I WILL BE STILL AND LISTEN TO THE TRUTH # 15116

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The Bible says, “But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: ‘Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men… Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.’” Acts 5: 34-39. These men were the apostles who were being tried for preaching Jesus Christ the Lord, after the Pentecost. Gamaliel's words to the Sanhedrin are still relevant now and will continue to be as long as God is speaking to us. When the mission is a human one, it will fade away soon enough, but when it comes from God, it is here to stay because His word endures forever.  We believe that we are different from them, but we are acting the same. We have also fully defined who and what God is, and we don’t want to hear anything different.

God gave us a spirit of discernment. We could use it to explore new concepts and compare them with our own, and when applicable, modify our beliefs. That means renewing of our mind. However, many times we rather find reasons to discredit the message and the messenger. We prefer to find a logical explanation, one that validates what we already believe. But what if God is different from what we believe? The good thing is that we can reconsider and say "Lord, perhaps I am wrong.  Clear my mind. I want only what will help me move closer to You, to hear only Your voice, to know what to do."  This is another way of saying what the Psalmist said: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."  When in reality you look for that closeness, when the words of the Apostle Paul are your desire -"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" Philippians 2: 5 - the miracle will take place because, if you really desire it, you can have the mindset of the Lord Jesus Christ, a mind united to Him and to the mind of God, the Father.

If we were to say, "Yes, but He was Christ," it means that we perceive ourselves separated from Him, which is a mistake. The Lord Jesus Christ decided to be one with God and think only like Him, and with His help there is nothing we couldn’t do. We must understand that the principles and the conclusions on which we base our beliefs, have taken us to where we are now. How satisfied are you? What your beliefs are, and what your heart wants, must be in agreement. Lack of agreement, or being incongruent causes us internal conflict, even brings us health problems. Health problems are not caused by external conditions; it is because our heart wants one thing, but we do something else. Don’t say, "This is me," or "This is what I believe." That would only be arrogance. You can be as flexible as you wish to be. You can change your beliefs. These are not written in stone. You taught yourself to believe like this, because at some point that you may not even remember, you read or heard something that made sense to you, and even though it was not good advice, you have been using it as a rule.

Accept with humility that you need help. We do not want to be put on a scale and be found to be “fighting against God.” Choose again.  Let yourself be guided by the voice of God, the Holy Spirit.  We have been sent to promote unity in a world of separation, a fragmented world.  Now, with silent determination, relax your mind and accept the truth of God.  It is that fast and easy. You will receive His answer. God does not impose His Will, He does not force Himself into our lives. He is patiently waiting for our invitation to work with us. “I give my life to God to guide today. Father, I give You all my thoughts today. I would have none of mine. In place of them, give me Your Own. I give You all my acts as well, that I may do Your Will instead of seeking goals which cannot be obtained, and wasting time in vain imaginings. Today I come to You. I will step back and merely follow You. Be You the Guide, and I the follower who questions not the wisdom of the Infinite, nor Love whose tenderness I cannot comprehend, but which is yet Your perfect gift to me.” ACIM L.233.1.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." 2 Corinthians 13:14

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