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OUR FATHER, OUR GOD,
MAY THE LIGHT
OF THY WISDOM,
OF THY STRENGTH,
OF THY POWER,
- AS WE WOULD APPLY OURSELVES
IN THY SERVICE FOR OTHERS.
IN HIS NAME WE SEEK.
Let there be a very CAREFUL ANALYSIS
of EACH INDIVIDUAL as YOU APPROACH
the THRONE - in SELF - of GOD,
for the more PERFECT UNDERSTANDING.
For this should be
as A CROWNING EXPERIENCE
in THE LIFE of EACH and EVERY ONE.
For the WISDOM OF THE FATHER
is THAT TO BE SOUGHT
which should MAKE EACH INDIVIDUAL
FREE FROM WORRY, CARE,
and KNOW WITHIN THYSELF
THY RELATIONSHIP to THE FATHER
- through THE SON
- in THIS EXPERIENCE.
KNOWLEDGE of a thing or a condition and
the WISDOM that is presented in that happening
are two different things.
What ye hear ye may believe,
but ye will rarely
ACT AS IF YE BELIEVED IT
UNLESS YE HAVE EXPERIENCED
AND DO EXPERIENCE THAT
"GOD so LOVED the WORLD as to GIVE HIS SON"
to enter into flesh, that flesh,
that man, might KNOW
there is an ADVOCATE with the FATHER;
and that - as ye in thy material experience see
- Life coming from out of nowhere
to enter into materiality,
to become a LIVING EXPRESSION
of those promptings of the heart.
That has been the EXPERIENCE OF THAT SOUL
in its varied SPHERES OF CONSCIOUSNESS,
to GIVE SUCH EXPRESSION.
That is THE PURPOSE
for which IT HAS ENTERED
- to GIVE THE MORE PERFECT CONCEPT
of the RELATIONSHIPS of MAN to THE CREATOR.
HE may BE BORN INTO THY CONSCIOUSNESS.
Not as a physical birth
- but EACH MOMENT that a physical birth
IS EXPERIENCED in the earth
is an OPPORTUNITY
for the CHRIST-ENTRANCE AGAIN!
For WISDOM then becomes
FIRST A MATTER OF CHOICE,
SECOND A MATTER OF WILL;
in THE LIGHT ever of
that which is THE IDEAL
as respecting THE APPLICATION
of that to which THE INDIVIDUALS
may APPLY THEMSELVES,
as TOWARD an OBJECT,
an EXPERIENCE, a GOAL sought.
For ever these become as a TRIUNE
in THE EXPERIENCE of EACH INDIVIDUAL.
IN THE KNOWLEDGE or
IN THE FEAR
is KNOWLEDGE and WISDOM of GOD.
Then the willingness to be abased [humble]
that THE NAME [JESUS CHRIST]
that is above EVERY NAME
may be EXALTED.
For how hath He given?
The whole law is to LOVE GOD
with all thy mind, thy body, thy soul;
[LOVE] thy neighbor as thyself;
THE FATHER THROUGH THE SON
or the FATHER IN THE SON
may be EXALTED,
may be MADE MANIFEST
in THY LIFE,
of that thou hast gained
in THY SEARCH FOR GOD.
In the preparation for or of the group activity upon this lesson,
let there be a very careful analysis of each individual
as you approach the throne - in self - of God,
for the more perfect understanding.
For this should be as a crowning experience in the life of each and every one.
For the WISDOM OF THE FATHER is that to be sought
which should make each individual FREE from worry, care,
and KNOW within thyself thy relationship to the Father
- through the Son - in this experience.
In giving to these, then, that seek to know more of that circumstance,
those conditions as surrounded that ye call the first Christmas:
Do not confuse thyselves.
While to you it may be a first Christmas,
if it were the first then there would be a last;
and ye would not worship,
ye would not hold to that which passeth.
For time never was when there was not a Christ and not a Christ mass.
But in giving that interpretation of what this Season means
- that birth of Jesus as became the Christ - to this world:
In giving the circumstance, much has been recorded as respecting this
by the writers of the Gospel, especially by Luke;
but little perfect concept may be gathered
except ye as individuals seek to experience
what such an advent meant or means to thy life as an individual.
For knowledge of a thing or a condition
and the wisdom that is presented in that happening
are two different things.
What ye hear ye may believe,
but ye will rarely act as if ye believed it
unless ye have experienced and do experience that
"God so loved the world as to give His Son"
to enter into flesh, that flesh,
that man, might know there IS an advocate with the Father;
and that - as ye in thy material experience see
- Life coming from out of nowhere to enter into materiality,
to become a LIVING expression of those promptings of the heart.
That has been the experience of that SOUL
in its varied spheres of consciousness,
to give such an expression.
That is the purpose for which it has entered
- to give the more perfect concept
of the relationships of man to the Creator.
Such we find as that happening in Bethlehem of Judea ages and years ago,
when that channel had so dedicated itself to the service of her Maker
as to become MOTHER, wherein the whole world is shown
that this must come to pass in the experience of those
who would make themselves channels
through which the Holy Spirit of God
may manifest; that the world may know
that He, God the Father, keepeth His promises with the children of men!
And the hour approaches when nature is to be fulfilled
in the natural courses in the experience of the Mother,
and His Star has appeared - and the angels' choir,
and the voices of those that give the GREAT MESSAGE!
Who heard these, my children?
Those that were seeking for the satisfying of their own desires
or for the laudation of their own personality?
Rather those close to NATURE, to the hours of meditation and prayer,
and those that had given expression,
"No room in the Inn!"
For no inn, no room, could contain that as was being given
in a manifested form!
For He came unto His own.
For there was nothing made that was made to which He had not given life,
to whom He had not given, "Be ye fruitful, multiply - " in THYSELF;
IN THYSELF may there be the propagation of thine own specie, of thine own self!
Only then to those that sought could such a message come,
or could there be heard the songs of the angels,
or that music of the spheres that sang,
"PEACE ON EARTH - GOOD WILL TO MEN!"
For this, then, is in EVERY birth - the possibilities, the glories,
the actuating of that influence of that entrance again
of god-man into the earth that man might know the way.
Thus this comes at this time to bring to the hearts and minds
of those of that Glad period the fact that not only 1900 years ago
but TODAY, He may be born into thine own consciousness,
thine own understanding; He comes unto His own!
Art thou His?
Have ye claimed Him?
Have ye put on the Christ,
even as was and is exemplified in that life,
that birth, that death of Jesus, the Christ?
For He is thy Elder Brother,
He IS the babe in thy heart, in thy life;
to be then even now - as then - nourished in the heart, in body, in mind.
And indeed do His words become more and more then of meaning,
"As ye do it unto the least of these, thy brethren, ye do it unto me!"
For as ye behold the face
of thy friend,
of thy neighbor,
of thy foe,
yea thine enemy,
ye behold the image of thy Savior.
For ye are all His,
bought not only with the birth of the God-Child into flesh
but with the death - that ye might know that He, thy Brother, thy Savior, thy Christ,
has been and is the Way to the Father in this material plane.
For as He chose to enter, so YE have entered.
As He chose to live, so may ye live.
As He chose to give of Himself
that there might be a greater understanding,
a greater knowledge;
yea, the showing forth of the wisdom of God
that God IS love, poured forth upon the children of men in this experience.
And as these changes come and as ye make known
that as has been the raising of that consciousness of His Presence
in THINE experience, by thy dealings with, by thy conversation with,
by thy life with thy fellow man, so may ye hasten
the day when HE, CHRIST, may come into thine own heart,
unto His OWN peoples, to reign; yes, in the hearts and lives!
Then indeed should each of you at this Glad Season
make the hearts of others Merry by thine own happiness
in the birth, the life, the death of thy Jesus, thy Christ!
Know this had no beginning in the 1900 years ago,
but again and Again and AGAIN!
And it may be today,
He may be born into thy consciousness;
not as a physical birth
- but each moment that a physical birth
is experienced in the earth
is an OPPORTUNITY for the Christ-entrance again!
Then what are ye doing about it in thy daily life, thy daily conversation?
For not by might nor in power,
but in the still small voice that speaks within,
ye may know as He hath given so oft
- "Peace - it is I!
Be not afraid, it is I,"
thy Savior, thy Christ;
yea, THYSELF meeting that BABE in thine own inner self
that may grow even as He
to be a channel of blessings to others!
For as ye do it unto others ye do it unto Him.
May the Peace, the Joy of His Consciousness,
His Presence, His Joy be thine this day;
yea, all thy days in the earth!
For He is nigh unto thee,
He is in thy midst!
Praise ye the Lord that gave, then, His Son;
that ye might know Him!
In the preparation of this,
much as has been preconceived ideas
in the minds of many as of Knowledge, so of Wisdom.
Knowledge, as has been in the interpretation of that presented,
is not always power unless Wisdom is used
in the application of same.
Or, as has been given, the fear or the knowledge of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.
Wisdom then is the application of that as is the understanding,
as is the concept in the LIGHT of that which is the ideal of the individual
who applies knowledge and wisdom.
Hence as we find, the greater, the deeper concept,
and the manner in which Wisdom should be interpreted,
should be presented, is first in the experience of each individual in the Group.
For Wisdom then becomes first a matter of choice, second a matter of will;
in the light ever of that which is the ideal as respecting the application
of that to which the individuals may apply themselves,
as toward an object, an experience, a goal sought.
For ever these become as a triune in the experience of each individual.
The understanding, the concept, the will, the application.
If in any of the approaches to Wisdom it is then an exaltation of self,
as an aggrandizement of self's own motives,
this is a lack rather than an application of Wisdom of the Lord.
But rather that in the application self is not abased but used in selflessness,
in the ideals of the glorifying, the exalting of the Prince of Peace,
the glory of the Father and not of self.
This is the approach, this is the beginning.
For as has been indicated, in the knowledge or in the fear is knowledge and wisdom of God.
Then the willingness to be abased that the Name that is above EVERY name may be exalted.
For how hath He given?
The whole law is to love God with all thy mind, thy body, thy soul; thy neighbor as thyself;
that He, the Father, through the Son - or the Father in the Son
- may be exalted, may be made manifest in thy life, thy experience, thy application
of that thou hast gained in thy search for God.
And as has been given from the beginning, as has been given to each individual
- whether those that were raised to be leaders, sages, directors,
ever has it been
- "Use that thou hast in hand TODAY."
For it is little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept,
that the individual becomes aware of the Wisdom of God;
that to man becomes - in his own self-knowledge
- as to some - even stumbling stones.
For oft YE have found, ye have felt, ye have even reasoned,
how can God love us so and yet allow us to suffer in body, in mind,
in the needs of the day, in the needs of the body,
and bring into the experience of individuals
those things that to US become not understood?
This indeed then is such knowledge as brought the experience
to those who rebelled against the Wisdom of God,
and went about to establish that which was satisfying,
gratifying for the moment, for the the immediate experience.
How again hath He given? [John 15:22]
Ye had not known sin unless the Son had come and shown thee the Way.
This is then the Wisdom that is shown in the life,
in the experience of each soul. It is through the variations,
through those activities that make for the thinking, the analyzing,
the seeking for God and God's Wisdom,
that man is brought to the closer understanding;
making for that consciousness within the experience of each soul
that in patience, in long- suffering in brotherly love, is Wisdom.
Yet as judged by man in the earth, and of the earth,
becomes as that which is weakness.
But the weakness of man is the Wisdom of God.
Just as the knowledge of God, the Wisdom of God
applied in the daily experience of individuals,
becomes strength, power, beauty, love, harmony, grace, patience,
and those things that - in the lives of those who are applying same
- make for a life experience that is worthwhile,
even in the turmoils of the earth and those activities of sin and sorrow and shame
and want and degradation; as worthwhile experiences,
that the glory of the Father in the Son may become known
and read and seen and understood by others
- that would take counsel of that ye ARE in thy daily activity in the earth.
For as He hath given, he that giveth a cup of water in the NAME of the Christ
loseth not his reward.
He in Wisdom then that giveth same doeth it not that he as an individual
may be well-spoken of, thought kindly of or considered magnificent
or in any of those phrases of earthly experience,
but he that giveth same that the glory of the Father
may be made manifest - and that He may be the director, the ruler, the influence
that prompts the activity, that prompts the desire, that prompts the act itself.
This then is Wisdom.
As ye study then, first study those things
that have been given thee
as respecting all the varied phases
of the relationships of man to man,
in the various forms of endeavor as a unit,
as collective activity, as that necessary for thought,
as that necessary for expression,
as that necessary for the very activities.
Now ye come to that which is the individual nature of the application of the Knowledge,
which is the Wisdom; the choice, the will, the faculties of the mind,
the faculties of the spiritual forces that would be directed in the relationships.
And ye have not that which may be touched with hands.
Ye have sought, ye have said - each of you
"I seek a city without foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
THAT is Wisdom!
Then as ye go about to apply this thou hast gained, this understanding, this concept
of thy relationships with thy fellow man,
thy relationships with thy Maker,
ye seek, ye pray, ye meditate upon that as would direct thee.
For as ye meditate ye feel, ye see, yea ye hear the voice, the spirit,
the moving influence in thy life.
And yet when ye go to apply same in thy conversation with thy brother, thy friend, thy neighbor,
ye forget what manner of voice ye heard,
what vision ye have seen, what is the prompting?
For the things of the moment crowd in to such an extent
that indeed ye find the spirit willing and the flesh weak.
Then the Wisdom is ever that as He hath given,
"Not my will but Thine, O God, be done in and through me."
Let thy conversation ever be,
"If the LORD is willing - if the Spirit of the Christ directeth - "
These as the purposes, these as the inclinations,
these as the directing forces may become more and more
in thine experience the Wisdom of the ages, the Wisdom of God,
the promptings of Who hath given and whom thou settest as thine example.
Ye say ye believe, but do ye show Wisdom in acting that way?
"I, thy Brother, thy Christ, will stand in thy stead."
Wisdom then is the divine love made manifest in thy daily conversation,
thy daily advocation, thy daily acts as one to another.
THIS is Wisdom.
This as ye apply, this as ye make known in thy conversation, in thy acts,
will become more and more part and parcel of thy VERY self.
And though the earth may make for the calls,
for that which is the satisfying of the moment, the glorifying of self, the exalting of self
- if thou hast the divine love ye will find that
in the application of thy Knowledge, thy Wisdom, the glory of the Christ
is brought forth in thy conversation, thy daily life, thy daily activity among thy fellow men.
Choose ye then this day WHOM ye will serve?
The Lord holy and righteous, or the self who is weak and unworthy of the love?
unless ye show forth His Love as thou hast seen in thine experiences, to thy fellow man.
What is Love Divine?
That the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit may direct thee,
does direct thee, WILL direct thee in every thought, in every act!
And judge not others, condemn not others.
This is not love divine, neither is it Wisdom.
For it builds barriers, it destroys, it undermines the life of self first
and then in the hearts and minds and experiences of others
brings sorrow, disappointments, and those things
that maketh the hearts of men afraid.
And the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the Wisdom.
Not that fear of disappointment, of contention, of strife, of fault.
Consider the thoughts of thyself even for the period ye have listened here.
If ye were condemned by the Christ- Consciousness,
where would thy mind, thy thoughts, be?
For even as He when they spat upon Him, when they condemned Him,
He saith not a word; that ye might know in His example, in His experience,
that thou - too - would know suffering, but have a balm in Him;
thou, too, would know disappointment, but have in Him
the fulfilling of all thy wishes, all thy desires;
thou, too, would have pain, but in Him have strength and power and might;
thou, too, would know suffering in body, suffering in mind,
but in Him would have strength!
The Wisdom then of the Lord thy God is shown thee, is exemplified to thee,
is PATTERNED for thee in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ!
For He indeed in thy Wisdom is WISDOM indeed!
How gave He?
"If thy brother smite thee, turn the other cheek.
If thy brother seeketh or taketh away thy coat, give him the other also.
If he forceth thee to go one mile, go with him twain."
Are these but sayings?
Are these but things not understood?
Dost thou say in thine heart and thy mind,
"Yea but He was the Son of the Father and thus had the strength that is not in me"?
But ye are foolish!
For not only art thou sons and daughters of the Father
but hath the strength in the promises of Him
who is Life and Light and the Way
and the Water and the Understanding!
Then the practical application of the Christ-life
in thy daily experience is Wisdom indeed.
THIS then is not a thing afar off.
Not that ye would say as of old, who will bring down from heaven a message
that we may know Wisdom, or who will come from over the sea that we may hear and understand;
for Lo, it is in thine own heart; it is within thine own power,
yea within thine own might!
It is the application of that THOU KNOWEST to do in the light of the Pattern as set in the Christ.
THAT is Applied Wisdom!
As is shown in the experiences of the sages of old,
those whose material lives ye look upon oft and say
- in the light of thine understanding
- these were BEASTLY men!
Looketh thou in thine own heart?
When thou knowest that the Christ, Jesus the Christ, hath died
- yea LIVETH - that ye might HAVE the greater understanding!
And yet ye speak uncomplimentary, yea ye speak VILELY,
yea ye condemn, yea ye hate thy brother.
Who is the greater beast?
he that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, or he that cried day in and day after day,
"Not my way, Lord - but cleanse Thou me from all unrighteousness;
purge me that I may know the Christ way!"
Ye are chosen, ye are sufficient - if ye will but apply that ye know.
For as ye apply day by day that ye know, then is the next step, the next act,
the next experience shown thee.
Because thou hast then failed here or there, do not say,
"Oh I cannot - I am weak." To be sure thou art weak in self,
but O ye of little faith! For He is thy STRENGTH! THAT is Wisdom!
Let no ONE then again ever say
"I CANNOT." It's rather, if ye do, saying "I WILL not - I want MY way."
This is foolishness; and ye know the Way.
For He is Strength,
He is Love,
He is Patience,
He is Knowledge,
He is Wisdom.
Claim ALL of these, then, IN HIM!
For He is in thee, and the Father hath not desired that any soul should perish
but hath prepared a way of escape; a way of love, of peace, of harmony
for every soul - if ye will but claim same, live same, in Him.
In continuing with the discussion upon the Wisdom of the Father,
let first each of you attune yourselves to that consciousness
as may be had through attuning self in this meditation:
WHO ART IN THE HEAVEN
OF OUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS,
SO ATTUNE MY MIND, MY BODY,
WITH THE INFINITE LOVE
THOU HAST SHOWN
TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN,
THAT I IN BODY, IN MIND, MAY KNOW
THE WISDOM OF THE FATHER
IN JESUS, THE CHRIST.
Then it behooves each to be more aware of that love
as brings into the experience of each soul
the understanding that we as individuals
cannot bear the cross of life alone
but that the Father in His Wisdom
has given to each an ensample, a promise
to the children of men -
"which is indeed mine now if I will but choose the love of Jesus
in my daily life, in my walks among my fellow men."
In Wisdom thou wilt not find fault.
In Wisdom thou wilt not condemn any.
In Wisdom thou wilt not cherish grudges.
In Wisdom thou wilt love those,
even those that despitefully use thee;
even those that speak unkindly.
"In the Wisdom of Jesus do I claim the promises of God
and know His Presence.
Though in those things that are not always understood,
it is His Wisdom that makes for the changing of the affairs
of the material experiences, the environs, the opportunities
for those who profess their faith to give of themselves in body, in mind,
that they may indeed know the Wisdom of God in their experiences."
Know that the Wisdom of Jesus - that is the promise to all
- is a part of the daily life, and not to be put on as a coat or a cloak
but to be part and parcel of each and every entity.
This is the Wisdom to know,
"As I purpose in my heart to do, it is in accord with that I profess with my mouth."
It is Wisdom that the acts of the body, of the mind,
be in accordance with that proclaimed to thy children,
to thy neighbor, to thy friend, to thy foe.
For Life is in its material activity the Wisdom of the Father
that men may everywhere manifest, that they - too
- may be a part of the consciousness of the Cosmic Consciousness.
For as the ways of life become more complex individuals
see rather the material than the mental and spiritual.
Yet to thee, to whom the Book of Life - yea, the record of thine experiences
- has been opened, there is the awareness that ye are indeed the children of God.
And as children in thy Wisdom ye may approach boldly the Throne of Mercy.
For the prayers of the righteous are heard,
for they have attuned in Wisdom to the God-Consciousness within,
and have come to the realization that they are not alone
but that He walketh and He talketh with those who have called upon His Name,
and who day by day show forth in their conversation their love.
For Jesus is the Way, Jesus is the Christ, Jesus is the Mediator,
Jesus is Wisdom to those who will harken to do His biddings.
And as He hath given,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments;
for they are not grievous to bear.
For I will bear them with thee,
I will wipe away thy tears;
I will comfort the brokenhearted,
I will bring all to those in the ways that are in the Wisdom of God
for thy expressions through each experience, in each activity of thine."
For thy soul in its Wisdom seeketh expression with Him.
Smother it not in the doubts and the fears of materiality
but in the spirit of love and truth that encompasseth all,
and that is open to ye who have set thy hearts, thy faces,
toward the love that is in Jesus, thy Friend, thy Brother.
These, my brethren - yea, these my beloved children
- Know that in Him is the truth, the light.
Ye have seen a great light.
Ye have touched upon the Wisdom of the Father,
as is shown in the Son.
Then make thy paths straight.
Let thy conversation, thy wishes, thy desires
be rather as one with Him who thought it not robbery
to be equal with God.
YE know the way.
Do ye stumble in ignorance or in selfishness?
Do ye doubt for the gratifying of thy body or for the fulfilling of the body-appetites?
YE know the way.
Let, then, that love of the Infinite fire thee to action, to DOING!
And indeed live as hath been shown.
Study to show thyself in body, in mind, approved unto that thou hast chosen
in the words of Jesus thy Master, thy Brother
- in dividing the words of life in such measures
that all who know thee, yea that contact thee,
take cognizance of the fact that thou walkest
and thou talkest with Jesus day by day;
keeping thyself in body, in mind, unspotted from the world.
This is the Wisdom of God and is thine
if ye will but claim it as thine own.
And may the grace and the mercy and the peace of a life
lived in thine own consciousness be thine through Him
that is able to present our lives before the throne of God spotless,
white as snow, washed in the blood of the sacrifices made
in our own daily experience - even as He has shown us the way.
In continuing with the subject,
first we would admonish each that you apply yourselves
that you would give to others regarding the subject.
Preach not that which you would not yourself practice.
Do not insist upon others trying that in their experience
ye have not tried.
And each of you finds this means YOU
- if ye will but look into thine own heart!
Not that any would be condemned,
For ye go part the way but not all;
else ye would never hear a grumble from any.
TRY in thine own experience, each;
that ye speak not for ONE WHOLE DAY unkindly of any;
that ye say not a harsh word to any, about any;
and see what a day would bring to you the next lesson, HAPPINESS.
This should be a crowning of that ye each have gained,
if ye apply Wisdom as has been shown you.
The next lesson after HAPPINESS is SPIRIT
- and if ye finish it this year you will do well!
OUR FATHER, OUR GOD,
IN MY OWN CONSCIOUSNESS
LET ME FIND HAPPINESS
IN THE LOVE OF THEE,
FOR THE LOVE I BEAR TOWARD MY FELLOW MAN.
LET MY LIFE, MY WORDS, MY DEEDS,
BRING THE JOY AND HAPPINESS OF THE LORD
IN JESUS TO EACH I MEET DAY BY DAY.
Then, this should not be lost sight of;
that what has been helpful in thine own experience
will bring to others a light, a hope.
For remember, it is a part of His promises to thee,
that God giveth the increase, God giveth the help.
It is thy purpose then, in the comprehending of thy experience,
in the study of that which has been given thee
as to how it is Wisdom, to put away strife;
it is Wisdom to manifest love and patience and longsuffering.
For ye have been and are called to put into practice
that ye have experienced in thy material life.
Then in the simplicity of thy faith in the Promise,
give expression to same; that those who read,
those who meditate upon same may take hope.
Have ye forgotten as to when that ye are preparing may become
even the textbooks to many, the way for many to know,
to have a greater understanding?
Be not then overcome by those very experiences that have shown thee
the Wisdom of thy choice in God, in Christ, in Jesus as thy Pattern.
Remember thy first lesson, Cooperation
- how that you each contributing of yourselves
will add to the strength of those who are in darkness,
who are disturbed by the worldly Wisdom of many.
For it is as has been given,
oft the foolishness of man is the Wisdom of God.
Then is it true that the Lord thy God is One?
Be in singleness of purpose, then.
Not that thy own self is to be glorified.
What has been thy concept of Glory?
Glory signifies that ye are able to suffer.
Only those who have suffered much may ever be glorified.
Do ye seek Glory?
Then ye must be willing to suffer;
And if ye count thy suffering, thy disappointments,
thy heartaches, thy misunderstandings,
as judgments upon thee, ye are unwise.
For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth and purgeth every one,
that ye may bring forth fruit in DUE SEASON!
Would ye have thy Glory without thy purification?
Would ye have thy Wisdom without thy preparation?
Would ye have thy Happiness, or seek thy Happiness,
without being able to comprehend, to understand?
If this be so, ye have not gained thy lesson of Wisdom.
Then how may each of you here make a practical application of Wisdom?
Ye all, EVERY ONE, in your own experience have been called upon
to manifest that ye have chosen, even as He hath chosen thee.
Then go the whole way with thy Master.
Give expression, each of you, to that which has helped thee
in those periods of not only disturbance but distress,
in periods of disappointment,
in periods of lack of that self-exaltation,
even of that of self-expression,
until ye have lost - some of you
- even a hope in thine ability to do this or that.
When thy friends, when thy family, when thy brother would cast thee out,
yea and condemn thee - THEN the Lord will bear thee up.
Was the Master, Jesus, come to the self-righteous of Israel or to the lost sheep?
Ye are His sheep, yea every one of you.
For ye have named the Name of the Christ,
and He calleth each of YOU by name!
Will ye then, at this time, fail those who may in the days, the years to come
be given hope and cheer by that ye have experienced in thy walks with Jesus,
in the garden of Wisdom?
In the periods of purifying, of testing, know ye WILL take thy part.
For it IS a practical application of Wisdom in thine own experience.
Then INDEED ye may be lifted up to that new vision
in the Happiness of the presence of thy Lord, thy Christ.
--Yes, we have the group as gathered here, as a group, as individuals;
and their work on the lesson Wisdom.
This as we find in the main is very good.
As has been indicated, to be complete,
it is to be a part of the experience of each member of the group.
For to be consistent in all things is Wisdom,
but to be growing also.
For ye grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding - in Wisdom, of God, the Father,
and the relationships as ye experience in the application of that thou hast known,
thou hast seen, thou hast heard, thou hast experienced in the application of His love.
For love is Wisdom, as love is God.
(Q) Section I - Introduction.
(A) This we find very good.
(Q) Section II-The Approach to Wisdom.
(A) Yes, very good; only a few minor changes or a transposing here
of the approaches as relate to the activities of the individual
in the applying of that known in the experience.
(Q) Section III - Let Each Examine Himself.
(A) Very good.
For this may be ever kept before every individual: God is One,
and in the examining of self it is to be, in Wisdom then, to realize self
- in desire, in purpose, in aim - to be at-one with that which is
the representing of, the application of, God in the experience of each.
Then this necessarily becomes self-examination.
Not self-condemnation, nor self-glorification,
but - as the Mind is the Builder, as the Will is the metre or measure,
and as the Law of Love is that to be builded - it is Wisdom to be at-one in same.
(Q) Section IV - Application of Wisdom.
(A) This is very good.
(Q) Section V - Closing.
(A) This is very good; only the more of the individual experience
- in the application and in the personal experience
of that as becomes a part of the individual experience
of each one who studies or reads same, as a consciousness, an awareness.
Then indeed does there come Happiness into the experience.
Happy are they that know the Lord in their daily lives.
Not unto self-glory, but just being willing for self and self's abilities
to be used even as He - "Not my will but Thine, O God, be done in and through me."
Think ye that Jesus went happily to the Cross,
or that He went happily from the garden where there had been apparently
so little consideration by those of His followers as to what the moment meant?
when they slept as He wrestled with self in the garden?
Think ye then on thine own disturbances that are of the moment,
though ye may have them in thy consciousness constantly,
and worry as to this or that, the shortcomings of those ye love.
How was He with those He loved?
Yet He gave them his blessings.
So in Wisdom, so in Happiness, bless them that despitefully use thee,
that speak unkindly, yea though they deny thee of that thou knowest is thy part,
even in the daily experiences.
Bless them if ye would be Wise, if ye would be Happy
or if ye would have Happiness in thine own life.
For as He hath given, bless and curse not if ye would know God,
if ye would know the Father.
For as He sendeth His blessings upon those that are righteous
and those that are unrighteous, do ye become envious
that the unrighteous receive even those material blessings
as ye consider thy daily needs, and thus find fault with thine own concept
or thine own righteousness?
Unwise are they that do such!
Though ye may mourn for their unrighteousness,
Happy is the man that blesses those whom the Lord does smile
on even in their weaknesses.
For ye know in Whom ye have believed, and His promises are sure.
Doth ye find in thy heart that one son or daughter
is not as kind or as gentle or as patient or as loving as another?
Do ye not show the more gentleness to those who are weak,
that thy very strength may touch them?
From whence gained ye such Wisdom?
From the earth or from God?
So does He in His mercy, His patience, His loving - kindness
- but ye are Wise that love the law and the understanding of same.
Updated: 24 May 2014