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Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates 
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                   I have a firm conviction that only the Spirit heals, not just our bodies, but also our body of affairs.  But, we must have faith, not only in G-d's ability to heal our issues, but also faith in ourselves so that G-d may work through us to bring forth that which we desire to increase.  In one of Joel Osteen's recent messages he wrote:  "I believe your best days are ahead.  That's why I teach so much about favor.  God's plan is bigger than just what He wants to do for you - it grows into what God wants to do through you. ... The power of God's increase is so great that there are no challenges too big and no circumstances too difficult to be radically transformed."  

     Joel Osteen is right, G-d can only do for us, what G-d can do through us.  This is the truth for everyone but it has nothing to do with "favor" but has everything to do with where our faith is directed.  G-d is no respecter of persons and we are all very fortunate that this is so otherwise we would all be found lacking.  We must remind ourselves of these words from the Master Mind Jesus from Matthew 6:6 ... "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."  This is a universal principle that works for everyone and has nothing to do with any particular religion.  The radical Jesus is telling us that we have "direct communication" with G-d ... he didn't say that we should take him into the closet with us, or Buddha, or Krishna or our favorite rabbi or priest.  The "closet" he is referring to is our "inner mind" ... if our mind is filled with images and thoughts of poverty, illness and failures, then we have little for G-d to work with.  The same is true if our mind is filled with arrogance and superiority, then there is little for G-d to work through that is good.  This is why the Master Mind Jesus stated, "blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 5:3) In other words, when our human will surrenders to G-d ... when we know that G-d is our only option, our only hope ... in this awareness, G-d can work through us to renew our mind and build within us the capacity to accept our good ... the first step on our path to increase our good is to put G-d first.

       The Radical Rabbi went on to say:  "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)  We must know that it is G-d working through us according to our faith and our awareness of G-d's ability to bring forth the images and thoughts of good in our mind to their natural conclusion as results in our physical experiences.  We must get in our mind the thing that we want to do, to be, or to have and persistently give it life in our mind so that G-d has something to work with.  G-d has no plan for us ... nor does G-d will anything for us ... we must have a plan in our mind and we must have the will to do that which we are to do as G-d works with that which we choose.  If we lived only to a god's plan for us ... we would be robots ... devoid of feeling, of enthusiasm, of love, and joy.  We are in G-d's image and likeness ... we get to choose what is being created for us and we get to celebrate G-d's good work for all to see.

        The path of increase is in our mind; increased health, wealth and all things good.  The only power we will ever know will be the Power of G-d that we take into our mind through faith.  This testimonial is about a health issue, but it could be about any issue that concerns us:  "Jane Withers was one of the great child stars of motion pictures.  At two year of age she was on stage singing and dancing.  At age three she starred in her own radio program!  At five, Jane and her mother went to Hollywood where she filled a role opposite Shirley Temple.  And she was signed to a seven-year contract. ... Jane did not stop working until ten days before her marriage.  She was twenty-one at the time and gave up her career for a home and family. ... Then this vigorous, creative, dynamic woman suffered a severe attack of rheumatoid arthritis.  Paralyzed, she asked the doctor when she would walk again.  "Maybe in a year or two you'll be able to get around," he replied, "if things go well."  But would that tide ever come back?  Could she ever again get on top of things? ... Jane expressed faith in her doctors, "But," she said, "I also told them that God was my partner and all my life I had put myself in His hands.  And I really believed I would walk.!" ... Daily Jane reaffirmed that she would walk.  She held constantly in mind an image of herself, not as incapacitated, but as strong and vigorous.  She pictured herself as when she was a child, whole in joints and muscles.  She held that picture resolutely in her conscious mind.  Says Jane, "With this deep faith in God as the Source of my strength, I was walking and assuming all of the responsibilities for my children within nine months, and there has not been any recurrence." - taken from, "You Can If You Think You Can" pgs. 302-303, by Norman Vincent Peale.

     We can all see from this testimonial that Jane Withers was not concerned about her diagnosis ... she exercised faith in order to transcend it.  And let's not concern ourselves with "favor" either but establish within our mind a "faith" that can move all things from the ends of the universe through the Power of G-d to manifest the good that is ours.  And let's remember, respectfully, that one person's trash is another person's treasure ... there is enough for everyone to share and to spare ... no greater and no smaller ... there just is.

      From The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes:  "The only God man knows is the God of his own Inner Life; he can know no other."  The path to increase our good is in our own mind ... it is our faith ... faith in that which we see within that is greater than the faith we have in what we see in the world.  This is what the Master Mind Jesus meant when he stated "my kingdom is not of this world" ... all comes from G-d through us ... through that which we hold as true in our Inner Life.


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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