I FREE MYSELF FROM EVERY SENSE OF CONDEMNATION, EITHER AGAINST MYSELF OR OTHERS
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness … He that loveth his brother abideth in the light …
I John 2:9, 10
When John said that it is impossible for us to remain in the light while we hate someone else, he was pointing the same truth that Jesus had in mind when he said, Forgive, and you will be forgiven. We could not expect the law of Good to operate for us alone, shutting all other out. It is only what we share with others that really is ours. We are so constituted that when we think evil of others or condemn them it is impossible to escape this condemnation of ourselves. This is why Jesus said, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Everything that goes out comes back again. Our thoughts and acts move in circles. Continue reading “May 22, 2017 – I FREE MYSELF FROM EVERY SENSE OF CONDEMNATION, EITHER AGAINST MYSELF OR OTHERS”
THE SPIRIT WITHIN ME COMMUNES WITH EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING
… thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind … and … thy neighbor as thy self.
Mark 12: 30, 31
When we let the love that is within us go out to the God who is in all people and the Divine Presence that is in all things, then we are loving God with all our heart and with all our soul and mind because we are recognizing that the Spirit within us is the same Spirit that we meet in others. This is loving our neighbors as ourselves. Continue reading “May 21, 2017 – THE SPIRIT WITHIN ME COMMUNES WITH EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING”
TODAY I PROCLAIM MY DIVINE INHERITANCE
Neglect not the gift that is in thee …
I Timothy 4: 14
If two persons were exactly alike, one would be unnecessary in the scheme of things. Emerson said that imitation is suicide. The Divine Spirit never made any two things alike – no two rose bushes, no two snowflakes, no two grains of sand, and no two persons. We are all just a little unique so that each may wear a different face, behind which is the same, the one and the only Presence, which is God. It is right and necessary that we should be individuals. Unity does not mean uniformity. Unity means that everything draws its strength, its power and its ability to live from One Source. One Life flows through everything. This Life is never monotonous; it is forever doing new things in you and in me.
Realizing that the Divine has made me just a little different, I affirm that I am one with this original Spirit and that It is doing something new through me today. Therefore, everything I do shall be original; it shall be like a new creation. There will be a new enthusiasm, a new zest for life. Even the old songs I sing shall be a little different because of a renewed influx coming from “the Maker of all music” and “the Master of all singing.”
Realizing that the Divine Spirit is flowing through me in an individual way, I accept the genius of my own being. I know that the original Artist is doing something new through me today. Therefore I do not imitate others; for each is a king in his own right, each is a Divine Being on the pathway of an eternal unfoldment. Gladly do I recognize and unify with the genius in others, but always keeping the uniqueness of my own personality. All the Presence there is, is flowing through me in a little different way. All the creative genius there is, is thinking in me in an original manner. I invite the inspiration, the illumination and the guidance of God, and gladly co-operate with it.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker
I SURRENDER ALL FEAR, DOUBT OR UNCERTAINTY AND ACCEPT THE GIFT OF LIFE TODAY
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom:
We should always keep in mind that we are beneficiaries of Life. We do not put the chicken in the egg, nor the oak tree in the acorn. Rather, we take them out. We did not create the Divine Presence nor the Law of Good; we commune with this Presence and use the Law. Therefore, Jesus said that it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. It is our business to receive it. And in doing this we follow the same method that any scientist would, for the scientist knows that he did not create the laws that he uses or the principles which he employs.
It is my Father’s good pleasure to give me the Kingdom. Today I accept this Kingdom, which it is the pleasure of the heavenly Father to give to me, and I accept it in its fullness. Today shall contain joy and happiness; today shall be filled with peace, and through it all will be running the silent power of spiritual forces, which will harmoniously and happily govern my thoughts, decisions and acceptances so that everything I do will be done without effort.
I lay all weariness aside and accept the life-giving, invigorating, dynamic power of the Spirit, knowing that It vitalizes every organ of my body: It flows with power and strength and purpose through everything I do, even as It leads me gently down the pathway of life. Today is the day that God has made, and I am glad in it. And when evening comes, the cool shadows of peace shall fall across my pathway and the quiet of the night shall enter into my soul, while the beatitude of the Spirit flows through me as a river of life.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker
MY MIND IS RECEPTIVE TO NEW IDEAS AND MY THOUGHT IS CENTERED ON NEW BEGINNINGS
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Nothing is ever twice alike. It is said that the physical body is never more than a year old, that we discard many bodies through life. Everything is continuously being re-created and it literally is true that the Divine Creative Spirit is forever making a new heaven and a new earth. We must permit It to make a new one for us. Continue reading “May 18, 2017 – MY MIND IS RECEPTIVE TO NEW IDEAS AND MY THOUGHT IS CENTERED ON NEW BEGINNINGS”
- THE SPIRIT IN ME IS ALIVE, AWAKE AND AWARE, FLOWING EVER THROUGH ME IN PERFECT LIFE
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 33: 4
Man is a spirit but he seldom recognizes this greatest of all truths about himself. Seldom does he invite the Spirit into his mind or open all the doorways of his thought in complete acceptance. The Bible tells us to let that mind be in us which was in Christ, which, of course, is the Mind of God and the invisible Guest in every person. Continue reading “May 17, 2017 – THE SPIRIT IN ME IS ALIVE, AWAKE AND AWARE, FLOWING EVER THROUGH ME IN PERFECT LIFE”
MY LIFE SHOWS FORTH THE SPIRIT THAT NEVER FAILS AND CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION FILLS MY DAY
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, shall draw all men unto me:
John 12: 32
When Jesus spoke of being “lifted up from the earth” he meant that that which is human about us must be consciously become united with the Divine. In ancient writings the earth stood for the lowest form of life while heaven represented the highest. Therefore, being lifted up from the earth means uniting earth with heaven. This daily lifting up of our thought is necessary if we wish to so unite ourselves and everything we are doing with the Divine, the spiritual Power that flows through us and into all our acts. Continue reading “May 16, 2017 – MY LIFE SHOWS FORTH THE SPIRIT THAT NEVER FAILS AND CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION FILLS MY DAY”
I KNOW THAT THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT IS MY DAILY LIFE
The Lord is my shepherd … He restoreth my soul …
Psalm 23: 1, 2
As we take this thought for our meditation today: “The Lord is my shepherd … He restoreth my soul,” let us feel that we are one with the Divine Presence; and enter into conscious communion with It. This is affirmative prayer and spiritual meditation. It is through spiritual meditation that we reach out, or in, to that Divine Presence which fills all space and also finds its dwelling place in the sanctuary of our own hearts. Continue reading “May 15, 2017 – I KNOW THAT THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT IS MY DAILY LIFE”
TODAY I ACKNOWLEDGE THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT EVERYWHERE
God so loved the world, that he gave …
How could we better explain this than to use the words of Browning where he said: “Tis Thou, God, who giveth, ‘tis I who receive”? Or Emerson who said that we are “beneficiaries of the Divine fact”? The thoughts of both Emerson and Browning were thoughts of acceptance and recognition. Like all men of great spiritual insight, they knew that the gift of Life is an eternal reality, that it is our office to accept it. Continue reading “May 13, 2017 – TODAY I ACKNOWLEDGE THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT EVERYWHERE”
TODAY I RECEIVE THE INHERITANCE WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN ME
… thou shalt rejoice … in all that thou puttest thine hands unto:
Affirmative prayer means that we clear the mind of all doubt and fear and turn in faith to the great Giver of life. It means that we become aware of the Presence of God within and around us, here and now. It means that we affirm this Presence and accept It, quietly, calmly and peacefully, in all its fullness. Continue reading “May 12, 2017 – TODAY I RECEIVE THE INHERITANCE WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN ME”