BEHOLD, I COME QUICKLY
"BEHOLD, I come quickly and My reward is with Me." The reward, like the answer to prayer, is "Before you ask." This is so entirely beyond the ken of humanity that nothing but confusion results from an attempt to think it out. There is nothing in all your human thinking or intellect that can conceive of an answer before the request or question is asked, and so, when the confusion has subsided, the whole thing is charged off to illusion, or, if some manifestation has taken place, to "supernatural." Supernatural is exactly what it is---it is not only above the human man, but above his ability to understand. He cannot stand to have the very foundations of his human kingdom, governed under his so-called laws, rocked to the very foundation by the "coming quickly" into manifestation of this new dimension of power. Even to hear of it incites his anger---hence the crucifixion.
Think of it ---a child can do it, and you cannot. Maddening, isn't it? It throws you into a fury of helpless anger---you want to fight or destroy such a person and his works. "Let us crucify him!" Yes, crucify the ones saying "there is abundance in our apparent poverty, there is health in our sickness, there is happiness in our inharmony." Get rid of such a doctrine! "Why have you come here to disturb us?"
"I bring not peace but a sword," and this sword is sharply felt when human thinking with its vicious circle of ideas comes into contact with it. It pierces the very heart of every cherished belief. Man has striven for years to establish his idea of heaven on earth, and he sees the order of his life crumbling.
Because you and ten thousand like you, and also ten thousand great leaders and teachers and wise-heads have found sickness, sin and death to be true this does not change the fact that One with God is a majority. "Ten thousand may fall at thy right hand but it shall not come nigh thee, because . . ." Because what? Because you have entered into your Oneness with God. Trying to demonstrate over the appearance of ten thousand beliefs in evil is a hopeless job---trying to do anything spiritual is hopeless. You cannot control or use the God-power as you would a fire hose on a burning building. THE SOONER YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU CANNOT CONTROL GOD by your thinking, by your affirmation, by your courses of lessons, the sooner you will begin to "Let." This letting is not a supine waiting for something to happen----it is a conscious merging with your Permanent Identity---"I and my Father are One."
Either the wisdom of man is foolishness in the eyes of God, or else it is wisdom. If you find it to be wisdom, then you must place your entire faith in it. If it is true, there is no reason to change it--- hence, to try to get rid of evil, which is a part of the human thinking, is foolishness. If evil were a part of God and He destroyed it, He would be literally destroying Himself.
You see that we have come to a place beyond all metaphysical theories, past all new thought systems and into pure Consciousness, past all the ancient wisdom of the old worlds and their myriad ways of getting into heaven. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ, we enter into a permanent state of things, the "Before Adam was, I am"---right back to "In the beginning of you." Not nearly so difficult as it appears. All these thousands of years are but a day in the mind of God, so you have been in this ugly miasma of evil only a few days---though a single day of one of these many centuries may seem as a thousand years to you. All the illusions which so long have bound you will melt into oblivion at His coming, for "The former things have passed away---behold, all things are made new." The former things shall not be remembered nor come into mind any more. It is marvelous---this awakening to the new order that now is establishing itself in you.
It is direct action because it is operating from the ceaseless fount of power. "You speak not of yourself" but directly from Him who sent you into expression. So your voice becomes the God voice, and you speak the unique Word that will bring release to the captive. You can never think what this word should be---that is entirely in the hands of your Permanent Identity. "Open your mouth and I will supply the word." You are emerging gently or suddenly (depending on the degree of your appropriation of the Father-Consciousness) into the very Presence, to such a degree that you take the literal word Jesus Christ, as your WORD.
If you do not talk of and about the truth you will have no challengers asking you to change stones into bread or some other ridiculous thing. There is a great difference in talking of and about the Truth, and speaking the truth. When you talk of and about the truth, you are always speaking in the past or future tense---when you Speak the Truth, you are in the present tense. In other words, you are speaking the Word. If you persist in talking of and about the Truth, even when called upon to make the most trifling "demonstration" you will not be able to do so. Remember, the power is not "proven" to satisfy the curiosity of unbelievers. It is made manifest automatically whenever you "touch" Me, "to make your joy full." The power is exact and as natural in its functions as mathematics. The law of mathematics is not affected by climate, nationality, beliefs, opinions, wars or rumors of wars, complete chaos, or ten million other beliefs of man. Neither is the law of God affected, and when understood, is found to be as intact, and as operative as mathematics. There is nothing emotional, sentimental or in any way biasing in this law of God, which Jesus so perfectly explained as the Law of Life. This wonderful law may run through and touch at points many orthodox religious beliefs, but it has nothing to do with them. They have to do with it---God is non-sectarian, impersonal, not depending in any way on any organization. All organizations are merely shadows of the personalities which originated them.
It took an earthquake to get Peter out of prison. Perhaps it may take this for you, but at no time does it make any difference how mortal man, mortal thinking, mortal belief, are upset---if you stand in your new consciousness, the "Jailers" must run for their lives; but afterwards they must come and literally invite you to come out of the prison of human belief into which they have cast you. It is amazing how they must "eat their own words"---so is it with every hellish and fiendish device or person that is fashioned against you. It is wonderful! Stand fast and sec the Salvation of the Lord. Nothing is difficult to this Power.
"The word of God is quick and sharper than a two-edged sword turning in all directions." Do you hear? The Word of God, not the words of man, which are ten thousand affirmations and beliefs, but the Word of God---is quick and powerful and sharper ---sharper---than a two-edged sword turning in all directions. Ponder this---a two-edged sword swirling about you in all directions. And so---You are the word of God made manifest, and the consciousness of this will decapitate any human thought formation. Nothing can stand in the way of this WORD----sword. For these things are true.
And yet if you are thinking to fight evil, sickness, lack with your sword, you are thwarted, you are told "You do not need to fight"---"Put up your sword"----"He that takes the sword shall perish by the sword." All of this seems paradoxical, but there is not a contradiction in the whole statement. There is no war in God---War is in the mind of man---the coming of God into manifestation displaces the evil appearances of man-thinking, hence, "I bring not peace but a sword," and at the same time "I come not to destroy, but to fulfill." These statements are one and the same thing. Nothing is destroyed but the congested thinking of the human mind. The wicked human thought has congealed into icebergs of sickness, sin, poverty, inharmony, which are melted out of existence and which are literally destroyed by the presence or recognition of this God-Power.
One thing is sure---the moment you step up, you are this Presence---evil must either disintegrate or disappear from your present life, whether it (the evil) represents person, place or thing---nothing shall stand in the way of this on-coming through you. It (the evil) can then no longer live in your world.
Throwing out ballast causes a balloon to enter a new level of atmosphere. As the balloon ascends, outlines of people and places seem less important and less distinct, and finally only geometric patterns remain. So with you---as you ascend (which is not a physical upward movement but, a blending or liaison with the Presence)---the forms and outlines of evil fade out of existence, and eventually lose all their force or power as such.
The moment you, in your new, God-given Identity, come into the presence of sin, sickness or death---it must and will disappear from your present Life. It may no longer live in your world. Anything that touches you will cause the "Virtue" to come out of you, and bring the unmanifest into being. This is automatic. You are actually beginning to appropriate that which belongs to you. As formerly you desired to heal, now you cannot refrain healing anything that touches you.
What you have in your consciousness, you have in your manifest world, and only that. You cannot possibly get rid of a thing, person, place or condition in your manifest world, if it is not first released in your consciousness. "When you loose a thing in heaven" (consciousness)---it is bound to manifest itself on the earth. You have freed it into expression---this God-Power---and it is, so to speak, bound into manifestation. As you free or move freely in the substance of God, it is bound or shaped into the form of supply needed in your everyday life, whatever that may be---money, clothes, food, friends, etc. To the human mind this may seem difficult, for there are many things in your manifest world of which you say you have never even thought.
If you had not recognized them in your consciousness, there could be no possible way for them to exist in manifestation. Whether we like this or not, it is so. "All that the rather (your consciousness of God in yourself) has is mine." Every manifestation in your world, good, bad, or indifferent, is held in place by your consciousness of it. Destroying manifestation does not destroy the idea---as long as it remains in consciousness, it will find an embodiment. A man who commits murder, finds he is not rid of his victim ---but lives with him as never before. Awake---arise---go within and ponder these things. Hiding or shutting a thing away does not get rid of it---you must strip it of its supposed power, by taking away its only substance (your belief in it). The moment you cut off your thinking from an evil situation it will disintegrate and disappear, so we do not handle disease or financial loss or lack or woes as we were formerly taught to do. We are awakening to the consciousness of the Presence, through the revelation of Jesus Christ, and this awakening brings us out of much mental hypnotism. The time was, when we believed that to mention a disease by its Adam name, was to give it power. We called it a "belief" or a "claim" and imagined that by not calling it a name we made it less real. "Awake thou that sleepest and Christ shall give thee light."
There is a wonderful spiritual exaltation which will come to you when you know you have instant contact with the Father within. You can call upon Him now, no matter what your former idea was regarding systems of getting in touch with Him.
NOW!!!-You are instantly in touch with Him and are experiencing the whole glorious flow of the Presence passing through your temple-body into expression. No matter what is confronting you, you can get your immediate answer and instant assurance of "Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with Me," and in a moment experience relief from what ever may be the human thought difficulty.
You are beginning to behold the glorious power that is yours through the recognition of Jesus Christ. No matter where this finds you, or what the condition, you now can, and will "Speak the word." You can and will "Smite the rock." You can and you will “Smite the rock.” You can and you will "Cause the desert to blossom as a rose,” and you can and you will now do all the other wonderful things of which Jesus spoke. It is good for you to remember that one man did it all, proved it all for you. "Let that mind be in you which was also so in Christ Jesus.” It seems too good to be true, and that is why it is true. True to you, if you can take it, true, if you can accept it and turn, once and for all, from the human belief of good and evil. "Behold, I come quickly"--- so much more quickly than any human action, even more quickly than human thought. The speed of human thought is as slow as a paralyzed man, compared with this quickness with which “I” come dissolve the pictures of evil about you.
Walter C. Lanyon