The delight is in the Lord, who is a ’24-hour a day Lord’.
Meditation Thought: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ( Psalm 37:4)
“Delight yourself in the Lord” – the delight is here, whether the desires of the heart are here or in the future. This is the key to the Kingdom: delight available 24 hours a day, for the delight is in the Lord, who is a ’24-hour a day Lord’, always available, always willing, always eager to guide, to bless, to work good. Choose the delight in the Lord in your life. The desires of your heart are a result of the delight – not the delight a result of fulfilled desires. Just as a stone may be enhanced by its setting, so your delight may be enhanced by fulfilled desires, but keep each in perspective and do not confuse them.
‘Delightful attitude’ will win over the factors needed to produce the desires of your heart. Not everyone has the temperament to do this humorously – but everyone has the power of being able to do it in the Spirit. Get enthused about the Lord, and doing His works, and your enthusiasm will be so contagious that all will be eager to give you the desires of your heart – because those desires are the desires of the Father whose will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Stand tall, stand firm, with your eyes on Me, your mind on My Word.
Meditation Thought: “Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:19)
“‘Justified’ – proof. Convincing. Changing of minds from being misled into perceiving the truth.
Stand tall, stand firm, with your eyes on Me, your mind on My Word, your hands on your fellow creatures in loving ministry – and My precepts (principles) shall be justified (proven right) in your life. Wisdom is nothing more than perceiving and living by My precepts, for my precepts are the foundation of the structure of the Kingdom, as well as the guidelines which I use in the movements I take within the world. If you understand and cooperate with the ‘natural laws’ you benefit. If you understand and cooperate with all of My laws you benefit far more. And thus is wisdom justified.”
The life found by ‘self’ is a lost cause, but…
Meditation Thought: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
“He who finds his life: the life found by ‘self’ is a lost cause – the life found by self is ultimately unrewarding; it turns sour and displeasing. But to lose your ‘self’ life by yielding it up to Me is to change the character of your life into a fruitful, sweet maturity, through My provisions for it on the cross.
If you cling to self, which avoids the cross – both My cross and your cross of total yielding to the demands of the Kingdom – you avoid also the full, good, satisfying life which the Father intended for you.
But to embrace My cross, and your own cross, you provide the energy to melt and change those crosses into shining jewels to beautify yourself as you offer them at the same time as symbols to our Father, to Me, and to the Spirit of your total commitment of your spirit to our fellowship.”
Take one step at a time, having determined which direction to take the step by first counseling with Me!
Meditation Thought: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” (Matthew 5:13)
A little salt will go a long way to change the character of a food: to make it taste better, and also to preserve it. Take care to retain your saltiness, so that wherever I use you – whether to add flavor to life, or to preserve life, you will accomplish this purpose.
I can use – and reuse you as salt, as long as you retain My character by your obedience to Me. Picture yourself as though being just a little grain of salt, being a part of the desirable flavoring of the world, and a part of the preservation of the world – the world as created by Me and obedient to Me. The part of the world that has changed loyalty from Me to Satan will not be preserved: in fact, your saltiness will be painful to that part, for it is a festered sore. But your saltiness will also be a means of bringing healing to parts of that world – those who will respond to your saltiness, recognizing that the pain caused by it is also the signal that their healing can take place by this same salt.
Pray, pray, pray – only by saturating yourself in Me and in the total awareness of fellow creatures’ needs can you be effective salt. Soak yourself in My Word, reach out – and in – to My Spirit, as you are afforded opportunities to perceive it – send your thoughts, your emotions – to reach into the minds and hearts of your fellow creatures, that the one part of the Body may be uplifted and strengthened by the other, and that new strength in the form of new believers may be added.
Take one step at a time, having determined which direction to take the step by first counseling with Me! Your steps shall lead to My glory and to your fulfillment.
You speak the language of the Kingdom as you utter sounds of praise, of comfort, of love, of peace.
Meditation Thought: ““Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
“Babel, babel, babel – that is all that the words mean which are used against you because you speak My wisdom. The meaningless babel of babes, who do not understand the meaning of the words they utter, nor the meaning of the words they hear. Hearing a noise and producing a sound is not understanding or speaking a language.
You learn the meaning of the language of the Kingdom as you tune your ear to hear it as having particular meaning which is to be manifested in your life. You speak the language of the Kingdom as you utter sounds of praise, of comfort, of love, of peace.”
Live each moment aware that later it will bring either peace or regret and there will be no changing of the consequences.
Meditation Thought: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
“Cling to righteousness. No matter who or what tries to pry you away from righteousness, no matter what the consequences of your ‘stubbornness’ in hanging on – persist. For your reward will be great: so great you cannot now fathom it. Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are those who insist upon retaining citizenship in the Kingdom when others are insisting upon them changing their allegiance to the world. But they do not know the joys of the Kingdom, the power of citizenship in the Kingdom. Only by holding your citizenship through ‘thick and thin’ can you demonstrate the value of it, and thus prove both to yourself and to others that this citizenship is superior in every way to citizenship in the world.
Listen to the language of the Kingdom as it is spoken to you through My Spirit; heed the advice, acting in faith and joyful confidence that the advice is for your benefit and for the benefit of the Kingdom. One day all will know the whole truth – but it is too late then to make choices. You must choose on the basis of information available to you – only hints of the whole – in order to allow you freedom to choose. No choice is involved if the total picture is laid out and there is no struggle to find the pieces of it.
Live each moment aware that later it will bring either peace or regret and there will be no changing of the consequences. Concentrate, think, be aware of your momentary action, for it could, though you recognize it not, change the course of your life as well as many other lives.
Start this moment an intense training program of using your abilities, talents, faith, words, actions and desires to develop every facet of yourself into an exemplary citizen of the Kingdom. If you are persecuted for your loyalty to righteousness, so shall you be rewarded for your status as an exemplary citizen of the Kingdom, loyal to all of its statutes.”
God’s “family crest” is love.
Meditation Thought: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
Love begets peace, love is born of God. Therefore as love creates peace where there was not peace, it is God’s love passed on to the peacemaker which makes them the child of God, as the child of God gives that love on to others.
God gives an inheritance of love to the person who accepts that inheritance; as that person in turn gives love as their bequest to their fellowmen, and they accept it, peace reigns. The peacemaker is automatically recognized as God’s child, for God’s “family crest” is love – and where there is love, the love puts the loving one in the position of being recognized as having descended from the house of “God”.
We all allow cloudiness of heart at times – but we can step out anew in faith and hope.
Meditation Thought: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
Those who are not aware that their spirit could see through a pure heart to God simply do not understand the thought-process and actions for those who are able to see into a place (God’s Kingdom) from which they have blocked off their view.
We all allow cloudiness of heart at times – but we can recognize it and then take action to clear out the impurities by repenting and seeking forgiveness and stepping out anew in faith and hope.
Mercy is the reflection of My grace; how you need My grace! How others need your mercy!
Meditation Thought: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
“Boomerang”: As you think, as you act, remember the boomerang you are sending will return to you! All of My Word reinforces this concept: many words are used to teach this one truth, for it is the key to the laws of the Kingdom. Be merciful – despite your feelings of: hurt, chagrin, anger, betrayal, withdrawal. Every time you overcome your feelings which would decry mercy, you move along the path deeper into My Kingdom. The closer you are within the center of My Kingdom, the more protection you have from all that would harm you in the world.
Mercy is the reflection of My grace; how you need My grace! How others need your mercy! Overcome evil with good through mercy. Reflect upon the vast quantity of words devoted to the results of mercy – or the results of withholding mercy – in My Word which is to be your guide through life.
Mercy is the concrete evidence of My will worked in the world: Mercy is the opposite of devotion to self. “Mercy is the sign of devotion to Me.”
My Spirit is the delicious ‘soft center’, which will satisfy your hunger and not only satisfy it, but give the ecstasy of it being a delight to your palate.
Meditation Thought: ““Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)
“Embrace righteousness! Though the outside appearance of it may appear to be hard, and not tasty – once you taste it, and become accustomed to it, the flavor becomes very pleasant, and in fact, righteousness has an even more delicious ‘soft center’ hidden until you really start to eat of the righteousness with enthusiasm! Not only shall your hunger be satisfied, but your taste buds shall be delighted too. Your hunger for all that is good in life – spiritual and physical – shall be satisfied, for your hunger truly is the wish for the in-filling of My Spirit. And My Spirit is contained in righteousness. My Spirit is the delicious ‘soft center’, which will satisfy your hunger and not only satisfy it, but give the ecstasy of it being a delight to your palate.
You choose the food you eat; you can indulge in ‘junk food’ of ego-building thoughts and deeds, of thoughts and deeds that take advantage of others – or you can feed upon the righteous, love-giving, self-sacrificing thoughts and deeds which serve as the containment of My Spirit. You may temporarily be deceived, or you may not resist the junk food at times – but if you are determined to pursue the healthy diet of My righteous food, you will partake of great quantities of it – enabling you to, as you grow in Christ, become expert at determining it by appearance, and also be able to develop a stronger will-power in resisting the ‘junk food’ and reaching for the righteous food.”