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October 2013

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"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation." (Psalm 91:14-16; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5 & 6; NKJV).

     Life on Planet Earth varies on a scale from really good to really bad. Sometimes our days are filled with joy, and other times we seem steeped in peril. It is in times of human trials and tribulations that we need something beyond ourselves to rely upon in order to work our way out of the many difficulties that assail us. We need a 'stability balancer' within our own thinking that allows us to be in the world, but not dominated by the world and what's going on around us.

     This is where spirituality, to any degree, can lift us above and beyond what seems to be out of control. For spirituality adds another dimension to existence, bringing us in touch with unseen forces of good that are actually relevant to overcoming our challenges. Yet, even though spiritual teachings abound in this human experience, they do us little good if they do not relate to our troubles and deliver us out of them. Religion must be something more than 'other worldly' or we will not expect our beliefs in God's deliverance from harm to actually bear fruit in this material experience, where physical 'laws' seem to have power over us.

     The numerous bibles of the world all speak of divine, spiritual power as the ultimate power over all other boasts of power. But do we believe that? Only in minor degrees, I think. We have been educated away from anything that defies physics (the erroneous belief that material 'laws' cannot be broken). We have been educated to accept physics as an absolute science, so that we think material laws cannot be reversed or nullified by anything higher. This is the war against spirituality that fights the idea of a spiritual power and the existence of God. This is the carnal 'mind' or mentality that claims all power over mankind. And it is wrong.

     Reality and all the laws of existence are meta-physical, not physical. Despite human beliefs to the contrary, God exists, even if the physical senses cannot perceive this omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Presence. The limited, five physical senses perceive only what can be physically seen, heard, tasted, touched or smelled. The physical senses cannot perceive Spirit, nor the spiritual universe beneath the surface of the material universe of finite form.

     In reality, the physical universe of form is actually thought-projection…we see what we collectively believe, just as surely as we believe what we see. That's because we're all in this same, collective, mental state of belief we call the earthly condition. Believe something long enough and it will take form, for good or bad, in our experience. That's also why Jesus said, "Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee." (Matthew 8: 13; King James Bible Version (KJV).

     Those who believed that Jesus had a power to heal, lost their belief in the disease, and the disease disappeared from their body forms. That's because we manifest what we deep-down believe to be true of us, for good or for bad. Our own consciousness, not outward physical forces, controls our entire human experience. Jesus could heal because he comprehended the spiritual fact that there is no such thing as disease or injury in the spiritual kingdom of God. His spiritual knowledge of this fact cancelled the belief in disease and death, for God's spiritual children are eternally alive and well in Spirit's domain. His spiritual knowledge trumped the worldly beliefs all around him; for we are, in reality, those children of Spirit. We are not, nor has anyone ever been, the children of the flesh.

     It's of the highest importance to realize that there is a spiritual reality, where we 'live, move, and have our being,' (Acts 17:28; KJV) which underlies the physical perception of things. It's important to know this because the outward world of form can change in a heartbeat, where the underlying invisible universe of Spirit, God, never changes from its eternal harmony and good. That's why Christ Jesus and his disciples could heal all the diseases of the people without even knowing the so-called 'cause' of the disease. They knew the truth of spiritual being, which was not touched by physical-seeming cause and effect, or universally believed 'laws'. Their mental knowledge overcame the false mental beliefs of the sick, and the material forms 'healed' (went back to express a normal countenance.)

     Despite the truth of what I'm writing, our collective sense of ourselves is still largely one of finite form, rather than the spiritual being of God's own, everlasting children, who we really are. We don't yet mentally perceive the spiritual universe of God's creation; so, we still fear the physical laws that condemn us to sickness and physical death. In so doing, we don't' realize that we are denying our spiritual status that Christ Jesus tried to reveal to us, as he was healing the masses.

     Thus, we look to our material parents for our protection until we are able to stand and protect ourselves against the attacks of evil and fear we encounter. Many religious people the world over, believe in God, but don't yet perceive that the presence and kingdom of God, Spirit, has never left them. It is invisibly present with us. So, from our earliest childhood days, we search the physical world for protection from human evils, rather than the ever-present, invisible kingdom of our own, loving, divine Parent.

     This was recently driven home to me when watching our little grandson, who is almost two years old, go through an exercise of self-protection. As soon as any stranger enters the house, he runs to his father, climbs into his dad's lap, without invitation, and cocoons himself within his dad's protective arms. This done, and with his back pressed against his dad's chest, this little one looks out at the world as if to defy any possible threat that tries to come his way. His dad is his safety net, and he knows to go there, first, for his protection.

     This performance is really cute to behold and makes everyone smile; for no one is really threatening him. But he stays in his protective cocoon until he determines, for himself, that he is safe from whatever stranger is in the room. Then he gets down from his dad's lap and goes about his play.

     There is no question in anyone's mind that his first line of defense against any possible harm is the protective arms of his father. The rest of the time his mom cuddles him, comforts him and rocks him to sleep; but when strangers walk in, he has identified his dad as his 'protector' against the outside world.

     As adults, however, our world is more complicated. Human protectors aren't that easy to come by. We may protect our little ones, but who protects us from the more complicated situations that fill our daily lives? Who takes care of us when we don't have the strength, way, or means to fix our own problems in this human experience?

     The answer, of course, is the divine Creator of the universe of Spirit…God. Our divine Parent is infinite Spirit, and we are the off-spring of that infinite Spirit. Therefore, we are spiritual in substance, (not material). Our spiritual essence cannot be confined in a finite form, any more than God can be confined in a finite form. Like produces like. All God's creatures are spiritual in substance and ever-lasting life. The universe of Spirit is our home. It is our only home. Our true reality is a spiritual one, although, (in this human experience) we believe it to be a finite material one. Thus, existing within this realm of Spirit, we lack for nothing. Whatever good things we need, we already have in the ever-present kingdom of God. But to prove this, we must mentally SEE (perceive) it.

     Sometimes, when least expecting it, something happens to open our spiritual eyes, and we behold, or simply feel, the presence of the greater reality. But until we fully awaken spiritually from the sleep of life in matter, we have to remember that God, Spirit, cannot be seen as a physical entity, any more than we can see our own soul in a mirror. We just have to know it is there, and all the harmony that goes with it.

     When we are knowing that we're already in the kingdom of God, we begin to comprehend our birthright as children of infinite Spirit. We no longer need to believe that we have been cast away from our heavenly Home. We begin to realize that each of us has an ever-lasting birthright from our true Parent, that includes all good things abundantly; this includes our forever right place in God's family and in God's kingdom, our forever supply of all good, God's eternal purpose for us, and no lack of any kind. We don't have to die to have these things; we already have them…but in this collective dream-state of materiality, we just don't yet believe this fact, so we do not call it forth into the material-seeming realm. To bring it into our human experience, we must know that our good is invisibly present, even before it has taken physical form. Our belief in, (or realization of) God's ever-present good, is the mental door we open to allow the spiritual good to take the material form we need in our human experience.

     So, here is something to ponder at some quiet moment of your time: Realize that every single thing of your true birthright is already with you. You have never lacked a good thing in your entire, real life in Spirit. Read the story of the prodigal son in the Bible. Hear the message from God in that biblical parable of that lost son as given in Luke 15:31 (NKJV): "Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours."

     And then, to experience God's forever loving care in your temporary time in this earthly experience…believe it. Believe in God's loving presence even though you can't see it, in the flesh. For belief is everything in trying to bring forth into material form, all the harmony of the invisible realm of Spirit. This is what Christ Jesus knew and taught to his disciples and followers. And he didn't keep it a secret from the world; for on the subject of the power of belief, it's written that Jesus said, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11: 22-24; (KJV)

     I think the above statement means that we already have every good thing in Spirit that we could ever desire; but belief will bring them into whatever physical forms they must take, to meet our needs in this human experience. As our belief in the invisible kingdom of God grows, we start to trust in our divine Creator's love for all creation. Then, when we're suffering from our next human trial, tribulation, or burden, we won't try to solve it alone; we'll know to go to God, first.

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