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Lesson 13: Opportunity

(262-49 TO 262-54)

AFFIRMATION

In seeking to magnify Your Name, Your Glory,
through what You manifest in me,
O Lord, be the Guide, and - day by day,
as the opportunity is given -
let my hands, my mind, my body,
do what You would have me do as Your own in the earth;
As I manifest, may Your glory become known to those
through the love, the promises You have made in Your Son.
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We seek to magnify God's Name,
We seek to magnify God's Glory,
through everything that is manifested in us.

As I become a channel of blessings to others
O Lord, be my Guide

Day by day you give to me opportunities
So let my hands, my mind, my body
do your work through me here on earth
and therefore claim me as Your Own

As I manifest your love
May Your glory become known to others.
Through Your love and promises made through Christ, Your Son.

DEFINITION

Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity.

Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.

Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.

Soul Development through life (experiences and conditions) on earth is an opportunity.

OPPORTUNITIES COME THROUGH COOPERATION

Cooperation is making ourselves a channel of blessings to others.

Each day, each hour, each thought, provides an opportunity for giving.
What can we give?
Peter said,
"Silver or gold (Money) I do not have,
but what I have I give to you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."
(Acts 3:6)

Each one of us is in a particular job, a particular home,
a particular city, state, and nation because
we have prepared ourselves for this pattern.
It is a time and place of our choice.

We must begin our service here, now.
A smile, a kind word, a healing thought,
these we have and can give.

Our life speaks the thoughts of our hearts.
So we shall so live that the Christ, becomes
the opportunity for all who meet us
-- whether at the table, in sleep, or walking in the street.
(See 262-50)

Christ went about doing good, making every opportunity
a material manifestation of His spiritual ideal.

Those who follow Christ's example
have placed upon themselves no great burden,
for they have comfort in His words,
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me"
(Mathew 25:40)

Cooperation must be put into the pattern of our daily lives.
Through simple thoughts and acts
we prepare for the greater opportunities that lie ahead of each soul.

A KNOWLEDGE OF SELF HELPS US
TO RECOGNIZE MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

Spiritual forces have so long been considered theory
that we are as children, just becoming aware
that our soul talents can be applied in everyday life,

This awakening of our spiritual forces and soul talents within
makes us more useful in a material world.

Therefore, being more conscious of our opportunities
is a result of the awakening of our inner spiritual talents
-- our entering into a new world, the world of spiritual youth.

As we develop, there will come urges and aptitudes previously unknown.
As we develop, calls to service will come.

May we be ready and willing.

Each trial met and overcome is a means toward development.
Each experience is an opportunity to test, to train, and to strengthen us.

It is only little by little that we are able to overcome all things.

"In seeking to know that opportunity given to us in the present time,
it is one thing to live that there may be presented to another
that which will open another's opportunity;
and it is another thing for oneself to recognize and use the opportunity
in self's own development."
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Do whatever in yourself that you know to be right,
though it may make you an outcast to your neighbor.
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If we do not watch ourselves and know
that of ourselves we can do nothing,
Our life may become clogged with egotism,
bitter resentment, petty jealousies, and evil thinking.
We may fall so low that we can hardly see good
in any condition, person or thing.

We should know self well enough to realize that the fault is within us,
and that we have within just what we see in others,
else how could we recognize it?

We must open the door to our inner selves and let in the Christ light,
Let our wills be one with God,
Listen to God's voice.
Heed God's call.

To know self is an opportunity.
To know self to be one with God is the supreme opportunity of man.

THE HIGHER THE IDEAL,
THE GREATER ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

"Each and every soul must come to the consciousness
of being a service in the activities of the soul
and what the soul worships in the infinite sphere or spiritual force."
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Christ, who is the way, the Truth, and the Light, is the highest ideal.
By holding to any lesser ideal for thought and action means
we build a fence around ourselves;
we confine ourselves to conventionalities;
we block the gate to service.

We must be free -
free to think our own thoughts,
free to live our own lives
-- and this freedom must be born of an attunement with an unlimited idea.

"Know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
(John 8:32)

What is Truth?

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit,
showing yourselves to be my disciples."
(John 15:7)

"Apart from me you can do nothing."
(John 15:5)

Without Christ, we could not of ourselves even recognize our opportunities,
so filled would we be with ourselves and our selfish interests.

Let the meditations of the heart,
Let those activities of the body,
speak of what you offer as an opportunity
or channel for another to seek, to know, your God.
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FAITH HELPS US GRASP OPPORTUNITY
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

Faith is the inner spiritual knowledge of the Creative Forces of the Universe.

An opportunity to demonstrate spiritual truth may come our way.

Our so-called better judgment, from the material standpoint,
may suggest that it is wiser to step aside and let it pass;
for if there is to be a failure, it would be better for another
to have the experience rather than have it ourselves.

There is lack of faith in such reasoning.

Faith is the inner spiritual knowledge of the Creative Forces of the Universe.
It cannot be recognized by others who do not have the same inner guidance.
They may call it poor judgment.

With faith we can move mountains of doubt.
With faith we can prove that thoughts are things
With faith we can prove that words have power.

Physical, mental, and spiritual demonstrations
take place when no way seems open.

Using what we have in hand.
Doing with all our might what our hands find to do.
Let us seize each opportunity.

It is ours to act, to plan, to work;
it is for God, the author of faith, to give the increase.

We may profess to have faith; but it is our actions that show how much we believe.

As we study, as we meditate, as we seek to use each opportunity,
our faith in Christ, in the Father, in our neighbor, in ourselves, will grow.

He has promised that help, strength, and understanding
sufficient for all our needs will be supplied.

There will come tests - in the physical, the mental, the spiritual life.
At these times we should rely on His promise,

"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
(Hebrews 13:5)

Are we to be carried about by every wind of doctrine?
Shall we fear as those who have no hope?
In the trials and tests through which the world is passing, where are we found?
Are we stepping out on faith, knowing that His presence is with us?
Are we giving hope, faith, and comfort to those who have not had our opportunities?
Do we not feel that we are called at this time
to let our light shine in the dark places of doubt and fear?
Is our faith firm in what has been promised, and are drifting,
and falling short of the calling whereunto we have called?

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
(1 Corinthians 16:13)

"For the day of the Lord is near." (Joel 1:15)

OPPORTUNITIES FOUND IN FELLOWSHIP
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

What opportunity does fellowship with the Father offer?
Surely we have experienced the relief that comes
when we go to God with our sorrows.
It is God that our problems are solved.
It is God that we find the peace that passes understanding.

The acknowledgment of our physical weaknesses
becomes an opportunity for exercising our greater strength --the Divine within.

As we take advantage of an opportunity in one direction,
the Divine within helps us to recognize others.

We know that we have fellowship with the Father
if we love others and seek to serve them.
Everywhere there are such opportunities,
so we should be on our guard,
to be sure that we recognize the opportunities
that will take us onward toward the supreme opportunity,
which is to be one with God in desire and purpose.

What is the Way?
As Christ has given to those to whom He spoke,
to whom He will speak,
"...do you truly love me more than these?
...feed my lambs...
do you truly love me?
...feed my sheep."
(John 21:15,16)

[Symbolically] the sheep represent those that know of, and know, the Way.
The lambs represent those
that seek,
that would know,
that would find the Way,
that would come if shown the tenderness expressed in,
"The good shepherd feeds the sheep; he tends to the lambs."
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We must both feed the sheep and tend the lambs.

OPPORTUNITIES ARE RECOGNIZED
THROUGH VIRTUE AND UNDERSTANDING
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

With virtue comes understanding and
with understanding comes all the power and privilege of Divine Light.
Armed with the weapons of spiritual warfare,
we are able to enlarge our fields of helpfulness.

We can, as with a two-edged sword, divide
the right from the wrong,
the true from the false,
and be able to attempt
greater things in God's Name.

Life in the earth is a manifestation of God.
It is no wonder, then, that we love to think of it as everlasting.

Yet, when we misuse our opportunities,
we misapply the knowledge we have of life
and reap the results.

If we do good, good return to us, for "like begets like",
not as a reward, but as a result of law.
The result is spiritual development.

The direction in which we turn the activities of our life
depends upon how we think,
for "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
(Proverbs 23:7)

All power, all force, all life is from one source;
if we do not destroy it for it is of God,
but we darken our own way;
we dim the light that might be a help to others.

Many are wise in their own conceit;
and often, as the Master said,
"The people of this world are more shrewdly
in dealing with their own kind
than are the people of the light."
(Luke 16:8)
since they use what light they have,
even though they use it selfishly.

On such a basis the Athenians built an altar to the Unknown God.
Paul declared that they ignorantly worshiped this Unknown God.
For such a message he would have had to forfeit his life,
if he had not clothed it in wisdom and delivered it with understanding.
He knew the Athenian law against the introduction of other gods,
so he took them where they were and preached God, the Father,
"in him we live and move and have our being."
(Acts 17:28)
whom, he said,
"you worship as something unknown."
(Acts 17:23)

In the same manner we must watch our opportunities.
We must be in such close touch
with the infinite source of understanding
that we at all times may render
the right service in the right place.

OUR OPPORTUNITIES SHOULD BE MET IN PATIENCE
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

In exercising patience we learn to recognized daily
the little opportunities which are so important.

Impatience to do great things blinds us.
We should count it a privilege to be
a servant of the servants in the Kingdom of God.
Man's servant is God's free man;
for in service to mankind
we are making our wills one with God.

To do this requires patience with ourselves as well as with others.
"By standing firm you will gain life."
(Luke 21:19)

It is possible to have a thing and yet not possess it.
Our soul has within it all the attributes of the Divine.
It is worth waiting, striving, working to understand
and know ourselves to be individual and yet one with God.
Let us not be in haste, but count each step as an opportunity.

THE OPEN DOOR IS THE WAY
INTO GREATER FIELDS OF OPPORTUNITY
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

Faint not in well doing, for there is being opened
the door for greater opportunities.
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Perception of truth is a growth in consciousness.
Our finite minds cannot grasp all truth;
however, doors are continually being opened
through which we may go
to greater concepts of truth,
to greater understanding
of the boundless love of the Father.

There is being opened glory in the Spirit of Truth
that convinces man of the knowledge
of his relationship with the Father.

Now, as never before, there is open a door
that none can close;
for God's word must be fulfilled,
"...they will all know me, from the least to the greatest."
(Jeremiah 31:34)

IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE HIS PRESENCE
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

When we seek to keep His Presence
as a thing apart,
something to be experienced,
something to be aware of when we are disturbed in some manner,
we lose sight of the fact that to abide in His Presence is
the experience, the knowledge, the understanding,
the opportunity of all as we seek to do His biddings.

His Presence abides with us always,
for it is in God that we live and move and have our being.
We must recognize this, come to know and understand it,
to realize that we are sons of the Most High.

To be aware of His Presence is our heritage,
our great opportunity in this material plane.

OPPORTUNITIES FOUND IN THE CROSS AND THE CROWN
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

Have we had a cross to bear lately?
If we counted it an opportunity, it was easier to carry.
Maybe we learned just the lesson
we most needed in this experience.

Know in whom you believe,
for the spirit of Right guards those who choose His way
in directing the mental and spiritual life;
"And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him..."
(Romans 8:28)

May we bear each cross with such a spirit
and feel that all things are working together for our good.

This was exemplified in Christ who is the Master of masters.
It is a great opportunity to live day by day
in such a manner that the Christ spirit may shine within,
to heal and to bless.

THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW
THAT THE LORD THY GOD IS ONE
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

When the divinity of Jesus was declared by Peter,
Jesus said to him,
"Bless are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for this was not revealed to you by man,
but by my Father in heaven."
(Matthew 16:17)

Just so, to realize the oneness of all force
- the Lord thy God is one -
is an opportunity that comes through divine inspiration.

In order to have this experience we must conform to the things of spirit.
Peter forsook all and followed the Master.
Do we?
That is not easy to do when viewed from a worldly standpoint;
but if we pay the price, we too may see
the glory of the oneness made perfect in Christ.

There should be gladness in our activities.
We should be on fire to use every opportunity
to show that we realize that,
Hear, O Israel the Lord our God is one."
(Deuteronomy 6:4)

Are our wills one with God,
or are they seeking to glorify our own desires,
our own selfish interests?

We should know that the way is not long,
nor is the cross more grievous than we can bear,
if our trust is in God.

IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOVE
Spiritual Ideals manifested on earth is an opportunity
Spiritual Actions through mind (conscious forces) on earth is an opportunity.
Soul Expression through the physical body is an opportunity.
Soul Development through life on earth is an opportunity.

We can recognize now as never before
those attributes of the soul,
that are ours to be used.

Gradually, we come to realize
the Presence of the Father,
the oneness of all force,
and the fact that the way back to perfection
is through Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

This is made perfect in love.
To love is the noblest expression of man.
It is not simply of God, it is God;
and as we manifest love,
we manifest the God force that is within us.
Whether in the physical, mental, or spiritual body,
love is the strongest and most dominant influence.

To love is our greatest opportunity.
Love brings happiness as nothing else does.

All that is good is made a part of us
as we seek to express love for our fellow man.

Thoughts, words, acts, are opportunities
for us to express love day by day.

Consecrate yourselves, your bodies, your minds, your abilities
in every direction, to the opportunities to be of service
to those ye meet and contact day by day.
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As we may ignorantly destroy a priceless painting
with a few scratches, so may we,
in misusing and misdirecting our forces,
mar our bodies, our minds, our souls, in such a way
that only a God of Love can recognize us.

Though we may direct love into many channels,
there is only One through whom there will be
a realization of love made perfect,
and that is found in Christ, who said,
"A new command I give you: Love one another."
(John 13:34)

The time drawns near, the time is at hand,
when there is more and more seeking for light and understanding.

Let us then, in Christ's way, manifest from day to day
the love that has been showered upon us.
May we so live that our lives become an example to those who seek.

May we pray:

Lord guide me, your servant, in the ways Christ go.

"Let my going in, my coming out,
be wholly within the ways You would have me go.
Direct my steps, direct my mind.
Let Your will be done in me;
for, as the heart panteth after Your own will,
may my spirit bear witness
- in the things my body does day by day
- that the Lord is in His Holy Temple,
and the rod has not passed from those
that call on His name.
For the glory of the Father to the sons of men
may be expressed in those that would guide,
guard and keep holy ways."
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In seeking to magnify Your name, Your glory,
through what You manifest in me,
Lord, be the guide, and - day by day,
as the opportunity is given -
Let my hands, my mind, my body,
do what You would have me do
as Your own in the earth.
As I manifest, may Your glory
become known to those through the Love,
the promises You have made in Your Son.

Opportunity is in making, in the life, that
of filling each of the thoughts that are presented
in the lessons that have been given.

Each in their respective place, time, and in a manner
befitting those that call on His name.

"The day of the Lord is near at hand"?
That as has been promised through the prophets
and the sages of old, the time - and half time
- has been and is being fulfilled in this day
and generation, and that soon there will again appear
in the earth that one through whom many will be called
to meet those that are preparing the way for His day
in the earth.

The Lord, then, will come, "even as you have seen him go".

How soon?
When those that are His have made the way clear,
passable, for Him to come.

So let your own light shine in such a manner
as may hasten the day of the Lord.

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While Opportunity must ever be considered
as the material manifestation of a thought
or spiritual ideal; as is sometimes quoted, that
"Man's extremity is God's opportunity."

In man's advent into a material world is
an opportunity for the material manifestation
of that which is builded by the individual soul
through its activity in the various spheres
of consciousness.

The soul in the material becomes
the opportunity of paralleling, correlating, cooperating,
making for that which brings into existence
the effects of using that which is presented
as an opportunity for the developing of the soul.

Hence opportunity, primarily, is a material manifestation
of spiritual actions in conscious forces of the material plane.


Find self and self's relationship to the Creative Forces.

Each and every soul must come to the consciousness
of being a service in the activities of that, the soul,
worships in the infinite sphere or spiritual force.

If the forces or influences are in the Creative Energies
that arise through the love manifested through the Son
in the activity in the earth, then it is shown to you
day by day what you should do.

Do with a might what the hands find to do,
in the service of the Lord;
not in self,
not in gratification of self,
not in magnifying any of the material influences or forces.

The fruits of the Spirit are:
Brotherly love, kindness, mercy, patience, love, long-suffering.

Against such there is no law, for they are the law of love.

Rather than as individuals seeking the name,
when the individual is called each shall be called
by name, even as He called Mary, Martha and Peter.

In seeking to know that opportunity that is given
each in the present, it is one thing to live
that there may be presented to another
that which will open another's opportunity;
and it is for self to recognize and use the opportunity
in self's own development.

But know, as each has been called, that
there will come the greater opportunity
in self's development, self's understanding,
in preparing that which is for the enlightenment
of thine neighbor.

For, as He gave, let him know that has saved
a soul from perdition that he has covered
a multitude of sins in self.

Study then, each, to show self approved unto God,
rightly dividing the words of truth.

Let the meditations of the heart, let those activities
of the body, bespeak that thou wouldst offer in self
as an opportunity or channel for another to seek,
to know, thy God.

For, if thine God, thine service, doeth not thee good
day by day, how wilt thou present Him to another?

For, the life of self bespeaks the thoughts of the heart;
and each shall so live that He, the Christ,
becomes the Opportunity for all who meet thee
- whether at the table, in sleep, or walking in the street.

For, where the treasure is the heart is also.

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Each individual in its own way is finding
the consciousness of opportunity.

The lessons presented from such individuals
may be worthwhile in the experience of those
who seek to understand opportunity
from the view presented.

Each opportunity - the spiritual activity in the experience
of individuals - comes to materialization in what the individual does
with what the individual holds as the spiritual activity
of such an experience related to its ideal.

All should study more and more the experiences,
in a manner analyzing the experience that each
- as an individual cooperating with the Group
- may present for others that may be helpful
in their experience or presenting and acting
upon opportunity.

Each may believe - but the activity of each soul should be,
as respecting the faith within self, to show forth in its actions
that it professes to believe.
 
From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh truth.
While, that which may be found as a tinkling cymbal
may come only from that held as a tenet or as an ideal.

But that which becomes ideal is the heart's seeking
for the knowing and doing the will of Him
that giveth light, life and understanding in all
the experiences of those that seek to know His way.

How may I make my will more in accord with his will,
that He will speak with me? (See 5749-4)

As He has given to those to whom He spoke,
to those to whom He will speak:
"If ye love me, keep my commandments.
If ye love me, feed my sheep.
If ye love me, feed my lambs."

So, in the experience of all that seek
to know His biddings, do with the might
that the opportunity presents to thee
in each day's activity.

Be not impatient, but know that He will not tarry
- to those who love Him and keep His biddings.

Where am I falling short?
Who am I, that would speak against any fault
in any soul? Seek rather to find the fault from
thine own inner self, and He will guide thee aright.

So spake He to those that asked of Him,
and so speaks He to those that seek.

For, "My Spirit beareth witness with thy spirit"
to all that love His coming.

Why do I have such a feeling of loneliness
and uselessness, especially with this lesson?
As the activities of self are expressed
in that done unto others, so is the abundance
of love, companionship, expressions of His closeness,
found in thine experience.

For, as given, Holy is he or she that has the love
of the Father expressed in the acts of thine hands,
and thine mind, day by day.

For, with the love of the Father to those about thee
manifest in the life day by day, so is the fullness
of the life filled with the joy of the Lord.

Is there any symbolical difference,
or practical difference, between "feed my sheep"
and "feed my lambs"?
Symbolical; in that one represents that of the fold
and the other that seeking the fold.

The sheep represent those that know of, and know, the way.
The lambs represent those that seek, that would know,
that would find the way, that would come if shown
the tenderness expressed in,
"The good shepherd feedeth the sheep; he tendeth the lambs."

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Keep in the way that may be shown to those
who seek to know His biddings, and to know
the spiritual and material advantages in opportunity
that has been presented to those - as self.

Faint not in well-doing; for there is being opened
the door for the greater opportunities in the lives
of those the body contacts through its labors,
in the activities of the study of the truths presented;
there is being opened glory in the spirit of truth,
that convinceth and convicteth man unto
the acknowledging of his relationship to the Father.

Study to show thyself approved in meeting
all those opportunities that come in the activities
of the study of the lessons and the truths
that have been and are being presented
in the meditations day by day.

Be not faint-hearted in those things, conditions,
experiences that would appear to hinder;
either in judgments or in activities;
for whom the Lord loveth and calleth
into service, him He testeth
- even to the cleansing as by fire.

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Why am I called to read Revelation
and the prophets during this lesson?
For, as has been presented, opportunity
is of the spirit presented or manifesting itself
in the activity of individual souls.

As is shown in the prophets, these were also called
to present truths that came into the experience
of those to whom the prophets spoke.

So, in Revelation is there seen, in the activities of those
that name the name, those that are called, those
that would harken - hence, as in water the face
answereth to the face, so in thine consciousness
does the spirit of truth in the prophets,
in the Revelation, answer to the consciousness in self.

Know that those who spoke there spoke even
as is spoken to thee in thine experiences,
in meeting the spirits of truth in revealed activity
in thy meditation.

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As there is being shown thee in the material way,
in the thinking or heart way, in the spiritual experiences,
the opportunities that are both lost and grasped
by many, so - as the parallels are drawn for thee
- know that thou art being lifted up, being drawn
more and more into the abilities in the material ways
to strengthen those that falter here and there.

To all may it be as this, upon the opportunities
that have been given, from the purposes
in the beginning of the Group, that:
The time draweth near, the time is at hand,
when there is more and more seeking
for the light and understanding.

Let each, then, in your own way, in that which seemeth
good in the light of that which has been presented thee,
from day to day, so manifest that love that has been
showered on thee - in thy studies, in the preparation
for truths to thy fellow man, so live thine own life
that it may be an ensample unto those that study.

For, as ye call on Him, the Lord guide
Thou thy servants in the ways they should go.
"Let my going in, mine coming out, be wholly within
the ways Thou would have me go.
Direct my steps, direct my mind.
Let Thy will be done in me.
For, as the heart panteth after Thy own will,
may my spirit bear witness in the things
my body does day by day, that - the Lord
is in His holy temple, and the rod has
not passed from those that call on His name;
for the Glory of the Father to the sons of men
may be expressed in those that would guide,
guard and keep the Holy ways."

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This reading was about the "Oneness of All Force" which I have put under Lesson 11: The Lord Thy God is One.

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Respecting the manner in which each individual presents what
they have received through their periods of meditation, and the experiences
that have been applied in their own experience;

Let this not be as theory, not as feeling or understanding only,
but as the experience of the body itself as related to that obtained
through the meditation on the lessons in the various periods.

These experiences should be presented, and each has been called to
present that of self for the enabling of others to find, in their study,
meditation and experience, that which will be helpful to those seeking.

This is the manner in which the lessons should be prepared.

The responses that have come regarding the experiences
of others, in their study of that presented, should make
for evidence that that being presented is worthwhile
in the experience of those to whom the lessons
may be presented as a line - or an outline
- for thought and study.

Let each, then, keep first and foremost its application
to the various experiences; for presenting that obtained
is not presenting self, but rather that self is made
a channel through which there may be received
that which will be helpful to those that seek
through these channels for a better understanding.

In this manner, in this way, will there ever be presented
that which WILL be helpful, so long as each individual
presents that it has received of those experiences
through the meditation on that presented.

If self is presented, this becomes weakening;
but rather - as given - make self a channel.
How?

As ye would be a channel, as there is the willingness
and the desire to be used by those forces or influences
sought, there will be given that which will be of aid to others.

For, has it not been given,
"Ye that would speak in my name take no thought
of what ye shall say, for in the selfsame hour
it will be given thee"?

This is often referred to in regard to those periods
when the disciples were to speak or defend themselves
before those in authority.

Who is in authority in the earth as related to self?
There is the continual war between
"There is set before thee good and evil."

That whom ye serve is the master, according
to thine own activity.
Then, speak and act in His name;
He that is the Savior in the earth.

In those periods when there are the doubts
and the fears that arise, these are as the testing times
in each soul's experience.
He that endureth, he that looketh to the promises
- and believes and acts in that manner,
to him it is counted as righteousness.

Then, know in whom, in what, thou hast believed
- and keep the faith.

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Him in whom thou claimest to be
in accord with that He would have thee do.

Know that His ways are not past finding out.
Be not in the shadow of doubt or fear,
but keep the heart singing; knowing that
in His own good time and way
He will bring the desires of thine heart to pass
- that are in accord with His will - in thine experience.

"God have mercy on us all."
As the consciousness of the position of the world
and those about the body is made more and more
in accord with His will, the experiences even as He had
- as He wept over Jerusalem - become the experiences
of His children. Read there, then, that which caused
this feeling of the Master to give forth those expressions
even as He did in the presence of His disciples.

And there will come to self, through this meditation,
through this concentrating in self, and consecration of self
to His service, that understanding.

Then, to all, we would give this:

Consecrate yourselves, your bodies, your minds, your abilities
in every direction, to the opportunities to be of service
to those ye meet and contact day by day.

For, as well as in meditating and prayer, make
- through the promises that self may make
in consecration of self - that position in
the attunement of self that thy promises
and His promises may be one; and fulfill
all thou dost promise.

Know that He will keep those that keep His ways,
and - "Seek and ye shall find".

For, those periods for the studies of that
presented in Day and Night draw near!
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Updated: 8 August 2013