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Weekly Message for Sunday, August 18, 2002 

                                       
   
"Always, He will watch over us and comfort us."  - Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

                    Saturday morning I was discussing the Way To A Wonderful Life with my Associate Producer, G. F. Castrop, and it became increasingly clear to me how very important it is to understand that we have the power within us to do great things.  But so often, even though we know what to do, we just don't do it .. instead, we fall back into the old habitual patterns that prolong or hold us in the problem.  I believe that this happens primarily because most of us have yet to completely embody the realization of God within..... if we "don't go within, we go without."  So, instead of getting "still" and mentally going "within" our very own consciousness to "reveal" the answers or the inspiration to get "in the spirit" of solution, we go deeper into the problem.  There is absolutely nothing outside of us that will ever help us or save us that is not within our very own consciousness.  God does not give us anything that we cannot handle ... not now.....not ever!

              When we close the gap on the separation from Truth in our mind, we begin to reveal a greater truth for ourselves than we have ever imagined.  We have the power to move from depression and despair to hope and inspiration; from loneliness to loving companionship and friendships, from illness to health, from failure to victory... but we must understand that the power is within us.  "He that is within me, is greater than that which is in the world,"... Jesus called this the Father within and in Religious Science we know this is the Spirit that Indwells us ... closer to us than breathing, nearer than hands and feet ....... only in our thoughts, ideas and beliefs can we be separate and apart from our Good.. from God.

             As I recognize that as I move, God moves with me and that all activity is God-activity, then I can call forth from within myself Divine guidance and direction.  God is not just with us when we sit in prayer... but is always Present.  Everything that we do, every action that we take we are acting in Omnipresence.  All Presence.... All-ways Present ..... present in our thoughts of victory and present in our thoughts of defeat .... always waiting for us to choose ... and acting with us on whatever choice we make.  If we choose defeat... we can have it.... if we choose victory ... we can have it.... but the choice is always ours.   But........... we can't choose victory one moment and 5 minutes later entertain thoughts of despair and defeat ..... this is demonstrating confusion or a stand-still in our consciousness.  We must be persistent and consistent in our recognition that God is Omnipresent; that Good is Always Present and available.

            Now.... we go a step further... it is not enough to just see ourselves as victorious, successful, prosperous, healthy and happy.... we must also see beyond the appearances and behaviors of other people and see them in the same way.  Why?  Because, if we accept the possibility of failure, limitation or hopelessness in others in our consciousness we open the door for the possibility to manifest in our own experience.  We must affirm in all that we do, all that we see, that the Spiritual Perfection is the Truth that lies Unseen behind all appearances that are contradictory to the All-Good, All-God...... Omnipresence:

Matthew 7:3 - Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Luke goes a step further:
Luke 6:41 - Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  
Luke 6:42 - Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

             I think this makes my point..... we are always only "seeing what we are believing" regardless of who or what we "see" it in ... and in whatever manner we are seeing and believing we are "doing unto ourselves."  No matter what we see or hear that may appear to be "wrong" let's don't go with it ........ by agreeing with it ... let's agree with the Truth, the Invisible Good ... in every situation, every conversation, every condition and every person that we see .... for this is the Truth that sets us free! 

                          
 And So It Is! 

Living The Way To A Wonderful Life,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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