He is not
displeased with
our plans for
tomorrow or our
utilizing the
mistakes of
yesterday to
our advantage.
However, we deprive
ourselves of grace
and God of glory
when we live
in the fear
of tomorrow.
That blessed
awareness of
His Presence and
the realization of
the power of
His grace, will
let us live for
today, without fear
of the future or
attachment to
the past.


 

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Jesus wants us to trust Him to take care of all our yesterdays and tomorrows. He looks for souls who are willing to see the Father in every happening and then give that circumstance to Him to solve, justify, make right or straighten out. It is not easy but it is peaceful for we are bearing good fruit. God is bearing fruit within us and we have witnessed to our neighbor that Jesus dwells in us.

When we react to another's anger with gentleness we have looked upon that person's fault with understanding compassion and not in a judging manner. The one at fault is starving or hungry in some area - hungry for the word and power of God to change him. To be gentle at that moment is to feed Jesus to that soul - it is to manifest Jesus and feed that soul with spiritual food. The power of example changes and produces fruit in others. It gives them a glimpse of the attributes of God - a sample of the good things to come.

"Do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
(Matt. 6:34)

We may not think of worry as a "spiritual hangover" but it is. Worry is the result of a lack of trust in God's care and providence. Some souls are in a state of perpetual worry. They live in a kind of frustration that is never relieved. There is darkness in tomorrow and the present moment is lived in the shadow of yesterday. Their entire lives are spent between dusk and mid night for they never see the dawn of new horizons or the bright sun of God's love and providence. This "state" of worry is what Jesus warned us about. The present moment has God within it to give us peace, sorrow that builds up courage, demands that make us virtuous and joy to take the edge off bad situations. Our trust in God must reach heroic stages if we are to be holy. Heroism is constant fidelity to our state in life. To find Jesus where we are and In what is happening, is to strive for holiness. We are to become through Grace, what Jesus is by nature, a son of God. We are to be faithful because He is always in the midst of everything. He only waits for us to ask so He may give Himself to us. He desires us to do our part, to exercise our talents, to see Him in everything and everyone.

He is not displeased with our plans for tomorrow or our utilizing the mistakes of yesterday to our advantage. However, we deprive ourselves of grace and God of glory when we live in the fear of tomorrow. That blessed awareness of His Presence and the
realization of the power of His grace, will let us live for today, without fear of the future or attachment to the past. His love and care of us is deeper than the ocean and greater than the universe. He counts the hairs that fall from our head. He measures the time of our life span. His love for poor sinners forced Him to take upon Himself the humiliation of our human nature. A God who does so much for a sinner will certainly take care of every tomorrow.

"Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts?"
(Luke 24:38)

Is there anyone who would not take sides with the Apostles after the resurrection? They had seen their hopes apparently dashed to the ground. The one they loved and in whose power they believed had suddenly succumbed to weakness. Where were they to go? What were they to do? Yes, they saw Him heal the blind and raise the dead. They saw His power, but how could it be possible for a dead man to raise himself? They heard Him say He would rise, but who understood such a mystery? The horror of the last few days certainly gave them an excuse for agitation, but Jesus did not think so - He asked them "why" this agitation -why question His revelations?



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