January 11 – The Ache of Love
Use My unlimited stores for your needs and those of others. Seek My wonderful truths and you shall find.
There may come times when you sit in silence, when it seems as if you were left alone. Then, I command you to remember I have spoken to you.
You will have the consciousness of My Presence when you hear no voice. Abide in that Presence. “I am the light of the world,” but sometimes in tender pity, I withhold too glaring a light, lest, in its dazzling brightness, you should miss your daily path and work.
Not until Heaven is reached, do souls sit and drink in the ecstasy of God’s revelation to His Own. At the moment you are pilgrims and need only your daily marching orders, and strength and guidance for the day.
Oh! Listen to My Voice, eagerly, joyfully. Never crowd it out. I have no rival claimants and if men seek the babble of the world, then I withdraw.
Life has hurt you. Only scarred lives can really save.
You cannot escape the discipline. It is the hallmark of discipleship. My children, trust Me always. Never rebel.
The trust given to Me today, takes away the ache of rejection of My love, that I suffered on earth, and have suffered through the ages. “I died for you, My children, and could ye treat Me so?”
And the sheep follow Him; for they know His voice. John 10:4
January 10 – Influence
When you come to Me, and I give you that Eternal Life I give it to all who believe in Me, it alters your whole existence, the words you speak, the influences you have.
These are all eternal. They must be. They spring from the life within you, My Life, Eternal Life, so that they too live forever. Now you see how vast, how stupendous, is the work of any soul that has Eternal Life. The words, the influence, go on down the ages forever.
You must ponder on these truths I give you. They are not surface facts, but the secrets of My Kingdom, the hidden pearls of rare price.
Meditate upon them. Work at them in your minds and hearts.
I am come that they might have life, and that
they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
January 10 – How Self Dies
It is so necessary to dwell with Me, to draw so close to Me in an
understanding as complete as it is possible for man to realize.
Do you not see now the need for the training and discipline I have
enjoined on you? They are vital in that they attune your being to the
consciousness of My Mind and Purpose. When this Mind is in you that is
in Me you are able to penetrate the outer courts of the Temple, and in
the very Holy of Holies to grasp the meaning that lay behind all I said
and did and was.
Sacrifice all for this. Your work has to be inspired. Where can you find inspiration but in My Presence?
January 9 – A Love-Home
Hush earth’s desires that you miss not My Footfall. It brings the strength of a warrior and the eagerness of a Lover.
Let your heart thrill with the glad, “He comes.” Forsake all thought but the thought of Me as I enter. Soul-rest and heart-comfort I bring. Forget all else.
Let Me lift the burden from your shoulders, My burden, borne for you. Here in quiet, we will rest, while you are reinvigorated.
Poor dwelling, you feel, for the King of Kings. Yet I see your Home of Love as Love has made it. I come from locked doors, where youth is trying to live without Me; where old age, ever refusing to answer My pleading and knocking, now hears Me no more, and sits silent and alone.
Comfort Me, My children. Make of your hearts a Love-Home for the Man of Sorrows, still so often despised and rejected of men. Yet I would turn their sorrow into joy.
January 9 – No Strain
Be calm, no matter what may befall you. Rest in Me. Be patient, and let patience have her perfect work. Never think things overwhelming. How can you be overwhelmed when I am with you?
Do not feel the strain of life. There is no strain for My children. Do you not see I am a Master Instrument-maker? Have I not fashioned each part? Do I not know just what it can bear without a strain? Would I, the maker of so delicate an instrument, ask of it anything that could destroy or strain?
No! The strain is only when you are serving another master, the world, fame, the good opinion of men – or carrying two days’ burden on the one day.
Remember that it must not be.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7
January 8 – Love Bangs the Door
Life with Me is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. My guidance is often by shut doors. Love bangs as well as opens.
Joy is the result of faithful trusting acceptance of My Will, when it seems not joyous.
St. Paul, my servant, learnt this lesson of the banged doors when he said “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Expect rebuffs until this is learned – it is the only way.
Joy is the daughter of calm.
They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion,
which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. Psalm 125:1
January 8 – Ways Of Witness
I call upon you to make Me known —
By your unfailing trust in Me.
By your joy, unrepressed by the difficulties of the way.
By your tender concern for the weak and the wandering.
By your acceptance of My Gift of Eternal Life.
By your growth in Spiritual development, proof of that inner life, which alone can engender it.
Make Me known, more and more, by your serenity, by unflinching adherence to Truth.
Make Me known by My Spirit within and round you, your conduct and speech ever bearing witness to the Power and the Wonder of My Presence.
So shall all men know that you are My disciple, and that your claim is never for the recognition of the self — but for Me, the Christ-in-you.
January 7 – Cleansing Light
I am the True Light that cometh into the world, and men love darkness rather than Light, because their deeds are evil.
Truly not all men desire My Light. Not all men would welcome its clear shining.
Many shrink from its revelation, preferring the darkness that would
hide their deeds, rather than the remorseless Light that would show the
evil of which they are ashamed.
Pray for Light, rejoice to have it, welcome its revelation, and so,
when in your lives it has done its searching, cleansing work, then bear
it yourselves gladly, triumphantly, out into a world that needs so
sorely the Light of the World.
January 7 – The Secret Pearl
Look upon us with Thy favor, O Lord, while we behold “The land that is very far off” and yet so near to the seeing eye and the listening ear.
Wait. Wonders are unfolding. Tremble with awe. No man can stand upon the threshold of Eternity unshaken. I give unto you Eternal Life. A free gift, a wonderful gift – the Life of the Ages.
Silently comes the Kingdom. No man can judge when it enters the heart of man, only in results. Listen quietly. Sometimes you may get no message. Meet thus all the same. You will absorb an atmosphere.
Cultivate silence. “God speaks in silences.” A silence, a soft wind. Each can be a message to convey My meaning to the heart, though by no voice, or even word.
Each word or thought of yours can be like a pearl that you drop into the secret place of another heart, and in some hour of need, lo! the recipient finds the treasure and realizes for the first time its value.
Do not be too ready to do, just be. I said, “Be ye therefore perfect” not “do” perfect things. Try and grasp this. Individual efforts avail nothing. It is only the work of the Universal Spirit – My Spirit – that counts.
Dwell in thought on this, more and more, saints have taken a lifetime to grasp it.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
January 6 – Land Of Promise
Imagine the Hope of My Heart that day on the mountainside when I told My followers that to no throne on earth I led them; old forms and negations that had meant so much in the past were to be swept away; motives and impulses were to be all-important.
By the thoughts of his heart was a man to be judged. Prayer was like a son appealing to a father. Love was to be the foundation, the Golden Rule. Tribal, even racial, distinctions were to be ignored and the claims of the whole great family of God were to be met.
To such heights as they had never before scaled I led them, up to Peak-truths they had thought unscalable.
What hopes I had of them as their wonder turned to Vision and they responded to My Message.
What hopes I have today of each of you My Followers as you catch sight of your Land of Promise ahead.