"Grace is actually the glory of God. From our level, the only grace is loving God. If we start to love God, we've stopped the judgments and the negativity, and that allows grace to be extended." - John-Roger
This article by John-Roger, first published in the New Day Herald in September of 1994, is based upon excerpts from the Living in Grace Retreat in 1993.
Grace is actually the glory of God. From our level, the only grace is loving God. If we start to love God, we’ve stopped the judgments and the negativity, and that allows grace to be extended.
After grace is extended, the next process is glory, and glory is the essence of the Lord coming upon you. When that happens, there’s no mistaking it. It will shake everything, even “the fillings in your teeth.”
To receive glory, you’ve got to be prepared to give up everything else. A lot of people say, “Well, I WOULD give up everything else.” That’s not true, because it’s given to you according to your faith.
Faith is unseen substance, like air is unseen substance. We can prove the existence of air as a substance by lighting up incense and letting it float in the air. What’s holding it up? The unseen substance. We can’t see it, but if we put color in it (the incense smoke), we get to see what the substance is.
The way we see faith is by our actions. Our actions produce the “color” in the faith, and that faith is the platform on which we step forward into nothingness, the future. The glory descends upon us, and we’re sustained by the grace of God.
At a Grace Retreat, we put on the armor of Spirit and become spiritual warriors. We already are that inside, but people and situations can get so vicious and warlike that we need protection. Our protection, if we’re going to be struck against, has to be strong enough to withstand the strike. And our spiritual protection is absolute vulnerability, like air. If you take a sword and slice it through the air, that’s the type of protection we have. You can’t even see that it’s been done. There’s no resistance.
Breathing in and out is just manifesting grace. But as soon as I start to move my thoughts and thinking into one line with a purpose (alignment), I’m now moving on that feeling of grace. I know how I perceive it in the experiences of my life, the wisdoms that have come forward about what to do and what not to do. Then I have the trust that I can learn from my experiences, and that allows me to step onto the path of faith. Some people call it luck. Some call it intuition. I have very little problem with what anyone wants to call it. You can call it a lot of names, and if you don’t step onto it, you’ve called it nothing. But if you surrender to the truth of grace that already exists within you, you will be in alignment with all things Holy.
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