The Atonement

“The progress of the teacher of God may be slow or rapid, depending on whether he recognizes the Atonement’s inclusiveness, or for a time excludes some problem areas from it.  In some cases, there is a sudden and complete awareness of the perfect applicability of the lesson of the Atonement to all situations, but this is comparatively rare.  (M55)”

Affirmation:  “May my progress be rapid, with God’s help.”

Reflections:

We need to turn to the Holy Spirit with all of our decisions, but rarely are we courageous enough to do so.  It takes time to trust Him.  When we come to learn that following His advice brings good, and following our own often leaves us unhappy, we will turn to Him more and more.  And our lives will get better, accordingly.

Sometimes a miracles happens, and as soon as one accepts the Holy Spirit into his or her life, then that person recognizes that the truth is good for all things.  We usually don’t experience this sudden awareness, though, because we have been reared to place our dependence upon our own judgment.  We think that we are missing something unless we rely upon ourselves.  But this is a false doctrine.  The world teaches it to us, but the Course teaches just the reverse.

Our own judgment can never know all the factors about a given situation.  But the Holy Spirit does know all factors.  Would we not be foolish to fail to take advantage of such a Helper?  This Helper is always available to us, and He has only our best reactions at heart.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May my progress as a teacher of God be rapid.  Help me to realize that trusting the Holy Spirit for guidance in all my decisions is the way to go.

I know that You want the very best for me.  And You need me to reach out to my brothers and sisters.  Help me to do Your will, which is also my own.

Amen.

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