This morning as I pray about the world, I am reminded of the carnal mind in Romans 8:7 which reads “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Isn’t this the same mind that attempts to come in to tell us we are not smart enough, good enough, well enough, etc. ? Just as we should be aware of fake news, we should be aware of this type of thinking; refute it, remove it and replace it with the Truth about us. We are made in the image and likeness of God; perfect, whole, pure, spotless, innocent, etc. God being the only Creator, looked at all He ever made and said it was very Good.
Philippians 4:4-6 states “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Recently, while at my desk reading the Bible, my young cleaning lady who speaks limited English asked what I was reading. As I began attempting to explain the story of the tares and the wheat, she had a puzzled look on her face. Realizing I was trying to intellectualize the parable, immediately I turned to God and thought of Proverbs 3:5 where it states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
There is no recollection of what I said but her smile was huge as I realized Truth and Love was what she understood. It made no difference the words but it is clear that Love and Truth represent the Universal Language. Maybe it was just putting the Bible down and giving her time. Maybe she knew I really cared about her. There is no doubt that we both felt the presence of God as we embraced and said out “Good-byes”.
This morning as I sit at my desk studying and praying, I look out my back windows at the heavy fog. The trees and the hills are barely visible and actually, almost hidden, but I know this is temporary. Once the light appears, all will be clear. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
This is also true about any challenge we may experience. Once the light comes through our thinking and we can see clearer and see the Truth, which is always harmonious! I don’t have to wring my hands to see if this fog is going to lift; neither do I have to while waiting on God to reveal to me His perfection. There can never be any imperfection in perfection.
Today as I was pondering how Peter had denied the Christ after the Crucifixion and questioning that information, I was reminded that I do that daily when entertaining the thought that there is something not possible to God. The Christ represents the Truth and there can be no imperfection in perfection. To doubt God is to deny the Christ. Our every need is met by Divine Love. I Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Today, I will keep my focus on Good, God which dispels all opposing erroneous thought. Right where a challenge seems to be, the Christ is right there revealing the Truth to us! Only Spiritual growth is going on and that does not have to be painful!
This morning during my prayer work, I am reminded that God is Love, Truth, Life and Spirit as told to us in the Bible. This God I definitely want to know better including my relationship to Him rather than the God I knew from my youth, which was an angry and punishing God. Realizing that everything that happens to us is to further our understanding and dependence on Him is much more comforting to me. John 12:29 reads “The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him.” This was said in reference to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
This speaks to me as I know it to certainly be true for me. Today, I will listen more for angel messages, rather than thunder.
As I dress for Church this morning, the question came to mind, “Do I really realize how fortunate I am to be able to worship where I choose?” Following that came other thoughts which flooded my consciousness on how Good God is. Job 42:1-3 states “Then Job replied to the lord: ‘I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. ‘ You asked, ‘ Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Now, that is true security; not limited human security (which there is not) but a Spiritual knowing that all is right with Him. Today, I watch my thoughts and make sure there is room for the birth of the Christ, Truth!
This morning as I read John 5:5 through 7 which reads “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, ‘Wilt thou be made whole?’ The impotent man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.'”
As I read and reread those verses, I realized there was someone from my past that I seemed to hang on to bad qualities about him. I had refused to forgive him and had all the reasons why I shouldn’t. That was exactly what that man was doing by the pool. Rather than wanting a healing, he wanted to hang on to the reasons why he hadn’t been healed. What a revelation! Today, I will see this man though God’s eyes, which means seeing him through Love’s eyes. By the way, he was healed instantly by the Christ, Truth!