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Weekly Message for Sunday, November 10, 2002

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." -                  Martin Luther King, Jr.   
              The indispensable first step to getting the things you want in this
life is this: Decide what you want. - Ben Stein

Everything that we are to accomplish begins with a decision.  As we can note from the statements above from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ben Stein not only must we make decisions, we must move in the direction of the decision.  The Universe cannot respond to maybe or wishful thinking ..... it demands of us that we make a decision.  Effective prayer must affirm a decision that we have made.  Without a decision, prayer is no more effective in creating change in our life than repeating a rhyme.  

                If we are experiencing something other than what we want ... we must look at our commitment to the decisions we have made and examine our thoughts and beliefs to determine if they are in alignment with our decisions.  Indecisiveness can become habitual and often we are not even consciously aware of the words, thoughts, beliefs and actions that are contrary to our decisions.  A definite decision does not contain "what ifs" or "detours" but a definite action toward the goal.  If we find ourselves not knowing how to act ... then we must pray for clarity and be willing to spend time in the Silence to receive Divine Guidance and Divine Inspiration.  A simple affirmation of, "I know what I need to know when I need to know it" can work wonders to clear indecisiveness and confusion from our consciousness.

                 Often after a decision is made "old stuff" will enter our consciousness to create worry and anxiety.  This worry and anxiety can come in the form of "excuses" and "blame" and these must be corrected in our consciousness.  Dr. Raymond Charles Barker, one of the greats of Religious Science and metaphysics, stated that what we sometimes have to do is "mind surgery."  We must perform surgery on every thought and belief that is resident in our consciousness .... cutting them out .... until they are eliminated and our mind is focused and centered on solutions and progress.  Metaphysics promises growth and expansion but as the Master Mind Jesus stated, "we cannot pour new wine into old wine skins."

                    If we are looking for transformation in our lives ...... then we must be willing to "give up" who we are ... in order to be who we want to be.  A poverty consciousness will never demonstrate prosperity ..... prosperity will only manifest in our experience after we have eliminated thoughts and beliefs that hold us in poverty.  We must always maintain authority and dominion over our thoughts and beliefs ....... otherwise the Infinite cannot do Its Perfect Work .... once again I go to a statement from the Radical Rabbi Jesus .... "the Father works ... and I work."  In other words God can only do for us .. what God can do through us.  There is no other way ... our "free will" to continue our miseries and reject the Infinite Good is a powerful force that blocks our Good even from the Almighty Love of God.

                     As we take the first step in the direction of our decision we begin to step out of the image of who we don't want to be and what we don't want to have in our experiences .... out into the Infinite possibilities that is awaiting us.

 And So It Is! 
Letting Love Use Me In Its Own Good Way,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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