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Lesson 16: Desire

(262-64 to 262-72)


Father, let Your desires be my desires.
Let my desires, God, be Your desires,
in spirit and in truth.


Desire originates in the will.
Desire is of the earth and of the spirit.
Desire is activated, in the realms in which it is directed,
by that which is the motivating force,
through the will and the mental abilities
and faculties of the individual.
(See 262-64)

Desire is the basis of evolution, and of life, and of truth.
Desire also takes hold on hell and paves the way for many
who find themselves often therein.
In spirit, in body, in mind.

Desire is the power which drives our physical, our spiritual self,
while will is the directing force.

The positions in which we find ourselves
are drawn to us through our desires.
Whatever we are physically, mentally, or spiritually
has been built through desire.


It is written in Scriptures,
"the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being."
(Genesis 2:7)

Biologically, man makes himself as an animal
on the physical plane with three primary urges
- self preservation,
- propagation of the species, and
- hunger.

These three are forces in man and animal that are instincts.
If by the force of will man uses them for self aggrandizement,
they then become material desires,
and are the basis of carnal influences.
In so doing he belittle his spiritual or soul body.

The basis of physical desire is
adding to, contributing to, or gathering together,
in forces, that which makes for the abilities
of each of us to revel in those urges
that are of the animal nature.

If we are governed by these,
there is no recourse for us other than through spirit.

Our soul was created as a companion with the Creator,
able to become aware of itself,
yet with influences that require
the spiritualizing of the creative power of will.
This develops god-likeness in the soul activity.
(See 262-63)

... spirit moves in the direction in which it is motivated
by will and desire.

Physical desires which are not spiritualized
hinder the development of the consciousness
of oneness with God.

Personal Experience
"I asked in prayer for three things.
All of them were physical desires.
One was for the protection of the name of the family,
one for comfort,
one for some work to do.
The prayer was answered,
but it did not bring either peace or harmony,
only discord, trouble and greater responsibility.
In whatever place we find ourselves,
if we have the Christ spirit, we will have peace."


Desire is that impulse which makes for activity of the mental body,
whether the impulse is produced from the environ
that affects the physical organism,
or that which arouses the spiritual or soul body to an activity.

Our physical desires that remain carnal in purpose
may become powers for evil when strengthened by a mind
that is evil in its intent.

The mind in man, with its ability
to make comparisons, to reason,
to have reactions through the senses,
can be raised to such forces of activity
that it creates for man the environs about him,
and changes even his hereditary influences.

Our mental desires that are to laud ourselves,
to appraise ourselves, above our fellow man,
make it possible for carnal desires
to become stumbling blocks in our experiences.

It is one of the immutable laws that
whatever the mind of a soul dwells upon,
that it becomes; for the mind is the builder.

If our mind is in attunement with the law of force
that brought the soul into being,
it becomes spiritualized in its activity;
if our mind dwells upon or is directed toward carnal influenced,
then it becomes destructive.

Let Thy will, O God, be my desire!
Let the desire of my heart, my body, my mind, be Thy will,
O Father, in the experiences that I may have in the earth!

When we make our lives and activities in accord
with the laws that are manifested in spiritual attributes,
we find that we grow in grace, in knowledge,
and in understanding of His ways.

Let us pray,
"Lord, use us; let that which Thou seest is best
be done in and through us at this time."

Let that mind be in us that was in Him,
who asked nothing for Himself,
but went about doing good.

Our purpose and our will stimulate desires
that grow and take hold upon the mind
as do habits upon our bodies.
Let us again remind ourselves that our mind is the builder,
regardless of whether it has its inception from spiritual forces
or from carnal forces.

If we would grow, we must keep our mind in constructive channels.
We know that the source of all that builds is He
who has declared that He is the way, the truth and the light.

The earth was brought into being by Him.
We are His by creation, His by possession,
His through those promises given to the sons of man.
What is our desire?
What will we do with this man called Christ?


Let us empty ourselves of desires that are physical in purpose,
that our spiritual attitude may be glorified in our walks
before our fellow man.

Our greater soul development may be found
by losing sight of ourselves,
by spiritualizing our material desires,
and by seeking more and more
the Christ Consciousness.

In the garden when the Master prayed,
"O my Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless not as I will,"
(Matthew 26:39) we see the flesh
warring with the spirit itself
and physical desire spiritualized.

In making our physical desires one with the will of the Father,
we will pass through conditions in our experience
similar to those of Jesus, who became the Christ.

Pray then that His will be done in us, and through us,
that we may desire to be channels of blessing to others,
in the ways and manners that He sees best.
"Not our way, O Lord but Thy way."
This is spiritualizing physical desires.

In studying desire,
we may question in our mind
as to whether it is necessary for us
to give up all physical desires
in order to develop spiritually.

It is not necessary to give them up,
but it is necessary to spiritualized them,
that our desires may be His desires,
and His desires, our desires.

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek
offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloke
forbid not to take thy coat also,"
(Luke 6:29) are examples of spiritualizing desire,
for in doing the desire for vengeance becomes spiritualized
through love and forgiveness.

Personal Experience
"I had reached the place where I must choose
whether I should take my place with those
who are preparing the way for the coming of His Kingdom,
or accept the ease and pleasure the world offered me.
It was a great comfort to me to know that the Master
had similar choice to make,
and that in love He overcame desires of the flesh.
My prayer was, I cannot bear this alone,
my Savior, my Christ, I seek thy aid."
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
is the gospel of love and forbearance.
To be like Him we must spiritualize the desire to get even
by doing good to all for His name's sake.

We must desire that the Lord will use us
as channels of blessing
to all whom we contact day by day,
and that there may come in our experience
whatever is necessary
that we may be cleansed completely;
for when our soul shines forth
in our daily walks,
in our conversation,
in our thoughts,
in our meditation,
we spiritualize our desires in the earth.

As He has given,
"What sorrow awaits the world,
because it tempts people to sin.
Temptations are inevitable,
but what sorrow awaits the person
who does the tempting.(Matthew 18:7)

Let our desires be so unselfish
that we may never sin against our fellow man.
We must be the arm, the shoulder,
the one upon whom someone may lean
as he comes in his experience to the knowledge
of the love of Christ.

When we have suffered through the acts of others
and can realize that the suffering
has made us more gentle, more considerate,
when we regard with compassion
the one who caused the suffering,
and desire that nothing but good may come to him,
then our desire for revenge has been changed
into a spiritual desire.

Physical forces are in the material realms of activity.
Mental forces are both spiritual and physical
in their reaction to the body and
to conditions mental, spiritual and physical
which surround us.

If our purposes are spiritual,
and we hold to them,
we are more able to meet and
overcome adverse conditions in the material.
Every force, every power, that is manifesting
as a force in the material has its inception in spirit;
and when applications are made of a material nature,
they must coordinate with the mental, the spiritual, the physical,
in order that greater and better conditions
may be manifested in material things.

His mercies are sufficient unto those who put their trust in Him.
Has the Father changed?
Has he faltered in His promises?
He has promised to meet all after the pattern given on the Mount.
"Draw nigh to God."
(James 4:8)
"... so shall ye be my people, and I will be you God."
(Jeremiah 11:4)
His children are those whose desires are His desires.
When we hold such attitudes we have no fear, for
"perfect love casteth out fear."
(1 John 4:18)


If our activities are such as to bring into our experience
the satisfaction of selfish interests for fame, fortune, position,
and to be well-spoken of, they are physical.

If they are such as to bring into our life the desire
to express love, patience, long-suffering, gentleness,
kindness, service to others,
then they make for spiritual development.
If we desire to know whether
we have chosen wisely,
we should ask ourselves,
"What is the desire that is being gratified
by the attributes of the relationships being sought?"

If it is for aggrandizement of self's own physical desires,
then it is carnal.

If it is for creating a channel for an expression of good,
then it is spiritual.

As to the choices, these we ourselves must make.
What we sow we must reap.
Ambition, unless it is tested
in God's crucible, is of itself sin.
Not that we should not be ambitious - no -
but rather ambitious that God should
be the guide, and not self.

When we view ourselves either from
the spiritual, the mental, or the material plane,
we may see reflected in our experience
just how we have meted out the knowledge we have known.

What we do with our abilities, our opportunities,
bring forth fruit in due season.
We find ourselves either at peace within,
or filled with doubt, fear and consternation.

Would we have peace?
then let us make life peaceful to those whom we love,
to those against whom we have a grudge,
to those whom we do not care for.

If we would have love, then let us be lovable
even to those that show,
in our own understanding, disregard for His ways.
For the events of life are the experiences
and expressions of soul seeking.

What in the experience of man can be more direful,
more dreadful, than to be lost, yet seeking?
Fear and trembling assail us, yet - will we let Him in?
His spirit maketh our spirit and soul
aware of the love of the Father.
The toil and strife are for just a little while.
We are living now in eternity.

Let praise and honor be in our purpose
toward those things that make us aware
of His Presence abiding with us;
for His promises are sure, and
they who walk with Him shall know Him.

The Price must be paid!
There is no such thing as receiving without giving.
If we would have life we must give life.
If we would have joy we must
make joy in the lives of others.
If we would have peace and harmony
we must create peace in self
and in our relationships with others.

This is the law, for like begets like.
We do not gather olives from thistles,
or apples from bramble bushes,
neither do we find love in hate.

"Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in Thy sight,
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."
(Psalm 19:14)

May we in wisdom choose
Thy desire to be our desire.


Know that what we choose to do
has a constructive influence
within ourselves and those about us;
else beware.
Those things that bring pleasure
and ease in material associations
in our life are not as fault unless
we worship them or use them selfishly.

Things of the earth will pass away,
but love that sustains in the hour of testing
abides with us always.

Knowing this, let us keep the heart singing.
This can be done as we
look deeper into the heart of the rose,
listen to the song of the bird,
see the painting of his face in the setting sun,
see the loveliness in the moonbeam
that turns all into the radiance of His glory,
see in the raindrop, the storm, all nature,
and even in those ugly things in people's lives,
the desire for expressing love rather than hate,
harmony rather than discord!
As also results, leave them to Him,
who gives life, who takes life; for
"The earth is the Lord's
... and they that dwell therein."
(Psalm 24:1)

Let us fill our minds with the desire to know
that we are the Lord's, and He will work in us and through us,
guiding our hands and our feet and our walks in the paths of life,
that we may be channels of blessing to all whom we meet.

Come - come!
Let us make known our desires in the light
of that which has been promised by Him,
who is the Light and the Way,
to those who seek to know more of the Father's will.

Let us make known the desire of the heart,
that we may be one with Him.

We must not faint at the trials,
at the temptations, at the weaknesses;
for He has called us.
Will we not harken?
He is able to fulfill that spiritual experience.
Let not evil overcome us,
but let us overcome evil in His name.

Each soul goes on from things terrestial to things celestial,
from things material to things mental and spiritual,
and in each of these realms the consciousness
of the soul seeks expression in the particular field of activity
which it has built within its own inner self.

The soul lives on that it may become
more and more aware of abiding, and living,
and being in the Christ Consciousness.

Come, my children, ye that seek the Lord;
He is nigh unto thee.
Thou hast purposed well in thine studies,
in thine preparation for those that would seek
through these channels to know more of what thy Lord, thy God,
would have them to do.

Be not satisfied, but rather content in that
ye are being a channel of blessing to thy fellow man.
Thou are as the leaven that will leaven the whole,
for some there be among you that will hear His voice
- and He will walk and talk with those that are willing,
joyously, that He, thy brother, thy Christ, thy Saviour,
would direct thy ways.
Keep the faith.

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done;
as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us for tomorrow the needs of the body.
Forget those trespasses as we forgive those
that have trespassed and do trespass against us.
Be Thou the guide in the time of
trouble, turmoil and temptation.
Lead us in paths of righteousness
for Your name's sake.

Come ye children that seek the light!
Bow thine heads in praise to the Son.
For the way for each of you that would seek His face,
is being opened before thee.
The Son of Man, the Christ, thy Lord
is among thee, even in thine heart
- if ye will but open the door to Him!


Outline the physical desire.
Then outline the mental desire.
Then spiritualize the desires.

Where does desire originate?

Let that mind be in each of you that was in Him,
who went about doing good to those that were seeking
to know the manifestations and whose desires were
that His will be manifested in the earth.

For, as you each make your lives a channel of blessing
to some one, so may those promises, those influences
of the spiritual life affect and produce that in
our material world that will make for the glorifying of Him
ye would name as thine ideal.

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent His only begotten Son
into the world, that we might live through Him."
[I John 4:9]


In the preparation for the lesson on Desire,
there should be the outline
as to the nature of physical desire, mental desire,
and how these two may be spiritualized.

In creation we find a difference in that recorded in the Word.

(1) That which is nature.
(2) That which is the experience of all that have given thought;

When Man was brought into being
changes were made to creation.

For it was for man, that the changes were made
in the manifestations of the Father, the Creator,
in material plane. How?

Consider the evidence found in the beginning of the earth,
which can be shown by those that study any phase
of the biological or pathological aspects of nature.

Man has either moved away from the first creation
or was given a different condition:
the ability to react to more than one plane.
Through what? The Soul!

As given in the Scripture, there was breathed into man the soul.
Biologically, man makes himself an animal of the physical;
with the desires that are as the instinct of an animal
(1) for the preservation of life,
(2) for the development of species, and
(3) for food.
These three are those forces that are instinct in the animal
and in man.

If by that force of will
man uses the will within self for the aggrandizement
of such elements in his nature,
these then become the material desires
or are the basis of carnal influences,
and belittle the spiritual or soul body of such an individual.

So, the basis of physical desire is adding to, contributing to,
or gathering together in forces that which makes for the abilities
for such a soul, such an individual, to rebel in those forces
that are of the animal nature of that individual.

Hence he becomes, through carnal or physical desire,
one that cannot be helped other than by spirit;
though man is given a soul
that it may be everlasting,
that it may be a companion with the Creator,
that it may be aware of itself yet one with the Creator,
that make for the spiritualizing of that force which is creative in itself,
that makes for god-likeness in the individual soul or activity.

Then, what is the basis of mental desire?
The mental, as an attribute, is also of the animal,
yet in man - with his intellect - the ability
to make comparisons,
to reason,
to have the reactions through the senses;
that are raised to the forces of activity
such that they create for man
the environs about him and
make for change in hereditary influences
in the experience of such a soul.

These abilities are the gifts for a free-will agent,
or attributes of a free-will agent.

Mind is a development of the application of will
respecting desire that has become
- in its essence - used as a grace,
the gift to give praise to what it has applied in its experience.

Then, the mental desire to laud oneself, to appraise oneself
above its fellows, or to use that gift (mental desire) in its application
for the various activities in the experiences of self or others,
makes for that channel through which the carnal desires
become the stumbling blocks in the experiences
of those who dwell on their experiences.

For, as has been given,
as one of the immutable laws,
that which the mind of a Soul dwells upon,
it becomes, for mind is the builder.

And if the mind is in attune with
the law of the force (Creative Force)
that brought the soul into being,
it becomes spiritualized in its activity.

If the mind is dwelling upon or directed in the desire
towards the activities of the carnal influences,
then it becomes destructive in such a force.

Hence, as it has been given,
"Let Thy will, O God, be my desire!
Let the desire of my heart, my body, my mind, be Thy will, O Father,
in the experiences that I may have in the earth!"

When there is the consideration within self,
through self-analysis of self in the light truly
of that which has been given,
how often have your own actions condemned yourself!

And, as the Master has given,
"I do not condemn, for you are condemned already"
in the manner you have applied yourself, your abilities, your birthrights,
in the light of that you know, that you see manifested
in your life day by day!

And when you consider what disappointments you have had
in individual associations, think how your God
must have been disappointed in you
when you have spoken lightly of your brother,
when you have condemned him in your own conscience,
when you have questioned the purpose of those hearts
that sought in the light of the best that they understood
- or that even used their abilities for the aggrandizing
of their own selfish motives.
Have you prayed for them?
Have you spoken kindly to them?
Might not their path have been shown in your life
that desire as He manifested when He thought it not robbery
to be equal with God and to offer Himself, His life, His body,
His desires, as a sacrifice for you that you in your own self-glory,
in your own understanding, might come to a knowledge
that the desires of the heart - if they are spiritualized in that
you live the life He has shown you - you may have in your experience
that He has promised,
"What you ask in my name, believing, that may the Father give you?"
Why are you impatient?
For the carnal forces are soon given over to the lusts thereof,
but the spirit is alive through eternity!
Be not impatient, but love the Lord!

Come, you children that seek the Light!
Bow your heads in praise to the Son.
For, the Way for each of you that would seek His Face
is being opened before you.
The Son of man, the Christ, your Lord, is among you,
even in your heart -
if you will but open the door to Him!


In continuing the principles of Desire in human experience,
those who desire to assist others may apply the truths
in their daily life and thus these truths become part of their
own experience.

Desire is of the earth earthy and the spirit spiritually,
Desire is made active in the realm (earth or spirit)
in which it is directed by the motivating force (desire)
through the will, the mental abilities and faculties
of the individual.

Hence it is a growth, knowledge, to know in material things
what to desire.

Your heavenly Father knows what you have need of
before you ask.

The weak or the pessimist may say,
"Why do I have need to ask, if it is known?"

The very act shows what the desire is.
The very expression shows - known by self-analysis -
as to what is the motivative force (desire)
in the experience of such a mind, soul or body.

Seek and you shall find.
Knock and it shall be opened.
Apply what you have received.
Know within yourselves as to how,
in what manner and as to what fruit it will bring
in your own experience.

"We believed for the word of the woman,
but now we believe for we have seen and heard ourselves."

Apply what youknow, for in the application comes understanding.

For, as the Master gave, "You are gods,"
if you will use His force of desire and will in His kingdom,
but not your own.

How can we discriminate between selfish and unselfish desires?
By what motivates the desire.
Is it for the self, or for the glorification of
the Christ Consciousness in your experience.

That this or that may appear to self as being well,
if such and such an experience were your own.

Each soul may find in self
an answer to that it seeks or desires to know
from what source the desire has originated,
or is in the desire's impelling force.

First ask self in the physical consciousness,
and answer - and find an answer - yes or no.

Then enter into the inner self through meditation and prayer,
and seek the answer there; for
"My Spirit beares witness with your spirit as to whether
you are the sons of God or not,"
in your activity, your desire, your purposes, your aims.

What should I do in order to bring into
material manifestation my desires?
Are not physical needs in life spiritual in essence?
If the desires for the physical things in life are spiritualized,
they are indeed the desire in spiritual things.
But who is the judge?
He that is the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.

Even as He prayed,
"Father, let this cup pass from me, but Your will
- not mine - be done."

Again and again do we see in this the manifestation
of the flesh warring with the spiritual life itself.

And we are to be in that position in our desires
that His pattern, His life, is the pattern for our lives.

Seek, but Your will, O God, be done in me,
through me, as You see;
For the desire of my heart is that I may be
the channel of blessings to others
in the ways and manners You see;
not my Way, O Lord, but Your Way.

What is the difference between the desire of the heart
and the desire of the will?
And is it not possible for harmonious coordination of these?
How may it be attained?
Only in Him. In speaking of the heart and of the will,
analyze for the moment as to what they represent
in your own experience.

The heart is considered the seat of life in the physical,
while the will is the motivative factor in the mental
and spiritual realm.
These may be made one.
But how?
In that the will of self and the desire of the heart are selfless
in the Christ Consciousness.

Even as He gave in the shadow of the day
when the Cross loomed before Him on Calvary,
when the desire of the heart and the will of self
were made one.

Indeed, as He gave, the flesh is weak,
the spirit is willing - if the spirit and the will of the inner self
will be made in accord with the spirit of truth,
in the desire of the heart to be one in
and with and through Him.

For, the soul is in Him; yet, as the promise
in the Christ is, the soul shall be free in Him
through that love, through that manner
of making the desire and the will one in the Father
as did He in Gethsemane.

What is desire?
How does it build physically?
This has been given.
And how does it build physically?
Desire, as first given, was in the motivating force
that may separate or make the soul one
with or separate from the Whole,
through the manifestations in the will.
And it builds in that the spirit moves in the direction
in which it is motivated by will and desire.

Is it necessary to give up physical desires
for spiritual development?
Rather spiritualize the physical desires as He did
in the Garden.
What there is shown thee as to how the physical,
the spiritual, fought - as it were - one with another?
"Father, let this cup pass from me."
This is as every experience in the physical man
when there is the fear of the loss in this or that direction.

There is the constant,
"Father, save me from this - from this."
Yet, even as He, if there has been builded
in your experience as was in His experience
- offering Himself for the world - then you must pass
through same, in making the physical desire
and the will of the Father as one,
that there may be the cleansing in the soul
of those things that may bring the consciousness
of the oneness with the Father in whatever realm.

What should we hold in mind when we hold
the affirmation in the present lesson,
"Let thy desire be my desire," etc.?
What to hold in mind?
Hold the Christ before yourself, ever.
For, He has promised to take His own self
and to take your burden upon Himself,
as he bore same.

Rather would your prayer be:
I cannot bear this alone,
my Savior, my Christ.
I seek Your aid.

And such a cry has never, no never, been denied
- the believing and acting heart.


In giving that which will aid those studying, contemplating
or meditating upon the meanings of desire and
the spiritualizing of desire, there may be an illustration
drawn from what the Master gave in the sermon on the mount.

"He that would smite you on the one cheek, turn the other also."

To another it has been said, "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord."

To those whose desire has ever been in that of being and doing
the will of the Master, this would be sufficient.

To him who has felt antagonistic to those that have spoken
unkindly, or have made accusations that would hurt
the inner self, then that as He gave,
"He that would smite you, turn the other cheek,"
is spiritualizing the desire for vengeance.

"He that would sue you and take away your coat,
give him your cloak also."

Because others would use you, or take advantage
of you, if your desire is in the Lord, in the Creative Forces,
should not cause you to speak harshly nor to desire
that calamitous things or conditions come upon others
for their unkindness.

For they, as He gave, who would even destroy
your body are nothing.

Think rather on Him that may destroy your soul also.
Who may separate you from the love of the Father?
Only yourself.

For, an injury that may be done to you
- or done to your body - is as being done to the Maker,
and the Lord is the avenger of those that love Him.

Thus may you spiritualize desire, whether for those
things that bring the comforts or the necessities or
the activities in your experience in the earth.

What is spiritualizing desire?
Desire that the Lord may use you as a channel of blessings
to all whom you may contact day by day;
that there may come in your experience whatever is necessary
that you be cleansed every whit.

For, when the soul shines forth in your daily walks,
in your conversation, in your thoughts, in your meditation,
and it is in that realm where the spirit of truth and life
may commune with you day by day, then indeed
do you spiritualize desire in the earth.

For, as He has given,
"It must indeed be that offenses come, but woe unto him
by whom they come."

Let the desire ever be, then, that you may never sin
against your fellow man; for God is the avenger.

And from Him we may in mercy find mercy,
as we show mercy, patience, truth, justice,
loving-kindness, to our fellow man.

"As you do it to these, my brethren, you do it to me."
Preferring one above another?
Preferring others above yourself!
that you may be the arm, the shoulder,
the one upon whom someone may lean
in coming to know the knowledge
of the love of the Christ in their experience.

Well that you each make
that move necessary to give expression of your own
experience as in reference to that which has brought
to you a knowledge of desire towards
the Christ Consciousness moving in and through
the efforts of the body in your own experience.

Then may there be truly given that which may aid you
in understanding your approach the better.

For, each soul is a free-will agent in a material world,
with the choice before it in its own experience.

This you each will recognize as you meditate
upon putting it into activity.

To know to do good and to do it not, is what?
He that had experienced same gave that it is sin.
Listen to that which convicts you that activity is necessary
in your experience, in order to come to the knowledge
and understanding of what an approach should be
- through such an activity.

Why, say you, activity?
For the Lord your God is a Living God;
not of stone, but a Living God.
And the Christ, your mediator, your brother,
is a Living Christ, that may be known of all
that would seek to have His Consciousness.

For He has come to those among you;
He will guide and protect you.
He is in sorrow when you speak unkindly;
when you forsake even for the moment
that you have purposed - you have purposed
- in your heart to do.

Make your purpose, your desire, one with Him.
"Here am I, Lord, use me - send me."


May each become more and more aware of the spirit of truth working
in and through them, as they apply in their daily experiences
that which has been pointed out:

How the desires of the body, of the mind,
may be spiritualized for the oneness of purpose in self
to the will of the Father.

Let your purposes, your aims, your desires, ever be in the light
of "Inasmuch as you do it to the least of these, my brethren,
you do it to me,"
whether in desire, in the purposes of the heart,
or in the aims of the activities of the body.

Glory in those things that bespeak of the activities
of the spirit of truth as it convicts the hearts, the minds,
the desires of those that seek to know His ways;
for he that would know the Father, that would know His will,
His desire as toward him, must believe that He is.

That, then, which moves in the hearts and minds
of those who seek to know Him, is of Him.

Glory thou in same.

As the purposes and desires of the body, the mind,
are made more and more in accord with that you see
to praise in your fellow man, more and more will
the consciousness of the Christ Spirit working in
and through men be manifest in your own heart.

Keep the way as you have purposed in your heart,
for His ways are not past finding out to those
that seek to know Him.

And they that walk in the light shall have no darkness
at all in their heart.

For He gives life, light, hope and eternal life to those
that seek His ways.

Let praise and honor ever be in your purposes,
in your desires towards those things that make you aware
of His Presence abiding with you.

For His promises are sure that they who walk with Him
shall know Him even as He is.

Let your light so shine that others may know you walk,
you talk with Him, and that your desire is towards those
that seek His way.

In the Father's house are many mansions.
As your desires are towards the knowledge of the Father's ways,
of the Father's purposes with you as concerning your fellow man,
put into practice that you know and give praise and honor
and be joyous in the service that you render to your neighbor.

For they that do good to their neighbor lends to the Lord,
and He will repay in those ways that bring peace, harmony
and understanding in your conscience;

For you know that you are His,
for He calls His own by name.

That your purposes has brought
- and purpose in your inner self
- that consciousness of the purposefulness
in being one with that spirit of truth
that makes every soul alive in Him.
Let your praises be, then, to the Father of light
in whom there is no variableness, and He will walk with you
as you go about doing good.

Let your inner self, your consciousness of the desires
and purposes of your heart, be more and more one with Him;
leaving with Him - that is within self - that knowledge
that He will be your guide, will you but let
the Christ have his way with you.

Let your yes be yes and your no's be no
in the purposes of the Lord.

Keep that which has been purposed in your self
and the desire of your heart towards Him shall
be made manifest in your life.

Let the Father have His way with you.

For His word has gone out to those that seek to make
the desires of their hearts, of their minds, one with Him,
and it shall not return to Him void.

Let your light, then, shine in praise, in glory to Him.

The ways of the Father makes known His praises,
His glory to the sons and daughters of men,
are through the purposes and desires that are builded
by the sons and daughters of men
towards the Lord's way in the earth.
You know the way.

Walk therein, and His light and His ways shall guide you
as you go; for His promises are sure and may be yours
as you fulfil that you have purposed in your heart to do
towards those things you know to be the Lord's way
with man.

Let your desires, of the mind, of the body, be one with Him;
for He will guide you and direct you, if you will but put your trust
wholly in Him.

And He will walk and talk with you, even as He has promised
to those that let the inner desire be one with your Lord, your God.

As the ways are opening before you, as to how
the desires of the heart, of the mind, may make for the pathway
being bright or dim, so let the light of truth in the promises
in the Christ be in your life, that your words, your acts,
may be in keeping with that you desire toward your Lord.

For, as you do it to the least of your brethren,
you do it to your God.

For He is in the life, He IS the life, of your brethren.

Walk in the light, even as He is in the light.
Let less and less of self enter into the desires of your mind,
of your body, but that your desire may be,

"Have Your way with me, O Lord.
Be the guide.
Let that You would have me do be the purpose
of my life, the desire of my heart,
and let me give the praise to Him that leads the way."

Glory in the Lord. As you have seen, as you have heard
from within how the desires of the self make
for the opening or the closing of the door
to the heart of God, so let your purposes, your desires in self,
be more and more aware of the fact that the Lord
is in His holy temple in your self,
if you will but let Him be the guide.

For your body is the temple of your soul,
the image of your God.
Let Him have His way with you.
Be up and doing with that you are given to do day by day.

Faint not in trial nor tribulation.
Let your purposes and your desires be in Him.
Let the ways of the Lord be known in your inner self,
"Not my will but Yours, O Lord, be done in me, through me.

Let me be a channel of blessing to someone day by day,
that You have purposed in the inner man,
that which is needed for my soul awakening in You
to its greatest abilities be in the desire of my heart
towards the will of the Father in me."

Glory and praise to him who purposes in his heart
to seek the Lord while He may be found in your own self.

For He is not far away, but even in your inner self.
Open the door of desire towards Him in such measures,
in such manners, as to bring in your own experience
the ways of the Lord being manifest in your daily life.

For His promise has been, you that seek in the name
of the Lord your God, your Christ, your Savior, shall receive
according to the desire of the heart to the Christ
having His way with you.

What have you purposed?
That you may know the way in the light of your own desire,
or that the Lord would have you do?

What is meant by, "the desire remaining in the One,
for which the Oneness was created"? (See 288-6)
The desire remaining in the purposes of the Creative Force,
or God, in you, as to those things necessary to purge the soul
that it may be a companion with the first purposes,
the first desires, in the One, in God.

For flesh is weak, the spirit is willing.
Let the spirit be the motivating force in your desire,
rather than the exaltation of the flesh in any individual experience.

For God gives the increase, whether in the flesh
or in the mental forces, as you have purposed or desired
from within.

For you are gods in the making.
What will you be to your fellow man if the desire is
for exaltation of self?
For thus sin entered in the flesh.

Is it possible to be selfless while seeking fulfilment
in the flesh of the heart's desire?
If the heart's desire is one with the purposes
of the spirit force in self, and not of the fulfilment of flesh
desire alone.

Let Him have His way with you.

As you meet those things of the flesh,
of the body, as related to the spirit of truth,
so does the desire come to be one with,
one of, those forces that makes for unifying of self
in body, in mind, in soul, to the purposes
of your indwelling in the flesh.

Explain, "He desires truth in the inward parts."
He that gives his soul to the purposes of the Lord.
He that loves his enemies.
He that loves those that speak harshly to your inner self,
desires the Lord in the inner self.

Thus the answers for all come in the love that He gave,
that He left His glory with the Father that He might know
the desires of the flesh as related to all those things
pertaining to the waywardness of man;

Yet the desire that arose from the inner self
that life was given by Him,
life must be maintained in the desire of Him
towards those to whom He had given the power
to become the sons of God through their experience
in the earth.

So is the inner desire one with the Father-God.

So is the soul made one with the soul of your Savior.

For, "if you love me you will keep my commandments,
and a new commandment I give, Love one another,
even as I have loved you."

Come, My children, you that seek the Lord.
He is near to you.
You have purposed well in your studies, in your preparation
for those that would seek through these channels
to know more of what your Lord, your God,
would have them do.
Be not satisfied, but rather content
in that you are being a channel of blessing to your fellow man.
You are as the leaven that will leaven the whole,
for some there be among you that will hear His voice
- and He will walk and talk with those that are willing,
joyously, that He, your Brother, your Christ, your Savior,
would direct your ways.
Keep the faith.


This is a "checking-up" reading on where the study group stands.


If you apply what you know then the next step will be given.
Apply what you know to do.

Yet, if there is doubt, fear, trembling,
these only cause confusion in your own experience.

The desires of the heart that are of the spiritual forces
in application are spiritual desires.

While those that are for the comforts, or ease, or gratification
of self's own interest, are born of the earth and do bring confusion
to those that seek even the clarification in their own minds
when meeting, contemplating those things that pertain to the spirit.

For man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart.

What is your desire towards your brethren?
Let each of you gathered here meditate before Him,
opening your mind, your heart, to the influences
from without, surrounding yourself with the thought,
the purpose of the Christ life, the Christ spirit
as manifested in the earth among His brethren;
and ask self: "What do I desire?

What are the motivating purposes that prompt me
to speak thus and so respecting my brother,
respecting the activities in the life of the individual?"

And then,
"What is the desire of my heart as to the manner of life
that I would live, as a channel of blessing,
as one who has been called to a purpose?"

In giving to your brother those things that bespeak
of the glories of a Christ-like life, who thought it not robbery
to make Himself equal with God.

Think it not robbery of yourself to make yourself equal
to a god among your brethren, but look upon the heart
of self.
Is it for the satisfying of the ego in self?
Is it that self may be lauded, praised?
Is it that self has been taken advantage of,
and there is the desire that there be a reckoning
in your own heart and conscience and purposes?
Or have you put on the whole armor of Christ?
Have you looked into the face of the Christ,
that you surround yourself with, and said
- as it has been given -
"Here am I, Lord, use me, send me!"
For the day of the Lord draws near,
and eternity is long with the soul!
(See 262-70)

If you will purpose in your hearts and seek out
These things, my children, you may know the truth
that sets men free indeed!

You may know how you may live that which
has been given you!

You may know to give to others that you have experienced;
for His promises are sure,
"If you will keep my commandments,
if you will love one another,
if you will prefer your neighbor, your brother, your friend before yourself,
then you may indeed know the Lord lives and will guide,
guard and keep you!"

Be not wary in your doing;
for you have purposed in your heart to know your Savior,
and He draws near to you oft in your walks
with your fellow man.

Be not unmindful, be not boastful, yet know,
"As you have done to the least of these,
my brethren, you have done it to me."

Just being kind, just being patient,
is the whole duty of man.
Let God have His way with you.
Rail not on circumstance, that seems to make body
and soul even shiver in those things that tread
upon your conscience at times, for God is not mocked
- and whatsoever a man soweth, that must he also reap.
But you have been called.
Keep faithful In patience will you know that you possess
the soul that may be given, in the hours of trial,
in the periods of testing, that He your Savior
would have you do.

Open the door of your heart to Him. In your prayer,
in your meditation, call on Him; for He is near.

Have He not chosen your body for one of His companions
in the earth?
Then know that He will not leave you comfortless,
but will come to you.

Come! Sing and make a joyful noise to the Lord,
your King;

For your elder brother, even Jesus the Christ,
Has a mission for each of you in the earth.

Fulfill that you know to do in your mind, in your heart,
in your body; for the Lord loves whom He tests,
and will purge every one - that you may be
His companions with Him.

What is a day of joy in the earth compared to
an eternity of glory with your brother, the Christ?

For by Him all things were made, and even as
He has loved you, so may you love Him
- if you will do His biddings.


In the applications does the individual find the experience.

In this present dilemma in which each find themselves
it would be well that you harken to that which has been given,
that you counsel one with another in the experiences
and applications of that you - as an individual - have gained
from the experience in Desire, and you may analyze
what is desire in your own experience.

Many have condemned what is in their own consciousness,
without insight into the purposes and desires of their own inner self.

Where is the meeting place with your Maker?
In the holy of holies in your own self!
Raise the Christ Consciousness within yourself
to your own judgments, that there may be shown you
as He has given:
"Take no thought, for - if you are in accord
- it will be given you in the selfsame hour."

Laud not yourself, but rather let the purposes,
the desires of your heart be,
"Your will be done in and through me,
and Lord be the guide in the time of temptation."

For it must needs be that those come in your experience,
but not of self nor in the exercising of your strength
that you will meet same - rather in your weakness
may He strengthen you in your desires, in your purposes.

Empty yourself of physical desires, that the spiritual aptitude of self
may be glorified through you in your walks before your fellow man.

Condemn not others; condemn not self.

Let thy yeas be yea and thy nays nay,
lest ye enter into temptation without His being near.

"For the day of the Lord draweth nigh,
and eternity is long with thy soul!" (See 262-69)
The day of the Lord draweth nigh.
Each soul has been called in this group
for a service unto the Lord.

Hence the day draweth nigh, for the night cometh
when no man labors.

Eternity is long with thy soul.
As eternity to the finite mind indicates that without beginning,
without end, so is the soul of man that has made his desire
as one with the Lord.

For as eternity so the soul, and it is long with thy soul.

So, keep the paths straight.

Walk in the light, even as He is in the light.

Be joyous in thy service in that thou hast to meet
day by day, for the day of the Lord draweth nigh
when ye who have been called must give an account
unto the keeper of thy Lord's vineyard.

Each soul is writing His gospel day by day,
and others read whether it is faithless or true.

What is the gospel of thy Lord, according to you?

Each soul is a free-will agent in a material world,
with the choice before it in its own experience.
Are there not times when the will is overruled
by higher forces?
May this information be given?
Yes. It is overruled. Through the destiny,
that ye must learn - but take the first steps first.
Learn that thou hast to learn, then it may be given.

As thou hast known, and do know in thine experience
as to how desire in the material may be spiritualized
by making the desire as
"Thy will, Thy purpose, Thy way be done in and through me;
as the Father seeth fit, use me,"
so give expression of same in such a manner
that it may be helpful to thy fellow man.

"Not my will, not my desire, save that desire be in accord
with Thy purpose of the God that manifests itself
in and through me as to my attitude, my purpose,
my desire, towards my fellow man."

So may the application of thy experience aid others
in knowing this.

Let that desire, that thought, that purpose,
be in each of you that was in the man Jesus that,
though He were in the world yet not of the world,
neither was He strange nor curious, neither did He fain
[refrain?] from partaking of those things that were
about Him in the social, in the home life of His fellow man.

Yet His desire ever,
"Not my will but Thine, O Lord, be done in me."

As He has given ye, ye have all been called unto a service
in Him; some to sacrifice here, others to toil and
to disappointments there, yet He has promised
and is able to keep that He has committed
unto thy keeping against any obstacle,
whether of the earth or of the unseen activities,
against thou fulfilling that whereunto thou hast been called,
if - if - thy Desire is in Him.


How the outline should be divided.
For the dealings partakes of the spiritual in its highest sense
and of material in its most destructive or degrading sense.

The presentation of an active force of Desire
is to set in motion by those things that become
miracles or crimes in the experiences of individuals.

Separate and in making those separations,
make the headings under these varied presentations
of the experience of the individual presenting.

The thought or the truths as presented there
are evolutionary and revolutionary
in the minds of some, yet are basic truths in the experience
of individuals that have lived or experienced
or visioned them, and will bear fruit.

To all we would give:
Be patient.
That part thou hast chosen in such a work is born of truth.
Let it come in and be a part of thy daily life.
Look in upon the experiences, for, as will be seen,
my children, there has been appointed one
that may aid thee in thy future lessons,
and he will be thy teacher, thy guide, [Halaliel?]
one sent through the power of thine own desires.

Thine own selves, then, may present his being,
meeting, living, dwelling, with thee.

Not the Christ, but His messenger,
with the Christ from the beginning,
and is to other worlds what the Christ is to this earth.

As many of you ask now,
"Why should the realm of spirit be mindful of this group,
of the work of these gathered here?"

The sincerity of thy purpose has merited,
has destined, that such can be thy experience.

"What, then," ye ask, "is the way, the manner?"

That no one mention who, though the name
and the activities of any desire may be given thee,
but when thou speakest outside thine own group,
thou hast cut thyself aloof (See 262-77).

Art thou willing to accept such a charge?
[Pause, of about a minute's duration.]

The answers are slow.
Some accepted; some know not.
Some ask themselves,
"What is this?" "In what manner am I approached?"

Ye would enter the Garden with Him and watch while He,
as thy Savior, makes intercession for thee.
Wilt thou watch?
Ye must answer in thine own heart.

Accept, then, that presented here, and arrange same;
for thine presentations must, from here, take a turn,
for thou that hast made thy purposes, thy desires,
thy aims thy Lord's, are to be honored with His guest,
with His Presence. Accept ye?
[See 262-73 & 74 re the choice made
& also 262-56, Par. R3 on 12/06/75.]

Is the definition of mind
"Mind is a development of the application of will
respecting desire used as a grace" correct?

As ye analyze grace, which is a gift of the Creator
to the creature that (aside,
"Pay attention to what you are doing here!")
the mind is acted upon
by the grace, through the grace, and not of self alone,
but the gift of the Creator that that mind,
that soul, may be the companion with,
one with, that mind of the Maker.

Should any further explanation be made
of "the pattern in the mount"
This sufficient, that it is seen that this must be
an individual experience, calling even as He
to those that would vision same, even as those
came as messengers to those shown the pattern.
So may there come to thee a messenger
to show thee the way.

Is the experience which I had about a year ago
in which I felt that I spiritualized certain desires
about those who had been in my home,
the proper material for my contribution to this lesson?
Proper contribution, provided it is presented
in the experiences that it, the desire and the activity
on the part of self, has brought into thine own self
life's activity or work.

As He has promised thee to meet thee in thine inner self,
trust in that as is shown thee, as ye turn within,
for thou hast been given charge concerning those things
that become as living water in the minds and the hearts
of many erring children, even, that seek the light,
and as He has given,
"He that turns an erring one from the way of darkness
has saved a soul and covered a multitude
of weaknesses in self."

Be not overcome in thy anxiety or thy over-zealousness,
for, the harvest is in the hands of those that give
the increase, and this is under the law of mercy.

Hence, ever may thy prayer be, "Mercy, Lord
- not sacrifice," (262-72),
and it will break a light in thine heart and mind
that will bring peace, harmony and joy
in the service that thou art rendering thyself
and thy fellow man.

Though the body be weak, though the way may be rough
and fraught with those things that would distract
and destroy thee from thine own purpose, even,
His mercy is sufficient, His strength will sustain thee,
His arm will be about thee, His voice will speak to thee;
for the light breaketh, and the day is at hand
for the fruits of thy labors in His mercies to His children.

Please interpret the vision that I had
on Sept. 2, 1934, which I have in my hand.
As the pattern thou hast seen in thine visions
of the realms of the faithful are builded as in those
of the materials that in the earth or physical, are precious,
so do the lives of the saints become precious in His sight
as they take their place, even as thou visioned in the part
- are - by looking upon same.

For, as He has given by His prophets,
"The days when these shall be so simple,
he that runs may read."

So is it given thee as thou heard the teacher give
that thy prayers, thy deeds, thy acts, thy thoughts,
even, are ever a memorial before His throne.

So should ye all live, so should ye all think;
for, what would be thy thought,
O ye children of men, to see the statue, the figure,
of that thou hast thought of thy brother, of thy neighbor,
of thy sister, even Maker, for, what are ye building,
or are ye giving thy Maker to build for thee?
What are thy thoughts?
What are thy deeds?
What are thy prayers?

These be that which thy Maker, thy Savior,
may place in the balance for thee.

Vision thou that someone has spoken evil
or chooses rather to call thee by an uncomely name
- what does this look like in thy soul's vision?

Now, ye come to that change that must be wrought
in thine experiences, would ye give to this seeking,
this waiting world that as thou hast, as a group,
been prepared for.

What is thy destiny, then?
What wilt thou give to thy friend, thy neighbor,
thy brother, everywhere?

Think not that because that thou hast given has not received
praise and promise and glory from the life, that it has
not been heralded abroad as yet, is thine own completing
in this lesson that ye must learn.

Who of the whole peoples of that city that
His Temple of Jehovah had been sat in, looked upon
the King on the cross and thought or felt
that there would come the day when His words,
even, "My peace I give unto you," would change
the whole world, and that time, even, would be counted
from that death, that birth?

So we give, though in [the year] 2034, thy lessons,
if they are given in His name, will still be living in the hearts
and the souls, even, of those that before the throne of grace
will be calling thee by name.

Think ye well, then, on that which has been given thee
and choose ye!


In the completing of the lesson on Desire, we find the greater portion
of that which has been given has been well selected.

The contributions from individuals as to their study,
their application, their meditation and their experiences
respecting the lesson on Desire are very good.

Whether that which has been given as lessons to others
is to be lived and exemplified in the lives of the members
of the group or not, individually, is a choice in the individual
- not as a group.

This first, as given, must be determined to the best
of their ability.

They, as individuals, as members of the group
seeking to be a channel of blessing to someone else,
will - with the help of those sources through which
they have received inspiration, help, aid - live their own lives
in that way and manner as they have asked others to do.

Not of themselves; for, as given of old, no soul can say
that Christ is come of God save the Holy Spirit convict him
of that statement.

And should one say such and not live the life that
would exemplify that, then such an one
is condemning self already.

So, in the experiences that have been given by
the varied members of such a study group,
have given that they as individuals will accord
their fellow members and their fellow man day by day.

This chosen, this desired, as has been manifested
on the part of those - some, to be sure, have been shirkers,
some have been jerkers; yet all have manifested
that which is their own state, phase or period of development.

And now, as the lessons may change to
a more informative nature, the help may be that
- with the living of that they as individuals
have given or have accepted.

Say not, "I didn't contribute that, so I don't have to live it!"

Thou art a portion of the whole, and what is thy first lesson?
What is thine last lesson?
Do these not work one with another?
Has not a full cycle been completed?
Be not as those that seek farther as curious,
or as wantonly. Remember Er [?], Uzzah and Malchus [?],
how their curiosity brought to them that period of night
when that they had builded must be accounted for.

Then, when ye are ready, SAY so!

"and this is under the law of mercy;
hence ever may thy prayer be, Mercy, Lord, not sacrifice."
(See 262-71)
This is plain to thee. For as the law of sacrifice
as committed unto men bespoke the coming
of the law of mercy that was and is demonstrated
in the life of the man Jesus, thy Christ,
who offered Himself as the sacrifice once for all,
entering into the Holy of Holies where
He may meet thee day by day, thou art then indeed
- as many as have named the Name
- come under the law of mercy, not of sacrifice.

That is not in the term that no man offers sacrifice,
for the life of every soul that seeks in the material
world to demonstrate the spiritual life
is a life of sacrifice from the material angle;
but to such that have passed from death unto life,
in that law of mercy in naming Him as thine God,
thine brother, thine Savior, who has paid,
who has offered Himself, thou art passed
from death unto life - and the sacrifice is
as mercy from thy God to thy brother.

Hence he that would despitefully use thee,
a kind word is as mercy.

As ye would have mercy, show mercy.
Thou knowest in thine heart.

Let thine mind, thine heart and thine purposes
be as upon the altar of love to Him whom
ye would serve, thy Master, thy God.

For He is mindful ever of those that seek
to know His ways; for His ways are not past finding out.

For to those that have put on Christ,
who have named the Name of Him that promised,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments,
and I will come and abide with thee;
my yoke is easy, my burden is light to those
that Love the Lord."

Let not those things that would trouble thee
interfere; for yet a little while and thou should see
face to face - even as thou hast been called
unto a service to thy fellow man, even as He;
for He will not leave thee comfortless,
but will come and abide with thee,
and thou shalt know Him as He is.

Do we understand correctly that we,
each member of the group, must decide
that we as individuals will live the lessons
already completed before going on
to the next lesson?
They must decide within themselves.
Promise themselves - not thy brother,
not thy neighbor, not thine friend,
but promise the God within thee that
with His help, with His mercy, with His aid,
"I will do my best."
Then say so.
Then may ye go on, as individuals, as a group.

As individuals, we have tried.
Tell us how to do this better.
Meet thy Maker face to face, in the Holy of Holies
- and make thy promise there.

Pray ye as this,
when ye meet thy Maker and thyself face to face,
as ye choose the way:

My Father and My God,
As I (Name your own name)
approach the Throne of Grace and Mercy,
seeking to be a better channel
through which the blessings and the knowledge
of my Lord and my Savior,
as manifested through Your Son, Jesus, the Christ,
may now be manifested in the earth,
may I, as your servant, choose the Way I should go.

Grace, mercy and truth be with thee as ye seek
to bring the glad tidings of truth to others in His name.

For there be no other name under heaven
whereby men in the earth may be saved.
Let His love, His grace, His mercy be sufficient unto thee.
Be not anxious of the morrow, for He, thy Lord, thy God,
doth provide.

Know thy Redeemer liveth, and is in and with thee. Amen.

What seekest thou here?
Ye know the way, and in whom ye have believed;
for He is ever with thee as ye seek to bring a message
of cheer and comfort and hope to others.
"In as much as ye do it unto the least of my brethren,
ye do it unto me."

What mercy, what graciousness ye wilt find if ye will
but know that as ye do in His name ye lend unto
thy Maker - and He will repay!
Be not impatient.
Be slow in thy judgment;
for as ye would have mercy shown, so be merciful.

Come! Sing a joyful song unto thy Lord
and thy Redeemer, who hath strengthened thee
in the hours of trial, of test, of tribulation;
for they that meet their troubles, their sorrows,
with joy in the Name of the Lord shall not be troubled again.

They that kick against the pricks find that they
but entangle their own mental minds,
their own consciousnesses in the turmoils of the flesh.

Ye live in the flesh, yet be as He - in the world yet
not of the world; for all strength, all power, all glory,
all joy is given unto Him - for He has overcome,
and ye may in Him overcome also.

Count it rather as a blessing, rather as that
thou art chosen that ye may in the name of thy Lord
speak a kind word to those that are abrupt
or cross with thee, and in so doing ye will heap
the coals of judgment upon their consciousnesses;
for ye are His and He is thine, if ye will hold
to that thou hast chosen.

As others look to thee for strength, for guidance
in Him, in thine home, in thine life, in thine meetings
day by day, so be ye strong in Him.

For to him whom much is given, from him is much required;
yet him that hath, to him it shall be given
- and thou hast known His ways.

Keep thine way perfect, then, in thine walks,
in thine talks with those that trust in thee.

For as thou dost represent the home,
the way, the light to many, so will He give His strength,
His power, His grace, that ye may bear those burdens
in the flesh in the way that He would have ye go.

For He will not leave thee comfortless,
for He will guide thee as ye walk day by day.

Keep thy ways in the light of Him that has promised
to guide, guard and direct.

Be not impatient.
Be not other than that thou wouldst have thy fellow man
be unto thee.

For as ye speak of another, as ye speak to another,
so will ye be spoken to; for the seed ye sow
will be given the increase by the power of His Word.

So, sow the seed of joy, of love, of life, in the minds,
in the hearts of those thou meetest day by day.

Let thy love for thy Maker constrain thee in
thy daily activities, for to thee hast been entrusted
that which may wreck, may make,
thine own understanding.

Let the law of love, of mercy, of justice,
that is shown in the law of love and mercy,
be thy guide day by day.

For the Lord is not slack in counting His mercy
as men count slackness.

And be patient and be trustworthy,
even to thine own soul.

For the brighter day dawns, and the star of hope
to thee rises in those that ye show the way and the light.

Mercy, Mercy, for those that err; even as ye would
have mercy shown to thee!

Up to the Throne of grace hath gone thy words
of commendation and of love, yet ye trust in the power
of those things that are within thine own self.

He is able through thee to make thee strong
in the ways that thou shouldst go!

Eschew evil, love justice and mercy, and put those things
from thy heart that would cause thee to doubt.

Let those things that would cause thee to fear,
to doubt, become the stepping-stones
for those things that have been promised
in and through thee if thou wilt keep His ways.

Let justice and mercy, let joy and harmony,
let thine self be the way; for
"He that would be the greatest among you,
he is servant of all."

Grace, mercy, peace, the love of the Father
through the Son abide with those that love His coming.

Be patient, be kind, be just in thine commentations,
in thine activities to thy fellow man; for only in such
will ye find peace and harmony.

For some cry Peace when they themselves become,
through the condemnation of self in others,
that which is the stumbling-block to many.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord for the mercies,
the promises, the glories that may be thine
in the earth through the love thou may show
unto thy fellow man.

As thou hast been strong in thine weakness,
strength and grace and power is given thee.

For many are they (and the number grows) who seek
through thee to know more of the light
and the way.

Be thou strong, then, in His power, that the blessings
that He has prepared for those that love His ways
may be thy very own.

Let not doubt nor fear turn thee aside, for in His ways
are the peace and harmony and love that will bring this
to come in thine own experience.

They that love the Lord shall prosper in the earth.

Updated: 11 August 2013