resentment. Recognizing this, I know I have to begin my prayer work with God/Love and see how He is seeing things. I know it is not from eyes that are filled with hatred, resentment, bitterness, etc. Today, I will look through God’s eyes and listen carefully; rather than with judgment and self-righteousness.!
Today, I will practice trusting God with small things while things are running smoothly. By doing this, when a challenge appears, it can be treated and dismissed as a pebble rather than a mountain. Spiritual senses is strengthened by doing just this!
Matthew 6:20-21 reads “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
While sitting at my desk and studying my Bible Lesson for the day, small negative tempting thoughts seem to creep in. Now, the choice is mine on whether or not to entertain and feed them. Remembering reading about Jesus’s temptations while on the mountain after fasting, he just told error, or satan, to “Get thee behind me.” That is exactly what I will do while a scripture from Romans 8:38-39 comes to mind.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”