January 18 – Joy Of Meeting
So many think of prayer as petition only. It IS petition. “In everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known unto Me.”
But prayer is also a glad turning to meet Me for the joy of the meeting, for the rapture of My Presence.
Prayer, too, is preparation for tomorrow’s return to those who need you, those to whom My love goes out from you.
January 18 – Faith – Works
Pray daily for Faith. It is My Gift.
It is your only requisite for the accomplishment of mighty deeds. Certainly you have to work, you have to pray, but upon Faith alone depends the answer to your prayers – your works.
I give it you in response to your prayer, because it is the necessary weapon for you to possess for the dispersion of evil – the overcoming of all adverse conditions, and the accomplishment of all good in your lives, and then you having Faith, give it back to Me. It is the envelope in which every request to Me should be placed.
And yet “Faith without works is dead.” So you need works, too, to feed your Faith in Me. As you seek to do, you feel your helplessness. You then turn to Me. In knowing Me, your faith grows – and that faith is all you need for My Power to work.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:
but the just shall live by his faith. – Habakkuk 2:4
January 17 – Great Souls
I am here. Realize My Presence. My love surrounds you; be filled with My Joy.
You are being truly guided though not until you are content to be led as little children do you really live fully in the Kingdom of Heaven .
Life with Me is of child-like simplicity. Simple souls are the great souls, for in simplicity there is majesty.
January 17 – God’s Rush To Give
Silence. Be silent before Me. Seek to know, and then to do My will in all things.
Abide in My Love. An atmosphere of loving understanding to all men. This your part to carry out, and then I surround you with a protective screen that keeps all evil from you. It is fashioned by your own attitude of mind, words, and deeds, towards others.
I want to give you all things, good measure, pressed down and running over. Be quick to learn. You know little yet of the Divine Impatience which longs to rush to give. Does one worrying thought enter your mind, one impatient thought? Fight it at once.
Love and Trust are the solvents for the worry and cares and frets of a life. Apply them at once. You are channels and though the channel may not be altogether blocked, fret and impatience and worry corrode, and in time would become beyond your help.
Persevere, oh! persevere. Never lose heart. All is well.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5,6
January 16 – The Foe Within
Never lose heart. Kill the proud self as you go on, for on that dead self you rise.
On ever with Me. Do not let earth’s frets disturb you. Since you cannot follow Me and indulge self, at all costs turn self out directly its claims disturb; so only can you keep spiritual calm.
Not your circumstances but your self is the enemy. A man’s foes are those of his own household.
Do others blame you falsely? I was reviled but I reviled not again.
January 16 – Friend in Drudgery
It is the daily strivings that count, not the momentary heights. The obeying of My Will day in, day out, in the wilderness plains, rather than the occasional Mount of Transfiguration.
Perseverance is nowhere needed so much as in the religious life. The drudgery of the Kingdom it is that secures My intimate Friendship. I am the Lord of little things, the Divine Control of little happenings.
Nothing in the day is too small to be a part of My scheme. The little stones in a mosaic play a big part.
Joy in Me. Joy is the God-given cement that secures the harmony and beauty of My mosaic.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh;
is there any thing too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27
January 15 – Where Danger Lies
I am beside you — the eager Listener, so ready to hear your plea, so ready to say all that your heart needs.
Live more with Me apart, and so there will come an ever-increasing helpfulness to others.
Heart-poise, mental balance, spiritual strength, will be yours in ever more abundant measure. Never feel that you can help others unaided by Me, for therein lies danger.
Your self-importance is destructive of helpfulness, devitalizing because your strength has such limitations. Mine is limitless.
Grow more dependent upon Me, yet more assured that you can do all things through Me.
January 15 – Relax
Relax, do not get tense, have no fear. All is for the best. How can you fear change when your life is hid with Me in God, who changeth not – and I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.
You must learn poise, soul-balance and poise, in a vacillating, changing world.
Claim My power. The same power with which I cast out devils is yours today. Use it. If not, I withdraw it. Use it ceaselessly.
You cannot ask too much. Never think you are too busy. As long as you get back to Me and replenish after each task no work can be too much. My Joy I give you. Live in it. Bathe your Spirit in it. Reflect it.
Jesus came and spoke with them,
saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18
January 13 – Fight Evil Forces
You are going to be a mighty force against evil because you will be ever-increasingly the agent of Divine Power. Think, when this is so, how could you for one moment imagine that evil could leave you alone? It is to the advantage of evil to thwart you.
Think how those who care for you in the Unseen watch to see you conquer in My strength for My Glory.
The great battles of your world are fought in the Unseen. Fight there your battles and win. More than conquerors through Him Who loves you. Fight with the whole armor of God, ready prepared for you.
Victors through Me. Press on. Victory is in sight.
January 14 – Mighty and Marvelous
Glad indeed are the souls with whom I walk. Walking with Me is security. The coming of My Spirit into a life, and the working are imperceptible, but the result is might.
Learn of Me. Kill the self. Every blow to self is used to shape the real, eternal, imperishable you.
Be very candid and rigorous with yourselves. “Did self prompt that?” and if it did, oust it at all costs.
When I died on the Cross, I died embodying all the human self. Once that was crucified, I could conquer even death.
When I bore your sins in My own body on the Tree I bore the self-human nature of the world. As you too kill self, you gain the overwhelming power I released for a weary world, and you too will be victorious.
It is not life and its difficulties you have to conquer, only the self in you. As I said to My disciples, “I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” You could not understand them. But as you go on obeying Me and walking with Me, and listening to Me, you will, and then you will see how glorious, how marvelous My revelations are, and My teachings.
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ
Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Corinthians 15:31