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’.”
It is when the blessings are released that the harvest of fruit is realized that was within the seed of the Word, and nourished in your faith and obedience.
Meditation Thought: “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13:23)
“When your mind is attuned to My Word, then your will is attuned to My will, and your faith reaches up to Me to release the blessings which are stored in My special place for you – just waiting for you to reach the stage of needing them, desiring that they come to you, and requesting them. It is when the blessings are released that the harvest of fruit is realized that was within the seed of the Word, and nourished in your faith and obedience.”
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 delight is in the Lord, who is a ’24-hour a day Lord’.
Meditation Thought: “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ( Psalm 37:4)
“Delight yourself in the Lord” – the delight is here, whether the desires of the heart are here or in the future. This is the key to the Kingdom: delight available 24 hours a day, for the delight is in the Lord, who is a ’24-hour a day Lord’, always available, always willing, always eager to guide, to bless, to work good. Choose the delight in the Lord in your life. The desires of your heart are a result of the delight – not the delight a result of fulfilled desires. Just as a stone may be enhanced by its setting, so your delight may be enhanced by fulfilled desires, but keep each in perspective and do not confuse them.
‘Delightful attitude’ will win over the factors needed to produce the desires of your heart. Not everyone has the temperament to do this humorously – but everyone has the power of being able to do it in the Spirit. Get enthused about the Lord, and doing His works, and your enthusiasm will be so contagious that all will be eager to give you the desires of your heart – because those desires are the desires of the Father whose will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Stand tall, stand firm, with your eyes on Me, your mind on My Word.
Meditation Thought: “Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” (Matthew 11:19)
“‘Justified’ – proof. Convincing. Changing of minds from being misled into perceiving the truth.
Stand tall, stand firm, with your eyes on Me, your mind on My Word, your hands on your fellow creatures in loving ministry – and My precepts (principles) shall be justified (proven right) in your life. Wisdom is nothing more than perceiving and living by My precepts, for my precepts are the foundation of the structure of the Kingdom, as well as the guidelines which I use in the movements I take within the world. If you understand and cooperate with the ‘natural laws’ you benefit. If you understand and cooperate with all of My laws you benefit far more. And thus is wisdom justified.”
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.
You speak the language of the Kingdom as you utter sounds of praise, of comfort, of love, of peace.
Meditation Thought: ““Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
“Babel, babel, babel – that is all that the words mean which are used against you because you speak My wisdom. The meaningless babel of babes, who do not understand the meaning of the words they utter, nor the meaning of the words they hear. Hearing a noise and producing a sound is not understanding or speaking a language.
You learn the meaning of the language of the Kingdom as you tune your ear to hear it as having particular meaning which is to be manifested in your life. You speak the language of the Kingdom as you utter sounds of praise, of comfort, of love, of peace.”
Live each moment aware that later it will bring either peace or regret and there will be no changing of the consequences.
Meditation Thought: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
“Cling to righteousness. No matter who or what tries to pry you away from righteousness, no matter what the consequences of your ‘stubbornness’ in hanging on – persist. For your reward will be great: so great you cannot now fathom it. Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are those who insist upon retaining citizenship in the Kingdom when others are insisting upon them changing their allegiance to the world. But they do not know the joys of the Kingdom, the power of citizenship in the Kingdom. Only by holding your citizenship through ‘thick and thin’ can you demonstrate the value of it, and thus prove both to yourself and to others that this citizenship is superior in every way to citizenship in the world.
Listen to the language of the Kingdom as it is spoken to you through My Spirit; heed the advice, acting in faith and joyful confidence that the advice is for your benefit and for the benefit of the Kingdom. One day all will know the whole truth – but it is too late then to make choices. You must choose on the basis of information available to you – only hints of the whole – in order to allow you freedom to choose. No choice is involved if the total picture is laid out and there is no struggle to find the pieces of it.
Live each moment aware that later it will bring either peace or regret and there will be no changing of the consequences. Concentrate, think, be aware of your momentary action, for it could, though you recognize it not, change the course of your life as well as many other lives.
Start this moment an intense training program of using your abilities, talents, faith, words, actions and desires to develop every facet of yourself into an exemplary citizen of the Kingdom. If you are persecuted for your loyalty to righteousness, so shall you be rewarded for your status as an exemplary citizen of the Kingdom, loyal to all of its statutes.”