I am reading The Sermon On The Mount by Emmet Fox for the second time and finding even more treasure. If the quotes I've posted on several different occasions in the past few days speak to you, I would highly recommend purchasing the book. There is so much wisdom, insight and revelation contained in these pages! I intend to read it several more times.
" A tragic mistake that is often made by orthodox religious people is to assume that the Will of God for them is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively unpleasant. Consciously or not they look upon God as a hard task-master, or a severe Puritanical parent. Too often their prayers virtually amount to something like this: "Please God, give me such and such a boon which I sorely need--but I don't suppose you will, because you won't think it is good for me." Needless to say, a prayer of this sort is answered as all prayers are answered, according to the faith of the subject; that is to say, the boon is not granted. The truth is that the Will of God for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, wider and newer and brighter experience; better health, greater prosperity, wider opportunity of service to others--life more abundant.
If you are ill or in poverty, or obliged to do work that you dislike; if you are lonely, or if you have to mix with people who displease you; you may be certain that you are not expressing the Will of God, and a long as you are not expressing His Will, it is natural for you to experience inharmony; and it is equally true that when you do express His Will, harmony will come." (p. 141-142)
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