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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (August 13, 2006)      

       " Your experience in Life should be joyous unfoldment of your God-Self in all its power.  Life is not a probationary period, nor is it a school of discipline.  It is an opportunity to develop your creativeness and, through scientific right thinking, make your world the kind of a world that you want to live in." ... - Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Collected Essays

      Emerson wrote, "There is no great and no small to the Soul that maketh all."  And in this statement there is a lesson for each of us.  Knowing that there is no great or small to the Infinite, why is it that so often we ask for so little? ... and often, accept even less?  Is it a matter of faith ... or is it that we have allowed ourselves to be conditioned in our thinking by our environment, our past experiences, or the experiences of those we know?

      Is there room in our thinking for God to be expressed in a much greater way?  Or, have we restricted the movement in our lives of the Infinite by thinking small?  Each of us have wants and desires, but how expansive are these wants and desires of our hearts?  Just how much of Life do we truly want to experience?  And how much of Life do we believe we can experience?

      "All things are possible for God" ... and this is true for the Power of God within us.  But how much is possible, is up to us.  Are we willing to think much greater than our current circumstance or our past experiences?  These are questions that are important for us to think about.

     A few years ago the Prayer of Jabez from the Bible, Chronicles 4:10, was very popular for awhile.  It reads,
"And Jabez called on the God of Israel [man], saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!  And God granted him that which he requested."

     The prayer can be broken down to four parts:  1st, Jabez asks God to bless him [recognition of Source].  2nd, He asks God to enlarge his coast [consciousness].  3rd, He prays that God will be with him and stay close [Presence].  4th, He asks that God will keep him from harm so that he will be free from pain [God's protection, security].

    In order to radically change our lives ... we must radically change the way in which we think about ourselves and the life that we are living.  Wanting a new job because we are bored or unhappy with our current job ... is not radical thinking.  Thinking we are successful and accomplished right now ... even in the job that we do not like ... is radical thinking.   And these radical thoughts impressed upon our subconscious ... will move us into the experience of success and accomplishment.

     Many people want to pay off their debts and be debt free ... but this is not radical thinking.  To see ourselves prosperous and affluent while paying our bills ... is radical thinking.  Anyone can think about what they have in their bank accounts ... but the great minds have always thought beyond the evidence presented to them in form.

     Radical thinking is to transcend the current situations, circumstances and conditions of our life ... and think of ourselves free and joyously living the life that we choose for ourselves.  This is more than just transcendent thinking but actively using the power that is inherent within us.  "These things I do and greater things still shall you do" ... the Master Mind Jesus stated.  But the masses of us do not believe this.  We see the success of other people written about in newspapers and magazines and talked about on television talk shows ... but we don't see this great success and affluence for ourselves.  We see greatness for others but fail to find it within ourselves to imagine the same for ourselves.

Radical thinking increases our faith in ourselves and in God ... it takes us beyond all that we have experienced in the past ... and even beyond the dreams that we have failed to materialize.  The Prayer of Jabez is a perfect example that even thousands of years later, our relationship with God remains as personal today as it did in the days of Jabez.  We can use this prayer, with understanding, to super-charges our consciousness to absolute knowing that we can achieve, accomplish, receive ... and experience the Good that awaits our acceptance. 

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love,
Rev. Bates

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