May we desire to join with one another in what is common ground. We can waste time on what appears to be different, which will only cause more separation (pain and hurt). Unitive goals return us to our oneness in God. May we join in love and peace today. Rejoice in rebirth!
3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard andkeep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
4 [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—
5[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.
Dear Divine Father/Mother~God~cause us to experience your beauty that is before us now. May the scales of resentments, prejudice and fear fall from our sight. Your love encompasses everything!
“I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon and stars ... I awaken everything to life.” — Hildegard von Bingen, Liber Divinorum (Book of Divine Works)
All healthy decisions are born from truth. God's Holy Spirit is always moving and breathing us into alignment with truth (prayer and meditation~vital component!).
A decision is only that "a decision" until the next step is an action that carries out the decision. For example if we decide to go to Church, the next step is the action of actually going to Church (Physical action). Therefore making a decision is a first step towards the next step which is into action.
Lord~cause us right decisions in all areas of our life and breath us into effortless actions that manifest the decisions~Amen
It is the application of spiritual principles that are vital for spiritual freedom. Intellectual understanding of spiritual information and principles will always fall short. When we live "by" spiritual truth in it's practice, we are free. Self knowledge will fall short as well. Our greatest growth is in the surrender to the spiritual truth and "demonstrating" it.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Repent~renew~restore! We are set free when our inner soul has been cleansed through Christ. The Holy Spirit is made alive and manifest through this Holy transformation. It is done-acceptance of this is vital (1Peter 2:24)
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
Vigilance for God's Kingdom (intimacy in personal relationship with God) is vital to stability and soundness of mind. Ask with the heart. Mean it, and it is done.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
When we experience guilt it affords us a fertile ground for spiritual awakening, because it will force us to do deeper spiritual work. Often we are under a delusion that someone else wants to guilt us, this is not so because we do not have to breathe that in. We are not victims of outer conditions or people. Some times when guilt crops up it may be because deep down inside our motives are incorrect in the first place. When we are truly in alignment with God's "will" there can be "NO" guilt. To repent is to do the about face and turn from the dark to Christ light which through confession sets us free indeed.
Love never temps it merely upholds truth
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Although we may be in time in truth we are not bound by it simply because our true reality is eternal which knows no time. Yes, we do move through time here on Earth and the Holy Spirit will put it to good use for Holiness. However, as we keep our focus on that which is eternal, time seems to collapse. Ever notice when we are having such a joy filled time~time seems to go so quick? That is because we are in the power of the now moment which gives us the experience of that which is eternal. Keep it simple, keep the focus on spiritual sight which is eternal. All truth is in the spirit, not the material.
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Be still and release the chatter in the mind that makes no sense. In emptiness is when the Spirit of God drops in and enlightens us to the mystery in Christ. It is through purification that we experience our emptiness. Through the body into spirit is the way. Moving away from the body is moving away from the spiritual work that must be done (denial of body/humanness is not spiritual). This is what Jesus did, and is "done". He brought the human and Divine together.
“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Do not be afraid of freedom! The powerful passage below seems to indicate a message of fearlessness. Why is it mentioned more than once, do not be afraid? Are we afraid to truly live in the power of resurrection? Are we afraid to live fully in the light? Hmmm! The lower nature has been put to death are we willing to accept~understand and walk through that? Hmmm! Do we still insist on keeping the old man~instead of putting on the new man (reborn). Something to meditate on.
Matthew 28New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Goodness is of God and all things are used for good by God. However we have the issue of evil and wrong doings in the world, so what's up with that? Well, forgive it and bring a new attitude (light) to the darkness. Bring an attitude of forgiveness~gratitude, and most of all love. How can we act in this way? Only through God's power flowing through us, not on our own fumes. Give thanks, give blessings back to Yahweh constantly and watch all darkness disappear. As a matter of fact if we all did this at the same time, we would be swept up in bliss and a New Earth would appear!
1 Timothy 4:4
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
It is easy to take someone else's inventory and deny our own. The ego is a constant projector. Until we go within "with the Holy Spirit" and observe the lie we will be bound by it. Even when we witness on the news someone who has committed a murder, we need to go within and ask ourselves, have we ever committed the same thing in our mind? We are not a victim of this world we are volunteers. When we find ourselves in something uncomfortable~bless it~move away~God already handled it. Be still and know~be still and love!
Lesson 198 (ACIM~1st two verses)
Only my condemnation injures me.
Injury is impossible. And yet illusion makes illusion. If you can condemn, you can be injured. For you have believed that you can injure, and the right you have established for yourself can be now used against you, till you lay it down as valueless, unwanted and unreal. Then does illusion cease to have effects, and those it seemed to have will be undone. Then are you free, for freedom is your gift, and you can now receive the gift you gave.
Condemn and you are made a prisoner. Forgive and you are freed. Such is the law that rules perception.It is not a law that knowledge understands, for freedom is a part of knowledge. To condemn is thus impossible in truth. What seems to be its influence and its effects have not occurred at all. Yet must we deal with them a while as if they had. Illusion makes illusion. Except one. Forgiveness is illusion that is answer to the rest.
Matthew 7:3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye?
Daily light~Until we admit full defeat we will always experience being defeated. Why? Simple, when we play God we loose. Simple solution let God be God, and let God~Son~Holy Spirit be revealed personally in your experience. Stop~be still~rest in the arrival of what always was and "IS".
Ecclesiasticus / Sirach - Chapter 18
4 He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificent deeds?
5 Who can assess his magnificent strength, and who can go further and tell all of his mercies?
6 Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracted, it is impossible to fathom the marvels of the Lord.
7 When someone finishes he is only beginning, and when he stops he is as puzzled as ever.
8 What is a human being, what purpose does he serve? What is good and what is bad for him?
9 The length of his life: a hundred years at most.
10 Like a drop of water from the sea, or a grain of sand, such are these few years compared with eternity.
11 This is why the Lord is patient with them and pours out his mercy on them.
All power is in God not human strength. Our natural existence was fashioned that we may lean solely on God's power that would organically flow through us and direct every area of our life. Our original goodness is to cause us to walk in union with each other. In pure love there is not higher degrees of persons. When we see with the true vision of Christ we are serving one God who loves us equally. No one is more important than the next. We are all extremely important to God for we have each been brought into existence and called by name to join in this tapestry of life. Glory is God's!
Romans 12:3 (amplified B)
3 For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.