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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (August 21, 2005)      

3rd of a 4-Part Series for August, 2005

        "So to talk to God about sickness and misery and poverty is just foolishness.  It is like trying to convince God of a lie.  You can ignore all these things and simply seek God, in Whom you will find the Truth which is always good."  - Dr. Ernest Holmes, Pray and Prosper

          Never let it be said of money that it is good or bad ... for to say such things is nonsense ... it is neither, only thinking makes it so.  In scripture we are cautioned not to seek money but to seek God ... and the reasoning is perfect ... God is more abundant than any amount of money we can imagine.

         Millions of people buy Lottery tickets thinking that money is going to buy them all that they want ... and this will make them happy ... until, of course, they realize that money cannot buy you peace, love, health and confidence ... it can only buy you things.  And the truth is, money can also diminish our peace, love, health, confidence and happiness ... for many people who receive great amounts of money live in fear that they will lose it or that the people around them are there only because of their money.  People can be very clever when it comes to money and God ... most feel very uncomfortable with praying for money.  Now, I am not referring to people who are struggling with debts or financial challenges ... their desire for money is of a totally different nature ... it is not so much money that they are seeking, but a solution.

       "Thine own is seeking after thee, therefore cease thou from seeking after it" ... this great statement of Truth applies to money just as much as it does to any other thing.  Money has only the power that we give it ... and our seeking after it instills within us a feeling of lack ... and this feeling of lack is the power that keeps us in lack ... it is just that simple.

     "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you" ... this is Principle and it works precisely for everyone who remains steadfast to It.  The kingdom of God is the kingdom of Good ... and "the kingdom of heaven is within you" ... happiness, joy, peace, harmony, love and confidence ... seek to "be" in tune with these things and all things shall be added unto you.  It is this seeking the Good that attracts people and opportunities to us.  When we are happy we can think more clearly ... when we are at peace with our life, we make decisions with clarity rather than from fear or worry ... it is the seeking to embody these things that opens our mind to ideas that prosper us so that we may gain greater confidence as we see the evidence of things in our experience.  But ... for many of us ... we must temporarily look through appearances that seem to be against us ... we must move through debt and unemployment ... and for some of us, strong feelings of helplessness and powerlessness.  But ... look through them and move through them we must ... else we may find ourselves walking through the valley of death ... filled with self-pity.  And I do not mean a physical death ... but a death to hope, trust and faith ... within ourselves ... and for many of us, this can become a long-term experience.

     Am I teaching a Pollyanna philosophy when I state that we are to look through the appearances of the conditions and circumstances in our lives to that which is beyond only in faith?  Absolutely not!  Why?  Because millions of people have practiced this same method ... the practice of the Love of God, or the Good ... rather than the love of money ... and have been prospered more abundantly than they ever could have imagined possible.  And what one man/woman can do ... every man and woman can do ... and that is the Truth.

And So It Is!  

Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Rev. Bates

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