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 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 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 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 14 – How Joy Comes
The Joy that follows awareness of Guidance has ever been the upholding Joy of My followers.
It is the result of desiring My Will only, in every detail, and then the realization of the wonderful way I can act for you when you leave the planning to Me.
Truly all things, every detail in each day, do work together for good to those who love Me. My miracle-working power can become operative when there is no “kicking against the pricks,” no thwarting of My Will.
Whether you walk here on earth, or are free from earth’s limitations in My Heaven, it is Heaven to walk with Me. Man has sought to describe Heaven in terms of music and song. That is but his endeavor to express the ecstasy he knows on earth in Communion with Me, and to anticipate its magnified intensity in Heaven.
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 12 – Bright Shadows
He descended into hell . . . He ascended into Heaven.
It is good for man to know his Lord is ever with him through every danger, every change, every seeming chance. It is good to walk the dark waters with Me.
I did not make the darkness. It was no artist-design to create a darkness which should make My Light seem the greater radiance.
Willfulness and sin have caused earth’s shadows, but I am there to walk the dark places with you. So that even the darkest place may be illumined by the Light of the Sun of Righteousness.
January 11 – Your Good News
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring glad tidings . . . that publish Peace.” When you are weary think that yours are the feet of those who bring glad tidings.
This will rob your steps of weariness, will give a Joy and a spring to your walk.
“Bringeth glad tidings. Publisheth Peace.” What a joyful mission. One of gladness and Peace. Never forget this, and the Joy of your message and mission will radiate from you gladdening and transforming.
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 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.