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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, May 20, 2012 

          "32  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - The Master Mind Jesus, Luke 12:32-34

"Jesus said, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."  This is a marvelous concept!  The implication is that every problem has an answer, and God is the answer even before we ask His help." - Eric Butterworth, Life is for Living

This week I did a Google search on "Prosperity Gospel preachers" and was surprised at most of what I was reading.  I found article after article written by "religious types" that criticized those who encourage and inspire people to have faith in their ability to prosper and succeed in what they do.  I have never thought of Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar or Joyce Meyer, so much as "prosperity" teachers but rather individuals who minister to people by encouraging them to believe that they can overcome the challenges they may face in life.  And, yes each of them lives a prosperous life, but considering what they teach it would seem hypocritical if they didn't.  Each of them has a different approach to how they use spiritual principles and Bible scriptures as a foundation for their work and each have demonstrated successful ministries using the spiritual principles they teach.  And for those who state that the Law of Attraction teachers are false teachers, I would ask; just what does, "it is done unto you as you believe" mean to you?  It is a statement of the Law of Attraction, and it was taught by the Master Mind Jesus.  However, He did not originate it, this statement was in the Bhagavad-Gita written five centuries before Him.

      There will always be those who think that in order to be spiritual or religious that we must struggle and live a stark life devoid of luxury, but that is their truth, not "the truth" ... and that is  just the way it is.  The Master Mind Jesus and all the great mystics before and after him, have taught that we are to seek spiritual understanding and awareness in order to realize the truth.  And this means that we can't allow ourselves to "get stuck" in old ideas that don't work, haven't worked and never will work.  And the most oppressive of these ideas is that G-d has created all these beautiful and wonderful things ... an infinite abundance of things ... for us to enjoy and make use of ... but if we want to please the Almighty then we must shun them and live a life of austerity.  How foolish is that?

     Let's look at these words of the Master Mind Jesus which are so often used by those who seek to justify their belief that "money is the root of all evil" ... Jesus said,
"sell your possessions, and give to the needy" ... but this teaching isn't about shunning material possessions but about gaining "proof" that G-d will restore all these things and more to us as we learn to depend on the Principle that G-d is our All-in-All.  Jesus was trying to teach the people that material things are temporary, but our faith and belief that G-d will always provide for us, is changeless and eternal.  "Seek first the kingdom of G-d and then all things shall be added unto you" is the principle that He gave us to work with.  Throughout Jesus' ministry all evidence shows that His intention was to show the people how to "develop consciousness" ... that is, the awareness that power, spirit and intelligence is of G-d, not of the world ... and G-d has made it available to us.

     Let us take these words into our heart from Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart."  The passages found in The Book of Psalms were written in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., and so we can see that throughout history this acknowledgement that there is Something Greater than we are that "responds" to us, was revealed.  Yet, this was not fully understood as a universal spiritual principle until the Master Mind Jesus discovered it within Himself and identified it so clearly that all could understand that we too, have the ability to tap into this Divine Potential that not only surrounds us, but is within each and everyone of us.  It is the Spirit, Life and Truth, that is the very image and likeness of G-d that is our power, our spirit and our intelligence, and it is within us awaiting our recognition of it.

     Many of the "prosperity gospel" teachers will declare that, "G-d wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas and creativity" ... Joel Osteen often says this ... but this is only a "half-truth" ... the "Gospel Truth" is, G-d only wants for us the good that we "choose" for ourselves.  The Infinite does not "impose" anything on us, even our good.  We have been gifted with the inherent ability to choose, and if G-d has a "will" for us, it is that we choose.  And as we "choose" to experience the good desires of our heart, we are demonstrating our awareness of our faith and belief in G-d, Infinite Good.  Religious people have throughout history, been confused as to why those who seem to have no religion at all, are able to demonstrate a prosperous good life.  But, it is because they have placed an importance on "religion" rather than on a "Principle" that is not dependent on conditions; either people, places or things.  The Master Mind Jesus attempted to explain this when He said; "it rains on the good and the bad alike."  In other words, our ability to tap into this "Divine Potential" that is within us, is not dependent on our "religiosity" but on our recognition that it is present and that it is a "universal" spiritual law that we can use ... "for it is the Father's good pleasure to give to us" ... and this "Father" that Jesus identified, is "our Father" ... meaning "our Source" of all that is within the realm of imagination and desire that is good.

     The "good news" [Gospel Truth] is that it is always up to us to choose what we believe and what we accept for ourselves.  One man's treasure is another man's trash, and in this we realize as Jesus did and all the great mystics, that it is not what we choose, but the spirit in which we choose, that makes our life experience what it is.  Principles; the law of gravity, mathematics, etc. are not changed by our use of them, but work for us all with universal precision ... the Law of G-d, functions for us in the same manner.  "Look to Nature," Jesus said, and we can understand this Thing Called Life in a greater way, a more intelligent way.  "Give and be given to," He said, and all the great mystics are in agreement ... but "give first to G-d" ... give our attention, our love, our gratitude, our faith, our hopes and the desires of our heart, and we shall be "given to" for "all that the Father hath is mine" ... and that "mine" includes you and me ... and this is the Gospel Truth!


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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