Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you.” How many of us align ourselves with the chief priests and elders? Perhaps we say, “Surely not I, Lord”; it’s a rather uncomfortable thought. Maybe we’re more like the tax collectors, but I’ll say one thing: I don’t like being associated with either of these. My first instinct is to ask: how can I distance myself from them? The age-old adage might ring true here - the only way to the other side is to go through it. So we ask ourselves, “How much
When we cast all of our darkness on God, we don’t need to name specific things if our intention is to cast all of it, because our human weakness (law of sin) impacts every aspect of our life (cf. Matthew 26:41; Romans 7:14 thru 8:2). This simplifies the process of giving our entire selves over to God. Scripture tells us how to do this. See Philippians 4:6-7; 1Peter 5:5-7; James 4:5-10; Galatians 5:16-26; Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 6:25-34, 11:28-30; Psalms 37:7, 55:22; Isaiah 26:3-4, 30:15, 55:6-9; John 6:63; Romans 13:14; 6:13; 8:28.
I'm learning to allow God, in Jesus's Name,to fight my battles,and even when I've been defeated in a certain area,I ask God to help me to say,"It is well with my soul!"
Thank you Jane. I am confronted by the dark places of my past at this moment. It is causing me grief. You reminded me to offer these places to God. That is very helpful. God bless!