DIVINE IMPERATIVE

The will of God is the divine imperative, the cosmic urge for self-expression, the irresistible impulse of the light to shine, the joyous invitation of the Infinite, persuading man to come up higher in thought, feeling and action.

 – J. Sig Paulson, Your Power to Be, 1969


Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk,
that by it you may grow up to salvation;
for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
I Peter 2:2-3
Bible, Revised Standard Version.

Jesus:
But seek for first of all His kingdom, and His righteousness …
Matthew 6:33a

Keep on asking and it will be given you;
keep on seeking and you will find;
keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.
For every one who keeps on asking receives,
and he who keeps on seeking finds,
and to him who keeps on knocking it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

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QUIET BLISS

At any time, in any hour of extremity [difficulty], we can call to our aid some living power above us, who, by the law of sympathy, shall impart his thoughts to illuminate our intellect, his love to warm our hearts, his strength to reinforce our infirmity, and augment our natural gifts and powers, and his quiet bliss to send a ray of sunshine into our darkness.

In harmony with this law of our spiritual nature, Jesus, the Christ, said, and still says, to his disciples, “If I go away, I will come again; I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you; I will manifest myself to you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (John 14:3, 18, & 21; Matthew 28:20)

By this sublime power we can penetrate … to the inmost Central Life, who says, “Call upon me, and I will answer.” For as long as God thinks of us we are in his presence, and as long as he loves us we are saved. If it be true that we exist by virtue of a continual derivation of life from him, we shall live as long as his being lasts. … And if God is love, and by virtue of the properties of an infinite Spirit, which take him out of the limitations of time and space, he is everywhere and in all things, we cannot by any possibility stray from the infinite Father’s presence, and his boundless, irrepressible and everlasting love.

 – Warren Felt Evans, Soul and Body, 1876.


And, therefore, we having with us such an encompassing cloud of witnesses,
throwing off all weight, and seductive sin,
let us run persistently through our prescribed course;
looking forward to Jesus, the Leader and Trainer of our faith,
Who, striving for the reward prepared for Him,
endured the cross, despising its shame,
and sits on the right of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12: 1-2
The New Testament in Modern English
Ferrar Fenton, translator
Fourth Edition, 1906.

Posted in Affirmation, Christ, Comfort, Faith, God, Guidance, Hope, Jesus, Love, Prayer, Protection, Receiving, Spirit

INVISIBLE REALITY

…love is the side of human nature that lies next to God, and brings us in vital contact with him.

Jesus was distinguished from all persons of human history by his vivid consciousness of God within. This was the secret of his power. He bore into human hearts the strong conviction of a divine presence, and men were made to feel the invisible Reality that was ever working within him, and through him upon others. It was from this there went forth a virtue for the moral healing of the soul and the calming of its doubts and fears.

The central point of our existence is divine, and God is incarnated in the whole of humanity, but men have not known this and perceived it, as did Jesus of Nazareth. With him it was not a theory, a speculation, an hypothesis, but an intense consciousness, a living verity and reality. From this divine depth of his being he spake and acted, oftentimes losing sight of the human element in his complex nature, and he stood forth before the people as the God-Man and the Man-God. Hence his wonderful power over diseases of mind and body, for, as Paul affirms, “All power is of God” (Romans 13:1).

Whatever he was, and whatever unsolved mysteries there may be about his nature and his relations to God and the other world, it is enough for us to know that, somehow through him, God acted upon men, and through his mediation men had communication with the Divinity.

 – Warren Felt Evans
excerpts from Soul and Body, 1876


Yours, O Lord, is the greatness
and the power
and the glory
and the victory
and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth;
Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord,
and You exalt Yourself as head over all.

I Chronicles 29:11
Amplified Bible
copyright The Lockman Foundation, 2015


May you know more and more of grace and peace as your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord grows deeper.

He has by his own action given us everything that is necessary for living the truly good life, in allowing us to know the one who has called us to him, through his own glorious goodness.

It is through this generosity that God’s greatest and most precious promises have become available to us men …

2 Peter 1:2-3, 4a
The New Testament in Modern English,
Revised Student Edition, translated by J. B. Phillips, 1972

Posted in Affirmation, God, Healing, Inner Life, Jesus, Love, Peace, Power, Reality, Receiving, Trust

LOVING PRESENCE

If there is anything necessary to an individual sense of security, peace of mind, and satisfaction of soul it is, greater than all else, a sense of the Divine Presence, a realization that there is a power which knows, cares, and understands. Without this sense of security we feel lost.
… This is not an illusion, nor is it an intellectual weakness; it is a spiritual experience. And just as we have physical experiences so we may have spiritual ones.

We are to so completely sense this Presence that the heart will respond and the emotions acquiesce. Without such an emotional agreement, words are empty and ideas void of real meaning. …when this divine moment comes we are to leave everything else and flee into its loving embrace.

God Is, and the sooner we realize this truth the better for ourselves. In no way can we disrupt the harmony of the Divine Being, but we do disrupt our own harmony when we are out of line with Truth.

 – excerpts from Ernest Holmes, “The Divine Presence,”
The Hidden Power of the Bible, 1929, edition of 2006.


The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33:17a
The Bible, King James version

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling
and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy,
to the only God, our saviour,
be glory and majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before time was, now, and in all ages to come, amen.

Jude 1:24,
The New Testament in Modern English
Revised Edition, translated by J. B. Phillips, 1972.

Posted in Creation, God, Healing, Hope, Listening, Love, Receiving, Spirit, Truth

INFINITE LADDER

In a peaceful rural location near Lexington, Kentucky, there is a Shaker village restoration “Pleasant Hill”. Years ago, we went there many times when visiting family. After enjoying the excellent Shaker-style food at the restaurant, we wandered the settlement, trying to imagine the industrious life of its inhabitants.

The banner image for this blog was taken in one of the buildings of Pleasant Hill. It is looking upward at a magnificent spiral staircase, with a continuous shape that seems to suggest a possible metaphor for life and the logic of learning and growing along the way. – mjd


“Ideals are but mile-stones which we put successively behind us, while we press on to another, they are successive rounds of an infinite ladder, which we put beneath us while we rise higher.” [ – quoted from Joseph Le Conte ]

With our purpose to attain an ideal or a series of ideals, for many appear along the path of life, we by careful selection and by frequent contemplations of them so blend our work with our ideals that that work itself is idealized.

… If one reaches this point, he has overcome drudgery in work.

 – Floyd Wilson, Man Limitless, 1905.

Posted in Freedom, Growth, Life, Peace, Rest, Truth, Vocation, Work

SUBTLE TRANSFUSION

Prayer is essential, not to the salvation of the soul, for the soul is never lost; but to the conscious well-being of the soul that does not understand itself. There is a vitality in our communion with the Infinite, which is productive of the highest good. As fire warms the body, as food strengthens us, as sunshine raises our spirits, so there is a subtle transfusion of some invisible force in such communion, weaving itself into the very warp and woof of our own mentalities. This conscious commingling of our thought with Spirit is essential to the well-being of every part of us.

 – Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, 1938


Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Bible, King James Version

Posted in God, Gratitude, Guidance, Inner Life, Jesus, Listening, Mind, Prayer, Receiving, Soul, Thought

SCATTER BLESSINGS

“Love in the human is a growth that must be daintily nourished. It is timid in that it waits to be sought–it is powerful when once one fully possesses it or is possessed by it. It recognizes no foe, and yet overcomes opposition by its attractive force. It dignifies work, for work within its scope is delight. It joys in giving, for its province is to scatter blessings; and it lifts man to a realization of his oneness with infinite power.”

 – Floyd B. Wilson, Man Limitless, 1905


Just think what a wealth of love the Father has lavished upon us,
in order that we might be called children of God:
and such we are!

God is Love;
and whoever continues in love,
dwells in God, and God in him.

We love, because He first loved us.

I John 3:1a
I John 4:16b & 19

Ferrar Fenton, translator
The New Testament in Modern English, Fourth Edition, 1906.

Posted in Affirmation, God, Hope, Love, Reality