The Habit of Prayer

Cultivate the habit of praying before you speak – just a quick, “Lead me, Father” will enable me to guide your thoughts and words to help those who hear you.

Meditation Thought: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29)

“I have already given you the concept that people should be enriched as their lives touch yours, and not degraded. Cultivate the habit of praying before you speak – just a quick, “Lead me, Father” will enable me to guide your thoughts and words to help those who hear you. I love all of you – I want open channels to pour my loving guidance through, that we may have a communion of family – think in terms of “the more the merrier” as we expand acquaintances into our family – the more love is shared, the more it grows.”

Great Upheaval

My movements and promptings are gentle, for your free will must be honored – but, gentle as they are, they have great power…

Meditation Thought: “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him…” 1 John 3:21-22

As we learn of His commandments, and as we keep them, we come to know Him more intimately – as we learn to “live by His rules”, we also learn to think and to be more like Him. If we are like Him, then we ask in harmony with His will for us, which is the key to receiving what we ask.

” ‘Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only’ – that is the action that starts the chain reaction – as one person’s needs are met, the action is multiplied so that more needs are met, and a little movement can start a great upheaval – I do not ask you to go out to minister to hundreds of people – but I do ask you to minister to some, so that the little ministering can be multiplied into many large ministerings. My movements and promptings are gentle, for your free will must be honored – but, gentle as they are, they have great power which I am eager to release to bring my dear children into my loving care and protection.”

Reap in Season

No matter how tempting it is to pluck the fruit before it is completely right (ripe), it is best to have patience and wait for complete maturity. Only through My Word given in various forms can you know when the fruit is ripe.

Meditation Thought: “…in due season we will reap…” (Galations 6:9)

” ‘In due season’ – not in your season. Many things are made better through the passage of time – more mature, even changing completely sometimes. They can be properly used in the right situation only when they are allowed to come to their maturity before use. No matter how tempting it is to pluck the fruit before it is completely right (ripe), it is best to have patience and wait for complete maturity. Only through My Word given in various forms can you know when the fruit is ripe. You need to be observant, to have patience, and be willing to check time and time again as to the state of the fruit. It is there for you, but you must make your own effort to bring it to your benefit.”

Unlimited Possibilities

We have the Power of God within us – think of that, unlimited power within our own bodies, minds, spirits. We need only use the key He gave us…

Meditation Thought: “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” 1 John 3:23

“Commandment” – command is not a statement, it is not a request: it is an order. We believe in Jesus: believing implies we accept Him for what He says He is: we do not doubt that He is the Son of God, we do not doubt his statements are true. If we accept that they are true – then because of His obedience to the Father, we have claims to unlimited possibilities.

We have the Power of God within us – think of that, unlimited power within our own bodies, minds, spirits. We need only use the key He gave us to unlock all that Power: Believe, act on that belief and stand in awe at the results!

For God’s promises come true only when they are perceived and accepted with praise and thanksgiving. God’s promises: we get excited at some promises of men, think what we feel when we start to realize that we can have everything we want – it has been promised to us! Oh, no – we weren’t promised it would be in the form we picture – it will be in the form of our omnipotent God’s best as He responds to our actions. We have free will, so He cannot pre-package the wonderful gifts He has to offer; He must wait to hear from his believer to know what gift to send, then note the response to the gift, to know what other gifts to send. He wants us to have the desires He has created in us fulfilled but only as wonderful gifts for which we have asked, not as arbitrary imposition on us of whatever He decides to send. He wants the joy of two-way communication and a relationship of love and trust and interaction.

Burden Transformed

Our energies can be concentrated on the present not the past, on God’s will for us, and not our will for another, and upon the full, true significance of life, not a superficial misconception.

Meditation Thought: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

This does not refer to physical labor so much as the labor we force upon ourselves due to our misunderstanding of what the Father desires from us. We “load ourselves down” with guilt – Jesus will remove the burden, if we believe He came to do so.

We fret under doubt about our decisions and worthiness. Jesus lifts these from us as we perceive ourselves as He perceives us – as children of a loving Father.

God has provided a world of beauty, of order – yet of unfolding mystery – for us to discover and enjoy.

Through Christ we learn to appreciate all that is good, to forgive what is bad, when forgiveness is sought, and thus relieve much of the strain of living. Our energies can be concentrated on the present not the past, on God’s will for us, and not our will for another, and upon the full, true significance of life, not a superficial misconception.

Diligent Moments

There is no way to ‘skip grades’ in the perception of heavenly principles.

Meditation Thought:  “… with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.” (Mark 4:24)

Do not try to go at a faster pace than you can comfortably handle; this causes you to stumble. A steady pace where you do not have to correct a stumble will be more pleasant as well as move you along rapidly.

Take your moments and deal with them diligently; there are to be moments of prayerful planning, but do not let your mind wander to daydreams or planning while you should be concentrating on the task at hand.

You must perceive, receive and embrace the truth of the moment before you are equipped to receive and retain the truth which is beyond that one. You need to get one perception firmly fixed before grasping at another – otherwise you will drop the first, and in attempting to ‘rescue’ it, you will drop the half-grasped one also, leaving you with neither. There is no way to ‘skip grades’ in the perception of heavenly principles.

 

Searching for a new direction

We are not changed by stating confined in the same old place, thinking the same old thoughts, and doing the same old things. We are changed when we meet the challenge of moving on: of seeking new revelations, of desiring new experiences, and of finding new places.

Meditation Thought: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,  and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'” (Mark 1:14-15)

Jesus “preached the gospel”: in other words, Jesus revealed the words of God for His people that His children would understand Him and have the life of the kingdom as soon as they understood.

Jesus was – and is – the interpreter of God’s directions for the living of the kingdom while still involved in the physical things. But it is not possible to understand even Jesus’ interpretation of God’s Word if a person has not repented from the commitment to the physical and animalistic dedication of self. Until one turns from the visible and the obvious in search of the invisible “things” of the Spirit, and the “things” which are hidden until they are sought, one cannot understand Jesus’ teachings.

It is the repentant heart searching for a new direction that finds the way. It does little good, however, to find the way if it is not followed!

We are not changed by stating confined in the same old place, thinking the same old thoughts, and doing the same old things. We are changed when we meet the challenge of moving on: of seeking new revelations, of desiring new experiences, and of finding new places.

The kingdom is not a place, or limited by time or even a state of mind. The kingdom is our will becoming so homogeneously blended with God’s will that His works are our works, His Word is our creed, and His Love expands our love til nothing remains in our life that is not an expression of love.

We may not succeed, as did Jesus, in living in the kingdom completely while in our human state – but in the process of trying to live out our belief in the possibility and desirability of doing so, we become “new creatures in Christ”‘ we are “transformed from glory to glory”, and we at least live in a new dimension, even if it is not quite the dimension of pure unadulterated kingdom.