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Lesson 15: God and His Manifestations

(262-57 to 262-60)

AFFIRMATION

May the desire of my heart be such
that I may become more and more aware
of the spirit of the Father,
through the Christ, manifesting in me.
262-57

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this lesson is that there may be known to each of us
how, when and in what manner we may be conscious
of the spirit manifesting through us in material things.
(See 262-60)

This achievement in a great measure will depend upon
the application of the teachings found in our previous lessons.

Each lesson is a step in a search for God
until we come into full realization of His Presence abiding with us.

THE GREAT QUESTION
What is our concept of God?

Is God in our life only a fact,
an all-wise, all-inclusive, all-maifesting force,
or is He a loving and forgiving Father?

No one deep within himself doubts that God is a fact.

All realize that life itself is a mystery beyond the explanation of the wisest,
and that there must be a source from which it springs.

Men have called this source by many names but all have been moved
by the intricacy and perfection of the universe.

In the minds of many there is no need to seek another state of consciousness,
for the Force supplies bountifully the wants of all who labor.
It manifests in all things, and at all times; certainly, they say - God is a fact.

Then, how many we come to know God as our Father?
God is a Father only to those who seek Him.
"So you will be my people, and I will be your God."
(Jeremiah 30:22)

So, as we, who apply that which we know of the Father's will,
go about thinking - and thinking in such a manner
that the words of the mouth and the activity of the hands
bespeak the will of the Father - then, this activity, this thought,
makes us the channel through which the manisfestations come.

For, who may know in the earth the heart of the mother save a mother?
Who may know the will of the Father, God, save those that put
into the acts of their hands, in the thoughts of their minds, those things
that He has given and as He shows forth in the experience of all men from day to day?

So simple, then, is it to know the Father that all stumble
in that they think of themselves more highly than they ought to think.
262-58

Instead of seeking to be channels through which the Father
may make His love and His glory manifest in the earth,
we often, in our selfishness, seek our own ends.

Be rather as a channel through which the Father may take His love,
His glory, manifest in the earth.

Listen to the voice from within.
For, He is very nigh unto each of you,
if ye will but look within.

And that thou experienceth with the desire that thy self be nothing,
that the Father, the Christ, may be glorified in the earth,
brings to the experience of all the consciousness
of being a manifestation of the love of the Father to the sons of men...

What are the manifestations of the Father?
The fruits of the spirit.
Gentleness, kindness, the loving word, patience, hope, persistence, and
- above all - consistency in thy acts and in thy speech.

Be ye glorious in thine activity.
Be ye joyous in thy words.
For, happy is the man [who] knoweth
that his life bespeaks that the Son and the Spirit of Truth
directs the words and the activities of his body!
262-58

A question which naturally arise is,
"How can we interpret some of the words and acts of others
as manifestations of God, when they hurt us so much?"
Condemned not in words, in thoughts or activity, that you be not condemned.
Be angry and sin not. Be patient, seven times seven forgive; yes, seventy times seven.
(See 262-59)

We should see in every experience of activity of another
his attempt to express, to manifest, his concept of divine reality.

Each one of us as we give expression in thought, or in act,
shows what is the impelling in fluence in our experience.
We must not be a judge or a faultfinder; but, rather,
be merciful to those who err; for they know not what they do.

GOD, THE FATHER

Do we know God as a loving Father?
If we have not had the experience, why are we afraid?
Are we too lazy?
Are we willing to accept and use the abundance that is set before us,
to enjoy the pleasures and bounties of a divinely created world,
without a thought of a great Force behind and in all things?

This failure to recognize that which is the essence of life,
leads us to self indulgence and self-gratification,
whereby we increase the misery of our fellow man
and bring turmoil and suffering upon ourselves.

To know our relationship with the Father
we have to pass often through trails and sufferings.
That is not God's way of finding us, but our way
of coming into realization that we are on the wrong road.

All of our trIals have been of our own making.
The longer we fail to acknowledge this fact, and fail to do any thing about it,
the longer we are in coming into our full relationship with the Father.
Let us remember that only self stands in our way.

Jesus, the Christ, is the greatest example of the Father's love.
Through the teachings presented by the Son,
God has shown an understanding of each heart,
a willingness to bring peace to each soul that will turn toward Him.

THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE FATHER IN THE EARTH

The children of the Father seek to manifest His spirit in the earth.
It is the law.
Like begets like.

We are each a corpuscle in the body of God, performing our individual function.

Man and God do not measure greatness in the same manner.
The truly great are those who have the spirit of love,
never those who march to power through the blood of their fellow man.
One seeks for self glory, the other is selfless in glory.
As we study the lives of those who, under great difficulties,
have expressed the fruits of the spirit,
and observe how the world has been made better through their efforts,
it should give us courage to do faithfully that which we find to do.

The Master has told us He has gone to the Father; that is,
become one in consciousness with the Father;
and that whatever we ask in His name, the Father will give to us, that He, the Savior, the Christ,
may be glorified in the earth.

If we are His we should know that answers to our prayers are to His Glory,
and for our prayers are to His Glory, and for our good.

It is often necessary that we be tried as by fire.
The fires of the body, the fires of desires, the fires of the flesh,
the fires of the carnal forces, must be burned up.

When conditions and circumstances
bring experiences to us that try our souls,
and we search on anguish for a reason for it all,
we may realize a deep and abiding joy and peace
in calling to mind the admonition,
"Be still, and know that I am God."
(Psalm 46:10)

When there are those activities in a material world
that bring about the forces or influences wherein
there may be the action of a soul in its development,
it may be often counted to some as sin or error,
while in reality it may be only mercy to that soul
from an all-wise and beneficent Father,
who is directing, planning, giving the soul
an opportunity for the use of that which may come
into the soul's experience in the material plane.

What the soul, through its body and mind and their attributes,
does about the knowledge, the consciousness
of the indwelling of the spirit of life through the Christ in the earth,
is the opportunity for that soul to develop.

Therefore, when we condemn, it is a selfish manifestation,
and is an attempt, as was the first sin, to blame on another
that which we ourselves have done, else we would not recognize it.

PERFECT MANIFESTATION IN THE EARTH

If we would know the love of the Father
(that has been manifested through His Son,
who overcame sin, error, disease,
and even death itself in the material plane),
then let us rely on the power of His indwelling presence
and have a greater knowledge, a greater understanding
of the Christ Consciousness, the Christ Life, in our experience.

To accomplish this we do not have to shut ourselves away
from our friends, our associates, or even our enemies.
The Master never did.

If it is our purpose to manifest perfectly the fruits of the Spirit,
this is possible through our manner of living.

We should seek, therefore, to know His way for us.
This cannot be achieved by denying the existence of sin or error.
It is true that sin and error are not of God except through our willful disobedience.
If there is in us the manifestation of greed, avarice, hate, selfishness,
unkindness, ungodliness in our life, they will bring their fruit
- contention, strife, hate, avarice, and separateness from the light.

Those who have turned their face from the light of God
can see only shadows and darkness.
Yet, if they will turn to the Father of love as manifested in the earth
through the Christ, even in this life there may be seen
the light and the glory of a new birth. "...his love endures forever."
(Psalm 118:29)

The Father has not left His children alone,
but for every temptation has prepared a way of escape.
Should we be less merciful?
We were in the beginning made sons of Gods,
yet few of us act as sons.

We can understand better perfect manifestation in the earth,
when we comprehend, when we realize that there is no time, no space,
and that the divinity of the man Jesus was perfected in His own activity in the earth;
for it (His sacrifice) was offered even from the first.
(See 262-57)

If we would be perfect manifestations then, let us be ready to forgive,
even as our Master did.
He did not set any moral law but that of which the soul of man was conscious.
So, we may know that within dwells the spirit of God that which quickens
if we will acknowledge His power and His divine right with us.
When the Master lived among men His presence cleansed all
who sought relief from physical disease, and better prepared them
to manifest the fruits of the Spirit in their lives.
He did not save their bodies from the grave or transition from one sphere to another,
but He quickened their souls, and their minds to such a degree
that they would cry as Joshua of old -
"...as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
(Joshua 24:15)

Throughout the experience of man in the material world, at various seasons and periods,
would-be teachers have come; setting up certain forms or certain theories
as to manners in which individuals shall control the appetites of the body
or of the mind, so as to attain to some particular phase of development.

There has also come a teacher who was bold enough to declare himself
as the son of the living God.
He set no rules of appetite.
He set no rules of ethics, other than,
"do to others what you would have them do to you,"
(Matthew 7:12) and to know,
inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these,
thy brethren, ye do it unto thy Maker.
He declared that the kingdom of heaven is within each individual,
and that each through meditation upon the fact that God is the Father of all
could become aware of the kingdom.
Such teacher became the Christ.
Here, then, you find, a brother, a companion.
As He gave, "I no longer call you servants ... instead I have called you friends."
(John 15:15)

For, as many as believe, to them He gives power to become
the children of God, the Father; joint heirs with this Jesus, the Christ,
in the knowledge and in the awareness of this presence
abiding ever with those who set this ideal before them.

WHAT, THEN, IS THIS ONE AS AN IDEAL?

As concerning our fellow man,
He taught that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us,
to take no thought, to worry not, to be not overanxious about the body,
for He knows what things we have need of.

Then we should realize that in the place,
in the consciousness in which we find ourselves, today,
is that which is needed for our greater, our better, and more wonderful unfoldment.

But today hear His voice,
"Come to me, all you are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,"
(Matthew 11:28)

The Lord loveth those who put their trust wholly in Him.

This, then, is that attitude of mind that puts away hate, malice, anxiety, jealousy.
And in their stead, since mind is the builder, creates the fruits of the spirit;
love, patience, mercy, long-suffering, kindness, gentleness.

And against these, there is no law.
They break down barriers, they bring peace and harmony,
they bring the outlook upon life of not finding fault because someone "forgot",
someone's judgment was bad, someone was selfish today.
These ye can overlook, for so did He.

In His own experience with those whom He had chosen out of the world,
of He had held disappointment in the leaving Him
to the mercies of an indignant high priest,
a determined lawyer and an unjust steward,
what would have been thy hope, thy promise today?

WE ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD

Let each of us,
in our meditations,
in our study,
in our observations
of the concepts in this lesson,
make applications of whatever spiritual law
we become conscious of through our individual experiences.

For, as He taught, we may call Lord,
Lord, even may heal the sick,
may cast out demons in His name,
and yet not be accepted in His sight.

The lives of those who make profession of their associations
of those things that are of the spirit, of the fruits of the spirit.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
(Matthew 7:21)

What are the manifestations of the Father in the earth?
To do good to all people, to manifest the fruits of the spirit
in our thoughts and in our acts, as we meet our fellow men
in their own conditions where troubles,
doubts, fears and distresses assail them.

As we manifest the fruits of the Christ, of the Christ Consciousness,
in our words, our acts, in or dwelling with others, we will, as the Christ,
manifest in the earth good to all, whether they are of His fold
or those who reject that which He lived and taught.

In this manner the Son manifested the Father in the earth:
so in Him we have an example.

As we apply those truths that we know,
we will come to those experiences where we may be
lamps to the feet of the wayward,
an aid to those who seek,
a light to those who have gone astray,
a guiding hand to those who would know more and more
of the love of the Father as it manifests
in the acts, the thoughts, the lives of His followers.

What is our light?
What is our guide?
Have we tried just being kind
in order to see how this law operates
in the experience of our neighbor?

A smile raised hope;
that hope made possible activity;
that activity made a haven
for some discouraged, disheartened soul.

Let us smile though the heavens fall;
though we may become as naught in a world of selfishness,
we may rejoice in the light of Him who has given Himself for our redemption.

Let Him, the Christ, be the guide.
Let Him build for thee the mansion,
rather than with thine own puny hands
where moth and rust doth corrupt and
where those that unconsciously
in their stumbling manners
oft make the road rough for thee.
Forgive them, if ye would be forgiven.
Hold not a grudge, for that which is thine
may not be taken from thee lest
thou alone cast it aside by envy,
strife, unkind thoughts, unkind acts, and thus destroy
that thou lovest most - life!
262-60

How long has been the cry,
"Hasten, O Lord, the day of Thy kingdom in the earth,"
of those who have manifested the glory of the Father
through the Son.

What are the promises that the Son has given?
"I am going there to prepare a place for you
... and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am (in consciousness).
(John 14:2-3)

"I will come back and take you with me."
(John 14:4)

As we attuned our mind and our body-activity into that consciousness,
our desires hasten the day.
While the merciful kindness of the Father has, in the eyes of many,
delayed the coming, and many, as were the children of Israel, are ready to say,
"Make us gods who will go before us."
(Genesis 32:1)

In patience, in listening, in being still, may ye know that the Lord does all things well.
Be not weary that He apparently prolongs His time, for as even the Son,
but the Father and they to whom the Father may reveal it.
The Son prepared the way that all our keeping,
to us His children He has committed the keeping of, the saving of the world.
Then know that as our minds, as our hearts desire more and more
for the glorifying of the Son in the earth, for the coming of the day of the Lord,
He draws very nigh unto us.

Keep thine heart and thine mind singing in the glory of the manifestations,
of the beauty and of the glory of the Father in the earth,
as thou hast seen manifest among men.
262-58

Keep in the way that thou knowest to do,
for He requires not other than that ye be true
to that thou knowest in thine heart to do.
For He calleth those by name that have named
through such may the love of the Father,
through the Son be manifest in the earth.
262-58

Lead me, O Father, just for today, that I may be used as a channel of blessing,
that I may today manifest Thy love through my association with those I contact;
for as I show forth Thy love in the earth to my fellow man,
the promise comes to me that Thou wilt guide, guard, protect
and comfort me in the ways that I go.
262-60

Keep ye all in the Way.
Be happy, Be joyous.
And may love and mercy and peace,
that cometh from the Father to those
who use themselves in His service, be with thee.
Amen.
282-19
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262-057

That the manifestations in the earth that are good
(and there are some that call ALL good)
are of God, and the variations in the manifestations,
and the ability to discern that which will lead
to the light or to God and that away from
the knowledge of the Father,
are the fundamentals in the next lesson.

Hence an outline would be first on the questionings
that may be by all, in the varied studies.

God is an all-wise, all-inclusive, all-manifesting force
in the experience of man.

The Father is that loving INFLUENCE
in the experience of those that seek Him.

God is a fact.

The Father - those that seek may know.
The manifestations - how and what they are.

May the desire of my heart be such
that I may become more and more aware
of the Spirit of the Father,
through the Christ, manifesting in me.

Please explain the statement given in Genesis,
"In six days God made the heaven
and the earth and rested on the seventh day."
That each may interpret this to his own comprehension
is rather that each becomes aware of the power
of the Father in His manifestations in the earth.

When it is considered (as was later given, or written
even before this was written) that
"a thousand years is as but a day and a day
as but a thousand years in the sight of the Lord,"
then it may be comprehended that this was colored
by the writer in his desire to express to the people
the power of the living God - rather than a statement
of six days as man comprehends days in the present.

Not that it was an impossibility - but rather that
men under the environ should be impressed
by the omnipotence of that they were called
on to worship as God.

Who is Halaliel? [In 262-56]
One in and with whose courts Ariel fought
when there was the rebellion in heaven.

Now, where is heaven?
Where is Ariel, and who was he?
A companion of Lucifer or Satan,
and one that made for the disputing of the influences
in the experiences of Adam in the Garden.
[See 443-3 mentioning Halaliel.]

Does the truth, "By becoming aware
in a material world was the only manner through
which spiritual forces might become aware
of their separation from spiritual surroundings"
show that the reincarnation of those who die
in childhood is necessary?
As the awareness comes by separation
(which is being manifested in materiality
as we know it in the present), there is the necessity
of the sojourning in each experience for the developments
of the influences necessary in each soul's environ,
each soul's attributes, to become again
aware of being in the Presence of the Father.

Hence the reincarnation into this or that influence,
and those that are only aware of material
or carnal influences for a moment may be
as greatly impressed as were a finite mind
for a moment in the presence of Infinity.

How long was the experience of Saul
in the way to Damascus?
How long was the experience of Stephen
as he saw the Master standing - not sitting, standing?

How long was the experience of those that saw
the vision that beckoned to them,
or any such experience?

When one considers the birth of a soul into the earth,
the more often is the body and the body-mind
considered than the soul - that is full-grown
in a breath.

For, did the Father (or Infinity) bring the earth,
the worlds into existence, how much greater is a day
in the house of the Lord
- or a moment in His presence
- than a thousand years in carnal forces?

Hence a soul even for a flash, or for a breath,
has perhaps experienced even
as much as Saul in the way.

"The Lamb slain before the foundation of the world"?
If this is taken in conjunction with many
another expression of the Master,
it may be the more easily comprehended
in the intellectual activities of those
who would seek to experience same.

As the Master gave,
"Before Abraham was I Am before the worlds
were I Am."

Hence, when there came the necessity in the realm
of the spiritual home for the coming of the Lamb
into the earth for its redemption, the Truth,
the light, the offering was made.

Hence the expression as given.
For, as has been given, the thought,
the mind, is the builder.

Then, as each soul builds for that it as a soul
is to act, whether in spirit, in mind or in body,
the Soul-mind is already in the throes
of the influences necessary.

Then, when we comprehend we realize
there is no time, no space, and that the divinity
of the man Jesus was perfect in his own activity
in the earth.

For, it was offered even from the first.
So, as ye gathered here - ye each have your duties,
your obligations, in materiality.

Ye each have your promises in your material things,
if ye will but follow in the way that has been opened
- that has been shown thee - that each in your own
experience may be the channel for the greater blessing
to thy fellow man.

And, as has been given you, ye have been chosen;
each one that chooses to do His biddings.

Then, pray ye the Father that through His Son,
the Christ, ye may be shown more of the light,
that ye may in this day, in this opportunity
He has given thee in thy experience
in the material world now, fulfill that whereunto
ye have been called.

For, as the Master gave,
"Think ye not that ye have a promise through Abraham?
or that ye are children of promise through him?
for I say He may raise unto Himself of these stones
children unto Abraham."

Ye are children of the promise, in Christ.
Ye have - of all people - the greater right
for glorying in that promise; but if ye allow selfishness,
unkindness, evil thoughts, evil communications,
or little worries of the day to separate you,
then ye have rejected being His children
- and must one day, one time, suffer
that of being offered on the altar.

Then, make much of this opportunity.

This, as He gave:
"Love ye one another - prefer one another instead of self."
Know the Truth, for only truth is of God.
Your next lesson will be Desire.

262-058

How should each in themselves, in their meditation,
in their study, in their observation of that being presented
in the lesson God and His Manifestations in the Earth,
make the application of that which is conscious
in their individual experience.

For, as He has given, ye may call "Lord, Lord,"
even may heal the sick, cast out demons even in His name,
and yet not be accepted in His sight;

For by the fruits ye shall know them that are called of the Lord,
in the ways and manners that His manifestations
are through the lives of the individuals that make profession
in their life OF their associations; but if their life and the fruits
of their lives bring not forth greater manifestations,
and those things that are of the spirit, the fruits of the spirit,
then they are none of His.

Not everyone that saith "Lord, Lord," but he that doeth
the will of the Father, the same is acceptable in His sight.
What, then, are the manifestations of the Father in the earth?
That ye do good unto all peoples, and that
the fruits of the spirit are manifested in thy thoughts,
in thy acts day by day as ye meet thy fellow men
in their own conditions where troubles, doubts, fears,
distresses arise.

And as there is given those things into their experience
from thine own desire to be the channel through which
the manifestations of the spirit of the Christ,
of the Christ Consciousness, may be in
the experience of such individuals, thy words and thy acts
are in keeping with that He, the Father, makes manifest
in the earth through the Son - as He in His life
made manifest in His walks in the earth, doing good
to those whether they were of His fold or those
that even rejected that He had done rather
as an experience in their lives.

Then, as they each may manifest in the thought,
in the application of those truths as He gave,
they may come to those experiences wherein
they oft may be as a lamp to the feet of the wayward,
as an aid to those who seek, as a light to those
that have gone astray, as a guiding hand to those
that would know more and more of the love of the Father
as it manifests in the acts, the thoughts,
the lives of His followers.

May there be expanded upon the protection
of the Father and His goodness in manifestation
in the earth?
As He has given from the beginning,
"If ye will be my children, I will be your God."
So, as individuals, in the application of that known
in their experience as to what the will of the Father is,
go about thinking - and thinking it in such a manner
that the words of the mouth and the activity
of the hand bespeak the will of the Father;
then this activity, this thought, makes the individual
the channel through which the manifestations
are in the earth.

For, who may know in the earth the heart
of the mother save a mother?
Who may know the will of the Father, God,
save those that put into the acts of their hands,
in the thoughts of their minds, those things
that He has given and as He shows forth
in the experience of all men from day to day?

So simple, then, is it to know the Father
that all stumble in that they think of themselves
more highly than they ought to think.

Be rather as a channel through which the Father
may make His love, His glory, manifest in the earth.

Listen to the voice from within.
For, He is very nigh unto each of you,
if ye will but look within.

And that thou experienceth with the desire
that thy self be nothing, that the Father,
the Christ, may be glorified in the earth,
brings to the experience of all the consciousness
of being a manifestation of the love of the Father
to the sons of man.

For some time I have been thinking continually
about the coming of the Kingdom on earth and His coming.
Has it any bearing upon the lesson?
Please give me more light upon the Kingdom and His coming.
How long has been the cry of those that have manifested
in the earth the glory of the Father through the Son,
"Hasten, O Lord, the day of thy kingdom in the earth!"

How have the promises read that the Son has given?
"I go to prepare a place that where I am there
ye may be also. I will come again and receive
you unto myself."

Then, as the individual heart attunes its mind
and its body-activity into that consciousness
of the desire for the hastening of that day.

Yet the merciful kindness of the Father has,
in the eyes of many, delayed the coming,
and many have cried even as the parable He gave,
"We know not what has become of this man.
Show us other gods that may lead us in this day."

Yet the cry in the heart and the soul of those
that seek His way is to hasten that day.
Yet, as He has given, in patience, in listening,
in being still, may ye know that the Lord
doeth all things well. Be not weary that
He apparently prolongs His time, for
- as the Master has given,
"As to the day, no man knoweth,
not even the son, but the Father and they
to whom the Father may reveal the Son
prepareth the way that all men
may know the love of the Father."

And as ye would be the channel
to hasten that glorious day of the coming of the Lord,
then do with a might that thy hands find to do
to make for the greater manifestations
of the love of the Father in the earth.

For, into thy keeping, and to His children
and to His sons, has He committed
the keeping of the saving of the world,
of the souls of men; for, as He has given,
"Who is my mother?
Who is my brother?
Who is my sister?"

They that do the will of my Father who is in heaven,
the same is my mother, my brother, my sister."

So, as He gave,
"I leave thee, but I will come again and receive
as many as ye have quickened through the manifesting
in thy life the will of the Father in the earth."

Hence know that, as thine mind, thine activities,
long more and more for the glorifying of the Son
in the earth, for the coming of the day of the Lord,
He draws very nigh unto thee.

"How and What are the manifestations of the Father?"
The fruits of the spirit. Gentleness, kindness,
the loving word, patience, hope, persistence, and
- above all - consistency in thy acts and in thy speech.

Be ye glorious in thine activity.

Be ye joyous in thy words.

For, happy is the man that knoweth that his life
bespeaks that the Son and the Spirit of Truth
directs the words and the activities of his body!

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Let that that is in thine heart be manifest
in the acts of thine hands and in the speech
of thy mouth day by day.
For [from] the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaketh, and in the acts of the body
they show forth the meditations of the heart.

Keep in the glory of that thou hast purposed
in thine heart. For, in the gentleness of the speech,
in the kindness of the activity, thou showest forth
the love of the Father.

Be not overcome of those things that would hinder,
but overcome the evil with the good, and give the glory
- always - to the Father.

Keep thine heart and thine mind singing
in the glory of the manifestations, of the beauty
and of the glory of the Father in the earth,
as thou hast seen manifest among men.

Look not on those things that appear
as stumbling blocks in the lives of others,
for - as he has given of old -
"I am persuaded that there is nothing in heaven
nor in earth, nor in hell, that may separate man
from the love of the Father and the manifestations
of that love save man's own self."
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In the glory of the Lord and His manifestations
in the earth, be thou the channel through which
some blessings may come day by day.

For in so doing may thou come to know more and more
how great is the glory of the Father, through the Son.

For, as He has given,
"What ye ask in my name, believing, that I will give unto thee,
that the Father may be glorified in me and in thee."

Keep in the way thou hast set before thee,
in the love of the consciousness of the Christ
in thine activities day by day. Doubt not.
Faint not in thine activities, for - as He has given
- "If ye will draw night unto me, I will draw nigh unto thee."
And through thee may there be the manifestations
of God's love in the earth, through the Father,
through the hope, through the activity
of the fruits of the spirit in the earth.

Let thy going in and thy coming out be acceptable
in the sight of Him who has promised to come
and abide with those that love His coming,
love His glorifying in the earth through those promises
He has given into the keeping of the sons of men;
that ye be kind, ye be gentle, ye be in keeping
with those things that thou knowest in thine heart
are well pleasing in the sight of the Father.

For, thus may the manifestations of that promised
from the beginning be in thine experience.

For, those that seek God and to know Him
must believe that He is, and He is
a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

Let thine heart be glad in the things thou hast seen
in thine experience of the glories of the Father,
through the Son, in the lives of those that thou
hast contacted day by day.

For, these are but naught, wilt thou keep thine heart singing,
keep thine life pure, keep thy ways as His ways.

For, He loveth and protecteth, and guideth and directeth
those that call on Him in faith - and not for themselves alone,
but rather that self shall be effaced that the face of the Christ
may shine more and more in the lives of others.

Keep the heart singing for the glories of the Christ child,
in the lives of the children, in the lives of the grown-ups,
that thou meetest day by day.
For, in His ways are the ways of the Father.

For, as He gave, no man may do anything of himself,
save as the Father in His mercy has granted
that through the love and through the manifestations
of His love in the earth may that increase
of His manifestations come into the experience
and in the lives of those that seek to do his biddings.

Let thine life, in mind, in body, in soul, cry unto the Lord
in weakness, and in strength He will raise thee up.

For, as He has given,
"They that seek in my name shall in no wise be cast out,
and he that giveth a cup of cold water in my name
shall in no wise lose his reward."

Be not impatient that some glorious mighty thing
has not been in thine experience, for the experiences
that thou has been awakened to the abilities
that may be made manifest through the love of the Father,
through the Christ, without the thought of self,
without the desire for self-exaltation,
only in such ways and manners may His glory
be wholly shown in thee.

Keep in the way that thou knowest to do,
for He requires not other than that ye be true
to that thou knowest in thine heart to do.

For, He calleth those by name that have named
the name of the Christ and that keep His ways,
and through such may the love of the Father
through the Son be manifest in the earth.

In thine understanding and in thine closeness
in the love of the Master, as He has called unto all
that would know His ways, there may come in
thine experience those manifestations that make known
unto thine soul that thou hast been called
to be a channel of blessing to many.

For, as the love of the Father is manifested
in the earth through the Son, so may self
- becoming selfless in thy associations
with those that would bespeak of self-exaltation
or self-glorification, for of such is it said,
"Though ye may do wonders in the earth
in my name, self may be abased."

But those that glory in the love of the Father
through the Son, in selflessness, may be exalted
in the manifestations in the earth.

Let the words of thy mouth and the meditation
of thine heart be acceptable in the sight of Him
that thou hast heard give, "Though I go away,
I will come again and receive you unto myself,
that where I am there ye may be also."

And the greater love as was shown,
"and Lo, I am with thee always,
even unto the end of the world."

What greater manifestations could there be
in the inner soul of anyone in a material plane
than bespeak those things of the Son of the Father
in such a way and manner that those
that hear may know that thou hast indwelling
in thine inmost soul the knowledge of the Father,
in the Son, and the Love of the Father
to the sons of men!

Keep the heart true to those things thou hast declared
in thine life.

For, as there is seen in thine walks in and before man,
so are the judgments of what thou thinkest of
the promises of the Son.

For, as the Son would be glorified in thee,
as the Son would glorify the Father in the love
as He has shown in the earth, abuse not those gifts
that are showered upon thee through the love of Him
who has said, "If ye will keep my commandments
I will come and abide with thee, and will guide
thy footsteps lest thou stumblest."

Let the love of the Father in the Son guide thee.

Be not impatient, nor be thou longing for those things
that are other than the love of the Father in the Son
that may be manifested in the glories that thou hast had
in knowing that thou hast been a channel,
thou art a channel, through which many approach
the Throne of grace.

And they, as He has promised, that have saved a soul
from sin, from perdition, have covered a multitude of sins,
and their robes are washed in the blood of the Lamb;
and He knoweth thee by name, and He calleth thee
that thou wouldst keep the way that many may know
that the Father through the Son will come
to those that seek to know His face.

TO ALL WOULD THIS BE GIVEN:
Love God.
Eschew evil.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
For, as He gave, "A new commandment I give unto you,
that ye love one another,"
even as the Father hath loved you in giving His Son
that ye through faith, that ye through the love
that He has shown, may know the love of
the Father and thus be the greater channel of blessings
to those ye meet day by day.

For ye have been called unto a purpose,
as into the service of the Son of man.

Make known to Him thy desire, in HIS will, and
- thy will one with His - there will come to thee
many blessings, physically, mentally, spiritually.

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If there is applied in the experience of each that which has been
given respecting the present subject, you each will find there may
be given by each of you that which will be your contribution to that as
is helpful to others.

For, unless we use that we know, we may not comprehend or use that
which may lead for the next step.

For, as has been shown, it should be line upon line, precept upon
precept, here a little, there a little.

We each must apply ourselves in that which we know to be a
manifestation of the love of the Father to the sons, the children
of men, in our daily experience.

"Be glorious in thine activity, be joyous in thy words."
Be glorious in thy activity. If the activities of a soul-mind are in
that direction of manifesting the love of the Father to others, then it -
the activity - must be glorious in the essence of that causing, producing
or making for such an activity.

So, in such an activity there will indeed be that joy which comes with
every soul doing that it knows or has been shown is the acceptable service
unto a living God.

Hence, be glorious in thine activity - joyous in thy service.

"The soul must feed upon dead patience that it
may grow into an abundant life"?
For, as given by Him that is the Light, the Life, we become aware
of our souls through patience.

Then, patience that is crucified of self in service to another is as dead
in the sense of the earth's activity, and alive in the knowledge of the
Father dwelling in thine service or thine activity through such experience.

So, if these be put into practice in the experience of each, they each
know well what it means: Be angry and sin not. Be patient.
Seven times forgive; yea, seventy times seven.
And, being dead, being crucified to the things that pertain
to the earth, looking for that acceptable day of the Lord.

This makes a question in the minds of some,
as to when is the acceptable day of the Lord.

When ye love God better than yourself!
Then is it the day, the hour, of the awakening in thine self!
to do His service, to do His biddings, to be - as it were
- a sacrafice in all those things that make for burnings,
for longings for those things that make for the weakening
of the flesh; that ye may know that He will have His way with thee.
Becoming selfless, becoming conscious of His Spirit,
His love, moving in and through thee, prompting thee
in thy words, thy activities, thy service.

Luke 1:35.
"The Holy Ghost shall make that within thee alive."
This is the body of the mother becoming aware
of the spirit of truth being made manifest into materiality,
or the spirit of the Father making aware
through conscious forces active in material body
that the body is then moved or acted upon
by the Spirit of the Father - or the Holy Spirit active
in material force.

II Cor. 5:21,
"For he hath made Him to be made sin who knew no sin",
etc. Was his sin of His own choosing?
This may be given in that which follows near,
that though He were without sin yet He thought it not robbery
to make Himself equal with God in making Himself manifest
through the power of God; for, as He gave,
"I do nothing of myself save that given me by the Father."

But, as given respecting this same reference,
when the spirit brought in spirit that of condemnation
or sin in manifested form in the earth,
then the Son came in manifested form - or in sin
- that through Him the earth, or the spirit of man,
might have the advocate with the Father and through Him
once for all be made free from sin through that activity
of the Christ-Spirit in the earth.

Hence that given, He became sin - or in sin,
rather should be the translation - that those in sin,
or in the earth, or in materiality, might know
the Light and have Life, and having Life
have it more abundantly - or more often - in Him.

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Be not overcome of thine self, nor of those things
that would make thee weak in those that are
the besetting influences in thy experience.
Know that the strength to overcome is in Him.
Conform thine mind and thine body to the things
of the spirit, rather than to the things of the flesh.
While in flesh we may make manifested those forces
in spirit.

But abide in His time. Listen to the voice within thee.

For, His spirit will bear witness with thy spirit
and guide thee in the way that thou shouldst go.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, rather than
to any work, any family, any relationships.

For, oft do personalities and those things that partake
of same become stumbling-blocks.

But know that thy Redeemer has made the way clear,
that if ye will follow in not only His precepts
but His example thy lifewill become as joyous
as He has promised in the service for Him
and His activities in the earth.

For, though the heavens may pass away,
though the earth may fail, His promises shall not fail.

For, all that was made, all that is active
in the influences in the earth, are His.

What wilt thou do with thine abilities in the present?

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All should contribute.
Each that fails, fails in its portion of a service,
a calling that has been assumed by each individual
in the group.

The cooperation of each gives that impetus
to the work of the compilers, of the thought,
of the spirit of that which is sent forth with the power
and the blessings of those influences that direct
each soul in its labors.

Then, how may this be clarified?
First, let each contribute a word, an act,
an expression of its experience, with the thought,
the purpose, the message that has been received
through the study, the preparation of itself for being
a contributor to this message.

Then, as given, compile as to that thought, that line first given
as to how the outline should be; the stating of the purpose,
the contributions and those that coordinate one with another,
the experience and the application of that which may be
the experience of all that would be a channel through which
there may be a manifestation of the Father's love,
the Father's mercy, the Father's long-suffering,
the Father's patience with a stiff-necked people.

These should be the manners in which this preparation
should be for this lesson.

What is the purpose of this particular lesson?
Has it not been pointed out to those as they have followed
that presented, that in this there may be seen or known
to each as to how, when and in what manner
they as individuals may be conscious of the spirit
manifesting through them in material things?

Matthew 24:34,
"Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass,
till all these things be fulfilled."
Those individuals that were in hearing and in keeping
of those things presented by the Master in that experience
would be in the manifested form in the earth during
the periods of fulfillments in the earth of
the prophecies spoken of.

Not in what is termed as generation of four score
and ten years, but the experiences of those souls
in the earth during those periods when there must
shortly come the completing or fulfilling of those things
spoken of.

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That which has been given should be worked upon.
In this: Thou hast found in thine experience that, though
the burdens of material things may weigh heavily upon thee
in the present, that thou hast manifested in the gentleness,
in the kindliness, in the patience thou hast shown
with thine self, with thine neighbor, with thine household,
has brought and does bring those contentments
that make for the greater peace and harmony
that may be had in the experience of a soul
in the earth's environs.

Then, be thou ready to be used as He sees fit.
Let thy supplication be from day to day:

"Lead me, O Father, just for today,
that I may be used as a channel of blessing,
that I may today manifest Thy love
through my association with those I contact;
for as I show forth Thy love in the earth to my fellow man,
the promise comes to me that thou wilt guide,
guard, protect and comfort me in the ways that I go."

These will bring to thine consciousness that presence
of the Christ Spirit abiding with thee.

No greater consolation can be in the experience
of any than,
"He walks and talks with me day by day."

"Look not on the things that appear
to be stumbling blocks in the lives of others."
(262-58)

How may I so conduct myself in this particular instance
as to be of help and bring into the lives of others
a more perfect understanding of the love of the Father,
through the Son?

Condemn not in word, in thought or activity,
that ye be not condemned.
See in every expression of activity the attempt of that soul
to express or manifest that soul's concept of divine reality.

For, each soul, as it gives expression in thought,
in act, shows by the fruits of that done as to what is
the impelling influence in that soul's experience.

Then, not as a judge, not as a faultfinder,
but rather as He gave, be merciful to those that err,
for they know not what they do - unless they be guided
by the spirit of truth that cleanseth all from that of selfishness
and makes of them as one with the influence of
the Christ Consciousness in their lives.

Seeing such, sending forth the same prayer as He
in those words over Jerusalem -
"thou that stonest the prophets, how oft would I
- and ye would not!" Yet those very things,
those very souls are today seeking to know the meaning
of those words of His in their own experiences in the present.

Let thy light so shine among those that they may
take thought of those things as He gave,
in those blessings He gave even to those that crucified;
who gave Himself that others might know the way,
the light, the truth.

The Master's statement to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again."
In its whole setting, rather, should this word be understood.
Nicodemus was among those of the Sanhedrin,
those of the teachers, those of the elders,
with that privilege of being in access to all that
had been given from the time there was delivered
to Moses on the mount the ordinances, the relationships
of individuals to individuals, the relationship of
the individual soul to its Maker.

Much had come now to be rather as hearsay,
as omens, rather than the ordinances of old.

And when Nicodemus asked,
"How can such things be?"
the rebuke came in His answer,
"Art thou a teacher in Israel and knoweth not these things?"

Ye must be born of water and of blood.
Or, of the spirit and through the flesh.
Or, that ALL must pass under the rod,
even as was given by those teachers that as Moses
and the children passed through the sea
they were baptized in the cloud and in the sea;
as an example, as an omen, as a physical activity
of a spiritual, a physical separation from that
which had been builded in their experience
as the sojourn in Egypt.

As the Master gave to Nicodemus,
ye must be born of the spirit where ye may make manifest
the fruits of the spirit. Where?
In the earth! Not that these come in their order
as indicated in the question by Nicodemus,
but in their relative position as to their development,
their necessities, their needs for their soul growth,
their soul understanding. O that all would gather
more of that understanding that the soul is a body
and the physical is the mere temple, the mere shell,
the mere material manifestation of that which
may not be touched by hands! For, it appears
that we must be born again that we may dwell
in those mansions not made with hands
- but are prepared for those that have washed their robes,
their bodies, their souls in the blood.

For, ye are ones that may know the truth,
if ye will but manifest in thine own experiences
that ye have learned in thine meditations with thine God.

Ye must be born in flesh, in spirit again, that
ye may make manifest that ye have experienced
in thine own soul!

II Corinthians 5:1,
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

Would that each soul might grasp that truth that,
though the soul may not be seen, that it doeth,
that growth it makes, that body, must dwell in that house
not made with hands, eternal with the Father.

For the life IS the spirit of the soul, it is God eternal,
however it may manifest itself in that we know
as materiality or matter.

Why, why, has not the man, the scientist, been able
to find in the brain words?
or be able to tell what has made for a developed brain
and an undeveloped brain, when he says it is the seat
from which emotions and activities emanate?

For, was it not given, would ye have life ye must give life?
Would ye be that as would be one with Him, then live it!

For those things are not made with hands,
rather by the deeds done, that expended; and it,
the deed, as the light itself, shineth on and on
- and though the source from which it may visibly
emanate may be destroyed or extinguished,
the light shines on - that has passed into what?

The realm through which, of which, are those mansions
where the body that is indestructible is to preside.

What is thy light?
What IS thy guide?

That thou mayest see how it operates, or that in the experience
of thine neighbor, thine brother, thou hast just been kind?

For, as has been said, the smile raised hope in that one
upon which it was given; that hope made possible activity;
that activity made possible a haven for some discouraged,
some disheartened soul!

Be thou, each of you, one that may smile though the heavens
fall; though thou may be ground to dust upon the altars
of thine own selfishness thou may shine even in His light
that He has set before you for thine own redemption!

Let Him, the Christ, be the guide.
Let Him build for thee the mansion, rather than with
thine own puny hands where moth and rust doth corrupt
and where those that unconsciously in their stumbling manners
oft make the road rough for thee.

Forgive them, if ye would be forgiven.
Hold not a grudge, for that which is thine may not be taken
from thee lest thou alone cast it aside by envy, strife,
unkind thoughts, unkind acts, and thus destroy
that thou lovest most - Life!

In canonizing the Bible, why was the life of Zan
 [Zend] left out? [993-3 364-9]
Called in other names.

For, much might be given respecting that ye have
that ye call the Bible.

This has passed through many hands.

Many that would turn that which was written into the meanings
that would suit their own purposes, as ye yourselves often do.

But if ye will get the spirit of that written there ye may find it
will lead thee to the gates of heaven.

For, it tells of God, of your home, of His dealings
with His peoples in many environs, in many lands.

Read it to be wise.
Study it to understand.
Live it to know that the Christ walks through same with thee.
For, as He gave, in righteousness may ye know those things
that have been preserved from the foundations of the worlds
in thine own experience.

For, these are told there in the manners of those
that recorded same in their own environ.

What wilt THOU write today that will be as the words
of life to thy brothers in the ages to come?

For, He has given, ye have been called
- and ye have a work to do.

Then, in the next lesson ye shall have, shall much be given
concerning how that which is carnal and that which is mental
and that which is spiritual may be found - in Desire.

For, it builds - and is that which is the basis of evolution,
and of life, and of truth. It also takes hold on hell
and paves the way for many that find themselves oft therein.
In spirit, in body, in mind.

The message, then, that ye would study in this, should be:
Father, Let Your desires be my desires.
Let my desires, God, be Your desires,
in spirit and in truth. 
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Updated: 8 August 2013