“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church

December
16

Wake Up Spiritually

And Joseph, being awakened from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had directed him, and took to him his wife, and knew her not, until she brought forth her firstborn Son; and he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25)

All that have lived a good life in the world and have acted from conscience, who are such as have acknowledged the Divine and have loved Divine truths, especially such as have applied those truths to life, seem to themselves, when let into the state of their interiors, like one aroused from sleep into full wakefulness, or like one passing from darkness into light. They then think from the light of heaven, thus from an interior wisdom, and they act from good, thus from an interior affection. Heaven flows into their thoughts and affections with an interior blessedness and delight that they had previously had no knowledge of; for they have communication with the angels of heaven. They then acknowledge the Lord and worship Him from their very life ... Such is the state of those that have lived a Christian life in accordance with the commandments in the Word. (Heaven and Hell 506)

It is religion that makes a man spiritual and conjoins him with the angels, who are purely spiritual. To live well from religion is to think, to will, and to do because it has been so enjoined in the Word, and because the Lord has commanded it (Apocalypse Explained 107.3)

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