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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for August 16, 2009 

             "John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my nature, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. -  attributed to the Rabbi Jesus, The Holy Bible KJV

         "We worship Spirit, appreciating the gifts of Spirit, in all its forms - and we let the forms alone.  We don't try to change them; they change themselves by our recognition of Spirit."
- Emma Curtis Hopkins, Unveiling Your Hidden Power

       Last night as I was working in my office, the words, "if I don't go away, the Comforter will not come to you," filled my mind.  At first I didn't think much of it, but the words kept coming back to me again and again.  And as I sat in the silence contemplating why the words came to me, and at the same time realizing that these were the words of the Master Mind Jesus to those who were looking to Him for their guidance and help, it came to my mind that so many of us continue to look outside of us for so many of the things that we desire, because we continue to have a level of uncertainty regarding our relationship with Infinite Spirit.  As I ended my contemplation, the words of Emerson came to my mind, "That which I am to do best, only my Maker can teach me."  And so I continued to sit in the silence and realized that both the Master Mind Jesus and Emerson were telling us the same thing ... look to G-d, Infinite Spirit ... in other words, "do as I do," Jesus was telling the people, and Emerson was merely reinforcing these words.

      "Whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve."  It is the "believe" that most of us must develop to a greater degree.  And, for most of us, we don't realize the level of our "belief" until we are confronted with experiences that appear to test us.  Our first instinct is to attempt to change the things or whatever it is that disturbs us.  But, as we look at the way in which Jesus healed, we realize that He always looked to G-d first, within Himself, and by taking the good result He wanted to achieve into His consciousness, He recognized that Spirit, working through His belief, would respond spontaneously.  He knew that all He must do is recognize the presence of G-d, right where He was.  No one has demonstrated this Principle as definitely and clearly in any other way. This is why consciously recognizing the Presence of G-d in our daily lives is so very important.

       Many of us find it difficult to believe in Something that we cannot see.  We are so accustomed to associating our happiness and our joy with things that are visible.  I was listening to Siva Baba, also known as Wayne Dyer's guru, and he was telling his audience that so many people come to him wanting money.  And I agree that it appears that many people come to spiritual teachers seeking the "loaves and fishes" ... but, on a deeper level, this is not the truth.  If money was all that was being sought, we would go to "money seminars" ... not spiritual seminars.  Receiving money is just a validation that G-d responds to us.  In other words, that the Spirit is working for us, through us.  This is something we all want to believe ... something we all want to experience personally.  And this being true, our lack, is perceived as a lack of G-d's Presence in our lives ... and, although this can never be true, the perception can be chilling, and allows duality to infest our consciousness.

     In the scripture we can read, "pray without ceasing," and this means that we must "live in alignment" with our prayers.  If we pray for prosperity, we must live, in our mind, as though we are already prosperous ... we must speak to this prosperity, know that G-d is prospering us ... and let the words that speak against prosperity, never leave our lips before we stop the thought that brought them to our conscious mind.  Our life must be a testament to our prosperous living.  And know with me now, that your prosperity is G-d made manifest ... because All Is G-d, and All Is Good.  This recognition of the All-ness of G-d as Good, is Principle ... and we must depend on it and it alone.

      The greatest joy we will ever experience, is the joy in knowing that G-d responds to us ... that we are personal to G-d ... and that as we develop within our consciousness the same deep, personal, relationship that Jesus and so many others have had with G-d, we will then experience a joy that no material thing or worldly experience could ever measure up to, including having lots and lots of money.  And why is this so? ... it is because this relationship with G-d is eternal, and at some level of mind, we know this as the Truth.  And we won't ever "know" it consciously in all ways and always ... until we turn to the All-in-All, which is G-d in all things and always.  Have I repeated this enough?

      We have a direct connection to G-d, for G-d is in us, pressing against us, surrounding us, flowing through us ... closer to us than breathing.  Believe this is so, and I mean decide to really believe it is so, for it is the most important thing we will ever "know."  "If I don't go away, the Comforter will not come to you." ... this is what Jesus told me last night ... and He wasn't just speaking about Himself.  


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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