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The Way to a Wonderful Life, Sunday, July 13,  2014

           "Great men (and women) are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world" stated the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.  But we must take this further and realize that our thoughts rule our own personal world.  Our thoughts are always personal to us.  We may allow ourselves to be influenced by the people and experiences that we encounter in life, but what we think about everything is personal to us.  This is a given.  

         No one can think for us and no one can disagree with this.  And since our thoughts create our faith it is wisdom to think about what we think about.  We have made idols of people, places and things because we give them authority over our lives in sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways.  WE CONFORM.  And in this conformity we lose sight of our own soul's unique expression of Life.  We conform to the world's ideas of poverty, illness, lack and limitation when we lose sight of the spiritual truth that we live because G-d lives in us, that our good is not dependent on people and conditions, but totally dependent upon the measure of faith we embody within our soul (consciousness).  Faith is spiritual power.  It connects us to the Source of infinite Intelligence, Spirit and Power.


       
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale writes in his book, "You Can If You Think You Can" ... "Forget yourself!  Think courage.  Believe that all the resources you need are in your mind.  That is a formula that works, really works.
         When we say that all the resources you need are in your mind we are not suggesting that the dependence is solely upon mechanical mentality.  The Divine Force is in the mind, and it is only in mind that a human being can have contact with God.  A drawing upon spiritual power takes place through the intellect, through the ability to think and believe.  Therefore the greatest of all resources, that of God power, is available through a spiritually controlled operation of the thought processes.
         When the Bible says, "The kingdom of God is within you," (Luke 17:21) it is asserting that in essence all of God's power and truth are built into you.  And just where in you?  Where else but in your mind!  Obviously, then, the principle that all the resources you need are in your mind profoundly takes account of spiritual resources.
         When anyone can be persuaded to think spiritually, to have faith and to believe, then the mind, being motivated to a higher level, opens to maximum strength and the amazing powers it possesses go to work on situations to bring about good results."

        When we make a conscious effort to think spiritually, to have faith and to believe in the good that we desire to experience, we can be assured that our faith and belief will provide for us the corresponding good for us to enjoy.  Never limit your life by any past experience or former belief.  Free your mind to accept generously all that you desire to have, to do or to be.  When the Master Mind Jesus revealed the truth that "the kingdom of G-d is within you" his message was that there is One Infinite Spirit and every time we think or say "I am" we are revealing the measure of our acceptance of this truth for us. 

        The mystical Ernest Holmes taught that
"nothing that you have ever said or done, no law that you may have set in motion, is as great as "I Am."  ... be still and know that I Am the Creator and the thing created.  My Presence dissipates all apparent evil."  As we think spiritually and in terms of "I am" ... not I will be, or think of that which I was, we shall find that being repetitively conscious of these two words that connect us with that infinite "I" which is G-d, will create some amazingly wonderful things in our lives ... both the expected (that which we have imagined for ourselves) and the unexpected.  Let us tell ourselves every day until we believe it is so, "my faith is Spiritual Power" ... and let it be so.

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev
. Henry Bates

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