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To Be Right Where We Need To Be – We Live By The Law of Divine Order

To Be Right Where We Need To Be – We Live By The Law of Divine Order

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

Written By Adam Price

Everything in our lives is in a perfect state of grace and is right where it needs to be. We can often fall into a victim mentality, thinking that society has punished or harassed us in certain areas but if we look more deeply and “trust” the process, we’ll realize that what is happening is divine order in action. Nothing is either good or bad, it’s our perceptions that colour the situation, there’s only neutral energy.

It’s only our perceptions that taint a situation good or bad, but the fact is, from a viewpoint of the law of divine order, that everything happens in a perfect state of grace and is neither good or bad.

The main harmful point to us as human beings, and having a victim mentality is the fact we’re surrendering our control over to the external force of the material earth. In other words we giving away our spiritual power and becoming dependent on an external factor to control our own fate as humans (and in reality this fate can never be taken from us, it’s within us already, we only experience the illusion of it being taken from us, as we experience this illusion of material life, then we wake up again and are ourselves… spirits again). But you must remember this, you always have a choice to manifest your own destiny and create your very own divine life, the way that the law of divine order meant for it to be.

In order for us to be able to get passed the distortions of imperfection labeled by man, things are still happening in the perfect order that the universal energy desires. Once we realize and acknowledge this, we’ll realize that God really does have a purpose for everything that goes on, on this planet and the billions of other planets in the entire universe.

We have to learn to see divine order in every situation we have created for ourselves, and allow the universal force to work in unison with us and the circumstance that has manifested in our lives so we can learn the lesson of that divinely ordered series of events.

If you look at man’s law from this perspective, which has been created so that to some degree, we each express likeness and unity with each other. So we say things like, we’re individuals and need to be unique, we hear that for our general lives and quite a bit if you’re in business, as “differentiation” is one of the dominant factors. In this unique identity we are all trying to create for ourselves (so that we “fit in” or “stand out”), we each approve and accept a slice of the divine concept of identity.

For example, man’s law says that we must look beautiful (in accordance to man’s ideals of beauty), but the law of divine order states we are already in perfect condition, even if we are seen in man’s eye as “ugly” or not attractive, because natural universal laws don’t recognize vanity.

We also are led to believe that we must judge ourselves and “live up to” certain standards and goals that we set for ourselves, and when we don’t achieve them we think along the lines that we aren’t living up to our expectations and this can sometimes cause people to feel down and stuck in a rut. But these are all self-inflicted pains… The law of divine order states, “You are in order as long as you are listening to me.”

Can you begin to see the conflict between our own perceptions of perfect and that of the law of divine orders?

According to natural law we are all already perfect, beautiful, and in the right situation at the right time. Even those of us who are dying, taking their last breath, we do so in perfect grace and will of the ever powerful universe. For it’s not in our control to massage our fate, therefore all laws that we create for ourselves and our own lives for our own gain, are really temporary illusions.

 (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

(PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Take for example the rose, it would still bloom even if man didn’t exist at all, it’s completely perfect without man. Our bodies are created perfectly the way nature wanted them each and every time. The fact that we see deformity, and abnormalities in our human form, and the fact that we think we can improve upon our shape and health by pumping ourselves full of all sorts of substances, doesn’t alter the fact that we all come into this world in a perfect state of grace, and we all leave this world in exactly the same way.

With or without human intervention, trees would still grow, the sun would still shine and the winds and rains would still occur in a perfect sense of purpose.

Therefore the purpose of the law of divine order is this, to see that absolutely everything happens for a reason and nothing by chance.

Here’s the main challenge, look upon all the actions on earth as part of a divine plan that has been blue printed in advance by the universal God intelligence, and this intelligence has allowed for multiples of free will outcomes. So instead of seeing certain situations as good or bad, we just see them as information that we can then utilize for future creations. We are in perfect essence right now, and that’s how we chose to be, and how we created ourselves right from the start, which is in the state of perfect grace.

The same goes for everyone around us, and sometimes it can be very difficult when our emotions are involved, but in the world of natural law, especially that of the law of divine order it takes but a fraction of a second for it to recognize everything is perfect in God’s world of divine order.

By not interfering with the way things are, and the way some people are because of the way we were brought up, or the way society wants us to conform. We’re able to work in this world and know that we can leave things as they are, because they are in a state of divine order.

This allows others to more easily connect on a soul level, and lets them discover they as a soul are better than they think from a human understanding. Because if we only give sympathy, pity and empathy, we’ll in effect block the process of them discovering their own divine process.

If we can concentrate on stimulating what is known as the Christ principle, which can be related back to the law of divine order. Because we irrespective of how we assimilate the actions and side effects we see in society, our family, others families and professions, things will be in a state of divine order. We only need to practice “detachment” from our temporary existence as creatures of form on this earth, learn from the lessons of our experience and then identify the balance that lies beneath the experience.

In summing up, here’s an example… If we look upon illness in a human or creature of form as suffering, what we are actually doing is projecting the energy pattern of suffering to continue being active in that individual, as opposed to the energy of being in perfect health or state of grace. This is because we look upon illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and heart disease as a destructive energy.

If only we could refocus outside the socially accepted “norm” and see such events as an opportunity to grow and learn, for the individual with the so called affliction and for ourselves, we’d realize that the chance of greater self-discovery and attunement to our own God force has been right here inside of us all along.

Adam Price is a successful holistic life coach and author around the laws of the universe. Learn how tap into the powerful laws of the universe in your life by visiting:

http://www.Law-Of-Attraction-And-Success.com

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HOW SIN AND THE LAW WILL TRIP YOU UP

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HOW SIN AND THE LAW WILL TRIP YOU UP

CHILDREN OF GOD, understand this one truth if you never understand anything else in your entire life that we teach you here daily, and that is, “Sin is Sin,” there is no little sin and there is no big sin. “SIN AND THE LAW WILL TRIP YOU UP,” and send you straight to hell, you want be able to pass GO and collect your $200.00 or receive a get out of HELL FREE CARD.

Don’t you remember how it was? I do, perfectly well. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. What happened, it was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of “forbidden fruit” out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But the law code itself is God’s good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel.

I can already hear your next question: “Does that mean I can’t even trust what is good [that is, the law]? Is good just as dangerous as evil?” No again! Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. By hiding within God’s good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own.

I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.

But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

THE ANSWER, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. (Roman 7:10-25 MSG)

CHILDREN OF GOD, now is the time to be obedient to the word of God, understand the truth that is in this message, study to show yourself approved and know without a doubt that, “ SIN AND THE LAW WILL TRIP YOU UP!”

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (A WOMAN OF DETERMINED FAITH)

Divorce Your Speed

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A WOMAN OF DETERMINED FAITH (MATTHEW 5:25-34 MSG)

Or say you’re out on the street and an old enemy accosts you. Don’t lose a minute. Make the first move; make things right with him. After all, if you leave the first move to him, knowing his track record, you’re likely to end up in court, maybe even jail. If that happens, you won’t get out without a stiff fine.

You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.

Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.

Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.

And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.

You have now read the scripture title: A WOMAN OF DETERMINED FAITH (MATTHEW 5:25-34 MSG)  May God add a blessing to the reader, hearer, and doer of His Holy Word, in Jesus name Amen 

 

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES (PART 7)

MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGIES (PART 7)

IS TRADITIONAL MARRIAGES A THING OF THE PAST?

THE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY by Davis

Allow me to begin this discussion by giving you the meaning of Traditional Marriages from the Wikipedia the on line Encyclopedia which states: “Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found. Such a union, often formalized via a wedding ceremony, may also be called matrimony.”

People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the following: legal, social, libido, emotional, economic, spiritual, and religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations, the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection of children and public declaration of commitment.[1][2] The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. In some societies these obligations also extend to certain family members of the married persons. Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment.

Marriage is usually recognized by the state, a religious authority, or both. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution irrespective of religious affiliation, in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction.

Now listen to how the scriptures describes Marriage and Divorce.  It says concerning the marriage, “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept un-dishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.
Hebrews 13:3-5.”

Concerning Divorce it says, “For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and marital separation and him who covers his garment [his wife] with violence. Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate]. Malachi 2:15-17.”

Today the Pew Research stated that we are having a crisis in our marriages issued a report.  It said Marriage is increasingly optional and could be on its way to obsolescence, according to a survey of more than 2,600 Americans that examines changing attitudes about relationships today.  Among the 2,691 adults surveyed by the Pew Research Center last month, 39% say marriage is becoming obsolete, up from 28% who responded to the same question posed in 1978 by Time Magazine, which participated in the survey.

However, my own research finds that marriages has an opportunity to grow and be strengthen in such a way that will increase more people moving towards marriage and those that are in marriages desiring to stay and make their marriages last forever.  What I am saying is that there are certain growing dynamics that can occur only within the dynamic of commitment.  Without commitment, you cannot learn to care for another person more than yourself.  You cannot learn to value the growth of strength and clarity in another soul, even if that threatens the wants of your personality.  When you release the wants of your personality in order to accommodate and encourage another’s growth, you attune yourself to that person’s soul.  Without commitment, you cannot learn to see others as your soul sees them-as beautiful and powerful spirits of Light.

Now as a married person you may say, we have made a commitment, and I would say to you that is good.  Now live up to your commitment and make your marriage last. However, where I want to bring you too in understanding this new dynamic of commitment is the commitment of a spiritual partnership.  This is a partnership between equals for spiritual growth. This is much different from your traditional partnerships of marriage which was designed to assist physical survival, and in which the partners do not necessarily see themselves as equals.  When two people marry, they participate in an energy dynamic in which they merge their lives in order to help each other survive physically.  The traditional marriage is no longer functional according to the Pew Research Center Poll, but I say to you, It can be replaced with a new type of marriage that is designed to assist spiritual growth.

DEVELOPING A SPIRITUAL PARTNERSHIP (A new type of Marriage)

The underlying premise of this new type of marriage is called; a spiritual partnership and it is a sacred commitment between the partners to assist each other’s spiritual growth.  Spiritual partners recognize their equality.  Spiritual partners are able to distinguish personality from soul, and, therefore, they are able to discuss the dynamics between them, their interactions, on a less emotionally-bound ground than husbands and wives.  That ground does not exist within the consciousness of marriage.  It exists only within the consciousness of spiritual partnership because spiritual partners are able to see clearly that there is indeed a deeper reason why they are together, and that that reason has a great deal to do with the evolution of their souls.

When you commit to a spiritual partnership with another human being, you bring the energy of the traditional marriage of spiritual partnership into the physical arena.  You begin to form and to live by the values, perceptions, and actions that reflect equality with your partner and a commitment to his or her spiritual development and your own.  You begin to set aside the wants of your personality in order to accommodate the needs of your partner’s spiritual growth and, in doing that, you grow yourself.  That is how spiritual partnership works.

You begin to see that what is necessary to the health of your partnership is identical with what is necessary to your own spiritual growth, that each of you holds the pieces that the other is missing.  If you are jealous, for example, you will find that jealousy is what brings to the surface in your partner an aspect that needs to be healed, and that aspect is mirrored in yourself.  You begin to value your partner’s contribution to your development.  You experience that his or her perceptions and observations are helpful, and, indeed, central, to your growth, that conversations between you stir deep waters.

You learn the roles of love and commitment and trust in making your partnership work.  You learn that love alone is not enough, that without trust, you are not able to give and to receive the love that both of you have for each other.  You learn that your commitment must be translated into a form that satisfies the needs of both you and your partner.  You learn to value the needs of your partner as much as you value your own, because the partnership that you both want requires two healthy and inwardly secure individuals.

You learn to trust not only each other, but also your ability to grow together.  You learn that you put your partnership most at risk by avoiding that which you are most afraid will destroy it.  It is not easy to express what is inside you especially that which makes you feel vulnerable or painful or angry or upset.  These are the emotions that empower words that can do either damage or can do so much healing.  You learn that sharing your concerns with consideration and the intention to heal and trust in the process is the only appropriate avenue.  As you approach your needs with courage instead of fear, you ignite a sense of trust.  The true human condition in its most perfect form has no secrets.  I do not hide, but exists in clear love.

You learn not to do stupid and careless things to each other.  You learn that wanting what you want is not enough, but that you must both want it deeply and create it in every day, that you must bring it into being and hold it being with your intentions.  As the consciousness of each of you becomes lighter, your partnership becomes richer.

You learn the value of considering the other’s position.  By becoming the other person, by truly walking into the fears of the other and then returning into your own being, you open up the conversation to transcend the personal and become healing at the impersonal.  This allows you to see each other as spiritual playmates as you work through the areas that require healing in each of you.  Even into the toughest moments of your work on feelings of insecurity, you can be light and remind yourself that you are spirits who have taken on the physical experience and have far greater power than you are showing in the moment of weakness.

The things that the individuals have to learn in spiritual union with another individual are the groups, the community’s and the nation’s to learn in spiritual union with other groups, communities and nations.  The choice in each instance is between learning through fear and doubt or through wisdom, between the lower-frequency energy currents of the personality and the higher-frequency energy currents of the soul.  If the anger of one personality toward another creates distance, shatters intimacy and causes defensiveness, the anger of one nation, or religion, or sex toward another produces the same.  If the concern of one personality for another, produces closeness, appreciation and mutual regard, the concern of one nation, or religion, or community for another produces the same.  The dynamic is identical.

You are related to every form of Life upon this planet and beyond.  As your soul evolves, you move into greater awareness of the nature of that relationship, and the responsibilities that you assume.

The bond between spiritual partners exists as real as it does in a traditional marriage, but for significantly different reasons.  Spiritual partners are not together in order to quell each other’s financial fears or because they can produce a house in the suburbs and that entire conceptual framework.  The understanding or consciousness that spiritual partners bring to their commitment is different, and, therefore, their commitment is dynamically different.  The commitment of spiritual partners is to each other’s spiritual growth, recognizing that that is what each of them is doing on Earth, and that everything serves that.

None of the vows that a human being can take can prevent the spiritual path from exploding through and breaking those vows if the spirit must move on.  It is appropriate for spiritual partners to remain together only as long as they grow together.

Spiritual partnership is a much freer and more spiritually accurate dynamic than marriage because spiritual partners come together from a position of spirit and consciousness.  How spiritual partners merge and move their concept of partnership is a matter of free will.  So long as they recognize that they bring the consequences of their choices into their partnership, and know the full extent of their choices, that is what influences the manner and direction that the partnership goes.

Let us understand this final thing; the institution of marriage will not disappear overnight even though a great percentage of Americans say that it is on the decline, this is according to the Pew Research Center just last month.  Marriage will continue to exist, but marriages that succeed will only succeed with the consciousness of spiritual partnership.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think Globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.

YOUR FAITH IS VICTORY OVER THE WORLD (PART 2 OF 2)

Your Faith is Victory over the world (Part 2 of 2) 1 John 5:4

In lesson one we finished by answering the question, “Who are those that overcome the world?”  Today we begin with question III. Why do believers overcome the world? On what principle is this result affected?

I answer, this victory over the world results as naturally from the spiritual or heavenly birth, as coming into bondage to the world results from the natural birth.

It may be well to revert a moment to the law of connection in the latter case, viz., between coming into the world by natural birth and bondage to the world. This law obviously admits of a philosophical explanation, at once simple and perceptible to every one’s observation. Natural birth reveals to the mind objects of sense and these only. It brings the mind into contact with worldly things. Of course it is natural that the mind should become deeply interested in these objects thus presented through its external senses, especially as most of them sustain so intimate a relation to our sentient nature and become the first and chief sources of our happiness.

Hence, our affections are gradually entwined around these objects, and we become thoroughly lovers of this world ere our eyes have been opened upon it many months.

Now, alongside of this universal fact, let another be placed of equal importance and not less universal.  Namely, that those intuitive powers of the mind which were created to take cognizance of our moral relations, and hence to counteract the too great influence of worldly objects, come into action very slowly, and are not developed so as to act vigorously until years are numbered as months are in the case of the external organs of sense. The very early and vigorous development of the latter brings the soul so entirely under the control of worldly objects that when the reason and the conscience come to speak, their voice is little heeded. As a matter of fact, we find it universally true that unless divine power interpose, the bondage to the world thus induced upon the soul is never broken.

Nevertheless, the point, which I particularly desired to elucidate, was simply this, that natural birth, with its attendant laws of physical and mental development becomes the occasion of bondage to this world.

Right over against this lies the birth into the kingdom of God by the Spirit. By this the soul is brought into new relations — we might rather say, into intimate contact with spiritual things. The Spirit of God seems to usher the soul into the spiritual world, in a manner strictly analogous to the result of the natural birth upon our physical being. The great truths of the spiritual world are opened to our view through the illumination of the Spirit of God; we seem to see with new eyes, and to have a new world of spiritual objects around us.

As concerning natural objects, men not only speculate about them, but realize them; so in the case of spiritual children do spiritual things become not merely matters of speculation, but of full and practical realization also. When God reveals Himself to the mind, spiritual things are seen in their real light, and make the impression of realities.

Consequently, when spiritual objects are thus revealed to the mind, and thus apprehended, they will supremely interest that mind. Such is our mental constitution that the truth of God when thoroughly apprehended cannot fail to interest us. If these truths were clearly revealed to the wickedest man on earth, so that he should apprehend them as realities, it could not fail to rouse up his soul to most intense action. He might hate the light, and might stubbornly resist the claims of God upon his heart, but he could not fail to feel a thrilling interest in truths that so take hold of the great and vital things of human well-being. Let me ask, is there a sinner in this house, or can there be a sinner on this wide earth, who does not see that if God‘s presence was made as manifest and as real to his mind as the presence of his fellow-men, it would supremely engross his soul even though it might not subdue his heart.

This revelation of God‘s presence and character might not convert him, but it would, at least for the time being, kill his attention to the world.

You often see this in the case of persons deeply convicted you have doubtless seen persons so fearfully convicted of sin, that they pared nothing at all for their food nor their dress. O, they cried out in the agony of their souls, what matter all these things to us, if we even get them all, and then must he down in hell!

But these thrilling and all-absorbing convictions do not necessarily convert the soul, and I have alluded to them here only to show the controlling power of realizing views of divine truth.

When real conversion has taken place, and the soul is born of God, then realizing views of truth not only awaken interest, as they might do in an unrenewed mind, but they also tend to excite a deep and ardent love for these truths. They draw out the heart. Spiritual truth now takes possession of his mind, and draws him into its warm and life-giving embrace. Before, error, falsehood, death, had drawn him under their power; now the Spirit of God draws him into the very embrace of God. Now he is begotten of God, and breathes the spirit of sonship. Now, according to the Bible, “the seed of God remaineth in him,” that very truth, and those movings, of the spirit which give him birth into the kingdom of God, continue still in power upon his mind, and hence he continues a Christian, and as the Bible states it, “he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” The seed of God is in him, and the fruit of it brings his soul deeply into sympathy with his own Father in heaven.

Again, the first birth makes us acquainted with earthly things. The second with God; the first with the finite, the second with the infinite; the first with things correlated with our animal nature, the second with those great things which stand connected with our spiritual nature, things so lovely, and so glorious as to overcome all the ensnarement’s of the world.

Again, the first begets a worldly, and the second a heavenly temper. Under the first, the mind is brought into a snare, under the second; it is delivered from that snare. Under the first, the conversation is earthly; under the second, “our conversation is in heaven.”

But we must pass to inquire,

IV. How this victory over the world is achieved.

The great agent is the Holy Spirit. Without Him, no good result is ever achieved in the Christian‘s heart or life. The text, you observe, says, “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” But here the question might be raised: Does this mean that faith of itself overcomes the world, or, is this the meaning, that we overcome by or through our faith? Doubtless the latter is the precise meaning. Believing in God, and having realizing impressions of His truth and character made upon our mind by the Holy Ghost given to those who truly believe, we gain the victory over the world.

Faith implies three things. 1. Perception of truth. 2. An interest in it. 3. The committal or giving up of the mind to be interested and controlled by these objects of faith.

Perception of the truth must come first in order, for there can be no belief of unknown and unperceived truth. Next, there must be an interest in the truth which shall wake up the mind to fixed and active attention; and thirdly, there must be a voluntary committal of the mind to the control of truth. The mind must wholly yield itself up to God, to be governed entirely by His will, and to trust Him and Him alone as its own present and eternal portion.

Again, faith receives Christ. The mind first perceives Christ‘s character and His relations to us — sees what He does for us, and then deeply feeling its own need of such a Savior, and of such a work wrought in and for us as Jesus alone can do, it goes forth to receive and embrace Jesus as its own Savior. This action of the soul in receiving and embracing Christ is not sluggish — it is not a state of dozing quietism. No; it involves the soul‘s most strenuous activity. And this committal of the soul must become a glorious, living, energizing principle — the mind not only perceiving, but yielding itself up with the most fervid intensity to be Christ‘s and to receive all the benefits of His salvation into our own souls.

Again, faith receives Christ into the soul as King, in all His relations, to rule over the whole being — to have our heart‘s supreme confidence and affection — to receive the entire homage of our obedience and adoration; to rule, in short, over us, and fulfil all the functions of supreme King over our whole moral being. Within our very souls we receive Christ to live and energize there, to reign forever there as on His own rightful throne.

Now a great many seem to stop short of this entire and perfect committal of their whole soul to Christ. They stop short perhaps with merely perceiving the truth, satisfied and pleased that they have learned the theory of the Gospel. Or perhaps some go one step further, and stop with being interested — with having their feelings excited by the things of the Gospel, thus going only to the second stage; or perhaps they seem to take faith, but not Christ; they think to believe, but after all do not cordially and with all the heart welcome, Christ Himself into the soul.

All these various steps stop short of really taking hold of Christ. They none of them result in giving the victory over the world.

The true Bible doctrine of faith represents Christ as coming into the very soul. “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with Me.” What could more forcibly and beautifully teach the doctrine that by faith Christ is introduced into the very soul of the believer to dwell there by His gracious presence?

Since my mind has been drawn to the subject, I have been astonished to see how long I have been in a purblind state of perception in respect to this particular view of faith. Of a long time I had scarcely seen it; now I see it beaming forth in lines of glory on almost every page. The Bible seems to blaze with the glorious truth, Christ in the soul, the hope of glory; God, Christ, dwelling in our body as in a temple. I am amazed that a truth so rich and so blessed should have been seen so dimly, when the Bible reveals it so plainly. Christ received into the very soul by faith, and thus brought into the nearest possible relations to our heart and life; Christ Himself becoming the all-sustaining Power within us, and thus securing the victory over the world.  Christ, living and energizing in our hearts — this is the great central truth in the plan of sanctification, and this no Christian should fail to understand, as he values the victory over the world and the living communion of the soul with its Maker.

Let us pray, Father we thank you for the victory in Jesus Name.  Thank you father, for allowing us to be in the world, and at the same time providing us with the tools, and power to overcome the world.  Thank you for bringing us into the fullness of your love for all your children.  Thank you for truth and allowing us to fulfill our purpose on this earth.  Father we honor you and give you all the glory.  We are here today because of your love, mercy and grace.  We thank you for grace in Jesus name.  Amen.

 

 

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