Choose Now; Choose Wisely

You can choose now; you can choose at other ‘nows’ – but a time will come when you recognize that the time of choosing is in the past.

Meditation Thought: ““Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

Your Lord is here. Believe this, be conscious of this, act according to this. Your Lord is with you at every moment your faith believes He is with you. One day the Lord will be seen by means other than faith, and all will know that He is Lord and He is with them.

The Presence of the Lord is instantaneous as your will and your mind desire His presence. It is similar to your call to a loved one in another room – you call, they come. They were not far away, but were waiting to come to you until you called. They did not intrude, but came when our desire for them was made known.

The righteous rejoice in the Presence of the Lord, but the foolish and unrighteous fear His Presence. Nevertheless, at some time, at some place, all see the glory of the Lord and rejoice or tremble. You can choose now; you can choose at other ‘nows’ – but a time will come when you recognize that the time of choosing is in the past, and the present is your time of judgment. You do not know at what moment choosing has yielded to judgment: prepare for this eventuality by presuming that this moment is the “judgment moment”.

(See also Hope)

The Definition of Peace

Many are willing to do some things My way – but few are willing to do all things My way.

Meditation Thought: ““For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

“Do it My way! If you seek to have Me be your sure guide, your loving host, your caring companion, your power in the journey of your life in human form – do it My way! Not the world’s way or your way – but My way: the way of the Word, the way of righteousness, the way of love, the way of forgiveness, the way of giving, giving, giving – and then giving more.

So few are chosen because so few choose My way totally. Many are willing to do some things My way – but few are willing to do all things My way. Only one tiny flaw in the whole can ruin the whole: this is why you must not pick and choose areas to do it My way or your way, but in every area do it My way.

My peace I give to you when you yield your will to mine.

My love I give to you freely.

My grace I give to you freely.

My blessing I give to you freely.

But My peace I give to you only as you yield your will to Mine, as you seek My forgiveness for the unyielded parts. For My Spirit within you must be at one with your spirit to bring harmony with Me – and harmony with Me is the definition of pease.”

Your Purpose

My kingdom is not based on waste, but on harvest.

Meditation Thought: “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.” (Matthew 21:43)

“‘Use it or lose it’: My kingdom is not based on waste, but on harvest. It is given, that it may be added to, passed on, shared. What you receive, you are to appreciate, cultivate and share. If you do not appreciate your gift enough to seek the purpose of it, it will be taken from you and given to one who will appreciate it and fulfill its purpose.

Heed My Word! I speak to you as a citizen of My kingdom and as a citizen of the United States. My creative and supportive powers are available to you and to all who believe in Me. Come, be loyal to Me, as I am loyal to you. Be gracious to Me, as I am gracious to you. Give me your power, as I give you My power. Give Me your love as I give you My love.

We shall weave ourselves together, making a tapestry to beautify the world, to give warmth where it is cold, to inspire and to teach truth. Trust Me, obey Me, and you shall rejoice with Me.”

Power Infusion

To push doubt out, take the Word in.

Meditation Thought: “…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

Push doubt out of yourself, and this creates a vacuum in which creative powers rush to do your bidding. To push doubt out, take the Word in – as the Word pushes doubt out, the creative powers flow in. If you know this is so, you have faith, and having faith, if you will act as if the creative processes have already accomplished your desire, your movement will make these powers move in tandem with your movement – much as a beloved little child takes hold of Daddy’s finger and moves Daddy to do her bidding. If Daddy is pleased with the direction the child is taking, he goes willingly and eagerly, and adds his strength and knowledge to that of the child to accomplish the child’s objective.

Thus, if you are moving in light of the Word, you are moving in the direction of the Father’s will. If you are moving in His will, you are also attached to His power, and if you ask for His assistance, He is pleased to give it to you.

Walk Miraculously

But the heart can accept it, for My Spirit is in the heart.

Meditation Thought: “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray… And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.” (Matthew 14:23, 25)

‘Pray: walk – walk miraculously.’

This is a spiritual law. Learn it by mind, by emotions, by obedience. Apply it all of the time, everywhere. It is a universal law, unchanging. It is not written in the mind, but in the heart – the spirit. The mind cannot accept it, for self controls the mind. But the heart can accept it, for My Spirit is in the heart. By an act of your will, the directing of self, look first to your heart for My Spirit, who then directs your self to the proper place in your mind to accomplish My will in you and through you. This is the key to the act of using the spiritual law of “pray – walk miraculously.” It is a matter of the right sequence and right place for every thought, word and deed. Spirit, time, matter: all must be coordinated and harmonized to accomplish My will – which is what man terms ‘a miracle’.”

Harvest of Fruit

It is when the blessings are released that the harvest of fruit is realized that was within the seed of the Word, and nourished in your faith and obedience.

Meditation Thought: “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13:23)

“When your mind is attuned to My Word, then your will is attuned to My will, and your faith reaches up to Me to release the blessings which are stored in My special place for you – just waiting for you to reach the stage of needing them, desiring that they come to you, and requesting them. It is when the blessings are released that the harvest of fruit is realized that was within the seed of the Word, and nourished in your faith and obedience.”

A Little Grain of Salt

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.

Superior Citizenship

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.”

Junk Food Dissatisfaction

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.”

Still, Small, Powerful

Help me to sow and reap – and rejoice, not in the harvest, but in the love of the One who provided the seed.

Meditation Thought: “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6)

The constancy of the Word is to be your basis of desire and motivation and energy to sow the seed – the good seed of loving kindnesses, righteous deeds, helpful ministry, honesty, integrity, devotion to doing your work well.

Do not be preoccupied with your own thoughts and concerns or you will be so distracted that you will not realize that the harvest is ready, and needs only for your effort to gather it in.

Become alert to each moment – not only the happenings, but all subtle nuances. Learn to understand other’s viewpoints. Learn to appreciate and understand nature and natural laws. And – most of all – cultivate the art of listening to the still, small voice within you, and heeding it.

Though you do not know the work of God, you do know God: you know God is Love; God is creative; God is righteous; God is orderly and acts in orderly ways. God is powerful and God has shared with you, His child, His secrets that are hidden from those who ignore the still, small voice. God does not want His ways to be secrets – He does all He can to reveal His ways – but until the children seek to learn what the Father is doing – and have confidence enough to sow the seeds and look for the harvest, the Father is frustrated and the child is frustrated. Once the first breakthrough comes, however – once the still small voice is recognized, both as existing, and as to the knowledge that the voice imparts – then, as long as the child sows and reaps, the Father’s ways are revealed more and more clearly. And since Father is the head of the household, and the King of the Kingdom, to follow His ways is surely the way to peace, contentment, fulfillment and joy. Even when the harvest is disappointing, trust in the advice of the still, small voice will give creative thought and energy which will turn that harvest into a blessing: perhaps a new discovery will be made in how to use the particular species, or the need for this particular species will not be as great as was supposed. God is not defeated by any problem; therefore we need not be defeated either, for He is eager to tell us of His solution to the problem if we will only be alert and listen and heed.

Lord, help me to sow and reap – and rejoice, not in the harvest, but in the love of the One who provided the seed. Amen.