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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (April 17, 2005)         

         "Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just  money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things."  - Eric Butterworth, Unity Minister, author, philosopher, and lecturer

               Few people have not had times in their lives when money was an issue.  Times when the money available did not meet the demand for it.  And for some this appears to be an on-going problem.  Dr. Joseph Murphy stated that "poverty is a dis-ease" ... in other words, we are not at ease when we struggle with money or indebtedness ... our mind is not at peace ... and when our mind is not at peace ... our emotions and our state of mind suffers ... and sometimes we even suffer physically.  And often, there is a lot of shame involved when people are facing financial difficulties ... but this should not be, for in Truth our financial problems are merely due to a lack of understanding of our relationship with God, Universal Good ... a lack of understanding that permeates our culture.  Everyone has heard the expression, "money is the root of all evil" or "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" ... and how many times have we all stated, "I can't afford it."  There we have it ... simple statements that we all have accepted not realizing how complex they can become once they become part of our "beliefs" ... for it is our beliefs that create our experiences and as we have accepted these statements and others similar to them, we have unconsciously set ourselves up for financial struggle ... for beliefs in lack and limitation will find its channel of expression.

          In order to "transcend" financial difficulties, we must put the ego aside.  In other words, we must release all hindrances to the Mind of God working through us ... we must release shame, blame and guilt.   No matter what happened ... we must go from where we are at.  It is that simple.  I can spend all day blaming the economy ... blaming the credit card companies ... blaming the IRS ... or whatever ... but blame will not open my mind to the solution ... and the solution lies within my consciousness ... freed from all thoughts, beliefs and ideas that "limit" the Infinite as it "moves" upon the conditions in my life.  When we pray, we must do so with a relaxed state of mind fostered by a faith and a conviction that God will "respond" to us.  We must always hold uppermost in our minds that the nature of God is "responsiveness" ... if we do not fully believe this then we must write it down ... read it over and over again ... until we do ... for it is the very "Truth that will set us free."  This realization brings us to prayer with a joy of knowing that God is with us ... if our prayers exhaust us ... then we are praying from our ego and we might as well not do it.  And if we look at our bank account or the bills that are piled up ... we may lose our faith and begin to doubt ... but let us remember, we already know the facts ... what we must know is not how it is ... but we must "know" how it is meant to be.  Knowing that it is the "Father's Good pleasure to give us the kingdom" ... we know this is the way it is meant to be ... always and in all-ways.  So after we pray we keep ourselves in this "meant to be" state of faith ... and even when things look as though they are "here to stay" ... we know that they have "come to pass."  And look at the situation intelligently ... if we want to we can ... because we couldn't want to overcome it, if we couldn't ... and this has been the Truth for everyone.  In scripture we can read where Paul writes, "I die daily" ... in other words, we must die daily to the old ideas that we must "make something happen" and resurrection the Truth that "it is the Father that doeth the work" ... then "I work" ... we must free our mind from restrictions and limitations and allow the Infinite to work "through" us in a Greater Way.

        As we seek our solutions through prayer we can look at the Teachings of Jesus and know that "as within-so without" ... we must seek and find the "state of mind" that is  trusting and knowing that our solution is at hand ... closer to us than breathing ... for God is our solution and God resides in our consciousness.   As our consciousness is filled with the faith, conviction and steadfast resolve to "transcend" our difficulties ... "God in the midst of me" becomes triumphant, no matter how difficult or over-whelming our situation may "appear" to be.  Remember ... facts change the Truth does not ... and the Truth is that our faith meets with its affirmative response ... as we look to the Infinite and the Infinite alone.  And after we pray ... we must "align" ourselves with the "nature of God" ... and give immediately ... even if our giving is just to buy someone a Coke!

        [Acts 17:24-28] "In Him we live and move and have our being."  We live in the Presence ... we live in God. It is the milieu of our life. We canít get out of it. There is nowhere to go to find God. Just "be still and know that I AM God." [Psalms 46:10] Be still and let the Divine Flow manifest in you and through you. This is "The Omnipresence of God" ... in It we find our peace, our joy and our prosperity.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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