August 1 – Blessed Bond
Jesus, let Thy Beautiful Presence be always with us.
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
There is no bond of union on earth to compare with the union between a soul that loves Me — and Me.
Priceless beyond all earth’s imaginings is that Friendship.
In the merging of heart and mind and will a oneness results that only those who experience it can even dimly realize.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us. Ephesians 2:14
August 2 – Harvest
My Lord, we seek Thy Blessing.
I love to pour My blessings down in rich, in choicest measure. But like the seed-sowing — the ground must be prepared before the seed is dropped in.
Yours to prepare the soil — Mine to drop the seed-blessing into the prepared soil.
Together we share in, and joy in, the harvest.
Spend more time in soil-preparing. Prayer fertilizes soil. There is much to do in preparation.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12
August 3 – Give Every Moment
My children, how dear to my Heart is the cry of Love that asks for all of Me, that wishes every action, thought, word and moment to be Mine. How poor the understanding of the one who thinks that money to be used in this good work or that, is the great gift to offer. Above all, I desire Love, true, warm, childlike Love, the trusting understanding Love, and then the gift I prize next is the gift of the moments, of all the moments.
I think even when Love’s impetuous longing to serve Me has offered Me all Life, every day, every hour, I think even then it is a long, and not an easy lesson, to learn, what it means to give Me the moments.
The little things you planned to do, given up gladly at My suggestion, the little services joyfully rendered. See Me in all and then it will be an easy task
This is the priceless time of initiation, but remember that the path of initiation is not for all; but only for those who have felt the sorrow-cry of the world that needs a Savior and the tender plea of a Savior Who needs followers through whom He can accomplish His great work of Salvation joyfully.
Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your
brethren the children of Israel; return every man to his house,
for this thing is from me. 1 Kings 12:24
August 4 – Eternal Life
Oh Jesus, we love Thee so and long to serve Thee.
My children, you are both to do mighty things for Me. Glories and wonders unfold. Life is one glorious whole.
Draw into your beings more and more this wonderful Eternal Life. It is the flow of the Life Eternal through spirit, mind, and body, that cleanses, heals, restores, renews youth, and passes on from you to others, with the same miracle-working power.
“And this is Life Eternal that they may know thee. . . and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent.” So seek by constant contact to know Me more and more.
Make Me the one abiding Presence of your day of which you are conscious all the time. Seek to do less and to accomplish more, to achieve more. Doing is action. Achievement is successful action.
Remember that Eternal Life is the only lasting life, so that all that is done without being done in the Power of My Spirit, My Life, is passing. All done in that Spirit-Life is undying.
“I give unto to them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” So Eternal Life means security too, safety. Dwell increasingly in the consciousness of that security, that safety.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath
not the Son of God hath not life. 1 John 5:12
August 5 – Hour Of Need
Lord, come to us and heal us.
I am your Healer, your Joy, your Lord. You bid Me, your Lord, come. Did you not know that I am here? With noiseless footfall I draw near to you.
Your hour of need is the moment of My Coming.
Could you know My Love, could you measure My Longing to help, you would know that I need no agonized pleading.
Your need is My Call.
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I
shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
August 6 – Dwell Apart
Rest more with Me. If I, the Son of God, needed those times of quiet communion with My Father, away, alone, from noise, from activity — then surely you need them too.
Refilling with the Spirit is a need. That dwelling apart, that shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being — away alone with Me.
From these times you come forth in Power to bless and heal.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit.
August 7 – All is Well
Our, Lord, bless us and keep us, we beseech Thee.
My Keeping Power is never at fault, but only your realization of it. Not whether I can provide a shelter from the storm, but your failure to be sure of the security of that shelter.
Every fear, every doubt, is a crime against My Love.
Oh! children, trust. Practice daily, many times a day, saying “All is well.”
Say it until you believe it, know it.
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear
thee; which thou has wrought for them that trust in thee. Psalm 31:19
August 8 – Empty Yourself
Rely on Me alone. Ask no other help. Pay all out in the Spirit of trust that more will come to meet your supply.
Empty your vessels quickly to ensure a Divine Supply.
So much retained by you, so much the less will be gained from Me. It is a Law of Divine Supply.
To hold back, to retain, implies a fear of the future, a want of trust in Me.
When you ask Me to save you from the sea of poverty and difficulty you must trust wholly to Me. If you do not, and your prayer and faith are genuine, then I must first answer your prayer for help as a rescuer does that of a drowning man who is struggling to save himself.
He renders him still more helpless and powerless until he is wholly at the will and mercy of the rescuer. So understand My leading. Trust wholly. Trust completely.
Empty your vessel. I will fill it. You ask both of you to understand Divine Supply. It is a most difficult lesson for My children to learn. So dependent have they become on material supply they fail to understand. You must live as I tell you.
Depend on Me.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
August 9 – Effort And Rest
Come to Me, talk to Me, dwell with Me and then you will know My Way is a sure way, My Paths are safe paths.
Come very near to Me.
Dig deep down into the soil of the Kingdom. Effort and rest — a union of the two.
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for
that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. Psalm 75:1
August 10 – Stray Sheep
Oh Jesus, guide our footsteps lest we stray.
For straying, My children, there is no cure except to keep so close to Me that nothing, no interest, no temptation, no other — can come between us.
Sure of that you can but stay at My Side, knowing that, as I am the very Way itself, nothing can prevent your being in the Way, nothing can cause you to stray.
I have promised Peace but not leisure, heartrest and comfort, but not pleasure. I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation”; so do not feel, when adverse things happen, that you have failed or are not being guided, but I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So learn of Me the overcoming Power of one who, though spat upon, scourged, misunderstood, forsaken, crucified, could yet see His Work had not been affected by these things, and cry triumphantly from His Cross, “It is finished.”
Not the pain, the mocking, the agony, but His Task.
Let this thought comfort you. Amid failure, discord, contumely, suffering, even now may friends and angels be prepared to sound the chorus, “It is finished.”
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39
August 11 – You Are Mine
Jesus, Thou art watching over us to bless and care for us.
Yes! Remember that always — that out of darkness, I am leading you to light. Out of unrest to rest, out of disorder to order. Out of faults and failure to perfection.
So, trust Me wholly. Fear nothing. Hope ever. Look ever up to Me and I will be your sure aid.
I and My Father are one. So He who made the ordered, beautiful world out of chaos, and set the stars in their courses, and made each plant to know its season, can He not bring out of your little chaos peace and order?
And He and I are One, and you are Mine. Your affairs are Mine. It is My Divine Task to order My affairs — therefore yours will be ordered by Me.
The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked
cometh in his stead. Proverbs 11:8
August 12 – Rule The World
Remember no prayer goes unanswered. Remember that the moment a thing seems wrong to you, or a person’s actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted, or that person to be different.
Face your responsibilities. What is wrong in your country, its statesmen, its laws, its people? Think out quietly, and make these matters your prayer matters. You will see lives you never touch altered, laws made at your request, evils banished.
Yes! Live in a large sense. Live to serve and to save. You may never go beyond one room, and yet you may become one of the most powerful forces for good in your country, in the world.
You may never see the mighty work you do, but I see it, evil sees it. Oh! it is a glorious life, the life of one who saves. Fellow-workers together with me. See this more and more.
Love with me, sharers of My life.
I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,
who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made
known unto me now what we desired of thee. Daniel 2:23
August 13 – Perfection
O Jesus, help us, we beseech Thee.
Ever your Helper through dark to Light, through weakness to Power, through sin to Salvation, through danger to Security, through poverty to Plenty, through indifference to Love, through resentment to Perfect Forgiveness.
Never be satisfied with a comparison with those around you. Ever let My words ring out. “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” Stop short at nothing less.
Make it your practice, each of you, to review your character — take it in relation to life, to your dear ones, your household, friends, acquaintances, your country, your work.
See where I, in the same relation or circumstances or situation, should act differently. Plan how best such and such a fault can be eradicated, or such and such sin, mistake, or omission, be avoided.
A weekly review at least you must have.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see
the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.
August 14 – My Richest Gift
Jesus, Thou didst come that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.
Life, spiritual, mental, physical, abundant Life — Joyous Life, Powerful Life. Yes! These I came to give you.
Think you not My Heart was sad that so few would accept that gracious gift!
Think! earth’s richest, choicest gift held out — free to all, and no man to care to stretch out a hand to take it.
Is that possible? My Gift, the richest Heaven has to offer, that precious Gift of Life, abundant Life — man turns away from — rejects — will have none of.
Let it not be true of you. Hasten to take — to use.
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him … shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
August 15 – Not Punishment
I will guide your efforts. You are not being punished for past sins. Take My Words, revealed to you each day from the beginning, and do in all things as I say. I have been showing you the way. You have not obeyed Me in this.
I have a plan that can only in this way be revealed. So rarely do I find two souls in union who want only My Will, and only to serve Me. The union is miracle-working.
I have told you that I am longing to use you. Long ago My world would have been brought to Me, had I been served by many such two souls.
It was always “two and two.”
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he
removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12