T. 17. VIII. 3 – 6. Jesus: “Would you not want to make a holy instant of every situation? For such is the gift of faith, freely given wherever faithlessness is laid aside and left unused. Then the power of the Holy Spirit’s purpose is free to use instead. This power instantly transforms all situations into one sure and continuous means for establishing His purpose, and for demonstrating its reality!
The truth, witnessed to by miracles, has called for faith, which has been given it. Now it becomes a simple fact to you, from which faith can no longer be withheld. The strain of refusing faith to truth is enormous, and far greater than you realize. But to answer the call of truth with faith entails no strain at all!
To you who have acknowledged the Call of your Redeemer, the strain and pain of not responding to His Call seems to be greater than before. But this is not really so! Before you acknowledged the call, the strain was there within, but you attributed it to something else, something imagined to be ‘outside of you.’ Projecting the blame for your pain, you chose to believe that the ‘something else’ produced the troubling results you experienced. This was never true!
For what ‘the something else’ concealed was the cause of all your sorrow and depression, sickness and pain, darkness and dim imaginings of terror, cold fantasies of fear and fiery dreams of hell. And all of it was nothing but the intolerable strain of refusing to give faith to truth, and see its clearly evident reality!
Such was the crucifixion of the Son of God. His faithlessness did this to him! Think carefully before you let yourself use faithlessness against him now. For he is risen, and you have accepted the Cause of his awakening as yours. You have assumed your part in his redemption, and you are now fully responsible to him. Fail him not now, for it has been given you to realize how much sadness your lack of faith in him must mean to you. The Son’s salvation is your only purpose. See only this in every situation, and it will be a means for bringing only this.
When you accepted truth as the goal for your relationship, you became a giver of peace, just as surely as your Father gave peace to you. For the goal of peace cannot be accepted apart from its conditions, and you proved you had faith in it, for no one accepts what he does not believe is real. Your purpose has not changed, and will not change, for you accepted what can never change. And nothing that it needs, to be forever changeless, can you now withhold from it.
Your release is certain. Give as you have received. And demonstrate that you have risen far beyond any situation that could hold you back, and keep you separate from Him Whose Call you answered!”