Haggai 1:7-9

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may appear in My glory, says the Lord. You have looked for much, and lo, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of my house that lies in ruins; while you busy yourselves each with his own house.” (Haggai 1:7-9)

Do you understand that whenever the Word refers to physical substance, it is merely to clarify a spiritual truth? The admonition to “build my house” in the Old Testament is expressed in the New Testament as “feed my sheep”. The Spirit must be interpreted to each generation according to its understanding.

To one generation, communication between My people and Myself was most easily expressed as building altars and worshiping at them; to another, the revelation of the Spirit was taught within the context of daily life, of which shepherding was a part. In your generation, the realm of the mind has gained recognition, and My Spirit seeks to renew minds, converting them to be conformed to the mind of Christ. I have worked in all generations, for neither My nature nor human nature changes, but the particular characteristics of a civilization, a nation or a person require an adaptability of expressions of the Spirit. I seek to reveal to you the relationship of mind to the spiritual, to that which is physical and to circumstances. There is a relationship and those who have sought it have been set apart from those who have ignored My plea to seek to understand it.

Where the Spirit is welcomed, there is the renewing of the mind. The accumulation of sin, of guilt, and of disobedience is scraped away by repentance and dedication to Me and My will.  This brings us to the clean, strong, beautiful foundation of your yielded will on which we build a new home:  this time we build on edifice to serve two purposes: it is a home for both your spirit and My Spirit.

I can re-shape your spirit as you allow Me to do so. Your spirit has been deformed by your free will not having sought to be conformed to the shape of My will. Now we can tear down all that is misshapen and rebuild your spiritual house in a properly shaped manner. You see now the shape: the shape is a cross.  There is a place in the cross which is central where all four extensions meet. The analogy is this: The expression of the father Spirit, the expression of the Christ Spirit, the expression of the Holy Spirit, and the expression of your spirit all meet together at the place where you accept the reality of the other three parts of the cross being attached to you. Once you realize that your spirit is not a separate entity with all of your life limited within it, but that there is contact possible with three other spirits which will then bring a new shape, a new strength, a new purpose, and a new future to your life, then the things that were impossible become possible, the bad is changed into good, unrighteousness into righteousness, discord into harmony, hate into love, stained into pure, pain into peace, despair into hope, sadness into joy, and darkness into light.

Those who approach the door of your life cannot know what lies beyond the door unless you invite them, unless you encourage them to come with you beyond the entryway of yourself. Invite your guest into the central room where all of us meet together. This room is at the same time an “all-purpose room: and an “altar room”.  The hungry are fed at the Lord’s table, the weary find comfort in the Father’s loving arms, the discouraged find strength in the power of the Holy Spirit. The lost find the Way through your spirit leading them to this room where the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit await to minister.

If you can become humble enough to admit that you do not have the capacity to live a full life in only the entryway of self, and furthermore you do not resent the fact, but find relief and pleasure that this is so, then we can, every moment in time, work together to enhance our common dwelling-place.

Do not turn away anyone who seeks to enter into the door of your life, that all may be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

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.