Ernest Holmes: Life
works by direct affirmation. This is why we are told to be still
and know that all things are possible to God. We are told to
affirm, positively to assert, to declare this truth in the face
of all apparent opposition; to claim abundance in the midst of
poverty; to affirm health in the midst of sickness; to decree joy in the
midst of sorrow; and to announce the kingdom of God here and now.
- from the book "This Thing Called Life"
Love and Faithful-ness are so intertwined that it is difficult to
understand the difference. We are faithful to those we love
and Love is the stimulus of that faith-full-ness. Without Love,
faith has little energy or conviction..... but with love, faith can move
us to hope, while enduring situations that appear to be hope-less.
As Dr. Holmes writes in the book, "This Thing Called Life," we
must claim our Good in the face of all apparent opposition. It is
Love within us ... that spark of the Divine within each and every one of
us, that moves us to be able to do this .. without Love ...
hope-less-ness takes over.
This week I received the following question (the name has been omitted
for anonymity): "REV. BATES, I HAVE
BEEN PRACTICING RELIGIOUS SCIENCE FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS NOW, I'VE READ
MANY BOOKS AND I LOVE THE CONCEPTS. I HAVE ATTENDED THE SOM CHURCH IN MY
AREA AND EVEN USED PRACTITIONERS. I AM TRYING TO KEEP THIS AS SHORT AS
POSSIBLE, BUT THE BASIC THING IS THIS, IF WE CANT PROVE THESE THINGS TO
BE TRUE IN OUR ACTUAL REALITY, THEN THE TEACHINGS MEAN NOTHING. I
BELIEVE I PRACTICE ALL I HAVE LEARNED AND I CONTINUE TO READ AND LEARN
MORE EVERYDAY, BUT THE FAILURE TO DEMONSTRATE HAS ME RAPIDLY LOSING
FAITH. I AM THE SAME OR EVEN A LITTLE WORSE OFF THAN I WAS THREE YEARS
AGO. WHERE IS THIS ABUNDANCE, LOVE, AND UNFAILING POWER? PLEASE
HELP ME BECAUSE I WOULD HATE TO CONCLUDE THAT THIS IS ALL JUST A NICE
IDEA WITH NOTHING TO BACK IT UP. IF YOU NEED MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS I
WILL GLADLY PROVIDE THEM, BUT AS FOR NOW I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU A FAST
OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM. THANK YOU . LOVE TO ALL,
Like most messages I receive this one has the answer in it. We
must never believe that we can fail to demonstrate this Principle ... to
do so is to believe that God ignores us ... this could never be the
Truth. In scripture we can read, "I have loved you with an
ever-lasting Love." The Master Mind Jesus stated, "would
a father give you a stone if you asked for a fish?"
God always returns to us what we ask for ... but we must ask with Love
... knowing that our faith-full-ness to God is the answer to our prayer.
And how do
we ask? .... we ask knowing that God responds to us with the Good that
we seek or something Greater. "Where is
this abundance, love, and unfailing power?" ... it is within
our consciousness. We are believing that it is, or we are
believing that it is not ... and according to our beliefs .... we
receive ... precisely that which we think into this Infinite Mind that
Is the Mind Of God. Thoughts of abundance and love, return to us
abundance and love. Thoughts that are filled with doubts and worry
.... return to us doubts and worry. God is not interested in
changing our circumstances ... only in changing us. Changing our
thoughts into thoughts of Love, Peace, Joy, Happiness, and Confidence.
Love (God) that created us and the universe that we live in - Is
Powerful ... beyond measure .... let's stop arguing with God ... and
accept our Good .. in whatever form we desire ... by knowing that it is
our acceptance that brings it into visibility!
So It Is!
Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,