Joy is the messenger, dear Lord, that bears our prayers to Thee
Prayer can be like incense, rising ever higher and higher, or it can be like a low earth-mist clinging to the ground, never once soaring.
The Eye that sees all, the Ear that hears all, knows every cry.
But the prayer of real faith is the prayer of Joy, that sees and knows the heart of Love it rises to greet, and that is so sure of a glad response.
And another angel came … having a golden censer; … and the smoke
of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints,
ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Give, give, give. Keep ever an empty vessel for Me to fill.
In future use all for Me, and give all you cannot use.
How poor die those who leave wealth! Wealth is to use, to spend, for Me.
Use as you go. Delight to use.
For the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10
Unlimited supply, that is My Law. Oh! the unlimited Supply, and oh! the poor, blocked channels! Will you feel this, that there is no limit to My Power?
But man asks, and blasphemes in asking, such poor mean things. Do you not see how you wrong Me? I desire to give you a gift, and if you are content with the poor, and the mean, and the sordid, then you are insulting Me, the Giver.
“Ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” How I can fulfill the promise is My Work, not yours, to consider … Have a big Faith, and expect big things, and you will get big things.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,
that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3
In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there
are pleasures for evermore. – Psalm 16:11
Do not seek to realize this fullness of Joy as the result of effort. This cannot be, any more than Joy in a human friend’s presence would come as the result of trying to force yourself to like to have that friend with you.
Call often My Name, “Jesus.”
The calling of My Name does not really summon Me. I am beside you. But it removes, as it were, the scales from your eyes and you see Me.
It is, as it were, the pressure of a loved one’s hand, that brings an answering pressure, and a thrill of Joy follows, a real, and a joyful sense of nearness.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and
uphold me with thy free Spirit. Psalm 51:12
Jesus, Comforter of all the sorrowing, help us to bring Thy comfort into every heart and life to which Thou art longing to express that comfort through us. Use us, Lord. The years may be many or few. Place us where we can best serve Thee, and influence most for Thee.
The world would be brought to Me so soon, so soon, if only all who acknowledged Me as Lord, as Christ, gave themselves unreservedly to be used by Me.
I could use each human body as mightily as I used My own human body as a channel for Divine Love and Power.
I do not delay My second coming. My followers delay it.
If each lived for Me, by Me, in Me, allowing Me to live in him, to use him to express the Divine through him, as I expressed it when on earth, then long ago the world would have been drawn to Me, and I should have come to claim My own.
So seek, My children, to live, knowing no other desire but to express Me, and to show My Love to your world.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
Power is not such an overwhelming force as it sounds, a something you call to your aid, to intervene in crises. No! Power is just God in action.
Therefore whenever a servant of Mine, however weak he humanly may be, allows God to work through him, then all he does is powerful.
Carry this thought with you through the days in which you seem to accomplish little. Try to see it is not you, but the Divine Spirit in you. All you have to do, as I have told you before, is to turn self out. A very powerful axe in a Master Hand accomplishes much. The same in the hand of a weak child, nothing. So see that it is not the instrument, but the Master Hand that wields the instrument, that tells.
Remember no day is lost on which some Spiritual Truth becomes clearer. No day is lost which you have given to Me to use. My use of it may not have been apparent to you. Leave that to Me. Dwell in Me, and I in you, so shall ye bear much fruit. The fruit is not the work of the branches, though proudly the branches may bear it. It is the work of the Vine, that sends its life-giving sap through those branches. I am the Vine and ye are the branches.
And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their
seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with
his mighty power out of Egypt. Deuteronomy 4:37
Dwelling with Me, desiring only My Will and to do My work, My Spirit cannot fail to pass through the channel of your life into the lives of others.
Many think it is humility to say they do little, and are of little value to My world. To think that is pride.
What if the pipe were to say, “I do so little, I wish I could be more use.” The reply would be “It is not you, but the water that passes through you, that saves and blesses. All you have to do is to see there is nothing to block the way so that the water cannot flow through.”
The only block there can be in your channel is self. Keep that out, and know that My Spirit is flowing through. Therefore all must be the better for coming in contact with both of you, because you are channels. See this, and you will think it natural to know they are being helped, not by you, but by My Spirit flowing through you as a channel.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby
ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark
… Philippians 3:13,14
Forget the past. Remember only its glad days. Wipe the slate of your remembrance with Love, which will erase all that is not confirmed in Love. You must forget your failures, your failures and those of others. Wipe them out of the book of your remembrance.
I did not die upon the Cross for man to bear the burdens of his sins himself. “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.”
If you forget not the sins of others, and I bear them, then you add to My sorrows.
And when ye stand praying forgive, if you have aught against any:
that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you
your trespasses. Mark 11:25
Think of Me as a Friend, but realize, too, the wonder of the Friendship. As soon as man gives Me not only worship and honor, obedience, allegiance, but loving understanding, then he becomes My Friend, even as I am his.
What I can do for you. Yes! but also what we can do for each other. What you can do for Me.
Your service becomes so different when you feel I count on your great friendship to do this or that for Me…
Dwell more, dwell much, on this thought of you as My friends, and of the sweetness of My knowing where I can turn for Love, for understanding, for help.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:14
Remember that life’s difficulties and troubles are not intended to arrest your progress, but to increase your speed. You must call new forces, new powers into action.
Whatever it is must be surmounted, overcome. Remember this.
It is as a race. Nothing must daunt you. Do not let a difficulty conquer you. You must conquer it.
My strength will be there awaiting you. Bring all your thought, all your power, into action. Nothing is too small to be faced and overcome. To push small difficulties aside is to be preparing big troubles.
Rise to conquer. It is the path of victory I would have you tread. There can be no failure with Me.
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding Joy …”
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles Psalm 34:6
Looking back you will see that every step was planned. Leave all to Me. Each stone in the mosaic fits into the perfect pattern, designed by the Master Artist.
It is all so wonderful!
But the colors are of Heaven’s hues, so that your eyes could not bear to gaze on the whole, until you are beyond the veil.
So, stone by stone, you see, and trust the pattern to the Designer.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and
when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Proverbs 4:12
Jesus, hear us, and let our cry come unto Thee.
That voiceless cry, that comes from anguished hearts, is heard above all the music of Heaven.
It is not the arguments of theologians that solve the problems of a questioning heart, but the cry of that heart to Me, and the certainty that I have heard.
Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto
my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. Psalm 17:1
Man has such strange ideas of the meaning of My invitation “Come unto Me.” Too often has it been interpreted as an urge to pay a duty owed to a Creator or a debt owed to a Savior.
The “Come unto Me” holds in it a wealth of meaning far surpassing even that. “Come unto Me” for the solution of every problem, for the calming of every fear, for all you need – physical, mental, spiritual.
Sick, come to Me for health. Homeless, ask Me for a home. Friendless, claim a friend. Hopeless, a refuge.
“Come unto Me” for everything.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what
things you have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8
Life is not easy, My children. Man has made of it not what My Father meant it to be.
Ways that were meant to be straight paths have been made by man into ways devious and evil, filled with obstacles and stones of difficulty.
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths that they have not known:
I will make darkness light before them
and crooked things straight. Isaiah 42:16
Man is apt to think that once in time only was My Miracle-working Power in action. That is not so. Wherever man trusts wholly in Me, and leaves to Me the choosing of the very day and hour, then there is My miracle-working Power as manifest, as marvelously manifest today, as ever it was when I was on earth, as ever it was to set My Apostles free, or to work miracles of wonder and healing through them.
Trust in Me. Have a boundless faith in Me, and you will see, and seeing, will give Me all the glory. Remember, and say often to yourselves, “not by might, nor by Power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.”
Dwell much in thought upon all I accomplished on earth, and then say to yourselves, “He, our Lord, our Friend, could accomplish this now in our lives.”
Apply these miracles to your present day need, and know that your Help and Salvation are sure.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working
with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Mark 16:20