we continue to focus on "prosperity" for the month of
August, 2014, I know that as we take a look at different ideas from
different teachers who understood and demonstrated the Principle of
Prosperity, we shall find our own way or the right idea, that will
give us an avenue in which to realize a more prosperous and joy-filled
am going to begin this week's message on prosperity with these words
from Joel Goldsmith's book, "Invisible Supply": "...
principle of supply is that in our oneness with God, we already have
all that the Father has because "I and the Father are one and all
that the Father has is mine." If we individually are experiencing
a lack, it is not because of any actual lack. It is because of our
inability to make contact with our supply.
my writings you have seen the reminder that throughout the Great
Depression there was no lack in this country. If anything, there was a
greater abundance than ever before. Certainly there was a greater
abundance of crops, of fish in the oceans, birds in the air, lumber in
the forests, grains in warehouses, in barns, and in fields and
gardens. This great abundance was not only omnipresent in God; it was
actually omnipresent in storehouses and warehouses, in barns and in
fields. There was no lack! If any of us suffered from a lack or
insufficiency, it was not because there was an actual condition of
lack. It was because we were not in tune with the source of supply; we
did not have access to the infinite supply."
It takes little time or effort to find evidence of the truth that Joel
Goldsmith is referring to. There is a great abundance at hand
all around us no matter where we may be. How we see our self in
relationship to this abundance will always determine how much of it is
available for our own personal use. And for the majority of us,
this relationship is established in great part by our relationship
with G-d, Infinite Spirit. There is no happiness that is greater
than the realization that we have "connected" with G-d and
through this connection we have created through our consciousness the
answer to a our prayers.
is from the wisdom of Mary Baker Eddy titled:
Supply - "It must be remembered that what
Jesus did is within the reach of anyone who attains the same degree of
spiritual understanding. In feeding the multitude, walking on the
water, healing the sick, and raising the dead he was proving the
allness of Spirit. That spiritual law is the law of annihilation to
the false beliefs opposed to Spirit, as manifested through human
consciousness. He established the fact of one consciousness, the
consciousness of Spirit. In this consciousness there is no scarcity,
no object or thing through which it can operate, and no law to support
or sustain a claim of scarcity. He established the fact that the
belief about gravitation could not operate as a law to prevent him
from being where he ought to be. He proved the omnipresence of
infinite Life. He proved that individual life could not be destroyed,
because it is the manifestation of everlasting Life, God.
When his disciples would send the
multitude away because of their belief in the scarcity of food he took
what they had; fed the five thousand to the extent of their needs, and
gathered up the remnants, even more than the original supply at hand.
You must understand, just as
Jesus did, that this material world and the material body are beliefs.
Mind, Spirit, which is God, is the only substance and the only supply;
and that this supply is infinite and omnipresent.
The idea of God as
infinite, omnipresent supply appeals to you because it is your
instinctive desire, as His idea, to have and to possess it. You
seek God and you find man: because man is idea, reflecting
Mind. You would not find man by seeking man; and so while your
instinctive desire for supply is natural, you cannot find supply by
seeking it in matter. You must get supply by seeking God - Spirit; as
you find God - Spirit - you have substance - supply. It has no
relationship to materiality and cannot be associated with it in any
way, because supply is idea. As used in Christian Science, idea is not
the idea of or about something. It is the fact. God, Mind, expresses
His infinite Being in ideas. Ideas are imperishable, tangible,
present, real. Even from a human standpoint, ideas are everywhere, all
of the time. To illustrate: two times two is four where you are now.
You make a long journey to
. You do not have to send two times two is four there for your use
upon arrival. It is there now before you start, and it will be there
upon your return.
The divine fact is that
supply is idea in divine Mind; it is infinite, imperishable, tangible,
real, present. It is where you, God's child, are all the time. You
have it now, but you must claim it. Your understanding and application
of that divine fact operates as an immutable law upon the human sense
of mind and body, and fear, doubt, anxiety lest your supply become
limited and exhausted will abate. You are demonstrating supply. You
are proving that "Science reverses the false testimony of the
physical senses, and by this reversal mortals arrive at the
fundamental facts of being." (Science and Health, p. 120)
Perhaps I am a simple minded person but I really appreciated the
illustration that Mary Baker Eddy used regarding the principle of
supply and the immutable and universally available principle of
mathematics. It is through reasoning in our mind that we arrive
at an acceptance of a higher truth. Even the primitive people of
ancient times realized that we must use the Intelligence of G-d within
our mind to reason ourselves out of every dilemma back to the truth
that with G-d we are free to accept, to believe and to receive the
good desires of our hearts.
For a short while the
ancient "Prayer of Jabez" was very popular. But like
so many things in our modern culture, time becomes the enemy to so
many and they have ceased to use this amazing statement of principle
to condition their mind for the larger and the greater experience of
life. Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh
that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand
might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it
might not bring me pain!” And
God granted what he asked. (I Chronicles 4:10) We each have a
prayer within us of a similar nature. Why? Because as Mary
Baker Eddy stated so absolutely, The
idea of God as infinite, omnipresent supply appeals to you because it
is your instinctive desire, as His idea, to have and to possess
... and we each can connect with this invisible supply with faith and
persistence ... we can because others have ... and what one can do,
all can do.
SO IT IS!
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