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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, July 15, 2012 

         "Incline your ear, and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you ...." - Isaiah 55:3, Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa's Translation from the Aramaic Of The Peshitta

       There is so much in the scriptures and other ancient spiritual writings that inform us to "listen" ... and to "trust" in G-d.  It is especially important in our hectic contemporary culture for us to "listen" for this is the only way for us to realize the ideas and guidance that we require to be truly alive to life ... to feel confident and secure in our relationship with G-d and with life itself.  Synonymous with the word "soul" in the scriptures is the word "consciousness" ... as we are all woven into the life of the Spirit the understanding of these two words is essential for us.  Throughout the scriptures we can read that we have a soul, but the ancients didn't give us much more to go on except that our soul is always seeking a greater awareness of the image and likeness of G-d within us.  That is, our ability to take dominion and authority over our life experiences.  It is this self-confidence that develops into the self-reliance that all of us want for our life, either consciously or unconsciously.

        "... prayer is not conditioning God to your needs, but conditioning your needs to the activity of God.  ... it is vital that you catch this point.  Prayer is not trying to reach God, or inform God, or tell God all about your troubles.  It is to know God as the infinite resource within, and to expand your self-realization.  ... Challenge yourself to become aware of the presence of God.  ... When you pray, God doesn't go anywhere or come from anywhere.  And you don't go anywhere.  You simply remove the blinders from your eyes.  You become aware that you are an expression of God, and that God is a deeper dimension of yourself expressing himself as you.  There is no need to bargain with God, to coax a reluctant God to work a miracle on your behalf.  If this is your purpose, then, as Jesus told his disciples, "You ask wrong: (James 4:6).  God knows your needs, and God is the answer.  As Tennyson so aptly puts it, "Closer is he than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet." - Eric Butterworth, The Universe is Calling

       The great Eric Butterworth is explaining the "consciousness" necessary for our prayers to get the good results that we seek.  Jesus said the same thing.  When we pray from the problem, or from the illness, the debt, the financial struggle or the loneliness, we are praying wrong.  When Jesus effected the healing of the man's withered arm, He didn't see a withered arm but saw beyond it to God's perfect creation for the man ... He saw the "result" of his prayer of faith.  As Eric Butterworth states, "God is a deeper dimension of yourself expressing himself as you" ... and in this, we can know that beyond our human comprehension, there is Something that is amazing Power, Spirit and Intelligence that awaits our recognition and identification with It.  And to repeat the mystical revelation of Tennyson, this Something that we call G-d, "is closer to us than breathing."  We have the freedom to choose whether to recognize this as the truth or to dismiss it.  G-d is infinite Presence, or as Jesus stated, "G-d is a Spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth." Yet, the Spirit never imposes Itself on us and neither rewards us, favors us or punishes us.  Our rewards and punishments are always self-imposed.  

         Our prayers are formed in our "conscious mind" but are "caused" from that which is "believed to be true" in our soul or consciousness.  If we believe that there is Something Greater than we are both present and active in our life, then our prayers become more affirmative of that which is health, happiness, prosperous and confident.  And so as we "listen" for that which arises from the depths of our soul to guide us, we are identifying with this Something Greater and our state of mind becomes one with the power, spirit and intelligence that we have come to accept as true for us.

     We think, speak or write our prayers and we do this both consciously and unconsciously.  In the scriptures we read, "pray without ceasing" and in this we realize an instruction to be "conscious" of what we think, speak and write, for these are filled with the words that either connect us with the Power of the Spirit or negate the Power of the Spirit to work for us, through us.  Let's look at what the great Eric Butterworth wrote about this:  "... it is important to put into words only those things that you will be happy to see taking place in your life.  For negative thoughts, anxiety and worry, are prayer treatments, and quite effective too.  You may be saying, "Oh, I don't like the signs being given off by the economy.  I am so fearful that my investments will fail."  You have invested energy in a negative image, and you will get results.  Take hold of yourself.  "Stir up the gift of God within you."  Get yourself on a life-affirming level.  It is a critical moment for you.  Turn the vibration around, so that you are i
n tune
with the positive flow."  We can go all the way back to the Book of Job in the Bible to see that this is a "law of mind" that "works without ceasing" as we read Job state, "that which I have greatly feared as come upon me."  And the Master Mind Jesus states, "it is done unto you, as you believe."  None of this is "new" or a "secret" ... for the truth is changeless.  We pray with our consciousness ... our new conscious awareness that there is good for us, and we can have it.

     "Incline your ear, and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live" Command your mind to "Be Still" ... be still, and know that "I Am G-d" ... be still and know that I Am present and available ... here and now ... I Am not a someday G-d or a Sunday morning G-d ... "listen" and your soul shall live and your soul shall sing! 


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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