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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for June 5, 2011 

                       "Happiness is a state of mind.  There is a phrase in the Bible that says, "Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve."  You have the freedom to choose happiness.  This may seem extraordinarily simple, and it is.  Perhaps this is why people stumble on the way to happiness; they do not see the simplicity of the key to happiness.  The great things of life are simple, dynamic, and creative.  They produce well-being and happiness. ... Begin now to choose happiness.  This is how you do it:  When you open your eyes in the morning, say to yourself,
           "Divine order takes charge of my life today and every day.  All things work together for good for me today.  This is a new and wonderful day for me.  There will never be another day like this one.  I am divinely guided all day long, and whatever I do will prosper. ... Divine love surrounds me, enfolds me, and enwraps me, and I go forth in peace.  Whenever my attention wanders away from that which is good and constructive, I will immediately bring it back to the contemplation of that which is lovely and of good report.  I am a spiritual and mental magnet attracting to myself all things that bless and prosper me.  I am going to be a wonderful success in all my undertakings today.  I am definitely going to be happy all day long."
              Start each day in this manner; then you will be choosing happiness, and you will be a radiant, joyous person.
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- Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

      Sometimes people pause when they hear or read the words, "God's will" or "Divine Order" as these appear as though something is imposed upon us.  But we know that G-d does not impose anything on us, but has given us the freedom to choose.  And so we can say that if there could possibly be a will of G-d for us, it is that we choose.  When we choose, there is an order, or process, to the unfoldment of our choices, this is Divine Order.  As long as our choices are in alignment with intelligence, we need never worry about the process in which what we choose, or pray for, is made manifest in the physical.  Yet, so many people do worry during the process and some people even give up hope.  This happens when we don't fully understand the Power that we have recognized when we choose or pray.  We can read in the ancient scriptures: "... but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." ... this is from Isaiah 40:31 and it was written to inspire us, to motivate us to remind ourselves of that our desire is not ours alone, but G-d's desire for us.

     I was listening to some clips of music by Michael Gott and he said the words, "the biggest word I know is G-d" ... and I immediately affirmed this as the truth in my mind.  I know that for some, these words may seem too simple, but we know that all Truth is rooted in simplicity.  The radical Jesus referred to G-d as the "Good" ... "don't call me good, only the Father is good" he declared.  And in this he was stating that our good is of G-d ... unlimited and infinite.  When we realize that G-d is beyond our human ability to comprehend, we realize that the good that we choose and pray for, is but an opening to a greater Good that we can experience for it will lead us to a greater awareness of G-d in our lives.  For example, if we choose to experience joy, we may find joy in things that we never imagined.  By choosing anything that is of the good, opens us up to find whatever it may be in ways known and unknown to us.  But, we must choose.

     Dr. Murphy suggests that we plant the seed thoughts in our mind when we first open our eyes in the morning.  This sets the stage for our day before we have time to absorb anything that may distract us.  Before we start thinking of the work we have to do, or turn on the television news, or read the newspaper, and fill our mind with the things of the world, our mind will be open and receptive to our direction.  The words he uses are an outline and I don't suggest that anyone write them down and read them exactly as he has written them, but we can read them to activate our own thoughts and words.  After a few days, I suggest that we personalize our words to be meaningful and believable to us.  The more meaningful and believable our words are to us, the more dynamic they become in our mind as we go through our day.  As we begin to "choose" each day how we are to experience the day, we shall find that when we don't start our day in this way, our level of confidence and self-assurance diminishes.

      Now, some people will think, "my life is good, I don't need to do this" ... and I hope these thoughts are not acted upon.  Not only is G-d the biggest word we can know, but our recognition of G-d is the most important thing we can do.  This past week I found myself reading a book by Joel Goldsmith in which he wrote that our "problems are blessings" in that they bring us closer to G-d.  Let's not let this be true of us.  Let's not wait for a problem to arise for us to get closer to G-d.  I have found all too often that people in crisis have seldom given much time to G-d prior to the crisis.  They may have attended church or read spiritual books or the Bible or the Torah, but most do not "recognize" the importance of this "personal relationship" with our Creator, until faced with a crisis or an overwhelming problem.

     Let us instill in our mind, the moment we awake, that there is Something that woke us up to a new day, a new beginning.  This Something is G-d.  It is the Intelligence that rules the Universe.  It is the Presence of love, joy and happiness.  It is the Power of beauty and harmony and peace.  It is the life within us and the life in all things.  It is Spirit, Truth and Life ... it is the biggest word we can know, G-d.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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