Redeemed, Guided, Rewarded

Meditation Thought: (Taken from the Introduction to book of 1 Peter in the Study Bible): “Christ has redeemed them. (Christians) (1:18,19) Christ upholds and guides them (1:8,21,25) and Christ will reward them (5:4). They can therefore go forward joyfully along their pilgrim way (2:11, 4:3,14), confident that in the end they will gain a full salvation and enter into the joy of their Lord.”

“You are redeemed – cleansed of guilt: Relax. You are pure, sparkling, refreshing – to yourself and to others through Christ’s purifying process in you.

You are upheld and guided – Do not fear. Your own strength – or lack of strength – does not count for anything. Christ within you is your strength – how much more strength could you need? You need not be confused: Guidance is given to you – whether you realize this in your feelings or not. Trust this in faith.

You will not receive punishment, but reward as the basic tone of your life. Why would so many cling to the Way if it was always miserable, causing only distress? Your perception of what is joyful to you may change as you grow spiritually, but you will have joy in rewards – whatever form these take – as a Christian. That is Christ’s Message: I am not a God/Father of punishment but of love and enlightenment. I desire to teach you what is True and how to deal with Truth in a way that will bring joy and fulfillment to us both. This is why Jesus came – the perception of my people was inaccurate. I needed a corrective influence to bring understanding, for I long for my beloved children  to be happy. There are certain requirements to bring happiness into a reality, and these requirements are both revealed and fulfilled by Christ when my children seek to know the way.

I know the confusion, fear and inadequacy of a child who is unenlightened, untrained, and dependent upon only the self. For this reason Christ has come in human form to be the Teacher, the Discipliner, the Strength – whenever the child yields to Him rather than clinging to old ways.

Through Christ one’s spirit is developed into more recognizable resemblance of My Spirit – how could this be anything but a reward which brings joy?”

Pleasure in Peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” (John 14;27)

My peace I give unto you. Do not attempt to have peace by controlling circumstances. This is not possible. The way to peace in any circumstances is to welcome me into your life, to the point of allowing me to control you – not because I desire to thwart your will, bet because I desire to conform it to my perfect will – I can guide you to peace and all good things if your will is placed within my will. No more than you desire to decide everything for your children do I want to make every decision for you. As you desire your children to make their own decisions within the framework of your teaching – realizing that your knowledge and experience can be helpful – so do I desire you to live your own life – but within the framework of my teaching, for this will result in better experiences for you.

To have your focus upon me – to follow me – is to help you make wise decisions and to accomplish the exercise of discipline in doing what you know is right even when that action is not to your liking. Never doubt that to follow me will bring joy. You may not glimpse any possibility that disciplined, righteous action will result in the desires of your heart being realized – but it is only through following me in decisions and in behavior that you can find peace and all else that you long for.

Just as you are recognizing that having forced yourself to walk regularly has resulted in not only better health, but a pleasure in the walking, so you will find that disciplined, righteous action always brings health, vitality, and the pleasure of peace. You can discover this only in one way: to do it – whether you feel like it is immaterial – you determine to do it. First you determine to follow me, then you are able to do so even when difficulties are encountered.

You can build up your determination through knowing me through the Word, through prayer, through meditation, through imitating my attitudes and actions – believing that I tell Truth, live Truth, am Truth – therefore, you are filled with Truth, and Truth never misleads you. This is why you will become wise in thought, in word, and in deed as you follow my leading, as you know me as your Guide, and as your Strength.”

Prayer of Response: Lord Jesus, Friend Jesus, Brother Jesus – thank you. Thank you for giving all you had, and have, to give for my benefit. I do desire the gift of your sweet, effective Presence.

 

Entrusted Treasure

But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. (2 Timothy 1:12)

Seek to use in more imaginative ways the use of the treasure entrusted to your keeping.

You are too self-conscious, too immersed in past thoughts, words, actions.

I am giving you a new heart which is pumping more strongly, releasing more energy and vitality to bring you into a healthier container for my treasure – a more beautiful container, and a container more accessible to others.

Relax, it is true: I guard what has been entrusted to you.

Enjoy the indwelling Spirit, rejoice in the indwelling Spirit, allow the Spirit to work unhindered by being so filled with words of scripture that words of doubt and fear and ineptness cannot find room in your mind.

Be filled with the water of the Spirit so that all impurities are washed away as soon as they enter.

Be filled with healthy food so that your body is strong to do my miracles: the world may not perceive the acts of love as miracles – but you know they are miracles for the yielding of your will is so difficult that it is a miracle for it to be sacrificed.

Do not fear for the future, for I have promised to prepare the way for you; if I prepare the way for you, will I not prepare the way for those whom you love and whom I love?

Truly, truly, I say to you no harm shall come to my sheep who follow me. Follow me, and fear not for the other sheep – do not look at them, but at me.

I lead the obedient – and seek the lost, always securing the safety of those who have followed me to the safe pasture.

You cannot guard the treasure entrusted to you by yourself: together we rejoice in it, share it, and protect it.

The treasure you hold is all of the elements of the Kingdom, all of the qualities of the Kingdom.

Do not dilute the value of this treasure with cheap imitations not of God the Creator – do not allow the enemies and spites and sins of self and Satan to be mixed in with the heavenly treasure.

You guard against seeking our own will and seeking to add to or subtract from the treasure, and I will guard against thieves who would stealthily remove treasure from you, and against deceivers who would put in junk with the treasure.

Judge not, forgive if you feel wronged, minister, love, serve: in these ways do you enhance the treasure by keeping it in good order and shining by your efforts. This is all I require of you.

I do not require of you that you peek at other’s treasurers and seek to re-arrange them or change them; develop the concept of treating everyone as a beloved grandchild: precious, to be enjoyed and to delight – to have pleasure in helping develop but not having the responsibility of parenthood. That belongs to the Creator of life.

Realized Hope

“As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, not to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous, thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

Hope on God! God is: loving, merciful, generous, kind, righteous, wise – and willing to let us go our own way if we refuse to see in Him our hope.

We can endure the now if we have hope for the future; God has promised us He will not fail us. He has required that we recognize that He is our hope before He can work fully to bring the hope of the future to reality of accomplished fact in this moment.

The problem of lack is not due to God’s reluctance, but to our reluctance to make Him our first hope – our only hope – and trust Him enough to guide us constantly – the labyrinth of life cannot be understood from the point where we are. We must look up to God, who perceives the overall perspective, and go wherever He points if we are to realize our hopes. We can bumble and stumble a whole lifetime if we merely look ahead and go by our own “instincts” or chance or trial and error.

The rich have even more need to seek god’s sure guidance because they are in a favored position to enable many others to perceive God also and receive His help.

Prayer of Response: Oh, Lord, I seek Your guidance and Your choice for me – the path which will bring me and, all others possible, closer to you. Oh, I know there are all manners of distractions I would like to pursue – but by my will, I yield to your will in holding me back from them, or removing me from them.

Oh Lord, I pray in Jesus name that you build in my spirit, my mind, my body and my emotions a love so large and so encompassing that all else is perceived through this love: I know in my heart that this is the meaning of “the Kingdom within”.

Enable me to set my hope only on You, so that with every fiber of my faith and my being I am as you envision me in Christ. Christ, total love, total obedience.

I reach not for fame or gold,

But love perceived and known.

May I abide within the home

Provided by my Lord:

Only goodness and kindness

Enter the portals He has carved.

No sin, no wrong, no selfish thoughts or word or deed

Can withstand the penetrating Ray.

Of Love proved for all time

that beams over all the world.

Wherever this ray is allowed to shine.

The heart is moved from stone

Into the softness of a dove.

And though the large stone was by the portals blocked,

The yielding softness of the dove

Slips through with greatest ease.

A Harvest of Joy

Meditation Thought: “Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen! For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground. I will pour my Spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring. (Isaiah 44:1, 3)

“Do not fear, you whom I have chosen! I will renew your strength; I will make the desert bloom, and bless you and your family forever more.

I am a loving Father, wise and perceptive. I know you better than you know yourself. I know how to teach you, encourage you, protect you, nourish you. You need not fear – even your own feelings. I will give you all you need to be my servant – no, my child who serves. The serving is not to enhance me, but you. It is in serving me that you come close to me, and being close to me is the way your spirit is nurtured. It is the way you obtain the attributes listed throughout the Word as those which are becoming to the children of the Living Lord.

Remember that seeds do not produce a harvest immediately. You must patiently wait, till, and observe constantly until the moment to harvest arrives, and you receive your reward with joy.

All of the times you read the Word, spend time in thinking of me, or praying, or meditating, or ministering to my creations, you are tilling seeds that are growing into harvests of joy.

Even when the ground is dry, you must do your part of prepare it properly – for I shall not allow the seeds to wither when you are attending them. The water of my Spirit shall refresh and spurt growth. Your efforts are never in vain when they are devoted to pleasing me by attending to my garden – my garden, yet you are the one who will enjoy the harvest, and it is your enjoyment of the harvest that gives me pleasure.”

 

Seeds will become Trees and Mountains will be Moved

“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy 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.

My power and my glory are to be in evidence in the world – and it is through believers that this is made possible in many places, at many times, in many circumstances.

Dare to try to think, to pray, to act, as if Jesus is using your mind, your heart, and your body to live again. It is so – when you behave as it is so, when you are committed to that goal.

You know enough of love, of goodness, of kindness, through family and friends, in addition to the Word and the Spirit, to use these qualities as the enhancement of your character. 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 then pray in Jesus Name, 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, to seek My Way.”

 

Steadfastness, Compassion and Mercy

“Behold, we call happy those who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11)

“You cannot receive something for nothing, as much as you would like that. Neither heaven nor earth is structured in that manner.

If you think, you will realize that your greatest joys are to give to someone and have the response reveal their delight, and to work to accomplish a goal, and then succeed in reaching it.

Concentrate more on these two areas: Giving pleasure, and accomplishing goals. As you persevere (being steadfast), you also will be reaping compassion and mercy – partly from a heavenly response to your attempt to have faith and righteousness, and partly from an earthly response as reaping what you sow.

Do not dwell on your faults and your failures. Concentrate on giving and doing. You will not eliminate faults and failures in this way, but you will minimize them while maximizing accomplishments that are pleasing to you, to others and to Me.”