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Monday, June 7, 2010

Welcoming Christ or a Curse

"My Presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry... worry is a form of unbelief; it is anathema to Me." (166)
An "anathema" was like welcoming a curse upon someone or an evil upon yourself. The opposite of that is Maranatha which welcomes Christ upon someone or something; even meaning to welcome Christ's Return.
This struck me so powerfully... I can either welcome a curse or Christ into my thoughts. It will depend upon what I choose to do with the problems and challenges that come my way. If I worry, I basically welcome all the troubles that come with that worry, much like a curse...anathema.
If I keep my focus on Christ, I am basically welcoming Christ's Presence into the situation. "My Presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me." (166) Even if my awareness is flawed or faulty, my faith can become more God-aware and welcome all the blessings that come with...
PS - "Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!" Rev. 22:20


  1. Wow, that is powerful! I was wondering what that word meant:) and was going to try to find out today! So thank you, Dawn Marie, for a great explanation. I, too, want to welcome Christ into my situations, whatever they may be.

  2. It's a good word for me today, too. Having some testing done this morning at the hospital. Believing all is well and praising God for His amazing faithfulness! Maranatha! :)