“You were making splendid progress; who put you off the course you had set for the truth? That sort of ‘persuasion’ does not come from the one who is calling you.” (Galatians 5: 7-8, JB Phillips translation)
Don’t be so quick to give up. Don’t jump off the train just when you are getting somewhere. Material circumstances and personal sense will try to make this journey a difficult one, perhaps not worth the effort, or paint this spiritual pursuit as some aspiration we are simply not good enough to achieve.
Hogwash. Progress is God’s law and just because you may be challenged on the way doesn’t mean you aren’t winning, advancing, growing and doing tremendous good for others and yourself along the way. Liken it to taking a class. As we achieve mastery of the subject, the assignments may become more difficult. It is because we now have the knowledge, wisdom, and experience with the ideas to be able to take on these harder lessons and get even clearer on what we know and why it matters so much.
Those voices of discouragement and apathy and doubt are not the voice of God. They are not valid advisors. Who has put you off course? It is the mortal mind and its desire to stay complacent in matter and its limits rather than to continue to advance out of those limits and into Soul’s infinite promise for Life. God is always calling you forward, onward, and He always will. Listen. You are making splendid progress, and you are ready for the next step, with God, up to where the view is even broader, clearer, brighter, and more beautiful than before.
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