Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
You do not yet see, nor will you see fully while you are on this earth, but faith, cooperating with Spiritual Power, actually calls into being that for which you hope.
Men speak of dreams come true. But you know them as answered prayers; manifestations of Spirit Force in the Unseen. So trust boundlessly.
Do you not see how unnecessary is your learning the method of Spirit-attack? There must be a certain root-faith and Me, or you could not trust yourself to perfect surrender to Me. But there must come to those who walk all the way with Me, a yielding of their wills and lives wholly to Me, or the greater faith that results would be a source of danger. It would drag you back to the material plane, instead of to Spiritual Heights.
For unless your will is wholly Mine, you will rely on this new God-given Power, and call into being that which is not for the furtherance of My Kingdom.
Follow Me, and whether it be in the storm, or along the dusty highroad, or over the places of stones, or in the cool glade or the meadow, or by the waters of comfort, then, with Me, in each experience there will be a place of refuge.
At times you seem to follow afar off. Then weary with the burden and the way, you stretch out a hand to touch the hem of My Garment.
Suddenly there is no dust, no weariness. You have found Me. My child, even if it seems unprofitable, continue your drudgery, whether it be of spiritual, mental, or physical effort. Truly it serves its turn if it but lead you to seek help from Me.
For by whom a man is overcome . . . he is the slave.
I cut the bonds of sin which bound you to evil. With loving Hands I replaced each with my cords of Love, which bound you to Me, your Lord.
The power of evil is subtle. A cut cord, a snapped cord, would awaken your slumbering conscience, but strand by strand, so carefully, with gentleness cunningly acquired, evil works until a cord is free. Even then the work is slow, but oh, so sure, until presently the old bond I severed is binding you to evil, strand by strand.
Snap off these returning fetters. Satan hath desire to have you that he may sift you as wheat. He works with an efficiency My servants would do well to copy. He has marked you as one who will increasingly bring souls to Me.
For whosoever shall do the Will of My Father, he is My brother and sister and mother.
You see how everything depends on the necessity of doing the Will of My Father.
Here is the intimacy of a new relationship. The only condition of this is the doing of My Father’s Will. Then at once, into the inner Family Circle there is admission.
The plain way of the discipline is the way of knowing My Will. That is the first requisite to the doing of it.
My Will for each day can only be revealed as each day comes, and until one revelation has been lived out, how can you expect to be made aware of the next?
Awareness of My Will is only achieved by obedience to that Will as it is made clear, and when THAT Will has been obeyed the veil, hiding My next desire, is lifted.
My poor deaf world. What it misses in loving Words and Whispers.
I want to share so much with it. It will not listen.
“Wherefor do you spend money for that which is not bread and your labour for that which satisfieth not. Harken diligently unto Me and eat that which is good and let your Soul delight itself . . .”
“He that willeth to do My Will — shall know.”
Whose Voice would you hear? So many voices are about you that you may miss the Still Small Voice.
“This is My Beloved — Hear Him.”
Learn from Nature the profusion of her gifts.
As you daily realize more and more the generosity of the Divine Giver, learn increasingly to give.
Love grows by giving.
You cannot give bountifully without being filled with a sense of giving yourself with a gift, and you cannot so give without Love passing from you to the one who receives.
You are conscious, not of yourself as generous, but of the Divine Giver as bounteous beyond all human words to express.
So Love flows into you with an intensity that is both humbling and exalting as Love flows from you with your gift.
Give me a constant remembrance of Thee.
Ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. But only if the heart desires what the lips express. “The Lord looketh on the heart.”
You will grow into the true attitude of remembrance of Me as you learn more and more to attribute all your blessings, all your guidance, to My increasing care; to the mind of your Master behind all, inspiring all, controlling all, the source of all your good.
Go forward unafraid.
Face each difficulty, however great and seemingly unconquerable, as you go forward towards it.
The strength you will require from Me for that adventure into danger, as it may seem to you, will fortify you for its overcoming.
“Fear thou not to, for I am with thee, Be not afraid for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, I will help thee, Yea, I will uphold thee with the right arm of My Righteousness.”
Still go forward unafraid. The way will open as you go.
It is fear that blocks My way for you. Have no fear. Know that all is well.
No circumstances, no outward changes, can harm you in any way. Each should prove a step of progress, as long as your hearts are fixed “trusting in the Lord.”
I know no change.
Go on in faith and trust. The Way opens as you go. In the Christian Life doors swing open as you come to them, if so be that you have advanced to them along the straight path of obedience.
As you started your journey, what would it have profited had you worried about the closed door ahead?
In the Spirit-Life miracle-working Power operates through natural human channels. As you have seen.
So this is the continuing lesson: Go steadily foreword in firm trust along the path of the quiet obedience.
That is your work. Mine to cause the doors to swing open, as you come to them, not before.
How often have I opened those doors for you in the past? More will open. So trust, so hope, so love.
Grace is the distinctive mark I set upon My friends.
It is no order of merit. It is the result of living with Me. It is even unobserved by those on whom I bestow it, but to those they meet who have eyes to see, it is apparent, just as during My time on earth it was said, “They took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.”
It may be the sign of My sustaining Power within a life. It may be the quiet strength of poise, the mark of self-conquest, some faint reflection of My character, or a mystic scent of the soul unfolding to My Love.
Grow daily, ever more and more, into My likeness.
Do My Will as revealed to you, and leave the result to Me. If you are but My representative, then why concern yourself as to whether the action I have arranged for you is wise or not?
If your control of the mind and body is not as progressive as that of your spirit, it is a hindrance. See to this. The three must work in unison; otherwise disharmony.
Beautiful though one instrument may be in an orchestra, with a beauty beyond that of any other, yet should it play its part ahead of those others, disharmony results; and so with you a sense of frustration and failure follows disharmony within.
Have no fear. Wonders are unfolding ever more and more. You will be guided in all as you dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High.
Remember in that Secret Place was thought out all the wonders of the Universe. There all your wonder plans will be evolved. It is the home of Creation, and there you, too, share in Creative Power.
Heart speaks to heart as you wait before Me. Love enkindles Love.
The air you breathe is Divine, life-giving, invigorating.
The place in which you rest is My Secret Place.
You do not come to ask Me of doctrine.
That is, as it were, the foundation of your Spiritual being; necessary but once secure, you seek to fashion, with Me, its beautiful superstructure — the home of Peace and Joy where I come and commune with you.
Help is always yours.
It comes so swiftly when you realize that you are insufficient to supply your need. But it comes the most potently as you grow to see that for each need the supply was already provided.
My followers so often act as if My supply came into being only through prayer for help.
Would any man in authority act thus in his business?
Learn of Me. I will teach you lovingly, patiently. My lessons are not of the schoolroom; they are fireside confidences.
I thank Thee, Lord, for the joy Thou givest me and for Thy tender care of me.
Grow ever more and more conscious of this. Look upon all as under My Influence, and life will become increasingly full of Joy. This Joy no man taketh from you.
This is the foretaste of Heaven that will make your passing seem no death, and will mean that your spirit will be no stranger in the home of spirits but will be breathing an atmosphere familiar and dear.
As the world’s great Teacher I taught not only so much by word as by the Living Word.
“Learn of Me,” I said, adding that men should see in Me meekness . . . and lowliness.
So that My disciples should take Me as their great example, I epitomized My attitude towards My Father in Heaven and towards He other children as “meek and lowly.”
Towards God the Father the meekness of a yielded well; towards His other children lowliness devoid of the pride that sunders men and prevents their humble approach to God.
“Learn of Me — I am meek and lowly in heart.” So do you find rest unto your souls.
I use such simple things and casual moments to reveal Myself to man. He can meet Me in the common ways of Life — if he has but eyes to see and ears to hear.
No great sign, nothing spectacular. In a seemingly incidental along the road of life I meet with him and reveal My Will, My Purpose, My Guidance.
No miles to walk, no long journey to travel, no strange language to learn, no state of ecstasy to be experienced first. Think on these things. Recall our meetings by the wayside.
Do not recognize your illness. Each time you speak of it to others you stabilize it.
Ignore it as much as you can. Think more of Me, the Great Healer. Dwelling with Me you become whole.
Even My most faithful followers often err in not claiming of Me healing and perfection for every part of their being.
But to claim physical healing alone is a sign of living too much on the physical plane, and My Healing is of the Spirit.
Claim healing of spirit, mind, and body. Then shall you, regardless of age, know wholeness.
I will help you to conquer in the hour of temptation or difficulty. Cling to Me. Rest in My Love. Know that all is well.
Trials press, temptations assail, but remember, you can be more than conquerors through Me. Lord of all, I am. Controller of all. Keeper, Lover, Guide, Friend.
Remember that when once your hearts have said with Peter, “Thou art of the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” then upon that sure foundation of belief I raise My House, My Holy of Holies.
The gates of hell, the adverse deeds and thoughts and criticisms of the world, cannot prevail against it. More than conquerors. Conquer in the little things. Conquer in My Strength and Power.
Not once only in your lives, when I called you out to follow Me, but constantly —
In the busy day, in the crowded way, listen to the voice of your Lord and Lover calling. A call to stop and rest with Me a while. A call to restrain your impatience, a reminder that in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. A call to pause, to speak a word to one in trouble.
Perhaps to lend a hand.
The murmuring of My Name in tender Love brings the unseen into the foreground of reality. It is like breathing on some surface, which brings into relief a lovely figure.
It is the Name before which evil shrinks away, shamed, powerless, defeated. Breathe it often. Not always in appeal. Sometimes in tender confidence, sometimes in Love’s consciousness. Sometimes in triumphant ecstasy.
I have always work to be done. So fit yourself for it by prayer, by contact with Me, by discipline.
Nothing is small in My sight. A simple task fittingly done may be the necessary unit in building a mighty edifice.
The bee knows nothing of its agency when fertilizing flowers for fruit-bearing.
Do not expect to see results.
The work may pass into other hands before any achievement is apparent. Enough that you are a worker with others and Me in My Vineyard.
Joy teaches. Joy cleans the smeared glass of your consciousness, and you see clearly.
You see Me clearly, and see more clearly than needs of those round you.
Perfect as My Father in Heaven is perfect.
That means a life-struggle, and unending growth. Always as you progress, a greater perception of My Father. More struggles and growth. Above all a growing need of Me and My sustaining help.
I came to found a Kingdom of Progressive growth. Alas, how many of My followers think that all they have to do is to accept Me as Savior. That is a first step only.
Heaven itself is no place for stagnation. It is indeed a place of progress. You will need Eternity to understand Eternal Mind.
Human nature is so complex. You can hardly, even in your most enlightened moments, tell what motive prompted this or that action of your own.
How, then, can you judge of another, of whose nature you have so little understanding? And to misjudge of what in another may have been prompted by the Spirit of God, is to misjudge God’s Spirit.
Can any sin be greater than that? False judgment sent Me to the Cross!
The world can be overcome only by belief in Me, and in the knowledge that I am the Son of God. This is a stupendous Truth.
Use that as your lever for removing every mountain of difficulty and evil. Be cautious in all things and await My Guidance. Commune much with Me.
The truth of My God-head, of My All-Power, creative, redemptive, erosive of evil, must permeate your whole consciousness, and affect your attitude in every situation, toward every problem.
Do not try to force yourself to love others. Come to Me. Learn to love Me more and more, to know Me more, and little by little you will see your fellowman as I see him. Then you, too, will love him.
Not only with the Love of Me, which makes you desire to serve him, but you will see the lovable in him, and love that.
Do not let one single link of influence go.
Cords of true love and interest must never be broken. They must always be used for ME. Pray for those to whom you are bound by particular ties, then you will be ready, should I desire your special help for them.
You must withstand as a sinner with a sinner before you can save him. Even I had to hang between two thieves to save My world.
He ordered my goings.
Guidance first, but more than that, Divine order in your life, your home, all your affairs.
Order in all. Attain spiritual order first. The perfect calm which can be realized only by a soul that abides in My Secret Place.
Then the mental order of a mind which is stayed on Me and has the sanity and poise of a mind so stayed.
Then truly must order manifest itself in your surroundings.
Each task will be entered upon with prayer, as a Divine Commission, and carried through without haste, in the utter contentment.