October 18 – Loneliness
And they all forsook him, and fled. — Mark 14:50.
Down through the ages all the simple acts of steadfast devotion, of obedience in difficulty, of loving service, have been taken by Me as an atonement for the loneliness My humanity suffered by that desertion.
Yet I, who had realized to the full the longing of the Father to save, and His rejection by men, the misunderstanding of His mind and purpose, how could I think that I should not know that desertion too?
Learn, My children, from these words two lessons. Learn first that I know what loneliness, desertion, and solitude mean. Learn that every act of yours of faithfulness is a comfort to My Heart. Learn too that it was to those deserters I gave the task of bringing My Message to mankind. To those deserters, those fearful ones, I gave My Power to heal, to raise to life.
Earth’s successes are not the ones I use for the great work of My Kingdom. “They all forsook Him and fled.” Learn My tender understanding and pardon of human frailty. Not until man has failed has he learnt true humility. And it is only the humble who can inherit the earth.
Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
October 17 – See Clearly
Then will you see clearly how to take out the grain of dust from your brother’s eye. This is a promise.
You note the fault of another. You long to help.
You need the Spirit-inspired vision for this work. That cannot be granted until all obstruction is removed. Obstructions are caused not by the sins of others but by your own sins and imperfections.
So look within. Seek to conquer those, and so to gain the Spiritual insight which will enable you to help your brother. My Promises are always kept.
October 17 – Faith-Vision
Turn your eyes to behold Me. Look away from sordid surroundings, from lack of beauty, from the imperfections in yourselves and those around you. Then you who have the Faith-Vision will see all you could and do desire in Me.
In your unrest behold My calm, My rest. In your impatience, My unfailing patience. In your lack and limitations, My Perfection.
Looking at Me you will grow like Me, until men say to you, too, that you have been with Jesus.
As you grow like Me you will be enabled to do the things I do, and greater works than these shall ye do because I go unto My Father.
From that place of abiding, limited by none of humanity’s limitations, I can endue you with the all-conquering, all miracle working Power of your Divine Brother and Ally.
Looking unto Jesus … who for the joy that was set before him endured the
cross … and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
October 16 – In Step
This means endeavoring to suit your steps to Mine. Yet know full well, with the trust that gives security, that I ever suit My Steps to your weakness.
Divine restraint springs ever from a tender understanding. With Me beside you there is the hope, the assurance, that the day will come when My firm tread will be yours.
“Keep pace with us,” the world says as it rushes by.
But there is One Who knows no feverish haste. He walks with you. Be not afraid.
October 16 – The Imprisoned God
Our Lord, we praise Thee and bless Thy Name forever.
Yes! Praise. That moment, in the most difficult place, your sorrow is turned to Joy, your fret to praise, the outward circumstances change from those of disorder to order, of chaos to calm.
The beginning of all reform must be in yourselves. However restricted your circumstances, however little you may be able to remedy financial affairs, you can always turn to yourselves, and seeing something not in order there, seek to right that.
As all reform is from within out, you will always find the outward has improved too. To do this is to release the imprisoned God-Power within you.
That Power, once operative, will immediately perform miracles. Then indeed shall your mourning be turned into Joy.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers … Trust in the Lord, and
do good … Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give
thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:1-4
October 15 – The Way Of The Lord
Always before My coming into a life there must be a time of preparation. This is the work of those who already know Me.
The preparation may differ in each individual case. The Baptist came with his thunder-note of repentance!
In many cases a loving hand of help may be needed before the ground is ready for Me, The Sower.
Prepare My Way — by loving intercourse, by Spirit-led example, by tender help, by unflinching adherence to Truth and Justice, by ready self-sacrifice, and by much prayer. Prepare ye the Way of the Lord.
October 15 – Feel Plenty
Live in My Secret Place and there the feeling is one of full satisfaction. You are to feel plenty. The storehouses of God are full to overflowing, but you must see this in your mind.
Be sure of this before you can realize it in material form.
Think thoughts of plenty. See yourselves as Daughters of a King. I have told you this. Wish plenty for yourselves, and all you care for and long to help.
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a
thousand hills … If I were hungry, I would not
tell thee: for the world is mine, and the
fullness thereof. Psalm 50:10,12
October 14 – Receptivity
Only those in close touch with Me, inspired by My Spirit, infected by My Love, impregnated with My Strength, retain a resilience of being and receptivity to new Truth.
The child heart that I enjoined upon My followers is ever ready to be renewed, is ever responsive to all that is prepared for “the new creature in Christ Jesus.”
October 14 – The Sacrifice
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world. — John 1:29
“Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” I am the Lamb of God. Lay upon Me your sins, your failures, your shortcomings. My sacrifice has atoned for all. I am the mediator between God and Man, the man Christ Jesus.
Do not dwell upon the past. You make My Sacrifice of no effect.
No! realize that in Me you have all, complete forgiveness, complete companionship, complete healing.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: … But
he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities … and with his stripes
we are healed. Isaiah 53:4,5
October 13 – Stories In The Bud
Learn a further lesson from the Two Debtors . . .
A lesson in forgiving others as you realize My forgiveness of sins committed, lessons slowly learnt, faults and shortcomings so easily condoned, which hinder your progress, and work for Me.
Can you show to others My patience to you?
Can you, too, give to others freely, while you claim My unrestricted Bounty? Meditate on this.
A story of Mine is like a bud. Only to the Sun of self-effacement and Spirit-Progress does it unfold.