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THE LAW AS USED IN PAUL'S WRITINGS

The word "law" as used in Paul often refers to "the Jewish religion" or the whole corpus of the Mosaic system which scholars say was composed of 613 commandments. In many cases if you substitute "Jewish religion" for law it will make the meaning clearer. In a larger sense we could use any religion today such as "Baptist religion, Muslim religion, Evangelical religion, Catholic religion, Lutheran religion, etc." Under the New Covenant we are led by the Spirit and NOT by "religion” as such (see Romans 8:14).  We find this theme throughout the writings of Paul. There was the constant conflict over Jewish converts to Christianity trying to impose the Law of Moses (Jewish religion) on new converts from the Gentiles who had no background in Judaism whatsoever.  Even today there is endless warfare over “religion” which builds walls and sets people against one another. At the core of our being we all have ONE Father Who is above all, through all, and in all (see Ephesians 4:6). If we would focus on that essential truth all wars would cease very quickly. We were created in God's image and likeness and that is true of all people, whatever their religion or lack or it may happen to be.  The great masses of humanity live in ignorance of their true identity and this sense of separation from God leads people to attack one another and live an ego-based existence.

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"Above this sense-life, there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God living in the household or temple of Truth. This world is real and permanent: Its substance is eternal Consciousness. In it there is no awareness of discords or even of temporary and material good."—Joel S Goldsmith, The Infinite Way

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OUR ASCENSION TO HEAVENLY PLACES

Our ascension is not when we pass from this present physical plane or at some other future time.  NOW is the time for our ascension—our rising in consciousness (awareness) of who we are as spiritual beings in God’s image and likeness—one with the Father and with one another (see Romans 8:19).  Such ascension is DISCERNED ONLY BY REVELATION (spiritual sense) and is not discerned by physical practices (fasting or focusing on some bodily exercises) nor by mental efforts such as repeating affirmations, etc.  Our real body (existence) is not physical but a heavenly one.  A good prayer is “Lord, open my eyes to see REALITY and deliver me from the gross darkness that is the state of humanhood.”

Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 in your own Bible and pray to see the truth of what these verses are saying.

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BY MY SPIRIT

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”—Zechariah 4:6 ESV

It is not by might (the physical realm) nor by power (the mental realm) but by the Spirit that real healing takes place.  “By my Spirit” does not come through thought processes or physical or material force of any kind.  Healing comes through EXPERIENCING THE PRESENCE OF GOD because in that Presence nothing else is power whether it be disease, lack, loneliness, or depression.  EXPERIENCING the Presence of God is not the same thing as accumulating information about religion and spirituality, however good such information may be.  There is an element in our human nature that runs from the Presence of God and that element must be recognized for what it is and completely surrendered (see Genesis 3:8-9).  Those who are half-hearted and lukewarm continue to choose darkness instead of light.  This admonition of our Lord should cause all of us to watch and pray continually, lest we be deceived by the mass hypnotism of the world.  "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”—Matthew 7:13-14 ESV


"There is a rest, then, for the people of God--a rest from all the anxious thought and worry that hovers about the human reasoning."--Walter C Lanyon, The Temple Not Made with Hands, p. 94






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“THAT” PRAYERS

So often we hear "would you please pray ‘that’ _________" and then the person fills in the blank with something they think they or someone else needs or wants. We do not commune with God “that” something might happen or get corrected in the outward picture (see Matthew 6:1-8, 25-34). We commune with God to know Him and to experience more of His Presence. Out of that will flow whatever is needed in our human existence. In such times of communion we are indeed embracing many others and bringing healing to the world. Study these verses from Matthew 6 often and let them speak to your heart. The Kingdom of God is within all waiting to be discovered and such discovery is an ongoing process of spiritual growth and illumination. This Kingdom is one of love, joy, and peace such as we never could have imagined (see Luke 12:32; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Peter 1:8)

"Think what it would mean if you could desire only My peace, the Christ-peace, with no thought of what it would do or what it would get for you!"-- from Joel Goldsmith's "Leave Your Nets”--Chapter 5 - Hidden Manna

[Note: I urge you to prayerfully ponder all of the Bible verses that I quote or refer to in my articles. Look them up in your own Bible and pray for spiritual understanding to see the deeper meanings, the treasures of truth that will bring you deep fulfillment. TD]

You may read LIVING BY GRACE on the link below:

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THINGS NOT SEEN ARE THE REALITY

"We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.”—2 Corinthians 4:18 Common English Bible

"for we walk by faith, not by sight.”—2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV

"Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”—Hebrews 11:1 Amplified

One of the biggest mistakes we all make is accepting whatever goes on in the world around us and the way people look and act as being reality.  Not so!  We need to pray continually for our spiritual eyes to be opened in order that we may behold God’s perfect creation which is not discerned with the five physical senses.

"Before you can discern spiritual, fourth-dimensional truth, you must first be able to recognize the three-dimensional illusion that is masking the truth."----Robert Pilato, Life is But a Dream

"Learn to realize and experience the Omnipresence of God, where matter seems to be!”—Chris Bentley

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UNDER GOD’S WING

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”—1 Samuel 3:10 NKJV

The response of Samuel to the calling of the Lord is one that we would do well to emulate.  We must spend time listening in order to hear the voice of God speaking to us and then respond as did Samuel, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”  As we do this we open the door so that the indwelling Christ, the Presence of God, can flow through us.  It is not OUR work but the One who indwells us that does the healing, correcting, or whatever needs to be done.  These scriptures point this out very clearly.  Look them up in your own Bible and ponder them with much prayer:  Zechariah 4:6; Luke 17:20-21; John 5:17, 30; 14:10;  Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:26-27; 1 John 4:4.  As long as we cling tenaciously to all of our own thoughts and opinions or rely upon human will power in some way we are effectively blocking the power of the Indwelling Christ.  Human will power or mind control of some kind may help resolve an issue temporarily but such is not real healing.  True healing only comes from the power of God.  There is no way we can really access that indwelling Presence unless we have set apart times of Silence and truly open our hearts to listen.

"I cannot bend God to my will. I cannot make God heal me. I can yield myself to God’s will. I can surrender my will, my way, my demands. I can place myself under God’s wing. I can give myself to His care."—Joel Goldsmith, Lecture Excerpt from “Release God”

I invite you to read THE SECRET OF REAL LIFE AND ENERGY which is on the link below:


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ONE GOD AND FATHER OF ALL

"one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”—Ephesians 4:6 ESV


If you study the four gospels carefully you find absolutely nothing about Jesus coming to establish another “religion" which involves such things as doctrinal creeds, special places of worship, or rituals.  All of these things were added much later and have evolved and changed form many times over the centuries.  In the midst of all of this “religion” we have largely lost sight of the fact that we are ONE HUMAN FAMILY and that we can never unite on the basis of common concepts about God, the Infinite One who fills all space who indeed is "over all and through all and in all.”  Whatever concepts any of us have about God fall far short of being the truth.  However, there is indeed a spiritual bond uniting us and that is the Kingdom (Presence) of God which is within each of us and among us all as a human family (see Luke 17:20-21).  When we focus on the discovery of that Kingdom within we are drawn together and become united at a heart level which exceeds all religious beliefs.  All of us have the privilege of discovering this Kingdom during our times of Silence.  I don’t believe that such a discovery will come in any other way except in truly experiencing the Silence.  As long as we keep making idols of our thoughts and opinions we keep ourselves in bondage.


I invite you to read THE BLESSING OF SILENCE which is on the link below:


“It is in this stillness and silence that all of the power of God takes place,and it is then that the real work of our lives is accomplished.”—Joel S Goldsmith, 1954 Infinite Way Letters, p. 61


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BE READY ALWAYS

"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”—Matthew 24:44 NIV

I’ve found it best to always be in a state of readiness for whatever blessings the Savior may bestow.  There have been so many times when a blessed outpouring of the Holy Spirit has come upon me at a time when I least expected it.  There are no words to describe such visitations.  There is nothing that could be found in the whole world to compare with their preciousness and awesomeness.  I appeal to you to always be receptive to the good things the Savior has for you.  Don’t let all of the cares and trivia that flood modern life rob you of the showers of blessing that He has for you.

I invite you to read TREASURES IN HEAVEN which is on the link below:

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THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE

Romans 6:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

I will briefly share some thoughts on this key verse.  The wages (results—consequences) of sin (departing from the love and will of God) is death (loss of fellowship with God).  The free gift of God is eternal life (restoration of fellowship with God) through (in union with Jesus Christ our Lord).  Jesus has bridged the gap caused by the entrance of sin and so through Him our fellowship with God is restored and as we come to know our Savior more each day we experience more and more of His eternal (aionian) life and this affects ALL areas of our life—our physical health, relationships with others, wisdom for daily needs, empowerment to meet life’s trials, and much more.  No wonder Paul said, "Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV).

I’ve put several very short articles at the top of this site which go more fully into God’s life, how to receive it, and the place of prayer and receiving His Word in this process.  I urge you to read these articles over and over again and may the Spirit of God reveal to all of us more fully what has been given to us in “the free gift of God” and how transformative this could be if we enter into that life EXPERIENTIALLY:

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THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE

I appeal to you to pick up your Bible and very prayerfully consider 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalms 33:15; 44:21; 87:4-6; John 1:9 and Acts 10:35.  Especially take note of Psalm 87:4-6 and Acts 10:35.  These are very plain and very powerful.  I remember many decades ago my mom pointing these verses in Psalms out to me and they made a very deep impression which has never left.  Only God can read the innermost heart and intentions of any person, knows what struggles they’ve been through, what their biological and cultural heritages have been, what opportunities they’ve had, what light has come to them, and how they’ve responded or not responded to that light.  Christians have been very foolish indeed to make determinations that only God can make.  This has led to endless judging and to people trying to control others in order to “save” them.  God is far more concerned about blessing people and getting them into His Kingdom than any of us could ever begin to even imagine.  We need to move beyond "religious arrogance" and the sooner the better.  We need to let God take care of His business and we go about our business which is to commune with Him, live for Him, and do whatever we can possibly do to love others and help this needy world to be a little better.

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.--Thomas Merton

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