Each needed replacement is an opportunity to upgrade the individual component and the value of the whole.
Meditation Thought: “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Take the aggravation of the wearing out of the various components of your house and make it a parable in your life. Each needed replacement is an opportunity to upgrade the individual component and the value of the whole house.
Let Me replace your old creature with all new components more suitable for a daughter of the Kingdom, for old habits and old desires and old methods are no longer suitable for the building which has been converted into a temple for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
You are learning the methods of remodeling: dealing with the “breakdowns” immediately – taking time to repair by prayer and meditation upon My Word, which is the step needed to get My restoring work in operation.”
Think before speaking and pray before thinking.
Meditation Thought: “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
“Treasure My knowledge in your heart until My Spirit prompts you to act upon it – for My timing quickly fulfills My purposes, but your timing, with your limited view, prevents all from working together.
Pray, listen – then act. Do not act then pray, for the effect is far less than My aspirations for you. When you do act in haste, ask for forgiveness and pray – but develop a better way: think before speaking and pray before thinking: this is the meaning of your little faith being able to move mountains: your little faith – used rightly – moves you to pray before thinking, thus enabling My Spirit to stir within you to direct your thoughts – thus directing your words and deeds as well.
It is My Spirit that moves mountains, for My Spirit is one with My Will and My Word, and only the omnipotent power which created can re-create!”
Pray – Think – Act
The more effort and time you spend learning and tuning, the less time you will waste in prayers asking for forgiveness, and in retracing your paths in order to correct your mistakes.
Meditation Thought: “But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)
From where comes the power to heal? From the instructions of the Father… from the love of the Father… from the mercy of the Father. The instrument of healing must be connected to the power source or there is no healing. The time, the effort, the discipline of the adherence to the creative natural laws must be exerted if the desired results are to be obtained. Mere wishing – even by the very Spirit of God made flesh – could not manifest healing.
Follow the sure examples of demonstrated results: the spiritual experiments which proved true and which you desire to follow. Seek to duplicate the experiments which resulted in the healing of bodies, of spirits of emotions, of minds, of relationships – always remembering to take actions which will not cause harm. You know actions will not cause harm if they are actions suggested by the Word and prompted by the Spirit in response to your prayers and open spirit, mind and emotions tuned to hear the Voices of Heaven.
You cannot know what these actions are unless you understand the Word and have yourself tuned properly. The more effort and time you spend learning and tuning, the less time you will waste in prayers asking for forgiveness, and in retracing your paths in order to correct your mistakes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (a little righteousness is worth a pound of repentance!)
Imagine the great results of being disciplined and savor them.
Meditation Thought: Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)
“Think about what happened after the excruciating pain of the moment Jesus said the above words. He trusted, even in the face of seeming disaster, His total being unto Me. And I did not fail Him. I made His name above all names; I gave Him power above all powers, I arranged for Him to live forever – even in the flesh, through believers.
I do not call upon you to go through the same trials as did Jesus – but I do call upon you to trust Me as He did, obey Me as He did – and to believe that the results of your doing so will unleash miracles as I did through His trust, His obedience, and His belief in miracles.
Dare to try to think, to pray, to act, as if Jesus is using your mind, your heart, and your body to live again. Discipline yourself – use your imagination to be the power of discipline. You can picture your optimum results based on the thoughts, words and deeds which you know are Jesus-prompted within your mind, your spirit and your body.
When you desire to do something other than the thing you know is right – pause – they pray, imagine the great results of being disciplined and savor them.
Your seeds will become trees, your mountains will be moved – and as your faith is expressed, it will inspire others to seek Me, to seek My will and to seek My way.”
Both wisdom and faith are developed, not given as gifts full-blown and complete with no effort put forth by the recipient.
Meditation Thought: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Let steadfastness have its full effect so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:2-7)
Both wisdom and faith are developed, not given as gifts full-blown and complete with no effort put forth by the recipient.
To develop a steadfast faith is the first step in being able to develop wisdom, for you must “ask in faith”in order to receive wisdom. That faith is developed through “testing” – as you meet challenges, pray, believe – and observe results, you develop a “steadfast” faith which enables you to ask in faith for wisdom. Your trials here bring to your attention your dire need for wisdom. When you combine steadfast faith in My desire to impart wisdom to you and your desire to receive it, then it is possible for wisdom to “make you perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” My Holy Spirit as motivator and guide of your thoughts, your words and your deeds imparts wisdom to you.
You do not know where it is best for you to be in the future. But I know – and I will guide you
Meditation Thought: “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)
“You are perceiving stepping stones as roadblocks – you are looking at the stones from the wrong perspective – you have not moved from the low place to the high place, where you can move on top of circumstances.
You are seeking guidance and I shall take you to the high place if you will heed my Word, heed my Spirit within you, and use your mind to think through whatever comes into your life.
You need not be confused about praying in faith possibly conflicting with My will. When your heart desires first that My will be done, it shall be done – even if you do not pray precisely that way I desire. Yet, if you are to pray at all, you must choose a way in which to pray.
I have done works in you as you have waited, as I have done works in others. You shall abide in Me wherever we abide physically. There are a number of places where we can do what we need to do for your development. Simply relax now, praying that My desires shall be your desires, and know that in the prayer itself is the power to bring about the reconciliation. You do not know where it is best for you to be in the future. But I know – and I will guide you to be content in the place where you reside, because your spirit will reside with My Spirit there.”
Meditation Thought: “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24)
When you ask “in prayer” you are asking properly – you are recognizing God as authority, God as loving, God as powerful. You are led to seek God’s will – and God’s way, because to ask “in prayer” is to ask in the wisdom of the Spirit, and the hope of God’s promises.
It is on thing to demand a desire as a spoiled, petulant child, and another thing to request the granting of a desire in an attitude of a simple request to a loving Father, willing to accept His decision graciously, recognizing that His experience gives Him better long-term judgment of what is best.
Yield your spirit to My grace, your sins to My forgiveness, your will to My guidance, your body to My service, your emotions to My love.
Meditation Thought: “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
Thanksgiving consecrates – by the Word and by prayer.
“Take everything in your life, both physical and spiritual and by your will, run it through the glowing mist of My pure Spirit within you: it will be cleansed from all sin, ugliness, tarnish, evil and emerge glowing and beautiful with reflected light and internal light.
If you do not see beauty, then it is because you are looking through your own eyes and not the eyes of faith by the Spirit. Correct your vision at once: by immediate prayer and supplication, by yielding your spirit to My grace – your sins to My forgiveness, your will to My guidance, your body to My service, your emotions to My love.
My power is released, not through pious self-consciousness of seeking me, but through the un-self-consciousness of total absorption and fascination with the Personalities of the Trinity.”
…the key to releasing faith that works, converting it from passive faith of possibility into active faith of moving mountains.
Meditation Thought: “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
If you already have everything you desire, how can you need to seek? To ask? To question? To move on? Life is movement; death is still.
It is good to need to request, for in the process the relationship is strengthened. Always – in heaven and on earth – appreciation is heart-warming, and creates an atmosphere of acceptance on both sides.
When we can turn in prayer for everything in our lives, confident that our prayers are heard and answered, then we are not anxious, but thankful. We are able to be thankful before our petition is granted.
The appreciation for what we already have, and the confidence that our Father desires good to continue and increase in our lives by His power and grace, is the key to releasing faith that works, converting it from passive faith of possibility into active faith of moving mountains.
How can we improve? Surely the first step is to recognize that we simply are not capable in ourselves of being so brilliant – so perfect – that we can make the proper decision. This is the point where we are willing to call “Help!”.
Meditation Thought: “He who influences the thought of his time influences the thought of all the times that follow.” (A quote from a book, An Apple a Day)
Why do we forget that every thought engenders an action (or a rejection of action)?
We are focused on ourselves, our physical or mental feelings at the moment, our mood, our preoccupation with thinking what we will do later – and we may miss the turn off of the road that we should follow.
How can we improve? Surely the first step is to recognize that we simply are not capable in ourselves of being so brilliant – so perfect – that we can make the proper decision. This is the point where we are willing to call “Help!”. And we know from where that help can come – Lord, you are the helper, the enabler, the guide, the protector, the lover. We cannot see you; we cannot feel you; we cannot hear your audible voice.
So, how do we meet together? Oh – to seek You in prayer, to listen to that soft, but real “voice” of thought in our minds, to be alert and aware of what situations surround us – and then to cope with them – through prayer, through the advice of the scriptures, through the knowledge that our loving Guide is competent, willing and available. You, of whom there is evidence through the ages.