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Weekly Message for Sunday, June 23, 2002                                          

"Spirit never fails.  Affirm this until it is a very part of your being...  failure is a false thought and has no truth in it.  It is a belief in lack and there is no lack."
Ernest Holmes, Founder of Religious Science

                    AS we move from our human limitation of believing only in what we see, hear, feel, taste and touch, and open our minds and hearts to the Divine Impulse, we can understand that all that we see, hear, feel, taste and touch is but a limited part of the Infinity that Is.  In this understanding we come into the realization that we are a "point of expression" of God, that all that we see is but "points of expression" of God.  God Is The Giver of every Good thing for God Is Life Itself.  God Is All and we must recognize within our very own consciousness that God Is All Power, All Presence and All Intelligence.  So as we pray, we must pray affirming this Truth, that we are One with the One Life, the One Presence, the One Power and the One Intelligence.  Anything less, is but a prayer that lacks understanding and attempts to limit the Infinite.

             Most of us have had to "un-learn" so much of what we know about God and our relationship to the Universe.  To seek God within, rather than to pray to a God in the heavens, is a great shift in our understanding.  Dr. Holmes, Founder of Religious Science, realized how difficult this was for Jesus to teach......... but he knew that the Master Teacher was teaching us how to pray and realize the answer to our prayers.  "Ask knowing that it is," the Master Mind Jesus instructed us, and the only place we can "know that it is," is within our consciousness.

           The following is a prayer written by Dr. Joseph Murphy that affirms our true relationship with God.  After you read this prayer, take a few moments to sit in the Silence and allow these ideas to permeate your consciousness:  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:  because he trust-eth in thee," (Isaiah 26:3)  I know that the inner desires of my heart come from God within me.  God wants me to be happy.  God's will for me is life, love, truth, and beauty.  I mentally accept my good now, and I become a perfect channel for the Divine.  I am an expression of God.  I am Divinely directed in all my ways, and I am always in my true place, doing the thing I love to do.  I refuse to accept as truth the opinions of man, for my mind is a part of God's mind, and I am always reflecting Divine wisdom and Divine intelligence.  God's ideas unfold within my mind in perfect sequence.  I am always poised, balanced, serene, and calm, for I know that God always will reveal to me the perfect solution to all my needs.  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want for any good thing.  I am Divinely active and Divinely creative.  I sense and feel the rhythm of God.  I hear the melody of God whispering its message of love to me. - Dr. Joseph Murphy

We must pray in our own words as our words come from our consciousness and our awareness of the Indwelling Presence of God, however, reading the prayer above a few times each day for a couple of weeks should create a greater sense of our One-ness with God and bring us into a greater sense of our true nature and relationship with God.

                 From Dr. Holmes: "Spirit never fails.  Affirm this until it is a very part of your being...  failure is a false thought and has no truth in it.  It is a belief in lack and there is no lack."  We cannot fail once we surrender to this Power, Presence and Intelligence we call God with conviction.  "I of mine own self can do nothing," Jesus stated ........ "it is the Father that work-eth in me."  From Dr. Holmes again:  "Just keep right on knocking at the doorway of your consciousness until every "no" becomes a "yes," every negation, an affirmation, every fear, a faith.  You cannot fail if you remain steadfast."

 And So It Is! 

Letting Love use me in Its own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates