Each Moment

Meditation Thought: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:5)

To whom do you commit your way when committed to the Lord? To Love, to Power, to Wisdom, to Truth, to Righteousness, to Graciousness, to Forgiveness, to Ardor, to Creativeness, to Beauty, to Harmony.

Who would not desire a life entwined with such a One? Only those who seek to let self ensnare them into rebellion against obedience to even their salvation and hope and peace.

Do not forsake your joy for the bitter victory of being deluded into believing you are in control of your life.

For if you obey not God, you obey the Evil One, though you may not realize it. For he is the deceiver; God is Truth. Let the Light of the Truth reveal all deceit and then it will be driven away by the power of the Spirit.

Dare to yield – every moment, be courageous and trust in your Lord, and not in your own way, not in the world’s way.

The harvest is sure when the conditions of growth are determined by the Creator of all: you sow the seed created by Him who creates the sun and rain and soil; will He not bring forth fruit according to His plan?

Do not speculate as to when the harvest comes; it comes in season. Observe the signs: plant in springtime, cultivate in summer, harvest in fall.

You shall know the season by the knowledge revealed to you by the Spirit which dwells within your spirit, mind, body, emotions, actions, circumstances. The Spirit is always in these places if He is invited and if His needs are met. He needs so little: an open heart, an obedient spirit, a willing attitude. But these small contributions from you are filtered through Him and the process magnifies them as greatly as the mustard seed is magnified into the tree.

Can you understand that each moment is a tiny seed to be planted or to lie fallow? What a forest – what a harvest – is possible when many seeds are planted!

Visualize the bounty of the harvest for the Kingdom when you feel discouraged, tired, rebellious, lazy. At these times, pray in the Spirit, praise – give a sacrifice of praise – to God. The exuberance, the enthusiasm, the joy of the Creative force shall come pouring into your spirit, energizing you that you may plant with vigor, cultivate with joyful satisfaction, and harvest with delight.

Love is

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Love is giving when you long to keep, love is a gentle word when you are feeling surly, love is doing a task you dislike because it is pleasing to another. Love is not easy: responding to love is easy. This is why the giving of love is a sign of discipleship: it is out of the ordinary.

Your joy comes in the thrill of a response to your giving – perhaps the response is long-delayed. Nevertheless love is the most powerful, persuasive force in the universe, for God is love and God is Creator and Lord. What is God’s nature is more powerful than any other nature – be it selfish man or evil spirits.

Make love your aim, make love your method, make love your primary expression, whatever is required – whether it be thought, word, deed or worship.

You need not feel love to be loving in the name of the Lord.

Soften, mellow, cling to Me.

I am your strength and shape, you see.

I need your love,

But your love needs Me.

Seek to follow the form I reveal in a thousand ways:

Do not let tendrils of your life

Shoot out into the world where they will be trampled, or cut off from your Support.

I need every vibrant part of you to be close

That I may nourish, protect and cherish all you are, and all you hope to be.

The purpose of your being,

The joy you seek,

All peace and love desired

Can mature and grow in just one place:

In the temple of your heart, entwined in the softness of my love,

The rightness of my way,

The strength of Truth –

Let us be so close that none can pry apart the separate strands of your life and of Mine.

 

Togetherness, now

Meditation Thought: “And when I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3)

“I have come again; I have taken you where I am: open your eyes, open your ears, open your nostrils, reach out and touch: emerge from your cocoon of self-consciousness and revel in the beauty and the glory of the world to which I have carried you as you have placed yourself in my care by belief and faith in Me.

You are with me; I am with you. We are now in our Father’s room which He sent Me to prepare for you.

Is not this room pleasing to you? It is light and bright, fragrant with flowers, has the colors which bring joy to you. The windows are wide and overlook the vastness of the Father’s Kingdom.

Here we can commune together; in this surrounding can I teach you what you need to know. You know what I will teach you: how to love, how to love fully, effectively, unselfishly, causing a blossoming of both your own personality and the personalities of all whom you touch.

If you are to learn, you must listen to Me, you must observe Me, you must imitate Me, you must trust Me.

Can you do this?

Will you do this?”

Response: I want to do this – therefore I can do this through you, Lord Jesus: Therefore I will do this through you, Lord Jesus. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer. In your Precious Name I pray. Amen.

Goodness: compulsion or free will

Meditation Thought: “I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. (Philippians 1:14)

Prayer: My Lord, I ask that I be able to see in Truth, that I might use wisdom and knowledge as my aids, but enable me to forego judgment and to be steeped in love so that I may be both obedient and effective in becoming Your  image. Amen.

The difference between compulsion and freedom of will actions is the contrast of night and day – the one really has little connection with the other in appearance or in the manner which actions are taken.

All of society is forced to adjust every area of life when darkness falls, even with artificial light being available.

In light – daylight which reveals all – there is great freedom of movement, no restraints. There is a perception that reveals the truth of what is going on.

So it is with goodness motivated by free will: there is an openness, kindness, gentleness, an aura of sweetness that is appealing.

Goodness motivated by compulsion is really not goodness, but obedience. Obedience is necessary – but it is not the same as goodness: goodness is like the bonus on the paycheck of obedience. It’s something extra – an unexpected delight and therefore very special.

Perhaps goodness is not an ‘unexpected delight’ in christian circles – in fact, there it should be as binding as is obedience by compulsion; it should be one of the visible differences between the heart motivated by the Spirit and the heart motivated by self. It should be one of the most effective witnesses to the reality of Christ living in the heart, of Christ working in the world.

Transformation

Meditation Thought: “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for any honest work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all men. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one anther. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.” Titus 3:1-5

Remember when… sometimes it is good to remember bad times so that these days are even more precious as they are compared to former times. So it is with your spiritual life. Rejoice that, though you are not what you long to be in Christ, neither are you what you were before you knew Him as your intimate friend.

Comparing the differences in your life will enable you to help others come to know Him, and to know the difference He will make in their lives if He is invited.

Cherish Christ in you heart, and seek to please Him in every way, for this is the means of obeying the Father’s will. Seek to know the man Jesus better through every means available, for this Image of who the Father is and who you are as the Father’s child, is the key to your maturing healthily and rightly after your new birth as a believer.

 

Look for Me

Meditation Thought: The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men… exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. (Titus 2:11,15)

“Think not that one is better than another. I have not declared my love depends on any quality at all. Do you likewise. Love impartially, aid impartially, understand impartially.

There are varieties in every area that all might find preferences fulfilled – but one variety is not superior to another variety.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments, and love your neighbor as yourself – if you love me with all your mind and heart, you will by my grace, and my abiding Spirit, love all varieties of life.

In love will I teach you the secrets of life: in love must you in turn teach these secrets, that the Kingdom’s dominion may be expanded into the world. Your authority to teach comes only from your obedience to me: I authorize you to express through your life the truths, principles and examples set down through the ages as witnesses to who I am and who you are in relation to me.

Where there is love – look for me.

Where there is truth – look for me.

Where there is righteousness – look for me.

Where there is peace – look for me.

Where there is joy – look for me.

Where there is strife – call upon my name.

Where there is fear, seek my spirit’s power within you.

Where there is sickness, call upon my healing power released by the cross.

Live and move only by my Spirit – and totally by My Spirit: what you learn in secret shall be revealed by works declaring my glory and power openly, that the world may be reconciled to me, and each to one another.

Evil has had its day;

Now you have learned to pray.

Naught shall harm a child of mine

Filled by Spirit: Host divine.

Stretch, move, run in joy

Seeking ever to employ

Your Teacher’s methods, tried and true.

Stemming from the holy view.

Puzzlement, doubt and gloom may meet your first approach:

My light shall penetrate their fog

and show the way to go.

All who seek to follow me

Are blessed with all they need to know.

I am the Way, the Truth, the Life,

Unending conquering all.

Align with me: the shadow of my Spirit,

Is your strength, your shield.

The guiding Power and shining Light

To which all evils yield.

Mirrors and Reflections

Meditation thought: “To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.” (Titus 1:15)

All whom you see, all whom you hear, all that you perceive is but a reflection of your own image – you do not recognize this when you at first look ahead – but as you come closer and closer to the mirror of the Truth, you see more clearly what is reflected in that mirror.

Some reflections are distorted, ugly, repulsive: these are the images of your portions not yet conformed to the image of Christ: you may perceive them as others who cause you strife, as circumstances which are difficult for you, as moods which distress you.

Yes, they do exist as entities by themselves, there is substance behind them: they are pertaining to other souls who struggle to see their reflections in their own mirrors of Truth.

But they are at the same time a reflection of your life within.

Do you understand that by viewing all that is reflected in your own mirror of Truth, and seeking to improve the appearance of what you view, that while you change the reflection by your efforts, you automatically also change reflections in other mirrors of Truth viewed in places other than from where you stand?

The images on the many mirrors are reflected from one to another by the light of heaven: each soul’s image thus changes many images.

You can choose to project beauty or ugliness: and in your choice, you will draw reflections of similar nature, for like attracts like in the spiritual realm, and in the world.

If you would have peace in your soul, then project peace; if you would have love, project love; if you would have forgiveness, project forgiveness; if you would have health, project health. Do not attempt to hoard what is within you, for your portion is scant. If you project – give – what is within, then that attracts like portions which will return to you.

Life is not to be as a stagnant pool, but as a might river: powerful, changing, providing interesting movement. Even the light from heaven is more exciting as it is reflected in rapid movement.

Discipline your mind according to your spirit attuned with My Spirit, seek the “healing emotions”, give your body the elements it needs for excellent health, and give of your goods, your energy, your compassion and understateding – your love – that you may multiply the reflections of beauty in the large mirror of my universe which is composed of all of the tiny mirrors reflecting the inmost thoughts as well as the outward signs of my creations.