This morning, the above word seem to appear in my thinking from out of the blue. When this happens, it means I need to do some research so I looked up the old meaning of the word “complacent”. It means to “be pleased with oneself” and this got my attention because this can easily lead to self-righteousness and judgment. Also, my spiritual study becomes rote and mundane; almost comatose.
Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” This applies to everything I do with no exception. I will replace the thought of complacency with joy and gratitude for a new day and a deeper understanding of my true identity.
“Be still and know that I am God.” is from Genesis 46:10 and is how I begin each morning. With that verse, outside thoughts can be quietened as I listen for God. The first thing that is overcome is fear and doubt, which is mesmerizing and hypnotizing. Sometimes, it takes longer than others, but my thinking needs to be receptive and humble and can only reach that stage when fear is gone.
When I realize that God is always here, not just when I need Him to clean up a mess that I have made but He also preserves Good, which is ongoing. There are times, when it is less obvious, but when I trust Him completely, He reveals what I need to know and always has. My heart is filled with humility and gratitude as I see proof of Him everywhere.
This morning as I study and pray for only harmonious thoughts (which are the natural state of being) and ask to recognize what needs to be cast out immediately. By keeping my thoughts so filled with peace and love, there is no room for any feelings of uneasiness, irritation, confusion nor discouragement. This is done by staying alert to what I let in to consciousness.
James 1:19 reads, “My dear brothers, take note of this; Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” This cannot be achieved by entertaining thoughts that have not originated in God. Today I will watch my thinking!
This morning as I was thinking about someone, I was tempted to see arrogance and bullying in this man. Not feeling totally peaceful about this judging, I opened the Bible to I Samuel 16:7 and it reads, “…the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
How much clearer does that need to be? As I clear my thinking , not only will I look at others and see what God sees but He sees the same about me. What a refreshing thought!