The Success Factor

Only through a will totally yielded to the Father’s will is it possible to spark the power that explodes love of such magnitude that it lights up the world, and brings the power of the Spirit to transform the world into the kingdom.

Meditation Thought: ““Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

“I tried to teach ‘them’ – to enlighten them – to love them into an awareness of the life of the Spirit, the love of God, the power of God – the longing of God to have them know Him and love Him. But they would not understand. Their hearts were hardened, their minds set, their emotions set loose in rage more appropriate for animals than for men.

Do not condemn them. The very behavior they exhibited is the reason that I came to dwell in flesh, that the opportunity to know Truth might be given. And many did open up their minds, and give their love, to the ultimate commitment – totally loyal, willing to sacrifice themselves for Me and for My Father.

You know that you have not understood, you have had a hardened heart, a stubborn mind-set, and rage loosed in inappropriate ways. It is only by grace, by prayers of others for you, and by examples set before you, and the Father’s many works in your life that you have sought, and found, Truth. Truly you could say of those who condemned Me, ‘There but for the grace of God go I.’

Therefore do not criticize nor condemn those who now reject My teaching. Follow My Way: Love, heal, do not fight back nor argue your case. Your strength and power to live the Life lies not in your human abilities, but in your faith in My Teaching, and your obedience to its wisdom.

Your hope does not lie in circumstances, but in the Truth which has been revealed to you.

The very act that brought despair and sorrow to My followers so long ago was also the act that brought transformation to them, and through them, to millions through the ages. It brought the kingdom upon the earth wherever a faithful heart believed that it did, and today that very same transformation takes place.

To believe that what I taught, and what I lived, and how I died is the transforming power of God made available to His beloved children is still difficult, as it was difficult during My sojourn on earth.

Yet Truth shall prevail as the Father’s will shall prevail. Would you choose to be with God – or rebel against God? To insure that you do not reject the Father, or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, you must adhere to the Way, live the Life, and seek the Truth.

You know how to do these through the wisdom and knowledge of the Word, through revelation from prayer, and through actions based upon unselfish love. Yet none of these are possible to be real in your life unless you yield your will to the Father’s will – this is the discipline which is the ‘success factor’. This is the key to the reality of the kingdom overcoming the world. This is the transforming catalyst, or the conduit which brings the Living Water into the desert and brings new forms of life out of seeming death. This is the lesson and the example and the help which I made clear to all who would believe when I allowed Myself to be placed upon a cross. I suffered for you – willingly, yes – but not of my own initiative. It was our Father who requested it of Me, out of love for you. And I gave myself over to His will out of love for Him. At that moment, His love for you became My love for you, and the glory of love was released in fulness that is beyond human understanding.

Only through a will totally yielded to the Father’s will is it possible to spark the power that explodes love of such magnitude that it lights up the world, and brings the power of the Spirit to transform the world into the kingdom.

All the words in all the languages ever spoken cannot describe this miracle, cannot explain it, nor bring understanding of it. The only way to comprehend the miracle, and to experience it, is to become the fuel (self-will consumed by eternal will) that is lit by the Energy of the Spirit.

At first there is pain as the fuel is converted from one from to another: however once the combination of Spiritual Energy and a yielded will have united and exploded, the new form of being a part of a glorious Whole which is lighting and transforming vast areas is pure joy to the personal spirit. It is this action which I demonstrated, and whoever seeks to duplicate the experiment shall have the same results. Many who followed Me through the ages have confirmed this, and even the world who will only observe and not experiment, recognized these people and one day term them ‘saints’. But that day comes long after the world has done its best to impede the very experiment it observed, and would not accept as proper and right to do.

When you waver and want to stop being an experimenter and join the skeptical world – remember the impact of a Peter or a Paul, who, though weak and frail, doubtful and full of fear, did as I bid, not understanding – only trusting – and their faith was justified. The Holy Spirit’s power did light the spark from the fuel of their yielded will, and the light and transforming love is still exploding, still transforming the world into the kingdom.

What will the impact be if all of the Father’s children yield to His loving will? Do your best, as did Peter and Paul, who followed Me – I who followed the Father’s requests to the ultimate sacrifice of self-will – to use your circumstances, and your personality, your energy and your power of choice to be the most efficient and the most transforming energy engendered on earth.”

Maximize the Benefits

To know that I am helpless is not to know I’m hopeless – quite the opposite.

Meditation Thought: “God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)

I have been chosen to saved (what care!) – through sanctification by the Spirit (how wise – I couldn’t do it on my own!) – providing I have sense enough (my free choice!) to believe the truth when it is presented to me.

‘You are no longer a baby, dependent upon your elders, you are a thinking adult with experiences and opportunities and choices. Every moment your intelligence, your conscience and your spiritual antennae guide you – unless you foolishly relinquish them to be replaced by your whims of feeling and influence of others.

You know what will serve you well in the long-term analysis, in the eternal perspective. Be imaginative in bolstering your strength to cling to your intelligence, conscience and spiritual antennae and to reject your ever-changing feelings and advice from who may have their own best interests in mind rather than yours.

There is maximum benefit to be derived from every situation, and to be aware of this and to learn how to take advantage of this knowledge is the applying of the keys to the locks on the kingdom’s doors.

The confusion lies in recognizing the difference between earthly benefits – that which are temporary – and heavenly benefits – those which are eternal. Decisions can be made to maximize the eternal benefits when there are specific principles which can be confidently applied to measure alternatives. In addition to the principles clearly outlined in the Word, and demonstrated by the Life, there is the Way revealed when the Truth is perceived by the revelation of the enlightening indwelling Spirit.

Each person will be confronted with unique choices: yet the purpose is one – to develop spirits which are reflections of the Spirit, to develop minds which function as the mind of Christ, to develop attitudes which are identical as an inheritance from the loving Father, and to develop the ability to do as well as the accomplishment of “greater works”.

To know that I am helpless is not to know I’m hopeless – quite the opposite. It is when I am most helpless that hope is born and grows. It is in the climate and condition of my recognition of my weakness that the seed of God’s power and love and mercy can grow and thrive – and my hope sprouts and grows with His seed’s growth – for my hope is a branch of His vine. Without His Presence, I am something less than I should be – but when my helplessness breaks my own self will, and I yield to His will, then my hope comes alive as His Presence is welcomed and His power and love and mercy spring forth.”

An Effective Workout

…the life which is meaningful, purposeful and full of joy.

Meditation Thought: “since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” (1 Peter 1:23)

The living word of God: to live is to grow, to change, to produce. The word of God, as it grows in you changes you and produces the fruits of the Spirit. This is to be “born anew” – into the life which is meaningful, purposeful and full of joy – not due to any person, circumstance or event – but due to the obsession with the Creator of the universe: who He is, who you are as a part of Him, and He of you – who and what is all of creation, particularly as it relates to you – the pursuit of a concept of life that is beyond physical, beyond finite.

If you are focused on long-term ideals and goals, you react entirely differently to daily events than when you are at the total mercy of these events. Do not be at the mercy of events, but of God. God’s mercy overtakes all other mercy – when you are willing to receive it.

How can you be willing to receive it? When you recognize that it is your only hope! When you know that you cannot manage yourself, nor your affairs with any degree of success apart from God’s mercy and grace and power and love!

Would you truly be effective? Then do it through the living and abiding word of God. A “living” word is a word which prompts a response, an action! An “abiding word” is a word which is in residence!

God’s word residing in your mind is then communicated to your spirit, which then touches your emotions, and your emotions set into action your body. And the motion of your body pumps the “living water”, the cleansing, purifying, life-sustaining water, and the cleansing, purifying, life-sustaining blood of the sacrificed Lamb into the parched and starving world!

Do you not realize that to be a primer of the pump, through your faith, and an enthusiastic pumper of good works, pouring out life-sustaining, life-glorifying nourishment is the most exciting, exhilarating, healthy exercise you could have?

Hear. See. Care.

The key to life itself is revealed as we seek to find it it prayer.

Meditation Thought: “ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)

Hope is the motivator of patience.
Prayer is the motivator of hope.
Wisdom is the motivator of prayer.
Tribulation is the motivator of wisdom.

As logical, as brilliant as we may be intellectually, we allow circumstances to affect us emotionally in ways that make logic and intellect insufficient to cope with life adequately.

It is in times of tribulation when we most clearly recognize the limitations of our human endeavors. It is in this weakness that we gain strength – for the weakness gives birth to willingness to wait, listen, look for God.

“Our hope does not disappoint us.” Our God is not a promise-breaker, nor a tyrant, nor cruel, nor inconsistent. If we perceive Him as such, then it is our own misconception which robs us of all of the glories which He desires to reveal to us, of all of the love which He desires to bestow upon us, of all of the wisdom with which He would endow us.

If we “read the signs of the times”, we read God’s message to us: Both His ‘general instructions’ in the Word, and His specific instructions in the indwelling Holy Spirit’s revelation to us, whether that be through knowledge of our heart or circumstances.

Armed with His general and specific instructions, we are impervious to despair, we are infinitely patient, we are strategically wise; all of this starts with prayer, which is our acknowledgment of both our relationship to God, and the meaning, the significance of that relationship to us, and to all of creation.

Simple as it may be to state, the complexity of the universe is encompassed in the thought. The key to life itself is revealed as we seek to find it it prayer.

I once was blind, and now I see.
Thank you, Man of Galilee!
I sought not the place,
Knew not the time,
Nor who would heal.
But hope was born,
and when You came,
Truth charged the very air.
Something within cried out –
You heard. You saw. You cared.

Thank you – Thank You!
Now use me, Lord,
That my opened eyes may see.
See truth. See love. See every key to every door in the kingdom.

I walked by those doors,
Never knowing they were there.
But now – NOW – I see!
And enter in I will.
Each one, I view as near I come,
Anticipating what shall be.
Knowing all will please,
For beyond each door
Lies a better view of Thee!

Up, up and away!

Transforming the thinking, the attitudes and thus the actions of the world into kind, loving, unselfish, freely expressed.

Meditation Thought: “For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment… For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” (James 2:13, 26)

When we, through heeding His wise Word, allow our mercy to triumph over judgment, and our faith to be demonstrated by our works, we are transforming the thinking, the attitudes and thus the actions of the world from selfish, cruel, law-bound into kind, loving, unselfish, freely expressed.

No longer bound by sin and shame,
But free:
Up, up and away!
To mountain tops
and cleansing streams.
Pure air, sunshine bright.
No longer oppressed by shadows dark
And fog of unbelief
Our hope, our joy,
Our strength of faith,
Raise our hands to His!
And once He sees us reaching up –
Pure ecstasy abounds
As His arms enfold
Us, drawing us close,
And the warmth of
His embrace –
The mutual love released,
These are the “keys to the kingdom”.
And the possession,
The use of them
Opens vistas glorious,
And possible to explore.
Halleluiah! The journey is so entrancing
That the replacement
Of judgment with mercy,
and the doing of works in faith
Simply fall into place –
Naturally, easily:
Feeling His embrace,
Knowing His love,
Trusting Him to
Move us surely
Across the years,
The obstacles,
To the glories
glimpsed and beckoning,
We are so caught up
In following Him,
Mercy and good works
Become our new nature.
Not through our effort,
But through His Grace.

Mercy’s Boomerang

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.”

Darkness Dispelled

I am within you and therefore with you.

Meditation Thought: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

“Blessed are those who trust Me as they mourn for they shall be comforted by love so deep, miracles so large, blessings so abundant, that they shall rejoice in the mourning, praising My Name. For out of ashes rises My glory for all to see and praise. There is a rhythm, but whether you are in the trough or on the peak, I am within you and therefore with you, moving you – in troughs, yes, as well as peaks – but always the movement directs us toward our purpose: communion in deeper fellowship through eternity; a surer knowledge of true love and the expression of that love.

The dark of the mourning shall be dispelled by My grace and My love, and the light of My glory shall make your life a shining through the sacrifice of My Son, who brought into focus the misty mystery of My will for My people. Look into the clear Truth He has revealed to those who turn to where the Truth lies. Study It, ponder It, absorb It; Truth is the fusion of My Word and My Spirit and all power for good is released through the acknowledgement and acceptance into very fiber of your being – spirit, mind, body and emotions – of It.

Higher Education

Recall how much I love you…

Meditation Thought: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” (Psalm 25:4)

The key to My teaching you is your willingness – your eagerness to learn. I am with you, constantly encouraging you to learn My ways and to know the paths which will be our delight to walk together.

You are aware of the places where you can best learn: in My Word, in yielding to the Holy Spirit within you. So long as you stay in these places, not straying to worldly places where thoughts, activities and attitudes block the learning of My ways and My paths, you will learn.

With each bit of information, each time there is revelation, and whenever there is inspiration, you will become more of a companion who is taking on My ways and is walking closely beside Me on My chosen path.

When you waver, not sure that you can – or even desire to – forego the satisfying of your ego’s clamor, recall how much I love you – how diligently I have tried to help you find a better way and a lighted path, the depths to which I go in order to save you from that willful ego which could destroy you if you allow it free reign.

Revelation & Loyalty

If we trust in a God who is loving, powerful and creative, how can we be betrayed?

Meditation Thought: “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:11-12)

To trust in God is to make life more acceptable, more understandable, and more joyful.

Who is God as He has revealed Himself?
– Loving. Loving to the point of doing anything to have a closer relationship with His beloved creations.
– Powerful. He at times suspends even nature to “break through” to us, communicating in a way that leaves no doubt of a power beyond that of human power.
– Creative. The vast variety, and the order within that variety, is evidence of unfathomable creativity.

If we trust in a God who is loving, powerful and creative, how can we be betrayed? We will not be betrayed: if we are not content, it is due to our inadequate understanding of who our God is – and who we are as being made in His image.

Kingdom at Hand

…unfettered love, understanding, compassion, wisdom, purity, righteousness, joy and hope.

Meditation Thought: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

The time of growing, of labor, and birth is over! That which was longed for is here: God upon earth!!! God in each one upon earth, but when recognized as being present, then does a new birth occur: a birth of unfettered love, understanding, compassion, wisdom, purity, righteousness, joy and hope.

To know that God is within us – a part of every part of us, is to transform our thinking, our actions, our emotions, and our reactions.

No longer do we believe when we are ‘attacked’ that the ‘best defense is a good offense’ – but that the best defense (the one that will benefit both ourselves and our ‘attacker’) is to love him who seeks to distress us: to love him in ways pleasing to him (fulfilling his needs, in pure, righteous manners. of course).

As long as we have in our minds a concept of ‘defense and offence’ we are continuing a battle and coping with an enemy. When we are thinking in terms of loving our attacker we have already won the battle – and so has he. Enemies no longer – but friends, seeking to use energies formerly to hurt each other now to help each other. The kingdom is at hand!