Crystal and Iron

Meditation Thought: “… I will be merciful toward their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 8:12, quoting Jeremiah 31:34)

Love conquers all, love forgives all, love is all. Concentrate on imitating my kind of love then shall you forgive iniquities and you no more remember others’ sins.

When you are guilt-free and others are guilt-free, then can I work marvelous things: the world shall rejoice at the glory of the Lord and His creation, the beautiful harmony of it, the sight, sound, taste, smell, feel of it – the world shall sense with a newly developed skill the realm of the spirit – and this realm will further enhance the physical realm.

The spiritual shall be the rainbow midst the rain of the physical. The spiritual shall be joy in all circumstances. The spiritual shall be peace in the midst of strife. The spiritual shall be love in the midst of hate.

The spiritual shall be light in the darkness.

The spiritual shall have dominion over the physical. Take heed, for what is invisible is of far greater importance than what is visible.

Do not despair, do not neglect the cultivation of the spiritual vine: it shall produce fruit far more beautiful, more nourishing and in great abundance compared to the physical fruits.

The beauty of the spiritual compared to the physical shall be as sparkling crystal compared to a bar of iron. There may appear to be more substance to the iron – but there is something beyond substance in the changing, dazzling reflection of light from the crystal.

Never limit your life to living with utilitarian iron only – but use the crystal regularly too, that you may have a balanced life: a life which is practical and helpful, and a life which is graceful and helpful.

An Abundant Crop

Meditation Thought: “…every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2)

Prayer: Father, in Jesus’ name I ask that Your super-natural power and grace envelop me this day – bringing a newness of growth, a more abundant crop of fruit for Your Kingdom. Amen.

The fruit of the spirit: love, peace, joy – all the other beautiful fruits – appear as do any other fruits: after much time, and much growth of the plant which produces them. Each day brings its time of growth: some are days of sunshine, some of rain, some of pruning. All work together for the good of producing a sweet, abundant crop.

Rejoice in each day, each hour: if not in feeling, in word and in deed.

Think ahead unto the night when you will review your day: keep your words gracious, your deeds loving, your faith pure, your trust firm.

Thus shall the day hasten the day of harvest, of happy recognition of the purpose accomplished.

Allow your imagination to go free, that the Spirit may use it to motivate you to greater production. Think on beauty, grace, purity, love, joy – all that pleases you as long as it is pure and in truth.

Do not judge yourself by others’ tastes – nor their tastes by yours. Variety is natural, is needful. Accept this, rejoice in this, co-operate with this.

Get out of yourself and put your spirit into the communication with other spirits: observe them, that you may help them to product good fruit – by your own example, by words of encouragement, by deeds of help, by loving kindnesses. Give and it shall be given to you, in good measure, pressed down, running over.

Enduring with Grace

Meditation Thought: “and thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise”. (Hebrews 6:14)

“Patiently endured”, not “rebelliously lashed out”, not “patiently withdrew”.

There is a time and a balance to God’s will for us. It is based on our maturity of spirit. We must learn to seek the full knowledge of God’s will: both the eternal purpose for our life, and the purpose of the moment.

All truly magnificent accomplishments are preceded by much hard work, much patience, much insight – even more so in the spiritual than in the physical realm.

We must look to the examples placed before us – in the Word and in the flesh which encourage us to “keep on keeping on”.

We must seek the energy of the Lord as well as His will and His Word. We are energized by concentrating on seeking Him in spirit daily – more often when we can, and learn to be aware of the Spirit within as we are aware of thinking out our plans, or doing our works step by step. We need to:

  1. Take time to pray and seek guidance, listening quietly.
  2. Be aware of God’s beauty on the physical.
  3. See God in others as they relate to us, ministering, or teaching (which can be very painful!)
  4. Praise God constantly, whether for having received the desires of our heart, or for not having received them, at that time patiently enduring that we may obtain the promise.

In everything we need to learn grace: in giving, in receiving, in enduring, in waiting. In all seasons we need to appreciate God working within us, within His Body and within circumstances. If we appreciate God working, then enduring patiently is not enduring with gritted teeth, but enduring with peace in our hearts and prayers on our lips.

Manifest Position

Meditation Thought: “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.” (Hebrews 5:7)

Jesus willingly laid aside the power of His position, that He might bring man back into his position as righteous child of righteous God.

In His chosen state of humility, Jesus was as vulnerable as I to the tortures of the mind, the emotions, the flesh. It is the very knowledge that He had no more strength than I have that makes it possible for me to believe that I can succeed in learning obedience and knowledge, as He did. And that to the extent that I learn the quality of obedience and knowledge that He did in the flesh, to that extent is the Father able to do His works in me and through me., to that extent does the world recognize the Truth: Jesus is our salvation, Jesus is our hope, Jesus is our power, Jesus is our joy.

Prayer of response: My Father, thank you for conceiving and giving birth to Jesus on earth. Jesus , thank you for obeying your Father’s request to save His children from their sins, and reconcile them to Himself. Holy Spirit, come dwell with me, teaching me the will of the Father, the path of obedience, giving me the power to walk it surely, that I may be a delight to my Father, to my Brother, to You, to all who know me – and yes, to myself! In Jesus’ precious name, and by Jesus’ power released by obedience unto death and salvation by my faith in this Truth, do I petition Thee, Trinity, to manifest thy glory through me as Thy wilt.

The Place Prepared

Meditation thought: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

“I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am, there you may be also.”

Do you know now that I am with the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned?

I came to take you – by your indication you desire to follow me, I know the time has come to beckon you to the place I have prepared for you: that place is anywhere there is a need which you can ease. You did not expect this was the place I prepare for you. But it is so – where can you be conformed to my image which is the image of the Father, if not in the places where Iove, compassion, understanding, caring, mercy, forgiveness and generosity, righteousness and Truth are taught?

I am wherever you need me to be to teach you the purpose and meaning of your life.

Do not be reluctant to move to where you see me go. Only by keeping the Holy Spirit dwelling within you will you know where I am, and whither you must go. He spotlights the place where I am, dispelling the darkness of the demanding world.

Delight in the knowledge that excitement and fulfillment shall fill your hours as you follow me; if the world has so much to teach, do you not realize that the Spirit overwhelms the world?

Move into each moment as an adventure in faith: a revelation of the meaning of all of creation: the tiny baby’s smile and the grandeur of the mountain both declare the glory of God.

Pray in the Spirit, speak in the Spirit, act in the Spirit, come to me in the Spirit: clothe your spirit in the Spirit as you clothe your body. As you put an arm in a sleeve, put your mind in the Spirit through the Word; as you fasten a garment around you, fasten your heart to the Spirit in prayer; as you pick up your purse which has the items you need to carry out the duties of the day, pick up the nuances of the Spirit – analyze circumstances, words placed in your path, people and all that they reveal.

Turn to conscious awareness of the needs of the moment and concentrate on fulfilling those needs. This is the place which I have prepared for you. I seek to take you there: will you come – trusting me?”

Prayer of response: Dear Lord Jesus, yes – I will come. Part of me is excited and eager, knowing that no moment will be dull – and part of me is frightened, knowing that much will be demanded if I am to be conformed to you. But I have no choice, not really.

I have learned too much now to want to slide back into ignorance – to be ignorant is to be a pawn to be buffeted by every spirit, by every circumstance.

But to grow in faith and trust and knowledge of the Holy Father, the Holy Son, the Holy Trinity: this is to still be movable – but allow the moving to be a conscious decision of trusting the ones doing the moving are doing it in your good interest.

Yes, I seek to come to where you are desiring me to be. Teach me, guide me, move me. In your precious name I pray. Amen.

Cultivate the Realm of the Spirit

Meditation thought: “For we share in Christ, if only we hold our first confidence to the end.” (Hebrews 3:14)

Stand firm against anyone and anything which would rob you of your first enthusiasm,, your first commitment, your first enlightenment.

You know that new enthusiasms are exciting, new commitments are easy, new enlightenment a delight. If these take place in ordinary affairs of life, how much more true they take place when they relate to God’s call upon you, and your response to God.

Do not allow your enthusiasm to wane, do not yield to pressure, do not return to old ways of living in darkness.

When fear, feelings, lassitude, and contrariness of your will would bind you from your high calling and purpose – kneel in prayer, shout out in praise, do good works, search the Word! If you desire the fruits of the Spirit, you must cultivate the realm of the Spirit.

Do not sit in your worldly place, expecting great Spiritual manifestations to seek you out – but seek the place the Spirit waits for you – is it the lonely one, the bereaved one, the hurt one, the frightened one, the sad one, the unloved one?

Look into the eyes of those you meet – and let your sight go right down into their heart: their hopes, their dreams, their feelings, their needs.

You have seen the x-ray of their heart: now consult the Great Physician who dwells with you that you may carry out His instructions to heal the patient before you.

Illness is intended to be but a vehicle to give glory to the Father as he heals, revealing Himself in the process. Illness is not intended as a permanent state. It is an opportunity for growth of knowledge, wisdom, of meaning – of the closeness of Created to Creator. It is to be an interlude – an interruption of the normal pressures that attention focused on something new – seek new insights, new paths, new places.

The process of seeking healing, whether by the ill or the ones trying to effect a cure, is the process that facilitates the Father’s work in all involved.

Be a good patient, be a good nurse. Both situations will teach you much about who you are, who your father is, and who all creatures are.

Waste not a moment in fretting, regretting, and balking.

There is much to do, much to learn – and much in which to rejoice.

Open wide your eyes,
Even wider your heart
To see Truth clearly,
And minister lovingly.
What seemed small and dull
Will be revealed as grand and radiant:
The tiniest portion of life
Will capture your imagination,
And reveal a new world never suspected.
Glory shall reveal new glory
Delight new delight,
Through the tiny hole of your broken pride
You shall see into a vista –
Shining, beautiful, magnificent.
Just to know it is there
Changes all you knew before,
Others cannot see through your opening,
For you block the way;
it is yours alone to use.
Let this glimpse work in you,
Conforming you to He who showed you that view:
And so shall your thoughts, your words, your deeds,
Inspire a search by those who wish to find
The vista that has reformed the clay,
Shaping it anew
Into a vessel pleasing to them, serving them well.
They seek to know the miracle: life born anew – not a new birth,
But a matured creature
Infused with new Blood,
Which nourishes and enhances all that was before.

Dazzle as Sunlight

Meditation Thought: “For it was fitting that he for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin… Therefore he had to be made like his brethren in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God to make expiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 1-11, 17)

We have strayed far away from home, so far from where our Father lives, that we have allowed ourselves to be distracted from His influence. But He has sent One to dwell with us to remind us of His desires for us – His hopes for us – His loving care and guidance, so greatly desiring is He of bringing us back into fellowship and into a loving relationship, that He sacrifices His own self that we might gain.

How touched we are when someone gives of themselves that me might gain!

When will we realize that this Father who created us has given of Himself to the fullest extent? – above all others, in all time?

Should not our hearts soften, should not we respond in gratitude that we no longer face death, that we no longer face fear, nor want, nor despair except for a brief moment of contemplation, of choice? Once we affirm through our faith that God has reached out to us in the flesh, as well as in Spirit and in Word, then all of the protection ever needed is provided – all that we need for a purposeful, fulfilling, joyous, peaceful life is ours.

We merely ask for it, and it is within our grasp. If we truly believed what we read in the Word, and proclaim in our worship, we would dazzle as sunlight on a gloomy world.

The heavens declare
the glory of God,
And kindness declares His love.
The hard shell of withdrawn hurts
softens with murmurs
of comfort
of hope
of help.
And blossoming faith from that melted shell
Is a flower, lovely and fair
With the fragrance
Of a crushed self-will
Perfuming the air
And declaring to all
That God Himself draws near.