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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for December 10, 2006 

       "I believe you make your day.  You make your life.  So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself.  I have to accept it and work within those compounds, it's up to me."  - Brad Pitt, Actor

         The basis of the Science of Mind is that we "depend" on Principle, not person, place or thing.  And we soon realize that this Principle is absolute ... and that our prayers and treatments bring us the results of our "faith" in It.  How much we can believe is how much we receive.  It is that simple ... for the Universe cannot give us more than we are willing to accept ... and our acceptance is the measure of our faith.

         Many, many people write to me and ask me to help them have greater faith.  But, it is never greater faith that we need ... what we need is just to recognize where we are placing our faith.  And for so many of us, our faith is badly miss-directed.  Too many of us place our faith in people; those we love, our parents, our political leaders, our employers, our ministers/priests/rabbi ... and on and on.  None of these people can give us anything ... without our accepting it in consciousness.  And there is no god that can make them do it.

         The Master Mind Jesus taught over and over again that we must have faith ... even if it is only the size of a mustard seed.  He taught that God will never fail us ... if we are aligning our ideas, desires and goals with God or the Good.  And I don't mean the blind faith taught by religion ... but the true faith taught by the Radical Jesus and other great metaphysicians ... absolute faith in Principle; God, Infinite Good ... a faith so aligned with-the-Good that the response can oftentimes be spontaneous.

         People have asked me to pray for all manner of things that can result in disappointment.  People have asked me to pray that their boss will give them a promotion or that the loan officer at the bank will give them a loan ... or that any number of people will do what they want them to do.  All of this is in vain ... there is no one to give us anything but God ...  and God is not dependent on the personalities of anyone to give us the Good that we desire.  God does not change anyone's mind ... not the boss' or the loan officer's ... no one's.  It is always our mind that must be changed ... and that change is to give up our faith in the possibility of "not getting" what we want ... to believing that we can have it.

       For so many of us our faith has been blinded by a lack of confidence in ourselves.  Many people will tell me that they believe that God does answer prayer ... but not theirs ... and for many people, this is why they pray that God will work through the boss, the loan officer or whoever ... because they truly do not believe that God can work through them.  And I am here to tell you that this is just not so ... God is not judging us the way in which we judge ourselves or the way in which nonsensical religions judge people.  God is working through our faith ... our faith in the Good or our faith in the negative ... God does not care which it is ... God just gives us back what we have faith in.  If we plant a seed of corn in the ground it will grow and give us more corn than we planted ... it works through Principle, Intelligence.  It does not wait to do this until it has determined if we are worthy and deserving or not ... or whether we have paid our tithes or not ... or whether we have been good boys and girls.  All of that is just so much foolishness!

      A "positive faith" brings with it a positive result.  Whatever we may choose to experience in our life, is ours by right of consciousness ... or the measure of our "positive faith" in the Good.  And our faith will grow and become more and more powerful as we "loose" in our mind anything that creates a dependency or limitation ... for the Absolute cannot be dependent or limited.  A positive faith in unlimited Good will never be denied ... this is Principle ... "it is the Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom" ... the Master Mind Jesus told us over and over again ... and the key to the kingdom is "positive faith."



Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates

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