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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for February 20, 2011 

         For this message, when I use the word "prosperity" ... I want us to "think money" ... because that is what we want to draw to us so that we can not only prosper ourselves, but by prospering financially, we can prosper others as well.  The financial abundance that is available to us in the universe is ours to share and we cannot share that which we cannot accept and receive.

             
"There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich.  The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life.  And, that desire is praiseworthy.  The person who does not desire to live more abundantly is uncommon.  And the individual who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he/she wants may not be living to his/her full potential." - Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

               
"Many people wondered whether it was "right" to seek prosperity, i.e. whether it was consistent with spiritual values.  Didn't the Bible say, "You cannot serve God and Mammon" (Matthew 6:24)?  Catherine Ponder responded to the first question by making a distinction:  Mammon is wealth that is worshipped for its own sake; it is wealth without God.  Prosperity thinking, on the other hand, puts God first as the source of our supply.  She agreed that Jesus had told a wealthy man to go and sell everything he had, but it was because he was still attached to his riches; he did not yet recognize God as the source of his supply." - Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

     Many of us carry within our consciousness negative ideas and beliefs about money.  In the Science of Mind, Dr. Holmes writes about "thought atmosphere" ... which, in simple terms, means our predominate "mood" or "attitude" ... it is part of our "mental make-up" ... both conscious and unconscious.  This thought atmosphere reveals our mood or attitude about something without us speaking a word.  The Master Mind Jesus called this our "kingdom of heaven" ... and we know that it can also be our "kingdom of hell" depending on the make-up of our thought atmosphere.  Each and every one of us attract to us experiences, conditions, and people that validate this thought atmosphere.  Since nobody can think for us, it is up to us to be aware of our thought atmosphere and to change it, and eliminate any habitual thoughts that negate our good ... especially our flow of money.

     Thoughts are powerful when directed towards a definite result.  Each of us has a relationship to money, but not everyone is aware of what that relationship is and how our thoughts can sometimes be confusing.  If we think money isn't important to us and at the same time desire to have money for some particular thing, we delay if not stop the flow of this money to us.  We can't have our cake and eat it too ... as the old saying goes.  And this applies to money too.  We can't resent people who are wealthy and who live affluent lifestyles and at the same time expect our desire for increased wealth to be fulfilled.  We can't allow ourselves to think that "other people have the money" and expect to have money ourselves.

     We all have heard that "thoughts are things" ... and the most important "thing" they are is a form of prayer.  When we think, we consciously or unconsciously build within our consciousness beliefs ... and beliefs out-picture as experiences in our lives.  The Law of Mind responds to our beliefs as automatically and immediately as the Law of Gravity does ... the only delay in our realization of this is in our own mind.  Most people do not expect their prayers to obtain an immediate response so we fail to have the acceptance of the Good that we pray for.  And so we must expand our awareness in order to prosper ... that is to "get the money" that we desire, by knowing that "it is ours" in the moment that we accept it as so.

     It takes mental effort to "loose" in our mind where our money comes from ... but, we must do it.  Most people think their money comes from their work in the form of a paycheck or those who are retired think it comes from a retirement program; i.e. Social Security or Union Pension Fund.  Yet, our focus on where our money comes from limits the amount of money we receive.  When we open our mind to prosperity, or financial increase, we must take our mind off from where our money comes from ... and foster the idea in our mind that it comes to us in infinite ways from an infinite Source.  Mind responds to mind, but Mind is Intelligence, infinite Intelligence ... and our human mind is incapable of knowing that which is known in the Mind of G-d.  This is why
"with G-d all things are possible" is a changeless and immutable Truth that each of us can depend on.  The Master Mind Jesus realized the potential of aligning our mind with the Intelligence of G-d and therefore made "use of It" in a greater way than anyone else throughout history.  The Radical Jesus saw through the false ideas about G-d perpetuated by religion, and realized that G-d was personal to all who sensed th
is indwelling presence of Spirit, Intelligence.  Wallace D. Wattles writes:  "There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.  This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances.  Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it.  This can only be prevented by holding the thought of the truth."

     Legitimate religions teach that we are to "serve others" ... and I agree with this wholeheartedly, but, we serve others best when we have "money" ... we serve them by purchasing their goods and services, by giving them employment ... by sharing the wealth that the Infinite has manifested through our consciousness.  Everyone wants to prosper financially ... no one wants to be in debt or to have their home go through foreclosure ... or to be unemployed when given the choice of a job that brings a sense of accomplishment and success in what they do.  I can't imagine anyone being happy living with "max-ed-out" credit cards, but many people find themselves in this condition because they have failed to believe that they can demonstrate the money first, for the things they desire to have or to do.  Let's heal this consciousness that creates indebtedness by consciously recognizing that there is a Power that can loose the ideas in our mind that create debt when we choose prosperity instead.  As the Master Mind Jesus said, in plain language,
"... you can have life, and live it to the fullest" (John 10:10).

      Let me repeat this one more time, what we think of money determines how much of it we can have. 
Let us begin to think towards our Source, G-d, Infinite Good ... and let our mind be filled with thoughts that affirm the truth for us and about us.  Let us draw into our mind a greater vision of prosperity for ourselves, a greater wealth for ourselves, and more money for ourselves ... let us foster and nurture the truth that the "abundant life" is the life we have been given ... and let's open our mind to experience it, now, right now, right where we are.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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