Stand Alone with God

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Each man must sooner or later learn to stand alone with his God; nothing else avails. Nothing else will ever make you master of your own destiny.”   Emilie Cady

Wouldn’t we all love to have a wise old sage we could turn to in our times of uncertainty, someone we knew who was perpetually grounded in spiritual principle, unperturbed by the ever-changing world of appearances? For me, this person has been Emilie Cady. Often, in my own time of uncertainty, some reassuring phrase of hers comes to me with renewed relevance to my concern.

In this case, her words of wisdom suggest turning from sages to our own indwelling God, which is the true role of the sage. They are there to remind us of the spiritual path to freedom, a path we thought was blocked by some very real-appearing obstacle. She would be the first to say that it is not enough to simply acknowledge the sign that the sage holds. With these words, we are reminded that we must actually take the stand, turn from peace-robbing appearances, and unite in thought and feeling with our God of courage and the strength to become masters of our destiny.

Our destiny is freedom from fear and failure. To stand alone with our God is to find our center of power and to reach the unshakable conviction that the highest good is now unfolding through our life. As a statement that can help us recenter our trust in God, Cady suggests a statement like this: God is my defense and deliverance. As we speak such words, we feel the healing balm of their truth dissolve the darkness and bring forth the light, that we may move through our days and nights in confidence and in peace.

If you are experiencing a moment of uncertainty, go alone, let go of all appearances and speak these simple words: God is my defense and deliverance. Speak them quietly until you feel the shackles of fear fall away. Any time throughout your day the darkness of fear attempts to overtake you, speak them again until you know you are standing alone with your God. Your destiny is freedom, and your freedom is now.   

Author: J Douglas Bottorff

Doug is minister of Independent Unity, author of 8 books, musician and photography enthusiast. He lives with his wife and cat in western Colorado.

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