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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for May 31, 2015
 

           "Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:6-8
            "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered."
- Psalm 71:23
          "For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!"
- Psalm 92:4-5
  

            In these affirmations taken from the ancient wisdom we can easily see the pattern of thought that the Psalmist was using in order to demonstrate the good that was desired.  Long before the Master Mind Jesus gave us the Principle that
"it is done unto you as you believe" the ancients were in fact using the Law of Mind which is a Law of Correspondence.  In this beginning of the realization that G-d responds to us by corresponding to that which we declare to be so, these affirmations offer us a way in which we can renew and refresh our mind.  

       
   "For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord" is no different than the words the Master Mind Jesus used; "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work" ... he is declaring just as the Psalmist did that G-d is the creator, we the receiver.  And so we must learn to be receptive to and expectant of our good that we pray for and affirm that it "is" ours to experience.  

        The mystical Ernest Holmes in the early 20th Century realized a "thought pattern" that he discovered was evident in the affirmations attributed to the Master Mind Jesus.  He wrote, "Let us now consider the four elements that are usually contained in prayer that works, in thought that is creative:
         1.  Recognition.  We know there is One Life, that Life is God.  There is One Creator, one creation.  One Law.  One Intelligence.  One Ultimate Reality.  It is good, whole, perfect, complete, harmonious.
          2.  Identification.  We identify ourselves with God.  "I am that which Thou art, Thou art that which I am."  The Father (Spirit) and I are one.  There needs to be a conscious, intelligent sensing and feeling of the Divine Presence within and as what we are.  We are a creation of God and we are expressing God.  There is no separation between us and God, we are one.
          3.  Declaration.  There is a definite and specific action and movement of intelligence through thought, word, or idea for some definite purpose or person.  Not supplication, wishing, hoping, or begging, but a concrete declaration of fact, a specializing of universal Good in some way.  There is definitely established in thought, the spiritual level of cause and creativity, a complete idea.  An idea to which we may mentally point and know its reality as though we were pointing to the sun and saying, "There is the sun."  We know that such a declaration of an idea is God speaking His word in us, God being an active agent of His own creation.
           4.  Acceptance.  We accept our declaration, the word we have spoken, as being manifest now.  No delay is involved between this cause and its appearance as effect.  We accept that our word, the declaration that we have made, is the supreme Intelligence speaking through us, and that according to the nature of the way It works, through Law, our word automatically manifests in accord with Law.  And in our acceptance of the reality of this good as a tangible effect in our experience we give thanks that it is so, that as we now believe it is done unto us.

           To realize that we are within G-d and that G-d is a living presence within us, guarantees that we will have an experience that we can surely identify as a direct result of this knowing.  This realization will come as a sense of joy that energizes our mind, our heart and our soul ... not in the joy that the world knows, but that feeling of joy that fills us with faith and trust in our ability to accept more and more of that which gives us evidence of G-d's presence within us and our eternal presence within G-d.  When the Master Mind Jesus had this realization he declared it as the truth for all of us when he said,
"The Father (Spirit, Intelligence, Power) and I (that infinite "I" that includes every one of us) are one!"... ONE!  Not two.  Not separate.  ONE!  And in this spirit of joy we shall be prospered, healed and blessed into the wholeness of health, happiness, prosperity, success and more!

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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