"Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it, Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
"…so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' (Acts 17: 27 & 28; NKJV).
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" (Matthew 23:37; NKJV).
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:11; NKJV).
"Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And his servant was healed that same hour". (My underlining). (Matthew 8:13; NKJV).
Throughout the Bible, there are passages that lead us to realize the spiritual facts of life and the power that is hidden within these facts. We often ignore spiritual teachings because we are so bound up in our beliefs about finite, material (physical) existence. We become burdened by all the trials and tribulations that assault us in this human experience, where we seem to be both physical and spiritual creatures—when we are actually the spiritual off-springs of God, alone.
From babyhood, however, we are taught the collective world beliefs concerning material laws of cause and effect because they seem so powerful over our physical sense of ourselves. Thus, material so-called 'law' is universally accepted as our true reality, leaving humanity to ignore, altogether, the great fact that we are the spiritual children (off-spring) of God, divine Spirit, and will never be anything, or anyone, else.
We need only to recognize the way we, as human parents, try to help our children to overcome things that could hurt them in this physical sense of being. Take, for example, the way we nudge our babies to sit up, crawl, and finally stand up alone and walk. How often do we stand, just a few steps out of reach from them, and say things like, "Come on…you can do it…just walk toward mommy and daddy," or "Just get back on that bike and try again…you can do it."
From the day of their birth, we nudge our off-spring to develop those skills that will enable them to survive in this temporary, material sense of reality. Since this is so with our own children, how much more, do you suppose, our divine Parent nudges us to open our spiritual eyes and behold the spiritual reality that exists, just below our false, human sense of perception, in order to smooth our way through this human experience?
These nudges from God are angelic. They come to each of us as a quiet voice from within our own, deeper, consciousness leading us away from discordant situations and toward love, peace, healing and harmony. The presence of these angelic thoughts and intuitions prove to us, again and again, that the infinite Spirit and divine Intelligence we call God has never left us alone to our own devices for one second of our existence. They remind us that God is our only Source of being…forever…no matter where we are, or where we think we are.
God is our real Mother and Father. Divine Spirit is our one and only Source of all the good that is ever-flowing throughout Its loving, everlasting, spiritual creation. We are the spiritual, not material, off-springs of this divine Parent, who includes all the masculine and feminine qualities of existence that we each have within us. Thus, we are not, and never were, the fleshly beings we've believed ourselves to be (the half-identity of a mortal, material, male or female).
As to the male-female part of our physical identity, on that very point, hear what Christ Jesus had to say on the subject: "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:27 & 28; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).
I think this means that when we realize our Sonship and Daughtership to God, we have "put on" the universal Christ identity, just as Jesus (our way-shower) did. This universal Christ identity symbolizes that we are to no longer identify ourselves as children of the flesh. Jesus was the name of the seeming mortal, material man. The Christ is the title he put on, which signifies his (and our own) spiritual Sonship to God, and our kinship to all God's other spiritual children. It doesn't mean we become Jesus; it means we make a transition from the sense of ourselves as fleshly, mortal identities, just as Jesus did, in order to realize our true identities as God's own spiritual (not fleshly) Son's and Daughters.
The infinite Spirit we call, God, is still present and active throughout Its invisible, spiritual creation, of which we are each a part. And just like human parents who nudge their young off-spring to develop the ways and means to survive in an often contrary, material universe, so does our invisible Parent actually nudge us to develop and grow in the perception of spiritual, rather than material, existence.
God's nudgings come to us from within our deeper, spiritual consciousness, because that is our very link to God. It is where we hear the voice of Spirit, guiding us through the turbulent waters of materiality. We cannot prevent these higher intuitions, but we can ignore them. We become quite good at ignoring that inner voice of love and reason. Yet, these spiritual nudgings keep coming, because just as we (as human parents) never really abandon the children we love, neither has God ever abandoned Its spiritual children, however much they don't remember, or perceive, this divine, ever-presence in their lives.
So, through gentle, yet sometimes firm directives, God's nudgings come to each of us in order to awaken us to our true and higher reality of existence—which is safe, sound, and abundant in God's eternal Harmony. These spiritual thoughts and intuitions come forward in our consciousness as new ideas to solve a problem, stop destructive behavior, or just plain remind us that God's loving care is closer to us than we realize. These inner nudgings can be recognized because they always show us the higher, loving, and more intelligent way to solve our human problems. They never prompt us to the 'dark side' of meanness, anger, revenge, crime, or disharmony of any kind.
Still, because these gentle nudgings come from within our deeper, more spiritualized consciousness, they often go unrecognized as the gift they really are. For, once recognized, our own spiritual perception and faith in God's ever-present kingdom with us, delivers us from all the human problems we seek to banish from our daily lives.
Divine nudgings heal everything that seems to be missing in this human experience: abundance, health, peace, joy, and everlasting Life. Why? Because these harmonious things have never left us in the first place. They are just invisible to the five physical senses, until we remember who we really are (God's spiritual children) and where we really are (living and moving in the invisible realm of Spirit, safe and sound forever). Then, when this inner, spiritual light from within our own conscious awareness causes us to actually realize the truth of God's invisibly-active presence in our lives, the physical, outer world of form, or chaos, adjusts back to whatever harmony seemed to be missing in it, just a short time before.
These mental moments of spiritual realization (realizing what is really going on beneath the outer world of discord and form) are the stepping stones to the kingdom of God expressed. This is the kingdom of which Christ Jesus spoke when he said to the Pharisee, "…the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21 NKJV).
It is only within our deeper, spiritual consciousness that we find the kingdom of God. This secret place within us is our very link to the Almighty. This kingdom of which Christ Jesus spoke is still where it always was—hidden from the material sense of existence, but known to our innate, spiritual consciousness to discern, when we seek it.
Our deeper, seemingly sleeping consciousness, knows of God, Spirit's, omnipresence, (everywhere present with us) omniscience, (containing all truth) and omnipotence (possessing all power). When we earnestly seek it, God's spiritual, harmonious realm of truth becomes real to our inner perception, despite the material appearances of things. But once spiritual realization occurs and becomes real to our perception, nothing can stop the outer world of physical form, or destructive circumstances, from changing back into the harmony of God's true creation and our own lives in it.
Here is my most recent case in point:
Since our retirement, my husband and I have been saving, diligently, toward buying a new house. While we still wanted to keep giving to certain charities, our contributions have been quite modest, in order to protect ourselves from the bad economy. But during this last year, (which has been financially hard on so many people) I really wished we had the money to help several individuals whom we knew were struggling with supply, as well as allow ourselves to move into a more suitable home for us.
In praying about it for everyone, I realized that God is the Source of all good to each and every one of His children. I also realized that, although we cannot be the source of God's infinite supply, we can certainly be one of God's channels. So, on two of my regular charities, I increased my personal giving quite a bit, forgetting about the new-house money. My husband also began to let go of withholding from others in need.
It is too lengthy to describe all that began (in 2012) to, unexpectedly, become 'wind falls' of funds that began coming to us—such as an unexpected inheritance, a sale of property we no longer needed, changes in our budgeting we hadn't thought of, etc. By Christmas of 2012, we had given away thousands, and we now have very close to enough to pay cash for our new home (which we haven't even found yet).
If, just a few years ago, someone would have told me that we'd be in this financial condition today, I'm not sure I would have believed them. At times, our in-coming supply seemed super-natural. But I finally realize that it wasn't super-natural. It was divinely natural—and to be a channel for God's abundance, one must let it flow through our hands, not clutch it in a tight fist.
As a child, I had always loved the 23rd Psalm, which begins, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…" I think, now, that I only read those words…I had not fully absorbed them. I had not realized that these words pointed to the ever-present kingdom of God, and our own place, harmony and abundance, in it. But for me, the realization of God's eternal flowing of abundance, joy, peace, and love won't be quite so lost in memory, again.