Questions and Answers: Extension 1
Question: I was thinking today about how much we affect each other by our attitudes, our words, and our actions. I was wondering if there is enough joy coming my way to make up for all the joy I have not had all these years, because I have been with many trying or troubled or grumpy or greedy or somehow downtrodden and dysfunctional people, and I allowed it to separate me from my joy? (Submitted by Lynne R. on August 25, 2016)
Answer: The people we are around, and the thoughts we allow into our minds -- all may have a HUGE effect on our happiness. We must therefore make a change. We must not allow those around us to choose misery. We must choose happiness for them. We must follow the Holy Spirit as He guides us to make a positive difference in the minds of those who come into our lives. And as we do, our own minds will respond in kind -- and in kindness. Let that thought become a prayer.
One moment of true joy will make up for a lifetime of misery for you and your brothers. Remember, the holiest place on earth is where two people have forgiven each other.
Prayer: Bless us all, Father, as we rise above all the lower thoughts of disharmony into the higher thought levels of harmony, as we remember our goals and disallow distractions and discordance, and as we reach to our inner core of light and love and share THAT with everyone. Regardless of what others bring to us, we can bring Your Love to them -- and with Your Help and Helpers, we will to do this, until we all are Home. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Answer: According to A Course in Miracles, "A miracle is a correction entered into false thinking" by Jesus. "It acts as a catalyst, breaking up erroneous perception and reorganizing it properly." Correcting false perception is very important in this world. When perception is false, so are all the premises built on that falsity. A false perception will lead to another false perception, and another. A man who builds his "house" upon sand, builds an unstable house. The first step toward freedom, then, involves a sorting of the false from the true. "Truth will correct all errors in my mind." Begin with the truth, continue with the truth, and extend the truth by demonstrating it and sharing it. If there is only truth, you will see only freedom in perfection. Then you will recognize the validity of the statement: "The Truth will set you free."
References: ACIM: Miracle Principle 37 (T-I.1:37); ACIM: T-2,VIII,4:1; ACIM: W-107.h.; ACIM: T-3.II.3:5.
Lamsa Bible: Matthew 7:24-27, Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders.
Question: What is the "the Truth that will set you free"?
Answer 1: "I am as God created me."
"Let us declare this truth as often as we can. This is the Word of God that sets you free. This is the key that opens up the gate of Heaven, and that lets you enter in the peace of God and His eternity."
References: ACIM: Workbook 110.11:4-7.
ACIM: Workbook 191.all. "I am the holy Son of God Himself."
Answer 2: "My Son is pure and holy as Myself."
"Because your Creator creates only like Himself, you are like Him." God and His Son are One. All of God's children are His One Son, collectively called "The Sonship." Nothing can prevail against a Son of God who commends his spirit into the Hands of his Father. When the Will of the Sonship and the Father are one, their perfect accord is Heaven. Once this Truth is awakened in your mind, is accepted and becomes manifest, you will indeed know freedom. Then you will use the power of which you have been unaware for so long.
References: ACIM: W-pII.276.1:2; ACIM: T-8.II.7:6; ACIM: T-1.I.19:2; ACIM: T-3.II.5:1; ACIM: T-3.II.4:6
Question: Are hell and satan and sin and the devil real? (Submitted by Lynne R. on January 1, 2016)
Question: I need your help. What I am asking for is PRAYER. I don't know how to pray for my son. I feel so emotionally tied to him, and I cannot get those emotions out of the way. (Submitted by Lois S. on July 8, 2008)
Answer: Emotional ties to a son can be very strong. However, there is One Who does know how to pray for him. And that One is the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayers, and even to extend a prayer for you. He will pray a perfect prayer, and then answer it Himself. How blessed your son is to have you for his loving mother.
Answer to Prayer: I am excited to tell you that Holy Spirit has come through once again. Our prayer for my son was answered! He just called to tell me the good news. I told him he had a lot of prayer going for him. He is very grateful and so am I. Together we are truly Miracle Workers! (Submitted by Lois S)
Response: I expected immediate results, and this is PERFECT. I am so happy and I know you must be, too. Prayers of assured faith are very powerful. We prayed but did not interfere. We rested on the truth and confidence that God is more powerful than anything in the world. Beautiful! Your joy must be unbounded. I am so happy things came together for your son so timely.
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