Thursday, April 24, 2008

LESSON 50 I am sustained by the Love of God.


I am sustained by the Love of God.

Here is the answer to every problem that will confront you, today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols; pills, money, "protective" clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the "right" people, and an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers.

All these things are your replacements for the Love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego. Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you.

Only the Love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial, and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind that nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and where nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.

Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the Love of God within you; eternal, changeless and forever unfailing. This is the answer to whatever confronts you today. Through the Love of God within you, you can resolve all seeming difficulties without effort and in sure confidence. Tell yourself this often today. It is a declaration of release from the belief in idols. It is your acknowledgment of the truth about yourself.

For ten minutes, twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven . Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.


Lesson 50
“I am sustained by the Love of God.”

If I look at the “love” experienced in the special relationships of this world, it gives love a shady image. This love is unreliable, changing all the time, seems to take great effort to maintain and can be gone in an instant. If this accurately represented God’s Love, no one could feel sustained by His Love. This ‘love’ is feared because of its unreliability. It is why ego based religions speak of the fear of God. Who could feel safe with a love that is tenuous at best?

Gratefully, the Course is telling me that what we call love in this world is the opposite of God’s Love. It is a false substitute. The ego loves to project its images anywhere it can, including on God. With this lesson it is important for me to recognize the hidden baggage the ego would layer on the Love of God, making it seem tarnished and uncertain. As long as I believe this image, I will resist trusting in the sustenance of God’s Love. It will not feel safe to me. This is not because of what God’s Love is, but because of a false image that the ego projects that interferes with accepting the strength and peace and joy and certainty of God’s Love.

That is why this lesson is so important. That is why I need to repeat the lesson many times through the day to remind myself where my real safety is. Truly I am sustained, supported, strengthened and fulfilled by God’s Love. Only God’s Love can sustain me. No substitutes could ever work, because I was created as part of God. To know that certainty and comfort, I need to let go of the false images I have believed. They have no power over me except from my belief in them. As I can let them go, I can rest in the comfort of God’s peace. Love sustains me because Love is what I am in truth and nothing else.

As I feel the words, “I am sustained by the Love of God,” embrace me I feel as though I just received a letter that has changed my life. In that letter is revealed the truth about me: “You are abundant and you lack nothing. Something happened that you don’t understand and you simply forgot that you are abundant. Your source of fulfillment is always present, but if you do not know it and do not access it, you will continue to experience the illusion of lack.”

That is what this letter says to me. That is what touches me with these words from the lesson today. Love cares so much about each of us and all of us. We are equally endowed. It is only when I access the unlimited Source of Love in me that I can truly experience life and joy and celebration. I am grateful to be touched by the truth these words in this lesson today.

I am sustained by the Love of God because the Love of God is all that is real. Nothing really exists but the Love of God. Everyone is the Love of God, their Source. I am the Love of God. If I think that something else sustains me, I am mistaken. If I think that something else sustains me, I can realize that thought is coming from the false ego mind. I can recognize these thoughts, look at them closely and with the help of the Holy Spirit, see and feel that they are just false ideas. Recognizing that it is only the Love of God that sustains me is my pathway Home.

Where am I placing my trust? Where am I thinking that my true happiness lies? I have thought that my happiness lies in many things, but they never lasted. True happiness does not change. True happiness is eternal. Today I am willing to look at all my replacements for God’s Love and see the truth about them. I am willing to hand over my ideas about everything. I am willing to be retrained. I am willing to open to the Love of God and receive my real sustenance. I am willing to practice today, one step at a time, in recognizing that I am sustained only by the Love of God. I am willing to step back and be taught the truth.

It took me a long time to realize that the love of God is what ultimately sustains me. For so long I would rejoice over the fact that I got the job that I thought I wanted, that my relationship with whoever was working, that my body looked good, etc., etc.

I now realize that there are no guarantees in any of those things and it was only by the grace of God that I was able to obtain those things in the first place. Today I realize that it is faith in my faith of God's love which ultimately sustains any peace that I may experience in my life; it is the only guarantee I have. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for reminding me of this fact.

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