No life-pattern is the same: Let Me help you.
Meditation Thought: “You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)
“‘Be not alarmed, for this must take place.’ Trust Me that this statement is true for all that happens in your life. Your choices make My choices: I weave a thread, then you weave a thread… and I weave another thread. As you seek My way, you weave a pattern more easily blended into the whole which I envision. We can develop a smooth, pleasing rhythm, a harmony of purpose, a finished piece of more beauty if you will make effort to seek the pattern I have in mind to produce from your special abilities and talents, directed along with My spiritual works manifested in your life. No life-pattern is the same: Let Me help you to understand the grandeur of a life dedicated to My works. It is the very willingness to humble self as much as is needed that results in works of grandeur and awe that bring glory to Me and joy to My workers.”
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.”
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.
You cannot skip over fundamentals to jump to the higher planes. You will be lost, confused and discouraged. Trust Me.
Meditation Thought: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:3)
“To learn to interpret the signs of the times – or to learn anything – you must recognize your present ignorance, and furthermore, desire to replace ignorance with knowledge. You must desire this to the point of acting. You must seek where the answers lie: the signs of the times are in My Word and My Spirit. My Spirit leads you to the Word, and My Word leads you to My Spirit. Both are necessary, for both are an integral part of every creation.
Sharpen every sense, physical, mental, spiritual, by concentrating on the development of the sense. ‘Decently and in order’ will aid you in coordination of your studies. Do not daydream about another subject as you are in the classroom, but focus on the subject you are to be learning at the moment. You have many talents and graces to be developed, and learning the signs of the times is included. You cannot skip over fundamentals to jump to the higher planes. You will be lost, confused and discouraged. Trust Me: I know your progress and your difficulties. Stop trying so hard. Relax, allow Me to place you in circumstances and to give you words to guide you. Stop reaching, and start receiving what is coming but you do not observe. Life is not a complicated as you try to make it. Simplify your life: trust Me to do the arranging of your study schedule and your work schedule and your ‘play’ schedule and your sharing schedule. Fret not any more about what is undone – but enjoy doing the activity of the moment, doing it as a sacrifice of praise to Me: for I will bless My people for faithfulness.”
Is love in your heart? Love of whom? Yourself? Your God? Your family? Your enemies? All who hear you will know!
Meditation Thought: “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart” (Matthew 15:18)
What is in your heart flows out through your mouth. Is love in your heart? Love of whom? Yourself? Your God? Your family? Your enemies? All who hear you will know! You cannot hide who you are – try as you might. But you can change who you are: you can change your heart – when you open your heart to the Spirit, you transform your heart you have a new one – an all-encompassing love.
What proceeds from your mouth is a river – a river that overflows onto all who hear you; does your river dirty and pollute them – or does it cleanse and refresh? It depends upon whether your river originates from a heart purified by obedience to your Creator’s will in the form of the Spirit filtering all un-God-like particles from your heart.
Every word you utter is either unfiltered or filtered, and the results of your words are directly related to your choice of using the Spirit-filter or not.
Suggested prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, dwell within my heart; be the filter that cleanses, purifies and glorifies the words proceeding from my heart. I would have a river pure and bright, bringing renewal to all it touches: help me, Father, to trust you to aid me in installing the holy Filter before the word flows from me – Lord Jesus, through Your loving sacrifice you made the installing of the Filter possible – thank you! Holy Spirit, by an act of my will, and by the determination of my mind, and the focusing of my emotions on the precepts of the kingdom, I reshape my heart to allow Your Filter to be installed and maintained in my heart. Amen.
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’.”
Stride boldly, confidently, buoyantly and joyfully.
Meditation Thought: “Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
“I protect My loved ones! Go in confidence before men and angels, knowing that you have every form of strength and power needed to conquer every foe and every circumstance, when you are yielded to My Spirit and My Word.
Stride boldly, confidently, buoyantly and joyfully in this knowledge. Grow tall in the Spirit, able to see in better perspective, and able to act more vigorously. Fear not, fear not: I will sustain you, I will guide you, I will reorder whatever circumstances are necessary to do My work in you and for those for whom you pray.
And so, rely on Me, and I will give you peace. Rely on Me and I will give you the desires of your heart and fulfill the longings in your soul.”
The life found by ‘self’ is a lost cause, but…
Meditation Thought: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
“He who finds his life: the life found by ‘self’ is a lost cause – the life found by self is ultimately unrewarding; it turns sour and displeasing. But to lose your ‘self’ life by yielding it up to Me is to change the character of your life into a fruitful, sweet maturity, through My provisions for it on the cross.
If you cling to self, which avoids the cross – both My cross and your cross of total yielding to the demands of the Kingdom – you avoid also the full, good, satisfying life which the Father intended for you.
But to embrace My cross, and your own cross, you provide the energy to melt and change those crosses into shining jewels to beautify yourself as you offer them at the same time as symbols to our Father, to Me, and to the Spirit of your total commitment of your spirit to our fellowship.”
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.
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.”