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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for September 27, 2009 

                      "Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."  You are the way, the truth and the life unto your own happiness, your own abundance.  That which is yours by divine right must come to you by way of your own consciousness.  It is already within you awaiting your recognition. ... How do you recognize this?  How do you bring it into your experience?  By looking at your thoughts and your feelings.  You cannot demonstrate the opposite of what you think and feel.  If you feel you are a pauper, you will not draw abundance to you.  Life will respond in like manner to your thoughts and feelings. ... If, on the other hand, you begin to feel that you are rich in ideas, rich in love, rich in creativity, rich in expression, beautiful good will begin to manifest in your life."  -  Dr. Frank E. Richelieu, The Art Of Being Yourself
         In the Bible we can read:  "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," and because these words are open to interpretation, they mean different things to different people.  For some, it means that G-d will supply all our needs without any effort on our part.  But, in metaphysics we understand that "Lord" means the "Law of our mind," and so we know that whatever comes to us, must come through our consciousness, as Dr. Richelieu states in the opening paragraph of  this message.

The Divine Mind inspires us, but It does not choose for us.  Nor can G-d give us something that we cannot accept for ourselves.  We have free will to accept our good or to negate our good.  What we receive is always up to us.  Along with our thoughts we have feelings, and sometimes our most positive thoughts are negated by our feelings.  This is why we use affirmative prayer and affirmations to maintain a state of mind that is positive and filled with the expectancy of good.  What we "feed" our mind, becomes part of our consciousness.  But, we must not make the mistake of making our affirmative prayers and affirmations mechanical, as our feeling nature will not respond.  We must not only believe what we say, we must feel the truth of our words for them to be effective in uplifting our state of mind.  Our mind must always be open to the circulation of ideas that come to us from the Divine Mind, otherwise our words become stale and without feeling.

     "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," provides us with an affirmation, if understood, that can establish within our consciousness a positive outcome to almost every condition we find ourselves in.  We can look at this statement in different ways to convince our mind of the outcome or result that we choose to experience.  Knowing that the "Lord" is the Law or the contract with Life that we have established within, we can expect to realize that which we have established.  We know what this Law is, because we know what we have focused our attention on or what we have contemplated within our mind.  When we focus our attention and contemplations on the good result, then we can have confidence that "I shall not want."  The Law will not leave us wanting, but instead will fulfill Itself in our experience.

Whenever we have moments where we feel jealous, resentful, frightened, angry or depressed, we are allowing limitation to negate our good.  Whenever feelings of limitation fill our mind, we are separating ourselves from the Infinite and infinite good.  The greater purpose in working with affirmative prayer and affirmations is to remind us of who we really are and to know that there is Something Greater than we are, always with us, working for us, as us and through us.

      To emphasize our ability to establish, "I shall not want," in our consciousness as our own Law of Mind, let us look at these words written by Dr. Ernest Holmes:  "Have we had the faith to bless that which perhaps seemed so very small, and expect it to become multiplied in our experience to such an extent that it would not only bless us but also bless everyone around us?  We cannot but believe that as Jesus broke the bread and blessed it, in his own mind he saw it multiplied and growing and flowing out to those around him.  This is an example we should follow - to bless what we have, know it flows from a limitless source, and that we merely use and distribute it.  There is always more.  The limitless resources of Spirit are at our command.  We have as much to use as we know how to take; but the taking is a thing of thought, of will, of imagination.  It is a thing of interior awareness, in that place where the mind has unified with the living Spirit."

And so we know why we can say, "I shall not want," because the Spirit is giving, providing, becoming, and flowing to us, all that is necessary for us to cease from wanting and instead, to wait on the Lord ... that is our Law of Mind that we have established in our consciousness, to reveal Itself in our experiences.  As Dr. Frank Richelieu explains, "we cannot demonstrate the opposite of what we think and feel."


Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates

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