1997-11-23-Grace & Growth
Topic: Grace & Growth
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
In these realms of the Supreme, grace exhibits an entirely different quality than that which is displayed in the eternal universe of Havona. Grace there is the bestowal of godly qualities that are the inherent nature of the creatures therein. They are bestowals of actuality. In our realm the word "grace" becomes the indicator of the bestowal upon you by God of potentials.
As much as we each crave to receive blessings from the Father, in our spiritual progress we have come to understand that the blessings bestowed are not replacements for our efforts in attaining higher stature as spirit beings. Grace is therefore an essential building block in the process of growth. Grace is like an electron or proton or even the entire atom, given to you such that you, with this potential, create the molecules of growth. Grace is like the seed that initiates the development of a crystal. What the Father does for you, He in reality does with you, and this is the meaning of growth through grace. Grace is therefore an initiator rather than a consummator of your spiritual progress. This provides insight into your understanding of salvation through grace rather than salvation through works. It is not that grace finishes your salvation, it is that grace initiates the causes and effects that result in your awareness of belonging to the Father as His child.
I am your guide, and I hold a delicate position as one who stands between the grace of God and the growth of you. I humbly accept the mission of providing the potentials wherein you may apply growth, and I recognize likewise that I have no control over your rate of growth. It is good for you all to seek to receive the grace of God, knowing fully that you are asking for the reception of His powers wherein you may continue your ascent. Receiving grace is accompanied with increased responsibility to apply its gift for your benefit, the benefit of others, and the benefit of the Supreme. Grace is formulative of future attainment.
I can sum up my discourse by restating your humorous phrase that you can give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day, but teach him to fish, and he can eat for the rest of of his life. Grace takes on this second perspective.
I am always willing to receive your comments and feedback.
Mary: I was seeing how your portrayal of grace differs from my concept. In my mind grace connotes some sort of help that God sends you. Also I thought of it being a pat on the back that God gives you, help that flows to you when you have hard times, or blessings, a reward of God's gifts. So now I include the idea that it incorporates a challenge to push forward.
Elyon: You express the grace of God which is bestowed upon you during trying times, the comfort of the divine presence. I am sure you recognize that this comfort always beckons the Father's child to face these difficulties with renewed enthusiasm rather than erase the difficulty, creating a false sense of having done away with the problem.
I as a guide am merely a platter upon which grace may be served which you may ingest and thereby grow. But I must make clear that I am an external agency that provides grace, but there is within you an internal agent which is a direct source for the reception of grace.
Evelyn: I was thinking of the word gracious and what that means. When someone is gracious they are doing what you are doing, providing grace on a platter. A person who is gracious exhibits grace in their behavior, offering insight, encouragement, attentiveness to others.
Elyon: For one who has made progress in their character development, graciousness is a recognizable result to others. Graciousness is an attainment, and it is not something you practice in order to attain, it is a result of work. I enjoy your perspective of graciousness as the serving platter for grace.
Elyon: The acquirement of graciousness can be compared to the idea of politeness. You can make attempts to be polite in order that you may become a nice person. But true politeness is the result of already being a nice person.
Elyon: Good comment. I will return to the notion of a crystal and its seed. If this seed were to be a color and the crystal clear, grace, the colored seed, would reflect throughout the grown crystal and be observable as graciousness. The gracious reflections are magnified because growth has been made.
Mary: I suggest that we take a moment to open ourselves to the reception of the gifts of grace and love that God has for us and to count ourselves worthy of these gifts and to actively take a moment to open ourselves up to receive them. (pause)
Elyon: Father, teach us to understand that, as we reach up to You to receive Your grace as it rains down upon us, that this shower of Your goodness becomes useful to us when we acknowledge that this rain is collected within us and rises as a spring of grace to nourish our souls, to motivate our personalities. May we ever be willing to allow this grace to well up within as we are ever seeking Your grace as You pour it down upon us.
Machiventa: Greetings, I am Machiventa. I attend today as I make regular rounds to all in this mission of the master so that I might better be informed and abreast of the activities upon this planet in the effort to reestablish all of Satania as one in the fold of the constellation fathers.
You who have embraced this mission understand the implications of working in concert with the celestial administration for this world. You understand the microsteps that you must take in order to provide additional momentum to progress we are attempting to make on this world. You understand that you are the overt manifestation of this renewed forward march.
How many human beings have asked themselves what great contribution can one make to a world so large and so peopled that one feels so insignificant? This is a teaching mission. You need not seek to teach multitudes. You may significantly instruct one individual, and that individual may be your own self. As students you are ever alert for the opportunity to recognize truth and to acquire wisdom, to learn and to grow. You have gained through experience an understanding of the value of this process. This in itself is a teaching from you to you.
If you visualize this universe age of supremacy as a balloon, if you imagine yourself within this balloon at the very surface, interiorly, you can through your own growth push the boundaries, expand the volume, and thereby create capacity for any within to experience a similar expansion of their being. What Michael did for Nebadon was in effect define the capacity for expansion within Nebadon. So I encourage you always to ever be active both as a student and as an instructor, for even if there are no other ears to hear what your own being can express, you always have your own two ears to which you may apply your understanding and your wisdom for increased attainment. We Melchizedeks are self governing for we apply this principle as a group and as individuals.
I thank you for this time together, and I will return.
Elyon: This is Elyon again. I would encourage you this week in an exercise of alertness. Make effort to recognize a grace potential already given and resident within you. Go the next step following recognition and exert yourself in transforming this grace into growth. If you find it difficult in recognizing the grace that yields growth, try the reverse and reflect upon growth attained and pursue from there back to a point when grace was received that made your growth possible. Since grace can seem ambiguous, work at finding specific descriptions of this gift in order that you may broaden your comprehension of the work of the Father in your life.