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Fannie James's

Dawning Truth

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  1. Preface
  2. What and Where is Heaven?
  3. What is God?
  4. Right Thinking
  5. All That God Made is Good
  6. God is the ONLY Presence and Power
  7. There is Nothing to Fear
  8. Prayer
  9. Healing

Chapter 2 - What is God?

When John tells us what he saw of heaven (twenty-first chapter of Revelation), he does not say that he was taken away off into the sky and shown these things. He said he saw the holy city coming down from God out of heaven, and heard a voice saying, Behold the tabernacle (dwelling place) of God is with men, and God himself shall be with them and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

John had believed heaven was a place to which we might go after a while and be happy. Now he has a new thought of heaven; he begins to understand what Jesus taught, that it is within man and at hand; that it is something that belongs to earth and to men. He saw heaven filling the earth and the happiness of heaven belonging to men. This is called a "new heaven and a new earth" because it is a new thought of heaven and earth.

So may we all see, as soon as our hearts will receive it, for it is the Truth. We do not need to postpone to a future time or place any good after we know that "God himself" is with us, for God's presence is the presence of all Good. This makes us realize heaven and destroy everything like sorrow and pain. Heaven is as large as God is. We have seen that God is everywhere. Is there not plenty of heaven, then, to be everywhere? This is just what Jesus' words mean. Within and all around us is heaven, or the state of happiness, but we must know of this and choose it before we can say we have it.

Since God's presence makes our heaven, it certainly is of great importance that we know what God's presence is. The Bible tells us that God is Love. Then God's presence is the presence of Love, and we have seen that Love filling all makes heaven. So we feel sure that this definition of God is true. After we are sure of a truth, we should think and say it often. Many times a day make this statement: "God is Love and God is everywhere." Thinking and speaking Truth makes it more real to us.

Again we read in the Bible Jesus' own words, "God is Spirit" and "Spirit giveth life." It says also in the same book that God is Life. "He is thy life." "Whoso findeth me findeth life."

How we all love life! Love is God and Life is God, so it is right that we should love life.

God is Spirit, everywhere present.
God is Love, everywhere present.
God is Life, everywhere present.
I am resolved to see God everywhere.

We are sure these statements are true. Let us say them to ourselves or think them often. If we will keep thinking and saying the Truth we see, we shall soon know more Truth.

God is Truth. When we speak truth we speak of Good. When we speak contrary to Good we do not speak truth. Truth is everywhere. We may think and speak it wherever we wish.

God is Good and God is everywhere. What then? Why, Good is everywhere! Let us think and speak this frequently. Say it even when things do not look good. This is true faith. It is knowing that Good is everywhere whether or not we see it.

Think earnestly what it means to say that God is everywhere. This we have called Omnipresence--a word that means All-Presence. This declares that God is the presence that fills every place and leaves no room for anything else. "Do I not fill heaven & earth? saith the Lord."

It is also declared, "If I make my bed in hell thou art there." What! Is God's presence there? So the Bible declares and we know it must be, since God is omnipresent.

How can we explain this? If you stand in the sunlight and shut your eyes, that does not drive the sun away, it only shuts the light out of your eyes. So, not seeing God's presence does not send that Presence from you, but it does keep you from knowing and feeling the presence of Good and Love and Life, and this makes you feel desolate and unhappy, restless and full of suffering--just the opposite of heaven, you see. This makes our "hell"--not seeing and feeling God's presence, although it is right here.

What then does the omni-presence of God mean? It means that wisdom, love, strength, life, health, peace, and All-Good are present everywhere, filling every spot and space; it means you may have all this good as soon as you open your eyes to see it and reach out your hand to take it. God intends us to have all Good.

It also means that if you are not realizing perfect life, health, strength, and good, it is because you are not taking what God has given you.

The way to take God's good gifts, after we see them, is to earnestly think and speak the Good, and to stop thinking or speaking the opposite. Remember this. God is the Good. You were made in God's image and likeness. You were made to think and act like God.

It is hard to make our thoughts do what we wish them to, all at once, after we have let them do as they please for so long. We shall have to give them daily practice in the new way of thinking, just as a little girl practices her finger exercises in music to get her fingers under control. Our thoughts are the fingers of our soul and by exercising these little fingers we can take hold of the good that God has given us.

Relax and give your thoughts this exercise in Truth:

God is Mind, Spirit, and Wisdom.
God is everywhere present at all times as love, life, health, and goodness.
This is my heaven.
I live in God--I fear no evil.

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