The subject line is Weekley Sermon. It's not a typo, it's me, Holiness David Weekley (Running Eagle Shooting Star your Father Red Hand).
I've been working on a paper entitled "Awesome Words." It comes from two sources and if I can find more resources, I'll include them as well (your input is welcome): the bible, Galatians 5:22 and A Course in Miracles, Manual for Teachers, 10 Characteristics of God's Teachers. I've been looking at the Koran for joy, but nothing yet. If any of you are Muslim or knowledgeable of the faith, I would appreciate your help.
This paper is taking so long that I've decided to break it down, so, you'll be getting some information each week. At the end of all of the Awesome Words, I'll sum it up by bringing them all together.
Here we go:
Book: Galatians 5:22, the Fruit of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit):
- "But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus (crystal child) have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another."
"The Fruit of the Spirit is love" and is manifested in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Let's look at the first one: "Joy is love's strength." The great lesson we learn from this is that your life is to be characterized by joy. If you have the Spirit of love in you, one of the characteristics that you will inevitably display is joy. Just like love, joy is to be at the center of your life. We are taught this over and over again in the Bible.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Christians and said, "Be joyful always;"
Writing from prison to the Philippians, Paul said, (Philippians 4:4) "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" The kingdom of God is about joy. Joy is not dependent upon earthly circumstances. It comes from within. The Holy Spirit and God's love put it there!
If you refresh your mind several times per day: do fire blessings; do water blessings, say prayers (8-12 times a day), you can have joy in your life if you practice it; if you believe you can. The Muslim (devotional) folks pray 5 times per day. When they put their heads to the ground; they get grounded. We all want to be grounded, to know real joy.
A story: My youngest brother (magenta child) and I owned a house together many years ago. He was an grump, plain and simple. It was almost like he tried to get up on the wrong side of the bed every day (two red robes, many lessons). One time, I was in bed for two weeks after having all four impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Not once did he ask if I needed anything (serving others) or have joy to share, mainly because he did not understand that joy brings us back to love. This is a great example of my joy coming from within, outwardly. I would not allow him to drag me down to becoming a grump. It's not easy to bring joy back after experiencing unhappiness, but essential in loving the world.
Bottom line: Be directed towards a higher goal, the obedience to the "Will of God" (sovereign will), it's peace, interior calm and joy in the Holy Spirit (the soul that lives within). If you conscientiously work toward love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, you will have a better life. Think about these as often as possible, to bring you back to joy and happiness.
Galileo Galilei said it this way, “What ever the course of our lives, we should receive them as the highest gift from the hand of God, in which equally reposed the power to do nothing whatever for us. Indeed, we should accept misfortune not only in thanks, but in infinite gratitude to Providence, which by such means detaches us from an excessive love for Earthly things and elevates our minds to the celestial and divine.”
So have faith and learn that we are joyful in learning the commandments, thou shalt know joy, for joy is the vehicle to true happiness.
Talk to you next week about Peace.
Please provide input and feedback if you like.
LOVE and JOY be with you all,
Holiness David Weekley
Elder Lavender Child
Rainbow Warriors of Prophecy
Addendum on Joy:
Book: The Following of Christ by Gerard Groote:
- The joy of a good man is in the testimony of a good conscience. As long as you keep your conscience clean you may enjoy life.
- A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Hoops: Teach what is right, that law is the LOVE, then when two hearts is united, we share with intelligence. However if LOVE doesn't lead the way, then we fight to unite LOVE, two broken hearts, then we know that we are walking the truth path, the love to each other, the kind that lasts, over rolling hills in time, over the suns, and into the heart of the blue seas of everyone. We are the Prophecy, the Rain upon the Land, so parched, it will need a Rainbow, to serve it home the right way and know where to land (the Rainbow always lands on the pot of gold, abundance, brotherhood)!