Father is not in spiritual hiding,
but so many of his creatures have hidden themselves away in the
mists of their own willful decisions and for the time being have
separated themselves from the communion of his spirit and the spirit
of his Son by the choosing of their own perverse ways and by the
indulgence of the self-assertiveness of their intolerant minds and
unspiritual natures. 5:1.10
keys of the kingdom of heaven are: sincerity, more sincerity,
and more sincerity. All men have these keys. Men use them--advance
in spirit status--by decisions, by more decisions, and by more decisions.
progress is predicated on intellectual recognition of spiritual
poverty coupled with the self-consciousness of perfection-hunger,
the desire to know God and be like him, the wholehearted purpose
to do the will of the Father in heaven.
growth is first an awakening to needs, next a discernment of meanings,
and then a discovery of values. 100:2.1&2
the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with
himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his mind
were not open to receive light for the soul. That man was not ripe
for the harvest of salvation; he must be allowed more time for the
trials and difficulties of life to prepare him for the reception
of wisdom and higher learning." 132:7.2
those who feel poor in spirit will ever hunger for righteousness.
Only the humble seek for divine strength and crave spiritual power.
ascended to those spiritual heights where he could sincerely
say, 'I abhor myself'; then was there granted him the salvation
of a vision of God." 148:6.3
hesitate to admit failure. Make no attempt to hide failure under
deceptive smiles and beaming optimism. It sounds well always to
claim success, but the end results are appalling. Such a technique
leads directly to the creation of a world of unreality and to the
inevitable crash of ultimate disillusionment.
may generate courage and promote confidence, but wisdom comes only
from the experiences of adjustment to the results of one's failures.
Men who prefer optimistic illusions to reality can never become
wise. Only those who face facts and adjust them to ideals can achieve
wisdom. . . . Those timid souls who can only keep up the struggle
of life by the aid of continuous false illusions of success are
doomed to suffer failure and experience defeat as they ultimately
awaken from the dream world of their own imaginations. 160:4.7&8
I am telling you is well illustrated by two men who went into
the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself: 'O God, I thank you that
I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unlearned, unjust,
adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I give
tithes of all that I get.' But the publican, standing afar off,
would not so much as lift his eyes to heaven but smote his breast,
saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner.'" 167:5.1
men and women simply will not pay such a price for even the
greatest spiritual treasure ever offered mortal man. Only when man
has become sufficiently disillusioned by the sorrowful disappointments
attendant upon the foolish and deceptive pursuits of selfishness,
and subsequent to the discovery of the barrenness of formalized
religion, will he be disposed to turn wholeheartedly to the gospel
of the kingdom, the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. 195:9.7