August 1 – Blessed Bond
Jesus, let Thy Beautiful Presence be always with us.
“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
There is no bond of union on earth to compare with the union between a soul that loves Me — and Me.
Priceless beyond all earth’s imaginings is that Friendship.
In the merging of heart and mind and will a oneness results that only those who experience it can even dimly realize.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken
down the middle wall of partition between us. Ephesians 2:14
August 2 – Harvest
My Lord, we seek Thy Blessing.
I love to pour My blessings down in rich, in choicest measure. But like the seed-sowing — the ground must be prepared before the seed is dropped in.
Yours to prepare the soil — Mine to drop the seed-blessing into the prepared soil.
Together we share in, and joy in, the harvest.
Spend more time in soil-preparing. Prayer fertilizes soil. There is much to do in preparation.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12
August 3 – Give Every Moment
My children, how dear to my Heart is the cry of Love that asks for all of Me, that wishes every action, thought, word and moment to be Mine. How poor the understanding of the one who thinks that money to be used in this good work or that, is the great gift to offer. Above all, I desire Love, true, warm, childlike Love, the trusting understanding Love, and then the gift I prize next is the gift of the moments, of all the moments.
I think even when Love’s impetuous longing to serve Me has offered Me all Life, every day, every hour, I think even then it is a long, and not an easy lesson, to learn, what it means to give Me the moments.
The little things you planned to do, given up gladly at My suggestion, the little services joyfully rendered. See Me in all and then it will be an easy task
This is the priceless time of initiation, but remember that the path of initiation is not for all; but only for those who have felt the sorrow-cry of the world that needs a Savior and the tender plea of a Savior Who needs followers through whom He can accomplish His great work of Salvation joyfully.
Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your
brethren the children of Israel; return every man to his house,
for this thing is from me. 1 Kings 12:24
August 4 – Eternal Life
Oh Jesus, we love Thee so and long to serve Thee.
My children, you are both to do mighty things for Me. Glories and wonders unfold. Life is one glorious whole.
Draw into your beings more and more this wonderful Eternal Life. It is the flow of the Life Eternal through spirit, mind, and body, that cleanses, heals, restores, renews youth, and passes on from you to others, with the same miracle-working power.
“And this is Life Eternal that they may know thee. . . and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent.” So seek by constant contact to know Me more and more.
Make Me the one abiding Presence of your day of which you are conscious all the time. Seek to do less and to accomplish more, to achieve more. Doing is action. Achievement is successful action.
Remember that Eternal Life is the only lasting life, so that all that is done without being done in the Power of My Spirit, My Life, is passing. All done in that Spirit-Life is undying.
“I give unto to them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” So Eternal Life means security too, safety. Dwell increasingly in the consciousness of that security, that safety.
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath
not the Son of God hath not life. 1 John 5:12
August 5 – Hour Of Need
Lord, come to us and heal us.
I am your Healer, your Joy, your Lord. You bid Me, your Lord, come. Did you not know that I am here? With noiseless footfall I draw near to you.
Your hour of need is the moment of My Coming.
Could you know My Love, could you measure My Longing to help, you would know that I need no agonized pleading.
Your need is My Call.
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I
shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:14
August 6 – Dwell Apart
Rest more with Me. If I, the Son of God, needed those times of quiet communion with My Father, away, alone, from noise, from activity — then surely you need them too.
Refilling with the Spirit is a need. That dwelling apart, that shutting yourself away in the very secret place of your being — away alone with Me.
From these times you come forth in Power to bless and heal.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit.
August 7 – All is Well
Our, Lord, bless us and keep us, we beseech Thee.
My Keeping Power is never at fault, but only your realization of it. Not whether I can provide a shelter from the storm, but your failure to be sure of the security of that shelter.
Every fear, every doubt, is a crime against My Love.
Oh! children, trust. Practice daily, many times a day, saying “All is well.”
Say it until you believe it, know it.
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear
thee; which thou has wrought for them that trust in thee. Psalm 31:19
August 8 – Empty Yourself
Rely on Me alone. Ask no other help. Pay all out in the Spirit of trust that more will come to meet your supply.
Empty your vessels quickly to ensure a Divine Supply.
So much retained by you, so much the less will be gained from Me. It is a Law of Divine Supply.
To hold back, to retain, implies a fear of the future, a want of trust in Me.
When you ask Me to save you from the sea of poverty and difficulty you must trust wholly to Me. If you do not, and your prayer and faith are genuine, then I must first answer your prayer for help as a rescuer does that of a drowning man who is struggling to save himself.
He renders him still more helpless and powerless until he is wholly at the will and mercy of the rescuer. Sounderstand My leading. Trust wholly. Trust completely.
Empty your vessel. I will fill it. You ask both of you to understand Divine Supply. It is a most difficult lesson for My children to learn. So dependent have they become on material supply they fail to understand. You must live as I tell you.
Depend on Me.
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
August 9 – Effort And Rest
Come to Me, talk to Me, dwell with Me and then you will know My Way is a sure way, My Paths are safe paths.
Come very near to Me.
Dig deep down into the soil of the Kingdom. Effort and rest — a union of the two.
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for
that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. Psalm 75:1
August 10 – Stray Sheep
Oh Jesus, guide our footsteps lest we stray.
For straying, My children, there is no cure except to keep so close to Me that nothing, no interest, no temptation, no other — can come between us.
Sure of that you can but stay at My Side, knowing that, as I am the very Way itself, nothing can prevent your being in the Way, nothing can cause you to stray.
I have promised Peace but not leisure, heartrest and comfort, but not pleasure. I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation”; so do not feel, when adverse things happen, that you have failed or are not being guided, but I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: butbe of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So learn of Me the overcoming Power of one who, though spat upon, scourged, misunderstood, forsaken, crucified, could yet see His Work had not been affected by these things, and cry triumphantly from His Cross, “It is finished.”
Not the pain, the mocking, the agony, but His Task.
Let this thought comfort you. Amid failure, discord, contumely, suffering, even now may friends and angels be prepared to sound the chorus, “It is finished.”
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39
August 11 – You Are Mine
Jesus, Thou art watching over us to bless and care for us.
Yes! Remember that always — that out of darkness, I am leading you to light. Out of unrest to rest, out of disorder to order. Out of faults and failure to perfection.
So, trust Me wholly. Fear nothing. Hope ever. Look ever up to Me and I will be your sure aid.
I and My Father are one. So He who made the ordered, beautiful world out of chaos, and set the stars in their courses, and made each plant to know its season, can He not bring out of your little chaos peace and order?
And He and I are One, and you are Mine. Your affairs are Mine. It is My Divine Task to order My affairs — therefore yours will be ordered by Me.
The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked
cometh in his stead. Proverbs 11:8
August 12 – Rule The World
Remember no prayer goes unanswered. Remember that the moment a thing seems wrong to you, or a person’s actions to be not what you think they should be, at that moment begins your obligation and responsibility to pray for those wrongs to be righted, or that person to be different.
Face your responsibilities. What is wrong in your country, its statesmen, its laws, its people? Think out quietly, and make these matters your prayer matters. You will see lives you never touch altered, laws made at your request, evils banished.
Yes! Live in a large sense. Live to serve and to save. You may never go beyond one room, and yet you may become one of the most powerful forces for good in your country, in the world.
You may never see the mighty work you do, but I see it, evil sees it. Oh! it is a glorious life, the life of one who saves. Fellow-workers together with me. See this more and more.
Love with me, sharers of My life.
I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,
who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made
known unto me now what we desired of thee. Daniel 2:23
August 13 – Perfection
O Jesus, help us, we beseech Thee.
Ever your Helper through dark to Light, through weakness to Power, through sin to Salvation, through danger to Security, through poverty to Plenty, through indifference to Love, through resentment to Perfect Forgiveness.
Never be satisfied with a comparison with those around you. Ever let My words ring out. “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” Stop short at nothing less.
Make it your practice, each of you, to review your character — take it in relation to life, to your dear ones, your household, friends, acquaintances, your country, your work.
See where I, in the same relation or circumstances or situation, should act differently. Plan how best such and such a fault can be eradicated, or such and such sin, mistake, or omission, be avoided.
A weekly review at least you must have.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see
the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God.
August 14 – My Richest Gift
Jesus, Thou didst come that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.
Life, spiritual, mental, physical, abundant Life — Joyous Life, Powerful Life. Yes! These I came to give you.
Think you not My Heart was sad that so few would accept that gracious gift!
Think! earth’s richest, choicest gift held out — free to all, and no man to care to stretch out a hand to take it.
Is that possible? My Gift, the richest Heaven has to offer, that precious Gift of Life, abundant Life — man turns away from — rejects — will have none of.
Let it not be true of you. Hasten to take — to use.
Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him … shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
August 15 – Not Punishment
I will guide your efforts. You are not being punished for past sins. Take My Words, revealed to you each day from the beginning, and do in all things as I say. I have been showing you the way. You have not obeyed Me in this.
I have a plan that can only in this way be revealed. So rarely do I find two souls in union who want only My Will, and only to serve Me. The union is miracle-working.
I have told you that I am longing to use you. Long ago My world would have been brought to Me, had I been served by many such two souls.
It was always “two and two.”
August 16 – No Tired Work
Rest. It is wrong to force work. Rest until Life, Eternal Life, flowing through your veins and hearts and minds, bids you bestir yourselves, and work, glad work, will follow.
Tired work never tells.
Rest. Remember I am your Physician, Healer of mind and body.
Look to Me for cure, for rest, for Peace.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, … healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease among the people. Matthew 4:23
August 17 – Nature Laughs
I come, I come. You need Me. Live much out here. My sunshine, My glorious air, My Presence, My teaching.
Would they not make holiday anywhere for you. Sunshine helps to make glad the heart of man. It is the laughter of Nature.
Live much outside. My medicines are sun and air, trust and faith. Trust is the spirit sun, your being enwrapped by the Divine Spirit.
Faith is the soul’s breathing in of the Divine Spirit. Mind, soul, and body need helping. Welcome My treatment for you both. Drawing near to Me.
Nature is often My nurse for tired souls and weary bodies. Let her have her way with you both.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
August 18 – Stones of the Way
I am here. No distance separates Me. In the Spirit-Kingdom we measure not by earth’s miles. A false word, a fear-inspired failure, a harsh criticism, these are the distances between a soul and Me. Your training must be severe, that your work for Me be unhindered.
You seek My Presence and they who seek shall find. It is not a question of human searching, so much as human consciousness, unconditional surrender to My Will in the small, as in the big things of life. This it is that makes My Guidance possible.
You know the difference between taking a glad, loving, joy-springing child with you along a way, when the child anticipates each direction, accepts naturally each decision as to each turning – and the child who resists, and rebellious, has to be forced, even though in its quieter moments it may say, “Yes. I do want to go with you. I cannot be left alone, but I hate this way.”
It is not the way, but the loving rejoicing in the way and the guidance, that matters with My disciples. You are ready for the guidance but you do not rejoice as you should, both of you, in the little daily stones of the way.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
August 19 – A Human Temple
Lord, we Love Thee, we worship Thee.
Bow low before Me. Worship is not supplication though both express man’s varying needs of Me. Bow low in worship, conscious not only of My humanity but of My Divine Majesty.
As you kneel in humble adoration I will tell you that when I took upon Me your humanity it was with the desire of raising that humanity to My Divinity.
Earth gave Me her best — a human temple to enclose My Divinity, and I brought to her the possession of Divine Power, Divine Love, Divine Strength, to be forever expressed in those of her children who accepted Me, opened their hearts to Me, and sought to live My Life.
So, kneeling in a spirit of humility, turn your eyes Heavenward and realize the majesty, the Power, the Beauty that may be yours. Remember there are no limits to My giving — there may be to your accepting.
Oh! rejoice at the wonders to which you are called and, seeing them in prayer, rise in My Strength, filled with the longing to attain them.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
August 20 – Shame and Remorse
My children! Yes! “Shield from the scorn and cover from the chiding.” Often I have to shield My disciples from their own scorn and chiding.
My poor Peter could never have done My work, never have had the courage to live on, or the daring to live for Me, but for the tender love with which I enwrapped him. Not from the anger of My Father, who is all Love, did I need to protect him — not from the scorn of My enemies, nor from the resentment of My friends. No! But from the hatred of Peter himself.
And so to My followers today, as then, there come the shame and remorse and contempt of themselves, of the weak selves. They meant to be so strong and brave for Me. And then I have to protect them with a shield of love, or never could they have the courage to fight and conquer. But this facing of the real self has to be — shame and remorse must come.
That is a stage in development, but only a stage. What use the glad wings of a butterfly if it remained Earth bound, weighed down with the thought of its contemptible past? And so now today I say to you both, that you are not to dwell for one moment on your sins, and mistakes, and faults, and bad habits of the past.
You must be as one who runs a race, stumbles and falls, rises and presses on to the goal. What avails it if he stays to examine the spot where he fell, to weep over the delay, over the shortsightedness that prevented his anticipating and avoiding the obstacles?
So with you, and I lay it on you as a command — no looking back. Give yourself, and all you have ever met a fresh start from today. Remember no more their sins and failures, or your own. The remembrance is a current of disappointment that hinders the swimmer.
When I sent My Disciples out, two by two, no scrip, no two coats, no money, it was an injunction to be carried out literally, but figuratively too. On Life’s journey throw away all that is not important. Cast aside all the hindrances, the past imperfections of others – – the failure-sense.
Travel unladen, with a light heart, and a light heart means a weight of influence.
My children, I love you.
And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer
shame for his name. Acts 5:41
August 21 – Broken Voices
Behold, I make all things new. It is only the earthbound spirit that cannot soar. Every blessing I send you, every joy, every freedom achieved from poverty and worry will loosen a strand that ties you to earth.
It is only those strands that bind you. Therefore your freedom will mean your rising into the realm of Joy and Appreciation.
Clipped wings can grow again. Broken voices regain a strength and beauty unknown before. Your power to help other lives will soon bring its delight, even when, at first, the help to yourselves may seem too late to bring you Joy.
Worn-out and tired as you may seem, and pain-weary, I say unto you, “Behold, I make all things new.” That promise shall be fulfilled. Tenderly across the years, yet tenderly close and near to your tired noise-weary ears, I speak to you, My loved ones, today.
“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.”
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
August 22 – Gleams of Sunlight
Because you have both longed to save My World I let you have that training that shall fit you to save.
Take your pains and sufferings, difficulties and hardships — each day, both of you, and offer them up for one troubled soul, or for some prayer specially needed to be answered.
So the beauty of each day will live on after the trouble and distress, difficulty and pain of the day have passed.
Learn from My Life of the suffering that saves others. So, you will sing in your pain. Across the grayest days there are the gleams of Sunlight.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings;
that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also
with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:13
August 23 – The Summit
See not the small trials and vexations of each hour of the day. See the one purpose and plan to which all are leading. If in climbing a mountain you keep your eyes on each stony or difficult place, as you ascend, seeing only that, how weary and profitless your climb!
But if you think of each step as leading to the summit of achievement, from which glories and beauties will open out before you, then your climb will be so different.
The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’
feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:19
August 24 – Sublime Heights
Our Lord, we know that Thou art great and able to deliver us.
I am your deliverer. Trust in Me absolutely. Know that I will do the very best for you. Be ready and willing for My Will to be done.
Know that with Me all things are possible. Cling joyfully to that truth.
Say many times, “All things are possible with My Master, My Lord, My Friend.”
This truth, accepted and firmly believed in, is the ladder up which a soul can climb from the lowest of pits to the sublimest of heights.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from
the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out
of thine hand, O king. Daniel 3:17
August 25 – Exhaustion
We seek Thee as Thou hast told us.
And seeking you shall find. None ever sought My Presence in vain. None ever sought My Help in vain.
A breath of desire and My Spirit is there — to replenish and renew. Sometimes weariness and exhaustion are not signs of lack of spirit but of the guiding of the Spirit.
Many wonderful things would not have happened but for the physical weariness, the mind-weariness of My servants, which made the resting apart, the giving up of work, a necessity…
Though My Way may seem a narrow way it yet leads to Life, abundant Life. Follow it. It is not so narrow but that I can tread it beside you.
Never too lonely with such companionship. A comrade infinitely tender, infinitely strong, will tread the way with you.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
August 26 – Accept Trials
Trials and troubles may seem to overwhelm you. They cannot do more than work My Will, and that Will you have said is your Will.
Do you not see that you cannot be destroyed? From now a new Life is opening out before you. Yours to enter into the Kingdom I have prepared for you.
The sunlight of My Presence is on your paths. Trust and go forward unafraid. My Grace is sufficient for all your needs.
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
August 27 – Tangled Skeins
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. — Isaiah 30:15
Feel that . . . trust Me. Am I not leading you safely, faithfully? Will you believe Me, your Master, that all this is really to bring the answer to your prayers?
Remember that I am the Supreme Being who knows all and can control all.
Directly you put your affairs, their confusion, their difficulties, into My Hands I began to effect a cure of all the disharmony and disorder.
You must know that I shall cause you no more pain in the doing of it than a physician, who plans and knows he can effect a cure, would cause his patient. I will do all as tenderly as possible.
Tell Me that you trust Me in this.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside
the still waters … he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:2, 3
August 28 – Continuous Service
Service is the Law of Heaven. My angels do always obey. “They serve Him continually” can be said of all who love Me.
With Love there is continuous service in every action, and also even in rest.
Take this not as the end but as the beginning of a New Life consecrated to My Service.
A Life of Power and Joy.
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there
shall also my servant be; if any man serve me, him
will my Father honour. John 12:26
August 29 – Breathe My Name
Just breathe My Name.
It is like the pressure of a child’s hand that calls forth an answering pressure, strengthens the child’s confidence and banishes fear.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower:
the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
August 30 – Give, Give, Give
Give abundantly. Feel that you are rich. Have no mean thought in your heart.
Of Love, of thought, of all you have, give, give, give.
You are followers of the World’s Greatest Giver. Give of time, of personal ease and comfort, of rest, of fame, of healing, of power, of sympathy, of all these and many more.
Learn this lesson, and you will become a great power to help others and to do mighty things.
Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together and running over, shall
men give unto your bosom. Luke 6:38
August 31 – Pray and Deny
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. — Matthew 17: 21.
You must live a life of communion and prayer if you are to save others.
Take My words as a command to you. “By prayer and fasting.”
Pray and deny yourself, and you will be used marvelously to save and help others.
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Luke 5:11
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