When God is the focus of our devotion, all else focuses clearly in our lives too.
Meditation Thought: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Matthew 4:10)
Even in our earthly activities, we are most effective when we loyally execute our commitments – our energies are multiplied as we enthusiastically and with concentration commit them to our purpose. When we choose God to be the purpose of our commitment, He takes our energies in serving Him and transforms them into His worship, His miracles, His purposes – when we serve Him only. This assures that our efforts are channeled in effective, pure, positive, loving results: God’s final results – not the results we might see, for we see only partial results, while God sees the whole. When God is the focus of our devotion, all else focuses clearly in our lives too. Gradually, as we come to know our Master as we serve Him, the meaning of our lives in every area, in total inter-relationship of all brought together, focuses more clearly and more brightly; our hesitant first trust and tentative service changes to complete trust and eager service as His glory and love are revealed more completely to us… “Praise God from whom all blessing flow.”
Picture a row of ladders lined up against a wall. At the top of the wall is God’s ultimate fulfilled plan. Now with that in mind:
- Each of us has a mission and talents to be used to perform that mission to the completion of God’s ultimate Plan and His glory.
- We are to help each other discover the individual mission and to enable each other to complete the mission.
- There is an inter-relationship in the ability of each mission to be completed; all missions are connected by a link of some kind so that the progress of the mission of one affects the progress of all. Therefore, it behooves each person to not only work on the completion of his own mission, but to give any possible help to the completion of all missions.
Back to the ladder image – each person must climb his own mission-talent ladder to God’s final Plan – but arms can be reached out: to pull another up, or push another down, or both arms can be used on one’s own ladder. However, since the final Plan can be realized only when everyone is up the ladder, the person who climbs without helping the others to rise too, finds that reaching the top alone has no purpose. That person has to wait longer to have the ultimate satisfaction because they must wait for the others to arrive at the top. Their ultimate satisfaction could be reached more quickly if they help others move ahead more rapidly as they move up, and if they push another down, it will take that person that much longer to reach the top and contribute to the completion of the ultimate satisfaction of all.
The choice is yours to use the knowledge or let it lie idle.
Meditation Thought: “ Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)
“Change your thought of the word “prayer” from being a verb “to pray” – to being a noun: being in a state of prayer – a continuous state of prayer. The atmosphere of prayer varies according to the workings in your life, but you must assure that by your awareness and your attitude that you stay within the confines of the prayer world: the prayer world is large enough to encompass all the places in heaven and in earth where you should be. If you wander outside of its confines, you lose your sense of direction, your protection, and your purpose.
Think of a mist of prayer enclosing all of the areas of your life – as a gentle rain renews the parched earth, the mist of prayer keeps your life renewed, refreshed, conscious of the Power and Love that have entered your life through your belief in that Power and Love. The scriptures in your mind are much of the reality of the mist of prayer; worship of any form, a grateful heart, a joy in seeing the works of the Kingdom being executed on earth – all these are as atoms of the composition of the prayer mist. The more densely these atoms are concentrated in your life-atmosphere, the more concentration you have of the Kingdom on earth. Just as your home protects you when you are inside it from the storm without, so the atmosphere of prayer surrounding you protects you from evil from without. You must be enclosed in the house before it provides you any shelter – you must place yourself in the prayer atmosphere before it provides your shelter. Enter into your shelter of prayer, and keep it closed about you. You know how to do this by the instructions given to you through My Word and My Ways: the choice is yours to use the knowledge or let it lie idle.
Your human love keeps the corrosion of evil scrubbed clean from the channels so that divine love gushes through with such force that it startles the world.
Mediation Thought: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another…” (John 13:34)
“My spirit of love I give to you, for there is no other way to love. All else has ulterior motive – pure love is divine love, and as pure crystal water cleanses and refreshes all it touches, so divine love expressed in any form, through any form, cleanses and refreshes all whom it touches.
Only by having clean channels for divine love to flow through can it stay pure. Your channels must be kept clean by pure thoughts and actions, by loving, ministering thoughts and actions – all initiated by you, in preparation for the divine love which will flow freely through the wide-open, pure channels. Your human love keeps the corrosion of evil scrubbed clean from the channels so that divine love gushes through with such force that it startles the world, makes a big change in the world, brings the world to acknowledge the Kingdom, and to seek it. Human spirit – divine spirit: merged spirits sweeping across the world, renewing, revitalizing, shining all they touch, transforming dark corrosion to bright beauty, and worldly to holy.”
What joy it is when the harvest comes.
Meditation Thought: “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)
“Honest”, “good”, “patience” – 3 keys to the knowledge of the spiritual kingdom. The kingdom is true – real, though perceived by the mind and the heart rather than by one of the 5 senses.
If our heart is dishonest, we deal in illusions and will flounder, never being secure and sure and at peace. Our heart must be good to be the nutrient that grows good fruit. If it is hard, hoarding its life-giving blood, it does no nourishing to that which it should feed. If it is soft and flexible, and pumping out pure, clean blood – nutrients – it feeds new life – new ‘fruits’. But it takes time for growth. We do not plant the seed one day, nourish it for a day and harvest the fruit the following day. We must take the seed-word and feed it and care for it, giving of ourselves, sacrificing other interests and activities, before we can harvest that fruit. What joy it is when the harvest comes – wonderful fruit to enjoy ourselves, to share with others. All the toil and sacrifice is more than worthwhile. After we harvest our first crop of fruit (the God-works completed), it is so exciting and fulfilling that we eagerly cultivate more seeds. Oh, there will be problems in the tilling – but we must not give up because of them, or there will be no harvest. In overcoming the problems, we may even learn new, better methods of tilling – resulting in a faster harvest, or a more abundant harvest.
Dear Father, I ask this day to be a starting point to be a better farmer of Your Word – that I learn new, better methods to bring Your seed to abundant harvest. Amen.
When our hearts and our minds are in Christ Jesus, they are in the best of care.
Meditation Thought: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” – Send up the requests in a container of prayer, supplication and thanksgiving – and God sends back answers in a mantle of peace, which serves to protect us, to warm us, to enfold us together with Jesus within the mantle. The more transactions we have, the more exciting, fulfilling and effective the results become. The partnership under the mantle becomes stronger, the mantle becomes even more effective protection from chaos and evil. We become confident in every circumstance, knowing that we have power and protection for every possible contingency – when our hearts and our minds are in Christ Jesus, they are in the best of care; as long as He is surrounding them, they are protected, loved, and have His superior strength supporting them, reinforcing them. His blood surges through them, revitalizing them, sending them to new heights of accomplishment. It is as if we are receiving a blood transfusion under that mantle of peace which encloses us together. Others can see the results in our thinking as we share ideas, in our actions as we are prompted to unselfish love. They may or may not be aware of the blood transfusion that is the basis of the energy which they see manifested and to which they are drawn – but for those who do become aware, they too, can come to receive a transfusion.
The basic obedience and tasks are still there, but there is an added glow, a new knowledge and attitude, a new awareness of the rewards of the relationship.
Meditation Thought: “Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus… who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant..” (Philippians 2:5,7)
“Emptied himself” – that the Father would fill him, that the Father’s works would be done. I must empty myself of the accumulation of pre-knowledge of Christ trivia and evil and selfishness and cares, so that the Father’s will and works can flow into me.
What better way to purge these things than to lose myself in service and care (caring!) for others – and as there is more room for God within me, the caring and loving, and blessing intensifies, magnifies as my mind and my body become a servant to Him, obedient to Him. And as we go along in the relationship, it becomes one of realization of a loving child serving a loving Father blessing His beloved child; the basic obedience and tasks are still there, but there is an added glow, a new knowledge and attitude, a new awareness of the rewards of the relationship.
You will obey all laws automatically if you obey these two.
Meditation Thought: “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3)
“Love God – love your neighbor.” If you set your mind and your heart on these two commandments and seek to live according to them, all else will fall into place: all things will work together for good – for everyone, including yourself. You need not be concerned about any other “laws”.
You will obey all laws automatically if you obey these two. You will also astonish many who are unable to understand the simplicity of living according to the laws in the kingdom – and thus are not able to understand the happenings in the world or what to do about them.
The scriptures in your mind are your deposit in the bank, and your prayer is the check that releases them for your use when they are needed.
Meditation Thought: “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:39)
“Turn the other cheek in an act of love, compassion, understanding, a sweetness of spirit – of Spirit, a compliance with heavenly laws rather than “human nature”. Thus you are staying in the Spirit and not being of the world. Your Spirit-strength will not go unnoticed; an act which could have come and gone without note, or have exploded into a quarrel, will thus be turned into a victory: for God, for you, for the striker as he/she sees a new way.
Pray first, act later: even in the situations where action is quickly required, a ‘flash prayer’ is possible and required. This releases power from heaven, and power in you, rightly directed and effective. The principles are consistent in every situation, but you must know how to operate them appropriately. The scriptures in your mind are your deposit in the bank, and your prayer is the check that releases them for your use when they are needed. Keep your account well deposited so that you can pray constantly and have ample scriptures to supply every need.
The words of my Kingdom are foreign to you now, but the longer you reside in the Kingdom in your mind and in your spirit, the more competent you will become in understanding and using the language. Only by trying to use it can you become proficient in it. Knowing the language will facilitate communication but the sign language of love can always be used, even before the language is learned. We have come full circle now – turning the other cheek is an act of love and not an act of hate, which the world might expect as a reaction to being struck. Your nature is to become 100% love so that whenever it is touched in any way – whether by a loving expression, or a hateful expression, the only response that is capable of emerging is a loving response: an understanding, compassionate, truth-knowing, God-oriented and God-directed response.”
“The mighty hand of God” may be used in many ways to bring us to that glorious moment.
Meditation Thought: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…” (1 Peter 5:6)
We must come as a ignorant pupil, willing to be taught by our Teacher. We must trust Him, even when we chafe at discipline – for it is the wisdom and knowledge that He will teach us that will bring us to His exalting of us after we have proved to be His apt pupils. “The mighty hand of God” may be used in many ways to bring us to that glorious moment of exaltation:
-It may comfort us – or chasten us
-It may pour riches into our hands – or it may receive riches from our hands
-It may beckon us to a certain place – or be raised in warning not to take a particular path.
– It may point out words and ways of wisdom, and be placed upon us as a gesture of love and assurance.
And, when the lessons are finished, His hand reaches out to draw us to Him, to be His companion, His family member come home to stay, rather than being just a pupil – no matter how beloved a pupil. We are exalted because we are in His Presence in a new and glorious way. The exaltation is actually a mutual exultation that we recognized His love, we obeyed Him out of love, and now our mutual love has drawn us together in a fulfillment of purpose for God and for ourselves. God’s glory reign forever and ever!