GOD’S TRUTH

“God’s truth” is not a final attainment, but an ever-increasing illumination; it is the secret inward reality; the cause, the meaning, the relation of everything; it is that spiritual realization of conscious life in God towards which the human soul ever evolves throughout eternity.

God’s truth … is a gradual unfolding of the soul’s hidden capacities, accompanied by new and ever enlarging conceptions of the Infinite Originator, with an ever-increasing sense of rest and security in the Soul of the Universe.

(Jesus) emphatically avoided limiting to His single Personality the immanent divine nature which was so conspicuously, so perfectly manifested in Himself. He claimed it for humanity as a whole. He made it clear that He was humanity at its climax, and He taught that what He was all men could be, and were ultimately predestined to be, for that His nature, His spirit, the divine sonship so transcendantly uniquely embodied in Him, was potential and dormant in every man, and that, when awakened, yielded to, co-operated with, it would energise within all … the ideal humanity in each one, until each in his turn attained unto the “measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” This I understand to be … the truth that Jesus is the manifestor of the humanity in God and the divinity in man.

(That truth) is yours in trust for others. … The sanctification of others by your truth is effected by being rather than doing. …Every member of the (human) race who quietly lives the higher life, though he does not possess much, and cannot do much, by just being pure in his life, sweet in his temper, devout in his spirit, self-controlled in his actions, frequent in prayer, slow to anger and of great kindness, contributes to create that atmosphere of godliness which re-animates, uplifts, inspires the human race. It is God’s eternal counsel that the mass of moral evil in the world shall be transformed by the secret, silent, almost unobserved power of good.

Be good and you will do good.
Live the truth and you will sanctify by the truth.

 – Basil Wilberforce, D.D.
Archdeacon of Westminster; Chaplain to the House of Commons
from “God’s Truth,” Preface to
Sanctification by the Truth: Sermons Preached for the Most Part in Westminster Abbey, 1906.


Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.

Psalm 25:5


Pray without ceasing.

I Thessalonians 5:17

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PEACE

Whatever your problem, begin in the same way. Start with the realisation that God is present within and around you, and so enter into the realisation of the divine presence that it shall be a living reality to you, a life-giving power. Fill your soul with this great idea. … Settle into repose in quiet recognition of the divine presence. Dismiss all care, let all anxiety cease, drop your fears. Relax and permit yourself to rest. Never mind if there are duties to be performed. Prepare for them by becoming spiritually refreshed.

 – Horatio Dresser, A Message to the Well, 1910


The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11

Jesus:
Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

 

 

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PRESENCE of GOD

No other conception of the Presence of God is so profound, as that which is realized in our souls every time we offer a genuine prayer. God is then not only with us, but within us.

 – Austin Phelps, Professor, Andover Theological Seminary
The Still Hour, or Communion with God, 1893


Our Father in the Heavens;
Your Name must be being Hallowed;
Your Kingdom must be being restored;

Matthew 6: 9-10
The New Testament in Modern English, 1906

Ferrar Fenton, translator


And when he (Jesus) was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said,

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Luke 17:20-21
The Bible
King James version

 

Posted in Affirmation, Heaven, Inner Life, Jesus, Lord's Prayer, Prayer, Receiving

THROWING the SWITCH

God is light, and in that light there can be no darkness of limitation. We are told (in Scripture) “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil…” (Habakkuk 1:13). It may be helpful to take inventory of your needs… This list, however, is not for God, but to remind you of what you are holding onto. Once the list is complete, then its purpose has been fulfilled. Lay it aside. … Now you are ready to let God.

The whole universe is conspiring to establish you in health and harmony. Let go and let it unfold. The universe is calling you to wholeness.

Prayer does not make answers. It simply accepts answers that are always within. “Before they call, I will answer” (Isaiah 65:24).

When we form a consciousness of the presence of God, whose pleasure it is to give us the Kingdom, we realize that prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance. It is synchronizing ourselves in consciousness with the cosmic flow, which is God’s eternal willingness.

God is life, and life is whole.

In Job we read, “Thou shalt also decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee, and light shall shine upon thy ways” (Job 22:28). It doesn’t shine because we decree it. It shines because the universe is calling, and because the decree is the movement in our consciousness to synchronize the light within, which is eternal.

Jesus understood this process, and his life was a tribute to its effectiveness.

When people heard Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world,” they thought he was referring to himself, that he was announcing that he was God, or God’s special agent. But he was simply affirming the truth, or “throwing the switch.”

 – Eric Butterworth
excerpts from The Universe is Calling: Opening to the Divine Through Prayer, 1993

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DIVINE REALITY

Faith is no mere passive, receptive state. It is the soul’s grasp of divine reality, and therefore it implies both vision and obedience to it. In a word, it is dynamic–it is the movement of the whole self toward the goal which it sees. It is the ground of all spiritual activity, and each test of truth, each experience of spiritual validity, each victory of faith, increases the power of faith. … spiritual perception becomes the achievement of a truer and larger personal life through faith.

The soul which has learned to recognise the Spirit’s voice will not underprize what He has spoken through some higher, diviner soul; on the contrary it will feel the power of inspiration as an artist feels the power and authority of an old master …

Faith becomes the test of things not seen, and the realities of conscience, love and faith become not less, but more sure to us than the things we touch and see …

The basis of religion is, therefore, to be sought in the primary fact that God Himself is love–a self-revealing and self-giving Being, and that man, by the very constitution of his being, is capable of receiving Him, of responding to Him, of uniting with Him and of being taken up into the divine life. The soul no more needs a proof of His love and His presence than the eye does of the existence of the sunlight which it sees. Deep calls into deep; the deep in God calls to the deep in man, and they know each other.

 – Rufus Jones, A Dynamic Faith, 1901


There is no inner life that is not also an outer life.

Nobody can do without being and nobody can be without doing.

 – Rufus Jones, The Inner Life, 1922


Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Psalm 143:8

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GOD’S PART

There are some things which we are to do ourselves, but there are others which God does not expect us to do. (… I speak of ourselves as the conscious part of us.) They are His part, and our greatest trouble lies in our trying to do God’s part, just because we have not learned how to trust Him to do it.

From the smallest thing of our everyday life to the rolling away of the largest stone of difficulty from our path, [God’s] Presence will come in to deliver us. But its working depends upon our trusting; and trusting means getting still inside.

In this effort of ours to bring into manifestation the good which we know belongs to every child of God, it is when we get beyond the point where we try to do it all ourselves, and let God do His part, that we get the desires of our heart. After we have done our part faithfully, earnestly, we are told to “stand still, and see the salvation of God which He will work for you.” (Exodus 14:13)

It must be peace, peace; possess your soul in peace, and let God work.

We must learn that the time of help coming to us is not our part, but God’s. … [In Scripture] this invisible Power came to hand just at the right time always–never a moment too late.

 – H. Emilie Cady, “Trusting and Resting,” Miscellaneous Writings, 1916.


Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusteth in Thee.
Isaiah 26:3

It is good that a man should both hope
and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord
Lamentations 3:26

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TOUCH of GENIUS

Consecration in some degree is involved in any sane or rational life. It is only the person who can forget himself, and become absorbed in some large aim or end of life, that can enter into the joy of living; and it is only the person who can thus forget himself in his work that can do anything well. … It is a great mistake to suppose that “consecration” is a word which belongs only in the religious vocabulary. It is the secret of everybody’s power. All work of every sort that has a touch of genius in it has come out of consecration, and it has come from somebody that forgot himself in his work.

Seven times over, in our Gospel records, Christ says, “He that saves his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life shall find it.”

The happy people are toilers, consecrated to difficult tasks, absorbed in doing things, finding their lives by sinking them in the world’s work and the world’s problems.

I want to keep continually in the foreground the fact that consecration must not be a mere emotional giving of life to causes. The things that matter most are (1) What you put your life into, and (2) What kind of a life you put in. … The very possession of a marked aptitude or gift is in itself a divine call, and carries with it a summons to service.

True consecration can never be reached by artificial methods, or by sheer effort. The life must be kindled by an inward passion for an end that is large enough and high enough to feed the life and draw it on.

In fact the highest consecration is, like genius, unconscious of itself. The person who is gloriously consecrated is so completely absorbed in the task he has to do, so interested working out the end of goodness which he has in view, that he is hardly aware that he is sacrificing his life to it.

 – Rufus Jones, The World Within, 1921


Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4
Revised Standard Version

 

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