“…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Words of Jesus in the Christ: John 14:26 & 27; NKJV).
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11; New King James Bible (NKJV).
“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; NKJV).
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Words of Christ Jesus in John 8: 31 & 32; NKJV).
In the midst of the turmoil of wars that swirl around us today, it is easy to let our peace of mind and sense of safety in God’s divine Presence slip away from our thoughts. The fearful, destructive things that human beings are capable of makes us feel that there is no peaceful place of love and refuge to be had in our present world. But people don’t have the last word concerning anything; God does.
Despite all the evil, inhumane acts of hatred taking place among us, the human race is still capable of rising above the reaction of fear and loathing that tries to overtake us. This temptation to give way to fear tends to make us forget the fact that God is here, too, right where evil is boasting the loudest, and screaming the hardest. And that is all we need to remember; for when our mind is fixed on the divine, loving control over all that exists in God’s harmonious creation, our fears melt away, causing the tides to turn back and give solid evidence of our safety in our ever-lasting Creator’s hands.
In this human experience, fear can deceive us because the invisible Presence of God cannot be perceived with the physical senses of perception. We don’t physically see, hear, touch, taste, or smell God. Therefore, we may erroneously conclude that God does not exist, or just doesn’t care. Nothing material points to God. But it is a great mistake to assume that only materiality constitutes reality. In spiritual fact, matter has nothing to actually do with reality; for all that is real is spiritual in substance, and not material. In death, the spiritual identity survives; but the temporary, physical form disintegrates into dust and vanishes from existence.
Spiritual being survives because God’s children aren’t really trapped in finite, material forms. God is Spirit in substance and cognizance, and Spirit’s children (off-spring) must be spiritual in substance and cognizance, also. Like produces like. Yet, wherever God exists, all the power, presence, and harmony of life exists also, in the Intelligence of this all-inclusive Creator.
Now, it’s true, that in this human experience (where we seem to be cut off from our God-Source) we have many trials and tribulations to overcome. But perhaps this human experience is a school. Maybe it’s a place (and time) where we learn how to live correctly; for one thing is sure: we can’t take wrongful behavior with us into the kingdom of God, or we would pollute and destruct the kingdom.
In the harmony of spiritual living, (when we have fully awakened or ‘learned’ not to be destructive) nothing, and no one, will threaten creation. This, of course, was the main purpose that Jesus died on the cross. He came into the human ‘dream’ experience to awaken us to our higher selves—our own Christ identity (our own spiritual identity). His transition from the finite material man (Jesus) to the ever-lasting spiritual being (the Christ identity) was shown by his resurrection from physical death on the cross. He was showing humanity that death isn’t as lasting as it seems to be.
He once said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (See John 14:6; NKJV). Here he was telling us to follow his example…to do and be as he was teaching us to be…to be God’s true children of Spirit, rather than children of the flesh. To do this we must mentally ‘put on’ the universal Christ identity.
Christ Jesus wanted humanity to change its collective thinking of ourselves by shedding the faulty, finite physical sense of who we are and transform these false identities by awakening us to our own awakened, immortal, spiritual sense, just as he had done. Then we would ascend (rise above materiality) in the same way Jesus ascended after he arose from the dead.
As each one mentally awakens to our real (spiritual) selfhood, our true identity will emerge in thought, outgrowing our false and limited materialistic sense of ourselves. When the last soul has emerged (awakened) into Christly being, the entire, collective dream-state of life in matter will be ended for all time, and our underlying immortality will assert itself, displacing any lingering sense of mortality. “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:54; NKJV).
Therefore, here’s the process and progression of the human saga, as I see it: the material chaos and evil may endure for a time, but the turning will come, individually, when we remember who we really are—God’s own off-spring. In the meantime, when we remember the spiritual fact of God’s ever-present love and control over all, the evil that the carnal mind may do will be quickly turned around into victory and harmony for the sake of all who were victimized by any and all dark destructions of mortal mind.
As we, individually, act out our part in this mental state of materiality, there is solace to know that God is always invisibly present, despite all physical appearances to the contrary. No one need take my word for anything. Within the divine, spiritual consciousness of every child of God, there is an inner-remembrance of ourselves as spiritual beings, rather than finite, material identities.
In fact, within this deeper consciousness lies our innate knowledge and remembrance of God’s entire spiritual creation, and our own place in it. And in this spiritual creation, where we really ‘live, move and have our being,’ there can be no war, anywhere, because universal love for all is the singular principle of divine Love’s (God’s) ever-lasting, spiritual creation, that unlies the deceptive, finite, material scene.
The heavenly (harmonious) realm of the Creator is not a mythical place. It is our true Home. We have forgotten this fact in this temporary finite, material experience and false sense of things. But, although we have forgotten our true, spiritual origins, we really are God’s forever children, still safe and sound in that divine Spirit, we call God. As God’s own off-spring (or children) we do not exist in physical forms, although physical being certainly seems to be our reality. Yet, spiritually speaking, we are not children of the flesh…we just believe ourselves to be. Physical death is not the end of anyone. Our conscious being goes on.
As God’s own children, our true substance is not finite; it is infinite. Spiritually speaking, there is no death, disease, injury, aging or lack of any good thing in God’s spiritual creation, which underlies the physical scene of materiality (which, incidentally, isn’t as perfectly beautiful as Spirit’s realm.) So, we only experience these physical ‘conditions’ as long as we believe in them, individually or collectively.
To find our eternal lives, we do not need to ‘die’ out of matter. Eternal means, ‘without beginning or end’. We don’t really die out of matter because we were never really born into it in the first place. This human identity, based on materiality never really existed, as such. No one ever, really, lived inside a finite form.
The material body substance and form is more like a car we drive that takes us where we want to go, but whose parts can wear out. The material body-form is not our real substance; rather, it serves as a vehicle we use while in the human experience. Spirit is our true, and ever-lasting, substance of body; but the physical form can be destroyed, and reconstituted, as both Jesus and Lazarus demonstrated after physical ‘death’ occurred with them.
So, how are these meta-physical truths relevant to the hatred and wars among our countries and societies? Consider these three facts:
1. Most wars (including so-called religious wars) are the result of a sense of limited resources on the planet such as land, food, fuel, jobs, and any other materially needed things. These perceived limited resources cause fierce competition among both individuals and nations. Wars ensue.
2. When people conclude that any current material conditions cannot be fixed, they fail to realize that new resources can spring up, unexpectantly, in a moment, only waiting upon the right intelligent thought or invention to dawn in thought. (Example: new solar power techniques will probably make oil obsolete in the not too distant future. When it does, that, alone, could change things in the middle east, and thus, the whole world community.)
3. But when the collective consciousness, around the globe, factors in the actual presence, power and Intelligence of God, the Source of all good, whole nations can be saved. Why? Because the infinite Mind isn’t limited to just what is being manifested into physical form by people. This ultimate Mind can bring forth into physical form whatever needful thing, or invention, had not yet physically manifested in the human scene. The unexpected can always occur. For example, God made a shepherd boy, David, a king once; no one expected that. But that boy had the faith to go up against Goliath, when an entire army quaked with fear. That’s because God’s sight can see around corners, and we can’t.
So, the point is that divine Spirit, alone, is the only real creator of any and all rightful things. Physical worlds and forms are manifested from this God-Source. Every person, place and thing in the divine creation is spiritual in its essence, and unlimited in its abilities to manifest, in form, whatever is needed for an individual, or a nation.
To know the inexhaustible ability of divine Spirit (God) is to comprehend the resulting abundance that is available to every single child of the Almighty. God can always bring forth into physical form what currently seems to be missing.
Knowing this, Christ Jesus was able to feed (with solid material food) what had been invisible to five thousand people, just moments before. But until God’s spiritual children begin to understand the importance of belief in our divine Creator and Male/Female Parent, we will not bring forth the riches of God’s kingdom into our earthly experience.
In this human experience where we seem to be on our own, but are not, belief is everything. It is the key that opens the door to the Kingdom of Spirit. Why? Because in this material dream of life in matter, it is our belief in materiality that keeps us in the sleep. When we believe, instead, in God’s presence and loving control over all, it awakens our sleep, ever so slightly, but enough to let the light of reality replace the Adam dream of materiality and an existence apart from God. It is only the collective, mortal consciousness, (the shared, material dream of life in matter) that keeps us in the human experience. When we put on our Christ identity, we awaken to a newness of being. Even a minute of this realization can be enough to handle whatever our Goliath may be.