Spring brings its message of Hope.
Not only does it proclaim the Truth that Nature arises from her time of decay and darkness to a new life. But, My children, it surely speaks to the individual, to nations, to My world, that the time of decay and darkness for them too can pass, and that from conflict and storm, disaster and sin they can spring to a new and gladdening Resurrection-Life.
But Nature obeys My Laws. It is by her obedience that the quickening of new life is succeeded by the beauty of Risen Power.
So, only as man obeys My Will and works according to My Divine Plan for him can harmony follow chaos, peace follow war, and a reign of Love succeed one of conflict and carnage.
I am the Master of the Universe. Accept My ordered Word. When you do this in joyful sincerity, you link yourself with all creative force of the universe.
My Spirit can then be operative, first in you and then through you.
My followers forget that the scourging at the pillar, the Divine control (“He answered never a word”) and the Cross, the man- rejected, man-forsaken, all these preceded the Resurrection.
Without these there could have been no Resurrection. These steps in Spirit-conquest had to be, before My all-powerful, Divine Spirit could be released to be forever available for those who would hear My Call, and would will to walk in My Way.
If I bore the sins of all in My agonized Heart in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary, then when you seek to punish others whom you despise, you punish and despise Me.
My throwing aside the grave-clothes, and My stepping out into that sunlit Garden on Easter Morn were symbolic of the freedom I had bought for My children, and which they would know in Me.
Are you seeking to bind the grave-clothes round Me? When you recognize a man’s sins you must go further always and see him as free, the grave-clothes of sin and limitation cast aside; the stone, that shut out his Vision of Love and God, rolled away; he, the risen man, walking in My Strength, and conquering in My Power.
Remember the Truth that you are learning, even now, though dimly.
In Eternal Life there are no time-limits. So My sacrifice was for you today, this hour, as truly as ever it was for those who watched Me on Calvary. I am the changeless One. The same yesterday and forever. Sacrificing Myself today, rising today. You then, once you embrace Eternal Life, enter into My Suffering, and help to carry My Cross, as truly today as if you had walked beside Me to Calvary.
Agony and heartache, pain and loneliness, such as no human being has ever known, were the price of your redemption.
Truly you are not your own.
You are bought with the price. You belong to Me.
You are Mine to use, Mine to love, Mine to provide for.
Man does not understand the infinite Love of the Divine. Man teaches that as I bought him, so he has to serve, obey, and live for me.
He fails to understand that because he is Mine, bought by Me, it is My responsibility to supply his every need. His part is to realize My ownership and to claim My Love and Power.
And the veil of the Temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom.
The veil that had hidden God from the knowledge and sight of man is at last removed.
I, God and man, had torn away the veil separating God the Father, and man, My brother. I came to reveal my Father to man, and I live, ever live, to make intercession to the Father for man. I am the Great Mediator between God and man, the Man, Christ JESUS.
Rest unto your souls is found at My Feet. The place of rest is the place of humility.
When you rejoice to serve humbly, when you are content for men to think ill of you, when you can bear reproach and scorn gladly, then what can disturb the gladness of your soul, its rest?
No unrest can assail and hurt the soul that has not its spring in self. That self must be nailed to My Cross, that self must die before you can truly say –“I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.”
And they saw that the stone was rolled away.
How needless their questioning among themselves had been: — “Who shall roll away the stone?”
Wherever My followers go full of desire to do Me loving service, they shall find the stones of difficulty, of obstruction, rolled away.
They came, these faithful women, to the sepulcher with the spices and ointments they had prepared.
Come, too, with your spices of Love to do Me service, and you shall find you have been anticipated. I am ever eager in Love to do you service.
If by the Spirit you mortify the flesh, you shall live.
This is a further progress-step in My Kingdom. The flesh must hold no pleasure for you that is not held in leash, always under subjection to the Spirit.
It was the utter subjection of the flesh that was manifested in My Silence at the pillar, and in the face of the jibes and insults and blows. It was this complete subjection which meant a Risen Body.
Resurrection-faith is not a matter of belief in Me, and in My Power working a miracle, it is a faith in Me and My Power leading to entire subjection of the body.
The body completely under control of the Spirit is a Risen Body. See now the importance of self-discipline.
I sent no disciple to carry My Healing Power to the Syrophoenician woman’s sick daughter, the centurion’s servant, or to the ruler’s son. My Word was all-sufficient.
All that I needed was the faith of the petitioner. Can you not realize that?
Learn to understand and to ask more of Me. If you do not, then others’ bonds are your responsibility.
Loose your own body from all bonds. Remember “the beam and the mote.”
As the fault (the beam) is removed from your own eye, giving you the power to remove the mote from your brother’s eye, so if you bring your body into subjection, discipline it wholly, you will be enabled to free your brother from bonds that bind him to ill-health.
Love and laugh. To the world, sad faces and depressed spirits speak of a buried Christ. If you want to convince men that I am Risen, you must go through life with Easter gladness. You must prove by your lives that you are Risen with Me.
Men will not learn of My conquest over death by the arguments of theologians, but by the lives of My followers. My Risen followers. If you are still wearing the grave-clothes of gloom and depression, of fear and poverty, men will think of us as tomb-bound still.
No, live in the Spirit of the Garden on that Easter morning. For you, too, I will roll away the stone from the door of the sepulcher. Walk unbound in the Garden with Me, in the Garden of Love, Joy, child-like, boundless Faith — the Garden of Delights.
It is My Pleasure that you wait before Me.
Companionship with Me, with its soul-rest, is all too often sacrificed for petition.
Be content a while to be silent in My Presence. Draw in the Spiritual Power which will strengthen you to conquer the weaknesses you so deplore.
Life in Me is one of radiance.
Eternal Life is Life refreshed by Living Waters.
There is no stagnation in My Kingdom, in that place prepared for Hearts that love Me.
It is a place of Fair Delights.
Claim what you will. It is yours.
It may not be your need I am seeking to supply at a particular moment, but of another through you.
Remember what I have told you before: It is empty vessels I fill, into open hands that I place My supply.
Too often My followers are so busy clutching their foolish possessions that they have no hands to receive the larger blessings, the needed gifts, I am waiting to pass to them, and, through them, to others.
Help all to see the wonderful life that could open out before them. To be Heaven’s almoner is the work to which I call each follower Mine.
I will give you rest.
My Gift truly, but the result of your trust.
Train yourself to trust so completely that no tremor even of doubt or fear can enter in.
No fear of the future, no cloud over the present, no shadow of the past.
When the absence of fear is the result of strength for the way gained by contact with Me, and of complete reliance upon My Tenderness and My Power, then you have My Gift of Rest.
Know that your Source of joy is something changeless. The hopes of the world are but in material things and when these pass or change their joy fades, hope dies, only dark night remains.
Speak comfort to such. Tell of My Love surrounding you, that My protecting Power is yours. That I can never fail one who trusts in Me. That you can breathe in courage from My Presence as you breathe in air.
Tell the world — that for one who walks a cheerless road with Me, the bare hedge does blossom as the rose, and life is bathed in sunlit joy.
Let them have dominion.
Man has lost this dominion because he failed to be guided by My Spirit. He was never meant to function alone. Body, mind, and spirit, he was created by My Father.
The senses were given him to link him to earth, and to create and maintain contact with the world around; but the spirit was definitely his link for guidance and instruction from the world of My Kingdom.
He is a lost soul until he links up in this way, just as a man blind, deaf, and dumb would be in a world of sense. This was man’s fall. He had this power and lost it.
Life has so many lessons to teach you. You may not be able to travel through your material world. But for your spirit there are vast and beautiful realms in which you can be ever traveling and exploring; and, with ever-increasing capacity for enjoyment, discovering new beauties of Spiritual Truth.
Life is a journey. The choice as to who shall be your conductor is your own. Once that choice is made and you feel you have placed yourself in wise Hands, do not spoil your journey by frustrating the plans made for your comfort and happiness.
Rest content with the plans I have made for you. No detail has been too small for My loving consideration. Know that your lives are being truly God-conducted, and so will bring you the greatest happiness and success.
The greater the trust you repose in Me, the wider will be My scope for the plans I have made for you.
Life is a mosaic planned by God. Each God-directed thought, impulse, and action of yours is necessary to the carrying out of the perfect design.
That design is of exquisite workmanship.
Live in My Love.
Return to Me ever for refilling, that your soul may breathe in and breathe out Love as your lungs breathe in and breathe out air.
There is nothing in you that creates Love, so how can you give it out unless you are receiving it?
All service, to be truly effective and of permanent value, must be wrought in Love. Where Love is, self cannot hold sway, and self nullifies the good in service.
See Me and My thought of you in all your daily life; so, conscious of My Love, you will absorb that Love until it permeates your whole being, and inspires and illumines all you do and say.
Live much a life apart with Me. In the world but not of it. You can do this even in a crowd, provided self does not intrude.
It is a sign of progress that you cannot be indulging thoughts of self and then turn to Me in complete self-forgetfulness.
Your life must be one of intense service and consecration. Your fight is not so much an active one in the world, as one of active warfare on the unseen plane. A war truly against principalities and powers. Nevertheless a joyous war.
Lord, bid me come to Thee upon the waters.
All that I did when on earth I do today in the Spirit-realm.
My servant Paul realized this Truth when he spoke of Me as the same yesterday, today, and forever.
When the faintest fear of all that lies before you disturbs you, when you are conscious of the loss of Spirit-buoyancy, then you are looking at the waves and feeling the wind is contrary.
Then you cry, “Lord, save me, I perish.”
And My Hand will be outstretched to save you, as it saved My fearful, doubting Peter.
“Lord, show me Thyself” is a cry that never goes unanswered.
Not to physical vision comes the awareness, but to spiritual insight, as more and more you realize My Love, My Power and the manifold wonders of My character.
Its Humility, its Majesty, its Tenderness, its Sternness, its Justice, its Mercy, its Healing of sore wounds, and its consuming Fire.
Man turns to books, he studies theology, he seeks from other men the answer to life’s riddles, but he does not come to Me.
Is there a problem?
Do not worry over its solution.
Seek Me. Live with Me. Talk to Me. Company with Me, daily, hourly. Lo, suddenly you see.
Lord, Thy Word abideth and our footsteps guideth.
Treasure My words in your heart. They will meet your need today as surely as they met the needs of those to whom I spoke them when I was on earth for they were not spoken in time but in Eternity.
If My gift to man is Eternal Life, then the words inspired by that Life are eternal, appropriate to your needs today as they were then.
But the words and the guidance are not for all. They are for those who ACCEPT MY great gift of Eternal Life.
“And this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.”
I will use you as you eliminate self and offer Me a consecrated personality, made in My Image.
There can be no limit to My Power to use one such. Nothing is impossible to Me. My Love is limitless, My Tenderness is limitless, My Understanding is limitless.
Every attribute of the Godhead is complete, inexhaustible in a way you can only dimly see.
The words I give you mark steps in Spiritual Progress.
There can be no limit to the Spirit Power you may possess as self is turned out and My Will welcomed.
But to those who yield themselves wholly to Me there are limitations as far as the material is concerned, as only what will assist Spiritual growth or manifestation is for these. Yet all your needs will be supplied.
Master, we have toiled all night and have taken nothing.
There will be nights of wearied anguish, when you toil and catch nothing.
There will be mornings of rapture when the result of your prayers and longings will be so great as to bring you to your knees with a humility born of a wonder of fulfillment — “the nets break.”
Share the loneliness with Me — the weariness, the dreariness, all with Me, as I share all with you.
More and more I shall send into your life those whom you shall help. Have no fear. Do not doubt your wisdom to deal with them. It is My Wisdom that will help them, not any wisdom of yours.
Shower Love on all. Nothing will be too much that you can do for others. Delight in My Word, in My Love.
As you grow more conscious of that Love you will feel more and more the responsibility laid upon you to make that Great Love of My aching Heart known to those for whom I died, and for whom I ever live to make intercession.
My child, you are tired with the burden and heat of the day.
Stay a while and know that I abide with you, and know that I speak Peace unto your soul.
Dread nothing, fear nothing. Know that all is well. The day is far spent. The toil has been long, but evening rest with Me is sweet.
The gathering gloom of night will be to your heart but the overshadowing wings of the Eternal God.
Deep in your heart you feel the striving of wonderful Truths. Faint sense of the Glory to be revealed.
My child, wait before Me.
You may receive no message, but in this waiting time, even if you are not conscious of being taught, you are being changed.
The eye of your soul will be focused upon Me and the insight gained will be calming, remedial, strengthening.
My denunciations were for the self-satisfied.
For the sinner, who felt his failure and weakness, I had the tenderest pity. “Go, and sin no more,” was My Word to the woman taken in adultery.
But what a Word of hope that was, revealing as it did the assurance that I trusted her not to fall into sin again. That I deemed her capable of a new life.
The Samaritan woman at Sychar’s well I trusted with a secret that even My disciples had not shared fully with Me. She was one of My first missionaries.
I recognize too the wealth of love in the offering of the woman who was a sinner. There was no public denunciation of her sin, no repulse of her love.
“Holy Father, cheer our way
With Thy love’s perpetual ray;
Grant us every closing day,
Light at evening time.”