This is the 100th posting of my messages. Now there is something I doubted would ever happen. But by the grace of God, here I sit, finishing and preparing to post it. Doubt it? HA! Never with God beside me!
“A surprised mother found her four-year-old son crying as he was tying his shoes. She looked at the little boy and said, “Why are you crying?” He said, “Because I have to tie my shoes.” The mother said, “But you’ve just learned how. It isn’t that hard, is it?” “Yes,” he wailed, ‘But I’m going to have to do it for the rest of my life.’”
How overwhelming is your life right now? Too many irons in the fire? Too much happening too fast? Too many bills, too many appointments, too many life situations? Yes, life itself can be overwhelming – just reading the newspaper (or the internet). Sometimes, just thinking about what we have to face tomorrow can throw us into panic. At times, even thinking of things we have to do can set in breathing problems. Yes, we are on a path, a long journey and we need help and support – we need the Power to get down that road, knowing with glee that we are going to be filled with joy and faith as we do so.
What stops us from knowing we have total control of all of life’s situations? We have to stand firm on our faith and trust and remove doubt from our hearts and minds. We need to unlock that door of doubt, tear down that wall. Never give in to doubt and never give up the hope.
Paul and I were at a San Antonio Spurs game against the L.A. Lakers (I think that was the team) a few years ago. Spurs were not looking good. Manu and Tony and Tim were not in their best form due to injuries. Now let me explain that I love – love – love the Spurs (maybe because I lived in San Anton while studying). So we decided to leave early and miss the terrible traffic jam leaving the Center. They were losing big time anyway, and it was depressing. So off we went to get the car and Tony and Manu and Tim recovered from their injuries or something (miraculously); and in the last five minutes we actually went on to a great victory. Never doubt that victory can be won, even victory over Satan’s curse of fear and doubt.
We need two ways of destroying that curse of doubt – human and divine.
Remember the old story of Androcles and the Lion? I have talked about this story before.
“ In this story, a thorn was pulled from the lion’s paw. You see, Androcles was a slave. He has escaped his taskmaster and had run to find freedom. He hid in a cave. While in there, he heard a noise. He turned around and saw he was being approached by a lion. He thought, “This is worse than what I escaped from.” He just knew he was going to be eaten; that he had come to the end of the line.
“He cowered back to the back part of the cave, and the lion growled. Then he noticed a tear coming out of the lion’s eye, and the lion stuck out his paw. His paw was all swollen. In the middle of his paw was a thorn. Androcles withdrew the thorn carefully from the lion’s paw, and the lion smiled. The lion licked his face and then retreated. Androcles said, “Whew! I’m glad that’s over!” (or something to that effect).
“Three years later in Rome, Androcles had become a Christian. Roman officials demanded he renounce his faith. He did not. They told Androcles they were going to throw him into the lions. Guess which lion he faced? The lion he had helped three years earlier. When the lion saw Androcles, he came out and instead of eating Androcles, he licked his face. Androcles was not put to death, but was released
because the Romans thought he was a person of high magic. He was . . . and so are we.”
Now, it is time to ask ourselves a few questions …. How many lions have you come in contact with and helped as you journeyed down your path? How many times have you pulled out thorns from someone who was suffering? When you are thrown, and you will be, into “the arena” are you prepared to meet that “lion”?
When that does actually happen to us, we will be helped or even saved by those we have helped when they have needed us and we were there for them. Times when they needed thorns pulled from their paws. This is the power of being a true Christian, the power of the Bible. This is what will save you and save me. And for this, we must never doubt. We must believe and trust.
“It has been said that one seed makes a tree and many trees a forest. The addition of one drop of water at a time turns a stream into a river. The river flows to replenish the sea. One step at a time is the way we make our journey of life.”
This is the relief of taking one step at a time and one person helping us by taking the time to take that step with us, But, we have to be open to accept, to NOT doubt that those have been put in our life to help us. We must break down any wall of doubt.
This is what makes us interdependent. We love the unity of friendship; and that is what makes us human. But we need more. We need God; we need that Divine help that is beyond us and we need to know to trust that Divinity!
God is with us at every moment. He is the Divine help that makes dreams come true. God says, “Reach out and accept that Good. Trust Me. Believe in me.”
You know as you read this today that you have a barrier to cross, obstacles in the road of life. Some of you have giant cliffs to maneuver and know you have to keep on moving on. You can not turn back. Regardless of the fear inside, you can, if you listen, God whispering, “You can do it. Go for it.” And you know with the help of friends, and especially God, nothing can hinder your success. But first, we must break down those walls.
Joshua 6: 1 – 17 and 20 talks about that very thing. Think about it as though you are the characters in the story and this is about you, your life and mine. And the walls are your walls and my walls as we tear into our doubts.
6: 1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.” 7 And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD.”
8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11 So he had the ark of the LORD circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the LORD to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent……………..20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
What does this have to do with us and tearing down our walls of doubt? Well, we are all on a journey (here we go again talking about that journey). We are taking this trip by walking, sometimes running, sometimes stopping in fear but then continuing because we are going to the Promise Land. That place our Lord promised us, our “spiritual realization.” When we get there, we will ALL shout for joy. “And the walls come tumbling down.”
On this path we also will walk around the city circling it seven times, and we will carry, in our imagination, our ark, our spirituality, our faith, and the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets. And at the dedicated moment, the shout went out and the walls came down.
What is it about this “seven”? Seven represents the Divine law of perfection of the Perfection of God within us,
We read about going around the city seven times. This is to enter every one
of your abilities – the seven senses you have as a human –
The other two senses are:
7. Ability to connect with the wisdom from above – The Mind of God.
When you pray with all your senses – all of them and all at the same time – then you are engulfed by the relationship between you and God. You are seeing and hearing, smelling and tasting and feeling that good that is God. All your senses are focused on that communication. And you are so conscious of the presence of God that you literally tear down any wall of doubt inside of you.
This won’t take any hard labor or force. The walls collapse on their own. Once you totally surrender your senses, your total self, to God and the love of Jesus Christ, our Savior, the walls just tumble down. You will not use any physical force in doing this; neither did they. The walls will fall down on their own.
” . . . The city and all that is in it shall be devoted to the Lord.” . . .
So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down Flat.”
This is my truth and it is your truth. Let’s tear down those walls. Let’s do this.
“God bless you 7 times, God bless you 70×7!”