Incredulous Contrast

Each child of God can have a life changed, whether it is known by others or not.

Meditation Thought: “No distrust made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)

Abraham believed God despite the incredulous aspect of the promise, and he gave glory to God – gave credit and trust before the promise was fulfilled. In doing so, he became more and more convinced that the promise would be fulfilled. And his conviction was a bond between himself and God: it cemented their relationship even more firmly.

This is the desired pattern for all – it is the formula for God’s desires being manifested as miracles on earth.

First we must come to seek God, then to know Him, then to believe Him, then to trust Him, then to obey Him, all the time glorifying Him. Some, such as Abraham, display such enormous works done by God through them that they awe the world. But each child of God can have a life changed, as was Abraham’s, whether it is known by others or not.

And the covenant relationship, the close communion, the changing of focus from self to God all transform each believer from what we are in sin to what we are in Christ. The difference is as contrasting as is darkness from light, ignorance from knowledge or despair from hope.

Seeking Power

All of us are intrigued by power, desire power, and are awed b power. Why? Because it is through power that control is manifested.

Meditation Thought: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'” (Romans 1:16-17)

“The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” The Power of God. All of us are intrigued by power, desire power, and are awed b power. Why? Because it is through power that control is manifested.

Mankind constantly seeks power in one form or another – often through physical means, sometimes through mental acuity, coercion, use of money or influence or appeal to another’s interest or sensitivity.

But there is one power above all other powers: God’s Power. For those who believe that Jesus came to reveal the means of releasing God’s power in fullness is one’s life, it is possible to be in contact with this Power above all powers. We may not understand it very well, nor be receivers and conveyors of the power as fully as God or we would like – but even a tiny bit of power from such a “high voltage” source is enough to:
– change lives completely
– heal
– work good in all circumstances
– enable one to forgive
– give strength and courage
– impart wisdom and knowledge
– enable one to be righteous
– and to know and express love in all its varied forms.
The self is diminished and God is expressed whenever “the righteousness of God is revealed through faith.”

Faith is developed through:
– experimentation,
– investigation
– observation
– trial and error.

Many miss out on the power of God because they cannot really believe such implausible vehicles as the gospel, or the Word, or such nebulous things a trying to understand God through thought transference can really release the power of God. Thus they never seek – and then cannot find.

Only through enough faith, or even curiosity, to, however tentatively, begin experimenting, investigating, observing, and trying is it possible to find the power of God for salvation.

Unfathomable Power

For a mind to be the mind of Christ, it must cease being the mind of the person.

Meditation Thought: “And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)

” ‘Your faith has made you well.’ There is unfathomable power in faith – but, as all else in life, for the power to be released, certain action must take place. In faith – released power, the action takes place mostly in the mind at the prompting of the longings of the heart. Often the body will be involved also, but it is the mind which is essential. The mind determines the emotions and the physical actions. This is why ‘have this mind [the mind of Christ] in you’ is the key to undreamed of power. This mind of Christ is the mind of God: it is the understanding of My will, it is the comprehension of My methods, and it is the conforming of the mind to My thought processes.

For a mind to be the mind of Christ, it must cease being the mind of the person. The mind of the person is limited by ideas implemented by humans (and thus much error occurs). It is limited by perceptions based on the physical senses. Although creative, the ability is limited in comparison to the creativity of the kind that formed the universe and sustained it. And that is the kind of creativity that takes place in one who has the mind of Christ. That is the kind of power that causes a terrible death to bring forth a glorious resurrection. It is the kind of power that brings instant healing.

The woman who touched Christ’s garment and was healed had perceived that Christ had the power to heal her – and she had the courage to touch that power to release it through her faith.

It is one thing to believe that there is power, and quite another to actually release the power. Jesus became an expert power-releaser. The record of how He did it is available; He spent His life in trying to teach others how to do it. He desires all who believe in Him as Savior to learn it. I sent Him for that purpose – to teach My beloved how to release the power of the Spirit, for it is the Spirit that is the most important inheritance that My children receive from Me. It is the Spirit that shapes character to reflect My character; it is the Spirit that enables the children to act as their Father; it is the Spirit that responds when faith is present.

Your faith shall make you well, and you shall go in peace, if you believe, and act upon that belief!

The power is real only for those who believe it exists – and seek to release it.”

Look!

You will then be so totally comprehending of my vast love for you that your fears and doubts and inadequacies will disappear, replaced by renewing love, unbridled hope, confidence of who you are as my beloved child.

Meditation Thought: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant. (Psalm 34:4-5)

Look to Me – and not your fears. Your fears do not love you, cherish you, protect you, empower you, fulfill the desires of your heart, work good in all circumstances. Fears are destructive – they would bind you, keep your talents and your energies ineffective, perhaps even hidden. I bring to you life as I intended it to be for you – if you choose to look to me – for instruction, for inspiration, for knowledge, for truth, for unlimited and uncondemning love. Do not fear – whatever you encounter, I am in it with you, and when you look to Me, you realize I am with you. No power in heaven or on earth can harm you when I am with you: with you, not only in Presence, but in power, in effectiveness, in wisdom and in the renewing process.

If you have faith – if you believe I am your sustenance and stronghold, and no power can prevail against Me as I seek to work good for you – then so shall good be the fruit, the delight, of your life.

Look to Me: I am all that is good, lovely, peaceful, joyful and fruitful. When you observe Me, you are then able to come to be more like Me. This is what Jesus did – and what the Holy Spirit (Jesus’ presence and My presence within you) does when you choose to believe that not only is this possible and desirable, but it is the very purpose for which you were born. I created you in love – to love. Recognize yourself as My beloved. It will transform you, as it has transformed so many. When you comprehend that I love you and desire good for you in the same manner – but to even greater degree – that you love and desire good for your children – then you have joy, peace, fulfillment and understanding. This is the key to the wisdom of Solomon, the faith of Abraham, the devotion of Moses, the obedience of Jesus, the transformation of Paul and the disciples. This is the source that actually is the creating of the new creature in Christ.

The more you look to me, the more radiant you will be, for you will then be so totally comprehending of my vast love for you that your fears and doubts and inadequacies will disappear, replaced by renewing love, unbridled hope, confidence of who you are as my beloved child.

For this purpose Jesus lived in the flesh – that looking to Me would cause you to be radiant – that looking to Me would transform you from only awareness of self to awareness of Me and My relationship to that beloved self.

You are not merely a human, struggling to survive or even doing things that you believe will make you happy. Thus you are not limited to life similar to that of the animals or that of ignorant mankind. When you look to Me, you know that you are far more than animal and ignorant human: you are spirit, and your spirit is filled with My Spirit as you look to Me. It is My Spirit within one’s spirit that is so transforming that thoughts and actions are a dimension so much greater than normal that even casual observers are forced to realize that there is something powerful and productive and unique within the container of the personality before them.

Those whom the world calls “saints” are set apart by this act of looking to Me, and in realizing the magnificence and the magnitude of My love, they become radiant. They reflect My love to the world – and thus the world is converted to the Kingdom, for the Kingdom is where My love is the prevailing force, the standard of behavior, and the law above all laws.”

Grand Purpose Defined

Our welfare depends upon our cooperating or defying that authority.

Meditation Thought: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10)

To have respect for God and to believe that what He claims is true: that to perceive His will and do it is the best way to live – is to be wise; it is the means by which we can turn darkness to light, despair to hope and all things distressing into blessings. We don’t do these things ourselves, but God does them for us and with us as we “fear” Him, that is as we fear the consequences of not heeding Him – as we realize that He is the top authority, the greatest power, the most magnificent lover, and the most generous giver in the whole universe.

As we come, not only to realize this fact, but to be more adept at living with it, and taking advantage of it (which is what God constantly encourages in His creation), we have a totally different perception of what it ought to be . And we also have found the key to unlock our imprisoned souls – as we comprehend the glory of God’s love for us, and for all He has created, and as we perceive that His grand purpose is to enable us to love as He loves, we are eager to hear Him and to heed Him.

We “fear to displease God not because He is a terrible dictator, but because He is not a terrible dictator. We “fear” to displease Him because He is right; He knows what is best for us, and yet He allows us to choose to seek His way or to go off in our own direction.

The more we comprehend the miracle of free will given by a loving God, a hopeful God, yet a righteous God, the more we “fear” Him, if “fear” is defined as respect for one in authority, and the acceptance that our welfare depends upon our cooperating or defying that authority.

To “fear” God is not intended to be something God uses to coerce us into doing His bidding. It is intended for us to be able to choose wisely and well that our lives may be fulfilled and joyous, full of peace and love.

Family Partnership

The most effective method of transforming the inexperienced into effective partners is example.

Meditation Thought: “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:26)

If anyone ministers to your child, how you appreciate him! To help your child is to be of more joy than if they help you yourself. So the Father honors you who help His Son.

The Son has given you a transformed life: can you but desire to continue in His company? The way is not easy, but it has every other positive aspect.

It brings peace and joy in all circumstances.

It is exciting.

It is fulfilling.

It abounds with love and satisfaction.

To serve Jesus is to not be a servant, but to be in partnership, one family member working with another family member toward as exciting goal, with many benefits along the way. Jesus is the Teacher, the Leader – but always He does His teaching and leading in love, compassion, understanding and wisdom. We are not a slave, but a “junior partner”, learning from the more experienced partner. The most effective method of transforming the inexperienced into effective partners is example. When we are with the most perfect Example of God’s methods and purposes and desires for His children, we are able to become more the image of the unseen Father through the visible Son.

Choose the Primary

God is not only creator – but Continuing Creator in your life.

Meditation Thought: “My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)

Choose the primary, then concentrate upon this: the secondary and other causes and effects will automatically fall into place if you perceive that which is primary and concentrate your mind an energies upon harmonizing it in your life.

You know now that God is not only creator – but Continuing Creator in your life. As you perceive clearly (through the insight of your yielded will to allow the light of His will to shine within you) – you can then act in harmony with the creating will of this indescribably powerful and loving Force. This creative action can be channeled in your life to be awesomely effective. In fact, this is the primary: To base all of your thoughts, your allegiance, your energies upon listening, looking – and obeying the Spirit who is
1) Creator
2) Demonstrator
3) Power Source
– is to order and harmonize every facet of your life – on “earth” and in “heaven”. This is the “coming of the Kingdom on earth.”

Preparation Tools

This knowledge is the armor which protects you against hopelessness and listlessness. You are protected – and you need tools.

Meditation Thought: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)

The “works of God” are to be made manifest in you. Does it not give you an entirely different perspective on your trials to know this? To have it confirmed by the Spirit and the Word? This knowledge is the armor which protects you against hopelessness and listlessness. You are protected – and you need tools to give you the faith to desire to have the works made manifest in you. Your “main” tool is the Word. Other tools are: a merry heart, a kind word, a good deed.

With your armor and your tools you are prepared to believe the Master when He seeks to heal you to give the Father glory. This belief will enable you to do your part in the miracle-working process.

Some will rejoice with you in the miracle, and will become disciples too, others will scoff – but there is always the possibility that the scoffers will have a change of heart at the next miracle, and become disciples.

Never give up believing, never give up ingesting the Word, never give up your ministries, never give up your prayers: The Father seeks your love and your companionship through the means of the Son and the Spirit – never doubt this, but believe at all times.

Fearless!

Who is this One who is so imaginative, creative, powerful, intelligent, loving, forgiving?

Meditation Thought: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

He answered me – because He loves me. He removed my fears – because He loves me! And He allows stress to come into my life – because He loves me. It is through stress that I seek Him. When I seek Him, then He answers – giving me guidance, stretching my perceptions, opening up new vistas and possibilities. And He proves His power – and grace.

His wisdom confounds both the faithful and the skeptical. His love overwhelms the expectant – and those who have never sought Him. Finding love, they seek to learn of whence it comes; how to keep it real and plentiful – who is this One who is so imaginative, creative, powerful, intelligent, loving, forgiving? He is our Source – yet we are part of Him as soon as we know we are His. We are inseparable. The Father lives in the child and the child lives in the Father. Joy! When we know the character of our Father, we know we have the hope of becoming more similar in character as we become willing for Him to teach us!… Teach me Lord!

Proven Cleansing Agent

A firm foundation in a chaotic world.

Meditation Thought: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The Word still becomes “flesh and dwells among us” – through the power of the Spirit in our flesh. When our will is yielded to the Spirit within us, then does the Word become flesh even now and “unto the end of the age”.

This is the glory and power of God: to mesh spirit and flesh, as needed to do His will – which is to reconcile the world to Himself – by inspiration not imposition. This is the majesty of the Father’s power: that He is able, in each heart, to provide opportunity after opportunity, patiently waiting for recognition of Truth do dawn – that He is a loving Father desiring His beloved child to see Him clearly for who He is, and who He is to be to them: the source of every good thing, the “firm foundation” in a chaotic world, “a very present help in times of trouble”.

It is this love that is the cleansing agent which removes the grime of sin and guilt which keeps the windows of the soul from seeing God and thus being freed from our prison of self.