Psalm 139

Oh  Lord, thou has searched me and known me!… thou discerneth my thoughts from afar – and art acquainted with my ways… Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139: 1,3,23,24)

“Follow Jesus – over the ‘way everlasting’. Jesus came because I know you, know your thoughts, know your wicked ways. He is your salvation from wicked ways, wicked thoughts – He is the Light that reveals My Perfect Way – the ideal itinerary for your days. To simply move where it seems natural to go, but to be disciplined in thinking, saying and doing all in harmony with the Word and the Life revealed in the Word is to move in the way everlasting.

Along this way you will encounter all the things that you would encounter on any other path – obstacles, aids, puzzlements and revelations. But on this way you will have a companion to reveal the meaning behind what you encounter. The Companion explains, gives courage, gives power, gives love – gives of Himself, His very life for you. He sacrifices for you more than you sacrifice for your loved ones.

You are not to feel guilty about this – but to be grateful in a joyful manner – to feel cherished, protected, safe, as a child feels in a parent’s loving embrace, whatever the situation may be.

Do not move in fear, in apprehension that you may not do a perfect job – you cannot on your own, do a perfect job. It is My grace, power, love and righteous character released into your being through your faith in Jesus as Savior, Jesus as Lord, Jesus as the Way, that perfects your works.

Seek to do my will according to My Word and My Life living within you – and you will find the Way.

You know the key to doing my will and heeding my word, from what I have revealed this morning in its various forms: discipline – the mindset of being determined, of being focused, of being moving in the proper direction.

You, and others, will be amazed at the accomplishments of your days that were formed for you if you will do things “____ and in order” (can’t read that word). I will show you the way. You need only look for my instructions, rather than being distracted by your own thoughts and daydreams or other’s demands. I shall provide everything you need to do my will and my works – according to your belief.

If you believe in Me, if you trust Me, if you heed Me – you will be led in the way everlasting, and life will be sweet and good, whatever happens during the days that were formed for you. I formed you that I might love you, and that you might love me. I formed everyone to love, and to love me. I formed everyone to love one another. Only a rebellious heart can turn life away from the sweetness and goodness which I intended it to be.

Conquer your rebellious heart and help others to conquer their rebellious hearts. The effort, the discipline, and the courage needed to do this will be rewarded uncounted times over by our love for one another expressed in harmony, in peace, in order – in rightness of the way everlasting, for you and for Me, for all who can find it.

You have evidence, you have experience, you have faith, you have knowledge, you have wisdom – let no one rob you of your reward for having found these by distracting you from the continued pursuit of the everlasting way through them. The frothy pleasures of the world are to be tasted only in tiny sips – they do not constitute a nutritious constant diet which will sustain you in good health.

Reach a balance in your life by wise use of your days – focusing your energies upon the Light within, which will by my power, explode into energies which will transform the world into the kingdom.”

John 14:13

“Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  (John 14:13)

I have come to show you the Way to the Father – seek and you shall find! Have I not proved that the Father loves you – will move heaven and earth for you?

 When I cried “My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” – I was bearing the sin of the world at the moment (separation from the Father) that it would become more feasible for all to be saved (to be with the Father). Seek within: The Father is in you, as the Son and Spirit are in you – the Father carries you above danger, the Son points the Way, the Spirit clears the path. Fret not, but rejoice! You are aware, and is that not a miracle? You can see, hear, touch, taste, smell – are these not miracles? You can think – is this not a miracle? You can choose – you are fortunate to have many choices: choose to love, to appreciate, to enjoy whatever is, wherever you are: Look for the signs of the Father – in the miniscule, in the grand, in each moment.

You can, you know

Rise above the sordid,

The mundane, the weak.

Choose this moment

To serve God –

Then shrieks of agony

Change to laughter bubbling free.

Pain gives way to peace,

And chaos to harmony.

To create – to give birth –

To transform, to change, to give:

Not easy tasks, even difficult.

Why should you do them?

That you may grow, build, become strong,

And give to the world, to the kingdom,

That which you have created.

 

Are you pleased?

Is what you have given birth to

Lovely?

Joyful?”

Dynamic?

Helpful?

Have you given food for the hungry?

Comfort to the bereaved?

Understanding to the lonely?

What matter the form,

Or place, or to whom?

May what you give birth to

Be what has given birth to you:

Love, Grace, Harmony, Power,

Righteousness, Mercy, Kindness,

Understanding, Encouragement,

Enlightenment.

 

If you seek to be true to your inheritance,

To walk in the footsteps

Of your Father,

To hand down to all you create

The image of Him Who is in you –

Then ask in My Name,

That the Father may be glorified

Through your creation

By the power of Jesus’ Name –

In your inner life,

And in outward manifestations.

Create: Give birth.

Reflect the Son,

Who reflects the Father,

Who has the whole world in His hands.

Matt. 16:18,19

…”on this rock (faith in the God-given revelation that Jesus is Christ) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  (Matt. 16:18,19)

The strength of your belief will determine the extent of your willingness to spend effort and time in using the keys I give you to bind and to loose; My power is not only “sufficient for thee”; it is so extensive it is beyond the understanding of mankind. If you try the keys, you shall “do greater works” and you will have great influence upon the world.

You cannot enter into such power from outside of the kingdom: the atmosphere of heaven is known only through using the keys to unlock the gates that you may enter in. You may come and go at will between heaven and earth—between the spiritual realm and the material realm – if you have the keys. I offer them to every person – but not all realize the possibilities lying behind the doors. If they sought to know, they would rush to grasp the keys, no matter what obstacles might be between themselves and the keys. It is possible to unlock so many doors to the kingdom that you have open access from the world to the kingdom – much as sliding doors open a home to the outdoors. You can enjoy both realms at the same time, and can bring the beauty from heaven readily into the structure of earth.

In the kingdom all is love, harmony, beauty, righteousness. There is not one area on earth, whether animate, inanimate, of a theoretical or emotional nature which cannot be reconciled with these attributes by faith in this proposition and by seeking appropriate ways of applying it.

Let there be beauty in your eyes,

And love on your lips.

Hands are for helping

And possessions for sharing.

The trust in a little one’s heart

Is what I seek in you.

 

I love you:

Did I not create you for this?

I seek to show you the Way – what Way?

The Way to perpetual gladness,

Unending peace.

In your heart you know this truth.

Why, oh why, do you hesitate

To believe it?

Why imagine Me as harsh

When I am Love?

Why fear Me when you are a part of Me?

We are one – and distance or time

Cannot separate us, any more than

Distance or time separate your loved ones

From your heart and mind,

Your imagination and love.

 

Give up your plodding walk.

The “key” I give you

Is a ticket to take flight:

You can rise, soar, and fly with speed

Wherever you desire to go.

I go with you: I am you Pilot.

Together we choose our destination.

Together we realize

There is nothing dull,

Nothing unimportant,

Here – or there – or anywhere;

Not when we are looking from above –

Observing all:

Perceiving the whole,

Relating the parts,

Seeing the pattern –

Ever changing, yet ever lovely;

Not one part is excess, and none the same:

All beautiful, in My sight,

Bringing joy and glory to Me.

That “half the fun is getting there”.

Rev. 4:8,11

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come. Worthy art thou, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for thou didst create all things, and by thy will they existed and were created.”  (Rev. 4:8,11)

Do not seek to usurp My power and My authority over you, but know that by humble obedience, and gracious respect for My power and authority, you shall exchange the cross for the crown. In the wakeful hours last night the words of “The Old Rugged Cross” came to you over and over. I spoke to you in these words. Learn to love the crosses in your life because you recognize them as My works to perfect you as My image. They are the means of your growing into maturity, forming your character, your thoughts, your words, and your deeds as accurate reflections of My character, My thoughts, My words, My deeds. This knowledge and this acceptance of My intended will for you is the living of your life in the world simultaneously as you live your life in the kingdom. As a prisoner can serve “concurrent” sentences, so you can serve concurrent lives; you actually live in two dimensions in the same time span.

 As an indoor swimming pool may have water flowing into a connected outdoor pool, so I remove the barrier of sin that would separate the interchange. You were created to span the inside and outside: the spiritual and the physical. If sin divides the two, then the physical is confined, retaining all of the debris that lights on its surface as it is the “outside” part of the water. But if through prayer and obedience you seek Me to remove that sin barrier, then the pure, protected spirit-water rushes in, tossing the debris over the edge of the pool, removing it from the whole body of water. Neither pool should be isolated, but always they should be interconnected that both areas may be refreshing to all who come in contact with the water.

This analogy is not perfectly clear to you at this point, but trust that your searching for the truth of all of life, both spiritual and physical, shall result in greater understanding which in turn is the tool that transforms the shape of the cross into the shape of a crown.

 

Haggai 1:7-9

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may appear in My glory, says the Lord. You have looked for much, and lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of my house that lies in ruins; while you busy yourselves each with his own house.” (Haggai 1:7-9)

Do you understand that whenever the Word refers to physical substance, it is merely to clarify a spiritual truth? The admonition to “build my house” in the Old Testament is expressed in the New Testament as “feed my sheep”. The Spirit must be interpreted to each generation according to its understanding.

To one generation, communication between My people and Myself was most easily expressed as building altars and worshiping at them; to another, the revelation of the Spirit was taught within the context of daily life, of which shepherding was a part. In your generation, the realm of the mind has gained recognition, and My Spirit seeks to renew minds, converting them to be conformed to the mind of Christ. I have worked in all generations, for neither My nature nor human nature changes, but the particular characteristics of a civilization, a nation or a person require an adaptability of expressions of the Spirit. I seek to reveal to you the relationship of mind to the spiritual, to that which is physical and to circumstances. There is a relationship and those who have sought it have been set apart from those who have ignored My plea to seek to understand it.

Where the Spirit is welcomed, there is the renewing of the mind. The accumulation of sin, of guilt, and of disobedience is scraped away by repentance and dedication to Me and My will.  This brings us to the clean, strong, beautiful foundation of your yielded will on which we build a new home:  this time we build on edifice to serve two purposes: it is a home for both your spirit and My Spirit.

I can re-shape your spirit as you allow Me to do so. Your spirit has been deformed by your free will not having sought to be conformed to the shape of My will. Now we can tear down all that is misshapen and rebuild your spiritual house in a properly shaped manner. You see now the shape: the shape is a cross.  There is a place in the cross which is central where all four extensions meet. The analogy is this: The expression of the father Spirit, the expression of the Christ Spirit, the expression of the Holy Spirit, and the expression of your spirit all meet together at the place where you accept the reality of the other three parts of the cross being attached to you. Once you realize that your spirit is not a separate entity with all of your life limited within it, but that there is contact possible with three other spirits which will then bring a new shape, a new strength, a new purpose, and a new future to your life, then the things that were impossible become possible, the bad is changed into good, unrighteousness into righteousness, discord into harmony, hate into love, stained into pure, pain into peace, despair into hope, sadness into joy, and darkness into light.

Those who approach the door of your life cannot know what lies beyond the door unless you invite them, unless you encourage them to come with you beyond the entryway of yourself. Invite your guest into the central room where all of us meet together. This room is at the same time an “all-purpose room: and an “altar room”.  The hungry are fed at the Lord’s table, the weary find comfort in the Father’s loving arms, the discouraged find strength in the power of the Holy Spirit. The lost find the Way through your spirit leading them to this room where the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit await to minister.

If you can become humble enough to admit that you do not have the capacity to live a full life in only the entryway of self, and furthermore you do not resent the fact, but find relief and pleasure that this is so, then we can, every moment in time, work together to enhance our common dwelling-place.

Do not turn away anyone who seeks to enter into the door of your life, that all may be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Mark 11:22-24

“Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast 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 will receive it, and you will.” 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 one 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, realizing that His experience gives Him better long-term judgment of what is best.

Mom’s prayer: Father, what I truly desire is the development of perception to know your will for me, and thus to know more accurately what desires I should develop.  Enable me to come into closer fellowship with you, that I may be more perceptive, wise and efficient as I serve you as a mature daughter thus being all I need to be for my family and also for my own fulfillment as I become comfortable in the performance of my tasks, and rejoice in the rewards of doing them well.

More than 30 years, later, I echo my mom’s prayer.

Psalms 1 & 119

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Here is how mom worded her meditation thought on July 6, 1984:

My concern: “My soul languishes for the salvation; I hope in thy word: (Palms 119:81)

The Lord’s response: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

“My law is the stream of living water that sustains your faith, your hope, and your salvation. My law is simply an expression of my character in a manner which is comprehensible to you. I express my character in various ways, that all of my children may comprehend it, desire it, and appropriate it.

Day by day, you have opportunities to learn more about my law – about my character. Day by day you have opportunities to appropriate my character.

As a child plays “dress up” in her mother’s garments, and they do not fit, so you “try on” my righteousness and character and it does not fit with your sin-shape. Yet, a time comes when the child grows into the mother’s garments – and so can you grow into my righteousness and character as you contemplate my law, and seek to obey it.

Jesus said to become as a child: be trusting, be teachable, be enthusiastic, be willing.

You have many abilities and I am more eager than you to get them developed into accomplishments which serve me well, serve the world well, and serve you well.

Relax in my Presence, knowing that the Word in your mind, the kindness in your heart, the love in your emotions, and the willingness of your body to sacrifice for those you love and for those to whom you are kind, as you listen and obey the Word in your mind, shall all assure that you will prosper and produce fruit.

Thus shall your abilities develop into accomplishments. Thus shall you bring glory to me, joy to the world, and grace to yourself.

With grace, you glow in the realization that your peace comes from love given freely to you – no matter what you are – nor what you do.

But – that same grace is operative under the law. It must always work toward developing your abilities, into accomplishments – and if you attempt to ignore or circumvent the law, then you will not understand nor appreciate the workings of that grace.

When you know the law, and seek to abide by the law, you secure for yourself a freedom of expression that is enhancing in every way, for every one. This is my hope for you – this is what I long for you to desire, and to seek. I will move heaven and earth to provide the opportunity for you to choose this, and the means by which you can accomplish it.

If you believe this is so, it shall be.