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21 STEPS TO A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Step 2: Believing in God

We came to believe in God, and that he indwells us as spiritual Father and loving Friend.

Without God in heaven the earth is meaningless, and all that lives hereon. But where is he, that we might believe? Where were you, Father, all those years of unknowing, when we sought but found you not? Were our hearts too sticky with life’s inanities that we failed to seek in earnest? Did you wait until our doubts ebbed, until the turbulence of our self-centered thoughts stilled to reveal the place you’d always been?

We find you in our hearts once we believe in you and your love. You ride above the clouds; you know the way we take and why, and long to talk with us, your children. We feel your presence beside us as we walk along a mountain trail, but know you truly only in the silence of our souls.

The God of universes lives in unfathomable glory, but his second home is in the humble heart. Until we know him, the Father dwells where darkness covers the unaware, unheard as doves’ wings above a forgotten field. But look! His presence–in the shadow of our approach, behind the door, away from life’s confusion, available anytime, anywhere, to those who seek. In the stilled, attentive mind we sense his spirit, that ever works by love. His arms comfort us against the terrors of the night, and his lips brush our cheeks with a morning kiss. His love song floats down with the morning’s sunlight and cheers us for the approaching day.

Within our hearts grows the conviction that God has work for us to do, important work, a unique role in a universal drama that will uplift every weary heart in the vast creation. We crave to be at this work, to hear and heed the cues of the Supreme Director. We know our bumbling flaws and lethargy all too well, but also, we know Who is all-powerful and whose greatness swallows up all we lack. Creator, make us more responsive to your gracious leadings.

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The love of the Father absolutely individualizes each personality as a unique child of the Universal Father, a child without duplicate in infinity, a will creature irreplaceable in all eternity. The Father's love glorifies each child of God, illuminating each member of the celestial family, sharply silhouetting the unique nature of each personal being against the impersonal levels that lie outside the fraternal circuit of the Father of all. 12:7.9

But you cannot become so absolutely certain of a fellow being's reality as you can of the reality of the presence of God that lives within you. 16:9.4

Thus it may be seen that religious longings and spiritual urges are not of such a nature as would merely lead men to want to believe in God, but rather are they of such nature and power that men are profoundly impressed with the conviction that they ought to believe in God. The sense of evolutionary duty and the obligations consequent upon the illumination of revelation make such a profound impression upon man's moral nature that he finally reaches that position of mind and that attitude of soul where he concludes that he has no right not to believe in God. The higher and superphilosophic wisdom of such enlightened and disciplined individuals ultimately instructs them that to doubt God or distrust his goodness would be to prove untrue to the realest and deepest thing within the human mind and soul--the divine Adjuster. 101:1.7

God is so all real and absolute that no material sign of proof or no demonstration of so-called miracle may be offered in testimony of his reality. Always will we know him because we trust him, and our belief in him is wholly based on our personal participation in the divine manifestations of his infinite reality.

The indwelling Thought Adjuster unfailingly arouses in man's soul a true and searching hunger for perfection together with a far-reaching curiosity which can be adequately satisfied only by communion with God, the divine source of that Adjuster. The hungry soul of man refuses to be satisfied with anything less than the personal realization of the living God. 102:1.5&6

Of God, the most inescapable of all presences, the most real of all facts, the most living of all truths, the most loving of all friends, and the most divine of all values, we have the right to be the most certain of all universe experiences. 102:7.10

Men all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence. Other experiences are limited in their nature and content, but the experience of God has no limits save those of the creature's comprehension capacity, and this very experience is in itself capacity enlarging. When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything. 117:6.9

While sojourning at Amathus, Jesus spent much time with the apostles instructing them in the new concept of God; again and again did he impress upon them that God is a Father, not a great and supreme bookkeeper who is chiefly engaged in making damaging entries against his erring children on earth, recordings of sin and evil to be used against them when he subsequently sits in judgment upon them as the just Judge of all creation. 141:4.1

"And you, Thomas, who said you would not believe unless you could see me and put your finger in the nail marks of my hands . . . what will you say to your brethren? You will acknowledge the truth, for already in your heart you had begun to believe even when you so stoutly asserted your unbelief. Your doubts, Thomas, always most stubbornly assert themselves just as they are about to crumble. Thomas, I bid you be not faithless but believing--and I know you will believe, even with a whole heart." 191:5.4



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