I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure, and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.
The beauty of today’s lesson is that it directs you to the idea of an unsupported faith and then leads you past it to the offering of an experience. This is what A Course In Miracles is. Beyond the words, which so easily become concepts, there is an experience that is out of this world. It is waiting for you. But you can’t know it until you take a leap of faith and start applying the workbook lessons. It says it beautifully in the introduction to the workbook:
Some of the ideas you will find hard to believe, and others will seem quite startling. It does not matter. You are merely asked to apply them to what you see. You are not asked to judge them, or even to believe them. You are asked only to use them. It is their use which will give them meaning to you, and show you they are true. Remember only this; you need not believe them, you need not accept them and you need not welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, nor decrease their efficacy. But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain. What ever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than this is required.
So it does take some practice, it does take trust. Listen, learn and do. Jesus says, “This means Listen to My Voice, Learn to undo the error, and do something to correct it. The first two are not enough. The real members of my party are active workers.”
There is an activation that is happening, and it is happening in you. It can’t happen anywhere else. On this Thanksgiving Day, take a moment and look at what you have been given. You are in an awakening experience and it is happening despite you. Jesus is with you, the Holy Spirit guides you, God created you. All things are given you, all you have to do is ask for it.
Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.