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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (June 25, 2006)      

               "Jesus answered and said unto him, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." - John 3:3

         Most of us are familiar with the term "born again" and many equate this term only with Christianity; i.e. "born again Christian."  But ... Christians do not have an exclusivity on this terminology.  The great Emmet Fox penned a little book titled, "Born Again."  And when we understand that being "born again" is part of the unfoldment of a healing consciousness ... it becomes a meaningful term.

John 5:5Jesus answered, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

As we examine the statement from John 5:5 we realize that the Master Mind Jesus was referring to Mind.  Water symbolizes the "cleansing of the mind" ... water being pure and clean.  But, this purity has nothing to do with man-made ideas of right and wrong ... but instead, refers to cleansing our mind of the false beliefs that separate us from the Power and Presence of the Infinite.  In other words, the things we have learned from the world that deny God.  The world has taught us to give power to all manner of things ... but All Power is of God ... there is no power in people, places and things except for the power that we give them ... and when we give power to anything ... we deny the Power of God.

     We have learned so much nonsense from the time we were born into this life on Earth.  We have learned that people can give to us and take away from us.  We have learned ridiculous things like shame, blame and guilt.  But none of these things benefit us ... for they are not of God.

     We have all heard the statement, "I may not be what I ought to be, but I am sure better than I used to be" ... what makes us think that we are not exactly what we ought to be?  Wherever we are in life ... whatever we are doing ... and who we are ... is precisely where we ought to be ... doing precisely what we are supposed to be doing .. and being precisely what we are supposed to be ... but .................... we are still growing ... we haven't stopped ... but whatever changes occur in our lives ... they are precisely the changes that are supposed to be.

     "Born again" means nothing unless we examine our beliefs.  Belief is God ... as beliefs determine our experiences.  Our belief that there is something wrong with us ... or wrong with other people ... creates an experience with a judgment that is wrong!  We must let go of patterns of thought that create the illusion of separation from God or Good in order to eliminate discord in our mind.  Nothing is ever wrong ... everything is always Good ... and our knowing that this is so propels us into experiences that create more and more Good in our experience.

     The true "born again" experience is to give birth to a greater Truth in our thinking.  The Truth that we must know is that God Is ... and wherever God Is ... Good Is.  To know this we must "double-think" ... we must turn from our initial thought about a condition, situation or event ... and "think it to be Good."  But, oftentimes we don't.  Not only do we not think everything is Good ... we will tell other people how awful it is ... and this re-telling of the "lie" ... binds us to the false beliefs and hinders us from being "born again."

     From Emmet Fox:  < Why is it that we make so little progress, compared, that is to say, with what we might and should make in view of the knowledge that we all, in this movement (metaphysical study), possess - at least in theory?  Why do we not change day by day and week by week from glory to glory, until our friends can scarcely recognize us for the same man or woman?  Why should we not march about the world looking like gods, and feeling it; healing instantaneously all who come to us; and generally "doing the works"?  "Who did hinder you?"
     And the reply is that demonstration, like all other things, has its price; that the price is that be born again, and that in our secret hearts, too often, that is a price that we are not prepared to pay.  We are in love with the present man/woman, and all the things that constitute him/her, and we are not prepared to slay him/her that the other may be born.>

       To be "born again" ... is to forget who we are ... the labels that name us ... and allow ourselves to be open to the higher Self that seeks to be expressed as us.  As we remember that we were "born right the first time" ... we realize that all that we need concern ourselves with is reflecting back to that time in our life when we were children unaware of the labels that were be attached to us ... and get into a sense of what it felt like to truly embody faith, hope and love ... and learn to feel truly free all over again!

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love,
Rev. Bates

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