While studying and praying this morning and feeling gratitude and love, had a brief conversation with someone and it didn’t fit my picture. Irritation came sneaking in when I was reminded of my recent prayer to see God in everything! Remembering that the carnal mind as mentioned in the Bible is very subtle and always out to steal our joy, I immediately smiled to myself and said “gotcha” knowing that was what it was. Vanity or emptiness certainly doesn’t come from God.
Psalm 105:4 states ” Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” So thrilled that I caught it so soon thinking back over times when it may have taken me days to be that aware. Once again, I will practice seeing God in everything!
“God’s mother love broods over all! Have I necessities His love will not supply who measures not one need as great or small, but even tends the sparrow at its fall? God’s mother love my strength will ever be which tends us both alike–the bird and me!”
While it appears I am getting stronger daily, I remember my strength comes from God and I just need to claim it, not regain it. While giving praise and noticing flowers and cards all around, right then when I would be feeling the Love, I think of someone I haven’t heard from during this time. Immediately, I recognize this thought coming from the carnal mind mentioned in the Bible which is enmity against God.
Rejecting a thought to try and pull me down, I humbly give thanks that I need not entertain it, but just reject it with the understanding that Love is all! Pondering III John 1:2, which states “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” , I know the choice is mine to contemplate this Truth rather than some error of any kind. Gratitude and humility reign within as I think about Easter and its promises.
As I begin my day, there are times when I may feel overwhelmed with things I need to do. If I am not careful, the weight of the world falls on my shoulders. Now, actually, I know that to be a lie and Philippians 4:13 comes to mind to shine some Truth on my thinking. It reads, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me: I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency).” That is from the Amplified Bible and I find it helpful. Once again, I am reminded that “Of mine ownself, I can do nothing.” Freedom from bondage comes from that realization.
Recently, I spent several days and multiple hours preparing for an annual report and audit for an organization where I am Treasurer. In so doing, there was a small error that was keeping me from balancing and the report goes to State. During this ordeal, many prayers were prayed humbly asking for help. I prayed with “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” from Isaiah 40:31.
After much frustration, the error was found and the report submitted yesterday. It was such a great relief! This morning while at my desk and praying and giving thanks, I nearly forgot how very grateful I was to get that job completed! How quickly I forget when only yesterday I was crying out for help and it was given to me.
There are times when the path ahead seems easy and I may be tempted to go it alone. That is exactly the time I need to pray with Psalm 105:4, where it states, ” Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” Today, I will remember this verse and pray with it.
There was a time when I would have thought “leaning on God” was a weakness. Today, as I depend upon God for everything and realize all good comes from God, I am strengthened.
Isaiah 40:28-31 states, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”