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.

 

Hebrews 2:18

“For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18

To really understand how anyone else feels in a situation, one must have had a similar experience. Thus Christ – God himself – put himself deliberately in a situation which would identify himself completely with those He desired to help. But in doing this, He not only was totally assured of knowing completely how His beloved felt, but He also assured that they know He understands, through actual experience, how they feel. It is this knowledge that opens a heart and a mind to receive His advice, and to be willing to do as He suggests.

How do we, who are not with Him as He was in the flesh, come to know what He advises, and how do we actually do what He suggests?

As one who is blind develops the other senses to a higher degree, we must develop our spiritual sense to a greater degree, so that we may perceive Him – and do, by His help, as He suggests.

The Word is a vital aid in developing our spiritual sense. Practicing doing what the Word suggests helps prayer and meditation. But all of these hinge on the development of faith. Faith does not burst full-blown just because we decide we want to believe the Word and follow the way.

We must, experiment by experiment, find the paths which lead us to greater faith – greater confidence that God is who He reveals Himself to be in Christ: loving, kind and concerned – and we must believe that He does desire to provide us a more abundant life – a life that focuses our attention so raptly on Him that we start to automatically imitate Him – in loving, in kindness, and in concern.

We will have good experiments and bad ones – but as long as we keep trying to develop our spiritual sense, we will also develop more faith in the one promise which is always true – that God is, God is who He expresses as the life of Christ, and we are His beloved offspring – a part of all He created, and thus dear to Him. In fact, He has revealed that as humans we have more privileges – thus more responsibility – than other parts of His creation. He is eager to help us develop into spiritually mature people, just as we develop physically and mentally. The spiritual is the highest attribute we possess – for it affects all other attributes. But it is a special treasure for us to have the joy of discovering and to help others discover.

Even our sense of curiosity and desiring to overcome challenge are considered in the manner in which we are formed, and the opportunity which is placed before us.

We are not merely cells which respond to stimuli, but thinking creative creatures formed in God’s own image! When we realize the potential of this, we come to have an exuberant faith that totally believes “nothing is impossible with God.”

 

 

Isaiah 57:1,2

Mom made this note before her “meditation thought”:

“I am to do what I can and not fret for God will do what I do not do – I cannot control circumstances a great deal, but I can live a righteous life, by God’s grace and power and my faith and obedience. I need not be concerned with details of how I am living a righteous life – only to look for God in all circumstances seeking His will and His way.”

Meditation Thought: “For the righteous man is taken away from calamity, he enters into peace. They rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness.” Isaiah 57:1a,2

Guilt is such a heavy burden that it destroys the joy of works and hinders the accomplishment of great works.

Yet God has provided a way for us to never have that burden of guilt for long – as soon as we repent – realizing we have been wrong, and desiring to be right(eous), He takes it from us. We are free to carry the lighter burdens of the duties of life, the works of God and discharging of our responsibilities.

If we labor under the burden of guilt, we are overtired from it, and cannot rest. But exercising in carrying our proper load – all we were meant to carry, in God’s perfect plan for us – we can rest in peace at night, knowing we accomplished our day’s tasks as we should, and nothing nags at us to interfere with our relaxation.

We can avoid guilt in two ways: by doing right, and by realizing that it is possible to correct our wrong actions, and then taking action to do so. This is the “priceless pearl”, the “treasure”  – it is what everyone longs for – the joy of clear conscience, and thus unfettered thinking and movement. Jesus bought this for us – He sacrificed dearly for it, and wants us to accept the gift, that His joy may be full in the giving – in this expression of His love for us.

 

Isaiah 56:1

“Thus says the Lord: Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.”

“As a baby must grow and mature in order to comprehend who he is as a person, and who his parents are as his nurturers, so must a believer grow and mature to know who he is as an offspring of my Spirit, and who I am as the nurturer of his being.

Babies are inclined to get into all kinds of predicaments as they search for knowledge of the world and of themselves. Only the devotion of the parent keeps them from harm – or rescues them from their position of danger.

As the child grows, the more he is able to comprehend the love and devotion of the parent, the more he can understand the parent’s actions – even the actions which are not to his liking, such as denial of some of the child’s desires, and discipline for wrong-doing – then the more he can accept these with calmness and a lack of rebellion. In understanding and cooperating with the parent, the child creates a climate – a relationship – which enhances his maturity and furthers his growth into the character that is pleasing to both the parent and himself. With such a character, providing the parent is wise and knowledgeable, the child has what he needs to cope with all conditions he will meet in his life.

Be a perceptive believer – a perceptive child of mine. I will teach you the wisdom and knowledge which will enable you to cope with all conditions you will meet. I will not do this all ahead of time, however. You must trust me to know what to reveal to you before you have need for it, and what to reveal in the urgency of the moment.

You can remove fear and doubt from your life by trusting me, by believing in me and believing the communications which I give to you. Assume that everything which comes to light in my message to you – my lesson which you are to learn for your own immediate or future benefit.

If you will start to base all of your decisions on the premise that I am your loving Father actively guiding you into maturity and growth which will move you closer and closer to developing character which is like my character, you will release the power of the Spirit in your life as I have intended, and as Jesus demonstrated.

Truly accept my forgiveness of all that you have done which was not perfect in your sight or mine – as you forgive your children. Do not thwart the power of the Spirit by blocking it with guilt, unbelief, laziness or apathy.

The Spirit is released as you remove the blockage of the channel into which It desires to flow. As a physician through surgery clears clogged arteries so that blood may flow freely to give vitality of live, so do I clear your spirit when you place yourself before me, allowing me to operate – even if it is painful for a time.

Only as you believe in me, only as you trust me, only as you obey me, will you be free from fear and doubt, and find peace and fulfillment – wherever you are, whatever the circumstances may be, and whatever you are called upon to do.

I beckon to you – to love you.

I teach you – because I love you.

I need you – because I love you.

If I, who created you, am in such a state, what position are you in? Think, pray, be alert: Learn who you are, why you are, and what you are. When you recognize yourself as a part of me – and our mutual dependence upon one another, you will open yourself to the free flow of the Spirit and the possibilities of the kingdom now within you.

In the realm of the kingdom:

There is no fear nor doubt.

There is Love.

There is Beauty.

There is Service.

There is Satisfaction.

There is Peace.

There is Joy.

There is Hope.

There is Harmony.

There is the Fulfillment of all the longings of the heart.

Is this the place where you desire to live? Allow me to take you there. Believe I can. Trust I shallTest Me! I have used every available means of encouraging you to do so, for how can I prove myself unless you give me opportunity to do so?”

 

 

 

Ephesians 5:1-2

Mom’s journal dated 3/30/1984

Ephesians 5:1-2

…be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Meditation Thought:

“Beloved children should be loving children – responding to the love offered to them. If the child responds in love to the parents, the child will be an imitator of the parents.

We need to remember our heritage as we go through life. We are not animals nor are we robots. We are beloved children of God the creator of the universe! : not to be “spoiled brats” – but to respond to Him in love, to please him – for in pleasing Him, we will be pleased ourselves, even when we are called upon Him to make sacrifices. For sacrifices are only the energies moving circumstances to bring desired changes – changes which move someone – perhaps many – closer to God the creator, closer to being an accurate imitation of Him. This movement of closing the gap between Father and children is the renewal for which all long – whether or not it is recognized that the renewal of our intimacy with the Father is the thing needed for satisfaction of our hunger. We realize that we need peace and joy. It is when we realize we are beloved children of the King of the Kingdom that we are able to find the way to that peace and joy.

Isaiah 52:12-13

Mom’s journal dated 6/22/1984

Isaiah 52:12-13

…go out… purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord, for you shall not go out in haste and you shall not to in flight, for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up very high.

Meditation Thought:

“You bear the vessels of the Lord: Holy Spirit and Jesus – the person and personality of Jesus is present in you, and the power of the Spirit is in you. WHY BE AFRAID? WHY DOUBT? WHY CONSIDER YOURSELF UNABLE TO COPE WITH LIFE?

You have the Word of the Father, the presence of the Son, and the power of the Spirit with you at all times through your faith. Nothing evil can defeat this team! You may face evil and do battle with evil – but you shall not be harmed by evil. You are the temple containing the vessels of the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and He shall not allow His temple to be destroyed, nor His vessels to be desecrated.

Do not focus on areas which confuse you – but on the wisdom which comes to you as you seek meaning in the right places – in the Word, in prayer, in loving service, in faithful actions.

Concentrate on the positive, eliminate the negative! You know which is which. The Word tells you, the Spirit tells you, your conscience tells you, circumstances tell you. In seeking the positive and forgetting the negative you will be transformed – as Christ was transformed by focusing on the power of the resurrection rather than the pain of the cross.

When you feel pain, concentrate on the coming resurrection power which will evolve when the circumstances move along to their conclusion!

Visualize healing, wholeness, holiness, beauty, love – all good things. Hold fast to the vision for it is the revelation of what I have gone ahead to prepare for you. I have prepared the kingdom; I take you to it in each circumstance. The circumstance is the way which must be traveled in order to reach the destination of the kingdom, that lovely place where you actually experience in every sense what you visualized through faith.

You realize by now that you live in multiple areas at the same time. As human events are varied, so are spiritual events varied. There are always projects in the planning stage, projects in the production stage, and projects in the completed stage.

You need to accept this and to appreciate each stage. Do not be discouraged by difficulties, for challenge serves two purposes: it inspires your mind and imagination, and it turns your focus to our relationship. It is through these factors that I am able to do My will freely, having received your consent and cooperation , and thus prosper you and raise you up. And then shall nations understand (Isaiah 52:17) through your devotion and obedience to me, the way, the Life and the Truth.

Each day will have its pain of the cross – but each day will have the joy of resurrection. While in pain, visualize the resurrection, and while in joy, be glad for the appearance of the pain which brought such an abundant harvest, which brought the reality of the kingdom.

In this way you can be thankful to me for all circumstances, and it is this key which opens the door of the kingdom upon which you knocked, that within the kingdom you have the gift for which you asked – a perfect understanding of our relationship of love and trust – the peace which you have sought.

When you are in pain, let me bring relief to you; through my Word, my Spirit – let me use the pain to bring forth new birth of an aspect of the kingdom. Do not abort the birth of something beautiful by lack of faith, or lack of labor, or lack of love.

The kingdom is to be born as an offspring of the world – through my faithful children, by my unbounding love and aid. Rejoice in your labor, knowing that it will produce the life which will give you utter joy.”