Have you ever been in a car accident? In hindsight, could you have avoided it if you had known just one little piece of information…if someone had whispered in your ear, ‘do this’ or ‘don’t do that’ and the whole thing never would have happened? Thousands of car accidents happen everyday…. but some don’t.
Janelle was in the only car at a stop light one night. As she was waiting for the light to change, she heard a voice that said “back up”. Nothing more, nothing less, just that. “Back up”. The windows were up and the radio wasn’t on. No ear buds in use. But Janelle didn’t stop to wonder where the voice came from or what it could mean. She put the car in reverse and backed up. Why? Because she knew where the voice came from. Seconds later, two cars, coming from opposite directions, collided in the exact spot where she had been.
Janelle has a very clear connection with God, her Inner Being. It is a connection that she has nurtured through years of prayer, meditation, study and trust. She has cultivated a spiritual sense to become receptive to the thoughts that come from within. When God speaks, she recognizes His voice and follows His direction.
My friend, Tim, who has contributed to this blog, was driving alone down a 4 lane road. As he approached an intersection for which he had the right-of-way, he looked down to adjust the radio. At that point he heard a voice say “Watch out”. He immediately turned his attention back to the road to find a car stopped across the intersection blocking both lanes of traffic. He was able to swerve around the car avoiding a collision. God spoke, Tim heard and did not question for a moment how to respond. He is spiritually conscious.
Spiritual consciousness is attained through the activity of truth in consciousness.
God is, there is a God–never doubt that. This God is infinite in nature, eternal, universal, impersonal, impartial, and omnipresent. But how do we avail ourselves of that which God is? How do we bring this that we know about God into our individual experience?
To illustrate we can turn to the field of music. The principle of music is absolute. If, however, we fail to understand its principle and the sounds produced turn into a jumble of discordant noises, we do not rail against the principle. We apply ourselves more diligently to practicing the principle until we become proficient in its application.
So it must be in our God-experience. God is, and God is here and God is now, but God is available only in proportion to our realization and willingness to accept the discipline that is necessary for the attainment of that mind which was also in Christ Jesus.
Spiritual consciousness is attained through the activity of truth in consciousness. Dwelling on spiritual quotations or statements of truth helps to spiritualize thought. The more truth that we read and hear, the more active is truth in our consciousness. Thus we learn to abide in the Word. This is the first step on the way.
The second and more important step, is to be able to receive truth from within, to be receptive and responsive to the truth that wells up within us. Then we do not think, read or hear truth with the mind. We are becoming aware of the impartation of the word of God from within because the inner ear and the inner eye have been developed through our knowing the letter of truth and dwelling on it.
Joel S Goldsmith Practicing the Presence
God Instructs and More Listen
My friend, Mo, “became aware of the impartation of the word of God from within” one night when she was driving home from Jacksonville Florida on I-75. Her husband and four children (ages 1, 3, 5 and 10) were all asleep in the car. She found herself wondering why a van will flip when no other car or obstruction is involved. It immediately came to her mind that it is typical for a driver to slam on their brakes to avoid an animal and cause the upset. Moments later an animal darted across the road in front of her. Because God had cautioned her and she was receptive to it, she did not touch the brake and the animal disappeared into the night.
Realizing that God had just saved her family, Mo burst into tear of gratitude. “I just couldn’t stop crying and praying thanks”.
The daughter of a friend was driving alone along a curving road when she heard a voice say “slow down”. She slowed some, but a few moments later, the voice said more insistently “SLOW DOWN”. She slowed down some more In fact she slowed down to the point that as she rounded a curve and a child ran in front of her car, she was able to stop without hitting him. God had intervened and she responded without question. No rationalization about what she had heard.
These roadway interventions were casually mentioned to me. I have to deduce that there are many more examples. In fact, it’s likely you know someone who has had a similar experience; someone who has developed a connection with God.
These four people, as well as many others, know when God is speaking to them because of their long-term personal relationship with Him and their willingness to listen and be guided by Hm. They are well acquainted with the truths in scripture and have frequent conversations with God. They not only allow, but desire, that His Spirit dwell in them.
God is active in the world. Connect to Him. Pay attention. And enjoy the care He provides.
How do we know when the spirit of God dwells in us?
If we are letting go of hate, envy, jealousy, malice, self-seeking, self-glorification, prejudice and bigotry we are making room for the spirit of God, for God cannot dwell in the midst of such qualities. As long as these qualities are present in our consciousness, we have more work to do abiding in the truth and letting the truth abide in us, until such time that the Christ has come so alive [within us] that such mortal thoughts no longer touch us. Then the spirit of God dwells in us, “which is Christ in you, the hope of glory….Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him”. Anyone with a sufficient desire for a realization of God can achieve that realization–the grace of God will guarantee it.
Joel S Goldsmith, Practicing the Presence
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