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BE KIND AND TENDERHEARTED

BE KIND AND TENDER HEARTED

"Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”—Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)

All of us should be filled with gratitude for the forgiveness that has been given to us so freely.  We extend that same forgiveness to all others.  Leaders at all levels of society should set the example of kindness, humility, simplicity of life, and gentleness.  We are admonished to follow the example of the meek and lowly Jesus who never owned property or claimed any notoriety for Himself.   During His time on earth Jesus "went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him."—Acts 10:38 (ESV).  May this be said of every one of us.

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CONSCIOUS UNION WITH GOD

CONSCIOUS UNION WITH GOD

Many are praying to have various human problems resolved or to receive some kind of healing.  The ultimate goal of the spiritual journey is that of God consciousness wherein we experience ONENESS WITH HIM with no hindrances or barriers whatsoever.  The human race as a whole has lost the Edenic state and is wandering aimlessly, feeding on the husks of materialism. Multitudes are empty inside—always seeking and not finding satisfaction in anything in the realm of matter.  That is what the parable of the Prodigal Son is all about—humanity losing its way but at some point finding its way back into the arms of Divine Love.  Not until we reach the point in our spiritual journey where there is ONLY ONE THING THAT WE DESIRE AND ONE THING THAT WE SEEK will we reach God consciousness (see Psalm 27:4).  IT TAKES FULL DEDICATION AND CONSECRATION to truly EXPERIENCE the Divine Presence in which every human need will be met (see Matthew 6:33). The Scriptures are full of admonitions to help us along the way but few are heeding them (read Jeremiah 29:13;  Matthew 7:12-14, 22-23; 13:44).  There are a lot of very shallow and misleading teachings found in the world of spirituality but Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice (John 10:27).

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MY EXPECTATION IS FROM GOD ALONE

MY EXPECTATION IS FROM GOD ALONE

"My soul, wait silently for God alone,

For my expectation is from Him.”—Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)

God IS love and the ONLY source of love as well as every other good thing such as life, health, substance, peace, joy, etc.  All good comes FROM HIM ALONE but generally is mediated to us THROUGH people who open their hearts to receive His love in some measure and let it flow from them.  If we EXPECT love to come FROM others we will mostly be disappointed for NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO MEET ALL OF OUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS.  If we “WAIT SILENTLY FOR GOD ALONE” then good will indeed come to us, often in very unexpected ways.  As we commune with God in our innermost being we become filled with His love and thus become a channel through which His love will flow to many others.  That is where I am in my spiritual journey and invite you share this wonderful adventure with me. I choose to live in the consciousness of “a universe of Spirit.”  THAT is where everything is both for this present life and for all eternity.

"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.”—Joel Goldsmith, THE INFINITE WAY chapter THE NEW HORIZON


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ONENESS WITH THE DIVINE

ONENESS WITH THE DIVINE

To “fear God” is simply to be reverent (meaning to be humble) as we contemplate an Infinite God (presence) that fills the entire universe—totally beyond the realm of space and time as we know them.  At some point, as we grow in our journey of ONENESS with the Divine, we no longer see Him as an outside being, somewhere up in the sky, apart from ourselves, but we experience the reality of being one with an Infinite presence in a way that is beyond the realm of thoughts, concepts, and words.  Words are totally inadequate to really teach or describe what “knowing” [experiencing] God is all about.  I think one aspect of reverence is simply to stop trying to explain that which is unexplainable and enter into the “most holy place” of ONENESS with the Divine.  With Paul I would affirm “Who is sufficient for these things?” (see 2 Corinthians 2:14-16).  There is a real hunger in the hearts of so many at this very perplexing time to know [experience] God (see John 17:3).

One person who is truly communing with God and experiencing the Divine sends healing energy throughout the whole created order. Prayer isn't just for yourself but touches many others, especially those who reach out to you for prayer support.


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LIVING IN FEAR OR LOVE

LIVING IN FEAR OR LOVE

"For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.”—2 Timothy 1:7 (TPT)

Human behavior at some point is driven by either fear or love.  Many of our fears are at a subconscious level, planted in us constantly by what we see and hear every day.  Love will unfold throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.  As we feed on the Word of God daily we grow in love and fear vanishes because it has no substance or reality to support it (see 1 John 4:18).

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LISTENING FOR THE STILL SMALL VOICE

LISTENING FOR THE STILL SMALL VOICE

"Now this is the highest form of prayer that you can possibly indulge is communion with God, listening for the still small voice, opening consciousness to truth. There's no higher form of prayer than that. That is communion. . . .  Now true prayer is the ability to receive the presence and power of God. That's true prayer. When you can at will open yourself to the presence and power of God and let it take over, then you are praying aright." —Joel Goldsmith—Extract from the 1951 Second Portland Series of Lectures

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BE NOT AFRAID

BE NOT AFRAID

Words like "do not be afraid," "fear not," etc. occur over three hundred times in the Bible.  Some scholars say 365 times, one for every day of the year.  Emerging from the bondage of fear into the wondrous Kingdom of Love is at the very heart of our spiritual journey.  By the power of God’s grace we may go forward every day.

"For nothing will be impossible with God.”—Luke 1:37 (ESV)

Fear does not stop death

It stops Life

And worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles

It takes away today's peace (Source unknown)


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TRYING TO CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE

TRYING TO CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE

I think it is good to always keep in mind that a consistently loving attitude and nonjudgmental life does all the preaching, correcting, etc. that ever needs to be done. People change in their own time and their own way as they are ready and not before nor after that. We can't force change in ourselves or others either. I've thought about so many changes in my own thinking that took years to make and I wondered why it took me so long to "see the light" in a particular area but finally I changed. If that is the case with myself, and I'm supposed to know myself, then how much more patient I need to be with others. We think we know that others must change such and such in their lives, and maybe they should for that matter, but all of this takes time with them as it does with us. If we live in love, patience, and stop trying to manipulate others, even in our thinking, changes will come as that person is ready and in ways that are best for them, not for us necessarily.  It is also the case that when we spend time with people and have it in the back of our minds that we must somehow change them they will sense that and a barrier is created.

A good prayer is:  "Lord, change ME."  [not someone else]

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THE ROOT CAUSE OF ADDICTIONS

THE ROOT CAUSE OF ADDICTIONS

The root cause of all addiction is based on a deep emptiness of living apart from fellowship with God which is mostly accompanied by a fixation on the world of the five physical senses--especially with much attention given to the pleasures and pains of the human body.  We give away our spiritual power very easily to something in the realm of matter.  We think a certain substance will bring us happiness and well-being and many times it brings hell and suffering instead.  This dependence on and attention given to something in the realm of matter instead of on the all power of God is a primary factor in addictions.  If we empower something in the realm of matter "to make" us anything we are giving away the indwelling spiritual power that is given to all of us (see 1 John 4:4).  I've heard people that would totally reject alcohol and tobacco say "I must have my coffee fix" in the morning.  Really!!  If we look to something in a bottle of pills whether it be a drug or the latest vitamin product to do something for us we are inviting suffering which will not end as long as there is dependence upon something in the realm of the material.

Over the past few decades we've had such fads as aerobic exercise in which the pulse rate must be kept above a certain level to be effective, a super low fat diet and mega-vitamin therapy.  Over time all of these things have utterly failed and what was once thought to be so scientific has proven to possibly be very dangerous and harmful.  A lot of sincere, health-oriented people are still caught up in these things.  I see folks at the gym where I go frantically exercising in an effort to solve some of their problems or beautify their bodies.  I enjoy regular exercise and nutritional eating very much but I don't look to these practices to "make me" something.  I already have everything I need in God for my well-being in this life and that which is to come (see Acts 17:28).  Every dependence upon something of matter instead of the all power of God will disappoint us at some point.

tomdurst1@msn.com

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A ROOT OF BITTERNESS

A ROOT OF BITTERNESS

Hebrews 12:15  New Living Translation (NLT)

15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

One of the definitions of "bitterness" is: "anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment."  This feeling of being treated unfairly may be ever so small but it is in reality a DEADLY POISON that will affect every area of our life, especially our relationships with others.  We may think that we are able to hide our anger but others will sense it and often quietly withdraw from associating with us which will only increase our own suffering and likely intensify our resentment.  If we compromise even slightly with bitterness it will be like a deadly poison and will not only ruin our relationships but will also bring all kinds of sickness and physical problems.  Few people would knowingly drink some poisonous substance but think nothing of allowing anger and resentment to abide in their consciousness.  Even more serious is that harboring bitterness can cause us to fail to receive the enabling grace of God.  Does this mean that God stops loving us if we are bitter?  No, but it does mean that we are cutting ourselves off from partaking of the empowering aspect of grace and making ourselves weak physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially.

With God all things are possible but we must earnestly set our feet on the path of unconditional forgiveness and love.  Then God's grace comes in and we receive His almighty power and what humans call "miracles" begin to happen (see Philippians 2:12-14).  Think about this seriously, examine your own hearts, and without further delay take whatever steps needed to put your spiritual house in order.

"I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it's like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way."--Joyce Meyer

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