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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Matthew 5: 13-16
13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.

14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your [g]moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and [h]recognize and honor and praise and glorify
your Father Who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16) AMP

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TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS

TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF FORGIVENESS

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1-3

Happiness is to be forgiven! It is an emotion that defies description.  It is the relief of an enormous burden lifted, of a debt canceled, of a conscience at rest.  Guilt is gone, warfare is ended, peace is enjoyed.  Can you smell these beautiful aromas’; taste the sweetness of this exotic meal?  If you truly desire to feast on such a meal, the bible says, “ask and you shall have, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened.” 

Please allow me to give you the Dictionary meaning of this very important word.  First of all it is a  noun, and it means the act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.  Disposition or willingness to forgive.

Now listen further to what Jesus commands us to do, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. (Mark 11:25) AMP

When we continue to harbor our un-forgiveness of another person in our spirit, we are truly living in spiritual darkness; having that unforgiving spirit and fostering of resentment is spiritual suicide.  So I ask you today, why do you want to commit spiritual suicide, why do you want to live in spiritual darkness?  Do you realize that there is no rest for you when you continue to brood over slights and injuries and wrongs; there is no quiet repose of the mind when you constantly feel that you have been unjustly treated, and you scheme how best to act for the discomfiture of your enemy?

Now I ask you, how can happiness dwell in your heart, if your heart is disturbed by ill-will towards your brother are your sister?  How do you expect to find wisdom and humility when your heart is filled with hate?  I say shame on you.  It is time to wise up and find that happiness that the bible speaks of.  You know you deserve it, you know you want it, and you are always seeking after it, but always in the wrong place. 

Revenge seems sweet only to the mind that is unacquainted with the spirit of forgiveness; but when the sweetness of forgiveness is tasted then the extreme bitterness of revenge is known.  Revenge seems to lead to happiness to those who are involved in the darkness of passion; but when the violence of passion is abandoned, and the mildness of forgiveness is resorted to, then it is seen that revenge leads to suffering.

Revenge is a virus which eats into the very vitals of the mind, and poisons the entire spiritual being.  Resentment is a mental fever which burns up the wholesome energies of the mind, and “taking offence” is a form of moral sickness which saps the healthy flow of kindliness and good-will, and from which men and women should seek to be delivered.  The unforgiving and resentful spirit is a source of great suffering and sorrow, and he who harbors and encourages it, who does not overcome and abandon it, forfeits much blessedness, and does not obtain any measure of true enlightenment.  To be hard-hearted is to suffer, is to be deprived of light and comfort; to be tender-hearted is to be serenely glad, is to receive light and be well comforted.  It will seem strange to many to be told that the hard-hearted and unforgiving suffer most; yet it is profoundly true, for not only do they, by the law of attraction, draw to themselves the revengeful passions in other people, but their hardness of heart itself is a continual source of suffering.  Every time a man hardens his heart against a fellow-being he inflicts upon himself five kinds of suffering-namely, the suffering of loss of love; the suffering of lost communion and fellowship; the suffering of a troubled and confused mind; the suffering of wounded passion or pride; and suffering of punishment inflicted by others.  Every act of unforgiveness entails upon the doer of that act these five sufferings; whereas every act of forgiveness brings to the doer five kinds of blessedness-the blessedness of love; the blessedness of increased communion and fellowship; the blessedness of a calm and peaceful mind; the blessedness of passion stilled and pride overcome; and the blessedness of kindness and good-will bestowed by others. 

Numbers of people are to-day suffering the fiery torments of an unforgiving spirit, and only when they make an effort to overcome that spirit can they know what a cruel and exacting taskmaster they are serving.  Only those who have abandoned the service of such a master for that of the nobler master of forgiveness can realize and know how grievous a service is the one, how sweet the other.

When a man abandons retaliation for forgiveness he passes from darkness to light.  So dark and ignorant is unforgiveness that no being who is at all wise or enlightened could descend to it; but its darkness is not understood and known until it is left behind, and the better and nobler course of conduct is sought and practiced.  Man is blinded and deluded only by his own dark and sinful tendencies; and the giving up of all unforgiveness means the giving up of pride and certain forms of passion, the abandonment of the deeply-rooted idea of the importance of oneself and of the necessity for protecting and defending that self; and when that is done the higher life, greater wisdom, and pure enlightenment, which pride and passion completely obscured, are revealed in all their light and beauty.

RECOGNIZING YOUR REAL SELF AS BLESSED (LESSON 5)

God Blessed the Poor

We live in the riches country in the world and the most powerful nation on the face of the universe.  Now here we are in the 21st century daily awaken to headlines reading; half of our high school seniors are dropping out and not graduating, 28 million people are now receiving food stamps, our soldiers are returning from the war zone and not able to receive proper medical treatment.  Some are living on the streets, seniors have to go without their daily doses of medication because of the high cost, 40 million Americans do not have health insurance, and the headlines continue to broadcast more doom and gloom.  Where will it all end, and is there a way for a new beginning?

I personally believe there is, if we are willing to set aside our own selfish pride and seek the one who can change the condition of this world as well as our own personal circumstances.  In these first four lessons, you have learned how to first bless yourself and then how to begin the process of blessing others.  You see everything is a process; you must go through the process in order to get to the end where your crown of glory is waiting for you.

Our government seems to be paralyzed when it comes to helping the poor among us.  Jesus told us that the poor will always be with us, but we must not wait on the government to provide for us, some things we must do on our own.  Jesus told us that if we had the faith of a grain of mustard seed that nothing would be impossible for us.   We must learn to stay focus; always keeping our eyes stayed on Jesus who will never fail us or forsake us.  He is truly our crown of glory and nothing must ever deter us from reaching our goal.

When Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount, he spoke these words, “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

We see here that at face value, it appears that Jesus was making a blanket promise of salvation and blessing to anyone below the poverty line.  In this view, the poor are seen as God’s chosen people.  Though they suffer now, they can expect glorious blessing in the world to come.  Moreover, the adherents of this view believe that while in this world the people of God should do everything possible to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  In this way, the kingdom of God is extended.

However, when we do not offer ourselves up as servants of Christ or our brother’s keeper, listen to what Jesus issues out as His Woes in the same sermon.  He says, “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger.  Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all men speak well of you.”

Jesus wanted us to know, that we have the opportunity to change the conditions and circumstance in which we find ourselves living in.  If we don’t step up to the plate now there will be a price to pay latter, this is His warnings in the Woes.

Jesus wants us all to experience the hope and joy that he freely offers to those of us who recognize our spiritual poverty before God.  When a person rejects worldly value and embraces the godly teachings of Jesus, then that individual begins to experience the reign of Christ in his or her life.  This is how we enjoy the kingdom of God now in this fallen world.  One day we will experience the joys of this kingdom in a fuller, more glorious way.

To summarize, anyone, rich or poor (and in a spiritual sense we all are poor), can taste the deep joy of God’s rule and blessing of His kingdom.  Nevertheless, doing so requires that we renounce the ways of the world and humbly submit our ways to God.  This kind of poverty, an emptying of ourselves of our self-centered desires, is what God expects from everyone.

RECOGNIZING YOUR REAL SELF AS BLESSED (LESSON FOUR)

YOUR BLESSINGS ARE WAITING TO BE AWAKENED

In this fourth lesson, it gets to the heart of teaching you how to recognize your real self as blessed, by awaken your blessings that are lying asleep within your mind.

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].  (Psalm 1:1-3) (AMP)

When you awaken to the reality that you are already truly blessed, and all alone you have been walking out your purpose and moving swiftly towards your destination, your entire being will become filled with light and the joy of the Lord will begin to move you higher and closer towards the victory that has been waiting for you.  

Now let us understand where we are going, if you want a little romance in Blessing, try this:  Take a favorite dress of yours if you are a woman or a favorite suit if you are a man, and bless it for a happy surprise.  Bless it, praise it, and say, “Whenever I put on this, I will receive a delightful surprise.”  Do it and see what happens!

You see All Good lies dormant in everything, only waiting to be awakened.  Nothing can or does exist except by virtue of the Mind and Substance of God.  And when you bless, you call it forth into its manifestation of reality.

It is the same idea as a seed in which the tree, bloom, and the fruit lie dormant.  To bring it forth in all its glory requires first the planting, then the tending, which means watering and cultivation.

Now, what is true on one plane is true on all planes.  Therefore, the watering and cultivating of what you want is done on the Spiritual plane by blessing.  The seed of blessing is the recognition of God, the All Good, in all persons and situations.  Then you release the hidden good, both within and without.  You must know what you are doing, and why you are doing it.

You have all heard of the often repeated saying, “God helps him who helps himself,” meaning, to help one’s self one must use what talents one already has the use of, and the ability to bless is one of our greatest talents, if we use it.

Blessing not only increases the already tangible good, but also brings forth more from the invisible or intangible.  The outpouring of your blessing has a magnetic effect on you.  Send your blessings out on wings, and they will fly back to you laden with riches.

There is no limit to the good, blessing can bring into your life.  You, through blessing, become positive; the world becomes negative in relation to you.  You can command and the world will respond to you.

If you are going to interview someone for a position, tune into that person before going by praising and blessing and choosing all good for him, by sending out to him joy, love, and good-will, and even though you have never met him, try to sense that you are already friends.  That will give you ease of manner and poise, making you feel Divine Assurance, and then you will know that a mighty God Power goes before you, making easy, and instant, and perfect your way.

Call upon this Power before you make any contacts.  Say to yourself, “I can of myself do nothing, but there is a Power within me that can.  I unite with it, and call upon it, and it is done for me, through me, with perfect results and deep satisfaction.”  This will give you marvelous power.

Feel that God is your Father, taking care of every little detail for you.  Say, “Power within me, make me say the right thing, at the right time, and in the right way.  Compel me into right action!”  Then what you say will go in, and bring good results!

It is simply magical the way this works; the casting of your burden or responsibility on this loving Power, or Father within, who knows you have need of all these things even before you ask.  “Before ye ask, I have answered.”  The fact that you desire something indicates the existence of that something.  You experience the aroma of coffee, and know instantly the coffee is ready.  So likewise, with your desire.  You know your Father has already given you this thing.

Perhaps some people will say, “Oh, this entirely too simple and childish.”  Well you have heard before, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”  So find out for yourself.

Again I say, “It works, if you work it!”  And let me remind you that all Truth is really so simple that the intellects of men overlook it, because of its very simplicity.

“Become as little children.”  Children joyously accept their good without question.  The wisdom of man is foolishness in the eyes of God have not these last few years proved that statement to you?

 

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