Recently I read from a Bible commentary “Ancient philosophers drew connections between sound thinking and peace.” This just reinforced how important my thinking is to me! If it is filled with anger, bitterness, and anxiety; that is certainly not conducive to health and well-being. It is said in Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” Isn’t that referring to Love and Truth?
Negative thought should be cast out as soon as it is recognized and replaced with Truth and Love. That is my plan for today.
II Timothy 1:7 states , “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Praying with this verse gives us authority to declare that God has given us “a sound mind”, perfect health and eternal life. This prayer gives us confidence to know that God is governing and supplying our every human need.
By knowing this, we can refute all negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. These thoughts can keep one healthy!
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!
This morning as I have been reading articles from over seventy years ago about World War II, many thought the world was “going to hell in a handbasket” and that rebuilding cities appeared overwhelming. Reminded that could easily apply to thinking today, I was drawn to Psalm 46:10, which reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
As I go through the day, I will prayerfully entertain that verse in thought, when negative temptations of world affairs arise.
Recently, a friend of mine had once again bid on a job at Church. Once again, the bid had gone to someone else. This time, I felt some irritation and was postponing calling him with this negative news that he had not received the job.
After a couple of hours of “stewing”, I bit the bullet and called to tell him the news. When he heard, he thanked me profusely and told me another job had fallen in his lap but he would have to refuse it had he gotten the job for our Church. My heart was filled with humility as I saw that I should let go of “human will” and “Let God be God” ! I remain so humble as I see His wisdom everywhere.
Psalms 62:5 reads, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone: my hope comes from Him.” This is true when I “Let go and let God”.
Today is the first day of spring and such a wonderful time to be aware of all the beauty and Love surrounding us. Blessings shower us daily and only as we discard the negative focus in our lives, can we perceive them. Keeping our mind on God clears all blockage preoccupying us.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.