“For this is thanks worthy, if a man of conscience toward God endure grief, suffering, wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.”
1 Peter 19 – 24
“Realization is the awareness and inner knowing that my prayers will be answered. My faith is evident when I give thanks in advance because I know in my heart and mind that answers are manifesting.
The light of understanding comes to me as I pray and listen, standing firm in belief. Myrtle Fillmore once shared, ‘Heaven and earth listen and respond to the soul that is quickened into praise and thanksgiving.’
I feel God’s presence as assurance, comfort, and love. I continue with prayer, then let go and rest in the realization that spiritual understanding will come. Guidance will be revealed. Divine light will dispel darkness and make the path unmistakably clear.”
For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.—Luke 8:17
Nature reminds me that there is a season for everything. Bright red or yellow apples began as a compact bud of potential, unfolded into a beautiful springtime blossom, and then matured into a luscious and nutritious fruit ready for harvest. Each stage of the apple’s development was orderly and essential for fulfillment.
Order is also active in my life. I am inspired with ideas that follow an orderly path toward fulfillment. I give my ideas time to develop, nourish them with thought and consideration, and then take constructive action. I seek God’s guidance and align my efforts with the divine order of the creative process. I experience a divinely ordered flow as I grow in spiritual understanding.”
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.—Ecclesiastes 3:1
God’s will for me is wholeness, health, and vitality. This is the blueprint of divine potential within me. In prayer, I ask to become aware of any beliefs or patterns I need to release or transform in order to clear the way for healing. I observe my self-talk and my innermost feelings. I willingly make any changes needed to return to my natural state of wholeness.
I strengthen my faith with every prayer as I open my heart to Spirit. By exercising my faith and clearing any barriers, my mind and body will radiate the healing energy of Spirit.”
“Jesus turned, and seeing her said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” — Matthew 9;22, Daily Word, silentunity.org
“New projects and possibilities fill me with joy and anticipation. They can also bring with them trepidation as I consider all of the options before me. I may find myself wondering where, when, and how to proceed. I can research ideas in books or ask loved ones, but seeking external answers alone may often leave me with too many options and more questions.
There is only one true source for answers: God. When I seek clarity, I turn to prayer and receive divinely-directed messages. Centered in the awareness of the presence of God, I ask the questions on my heart. I learn to listen and put my faith in the still, small voice that whispers a reply. I know what is mine to do.”
“For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7:8
I am grateful to those who have hurt or harmed me,
For they have reinforced my determination.
I am grateful to those who have deceived me.
For they have deepened my insight.
I am grateful to those who have hit me,
For they have reduced my karmic obstacles.
I am grateful to those who have abandoned me.
For they have taught me to be independent.
I am grateful to those who have made me stumble,
For they have strengthened my ability.
I am grateful to those who have denounced me,
For they have increased my wisdom and concentration.
I am grateful to those who have made me firm and resolute,
And helped in my achievements.
“Therefore I say unto you, ‘Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.’ Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, ‘that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, Oh ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘Wherewithal shall we be clothed?’ For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” Matthew 6:25-32
The surprising thing is that Jesus was not the typical philosopher or preacher that people were used to. Unlike some other people Jesus tried to make his advice understandable to the common man, sometimes using stories or symbols, but always keeping his message simple, straightforward and practical.
Jesus dealt with many aspects of human life but the one that he spent longest on was the need for love. His focus was not just on the love for our friends and family, but something much more challenging, a love that tests every nerve and sinew.
‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ (Matthew 5:44)
He spoke of a love for those who we want to hate, a love for those who already hate us. This love requires effort, and strain, and every ounce of self-command that man can summon up.
It is the easiest thing in the world to hate, to let the desire for revenge grow in our hearts. Indeed vengeance may even have the shadow of justice attached to it, but in reality it leads to dark, unadulterated hate and a spiral of destruction.
To be truly happy we must rise above the bigotry and jealousy of others. We must love even if we are hated for it. Love and do not hate, for surely love is the only path to peace, freedom and happiness.”