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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (February 6, 2005)         

        "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." - St. Augustine         There is no greater love relationship that any of us will ever have than our relationship with God.  Love is at the core of our recognition and awareness of God.  "Perfect love casts out fear," we can read in scripture, but unless we know that "perfect love" is the Power and Presence of God within us, we will continue to fear, to doubt and to worry. 

        Our security lies in our ability to love God as it is impossible to trust someone or something that we do not love.  Our relationship with God, then, becomes our relationship with each other.  What we withhold from each other, we withhold from God.  In the Ultimate, our every relationship is with God ... we may call them family, wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend ... whatever, but in Reality, It is God reflecting back to us our relationship with Him.  But, for many of us we never seriously examine our relationships and therefore we never gain the awareness of how truly important and necessary each person is in our experience.  There is a part of me in you ... and a part of you in me ... this is the Truth.  If I resist this part of you that perhaps challenges me or my ideas and beliefs than I will never realize fully and completely "What" I am.  As we understand the revelation of St. Augustine, "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us," then we understand that everybody in our experience is there "for us" and no one is against us.  In the Ultimate, this is love unifying with the individual, bringing everyone and everything into our experience to support us and assist us in becoming more aware of "What" we are.

        Knowing "What" we are is ultimately tremendously more important than "who" we are.  The "who" changes ... the "What" is change-less.  The way in which we arrive at the knowledge of the "What" we are is through love.  "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind," wrote William Shakespeare.  And ultimately the most important person in our experience is the one not affected by what they see with their physical eyes ... but what their "mind sees" ... their intelligent intuitive Self, the Indwelling Spirit of God.

      It takes great faith to realize that in every miserable experience we have ever faced ... God was Present with us ... and for every moment we felt helpless and hopeless, the Infinite waits in "silent repose" for our recognition of It.  In the Ultimate, "What" we are is a Perfect Idea in the Mind of God ... and God is always seeing us as "Perfect" ... never separated from us ... but we, in our judgments of what is right for us and what is wrong for us ... separate ourselves from God and from our own Divine Nature.  We are in Truth ... "Love Expressing" at All times and in All ways ... for in Truth we are the perfect image and likeness of the Divine in form.  Our Divine Nature is change-less ... no beginning and no end .. Eternal and Ever-lasting.

       Our eyes separate us from our Good ... as we judge what we see ... what appears to us ... but as we use our mind to see ... we will lessen our judgments and we will see with Love.  We will see our Self in all those that God has brought into our experience.  We will never discount each other or diminish each other in any way ... we will see our own "perfection" no longer as fragments but as a Whole as we realize that it takes everyone in our experience for us to realize our Whole-ness.  In Reality, we will never be perfect humans ... and this God does not expect of us ... our path is lighted by seeing everyone else and the world we live in as perfect.  Not one of us is outside of the Omnipresence of God ... and not one of us is outside of the ever-lasting love of God ... and no matter what you may say or do, or no matter what I may do or say ... "Love wouldn't count me out" ... and in the final analysis ... that is ALL that matters.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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