Our lives are like that wood: It’s the “flaws” that give them character, and once the whole is polished by God’s light, the lives are beautiful flaws and all.
It is the contrast in wood that makes it interesting – the knot holes and variations are what make it intriguing, and the polishing, or sheen over all adds to its beauty. Our lives are like that wood: It’s the “flaws” that give them character, and once the whole is polished by God’s light shining over all, the lives are beautiful, flaws and all. As long as we are active, we will have some flaws in our lives, but as we trust God, they will blend in to become beautiful instead of ruining our lives. (see Romans 8:28)
What better description for a life of peace and victory?
Meditation Thought: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
Afflicted (hard pressed) – not crushed
Perplexed – not in despair
Persecuted – not abandoned (forsaken)
Struck down – not destroyed
What better description for a life of peace and victory? No matter what the circumstances, hope does not fail, for “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
We are not crushed, despaired, abandoned or destroyed because we are not alone, we know our “Reserves” are coming to back us up – all we need do is to wait for them to come to change the situation. What a difference it is to know that our uncomfortable position is only temporary – and that good is being worked in it for us.
It’s easy to take discomfort when you know it is bringing rewards later, easy to take when you know it is improving you every minute. We don’t seek discomfort or problems, but when they come (as they do to believers and non-believers alike), we can rise above them in our minds as our minds concentrate on God, seeking His will – His wisdom – His solutions. Soon – or at least on God’s schedule – we have not only our minds, but every part of us risen above the discomfort and problem and feel exhilarated and happier for the overcoming of the trouble, for the knowing more completely than ever before, that God is sufficient. As we come closer to Him in trust, we can not only throw off fear of events, we can almost welcome trouble because we know God will work so much good from it that eventually it will become a blessing.
If My promises are within you, then My works shall be surrounding you!
Meditation Thought: “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
“Take hold of My Word, clutching it tightly with your mind – for attached to My Word in your mind is a connecting link called ‘faith’ which has at the other end the power of My Spirit to move upon that Word in your mind.
- Place the Word (promise) in your mind.
- Place the connecting rod of faith (the action on your part which announces to Me that you do believe My Word).
- Envision the promise having come into reality in the realm of the physical – clinging to that image, despite all evidence.
Embrace Romans 8:28 and Mark 11:24, first as words, then as images in your mind. If My promises are within you, then My works shall be surrounding you! Peace; reap peace from the sowing of My Word in your mind and the sowing of righteousness in your heart. And joy! Reap joy as My Words unfold as the opening of a bud in your life; the fragrance is released more fully as My works expand the petals of your life, moving them away from your ego and self-will as the center of your bloom.”
Life is no longer a “line” from “here to there”. Life is a sphere, encompassing ever-widening perceptions and knowledge, our awareness of the interrelation of all things seen and unseen.
Meditation Thought: “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38)
To believe in Jesus is to move into a new world: one minute we live on a physical plane only – the next we have moved into a totally new environment. It is so different that it takes much effort to explore and understand the implications of its various facets. What excitement greets each day! There is mystery of the unexpected – there are the “impossible” coincidences, there are “miracles” of healing – physically, in relationships, within self, others are given more tranquil hearts because God guides us to say and do helpful ministries.
All is not “sweetness and light” all of the time – but never is there a “dull” time if the Word is in our mind, for contemplation of it always “entertains” us as it enlightens us. Never is there a hopeless situation for “in everything God works good to them who love Him, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
There are the glorious times when prayers are visibly answered, when love abounds, when the presence of God is so real it is as strong as a physical presence, a visible presence.
Life is no longer a “line” from “here to there”. Life is a sphere, encompassing ever-widening perceptions and knowledge, our awareness of the interrelation of all things seen and unseen. The contrast is as dramatic as going from blindness to sight – and life is as dramatically changed.
Help me to be alert so that I can be an apt pupil.
Meditation Thought: “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 GNT)
“works for good” – the good is not limited to those who love God, it extends to others too – often resulting in adding children to God’s Kingdom.
“with those” – “those” are needed to be used by God, and in order to be used, they must be aware of God’s call, to heed that call and act on it, and to trust God with the results, not judging the immediate results, but knowing that the ultimate results will be good for everyone and for God. The trusting is as important as the initial response, for the trusting is the acting on the faith – the believing that keeps the energy moving toward the completion of the purpose of God – whether that purpose was initiated by a call from God, or as by His response to a call to Him in prayer.
“everything” – Life is made up of a series of “things” – things involving seconds, things involving years – things that are crucial, things that are irrelevant, things that change the course of history, things that seem to not matter at all – but every one of these “things” is important enough for God to express His care, and His interest. All of creation is His and He is vitally concerned with all of it – He does not judge, as we do, that some “things” are so unimportant as to be unworthy of His attention. We need to think more in line with God’s example, so that as we work in tandem with Him, we accomplish His purpose more quickly than if we seek to accomplish that purpose by devising our own methods being ignorant of His more perfect method.
Prayer: Dear Father, I ask You to work in me in such a way that I will be using Your methods of accomplishing the tasks You set before me. Help me to be alert so that I can be an apt pupil. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Trust me. I don’t want robots; I want children. I want to hold you in my love, to enable you to use the gifts I gave you when I created you.
Meditation Thoughts: “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Quote: “Faith is the ability of the human spirit to open up and receive impressions from God that are born of the Word and made alive by the Holy Spirit.: – Jim Cymbala.
Thoughts – Impressions: (This is a message Mom perceived as God entering into her mind His message of comfort and hope. Mom wrote this journal entry in 2001 – a time shortly before her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and many years after she began her journals. At this time she was distraught over her nervousness, lack of concentration and memory difficulties.)
“My Spirit shall be a light unto your path. Trust me. I don’t want robots; I want children. I want to hold you in my love, to enable you to use the gifts I gave you when I created you. Don’t fret as is your inclination, but focus on Me, on the reality of what I have done for you in years past. You have experienced many situations where I have worked good for you when you were unhappy with your circumstances. You have experienced uncanny “coincidences” that were the very means of bringing good, not merely to you, but to others also.
Do not despair now, but hope. Hope and pray. Believe with your spirit, even if you cannot believe with your mind at this time. I shall rescue you from despair and confusion. Trust Me. I am here, for you, and for others.
Have you not experienced my power? Have you not seen beauty rise up from ashes? Can you not perceive the order of creation, the flow of it?
Go now, in faith and hope in Me and be a light to yourself as well as to others. I will help you. I do love you.