Our reading for this week is from the Text, Chapter 14, Section XI. The Test of Truth. This section is a long one with 15 paragraphs. I’ll probably go on until Saturday this week with the postings. Today we’ll take a look at the first two paragraphs in this section.
XI. The Test of Truth
T-14.XI.1. Yet the essential thing is learning that [you do not know.] 2 Knowledge is power, and all power is of God. 3 You who have tried to keep power for yourself have “lost” it. 4 You still have the power, but you have interposed so much between it and your awareness of it that you cannot use it. 5 Everything you have taught yourself has made your power more and more obscure to you. 6 You know not what it is, nor where. 7 You have made a semblance of power and a show of strength so pitiful that it must fail you. 8 For power is not a seeming strength, and truth is beyond semblance of any kind. 9 Yet all that stands between you and the power of God in you is but your learning of the false, and of your attempts to undo the true.
T-14.XI.2. Be willing, then, for all of it to be undone, and be glad that you are not bound to it forever. 2 For you have taught yourself how to imprison the Son of God, a lesson so unthinkable that only the insane, in deepest sleep, could even dream of it. 3 Can God learn how not to be God? 4 And can His Son, given all power by Him, learn to be powerless? 5 What have you taught yourself that you can possibly prefer to keep, in place of what you [have] and what you [are?]
I know NOTHING! That is the key! I don’t even realize what power I have and where it is. I’ve placed my faith in that which is shallow. I thought my strength was my fear because I used it to keep me safe, yet it was the very thing that brought me down into the hole of despair. I kept everyone away. I kept God away. All because I feared love, love that was within me.
So I am willing to let all of the fear be undone and to know that I am not linked to it ever. Even though I’ve known this for 20 + years, I relearn it each time I have the realization, each time I remember not to make a big deal out of this or that. I remember to overlook the grievances and the judgments and to see they are really nothing. Why would I want to keep the grievances and judgments? They have only brought me pain. I shovel them out of the way, just like today when I didn’t want to go out into the frigid air to clear off the end of our driveway. I so didn’t want to do it. I complained and blamed but out I went. And in no time my daughter and I had it done. After all it is only small. But one grievance is not bigger or greater than another. They all disturb my mind. Be it cold coffee in my order, or losing a friend, or being physically hurt. They are all the same. I have to let the love in and the fear out. I have the power to choose and I remind myself once again today, that I have the power within for peace.
Rev. Deb Phelps, Senior Minister
Originally posted January 2014