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Comfort for Christians by Arthur Pink-Chapter 5

Comfort for Christians by Arthur Pink

Chapter 5

The Divine Rememberer


"Who remembered us in our low estate:
for His mercy endureth forever"
Psalm 136:23

"Who remembered us." This is in striking and blessed contrast from our forgettings of Him. Like every other faculty of our beings, the memory has been affected by the Fall and bears on it the marks of depravity. This is seen from its power to retain what is worthless and the difficulty encountered to hold fast that which is good. A foolish nursery-rhyme or song heard in youth, is carried with us to the grave; a helpful sermon is forgotten within twenty-four hours! But most tragic and solemn of all is the ease with which we forget God and His countless mercies. But, blessed be His name, God never forgets us. He is the faithful Rememberer.
We were very much impressed when, on consulting the concordance, we found that the first five times the word "remember" is used in Scripture, in each case it is connected with God. "And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark" (Gen. 8:1). "And the bow shall be in thecloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth" (Gen. 9:16). "And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt" (Gen. 19:29), etc. The first time it is used of man we read, "Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him" (Gen. 40:23)!
The historical reference here is to the children of Israel, when they were toiling amid the brick-kilns of Egypt. Truly they were in a "low estate": a nation of slaves, groaning beneath the lash of merciless task-masters, oppressed by a godless and heartless king. But when there was none other eye to pity, Jehovah looked upon them and heard their cries of distress. He "remembered" them in their low estate. And why? Exodus 2:24,25 tells us: "And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto it."
Our text is not to be limited to the literal seed of Abraham: it has reference to the whole "Israel of God" (Gal. 6:16). The saints of this present Day of salvation also unite in saying, "Who remembered us in our low estate." How "low" was our "estate" by nature! As fallen creatures we lay in our misery and wretchedness, unable to deliver or help ourselves. But, in wondrous grace, God took pity on us. His strong arm reached down and rescued us. He came to where we lay, saw us, and had compassion on us (Luke 10:33). Therefore can each Christian say, "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings" (Psa. 40:2).
And why did He "remember" us? The very word "remember" tells of previous thoughts of love and mercy towards us. As it was with the children of Israel in Egypt, so it was with us in our ruined condition by nature. He "remembered" His covenant, that covenant into which He had entered with our Surety from everlasting. As we read in Titus 1:2 of eternal life "which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world was. Promised to Christ, that He would give that eternal life to those for whom our covenant Head should transact. Yes, God "remembered" that He had "chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4), therefore did He, in due time, bring us from death unto life.
Yet this blessed word goes beyond our initial experience of God’s saving grace. Historically, our text refers not only to God remembering His people while they were in Egypt, but also, as the context shows, while they were in the Wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land. Israel’s experiences in the desert but foreshadow the saints’ walk through this hostile world. And Jehovah’s "remembrance" of them, manifested in the daily supply of their every need, adumbrated the rich provisions of His grace for us while we journey to our Home on High. Our present estate, here on earth, is but a lowly one, for we do not now reign as kings. Yet, is our God ever mindful of us, and hourly does He minister to us.
"Who remembered us in our low estate." Not always are we permitted to dwell upon the mount. As in the natural world, so in our experiences. Bright and sunny days give place to dark and cloudy ones: summer is followed by winter. Disappointments, losses, afflictions, bereavements came our way, and we were brought low. And ofttimes just when we seemed to most need the comfort of friends, they failed us. Those we counted on to help, forgot us. But, even then, there was One "who remembered us" and showed Himself to be "the same yesterday and today and forever," and then did we prove afresh that "His mercy endureth forever" (1 Chron. 16:34)
"Who remembered us in our low estate." There are some who may read these lines that will think of another application of these words: namely, the time when you left your first love, when your heart grew cold, and your life became worldly. When you were in a sadly back-slidden state. Then, indeed, was your estate a low one; yet even then did our faithful God "remember" thee. Yes, each of us has cause to say with the Psalmist "He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake" (23:3).
"Who remembered us in our low estate." Still another application of these words may be made, namely, to the last great crisis of the saint, as he passes out of this world. As the vital spark of the body grows dim and nature fails, then too is our "estate" low. But then also the Lord remembereth us, for "His mercy endureth for ever. Man’s extremity is but God’s opportunity. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. It is then that he "remembers" us by making good His comforting promises, "Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness" (Isa. 41:10).
"Who remembered us in our low estate." Surely this text will furnish us with suitable words to express our thanksgiving when we are at Home, present with the Lord. How we shall then praise Him for His covenant faithfulness, His matchless grace, and His loving kindness, for having "remembered us in our low estate! Then shall we know, even as we are known. Our very memories will be renewed, perfected, and we shall remember all the way the Lord our God hath led us" (Deut. 8:2), recalling with gratitude and joy His faithful remembrances, acknowledging with adoration that "His mercy endureth for ever."

Blessed is The Lord

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PALM SUNDAY
Everything I do, I do "in the name of the Lord."
As I enter into Holy Week, I vow to make this a holy week in my life. I open my heart and mind to the Christ in me. With a quiet spirit, I go about my business. I take time to pray. I practice being still. I practice the presence of God.
Today, on Palm Sunday, as I think upon Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, I remember how the multitude is said to have greeted him shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!"
With every thought I hold in mind, with every prayer of my heart, I welcome the Lord of my being. Within me dwells the Lord of peace, the Lord of life, the Lord of light. Through the Christ in me, I can do all things. In Christ consciousness, I am blessed.
Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!--Mark 11:

Get Ready

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Just as her friends were doing, my daughter Melissa was busily preparing for adulthood. At school, she was getting ready for collegeby taking the right courses and had signed up for the ACT college entrance test.
Outside of class, Melissa was learning the socialization skills it takes to get along with people by spending time with friends, classmates, and teammates. At her job, she was learning the relational skills needed for a future career of work. At home, Mell was preparing for future family life by experiencing the way a Christian family would interact.
Getting ready for life as an adult takes work, and Melissa was making good progress.
But none of that preparation was what she would need. In 2002, when she died in a car accident at age 17, the only preparation that mattered was her readiness for heaven.
When the truest test of preparedness came so suddenly on that beautiful June evening—when eternity’s door opened for Melissa—she was prepared. She had put her faith in Jesus and trusted His sacrifice on the cross for her sins (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8-9).
When she faced the ultimate test of being prepared, Melissa was ready. Are you?
God’s time is now, for the days fly fast,
And swiftly the seasons roll;
Today is yours, it may be your last;
Choose life for your priceless soul! —Fithian

Peace and Joy are What You Need Today

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JOY
I am a center of peace and joy.
Nature abounds with sights and sounds of joy: birds sing in the morning light, butterflies flit among blossoms, flowers nod their heads in the breeze. All remind me of the joy that lives in me.
I am a center of peace and joy. God within me is the ultimate song that plays through my heart and life. As I still my mind in prayer, I hear the song of the Divine and allow its melody to fill my being.
True joy is deeper than any sorrow, stronger than any disappointment. I trust this power within to help me overcome sorrow, anger or grief, to remind me that life is good. Each day I awaken to an awareness of God. I awaken to joy.
Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. --Psalm 47:1

The Right State of Mind

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Aligned with the Presence, I am in harmony with life.
Each musician in an orchestra tunes his or her instrument to a universally accepted pitch. During the tuning process, each musician listens carefully and makes the necessary adjustments. The jarring effect of dissonant sounds shifts to tranquility as all the instruments come into harmony.
To be in agreement and alignment with the Presence, I also need to make adjustments. I quiet my busy mind and release any chaotic or unsettled thoughts. I center on my heart space and listen carefully to the stillness of God's spirit within me. Heart and mind come into harmony with one another.
Present to this moment, I feel my heart rate slow, my breathing calm. I am in tune with my Higher Self, in peace and harmony.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.--Philippians 2:5 (RSV)

The Power of Knowing

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I trust in divine outcomes.
When faced with uncertainty and disorder, my mind may search frantically for an answer, trying to understand what is occurring. Why did this happen? What am I to do now? How can I fix this? I might think: If only I could figure this out. I would solve the problem and eliminate the unknown.
Some situations, however, require spiritual understanding rather than logical reasoning. Seeing with spiritual eyes allows me to move through life without anxiety and without fear of the unknown. I seek to see my life from a higher perspective, confident in the activity of Spirit. My mind is at ease as I go within for understanding and trust what is revealed.
The meditation of my heart shall be understanding.--Psalm 49:3

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Keep Moving Forward

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With God, all things are possible.
Great discoveries have been made by persons who kept trying after their initial efforts failed. They proved failure can be turned into success by just one more try.
No matter how difficult a problem may appear, I do not become discouraged. I am confident and persistent. I know I do not work alone. All things are possible with God, and the spirit of God is within me.
If I have fallen, I am lifted up. If I am lost, the spirit of God within me illumines my mind and shows me the path. I turn within and find new insight, strength and determination. I persist and watch as seeming failure turns into success.
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.--Galatians 6:9

The Light of The Lord


GUIDANCE
I am attuned to Spirit and act on the guidance I receive.
At certain times in my life, I may want to make detailed plans, and at others, I am more comfortable waiting to see what happens. In either case, divine guidance is available to me.
When I pray for guidance, the answer may be subtle or unmistakable. Direction may come as a whisper or it may seem like an opportunity has been dropped in my lap. However it manifests, I listen to Spirit and pay attention to my inner knowing.
Whether I am setting goals and outlining a plan, or simply setting an intention and observing what transpires, I hold to my faith. I take action, ask for help if I need it, and celebrate success with gratitude to God.
When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you. --Proverbs 6:22

The Eye of Love

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FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness heals me.
Jesus modeled forgiveness when he reminded us to "love one another." If situations in my life seem unjust or I believe people have treated me unfairly, I remember Jesus' words and open to forgiveness. I see myself and others through eyes of love.
Forgiveness may seem difficult at times, but it is always a healing activity. As I forgive thoroughly, I am healed of anger and resentment that can harm my mind and body.
When I forgive another, I open the way for Spirit to bless me. Channels of love within me open up, and walls of bitterness break down. The healing love of the Christ rushes forth from the very heart of my being. I am free to move forward in peace.
Forgive, and render to all whose heart you know, according to all their ways, for only you know the human heart.--2 Chronicles 6:30

Be Strong

Strength


I am strong in body and mind.

The strength of God is present and active within my body and mind. God's vision for me is wholeness and vitality. I align my thoughts, feelings and beliefs with these truths and remove any barriers I may have built in fear. I open to the flow of divine energy and life that strengthens, sustains and heals me in body and mind.



Just as divine strength infuses my body, it also empowers me to use my mind constructively. In faith, I focus my thoughts on what I want to experience. If I find myself worrying, I gently set those worries aside and affirm I am strong in body and mind. I draw from the wellspring of divine strength within.



The Lord will guide you continually, ... and you shall be like a watered garden, ... like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. --Isaiah 58:11

The Way

Navigate


The spirit of God within me lovingly navigates my way.

A Global Positioning System (GPS) in one's car shows the way to new places, while a friendly, automated voice gives turn-by-turn instructions on how to get to a specific destination.



Similarly, we have an internal GPS which we can activate anytime to steer us on our spiritual journey. My internal guidance arises through intuitive prompts, gut instinct and an inner knowing that guides me where I need to be.



The voice that speaks to me is the still small voice within, which helps me navigate through any challenges. I listen for Spirit's cues when I am quiet and still, and I confidently follow the prompts to my highest good.



And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."--Isaiah 30:21

A Means to See God

1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. 7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.




This vision is dated in the third year of Cyrus, that is, of his reign after the conquest of Babylon, his third year since Daniel became acquainted with him and a subject to him. Here is,



I. A general idea of this prophecy (Daniel 10:1): The thing was true; every word of God is so; it was true that Daniel had such a vision, and that such and such things were said. This he solemnly attests upon the word of a prophet. Et hoc paratus est verificare--He was prepared to verify it; and, if it was a word spoken from heaven, no doubt it is stedfast and may be depended upon. But the time appointed was long, as long as to the end of the reign of Antiochus, which was 300 years, a long time indeed when it is looked upon as to come. Nay, and because it is usual with the prophets to glance at things spiritual and eternal, there is that in this prophecy which looks in type as far forward as to the end of the world and the resurrection of the dead; and then he might well say, The time appointed was long. It was, however, made as plain to him as if it had been a history rather than a prophecy; he understood the thing; so distinctly was it delivered to him, and received by him, that he could say he had understanding of the vision. It did not so much operate upon his fancy as upon his understanding.



II. An account of Daniel's mortification of himself before he had this vision, not in expectation of it, nor, when he prayed that solemn prayer Daniel 9:1-27, does it appear that he had any expectation of the vision in answer to it, but purely from a principle of devotion and pious sympathy with the afflicted people of God. He was mourning full three weeks (Daniel 10:2), for his own sins and the sins of his people, and their sorrows. Some think that the particular occasion of his mourning was slothfulness and indifference of many of the Jews, who, though they had liberty to return to their own land, continued still in the land of their captivity, not knowing how to value the privileges offered them; and perhaps it troubled him the more because those that did so justified themselves by the example of Daniel, though they had not that reason to stay behind which he had. Others think that it was because he heard of the obstruction given to the building of the temple by the enemies of the Jews, who hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose (Ezra 4:4,5), all the days of Cyrus, and gained their point from his son Cambyses, or Artaxerxes, who governed while Cyrus was absent in the Scythian war. Note, Good men cannot but mourn to see how slowly the work of God goes on in the world and what opposition it meets with, how weak its friends are and how active its enemies. During the days of Daniel's mourning he ate no pleasant bread; he could not live without meat, but he ate little, and very sparingly, and mortified himself in the quality as well as the quantity of what he ate, which may truly be reckoned fasting, and a token of humiliation and sorrow. He did not eat the pleasant bread he used to eat, but that which was course and unpalatable, which he would not be tempted to eat any more of than was just necessary to support nature. As ornaments, so delicacies, are very disagreeable to a day of humiliation. Daniel ate no flesh, drank no wine, nor anointed himself, for those three week's time, Daniel 10:3. Though he was now a very old man, and might plead that the decay of his nature required what was nourishing, though he was a very great man, and might plead that, being used to dainty meats, he could not do without them, it would prejudice his health if he were, yet, when it was both to testify and to assist his devotion, he could thus deny himself; let this be noted to the shame of many young people in the common ranks of life who cannot persuade themselves thus to deny themselves.



III. A description of that glorious person whom Daniel saw in vision, which, it is generally agreed, could be no other that Christ himself, the eternal Word. He was by the side of the river Hiddekel (Daniel 10:4), probably walking there, not for diversion, but devotion and contemplation, as Isaac walked in the field, to meditate; and, being a person of distinction, he had his servants attending him at some distance. There he looked up, and saw one man Christ Jesus. It must be he, for he appears in the same resemblance wherein he appeared to St. John in the isle of Patmos, Revelation 1:13-15. His dress was priestly, for he is the high priest of our profession, clothed in linen, as the high priest himself was on the day of atonement, that great day; his loins were girded (in St. John's vision his paps were girded) with a golden girdle of the finest gold, that of Uphaz, for every thing about Christ is the best in its kind. The girding of the loins denotes his ready and diligent application to his work, as his Father's servant, in the business of our redemption. His shape was amiable, his body like the beryl, a precious stone of a sky-colour. His countenance was awful, and enough to strike a terror on the beholders, for his face was as the appearance of lightning, which dazzles the eyes, both brightens and threatens. His eyes were bright and sparkling, as lamps of fire. His arms and feet shone like polished brass, Daniel 10:6. His voice was loud, and strong, and very piercing, like the voice of a multitude. The vox Dei--voice of God can overpower the vox populi--voice of the people. Thus glorious did Christ appear, and it should engage us, 1. To think highly and honourably of him. Now consider how great this man is, and in all things let him have the pre-eminence. 2. To admire his condescension for us and our salvation. Over all this splendour he drew a veil when he took upon him the form of a servant, and emptied himself.



IV. The wonderful influence that this appearance had upon Daniel and his attendants, and the terror that it struck upon him and them.



1. His attendants saw not the vision; it was not fit that they should be honoured with the sight of it. There is a divine revelation vouchsafed to all, from converse with which none are excluded who do not exclude themselves; but such a vision must be peculiar to Daniel, who was a favourite. Paul's companions were aware of the light, but saw no man, Acts 9:7,22:9. Note, It is the honour of those who are beloved of God that, what is hidden from others, is known to them. Christ manifests himself to them, but not to the world, John 14:22. But, though they saw not the vision, they were seized with an unaccountable trembling; either from the voice they heard, or from some strange concussion or vibration of the air they felt, so it was that a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves, probably among the willows that grew by the river's side. Note, Many have a spirit of bondage to fear who never receive a spirit of adoption, to whom Christ has been, and will be, never otherwise than a terror. Now the fright that Daniel's attendants were in is a confirmation of the truth of the vision; it could not be Daniel's fancy, or the product of a heated imagination of his own, or it had a real, powerful, and strange effect upon those about him.



The Incredible Gift

Grace


I live fully in the grace of Spirit.

The spiritual leaders in Jesus' time believed that in order to earn favor with God, one must obey strict behavioral rules. By contrast, Jesus emphasized spiritual discipline that drew people closer to the kingdom of God within.



God within me is the flow of all good and the essence of all life. If I feel separation or experience lack, I know these are error thoughts, and I realign with the truth of my being.



In prayer, I connect with Spirit. I recognize the activity of grace everywhere. I co-create a full and meaningful life by giving generously and receiving joyfully. Abundance, wholeness, understanding, vibrancy, strength and peace are mine.



God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.--John 4:24

Trust in God

Let Go, Let God


I let go, confident in the good God provides.

If I leave one job for a better one, or move into a more comfortable home, letting go of the old may feel easy. But it can be more difficult to let go when I am unsure about what is to come. Sometimes staying in an unsatisfying situation feels safer than stepping into the unknown.



When my spirit knows I need to let go, I do it with confidence that my good is being revealed. I release to God any concerns, situations or relationships that no longer serve me. Even when my future is uncertain, healing and growth are assured.



I am open to and cooperate with the guidance of Spirit even before the path ahead is clear. I release, let go and claim my divine potential.



Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.--Hebrews 10:35

Connecting with God for Healing

Healing


Through the healing power of God, I experience my wholeness.

Health is my divine birthright. Making inner and outer adjustments in my mind, body and spirit, I reveal my innate wholeness. I am restored to perfection on every level.



In my mind's eye, I visualize disconnecting from any pent-up bitterness or disappointment that may be manifesting in my body as dis-ease or pain. I imagine the energy of these emotions being drained and replaced by pure healing light from the Divine within. This purifying energy stream flows through me, undiminished by any diagnosis or prognosis.



I am grateful for the healing taking place within me now. Every cell and system of my body responds positively to the healing power of God within me as I connect to wholeness.



But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me."--Luke 8:46

This is The Day

Bounty


Bountiful blessings echo through my words and manifest in my life.

The start of spring brings a sense of bounty as new life awakens from the drowsiness of winter. I cultivate a springtime consciousness of newness and abundance by calling forth the divine blessings available to me now.



As I focus on the Divine within--the source of all my good--bounty pours into my awareness as ideas and opportunities. Possibilities for order, health, wisdom, love and joy echo through my creative word and manifest in my life. Countless blessings of good fill the once-idle spaces of my life in energizing and delightful ways. I am sustained by the awareness of good supporting and renewing me now.



The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens, ... to bless all your undertakings.--Deuteronomy 28:12

Pray for PEACE

Serenity


I am an instrument of peace and serenity.

In the rush of everyday activities, peace and quiet may seem an elusive dream. So I begin each day with a time of prayer and meditation in which I enter the kingdom of God within.



In meditation, I mentally draw an image that reminds me of peace. It may be a quiet lake or the face of a loved one. I may recall the words of a favorite song or Scripture. Whatever I choose to visualize or focus on becomes a touchstone to which I can return any moment of the day.



My key to this sacred inner space, this center of serenity and love deep within, is a simple "Thank you, God." In appreciation, I realize the love that supports me. I realize God and I are one.



The effect of righteousness will be peace.--Isaiah 32:17

To Give unto The Lord

Surrender


With positive expectation, I surrender to Spirit.

Some may think surrender means giving up, but surrender is giving over. I give over to God whatever is keeping me from being all I can be. I let go of resentment, worry and negative habits--ways of thinking and acting that drain my energy and potential.



As I give these thoughts and habits over to Spirit, they are no longer mine to carry. I feel the weight lifting off my shoulders, replaced by lightness of being, intense gratitude and positive expectation.



I now focus my mind on the power and presence of Spirit in me. I open to divine ideas and direction. I am one with God, and in that oneness I experience deep peace and faith.



Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me. --Psalm 50:23

What a Blessing

Vision


I see the good in my life and in the world.

Today I embrace an expanded view of my life and my world. I am awakening to my divine potential, and I am aware of the abundance of good in my life. I see myself as a child of God, supported and guided, sustained and whole, vibrant and enthusiastic.



I envision the best for myself and for others. I intentionally behold the innate beauty in the faces and hearts of people around me. I value the unique expressions of divine life. I honor our differences while appreciating our oneness.



I enlarge my vision to include peace and prosperity for everyone. I open to a world of positive possibilities and expect the manifestation of all that is good.



They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened."--Matthew 20:33

Today is a Great Day in The Lord

Celebrate


I celebrate today as a gift from God.

Celebrations are a wonderful part of life. They mark important occasions, milestones and turning points. They provide opportunities to honor the people I love. Every day can be a celebration, for every day is a gift from God.



How would I like to celebrate today? Would I like to spend time with family and friends? Would I like to pamper myself? Would I prefer celebrating in quiet solitude, allowing time for contemplation and prayer?



There is no other day like today. Today holds its own blessings for me, for it is a gift from God. I choose to celebrate this day with joy and enthusiasm. It is a divine blessing for me and others.



This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. --Psalm 118:24

True Success

Success


The light of God leads me to success.

How do I measure success? Is it the balance in my bank account, the number of friends I have or the amount of things I own? These are material markers, but they do not reflect who I am.



The true measure of success is my ability to greet each day with a positive attitude and the assurance that I am in my right and perfect place. It is my willingness to allow the presence of God to guide me to right actions. It is my capacity to trust the power of God to sustain me.



As I let God's light shine on all I do, I cannot fail. Staying faithful to the powerful Presence within me, I move forward with confidence. This is my measure of success.



Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. --Psalm 119:105

Faith is All we Need

Faith


I have faith in the goodness of God manifesting in my life right now.

Faith comes to us when we cease to think of external things as having power over us and realize that God--which is all power--brings good into manifestation through us. We increase our faith in God as we realize, in reality, there is only God. No other power exists.



I wake up in the morning in anticipation, looking forward to seeing the activity of Spirit in the day ahead. I have faith that the goodness of God is now being made manifest in, through and around me.



Approaching every situation from the standpoint of absolute faith in God, I find my worries and doubts short-lived. Faith brings answers to prayer, and visible and tangible evidence of the goodness of God.



Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.--Mark 11:24

Being a Child of God

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DIVINE ORDER
This is a divine order day!
If I become frustrated from failing to complete a task or goal, I may feel like an "Out of Order" sign is flashing above my head. There is no need, however, to give in or give up. Instead, I take a God-moment to immerse myself in the divine order that is always present. I still my inner critic and affirm: I am in the presence of God, and God's presence is within me.
God is everywhere present. Divine order permeates all that I am, all that is. I realize my frustration was caused by my lack of God-awareness. Once I tune in to the presence of God, I experience the flow of divine order in my life. This day, and all others, is a divine order day!
"In him we live and move and have our being"; as even some of your own poets have said, "For we too are his offspring."--Acts 17:28

Love and Peace

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The love and peace of God comfort me.
When I am seeking comfort, I turn within and listen to what my heart tells me. It assures me God is with me, strengthening me. Peace washes over me, soothing my soul.
My heart is also comforted to know my loved ones are in God's care. Whether in the next room, a distant country or beyond the physical realm, they are enfolded in divine love. Although people dear to me may be beyond my sight, they are with me in spirit and never beyond the reach of my prayers. I am comforted knowing neither time, nor distance, nor physical separation can diminish our heart and soul connection. Divine love unites us now and always.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.--2 Thessalonians 3:16

To be Rich in The Lord

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PROSPERITY
I am enriched by the gifts of Spirit.
With gratitude, I consider what truly enriches me: my inner spirit, a gift from God that can never be taken away. No trend, circumstance, life change or even death can touch it. The gift of my divine spirit is beyond anything money, position or possessions may offer.
With God as my source of unlimited good, I am fulfilled. No matter what is happening in the outer world, I am centered within. When Truth guides my decisions, my spiritual nature shines forth. With wisdom and understanding, I pursue what brings out the best in me and others.
Eager to give and receive fully and freely from Spirit within me, I live with courage and conviction.
If you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.--Galatians 6:8

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Never Underestimate The Power of God

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03/06/12
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Have you felt powerlessness in face of all the social-economic challenges today? Jobs and resources are in short supply; energy cost are continuing to rise without reason, and violence is all around us. Is there a solution that most of our leader are over-looking? Can someone find the truth as to how we can find peace today? Jesus said, I am The Truth.

The power of God can be found in Christ Jesus. Who turned water into wine; who calmed the storms at sea, and who healed the sick and raised the dead? Jesus did this and so much much more to show us that with faith we too can do the impossible.

The power of God is still alive today. Our leadership so very often forget that God is still on the throne. Jesus gave His life on the cross for our sins. God through His power raised Jesus from the grave on the third day.

The power we need today can only come from our faith in God through all that Jesus has done for us. This is our pray in Jesus name. Praise God.

Change is Forever

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I move through change with ease.
Change seen as a new beginning is often welcomed, while change viewed as an ending is resisted. Yet every change holds both a beginning and an end. Our perspective and attitude determine which aspect we focus on.
I choose to manage the endings in my life with appreciation for all that has been, and to view the beginnings with an expectancy of good unfolding.
I release the idea that change must involve struggle. I trust God to provide all I need in each moment. My faith allows me to welcome change with open arms and move forward with ease and grace.
He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.--Ecclesiastes 3:11

Thank God for Fridays

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APPRECIATION
I appreciate the beauty of life.
Often I say "Thank you" automatically as a polite response for a gift or kindness. Yet at times, I may forget to be grateful for the higher gifts of Spirit. As I take a moment now to open my heart to divine life within and around me, I feel a profound appreciation.
The sparrow's song is not just beautiful; it is music in my life. The painted sky at dawn and dusk is artwork in my world. My senses are channels for the inflow of God's gifts.
Acts of grace and miracles of life become apparent as I observe from my heart and appreciate the varied ways God provides and expresses. Appreciation heightens my awareness of abundance all around me.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing ... think about these things.--Philippians 4:8

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Have you felt powerlessness in face of all the social-economic challenges today? Jobs and resources are in short supply; energy cost are continuing to rise without reason, and violence is all around us. Is there a solution that most of our leader are over-looking? Can someone find the truth as to how we can find peace today? Jesus said, I am The Truth.

The power of God can be found in Christ Jesus. Who turned water into wine; who calmed the storms at sea, and who healed the sick and raised the dead? Jesus did this and so much much more to show us that with faith we too can do the impossible.

The power of God is still alive today. Our leadership so very often forget that God is still on the throne. Jesus gave His life on the cross for our sins. God through His power raised Jesus from the grave on the third day.

The power we need today can only come from our faith in God through all that Jesus has done for us. This is our pray in Jesus name. Praise God.
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How Safe are You?

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SECURE
I am safe and secure in God's powerful presence.
Security is more than knowing my doors are locked against intrusion. Security is the faith that God is greater than any threat. It is an inner assurance that I am protected and safe at all times.
In the Bible story of David and Goliath, David entered a battle that others would not. While they saw the giant as too big to fight, David saw it as too big to miss. He was secure in his faith and certain he would know what to do.
When I face what appear to be giants in my life, I do so with faith and certainty. I am protected by the power of God, illumined by the light of God, and empowered by the presence of God within me. I am divinely guided, safe and secure, every step of the way.
He made my feet like the feet of deer, and set me secure on the heights.--2 Samuel 22:34

Monthly Affirmations of The Joy of Jesus

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Monthly Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements of Truth. By affirming Truth we are lifted out of false thinking into the consciousness of Spirit. Each time we pray positively and faithfully, we are calling forth the divine activity that is always within us.

We focus on these affirmations throughout the month for greater expression of our divine inner light. Giving thanks in advance, we claim each affirmation as true for ourselves and our loved ones, remaining open and receptive to the highest good for all.

March 2012

Inner Peace
The peace of God flows through me now.

Guidance
I am attuned to Spirit and act on the guidance I receive.

Healing
Through the healing power of God, I experience my wholeness.

Prosperity
I am enriched by the gifts of Spirit.

World Peace
My prayer for peace encircles the world.

April 2012

Inner Peace
I am tranquil as I experience love and peace within me.

Guidance
Confident and assured, I trust my inner guidance.

Healing
Health is my natural state. My body responds to love and care.

Prosperity
I am grateful for blessings manifested and all those yet to be.

World Peace
I treat others with loving-kindness, co-creating a world at peace.


A Prayer for Peace

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WORLD PEACE
My prayer for peace encircles the world.

In Scripture, Jesus tells us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind," and to "love your neighbor as yourself."

These are the ultimate rules to live by, and I consciously aspire to both. When I love God, I express the Christ in me. When I love my neighbor as myself, I behold the Christ in them. All outer differences fade away. I look beyond appearances and know, that at heart, we are truly one.

We are all children of God. We are all unique expressions of the Divine. When we embrace that truth, we lay the foundation for a world of peace.

All you inhabitants of the world, ... when a signal is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet is blown, listen! --Isaiah 18:3

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Have you felt powerlessness in face of all the social-economic challenges today? Jobs and resource are in short supply; energy cost are continuing to rise without reason, and violence is all around us. Is there a solution that most of our leader are over-looking? Can someone find the truth as to how we can find peace today? Jesus said, I am The Truth.

The power of God can be found in Christ Jesus. Who turned water into wine; who calmed the storms at sea, and who healed the sick and raised the dead? Jesus did this and so much much more to show us that with faith we too can do the impossible.

The power of God is still alive today. Our leadership so very often forget that God is still on the throne. Jesus gave His life on the cross for our sins. God through His power raised Jesus from the grave on the third day.

The power we need today can only come from our faith in God through all that Jesus has done for us. This is our pray in Jesus name. Praise God. Dr. James A. Lee

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The Joy of Jesus is to Pray for Others

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
In prayer, I give thanks for right outcomes.

As a spiritual being, I visualize prosperity, healing, wisdom, insight, peace and well-being when I pray. I hold this vision for others, releasing the ways and means to God and giving thanks in advance for right outcomes.

As I think of someone experiencing a challenge, I open my heart in compassion, while also knowing this person has everything they need spiritually and physically. I am steadfast in knowing that with God, all things are possible.

I deepen my awareness of the power of prayer by allowing others to pray with and for me. A prayer partner, a minister or other spiritual leader, the prayer line at Silent Unity--all these strengthen my ability to envision the highest and best for those I hold in prayer.

Beloved, pray for us.--1 Thessalonians 5:25

The Joy of Jesus is to Pray for Others

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PRAY FOR OTHERS
In prayer, I give thanks for right outcomes.

As a spiritual being, I visualize prosperity, healing, wisdom, insight, peace and well-being when I pray. I hold this vision for others, releasing the ways and means to God and giving thanks in advance for right outcomes.

As I think of someone experiencing a challenge, I open my heart in compassion, while also knowing this person has everything they need spiritually and physically. I am steadfast in knowing that with God, all things are possible.

I deepen my awareness of the power of prayer by allowing others to pray with and for me. A prayer partner, a minister or other spiritual leader, the prayer line at Silent Unity--all these strengthen my ability to envision the highest and best for those I hold in prayer.

Beloved, pray for us.--1 Thessalonians 5:25

Waiting on The Lord is Worthwhile

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We spend a great deal of time waiting on a variety of things in life. Farmers wait on their crops. People wait in line at the store, airports, and and for a fine meal that requires time. The Bible tells us to wait on the Lord.

Jesus had compassion with all people. He would make the time to teach and provide comfort the people.

People are in such a hurry today. Everything is moving so fast. Time is one in the same with God. Jesus came to give life more abundantly. Jesus said that he will prepare a place for us.

Streets of gold, pearly gates, and pure joy in praising God. We thank God for all spiritual blessings as we wait on the Lord. As we wait on the Lord let us be of good cheer. It is more than worthwhile; it is everlasting.
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Kindness is The Joy of Jesus

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Kindness

With kindness I give; in kindness I live.

Today I choose to practice kindness. As I encounter others, I am happy to greet them. I think of them as traveling companions on life's journey. I offer a warm smile or a few words of appreciation to a friend or a stranger. Acts of kindness bring positive energy to both giver and receiver, then ripple out to bless others.



When I inquire about someone's day, I honor them by listening deeply to their reply. If I miss an opportunity for kindness, I am kind to the next person I meet, and I remember to be kind to myself.



However expressed, kindness honors the divine within us all. I affirm: With kindness I give, and in kindness I live.



Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. --Proverbs 21:21

The Joy of Jesus is Peace for You

Sunday, March 04, 2012


Inner Peace

The peace of God flows through me now.

As the song proclaims, "I've got peace like a river in my soul." Peace is like a river, for peace is the steady stream of God's presence. It saturates my being. I am sustained and fulfilled by the flow of divine peace within me.



Even as I experience the twists and turns of life, the peace of God is steady, carrying me gently along. Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.



I feel that peace now. I feel it permeating my life, expressing through my everyday activities. I experience peace in my mind, in my heart, in my body, and peace in my soul. I draw strength from God's peace. Its energy blesses me with vitality, graces me with divine ideas and leads me on the right path.



Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.--1 Samuel 25:6

Affirming The God in You

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AFFIRMATION
I affirm the presence of God made manifest.
Each of us has the God-given power to create. We use this power, consciously or unconsciously, every day. In thought, word and attitude, we are constantly affirming--speaking into being--outcomes. It is up to us to choose whether we affirm Truth and abundance, love and joy, wisdom and health--or their lack.
Today I choose to affirm God's goodness and abundance in every area of my life. I affirm health; I stand straight and breathe deeply. I affirm the abundance of everything I could possibly need.
I affirm the development of my talents and abilities; I affirm increased opportunity; I affirm harmony and order in all matters. I affirm the presence of God made manifest.
Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me.--2 Timothy 1:13