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Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates 
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                   This week we are in week #6 of a 6-week prosperity series of lessons that I am giving so that each of us have an opportunity to "discover" the way in which we can increase our measure of prosperity and financial ease. [previous lessons in Archived Messages ] I am presenting these lessons via the web site text messages, on the Sunday morning radio program and on the 6-Wednesday evening radio programs.  The first step to realizing greater prosperity is "commitment to prosperity" and so to "activate" our commitment to prosperity, I am suggesting that after each lesson, everyone is to send $1 to Rev. Bates at P. O. Box 1173, Palm Springs, CA  92263 ... I will also accept non-U.S. currency ... write on the outside of the envelope "#6" .. to reinforce, in our mind, our commitment to prosperity as we gain a "conviction" that we can experience a more prosperous life, now.  If you are just beginning this week to respond to this exercise in prosperity, write # 6 on your envelope. - Rev Bates

          "Decisions give Life meaning.  Your growth is the result of your conscious decisions.  They represent how you are directing your creativeness.  Adjusting yourself to situations over which you have no control does not bring spiritual growth.  Such experience would develop tolerance, patience, and forbearance; but it merely accepts the status quo and disallows your opportunity for conscious choice."
- Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Minister, Author

     This week's "prosperity lesson" covers "affirmative prayer" a.k.a. "spiritual treatment."  Before we begin with affirmative prayer, we must make a decision about what we want to accomplish; to have, to do, or to be.  Our prayers become a treatment when we are specific and definite about what it is that we expect to realize as a result of our prayer.  Our decision then, must be as definite and specific as possible in order for our faith to be energized to the level of acceptance and gratitude.  Yet, often we are not always aware that our state of mind as we pray is a great determining factor in whether our prayer will produce the results that we seek.  It is always of the utmost importance that we are aware of this so that our prayers are in alignment with Spiritual Law.

     When we turn to G-d, we are recognizing that there is a Power Greater than us that is all-present, all-power, and all-knowing Intelligence.  This Intelligence is infinite in Its capacity to do what we ask of It; that is, claim that It can do, for us, through us.  This is why the Master Mind Jesus said if we have the faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, we can move mountains ... and he wasn't talking about physical mountains ... but, the things that overwhelm us; debt, loneliness, poverty, illness, unemployment, etc.  So, it is not that G-d, through the action of Love and Law, is incapable of doing anything, but It must do whatever It does through us  ... that is, through our faith and belief in Its capacity to do what it is that we desire.  It is therefore dependent upon us to develop the "mental equivalent" of the result that we seek.

"The Law of Life acts through your affirmations. Nothing can hinder Its working but yourself. There is no more of It on the desert than there is on the busiest street corner, and It will not respond any more quickly because we go up into the temple. It is everywhere, therefore It is where you are, and, most of all, It responds where you recognize It." 
- Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called Life

      After we "recognize" what G-d is to us ... not what we have been told about G-d, but what we truly "believe" G-d to be ... our next step is to "identify" with G-d.  In the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible we can read that we are created in the "image and likeness of God" ... and the Master Mind Jesus said that we are "children of God" ... meaning "offspring."  This is why Jesus could say, "when you see me, you see the Father" ... and in truth, this is true for all of us.  Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote in The Science of Mind:  "
I believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God."  

Using our divine imagination, we too can see or get a sense of, the image and likeness of what we choose to experience.  And so before we begin to affirm what it is that we claim for ourselves, let us pause and "use our imagination" to image what it is that we want to do, to be, or to have.  And this means to spend the time necessary to bring the thing that we choose for ourselves "alive in our imagination."  As we give life, in our mind, to that which we seek to experience, often something more from our inner mind will be revealed to us about the thing that makes it even more appealing to us.  As we see these images or pictures in our mind, then we "speak our word" about what we see and declare that that which we see in our mind, is ours now, right now.  This is powerful simplicity.  Dr. Henrietta Smith of the City of Angels Church, reminded me, that "you will "be it" when you "see it."  And this is true for all of us.

     Let us review this dynamic method of affirmative prayer:
     first -  we "recognize" G-d as All-in-All; Power, Presence and Intelligence ... or whatever you believe G-d to be.
     next - we "identify" with G-d and unify with the Power and Intelligence that is in and through all of Life ... identify with G-d's peace, love, joy, harmony, intelligence, and beauty.
     next - we get still and use our "imagination" to get a sense of what it feels like to have that which we are choosing to have ... we let these images and the likeness of what it is, to come alive in our mind to the point that we see our self in it, being that which we choose to be, having that which we choose to have, and doing that which we choose to do.
     next - we speak the words of possession ... we describe what is filling our imagination and claim it as ours, now ... knowing that G-d responds to us through Love and Law to bring all things together for our good.
     lastly - we firmly establish in our consciousness that this is what we accept:  "I live in the consciousness of success and prosperity and I give thanks to G-d that this is so, now." ... or whatever words that create an acceptance and feeling of gratitude in our mind.

               From the mystical Emma Curtis-Hopkins: "Be not anxious. Worry about nothing. Be satis­fied with the estate whereunto you are called. Learn one basic Truth of Life, and abide by it. Be­lieve in this law: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  As we take the time to think about, imagine, and speak the words that affirm our acceptance of our heart's desires, we are acknowledging that the "kingdom of heaven is within me" and it is mine to experience, right here, right now, right where I am.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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