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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for July 17, 2011 

                       "Jesus said that when we come to the altar to make an offering, we should have nothing in our heart against our brother.  He said that before we can make contact with the love and power of God we must first make peace with our brother.  This means that we must cultivate a love for our fellows in order to set the attractive force of love into operation.  All we need do is quicken our love for others by thinking about love and casting out of our mind all hate and fear that would weaken the perfect working of that mighty magnet.  As love attracts, hate dissipates.  Before you approach God's altar of plenty, go and make friends with your brother men.  ... Your business is to get what belongs to you, and you do that by thinking about the omnipresent substance of God and how you can lay hold of it through love.  Get in touch with God riches in spirit, lay hold of them by love, and you will have sufficient for every day.  "Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law." - Charles Fillmore, Prosperity


     Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, one of the greatest teachers of Spiritual Principle in the 20th Century, stated that Jesus was the first, and greatest of metaphysicians ... and I fully agree with him.  Jesus raised the bar of Love so high that only those who daily choose to make love a part of their life experience, will ever find unity with what he was teaching.  But, once we unify with the radical love that Jesus saw as the most important attribute of the Infinite to be expressed through us and as us, the "kingdom of heaven" ... of our own choosing, will be made manifest in our life experiences.

     The radical Jesus was very clear on the way in which we must establish Love in our consciousness:  Matthew 5:43
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." From these words we can realize that Jesus was attempting to teach people of the Jewish faith who had little education.  Yet, even in these simple words that he used, his audience could be impressed with this new concept of Love that calls us to go deep within our heart and our mind to choose to love everyone.  Tax collectors were especially disliked by the people Jesus was talking to.  But, he was telling them that no matter how horribly difficult, love was necessary in order to realize our Oneness with G-d and attract the good that we desire. 

     The radical Jesus' teaching corresponds to the Law of Attraction, the Law of Cause and Effect, and as he defined it, the Law of Sowing and Reaping ... what he was teaching in these simple words is a universal law and an eternal one ... changeless and absolute.  Most of us do not hold any hate towards anyone and most of us do not have what we consider enemies.  But, there is much hate and a great belief in enemies in the "collective consciousness."  And so we must eliminate that part of this negative collective consciousness from our own consciousness, that is being imposed upon us.  This is what the Master Mind Jesus was referring to when he stated, "be in the world, but not of the world." 

     The world has invented many things that separate us from G-d and the Good, and from each other.  These things we must "consciously reject" in order to not be influenced by them, immediately when they come to our attention.  I cannot stress this enough for as Charles Fillmore writes: 
"... before we can make contact with the love and power of God we must first make peace with our brother."  This means that we must choose to foster in our mind a greater measure of "unconditional love" than what is evidenced in the world.  In the world we have separated each other by race, by nationality, by sexual orientation, by legal and illegal, by vegan and meat eaters, by lighter or darker skin color, by a myriad of religions, by political party, and the list goes on.  All of these "labels" that the world has created causes us to be blind to the truth that we are all part of G-d.  That no matter what we may "appear to be" ... we are Spirit having a human experience ... G-d expressing in form.  Whenever we see someone as inferior or even superior we are judging according to the world.  G-d Is ... neither superior or inferior, no matter what "label" the world may have invented to define us.

     Jesus referenced "tax collectors" and "gentiles" in his words to those he was teaching, knowing that these words "triggered" that something within them towards the negative.  Politicians and religious leaders use the same technique today to get people's attention ... and all too often, their support ... but their agendas, unlike that of Jesus, is to take advantage of the hate and divisiveness, rather than to heal it.  Negative judgments against other people is "toxic" to our consciousness.  Not only does it affect us mentally and emotionally, it affects our physical health too ... as well as our prosperity and success.

     Eric Butterworth writes in "The Universe is Calling": 
"You don't discover God in your worship in the church.  You uncover God in yourself, even if by the inspiration of the moving liturgy.  But the important thing is, you do not leave God there in the sanctuary.  You take him with you, and he will be with you in the street, in your home, in your work, and in every activity of your life.  Discover God's presence.  God is an allness in which you exist as an eachness.  "God is not in you in the same sense that a raisin is in a bun.  That is not unity.  God is in you as the ocean is in a wave.  The wave is nothing more nor less than the ocean expressing as a wave."

AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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