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RevBates.tv Global - The Way to a Wonderful Life Message, September 2, 2012 

         Luke 10:“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages."
          
Matthew 13:12 "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. - The Master Mind Jesus from the Gospels, Holy Bible, Holy Bible


  
     At first glance it might not be so apparent how these two passages in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew foster a more prosperous and wonderful life, yet as we look to the spiritual principles inherent within them we can see that each directs us to just that.  We must realize that G-d, Infinite Spirit, works through a universal Law of Good for all.  No one can benefit at the expense of another.  And because of the action of these two spiritual principles, many people do not succeed and many businesses fail.  Yet, because of the action of these two spiritual principles, many people achieve great success and many businesses prosper abundantly.

      When the Master Mind Jesus stated, "I of mine own self can do nothing, it is the Father that doeth the works," he was speaking of the "dominant" spiritual principle at work in all things.  And in this understanding that when we align our thoughts and activities with this universal spiritual Power, we shall have more, be more and do more than those who don't.  When we align our thoughts "consciously" with these principles we may find that our state of mind, or attitude towards our work or towards those we employ does not "fit" the criteria necessary to be in tune with the principle involved.  This requires not only a mental and emotional adjustment, but a spiritual one as well.


     
"Whenever you are faced with a knotty financial dilemma, you always have a clear choice of how you will deal with it.  If you brood over the letdown, the disappointment in a job, or some complete collapse of a financial involvement, you simply magnify it out of all proportion.  It is like taking a pebble off the beach and holding it close to your eyes.  It may be a small stone, but held close enough it can completely screen your view.  Hold it at a proper viewing distance and it can be examined and properly dealt with.  Drop it at your feet and it can become a part of a stone path.  The Psalmist says, "Thou hast put all things under his [humankind's] feet" (Psalm 8:6 KJV).
       The loss of a job or the failure of some important financial project, held too closely in consciousness, may appear to be the end of everything.  As one man said when he was passed over for promotion to a higher position: "My life is over!  I just can't go on."  And because he allowed this experience to obscure all else, he brooded for months and became so lethargic in his work that he very nearly lost the position he did have.  Fortunately, in time, he came to his senses, realizing that by reason of his immature reaction, he proved his unworthiness for the greater responsibility.  Life did go on.  And later he was picked for a higher post much more suited to his creative abilities.  So it proved to be a growth experience."
- Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics 

     
Our life experiences are always revealing to us a better way, but we don't always have the awareness that this is so.  The one thing that sticks in my mind from the writings of Wallace D. Wattles who wrote the classic 1910 book, "The Science of Getting Rich," is the simplicity of spiritual principles.  Our relationship to Life is one of simplicity, but too often we make it complex and a burden.  It is not.  Life is simple when we maintain the attitude that "Life is good, all the time"  ... and perceive the conditions and experiences that we find ourselves in from this highest truth.  In the spirit of "Life is good, all the time" we must always look first for the good that we can do, and act on it.  In doing this, we will realize a greater good automatically.

      Someone recently told me of an incident that they witnessed that was confusing and a miss-use of the Law of Good.  This person was in a health-care facility that employs many people at low wages.  One of the employees, a young woman; a single mother supporting herself and two small children on a modest increase over minimum-wage.  The young woman is responsible and hard-working even though the job barely pays her enough to sustain her and her family.  One day close to her payday, she found herself short of money and needed $5.00 to buy gas for her car to get to work the next day.  She asked one of her fellow employees if they could loan her the money until she received her paycheck in a few short days.  The fellow employee declined to loan her the money and a supervisor who happened to overhear the conversation had her called into the human resources department and she was reprimanded for seeking a loan from a fellow employee.  However, neither the supervisor nor the human resources person offered her any assistance either from themselves or the company ... only a threat.  The person who told me of this incident said that the young woman was so afraid of losing her job that she burst into tears and this person gave her the money telling her that someday she could "pay it forward" and help someone else.  This telling her to "pay it forward" not only tapped into the spiritual principle of "give and be given to" ... but also, offered this young woman the confidence that she would someday be in a position to have "enough to share and to spare."  And what was the action that was caused by the supervisor and the human resources person? It was a negation of the good both for themselves and the company they worked for.  It is unlikely that neither the supervisor, the human resources person or the company did not have $5.00 to give to this young woman.  I am certain they did.  But, their refusal to give when the opportunity to give was presented to them, will find its objective outcome somewhere within the activity of their lives and the company's bottom line.  This is a simple, yet automatic correspondent of a universal principle; "as you sow, so shall you reap" ... and there are no exceptions in the Law ... none.

      Too often people "who have" fail to realize that their "having" was "caused" by the good that they did, along with the "action of spiritual law" through the activities of not only themselves but all those who were a part of their experience.  This is why they find themselves confronting the negative results of their unconscious awareness of the action of the Law and its universal nature.  Without the action of spiritual law, nothing that we do can bring a fuller, richer advancement into our life experience ... "I, of mine own self can do nothing" Jesus said and this is still the truth for everyone, everywhere.

      Wealth given away for the greater Good, even when it does not impact the individual's personal level of comfort, follows a spiritual principle that even the most hard-nosed vulture capitalist admires at some level of their soul.  As we keep our mind "consciously" on the Good and accept the Law of G-d as the Law of our lives, by our "conscious" awareness and positive action that follow these simple, yet profound spiritual principles taught by the Master Mind Jesus and all the great spiritual teachers from the Bible and beyond, wonderful things shall follow.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates


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