“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,” Colossians 1:19
I think most all of us believe in angels, don’t we? There are Angels among us. Some sing, some preach, and some listen. We are all angels with one wing; we can only fly by embracing one another. Each one of us has a message. And in a very special way, we give the best we know how.
On the island of Patmos, John wrote the book of Revelation. It is a book of symbols and a book of hope. It is a book of vision and dreams because he was a prisoner on the island. He would send messages containing symbols back to the mainland.
Sometimes we get caught up only in symbols, but behind that, rests spiritual truth, waiting for us to accept and move our dreams, our visions, our hopes, our desires, into perfect expression.
John writes in his book of Revelations, “Behold I put before you an open door which no one can shut.” And it is God who opens that door for you and for me. We have to walk through that door that spiritual door; and that door can only be opened by God.
Sometimes we stand entrance of that door and wish we could go through it. We dream our dreams. We hold our visions. But something in us keeps us from stepping through. Maybe it is the limitations of our past. So we stand at the door until God can help us to heal that within us that may be keeping us from the spiritual side where our good awaits us all. We must develop that tool to oneness.
A minister used to ponder, in his thoughts, about people who would call so often for help, for the same problem, over and over again. He got to the place where he had a key word or phrase that he would use. He would always end his time with people in a very profound way by saying, “You can begin again!”
God is a God of open doors of new beginnings. It’s not over, my friends, until you say it is. You can begin again right now, today. You have or can receive that tool. You can make the decision to go forward in faith, having this mighty power direct and move you to that high calling in Christ Jesus.
I think of Paul when Timothy wanted to give up. He came to Paul and said, “I can’t handle this.”
Paul said to him, “Oh Timothy, neglect not the gift of God that is within you. Press on to that high calling in Christ Jesus.”
We all need to hear that message ourselves, don’t we? There are times when it’s very difficult, but hear the voice of God within you say, “Press on. Press on. There’s more. I am here to help you.”
Get up every morning and say, “The best years of my life are yet to be lived. Thank You, God.” It’s wonderful. So starting all over again calls for strong spiritual faith, spiritual courage, and a strong spiritual determination that will not quit.
There is something wanting to press out from us, express from us—God giving God’s self through us in the wonder of the world. I like to. So, let’s take the word “wonderful” and say to people, “Do you know that you are wonder-filled?”
You are wonder-filled; filled with wonder, mystery, and majesty. It’s wonderful, isn’t it. Take a deep breath and repeat those word to yourself – daily. You are a child of God, and you have many gifts from God that you have discovered, and many that still are waiting for you to unwrap. This will give you great courage to know that you are not alone that God is with you, awaiting you to walk through new open doors.
These are times when we accept those challenges of life with great excitement, and step out, not always knowing where our steps are going to take us. You know that with God’s guidance and direction, it will be good.
Here is a little poem that has always had a lot of influence. As we move on life’s journey we all have tools, don’t we?
Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, a book of rules.
And each must make, ere life has flown
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.
Choices . . . decisions.
Grab your bag of tools.
All of us are on this journey, traveling from this path of the personal self to becoming aware and one with our Lord – that oneness that Jesus Christ urged us to follow. We stop thinking so much about ourselves, and we begin to engage ourselves in ministering to God’s family. We get excited about our life, and find that everything we do, everything we give, and everything we are is God’s gift to us, our tools. We must keep giving of ourselves to receive more.
Self-realization instructs us to relax in this wonderful presence in order to make the spiritual connection with God. The world is coming to realize the healing power responds to silence. We know this to be the most powerful energy in the world—silence—the silence of prayer.
Discover the reality of God’s presence—an almighty power with you NOW. For healing, know this presence and power of God as perfect life. Say aloud now, “The life of the Creator within me is perfect. And God can’t be sick, the perfection of the Creator is re-creating me now.” (Repeat to yourself but outloud often.)
Call healing forth by recognizing your oneness with God. This dialogue with your physical body brings forth the healing principles and the transformation of your life from illness to wholeness. Have a dialogue with God. It’s a wonderful spiritual experience. Each of us has to build our own capacity to receive from God. Healing is dependent upon a steadfast faith, true vision, and inner expectancy.
Prayer is our link with this healing power and process; it is the life of Jesus, based on prayer as a connectedness to God.
The same power that moved through Jesus Christ to perform healing miracles is the same power from God that is moving through you NOW. And that, my friends, is an awesome realization you might want to think about, There is only one presence and one power of God. This same power that moved through Jesus Christ to perform miracles is right now moving in, through, and over each one of us.
We begin to realize that this is the power of our connectedness, the power of our oneness. We need to remember, God is in God’s heavens and all is well with my world.
For guidance: Prayer is the power of illumination. It enlightens the mind and wakes it up.
Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thy healing shall spring forth speedily, and thy righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory of Jehovah shall be your reward.”
Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Many people know about the Truth, but it remains just an intellectual process.
The intellect must be spiritualized. There is nothing wrong with the mind; it’s wonderful. It’s the explorer, the adventurer, the investigator. It goes out and finds all of these wonderful things for us. Then it comes back, and we have to take it to heart and translate it into wisdom, then move it to the spiritual.
So our intellect is a strong and a powerful agent, but it must never leave the nourishing power, or the heart, or it becomes hard, calloused, critical, cynical and sometimes cruel. Too much of our knowing is based upon outer things.
Many live a kind of surface life, knowing about things – but not ever understanding. We give new birth to ourselves, by KNOWING the truth, understanding the truth, and holding it in our heart.
There must be a Son of God activity,” Jesus said, “and the Spirit of God moved.” When that Spirit of God moves in you, – things happen. It gives voice to song. Glory to God’s word crowns you with joy.
So the path of prayer calls for the spiritually adventurous who are willing to step out on faith and trust the keeper of infinity. I believe prayer is the key to lifelong spiritual insight, for it is our return home. It is that journey (that tool) back to God.
A minister once said, “I often feel when people come to me in distress, that their real problem is simply that they are lonely and want to go home, back to God, back to that spiritual center which is all, knows all, and is all power.” That’s our loneliness. We yearn to return home again to that spiritual center of life, peace, joy, harmony, and abundance awaiting our rediscovery.
It was the call of the prodigal son. What a wonderful rejoining with the father that was. You know what going home is like, don’t you? It’s wonderful. In prayer, going home is special.
Following Jesus Christ opens the mind to the omnipotence and omnipresence of God—that everywhere present energy empowering love to have its perfect expression in us.
Spiritual prayer is a commitment to a faith that removes the mountains in our mind and heart. It takes that potential in us and makes it possible. With God all things are possible.
So we have this potential in us for goodness, for wonder, for mystery, for beauty, for sacredness. But it becomes possible as we give expression to the potential.
Faith and belief become an inner conviction. The compatible relationship between mind and heart begin to bring forth wonderful ideas/tools that we want on our spiritual journey. Jesus Christ is calling for each of us like He did 2,000 years ago: “Stretch forth thy hand; reach out into the world.” Don’t get into this exclusive self, but inclusive. “Stretch forth thy hand and be healed. Take up your bed and walk. Arise, shine, for the light has come. Go in peace.”
Open the eyes that have been blinded with doubt, fear, hate, and bitterness. Heal the worry thoughts and lift them up into the light of God. Give them to the light. “Take my burden. My yoke is light.”
Just know that God’s Spirit, is inviting each, and all of us, to bring our present difficulties to the light. And in the light there is no darkness.
“If thine eye be single, the whole body shall be filled with light, and the crooked places made straight.” Those places where we have gone back and forth, not knowing which way we’re going, are part of the preparation for the Christ mind to be manifest in us.
We are called to do a great spiritual work, friends. Remember, all of us have direct connections to God. We have three avenues through which we function and operate: thought, desire, and action; we have our tools.
The most far reaching in its effect is the power of thought. Thought is the parent of action. It gives birth to action and movement. The guiding light of God will bring its fulfilling plan and purpose, and we shall have our heart’s desires.
The time will come when there will only be something more to KNOW.
It is something to know about ourselves, that we have been unwilling (for one reason or another) to know yet. But when we spiritually can deal with it, face it; it becomes as natural as breathing.
There is something we need to know about ourselves. What is it? What is it that we don’t want to know about us that is standing in our way?
There is just something more to know—to know God’s love, power, peace, and joy.
In God mind there is only the perfect image of God in which we were created. We take hold of this as we understand – we must simply accept.
There is something in us to know. When we know it, we can accept it and love it . . . “I will not leave thee until thou blesses me.” Jacob said to the angel, “I will not leave thee until thou blesses me.”
I oftentimes think the things we attach to our lives—the hurt, pain, grief, and sorrow are asking us to bless them so they can leave us. I will not leave thee without your blessing.
So, whatever the pain might be, whatever the hurt, sorrow or disappointment, bless it so it does not have to go unhealed. This is one of your tools!
Let’s all take some time at the end of this message to use the tool to be quiet and still in spiritual prayer.
“How do I know God is here?” I know because I feel peace. So it is — my prayer is that you can feel this peace that passes understanding, and in that peace, be healed. That is another tool.
In the name and through the power of Him that is love, in the name and through the power of Jesus Christ, accept your healing.
God bless you as you continue to use your tools on that eternal path of the soul, accepting every good and perfect gift from God.
In the name and through the power of Him that is love, in the name and through the power of Jesus Christ, accept your healing, that healing spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Amen