WORSHIP

Worship (is) not an attempt to “butter up” the Almighty and get Him into good temper, but the reverent contemplation of what this Personality must be in Itself; and when we see it to be that Life, Love, Beauty, … we shall learn to love Him for what He IS, and our prayer will be “Give me more of Thyself.” If we realize the great truth that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that it is the Kingdom of the innermost of our own being and of all creation, and if we realize that this innermost is the place of the Originating Power where Time and Space do not exist and therefore antecedent to all conditions, then we shall see the true meaning of Worship.

There we find the Eternal Being of God pure and simple, and we stand reverently in this Supreme Presence knowing that it is the Source of our own being, and wrapt in the contemplation of This, the conditioned is seen to flow out from It.

Yet the reverence which the vision of this Supreme Center of all Being cannot fail to inspire is coupled with a sense of feeling quite at home with It. This is because as the Center of all Being it is the center of our own being also. It is one-with-ourselves.

 – Thomas Troward, The Creative Process in the Individual, 1915


 (Jesus said):
But the hour is coming,
and now is,
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for such the Father seeks to worship him.
God is spirit,
and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:23-24
The Bible
Revised Standard Version

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SIMPLE GIFTS

Christ’s thinking and teaching … dwelt when He pleased in the loftiest region of truths. … Words fell from Him the infinite depth of whose thought we have not fathomed yet.

And yet, dwelling in this inner light and breathing always the air of the sublimest heights, we find His work and His teaching revolving always around the simple things of life. In them He found His peace: in making a religion of common life fit for the use of the humblest and of the poor in spirit. In healing the sick and comforting the sorrow-stricken; in taking away the burden of sin; in moving through the ordinary life of men–in the boat, in the field, in the craftsman’s shop, in the quiet village, He found for men the way to God, the certainties of immortal life, the best repose of heart. In the homelier scenery of earth He found the best illustrations of the infinite truths of Heaven: in the rain which fell and the flowers that adorned themselves, in the flying-birds and the growing seed, in the ways of the sheep and the foldings of the vine branch. In these things, simple human and natural things, he chose to reveal the infinite God and His relation to us. To understand them and their stories, to understand the relations of man to man, and man to nature and its life, was to understand the relation of the Everlasting Father to His children. The word is very nigh thee, even in thy heart. [Deuteronomy 30:14, quoted in Romans 10:8]

It is a great lesson for us. We shall find the most enduring beauty and sublimity not in the mountainous region of Christian speculation, haunted by the thunderstorms of spiritual doubt and pain, but in sailing on the slowly flowing river of a life of daily love. … And with that life, there will be revelation also–quiet days when the still beauty of God will descend like the low colour of the sunset, and fill the heart with mystic peace and long-lived joy: and when out of the far and steady aspiration wrought by doing always the right and loving thing, magnificence will come, and we shall look below the clouds of life straight into the infinite, and in the light know the truths which speculation only toils all its life in vain to find.

It is well when we have been a long time in our nest on the dewy ground of gentle human love, to soar, singing and aspiring, into the skies, and live for a little in a ‘privacy of glorious light;’ but the greater part of life should bring God down to the common earth.

We shall have hope, not ecstatic, but growing into assurance. And in such a life, most tenderly, most purely dawns the peace which passeth understanding.

 – The Rev. Stopford Brooke
“Spiritual Exhaustion,”
a sermon in The Spirit of the Christian Life, London, 1881.


Righteousness by faith speaks like this:
“You need not say in your heart
‘Who could go up to Heaven to bring Christ down to us,
or who could descend into the depths to bring him up from the dead?’
No, the word is very near you, on your own lips and in your own heart!”

Romans 10: 6-8
The New Testament in Modern English
Revised Student Edition
Translated by J. B. Phillips, 1972

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SUPREME BLESSEDNESS

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

There is an outer way and an inner way and both are one.

He who asks, with the ground swell of his whole inner being, for the things which minister to life and feed its deepest roots, will get what he asks for.

Religion can no more be cut apart from the intellectual currents, or from the moral undertakings, or from the social tasks of an age, than any other form of life can be isolated from its native environment. But at the same time the only possible way to realize a kingdom of God in this world, or in any other world, is to begin by getting an inner spirit, the spirit of the Kingdom…

(In the Beatitudes), in a few lines, loaded with insight, the seed-spirit of the Kingdom comes full into sight. We are given no new code, no new set of rules, no legal system at all. It is the proclamation of a new spirit, a new way of living, a new type of person. … this spirit would produce not only a new inner world, but a new outer world as well.

The beatitude [blessedness] lies not in attainment, not in the arrival at a goal, but in the way, in the spirit, in the search, in the march.

 – excerpts from Rufus Jones, The Inner Life, 1922.


When Jesus saw the vast crowds he went up the hill-side and after he had sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began his teaching by saying to them,

How happy are those who know their need for God,
for the kingdom of Heaven [the kingdom within] is theirs!

How happy are those who know what sorrow means,
for they will be given courage and comfort!

Happy are those who claim nothing,
for the whole earth will belong to them!

Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for true goodness,
for they will be fully satisfied! [“Seek and you will find.”]

Happy are the merciful,
for they will have mercy shown to them!

Happy are the utterly sincere,
for they will see God!

Happy are those who make peace,
for they will be known as sons of God!

Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness,
for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you
and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake!
Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad–
for your reward in heaven is magnificent!

Matthew 5: 1 – 12a

The New Testament in Modern English,
Revised Student Edition
translated by J. B. Phillips, 1958.

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The GIFT

“Fear not, little flock,
it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:32)

Fear is the great enemy of man. But fear is a mental attitude and as such can be converted into something else. Fear is the reverse mental attitude to faith …

Fear arises from that mental attitude which limits the possibility and the willingness of Spirit to give us the good we so greatly desire. There is nothing wrong in the desire for self-expression.

God is the giver and the sustainer of human life and expression. …

If it is God’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom
then it should be our privilege to accept the gift.

The Infinite will not be, or become, less than Itself. We are of Its nature. We did not make our own being. All we can do is to accept that the being which we are is some part of the Divine. To know this is to overcome fear.

Love alone can overcome fear because love surrenders itself to the object of adoration. The soul must make a complete surrender of itself to the Spirit. … The will of the Spirit is peace, clear thinking and happiness, It could have no other will.

– excerpts, Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind; A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life
1938; edition of 1998.


 

There is no fear in love,
but perfect [complete] love casts out fear.

I John 4:18a

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DIVINE NATURE

Spiritual character building is from within outward. Spiritual character lives in man; it is what God has engraved on man’s soul, ready for development through man’s spiritual efforts.

Man builds spiritual character by consciously functioning in God-Mind, where, laying hold of spiritual ideas, through Christ he realizes the truth they contain; and as he thus weaves them into his soul consciousness they become a part of his very nature.
Our most effective prayers are those in which we rise above all consciousness of time and space. In this state of mind we automatically contact the Spirit of God. Indeed when we elevate our consciousness to that of Jesus Christ, the God presence becomes as meaningful to us as it was to Him. It is in this state of at-one-ment that we truly become aware of His sublimity and power.

Thus we must understand the nature of the God to whom we pray and awaken in ourselves that divine nature through which we effect our union with God.

God is power: man is powerful.
God is wisdom: man is wise.
God is substance: man is form and shape.
God is love: man is loving.
God is life: man is the living.
God is mind: man is the thinker.
God is truth: man is truthful.

To Jesus God-Mind was a treasure field within Him in which could be found the fulfillment of every need He could possibly have. The Spirit of God in Him was constantly working, yes, steadily and persistently working, to transmute every natural impulse of mind and soul into a spiritual realization of life.

– Charles and Cora Fillmore
excerpts from “The God to Whom We Pray”
Teach Us To Pray, 1941


Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you.”

Job 42:1, 5


Paul:
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him
 that he might be repaid?”
For from him
and through him
and to him
are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11:33 – 36

The Bible
English Standard Version
copyright 2001

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SANCTUARY

If men always maintained a sanctuary of the spirit in the inner life, it would not be necessary to seek “the silence” self-consciously. It is inner silence as a habit that is desirable.

The ideal is to penetrate beyond mere self-consciousness to the holy of holies, to uplift the soul in worship, breathe a silent prayer to the Father.

It is a law of the spiritual life that renewed consecration is the beginning of all fresh activity; and the silent communion at its best is consecration. … (it) is a glad moment of recreation on the part of the man who worships God “in spirit and in truth.” It is a rediscovery of the primal sources of the spiritual life on the part of those who no longer find values in external symbols. It is the natural act of the self-reliant soul, an expression of the freedom of true individuality; and hence valuable as a means to an end.

It is a revelation to many people who have sought to enter fully into the present to discover how largely their consciousness is ordinarily concerned with distant things. The attention is constantly turned here and there by thoughts that disturb one’s repose. The past is regarded with regret, the future with fear and suspicion. … The thought occurs that perhaps one ought to be elsewhere, instead of taking time for a quiet meditation.

Consequently, if you really wish to profit by a half-hour’s meditation make up your mind to put aside everything else. If duties occur to mind, decide when you will attend to them, and immediately dismiss them. When the past comes up laden with regret, leave it to bury its own dead. Tell the future that you will attend to it when it arrives. If part of your consciousness is flying north, part south and the rest up and down, call it in from all directions, as if you were drawing in an arm, gathering your forces unto yourself. … When the mind flies off again, bring it back. Yield yourself to the moment in full enjoyment. Disconnect from the rushing currents of modern thought … Do not simply banish all thoughts from your mind,, but whatever you think let your thoughts radiate, as it were, from the eternal present. Remember that you are a soul dwelling in eternity. Live in the thought of eternity for a while, and let the world of time rage on.

– Horatio W. Dresser, The Power of Silence, 1905.


Jesus said to him,
I AM the Way
and the Truth
and the Life

John 14:6a

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MOTHERS DAY, 2019

Proverbs 31:10-31
The Bible in Modern English; Section the Fourth
Translated by Ferrar Fenton
Fourth Edition, 1906

The Good Wife

(Translator’s Note – Every couplet of the following exquisitely beautiful poem begins in the original with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: the first with A [alef], the next with B [bet], and so forward to Th [tav] the final one. I am not able to reproduce this, but in all other respects my translation is word for word and line for line, as in the whole of Solomon’s writings, so as to preserve his literary form. – Ferrar Fenton)

Who ever finds a clever wife,
Her worth is more than pearls.
Her husband’s heart can trust on her,
And he wants no supply.
She gives him comfort in his grief,
While she remains alive.
She works up the wool and the flax,
And spins them with her own hands.
She, like the merchants with their ships,
Will bring home food from far.
Will rise at dawn to fix housework,
And give food to her girls.
She will survey and purchase a field;
Her profits plant the farm.
She girds her loins up with strength,
Invigorates her arms.
She tastes her trading brings her good,
So lights her lamp at night.
Her hands are to the shuttle stretched,
The spindle she can drive.
Her hands give out gifts to the poor,
Her fingers help their needs.
Her family fears not the snow;–
Her household double clothed.
She makes herself rugs for her beds;
Her robes are purple lawn [ fine linen or cotton ] ;
Her husband’s honoured in the Gates,
Sits down amongst the peers.
She makes and sells fine satin cloth,
And girdles to the trade.
In strength and honour she is clothed,
And at the future smiles.
Her mouth with wisdom is unclosed,
Kind law controls her tongue.
Her household’s conduct she controls,
And eats not idle bread.
Her children rise and call her blessed,
Her husband gives her praise;–
“Many wives have acted well,
But you surpass the whole.”

Conclusion
A form deceives, and beauty fades;–
A wife who fears the Lord is grand;
Give her the product of her hands;
Praise her works in the Gates.


When Jesus went into Peter’s house,
He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand and the fever left her;
and she got up and served Him.

Matthew 8:14-15
Amplified Bible
Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation

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