Ties that Bind Me – Untied

Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.”
Philippians 4:6
Is Life Overwhelming? I’ve heard some people say in the past; they don’t want to bother God unless it is a crisis emergency situation. Some have said that God’s help is not to be used for little things.
Sometimes, life can become overwhelming. No matter how much we plan, or how much we prepare for it, sometimes things happen, and we feel out of control. We feel as if we don’t have the power that we had before. Something has happened, but we don’t know exactly what.
We all have at least heard of the story of the giant in “Gulliver’s Travels?” Here was a
person, like us, who was all-powerful. Here was a person who could walk above problems. Here was a person who could seem undefeatable, but the giant’s thoughts were working against him.

 
As you remember, the giant in “Gulliver’s Travels” falls asleep on the beach. While he is sleeping, all these tiny, little people come, put strings over him, and then stake down the strings.  A few strings would be no problem at all. He could easily pull those up, sit up, and go about his way. But these little people worked all night long. Each tiny, little person came up to the giant and placed strings across him.

 
The giant wakes up and finds that he cannot move his arms or legs, and he can not sit up, no matter how hard he tries because he is all tied down.

 
You and I have had the same experience, of being all tied up in the thoughts and worries about momentary as well as other circumstances of our lives.

 
These little people are those little worries, those human thoughts, those little things that scramble around inside of our mind and that seem so uncontrollable. Every time they move across, they take a string with them. Soon we are tied down. Soon we are weak in thought and don’t feel like we can get up again. Soon we think the weight of life is pulling us down.

 
You might say, “God, can I ever stand again? Can I walk tall and free? Can
I ever be all I once was?”

 
You can! You can! With God’s help you can.

 
Sometimes, the things that happen to us can seem so overwhelming. But
whatever they are, you can overcome them! You have the power-because God has the power and the know-how.

 
We have the ability to have a transfusion of thought where we totally change our mind; where we have a fusion (if you will) with a Mind that is greater than our mind, God’s Mind knows how to lift us up and out of our problems. When we are free from selfishness, limitation, greed, fear, anxiety, hatred, and inferior feelings we can stand up to anything.

 
Revelation 21:4-5: “The former things are passed away . . . Behold, I make
all things new. ” [KJV]

 
Who is “I” in that scripture? The “I” is God. Imagine if God came up to you, tapped you on the shoulder, stood right by your side, looked into your eyes, smiled at you and said, “Don’t let the past burden you. Don’t let it tie you down on the beach of life any more. Don’t worry about those waves. The past is no more. It has passed away and you have a brand new life in Me.”

 

 

As I edit this message on Friday afternoon, I am remembering last night and the ceremony we had, putting our worries, our troubles, our fears in that bowl (sometimes many bowls and buckets) and placing them on the altar for God to receive and manage. Well, putting that bowl on the altar was another way to untie those ties that bind us to the beach. But, that is no more. We are free; we do NOT need those bowls or those ties. We only need God!

 
To truly follow Jesus Christ, we have to do this in our prayers, inside
our own thinking.

 
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do
he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” John 14:12

 
Let’s suppose one day you get fed up with being tied on the beach and you say to yourself: “Isn’t this interesting? I’m tied down. I can’t move my arms or legs. I can’t go where I want to go or do what I want to do.”

 
Perhaps you feel tied down in your career. You know in that moment that there is more. You say: “Wait a minute! I can have more. With God’s help, I CAN be a success. I can do what I dream of doing. I don’t just have to play with these thoughts anymore. I CAN do it!” seemingly tied down. Sometime, somewhere, when you dreamed about it, but you went BEYOND the dream.

 
You have to go through this again, and again, and again, to get beyond where you are, to go beyond the imagined potential.

 
If Jesus would have just imagined and daydreamed, He would not have lived up
to his potential and His mission.

 
Paul and I will bought a 35 year old house several months ago. It needs a lot of updating and renovating, but we love it. Do people or we think – “You really think you can update or renovate this?” “Do you have what it takes? Are you really able to do it?” It puts negative thoughts in our minds; there are always people in your life to give you a negative message. They don’t know any better. They are looking just to outer appearances, not knowing about the spiritual help that is available behind the appearances. God is the great “untier” of your life, God is the great “unbinder” of all that has held you down.

 
You can have a Divine indifference to negative messages. You know you can do more because you are not alone. You know you can go beyond-be more, do more – because you have a knowledge of God who is bigger than any appearance that you, and others may have.
Now, to untie, to turn from the negativity, let’s focus on the one word that says it all FAITH!. To be totally immersed, we no longer MAKE TIME for our faith, we now place God first; our faith comes first and we have to make time for all other things. This is a HUGE difference.

 
Previously, we might have said: “Oh, God, I don’t have time to pray today because I’m so busy. I’d feel better if I had time to meditate, but you don’t know the pressure and deadlines I’m under.” How much better it is to allow faith to come first, to pray, and to meditate.

 
When you do this, you are recharging; you are getting ready; you are going apart for a while like Jesus did, and then you are coming back into the world fully powered, super-charged, totally untied and ready to perform miracles. Nothing can stand in the way of the Divine power coming in and through you. You are then FULLY working with God. You are so much of God in action and God’s love in demonstration that people cease sensing you and they sense God. That is the Christ working through you.

 
We have seen, or sensed those in life that manifest this degree. Mother Teresa is an example that comes to mind.

 
Is this a one-time experience? It’s not even a one-time daily experience. It is something we have to constantly decide upon, choose, and do. When we do, we truly follow Jesus, we live up to our potential of all we can do and be.

 
Jesus told us: “Leave your nets.” These are nets of personal involvement.
What do your nets pick up? If you are putting down your nets in your human mind and catching things, your nets are picking up thoughts of people who are telling you that you can’t build your future, you can’t prosper, that says you can’t rebuild the cells in your body with God’s help to produce new wholeness and life. Those nets are tying you down.

 
Jesus said, “Leave your nets – and follow me.” What does that mean? OR as we did in the Spiritual Family Prayer Room Thursday evening, fill up your bowl with all the hurts and pains and negativity and ties that bind you and put them in the bowl and leave them on the altar for God to manage. Then, we left it all there, on the altar, and moved forward in His light.

 
Now, It doesn’t mean to follow Him with just your feet. It means to follow Him with
your head and heart.

 
Walt Whitman said, “I am not contained between my hat and my shoes”, and neither are you.

 

You are much more. Any time you think you are contained, you are like that giant tied down. Any time you sit in a chair and think this is all there is to your life, you are like that giant tied down.

 
If something is going wrong and you’re depressed and you think this is all
there is, you are like that giant tied down. You need to go to God and untie that mind that caused your problems, in order to heal your problems.

 
When you do, the strings just melt away. The burdens are no longer burdens
because you have 1000 times the power. You follow Christ to your potential. Christ already gave Himself for you. Now you can set down your bowl; you can let those ties that bind you on the shore just melt away. You now can move forward toward the Goal!

 
Christ IN YOU-the hope of glory!

 
Let us pray.

 
Dear God, I know that I am more, I can do more, be more, and manifest more
in my life. I agree to follow You, dear God in my spirituality. God, I totally consent to You NOW . Help me to keep my focus single, manifest through my eyes so that I am no longer blind-so I can see beauty everywhere in a new degree, higher, better and deeper than I ever have before. Manifest in my physical body so I can express radiant health. Manifest in my being so wherever I go I will radiate spiritual love from You to everyone without saying a word or making one action.  I give myself totally and completely today. I leave my nets; I let the ties fall away; I leave my bowl on the altar; I follow, and I become.

 
In Jesus Christ’s name we so dedicate ourselves-each one of us-to this
lasting truth. Amen.

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Let Me Be The Channel of Your Peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (KJV)

 

Last Monday, the 19th, was the day we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. , who said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

 

So here is the thought I want to share with you: “End each day with thoughts of peace. Begin each day with thoughts of peace. Continue thinking thoughts of peace throughout your precious day and happiness will be yours.”

 

Can you imagine how many battles and wars have occurred on this earth. It’s difficult to even conceive the number. Our world has changed so much that our boundary lines from one individual place to another get somewhat confused; and it would take a long time to discern it all.  And for one human fighting another human to claim a piece of dirt and be able to claim also one’s own ego, regardless of the harm, is like a disease.

 

The 20th century had with Internet some money wars: World War I was called the war to end all wars. Yet, World War II followed. Then we have to remember the Korean War, the Cuban situation, all the wars in the East, and Granada – I can go on and on.

 

We have to look into that big mirror of humanity and see if the problem doesn’t lie within us. We have to be brave enough to go for the spiritual cure once and for all. We have to think about our planet. We have to think about what is good for all people.

 

Dale Carnegie said, “If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

 

Let me tell you a story about a remarkable lady.

 

 

“Her name was Mrs. DeCosta. She lived in Argentina. Around 1900, if you were to look for a hotbed of violence, it would be along the dividing line between Argentina and Chile. People were getting killed. They were constantly in dispute. They didn’t know what to do, so they called in a mediator. He was King Edward VII of Great Britain. On May 28, 1903, he ended the dispute.

 

But Mrs. DeCosta thought, as we need to think, “Is this going to be the end?” Perhaps as human beings, we need reminders. How soon we forget the horrors of war. How soon we forget the pain of losing a child, or a loved one from the weapons of war.

 

She had all the cannons that were used in the dispute put into the fire, molded and made into a statue of Christ. If you were to look on the pass high up in the Andes Mountains on the borderline between the two countries, you would find the statue of Christ.

 

When she had this erected, she knelt and prayed at the base along with thousands of people from both sides. The Christ statue stands over the great city with outstretched arms pointing to both sides. She said, “May this be a reminder. Every time we think about war or even have a warring thought, may we remember.’”

 

 

What each of us need to do is to “kneel” inside and look up to the Christ who has never had a warring thought against ANY people; and realize that regardless of how we feel in a negative way toward any other person or group of people, we can look toward that peace of God that sheds peace, not war, on both sides.

 

Let’s look at our own self. Peace begins with us individually. If you’re starting to argue or fight your significant other or your children, relative, or friend, then it’s time to take a minute or two to visualize that statue (and it is within us) and realize that there is the greater power who is there with you always, and can be the power that can come through you in a moment and heal any situation and bring it to a peaceful solution – and in ways you cannot even imagine.

 

Dorothy Parker stated, “It’s not the tragedies that kill us. It’s the messes.” Set peace of mind as your anchor, and organize your life around it.

 

Let’s write a sequel to the movie “E.T.”

 

Let’s use our imaginations. You know that E.T. phoned home, the space ship came down, the little men peered out, and E.T. went aboard the spaceship and went up with it.

 

In our movie, let’s say that E.T. came back. This time he brought along a Planetary Commission. This space ship was as big as a school or a church. E.T. and the Planetary Commission orbited the earth several times before deciding to land right in your neighborhood or town. They opened the huge door of the space ship and came out. What do you think the little men would say to us? They would shake their heads and say:

 

“You have divided this planet into 160 separate territorial fragments without rhyme or reason, without geographic, ecological, human or any other type of logic. All the fragments are sovereign. You have armed each one of these fragments to the hilt in order to defend the so-called integrity of the citizens within that fragment.”

 

One extra terrestrial rises and says,

 

“Listen here. I notice that you let two of the biggest parts of this international jigsaw puzzle stock the surface, the inside of the earth, the waters, the seas, the air and tomorrow the heavens, with nuclear devices that have the capability of destroying your world. You have put your best minds to work on war–not on peace.”

 

Another says,

 

“You have spent huge sums of money on each of these territories and almost nothing to safeguard and provide for the needs of the planet as a whole.”

 

One of the elders, a wiser extra terrestrials says directly to you,

 

“And you educate your children to continue this process–to remember that each one of the 160 individual fragments is like an autonomous island.”

 

The extra terrestrials just shake their heads. We ask them to stay for dinner. They say, “No, no. We can’t stay.”

 

We ask “Why not?”

 

They reply, “Well, we’re scared to be here too long. We’re afraid that perhaps you’ll make us part of the war too.” And they take off.

 

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

There is terrorism in France. People killing people over different belief in how to receive the love of God. And it is happening, not just in France but all over the West and moving on.

 

How crazy is that??!

 

Some of our cities are high crime areas, with gangs fighting gangs. There’s a war going on in many communities. Across our border, Mexican police and drug cartels are in full battle. There are wars going on in some individual homes. We have to begin where we are and allow it to spread from there. Peace is what is wanted at the heart of every human.

 

Marcus Aurelius said, “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.”

 

If we can’t make our own area a place of harmony, how can we expect to make this planet a place of harmony? I challenge you today to make your home and your workplace a place of peace. Bring about that love and harmony that we all desire. You have the power. There is not one of you here who does not have God’s love with you, waiting to come through you.

 

Yes, you don’t know how to do it because you have been trying to do it with your human self. You may have been straining and struggling within the human mind to bring about peace in your home situation and you can’t. The human mind can’t do it alone. There has to be a Biblical wisdom from above. You then have the mind that was in Christ Jesus thinking and acting through you.

 

I love where I live – the city, the state, the country, and our wonderful earth. How do I defend this planet with everything inside of me? I do not do it with guns or weapons or putting my mind to work on how to destroy the people across the ocean. I defend my world by placing my hand out to another human being. I defend my world by understanding another, even though their customs or their color might be quite different from mine. I defend my world in this way because it is the only way I can make a lasting difference.

 

“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified Bible)

 

The author George Lamsa said, “Peace is the ultimate objective of all religions. Peace is the only means whereby we can abolish war and create a universal state wherein all men and women of all races, creeds and colors live together and enjoy freedom, prosperity, security and equality.”

 

At their core, all religions DO teach peace; however, there are warring human factions within religions. These people are misguided and certainly do not follow the teachings of the founders. Sadly there are misguided people within every religion, even in the neighborhood corner church where congregation members sometimes choose the non-spiritual way of warring against themselves. A house divided cannot stand. God is love. To worship God we must worship in love. We must love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Everyone in the world is our neighbor.

 

I’d like to share something with you from Micah 4:3. As you read it, you’ll see this hasn’t happened so far. But remember how young this world is and how young we are in this world.

 

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

 

I pray we don’t have to destroy ourselves first, before we can learn this lesson.

 

Isn’t it wonderful that this is in our future? It HAS TO BE in our future. Therefore I say it that way. If we are to remain as a society and a planet, we have to have a time when we no longer teach our children about war or about warring ways. It begins in the home and the business place.

 

Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Are you a peacemaker? Do you make peace? Or do you make war? You can make peace. If every person reading this made peace constantly and took the thought of war, quarreling or anger out of their minds, we would have a changed city, a changed county a changed state, nation, world. People from all over the world would see us as peacemakers. We would begin to change the world.

 

Pope John Paul II once said, “To reach peace, teach peace.” We must begin.

 

Common sense tells us that if the mortal mind is able to invent ways to destroy the world, it must also be capable of devising a world system to prevent its destruction.

 

It is up to us, who live on this planet, to learn the first secret of life. The first secret of life is that we are children of God. The people over there are children of God. We are all in this together. We are not separate. In cooperation, expressing the love of God, the peace in this planet will become a reality.

 

Rev. Donald Curtis, was a minister in Dallas, Texas. He wrote this, “Peace on earth is inevitable because more and more sincere and thinking people are attuned to the understanding that peace can only be found within the human heart, the coming of the Prince of Peace. The Christ is the inevitable need for all humankind.”

 

In What God is Like, author and poet James Dillet Freeman wrote a small piece of poetry that says it all. It says:

 

“Peace must be something more than to just end the war.
It is a discipline you must put on from within.
There is no reign of love that comes down from above.
God’s love must always start in someone’s human heart.”

 

God Bless You!

 

Hanging In There

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

 

 

I want to share a true story I heard about several weeks ago. It’s a little long, but worth the read.

 

 

“This true story took place in Abilene, Kansas. A boy from Abilene had fallen while coming home from school. He skinned his left knee. It was really no more than a scratch. There wasn’t even a rip in his trousers. But by nighttime, his knee started to ache. Being thirteen years of age and the sturdy son of a frontiersman, he ignored it. While ignoring the pain, he knelt in his pajamas and said his prayers. Then he climbed into bed in the room where he and his brothers slept.

 

 

His leg was painful the next morning, but he still didn’t tell anyone. The farm kept the whole family busy. He was up before six in the morning to do his chores before school. And he had to be thorough about them or he would be sent back to do them over again, no matter what he had to miss —including meals. In their household, discipline was fair, but it was stern.

 

 

Well, two mornings later, the leg ached too badly for him to drag himself to the barn. That was Sunday, so he could remain behind while the rest of the family drove into town. He had finished his school homework, so he sat in the family rocker, comparing the three family Bibles. One was in German. It held all the records of the family’s births and deaths. Another was in Greek. That was his father’s proud possession. And, finally, the King James Version was shared by the mother and the sons.

 

 

One night this particular week it would be the boy’s turn to lead the family devotions. He could select his own passages from the Old and New Testaments and he could read them aloud and try to get a discussion going. Sometimes those discussions became exciting.

 

 

But now, the pain blurred his attention. He put aside the scriptures and dozed until his brothers returned from Sunday School. By the time dinner came along, he didn’t feel like going downstairs. All he felt like doing was climbing into bed. His foot was so swollen that his shoe had to be cut off.

 

 

Why in the world hadn’t he told somebody? His mother said, “Go, quick, and fetch the doctor!” His mother bathed the knee and the foot and applied poultices and wiped the boy’s sweating forehead with a moist, cool cloth.

 

 

She was an intense, vital woman. Confronted with this angry infection, her manner remained serene. You see, mom had nursed her brood through accidents and ailments from toothaches to scarlet fever. She had lost one son. But that only made her calmer and more determined when she had to fight for the others.

 

 

Old Doctor Conklin came in and examined the leg. He pursed his lips and said, “It’s not likely that we can save it.”

 

 

The boy sat up stiffly and said, “What does that mean?”

 

 

It means,” explained the doctor gently, “that if things get worse we’re going to have to amputate.”

 

 

“Not me,” stormed the boy. “I won’t have it. I would rather die than have my leg amputated.”

 

 

Well, the longer we wait, the more we’re going to have to cut off,” urged the doctor.

 

 

“Well, you won’t take any off of my leg,” the boy said as his voice broke
with an adolescent crack. His mother turned away as she was quite shaken.
But there was no weakness in the boy’s eyes that defied the doctor’s
reproachful gaze.

 

 

Doctor Conklin stormed out, nodding to the mother to follow him. As he stood in the hallway, explaining to both parents about what could and probably would happen, they could hear the boy calling for his brother.

 
“Ed, come up here Ed, will you?” Well, the brother stomped in and they all heard the sick lad’s voice, high pitched with pain, “If I go out of my head, Ed, don’t let them cut off my leg. Promise me, Ed. Promise.”

 

 

In a moment, Ed came out and stood outside the bedroom door. His arms were folded. It was quite clear that he was standing guard. He looked straight at Doctor Conklin and said, “Nobody is going to saw off that leg.”

 

 

“But Ed,” gasped the doctor, “you’ll be sorry.”

 

 

“Maybe so, doc,” said Ed quietly, “but I gave him my word.”

 

 

Nothing changed that. If Ed had not stood his ground, the father and mother might have yielded. They were not yet convinced that amputation was necessary. They were doubtful. But the steadfast attitude first of the sick boy and then of his brother was incredible. Defiance of parental authority was unheard of in this household. Yet, there was Ed standing at the bedroom door.

 

 

Guess we’ll wait and see how it looks by tonight, huh, doc?” said the father. Well, for two days and two nights, Ed stood guard, sleeping at the threshold. He did not even leave to eat. During this time, the fever mounted and the suffering boy babbled in torment. But the older brother showed no weakening of resolve, even though the discoloration of the swollen leg was creeping toward the pelvis, just as the doctor had predicted.

 

 

Ed remained quite firm because he had given his promise and because he shared the frontiersman’s horror at being less than physically perfect.

 
The parents knew that their son would never forgive an amputation. And Ed’s attitude continued to be decisive while the doctor visited time after time. Once, in a helpless rage, he shouted, “It’s murder. It’s absolute murder!” He told them that nothing but a miracle could save that boy now.

 

 

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV)

 

 

Well, father, mother and thoughtful brother, Ed, shared the same thought. What they needed was a miracle. And as their anxious eyes turned from the doorway, they realized they had forgotten their faith in this process. Now, in this desperate hour, the three went to their knees at the bedside.

 

 

They prayed. They took turns relieving one another with the farm work so they could stay continually in prayer. During the second night, the other four brothers would kneel from time to time and join in the prayers.

 

 

The next morning, when the faithful old doctor stopped by again, his experienced eye saw a sign. The swelling was going down. Doctor Conklin closed his eyes and made a rusty prayer of his own—a prayer of thanksgiving. Then, after the boy dropped into a normal sleep, one member of the family after another knelt by him and kept the prayer vigil.

 

 

It was nightfall again, and the lamps were lighted when the boy opened his eyes. The swelling was way down now. And the discoloration had almost faded. In three weeks, pale and weak, but with eyes clear and voice strong, the boy could stand up.

 

 

And now let me finish the story with the rest of the facts. The boy’s full name was Ike Eisenhower. Ike Eisenhower was again ready to face life. The parents had prayed that their son would be saved for a great purpose.”

 

 

You know, there are particular people with courage and so much resolve, and we may wonder what in the world created that much courage and resolve. Maybe these particular people have been through some kind of night of darkness, a dark night of the soul type experience somewhere in their lives; and during this time, they have been able to keep their trust and faith in God. They have held on regardless of the situation with pure and unbelievable patience.

 

 

Now, think about what would’ve happened if patience had not been part of this story the ending, as you can imagine, would have been very different. There would be a young boy with just one leg; and that boy would not have been able to join the military and serve on the battlefront. He would never have become a famous general and then later the President of the United States of America. God’s patience held on; the patience the family found through prayer was what created that sense of calm, unwavering patience. What if patience didn’t come to play in that story? You know the ending would be quite different.

 

 

The trust we have within us toward God is what creates what we call God’s patience. At that point we are willing to turn to God and know and trust that his answer will come.

 

 

I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, especially in this part of the world that is, “I want it all and I want it now.”

 

 

Why do we have to have it now? Let’s look at that motivation in our lives. Why does everything in our lives demand that we have to have it ALL right now? Because, bottom line, we truly don’t trust God enough to wait. We have to put more faith to work and to know that with God, everything is going to work out well. At that point, we know that we don’t have to have it “all right now.”

 

 

We, often, lack patience in good things, and we lack patience in bad things. Sometimes couples come to ministers, having marital difficulties. And often there just ready to hang it up, to give up. They’re thinking this way because giving up at that moment in time is easier than hanging in there. Hanging on requires patience and trust and vigilance. It just seems easier to give up. And sometimes, quitting your job or closing down your business is easier than holding on. Often people don’t have the patience that is grounded in hope, grounded in faith.

 

 

If they hold on, they are part of the people who make a difference in this world. Everyone you know of, every famous name I could talk about, has held on a little bit longer than the average person has. Why? Because they have faith in something bigger than themselves. You have to have this kind of powerful faith in God in this life. When you are laying there in bed, racked with pain, and the doctor is telling you that he’ll have to cut off your leg or you’re going to die, you have to have faith in something higher than yourself. Maybe the answer is amputation, and maybe it’s not. If you are patient, God will show you the way.

 

 

It could be that you will be guided to realize that the doctor is right. And if you are, that IS the way to proceed. But take time to go to God and ask the important questions. Take time to have that light of God flowing through you. You see, life is an unfolding process. We see people on one side of the spectrum who look at their lives and ask, “Is this all there is?” That’s impatience – impatience with themselves and impatience with God. You have to have the resolve that always knows that tomorrow is going to be better, that always knows that we have a big God who is bigger than ourselves and bigger than our temporary problems. And one step at a time, one phase at a time, we’re going to accept our good that comes to us in the degrees that it comes.

 

 

Someone once said something that is very brilliant. He said, “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.” You’re hoping for something in your life. You are either very patient, waiting for it to come and allowing the seed to grow, or you are just waiting for the moment when you will give up. Imagine the farmer in the fields with his arms crossed, saying, “Gee, I was here yesterday, and the day before, and there is still no stalk of corn.” So he digs up the seed and says, “This is all I’m ever going to have,” and he puts the seed in his mouth.

 

 

For God to work the miracle of the stalk of corn, or for the miracle of turning a relationship around, or for a business to prosper, sometimes it takes some time. We have to be willing for that perfection to come out from God. Now, as God inspires, it also comes out through us. It can’t come out if we’re all tensed up saying, “I want it. I want it NOW. Why isn’t it coming?” It’s like the farmer going out into the field and digging up the seed every five minutes to see if it has grown any. It would to stifle the whole process.

 

 

For something good to come to you, it’s going to have to come through you. And for it to come through you, you have to let go and let God and have all the wondrous activity work inside of your life. Our part in our human mind is to extract all the blessings and benefits that each step of life has for us. It’s not so much the destination of reaching our goal, but enjoying the journey on the way to our goal. We have to develop faith. We have to know that God is with us, working in our lives. We are not alone. We have to develop hope. And we have to develop patience that realizes that God works in perfect time, and that time is spiritual time that is much higher than our earthly time.

 

 

To look up and not down—is faith.

 

 

To look forward and not back—is hope.

 

 

We need to have faith in the presence of God with us every minute and a patience with God. We need to stop being so stiff inside our human will that we don’t let the power of the Divine work miracles.

 

 

1) We have to be patient with God.   2) We have to be patient with ourselves.

 

 

The second is a hard one. We can be patient with God, but we are always wishing to be different. We have to be patient, because God is not finished with any of us yet. You are continually unfolding, ever into a new and better creature. That is the Truth. It’s God’s Truth about everyone you know. Therefore, we have to be patient with others.

 

 

Emerson once said something that I love. He said, “Most of the shadows of this life were caused by standing in our own sunshine.”

 

 

I don’t know about you, but that’s true of my life. Whenever I don’t have light in my life, it’s because I’m standing between God and the light or sign that I want to have.

 

 

“Your mind is like a parachute. It functions only when it’s open.” You have to open your mind and be willing to have new ideas come through. You are not alone at any time. That is the first thing to realize.

 

 

Say to yourself right now as you sit there, “I am not alone. There is something bigger.  There is something I can’t see with my physical eyes, but it’s here and it’s working.  It is bringing to me all good. It never brings bad.”

 

 

You have to trust the light of God to lead you unerringly to your highest good. Then, step by step, through the activities and experiences of life, you are going to move closer to your ultimate goal, which is the full and complete expression of your spiritual nature which is going to make everything in your life sweeter, better, filled with more harmony and filled with more love.

 

 

We just have to be patient and trust.

 

 

God bless you.

Goliath Within Us

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10

 

 

Do you ever find it intriguing how our minds can struggle over situations? This has been going on since the beginning of time. It’s the struggle between the thoughts of God (God – thought) and the thoughts of man (man – thought). If I looked in your eyes and told you that, “You can do anything because you are a child of God,” another thought may come up in your own mind that says, “Yes, I can do some things well, but with some things I’m not that good.” You would not accept my verbal thoughts of you and your abilities. Let’s look at how the Scripture can show us how to think positive thoughts from God.

 

 

Let’s think about the struggle we often have within ourselves, and let’s connect it to Scripture. Let’s look at 1 Samuel 17.

 

 

There were always many spiritual levels to every Bible story. So as we look at the scripture, let’s also consider the spirit, as Jesus says, of the writings. Biblically, this is a story of how one man overcame all odds to become the King. Spiritually this is a story of something that can occur within us.

 

 

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle… And Saul and the men of Israel were fathered, and encamped in the valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.”

 

 

Now, as this concerns us – if we have opposite thoughts and considerations in our minds, the very first thing we need to do is to separate ourselves from them – step back, distance ourselves. If you have a man–thought and a God–thought, separate yourself from the man – thought and look at it very closely. We don’t want any God given creative power to be connected to any man – thought that is erroneous.

 

 

“And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”

 

 

Have you ever wondered what six cubits are? Well it, of course, was a measure back to them between 17 and 22 inches (obviously they weren’t too concerned about accuracy.) If we took an average of that and say it’s twenty inches, multiply that by six and you have a person who is ten feet tall.

 

 

Now, it was a tradition back in those days to teach lessons through exaggeration. It was not considered a lie; it was custom. It was sort of the way a fisherman, when talking about the fish that got away saying it was about half the size of the boat and spreading his arms as wide as he could. And in many stories, especially using numbers, this was used as an analogy. Men back then, in biblical times, were much smaller. So no matter what Goliath’s size was, he towered over the size of the regular man/soldier.

 

 

Have you ever faced a foe who looked ten feet tall? Sometimes the mind exaggerates when we have fear inside of us. When we place something in front of us that we are afraid of, it looks bigger than it really is. This is so true, and we must always remember that as we face our foes in life, especially our spiritual and emotional foes.

 

 

The story goes on to describe Goliath.

 

He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. And he had greaves of bronze upon his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him.”

 

 

Let’s talk about us. First of all, the Philistines inside of us are mistaken thoughts. We all have them. We have enormous flawed beliefs and attitudes that keep us bound in prison in our feeling minds instead of our spiritual consciousness. Goliath is a revealing, conspicuous Philistine giant. He symbolizes strongly entrenched flawed beliefs that have a very noticeable appearance in a person’s life.

 

 

Let me give you an example. Thoughts held in our mind produce after their kind. Let’s imagine that you have an army of thoughts of lack inside of you. Pretty soon, in your life, you’re going to live that and have a giant of lack come in some form that you’re going to have to face. What happens in the mind happens in your body and in your life. You are immersed in those thoughts of negativity – a negative army, and because of that you will soon attract the same to your life. You are going to stand back and wonder what you have done to produce such a negative giant. You are going to have to face this giant because it will not go away. Negative thinking and misguided thoughts never go away on their own.

 

 

“He [Goliath] stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ‘Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul?’”

 

 

Invalid and mistaken beliefs will always be your master and call you a slave. They will always demand that you bow down to them. You have temporarily made them a god.

 

 

“[Goliath said] “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants.”

 

 

If you are able to pick a positive and Divine idea within you, hold to it and allow that to go into the struggle and be the head of your army (of God’s Truth inside of your mind), then the erroneous beliefs will be your servants from then on. You will not have to bow down to them anymore. When the thought comes up inside of you, you will no longer be a slave to it. You will know, without a doubt, that the invalid thought IS NOTHING and has no power. You do have power over your negative thoughts; and with God and his divine ideas and plans within you, you become the victor.

 

 

[Goliath continues, saying] “If I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”

 

 

It’s the old teaching of good and evil, but really it’s good and negative thoughts – the human limiting thoughts versus the abundance of God thoughts. We all have it. We have to go to an imaginary war inside of our minds every time we have a limited thought. We try to rise above the limiting thought that tries to hold us down, and out.

 

 

“And the Philistine said, ‘I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.’ When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.”

 

 

Let’s say you are thinking negative thoughts of lack and the creditors are calling, or you are in ill-health and all doctors are telling you how bad it is. You have a lot to overcome. You have a lot of negative voices inside of you and outside of you and you become dismayed and greatly afraid. The creditor or doctor can say it just once, and then you may play in through your mind a thousand times in a thousand different ways. Then you may listen to these voices. Those are the armies of the other side. You need to win over these armies. God must be the head of all your thoughts, then only positive and forward moving actions occur.

 

 

“Now David was the son of an Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, named Jesse, who had eight sons. In the days of Saul the man was already old and advanced in years. The three eldest sons of Jesse had followed Saul to the battle; and the names of his three sons who went to the battle were Eliab the first born, and next to him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. David was the youngest; the three eldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.”

 

 

“And Jesse said to David his son, ‘Take for your brothers an ephah of loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers; also take these ten cheeses to the commander of their thousand. See how your brothers fare, and bring some token from them.’”

 

 

“Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elan, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose early in the morning and left the sheep with a keeper, and took the provisions, and went, as Jesse had commanded him, and he came to the encampment as the host was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. And Israel and the Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. And David left the things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, and ran to the ranks and greeted his brothers.”

 

 

Can you imagine a young boy, (let’s say thirteen years old), coming up to the army and seeing his brothers with all their armor on ready to go into battle? He leaves the cheese and runs up to join them in battle on the front lines.

 

 

“As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of ranks of the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard him.

 

 

“All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were much afraid. And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and the man who kills him, the king will enrich with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.”

 

 

“And David said to the men who stood by him, ‘What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”

 

 

(If a man was uncircumcised, it meant he still had his humanness on. He was not of God. So when this was said, it was quite a slur back then.)

 

 

“And the people answered him in the same way, ‘So shall it be done to the man who kills him.’”

 

 

“Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, ‘Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart; for you have come down to see the battle.’ And David said, ‘What have I done now? Was it not but a word?’ And he turned away from him toward another, and spoke in the same way; and the people answered him again as before.

 

 

“When the words which David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul; and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.’”

 

 

Our hearts may have failed a lot. When we have faced armies of negative thoughts, many times we have wanted to run up the white flag and surrender because our mind totally accepted invalid belief.

 

 

Now, the Israelites illustrate thoughts and feelings toward the truth of and in God, all that is within our awareness as part of our growth and development of spiritual awareness.

 

 

The Philistines inside of us represent a tremendous combatant idea. Here is this young man who accepts this challenge. He stands up and says he’s not going to take it anymore. It’s the big turning point. This is our love for Truth inspiring us to do something to overcome the manifestation of error, whether it is inside of us or on the outside.

 

 

“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.’ But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant used to keep sheep for his father; and when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth; and if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him and killed him. Your servant has killed both lions and bears; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, seeing that he has defied the armies of the living God.’”

 

 

In order to be faithful on the big things, we have to be faithful on the small things. This is what gives us faith to face a Goliath of a problem in our life. If we have already killed the little stake in beliefs inside of us and cast them out in the name of Jesus Christ, then we have power to go against anything, of any size. It does not faze us because we know that God is always with us. We are standing in front of the army of the living God: Divine ideas, truth, energy, health, abundance. We no longer have to bow down and submit to the enemy army. That’s an important thing to realize and know.

 

 

And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’”

 

 

This was David’s positive affirmative belief. You have your positive affirmative belief. You know you are going to survive this, no matter what you’re facing. Because you have faced the little things, you know you can face this big thing and you are going to be the victor. There is nothing that is going to stand in your way because you are a part/a child of God.

 

 

“And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’ Then Saul clothed David in his armor; he put a helmet of bronze on his head, and clothed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword over his armor, and he tried in vain to go, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, ‘I cannot go with these; for I am not used to them.’ And David put them off.”

 

 

He had so much weight on him that he couldn’t even move. The weight of the armor was so heavy that he just sat there. So, while Goliath had all that armor out there, David stripped off the armor and went into battle defenseless. Love for God was his only defense. You see, we tend to think that we have to have all this protection, a mountain of lawyers and groups of specialists. But I tell you, the greatest defense, the greatest warrior you’ll ever have, is your own belief in God. Just you, and just God. That’s all you need because God will direct you to the human help that you need. It will work every single time.

 

 

“Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in his shepherd’s bag or wallet; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.”

 

 

And the Philistine came on and drew near to David, and his shield-bearer in front of him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and comely in appearance.”

 

 

Goliath looked at David with his human eyes and saw David as just a youth. But David knew that he had the power of God with him. And, true, the power of God is invisible. But you can feel and know God’s power. You have great confidence when God is working through you.

 

 

“The Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.’ Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hand.’”

 

 

In other words, in your life, the Lord saves not with force.

 

 

When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone, and slug it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

 

 

“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine, and killed him; there was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath, and killed him, and cut off his head with it.”

 

 

He cut off Goliath’s head with it. Our invalid thoughts no longer have any power – if we are willing to destroy them.

 

 

“When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.”

 

 

That is the way it is going to be when the armies of God work inside of you. If you have a thousand negative beliefs on the other hill shouting at you telling you that you’re never going to get well or you’re going to always be poor, don’t give it a thought. When you feel you have no purpose or direction or when your ideas are like a stagnant pond, you realize that the armies of God are behind you and you will defeat the enemy.

 

 

You have a great power that stays with you. You aim. You throw your positive prayers. And you overcome. There’s nothing outside of you, or negative thought inside of you, that has any power over you and God. You are a child of God. You are the Victor; your mind has only positive and powerful thoughts.

 

 

Give yourself the wondrous gift of allowing prayer to cover you, protect you, and keep you warm.

 

 

We go to God and we seek peace of mind, freedom from the belief that other persons, external things and circumstances can take our peace away.

 

 

As you rest in God, listen to these words of advice that Saint Theresa, a Christian mystic, had to offer:

 

 

“Let nothing disturb thee, nothing afright thee. All things are passing.
God never changes. Patience endureth, attainth to all things. Who God possesses, then nothing is wanting. Alone, God suffices. Amen

 

 

Repeat this prayer, and rest in the silence of its truth.

 

God Bless you.

All is Well with My Soul

 

 

 

 

“God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

 

 

We are beginning a brand-new year – let’s discuss for a moment whether or not we (our souls/our spirits) are ready. Have you known people who spend their whole lives waiting – waiting to do this, waiting to do that? They think that if they keep working and keep waiting that life will be okay. Or, perhaps, they work their whole lives and wait for retirement, and then they think they will be able to live. Is that a way to live?

 

 

So, let’s talk about the soul – your soul, my soul. The soul is where we really live and where we will always be, each of us in our own space. We have often talked about our body but what about our soul? The soul is really exactly where we are at any given second; that is where we live and where we will always live. Let’s realize before we go on, that we are a soul with the body rather than a body with a soul.

 

 

If you look into the mirror and look at yourself, you are not the face looking back at you in the mirror. You are that which is observing the face in the mirror. That doesn’t show up on any mirror or on any physical measuring device we have on this entire planet. You are not your name, your social security number, or your occupation. You are more. You are eternally light and a child of God. This is your purpose for being here. You are not what you notice; you are the noticer of what you notice.

 
Think about that for a few minutes. Have I confused you yet? That was a bit deep so you might want to reread it and think about it before you go on.

 

 

I pray you give up the belief once and for all that you can never die. Your outer clothing, your body may die, but you will live eternally. The observer/the noticer lives forever. Each second we live is a brand new, unique moment in the universe, a moment that will never be again. We record each of these seconds within our soul. Yes, we will live on and hopefully in our heavenly home.

 

 

What do we teach our kids? Usually we teach them that two and two make four, and Paris is the capital of France. What we need to teach our kids across the entire planet is that each person is a unique creation of God. The kids are unique; they are a marvel. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like them – their legs, their arms, their clever fingers, the way they move.   And those of us who have grandchildren, hopefully are teaching them the very same thing.

 

 

When we look at a group of young people, in a school, in the movie theater, in the mall – we may find a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven, or eventually a future President of the United States in the year 2040, standing right here in front of us today because they literally have the capacity to do anything they choose to do. So do you through the power that exists within you (your spirit, your soul) and that which came from God to you as a child of God.

 

 

John Holt tells a wonderful story about himself learning to play the cello. He says, “Most people would say what I am doing is learning to play the cello. But these words carry into our minds a strange idea that there exist two very different processes: (1) learning to play the cello; and (2) playing the cello. They simply state, I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on learning to play until I have learned to play and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.”

 

 

This is the case with your soul also. You are in a classroom called life. You are here for soul growth (for lack of a better way to put it); soul growth is your purpose. Your life is not going to change dramatically when you are through with some course. You are what you seek to be right now. You are in a progression. Later on it doesn’t change; the world just confers on you what you already are.

 

 

You too, in your life, might be looking at some distant time when you can be a success. Yet everything, even your failures, has added to the growth of your soul. You are living a success in growth right now. Your human soul is intricate, strange, elusive, subtle, full of forces we do not understand, alive with appetites, hopes, fears, dreams. This soul is your instrument; you must learn to play it, if you are to master life. Together let’s journey, and let’s learn to play our soul. And this doesn’t pertain just to the young, it also pertains to the young at heart – all of us, every last one of us regardless of our age because we never stop learning, growing, processing.

 

 

Bennett Cerf relates this story about an old bus bumping along a back road in the South. “In one seat of the bus sat an old man. He was holding a bunch of fresh flowers. Across the aisle from him was a young girl whose eyes came back again and again to the fresh flowers. The time came for the old man to get off the bus. Impulsively he thrust the flowers into the girl’s lap. “I can see,” he said, “you like flowers and I think my wife would like for you to have them. I’ll tell her I gave them to you.” The girl accepted the flowers and then watched the old man get off the bus and walk through the gate of a small cemetery.”

 

 

Question: was it the body of the old man who gave the flowers to the girl, or was it the soul who empowered the old man’s body which did the wonderful deed? You are a three-fold being. You are spirit, soul, and body. These are coexistent. We have talked many times about how God is not confined to a locality. The kingdom of God is everywhere and within you. The Bible states that you are made in the image of God – this refers to your soul. God is the real of your being. It follows that all the powers attributed to God the creator may become operative within you, as you and I are the created ones.

 

 

. Let me stop there and not just allow the words to go past you.  You live right in the presence of God and angels in heaven at all times. If you are going through what seems to be a desert place in your life realize that it is filled with angelic messengers, but like Job, we may just not know it at the time.

 

 

For now we see in the mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

 

 

Spirit is the source of your soul and your body. Hence its ruling power. Its works are so swift and so transcend the limitations of matter, that the natural human cannot comprehend it and hence calls them miracles.

 

 

When I lived in Dallas, I was in a nonprofit organization that worked with the homeless in another organization called Dallas Foundation to help those who sought assistance. Once while I was walking up to the door, I walked past a homeless man who was sitting on the curb. I said hello to him and he said hello to me. Then I thought – all of us feel homeless at some time. We feel as if we are away from God. We feel as if there is a great separation between us and our good and what we are seeking in our life. But this is not true. This was a great teaching that all the workers at the Dallas Foundation focused on teaching the clients who came to them for food and rest. They were never separated away from God. The man sitting on the curb was as connected to God as was anyone else – giver or receiver.

 

 

Sometimes the lessons in our life can be rough. They are taken into our soul and make us “soul sick.”

 

 

In Psalms 19:7 it says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul . . .”
In our beloved 23rd Psalm it says, God “. . . restores my soul. . .” (Ps. 23:3) So it is.

 

 

Your soul belongs to God. You are a child of God. The soul needs to rest. Do you know how your soul finds rest? By turning itself over to Spirit, just as the body finds rest by turning itself over to the soul. The soul inside of you, that part of you which is eternal – your memory, your conscious, your subconscious, your thinking, and your feeling.

 

 

Each one of us is a unique recipe. Like your fingerprint, there is no one else in the world quite like you. Imagine that a glass of water is your soul. It is full of that which you have put into it, memories, and experiences, good and bad, things you have learned from the lessons of life. You have this and then your subconscious mind is like a sponge. It has soaked up everything and holds it in your memory. Sometimes you may wonder why you are not experiencing all you should. Perhaps you are bringing up past experiences of your life. But all of this equates to your soul.

 

 

Your soul is progressive. Every step of the way it must move forward. The soul must meet and overcome its limitations. Unfoldment in you means bringing forth Divine ideas in the soul and bringing these ideas into expression in the body.

 

 

You are a spiritual being and immortal soul on an immortal journey. God is with you every step of the way. When we say you are meant for greatness, it is not just an idle saying from the pulpit. It is the absolute truth. Pray to God to restore, and to revive your soul, it can happen in you. No experience, no matter how bad it has been in your life, can keep you from your onward journey.

 

 

My first car was a convertible – a Studebaker convertible, and an old one. But I loved that car, I waxed it and made it beautiful, almost like brand-new – except inside, the engine, and the front dashboard was a mess. To turn on the heat you had to turn on the radio first – I’m talking a mess, but I loved it. And like that car, we can look good on the outside but on the inside we may be depressed, sad, anxious, fearful – should I go on. The point is that we can revive the inside of the car to make it as beautiful as the outside. We are, I will say again, a child of God. We are that shiny, beautiful, waxed car. And we move forward and grow and become full within our soul.

 

 

The purpose of your life here on earth is to help your soul to grow. When we leave earth, leave our physical body, we will take with us all we have become. If a plant is denied its sustenance, it withers. So your soul withers when you deny it the love and beauty that are its sustenance. If you look at my body, if you look at your body, it is the sum total of the animal world. In its growth it has had to experience life in nearly every type of elemental form. These memories are part of your soul.

 

 

If I were to hold in my hand the egg of an eagle, we might say that inside the egg there is the body of an eagle which is developing. But inside this egg, expressing life when it is cracking out of the egg will be the soul of the eagle. This soul will have God implanted memories. It will have a directional system that knows where to fly and when. It will know how to find food. It will know ahead of time without being taught how to live as an eagle because it has the instinct of the soul of that animal.

 

 

Your soul is always jubilant and lighthearted when it is traveling the road of spiritual progression. You feel giddy and happy inside even when things outside are not going so well. When the soul is lifted up, it becomes positive in body, and the affairs outside of you are always affected by being lifted up also.

 

 

Spiritual inspiration quickens you to the awareness that you are a living soul and not just a human body. Your life is progress. Your life is mastery. Every new spiritual realization makes finer and stronger the beautiful texture of your soul. The soul does not develop by following the rules and regulations of men and women; it only develops through following God.

 

 

In Jeremiah 13:17 it says, “. . . my soul will weep in secret. . .” How many times have you had a smile on your face when you felt unhappy inside? How many times have you gone through something and yet you are not really there because your soul is just tired? It is fatigued through the experiences and lessons it has gone through.

 

 

James 1:2-3, “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces . . .” soul quality.” and

 

 
“Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.” (Jas. 1:21). So get rid of all those anxious and wicked thoughts within yourself, and only allow the word of God to be planted within you – in your conscious and your subconscious mind. That implanted word of God is the truth about you and that truth is unchangeable. Allow yourself to turn to God, and trust the power that can take a seed. and lead it to grow into a gorgeous flower – and that flower can be you, and can save your soul, as it says in James.

 

 

In Matthew 11:28-30 it says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest FOR YOUR SOULS. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” If we look only to the outside world with our five senses to our problems, to the mountains in our life, we can soon become very fatigued in our conscious mind and our subconscious. This is the when God can step in and give us rest.

 

 

One of the most powerful statements in our Bible is in Luke 1:46, “. . . “My soul magnifies the Lord.” I pray that is what you do. I pray you take Spirit and use your subconscious and your conscious mind, your soul to magnify the Lord into all areas of your life.

 

 

Countless times, I have seen the will of the soul overcome the challenges of the outer as well as illness in the physical body. When dire prognoses are spoken, there is something that speaks louder in the soul of those individuals that say “That’s not true; I will overcome.”

 

 

And of course, they do!

 

 

In Hebrews 6:19-20 it states, “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever . . .”

 

 

What is the inner shrine behind the curtain? I have flesh and I have bones and I might think as I look into a mirror this is all there is of me. You may think too that is all there is of you. But I tell you, there is something else behind this curtain that is making this curtain move. It is a place where you can be electrified with God and know God to be absolutely true at every moment.

 

 

As we look at 1 Peter 1:22. We can see how our soul pivots toward God. We might wonder how to actually do it. It can be so simple; try this: close your eyes and turn to God and say, “God, take my conscious mind and my subconscious mind and fill me with the whole Spirit of God, and allow this mind of mine to surrender with humbleness.” Allow yourself to look inside, within. “Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.” (1 Pet. 1:22) Do you know if we were to translate our Bible today in modern language, the word they use for heart means your subconscious mind? Imagine if you purify your subconscious mind; fill it with the pure spirit of God. What is going to happen if you fill a sponge with water? It leaks. Your subconscious mind is like a sponge. It will be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, the whole Spirit of God, continuously.

 

 

 

You have been born anew. Where are you born anew? If you want to be born again, where does it happen? Do I have to find another mother? Do I have to be reborn with a NEW body? Do I have to have new flesh? Or do I have to have a newly enlightened and progressed soul inside of this flesh? If you have a new mind inside of you, the mind that was in Christ Jesus, you are new and everything changes. Your body regenerates after the fact. It is the effect of the cause.

 

 

Continuing the Scripture from 1 Peter “You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.” (I Pet. 1:23) , the moment your mind has been filled, it will last forever. 1 Peter 2:25, “For you were going astray like sheep. . .”   We’ve all done this, gone astray like sheep. I have done this; I have looked so much toward my problems. I have focused only on them. I have said to my problems, “Oh great problem, you are my God. You are my mountain and I am very scared. I shake in your presence.” I have taken in the problem with all my five senses looking out. Believe me, I have been filled, not with the Holy Spirit, but with my problem in my soul. I keep it there for eternity if I choose to, or I seek the truth. “For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.” (1 Pet. 2:25)

 

 

Your soul will constantly be growing and evolving into something greater, and effects in your mind and your body will follow. It is as it should be. You never stop new ideas and concepts in your human mind, or new inventiveness for your human body to move towards because your soul will be ever urging you on to greater unfoldment. Mark 2:22 states, “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

 

 

Our souls crave that which can come only from God. He is the one presence and power in our lives. Wherever we are, we can turn to God in a moment’s notice, regardless of where we are, what we’re doing, or the circumstances of our life.

 

 

May we each turn to God and ask him to fill us with His presence and power, and surrender ourselves and everything in our lives to Him. Let’s center ourselves in God, and then our mind and our hearts/our souls will be at peace.

 

 

All is well with my soul, with my body, and with my world.

 

 

And may this year show great progression within your soul as it follows the path and reaches out to God.

 

 

God bless each of you as you enter into this exciting world of 2015.