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
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
English Standard Version