Article Title: The Real Jesus: The Jesus I Knew (and Know):
"My Conversations with God"
Shared by: Craig Lock
Key words: Spiritual Growth, Spirituality, Faith, Inspiration, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christianity, Testimony, Words of inspiration, "Spiritual Thoughts".
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Publishing Guidelines:
These are some notes I have jotten down over the years; so sharing some thoughts of "the spiritual journey", which may be included in a new "work", "a labour of love". Just "planting, sowing and watering, some seeds" (not my unkept garden, just like these 'indecipherable'* notes). I hope they may be of interest... and perhaps even inspire you as they do me... daily. Enjoy.

* big word, eh!

These thoughts (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

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INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS:

These notes form part of a new manuscript, which I'm currently 'working on' (it's not really "work" as it seems to be 'writing itself'. I may name it 'The Real Jesus: The Jesus I Knew (and know)'

These are some brief thoughts (in point form) from thoughts and ideas that I've written down and collected over the years (some from authors and sources unknown), which may be of interest and get you "tinking" about these "airey-fairey matters". If you want to replace the word 'God' mentioned so often with 'Life', that's great! (YOU choose what the concept of God represents to you). Hope it's not too "heavy heavy" for you and that these thoughts may be helpful, uplifting and perhaps even inspirational to you in your spiritual growth.

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THE REAL JESUS: THE JESUS I KNEW (AND KNOW)
("MY CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD")

I don't believe in labelling myself (and others) as a "goody goody overly serious" Christian...but this is what I believe...

"God is a mystery absolutely transcending human understanding."

"MY religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Paint the picture and gravitate towards your goal. Energy rises up to meet your desires (the universe).

What we SEE will come to BE
Dare to decide.
Making daring decisions.
Decide who and what you want to be and become.

Success in any endeavour of life is no accident.

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We are a mosaic of gifts. Everyone has an inner beauty.

"Every moment we are influenced by the footprints of our past."

"No physical or mental power can restrain the power of the human spirit."
- President Barack Obama on the death of Lady Kennedy Shriver

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter is the One within you.

"The God of a second chance".

You are the salt of the earth."

"You are the light of the world."

Jesus Christ was the 'Author of Reconciliation'.

The first step to peace is EDUCATION.
Understanding leads to finding alternative solutions.
Peace starts WITHIN!

"Always love your country, but never trust your government."
- Robert Novak

"Peacemakes who sow in peace, will reap a harvest of righteousness."
- James 3:18

"Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we want; but when we are challenged to be what (all that) we can become."
- Morris Adler

As I pray, I become!

"God has created me to do for him some definite purpose. He has committed some work to do, which He has not committed to another."
- John Henry Newman

God gives extra-ordinary assignments to ordinary people.
God LIVES through people.

There is great opportunity for all of us: the chance is there individually, nationally and even internationally to do something beautiful for God and for His Christ.
Often it is a new thing I want to do with you.

Russian Leo Tolstoi once wrote: "The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people."
Perhaps it's being a "star of hope" to others, who are going through very difficult times?

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The redemptive power of LOVE:
"Power without love is reckless and abusive. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice."

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice."

- Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr
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The spirit that made the world, the Divine Spark is already in you; but it has to be activated.
God comes to us more through the realm of wisdom than through knowledge. We need to create a new age of wisdom and experience in the "literature of humanity". A darkness that we will brightly illuminate with our hearts.

And let the family of God on earth reflect the holy family in heaven of the sacred trinity of life, even the threefold flame. Let there be rejoicing ... let there be celebration.

Tap into the power of God ("The Essence of Existence, The Fountain of All Goodness"), which transforms you.
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Jesus Christ was the conduit, whereby the love of God was loosed to human history; so transforming humanity with a new awareness, a new consciousness.
Jesus is a living presence.

The God I see in Jesus of Nazareth is revealed in the personhood of everyone... because everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God's ultimate nature.

YOU can enhance the personhood of every person who touches your life.

And let the family of God on earth reflect the holy family in heaven of the sacred trinity of life, even the threefold flame. Let there be rejoicing ... let there be celebration.

Jesus is the human face of God. Jesus makes God real to me... and within me.

Jesus, the voice of hope (or "oasis of hope"), turns the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

"It's the culmination of one 'man's' 'individual' purpose for being on this planet; but far more importantly, a joyous celebration of life. A distinctive, unique vision offering the promise of hope, light and especially love to anyone... a candle that burns brightly in the frequent darkness of life. In short, a glorious destiny that rises above the limitless horizons of the human condition."
craig (2nd Sept 2009

I choose to believe that Jesus died for us; but we can choose to LIVE for Him.
YOU represent Jesus TODAY

craig

"Whether you're a candle in a corner, or a beacon on a hill, let your light shine."

"Lord,
Give me dreams to broaden my horizons and help me reach out to all you have in store for me. Reveal yourself to me... today!"

"Go to the end of your life with pride behind you, love around you and hope ahead of you."
- Dr Robert H. Schuller

"Lord,
Rekindle the goals You have given me. Ignite my heart, the 'flame of the soul'. Broaden my horizons for all the rich promises you have in store for me.Reveal yourself to me... TODAY"

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the often seemingly difficult or even "impassible") path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"Success to others may be apparent in what you DO; but significance, meaning and purpose lies, then reveals itself in what you ARE and BECOME down the 'river of life' - how and the spirit with which you face, then overcome the daily obstacles, the frequent trials and tribulations along the often rocky path-way of life's magical and mysterious journey. Light your path by shine your own bright light of hope and love to the world " - craig

"Let the light of your BEING shine brightly; so revealing Who You Really Are. Be a Bringer of the Light, which emanates from our soul, God, our Creator, the Source, the Essence of Life (and Ground of our very Being). Therefore, it can do more than illuminate your own path.YOUR spirit will help makes the lives of others easier by illuminating others paths. For this light is our humanity, the spirit of God, truth, wisdom, beauty and especially love...and it lies within each one of us. Through your actions and your being, let your light, YOUR spirit truly shine brightly on the world, like the radiance emitted by a candle at midnight." - craig (as adapted from Neale Donald Walsh in 'Conversations with God Book 3').

God bless you all

shared by "not so goody goody airey-fairey" craig ("incorrigible encourager and people-builder")

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

"Together, let's plant the seeds, the hope of a better future."

"God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He is understandable."

"God, the 'Fountain of all Goodness', is beyond the realm of our own understanding."

"God is a Creative Presence, the great mystery, the Ultimate Source of Life, the Fountain of all Goodness, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become."

Author's Bio: 

About the Submitter:

In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives (without being too much of a too boring Mr goody-goody two shoes" (as he's lost one!). Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.