Impossible. Hopeless. Dead. Are these among the adjectives you have used in reference to a situation you are going through? Have you thought of a sickness – any sickness – as incurable? Have you thought of your business as hopeless and collapsing? In thinking about Somalia and Syria, have you thought of these nations as irredeemable? The Kenyan state of impunity, corruption, poverty, lethargy, and insecurity: have you thought of the state of this nation as irredeemably permanent?
You probably said “yes” in response to one or more of the questions above. If so, I want to welcome you to an alternative way of thinking.
First, please allow me take you to a well-known story of Adam and Eve. These two lived in a perfect world – I mean perfect! No wars, no domestic violence, no lack, no corruption, no hiked school fees, no student loans, no credit card debts, and, most importantly, no rush-hour traffic! The two lived in a state of perfect love, perfect peace, and perfect beauty.
Perfection was part of Adam and Eve’s existence until such a time as they ate the famous forbidden fruit.
After eating the fruit, “their eyes were opened.” They realized they were naked!
When God “came” to check up on them in the garden of Eden, they were in hiding because they “were naked.”
Please realize that nakedness connotes vulnerability, shame, and lack. They thought of themselves as vulnerable. When they “informed” God that they were naked, guess what God asked them: Who told you? What?! I thought God was supposed to go like “Oops! I forgot to clothe you guys. Sorry!”
When God said that He made you in His own image and likeness that you reflect the divine, the beautiful, the limitless who taught you that you are a mere mortal, limited by time, space, and human projections?
Could this be Spirit’s question to us today? Who told you that cancer has no cure? Who told you that Syria is irredeemable? Who told you that your loved one’s addiction is permanent? Who told you that your business is hopeless? When God said that all is possible with him, who taught you to “be realistic” and recognize impossibility? When God said that He made you in His own image and likeness that you reflect the divine, the beautiful, the limitless who taught you that you are a mere mortal, limited by time, space, and human projections?
The words I speak to you, said Christ Jesus, are spirit and they are life.
God does not speak impossibility; God did not author sickness; God does not recognize hopelessness. On the contrary, God heals ALL diseases, “Christ in you [is] the hope of all glory,” and, with God, all things are possible.
Who are you listening to today? To whose words are you giving audience? Are you listening to God’s words of life and peace or is your attention paid to carnal mind’s notions of sin, sickness, weakness, impossibility, and death?
It is true that we are constantly bombarded with reports that starkly contrast God’s viewpoint. But this is where we get to take the “weapons of our warfare,” which are not carnal but are “mighty through God.” Ours is to pull down strongholds and every “high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
“Stand porter at the door of thought,” stated Mrs. Eddy, a 19th century revolutionary thinker.
“Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flow the issues of life,” says a proverb [of Solomon].
What thoughts are you letting into your mind? To whom are you listening?
Are you listening to this world’s loud proclamation of hopelessness, incurable diseases, wars, lack, irredeemable discord, and inevitable death? Or are you listening to the “still small voice” of Spirit speaking hope, healing, and harmony?