December 16th, 2013
by admin · Filed Under: Faith · Guidance · Inspiration · Prayer · Spiritual Health · healing · power
You may remember the story of the “Transfiguration,” when Jesus took Peter, James and John up to the mountaintop to pray. As the disciples watched, Jesus became radiantly bathed in white light and it seemed that Moses and Elijah were there with him.
Peter was so entranced by the whole thing that he suggested they build three booths for them, but then Moses and Elijah disappeared. Jesus told the disciples, as they were coming down the mountain, that they were not to tell anyone what they had seen.
A dramatic scene was being played out while Jesus and the disciples were still on the mountain. The other disciples were confronted by a man wanted them to heal his son who was in the midst of an epileptic fit and they were not able to do it.
When Jesus came upon the scene there was a crowd gathered, and the man rushed up to Jesus to tell him that he had asked the disciples to heal his son and they were not able. Then the man asked him, if he could, to heal his son.
Jesus responded, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” The man cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Jesus healed the boy, took him by the hand and lifted him up and he arose.
The disciples, filled with gloom and guilt, asked Jesus why they couldn’t cast out the spirit that had taken over the boy. Jesus answered, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
Now, in this story is a precious gift. It was something that Jesus had been trying to tell his disciples all the time throughout his sharing with them during their travels. But it was a gift that the disciples did not recognize.
When Jesus had first approached the scene and saw what was going on, he said, “Oh, this faithless generation. How long have you been with me?” In other words, “You haven’t got it yet?”
The precious gift I want to give you today is the gift that the disciples didn’t recognize and which came to me as a moment of revelation. It is the gift of the freedom to accept feelings of inadequacy in any particular situation.
We all feel inadequate sometimes. We all have feelings like that, don’t we? But it’s the fear of inadequacy that gets to us. Fear is in back of it. We fear that we will be inadequate in some particular situation, we will stumble and fall, and we won’t be able to do what we are supposed to do. Whatever it is, a relationship, a job, in a change that’s going on in our lives. We may have that feeling of the fear of being inadequate.
So the acceptance of knowing that we are inadequate, that we don’t have what it takes to do all the things that the world expects us to do, can be a blessing! It can either bring us a sense of discouragement, or it has the potential in that moment to give us the courage for a new beginning.
Simply accepting the feeling of inadequacy, we are able to move beyond the fear. That is the first step.
I have an affirmation for you to use that takes you beyond that point. So the first part of the affirmation is this: “I admit that I am inadequate to meet all of life’s challenges.”
Life comes with many challenges and opportunities. Some of them we are able to meet with our own talents and abilities, but there are those that come and it seems that we don’t have enough within us to be able to meet them. So that’s the first part: “I admit that I am inadequate to meet all of life’s challenges.”
And the second part of the affirmation is this: “But I will conquer my fear by becoming a riverbed for the flow of God’s guidance, love, and power.”
Now, do you see the shift that we made? You see how it can be a gift? That even though we may be inadequate of ourselves, God’s power within us is not inadequate. It is supremely adequate to do the things that need to be done through us. When we shift our attention to the Presence and Power within us, then all things become possible.
Remember that Jesus had been up on the mountaintop before coming down to the incident with the epileptic boy. He was radiant with the feeling, the knowing, and the experience of God’s presence, and he let the radiant light of God’s presence shine into the situation.
He told the disciples what it is that makes transformation and healing possible. And what is it? It is prayer, is it not? It is prayer that makes all things possible. Through prayer you can feel a sense of fulfillment, through prayer you can feel a sense of relief; nothing sustains and uplifts and fulfills us as prayer does.
Some years ago, psychologists used to talk about what was called the “Peter Principle,” that we rise to the level of our incompetence. Then after that, apparently, we stumble, bumble through life at that level.
Well, I want to give you the “Rev. Alan Principle.” It is that, every day, each of us needs, to rise to the level of our own inadequacy. Because when we do, it is then that we can then step forward into a new realization of God’s adequacy. We can let go of human struggling and striving, because we cannot attain all of the things that God has for us to experience by just bringing forth our human talents and abilities, our human intellect.
God has more for us, more wisdom, more love, more understanding, more compassion. And all of that is able to express through us as we realize that the only place we can experience it is through oneness with God’s presence within us.
We establish our oneness in God’s presence as we take time to pray, as we go to the mountaintop. It is in God’s presence that we find the courage to move forward into our tomorrows.
“. . . they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
For God is Blessing You, Right Now!
Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham
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