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"God Loves His Children"
God Loves His Children
The Father's Love for His Sons and Daughters.
Let that Light be within me in such measures
that I, as a Child of God,
May realize His Love for Man.
May I live that, then, in my life day by day.
In our experiences it is most important that we consider
GOD's PURPOSES and OUR NEED FOR HIM.
Why has God taken thought of us?
Why is it necessary that we take thought of God?
Why do we need God?
It is now time to understand "the mystery and hidden wisdom of God."
(I Cor. 2:7)
We do not understand the things of God unless we are spiritually minded.
Therefore, there is a greater need for meditation and the manifestation of universal love
in our dealings with others.
The basic truth that we all must learn is:
In as much as I have done it unto the least of my brethren I have done it to my Maker.
God is Spirit.
God is everywhere
God permeates everything.
God is Creative Energy.
God is the maker of all that is in the universe.
When man creates something here on earth, it is the "God force within"
that is the thought, the plan, the execution.
God is mind.
God is force.
God is life itself.
God is the I AM.
God is the Father, to those who know him.
"The Lord, thy God is one Lord."
In Him we live, move and have our being.
God is not a person but very personal to us as we manifest Him in our lives.
To come to this realization, therefore, activity is necessary.
For the Lord our God is A LIVING ACTIVE GOD.
God is personal when we become like Him in word, thought and act.
"Before I knew God the Father, He was only to me a God outside of my understanding.
I sought to know Him and He revealed Himself to me.
I came to realize that as I showed mercy, I manifested the attributes of the Father,
and if I would know the Father better I must be a friend to others.
When I counted my hardships as opportunities,
my disapointments as stepping stones then I was learning the way of righteous living."
God is spirit and has given to his children the power
to spiritualize the physical body and thus become one with Him
as they were in the beginning.
He did this through love and it is through love
that we reach the estate to be one with Him.
LOVE is the link between us and God.
GOD'S LOVE FOR MAN
The soul is a manifestation of God.
In the beginning God made the souls to be His companions,
endowed them with divine attributes and gave them free will.
They, still in spirit, chose self aggrandizement to the extent
that they became entangled in matter.
Then God in His mercy, in His love said:
"Let there be light" and sent into the world the perfect man.
He too, was encased in matter, but perfect;
For God Himself oversaw the making of Adam,
who was the first begotten of the Father.
Adam likewise fell.
He, too, was of the earth, earthy.
On and on the Sons of God looked upon the daughters of man and lusted,
until the first Adam learned through experiences what it meant to disobey.
"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience
by the things which He suffered."
Then He, the last Adam, became a quickening spirit.
So we in like manner in order to become one with the Father
even as He, the last Adam, must through suffering learn obedience.
We too must raise the body in which we chose to become incased,
a perfect spiritual body.
He has borne with us from the beginning.
He has remembered that we are dust.
He has sent the rain and the sunshine
and caused the earth to bring forth.
For this often we return no thanks, but carefreely accept His mercies
and continue ruthlessly to rob our fellow man.
He sent His Son, that in His life and sacrifice
we might get a physical manifestation of LIGHT through LOVE.
That as He in His service to His fellow man might show to us God;
and that we might also manifest divine attributes.
To understand our relationship to the Father
we must be familiar with the attributes
of His perfect manifestation, Jesus, the Christ.
He chose the hard way of life.
He loved His enemies.
He bore temptations and endured persecution.
He knew the laws of God yet never used them for His own glory.
Thus He became the pattern for those who likewise would know the way.
Are our activities based on such selflessness?
Jesus, the Christ, the perfect manifestation of God in the flesh,
showed the world through service and unselfish love
what God expected of His children if they would be one with Him.
He made the sacrifice once and for all,
that those who would be like Him might find the way easy through Him.
We are in like manner to offer ourselves a living sacrifice for others.
Therefore He is the way for those who would have life
and have it more abundantly;
and they who would have life must give life.
The Holy Spirit now manifesting in the world
is the Christ's promise fulfilled to the world.
"I will pray the Father and He will give you another Comforter
that will abide with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth."
"The Comforter which is the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
He will teach you all things
and bring all things to your remembrance
whatsoever I have said unto you."
The Holy Spirit is God in action.
His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit
when He meets us in the Holy of Holies.
His coming may be as a rushing mighty wind
or as a gentle vibration,
but to the soul who is seeking,
He is recognized.
There is no greater ecstasy that we can experience
than that which comes with the realization
that we are counted worthy of this heavenly visitor
and the promise of His eternal presence abiding with us.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, these are one.
God knows our personal needs in the same manner
as life is manifested in a grain of wheat.
Until we become a god, a savior to some one else
in purpose, in activity we do not take hold of that personality.
What a close union there is between God, the Father and His children.
He has hidden nothing from them.
They are warned of dangers, and comforted in sorrows.
In Him all law is observed in loving obedience.
Love is God and all unselfish love springs from Him,
no matter where it is manifested.
It is in all because the attributes of God are in His manifestations.
It is not only a privilege, but a command, that we love one another,
that we love our enemies.
"He that does not love his enemies has not even begun to develop."
Love is a fulfillment of the law.
The admonition, "Love thy enemies" is another way of saying,
fulfill the law through love.
Hate, malice and enmity are breakers of the law.
No state is safe with law breakers.
No soul is safe that is surrounded with that force that is at enmity with God.
In the light and understanding of God, we as children of God
may realize God's love for man.
It is too wonderful for man, as man, to comprehend,
for he is blinded by greed, self indulgence and hate.
He has gone into his house and shut the door to wisdom
which only through love can open.
We cannot serve two masters.
We either serve God through service to others, or serve self.
It is most important to go beyond weak human power
and let in the light of the Holy Spirit
that we as children of light may realize God's love for man.
It is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither has entered into the heart of man
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
(I Cor. 2:9)
Man in his experiences realizes the great need of God in his daily life.
We all need the protective power of God in our daily actions.
God's love has kept this world in place. We have our part to do.
There is much for us to do in showing His love to our fellow man,
and thus hasten the great day of brotherhood on earth.
Then let us in sincerity pray:
Our Father which art in HEAVEN.
Hallowed be Thy NAME.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy WILL be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily BREAD.
And forgive us our DEBTS,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into TEMPTATION,
but deliver us from EVIL.
For Thine is the KINGDOM,
and the POWER, and the GLORY,
forever - Amen.
MAN'S LOVE FOR GOD
Man is the manifestation of God.
The light that lights every man that comes into the world
is exemplified in Jesus the Christ
who is the perfect manifestation of God.
This light that is within all of us will bring up
to the realization of God's love for man.
It is only when we live it that we have this light in its fullness.
We become aware of it when we forget self and live
the fruits of the spirit in praise, thanksgiving and service to others.
Thus in humbleness we shed and share love with others in the Christ name.
"There came a time in my life when all my material possessions were swept away,
even my means of support.
I could not understand it;
because I was trying to live a spiritual life.
One day as I sat reading my Bible, these words came to me:
'Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all things will be added unto you.'
From then I began to take stock of myself.
Had I always sought the kingdom first?
Had I let God come first?
What is the kingdom anyway?
I began to seek, supported with these words,
'If with all your heart you seek me, ye shall find me.'
"I sought with all my heart.
In the stillness of the night I would cry out for help.
I awoke one night to pray and I felt a strong vibration sweep over me.
It seemed to be everywhere.
As the Presence lingered there came peace and joy.
I realized the Presence of the Most High,
and had an experience of what it means to have perfect peace.
I learned that it is not a far off, but within our very being.
It is only after all a state of consciousness.
This brought me an understanding that has comforted
and sustained me in many trials."
GOD IS OUR FATHER
The world needs to know God as its Father.
This is the lesson it must now learn.
How this is to be accomplished is up to the individual.
Each of us must decide if he wants to learn this lesson
or remain chained in materialism.
If the latter, then God Himself cannot help him.
Many are seeking God.
Some obedient to His commandment, "That ye love one another."
Others still cling to self.
It is the purpose that counts.
Whether we choose the long way through hard experiences
to come into the knowledge and fellowship
is well for us if we will learn in no other way.
To be away from God is to be in darkness, ignorance and sin.
To seek the light of understanding is a lesson worth more
than all the knowledge the world can give.
It is wisdom indeed.
It is the ability to use knowledge aright.
It is life, peace and joy.
Is there any way to help the world to come into this realization?
The Master said, let your Light so shine that others seeing
your good works may be constrained to glorify your Father
which is in heaven.
Each of us knows what the light is that may shine within him.
We know that it may be love in the face of hate, mercy
when all about is persecution, liberality
when men everywhere are obsessed with greed,
and in the face of all turmoil and trail be at peace.
The God of peace will keep us and cause our efforts
to be crowned with success.
Our light cannot be put out if we seek to know His Face.
THE NEW AGE
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love Him."
(I Cor. 2:9)
The new age is as near or as distant as we make it.
But will surely come.
We must prepare ourselves to meet the Redeemer
as a bride prepares herself to meet her husband,
by being pure, lovely, lovable, selfless, self-sacrificing.
We cannot enjoy the perfect unless we ourselves are perfect.
Is the new age physical or spiritual?
We have first to spiritualize the physical before we can take it with us
into spiritual realms.
That is what Christ did.
He is still the Way.
The new age will be no experiment, but a reality, a truth.
"In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beast of the field
and with the fowls of heaven and with the creeping things of the ground,
and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth,
and will make them to lie down safely."
The great will be at peace with the humble.
The weak will be strong in Christ.
It is now dawn for those who will make for themselves ready for the new age.
And he said unto me seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book;
for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still;
he that is filthy, let him by filthy still;
he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and
he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Behold I come quickly, my reward is with me to give every man
according as his work shall be.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have the right
to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city
- The Spirit and the bride say come, and let him that heareth say come,
and let him that is a thirst come, and whosoever will let him take
the water of life freely - Surely I come quickly."
Let us be of one mind, for mind is ever the builder.
Our mind uses its spiritual ideals to build upon,
or material desires as destructive channels.
It is the interference of material desires that prevents our mind
from keeping in perfect accord with our Ideal.
We often may use physical emergencies or physical conditions as excuses,
or as justifications for choosing to do this or that.
Ought these things to be so, according to our Ideal?
It is therefore most important for us to know
What is our spiritual Ideal?
Who and what is our pattern?
Throughout the experiences of man in the material world,
at various seasons and periods, teachers or "would be" teachers
have come setting up certain forms or certain theories
as to manners in which an individual should 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
to be the Son of the living God.
He set no rules of appetite.
He set no rules of ethics, other than
"As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them,"
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's consciousness,
and to be attained, to be aware of - through meditating upon the fact
that God is the Father of every soul.
Jesus, the Christ, was this teacher.
In Him, and in the following of His examples in the earth,
is LIFE - He came to demonstrate, to manifest,
to give life and light to all.
Here, then we find a friend, a brother, a companion.
As He gave, "I call ye not servants, but brethren."
To as many as believe, to them He gives power to become
the children of God, the Father, joint heirs with Him,
in the knowledge and in the awareness of this Presence
abiding with those who set this Ideal before them.
WHAT, THEN, IS THIS AS AN IDEAL?
As concerning our fellow man, He gave, as you would that others do to you,
do you even so to them, take no thought, worry not,
be not over anxious about the body, for your Father knows what you have need of.
In the place we are, in the consciousness in which we find ourself,
is that which is TODAY, NOW, needed for our greater, better, more wonderful unfoldment.
Today HEAR His voice,
"Come unto me, all that are weak or that are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest from worries, peace from anxieties.
For the Lord loveth those who put their trust WHOLLY in Him."
This, then, is that attitude of mind that puts away
hates, malice, anxiety, jealousy.
It creates in their stead, in that mind is the builder,
the fruits of the spirit, - love, patience, mercy, longsuffering,
And against these there is no law.
They break down barriers, they bring peace and harmony.
There is no longer a desire to find fault
because someone "forgot" someone's judgement was bad,
someone was selfish today.
These we can overlook, for so did He.
In His own experience with those that he had chosen out of the world,
if He had held disappointment in their leaving Him to the mercies
of an indignant high priest, a determined lawyer and an unjust steward,
what would have been our hope, our promise, today?
He, with the ability to destroy, thought not of such but rather gave Himself,
that the Creative Forces, God, might be reconciled to that pronouncement,
that judgement, and thus mercy, through the shedding of blood, came into man's experience.
Let us keep our hearts, minds and purposes attuned to that voice within;
knowing that our body is indeed the temple of the living God.
There is our altar.
There He has promised to meet us.
Be mindful of the service, of the assurance, of the manner of offering
we make there to Him.
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Let us study then to show ourselves approved unto God, in Jesus the Christ;
rightly stressing each phase of our life; not to that only of spirit,
nor of mind, nor of matter but each consistent with the other,
that we present our body holy and acceptable as a gift unto Him,
who hath NEED of love, even as we have need of love.
Updated: 2 January 2014