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Saturday, December 29, 2007

December 29, 2007 & Lasting Appeal

I rejoice and am grateful for the understanding and awareness that God Is All and God Is Mind; for I know in this awareness, that I meet God in my mind ... and God, Mind, responds to me ... and in this unity, I am aware that whatever is appealing to me, God has brought the idea to me ... and since God, Mind, has brought the idea to my awareness, I can in confidence know, that the thing is mind to have, to do, or to be ... for God and I are One in our desire for me to experience the Good that is appealing to me. I am not wavering in my approach with Truth, for I know that only those things that have a lasting appeal ... and are universal in nature, are God's desires for me. I know that as I accept my Good ... I have the awareness to know that it is Good not only for me ... but Good for so many more. And in this understanding I accept and claim the Good that is mine to share ... for it is absolutely mine ... now. And so it is.

Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates

Friday, December 28, 2007

December 28, 2007 & A Treatment for Healing

TRUTH IS Being. Because Truth is Being, my knowledge of Truth comes through my heart by living it.

I will live the fullness of my understanding today, and I will keep my heart ever open toward the Illimitable Source; for the Truth is infinite. I will meditate daily toward the Perfect Mind of God, that I may be the more often enlightened and transformed by Its Healing Word, that I may declare Its Presence with an understanding heart.

There is nothing whatsoever but the Divine Truth. The Truth is God. The Truth is God in me. The Truth is its own Power to heal, to save, to make whole. The Truth is All-in-All, and there is none else. The wholeness of the Living Truth is mine now. I am free from self-bondage in the Freedom of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit of Truth, which is the Breath of the Love of God. I know that I am the loving and beloved offspring of the Heavenly Father.

I shall be careful for nothing, that I may fully rejoice in the Goodness of Its Word - given to me to give again as a gift of the Light of Its Mercy.

Should any darkness seem to challenge me, I shall not fear; for the brightness of the Light Itself in me is my surety of beholding only God and Its Glory.
- (paraphrased) H. B. Jeffery, The Principles of Healing

Keep the faith!

Rev. Bates

Thursday, December 27, 2007

December 27, 2007 & Using the Power

"We live in Mind and It can return to us only what we think into It. No matter what we do, Law will always obtain. If we are thinking of ourselves as poor and needy, the Mind has no choice but to return what we have thought into It. "It is done unto you as you believe." Thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty are negative and must be counted out of our lives for all time. God has given us a Power and we must us It. We can do no more toward saving the world by proving this law than all that charity has ever given it." ... Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

There is a Power in the Universe and I can use It; for it is the Father's Good pleasure that I do so. This Power has created me in Its image and likeness, to create my life by choosing the Good that I shall experience. This Power has created within me the wisdom to choose that which is for my highest and greatest Good. It is Its will that I do so. And I choose my Good wisely knowing that my greatest Good takes nothing away from anyone else; their freedom, their liberty, or their personal choices. I choose to experience great passion for life and to fulfill the purpose that is mine to fulfill. I choose not to neglect the gift that is within me, my ability to choose and experience the choices that I have made. I know that I accept my Good in Mind, and so there is no confusion or lack of decisiveness. I establish my Good in consciousness knowing that as I do, God is always in agreement with me. There is only God ... only Good, so there is nothing to hinder or obstruct my Good demonstrating spontaneously now. I choose peace of mind, joy in my heart, and happiness with all things that come into my experience. I choose an abundantly prosperous life, with enough to share and to spare, in all things. I choose a sense of well-being, perfect health and faith in myself and in God at all times. I choose to remain faithful and confident that my Good benefits me and all others. All who choose to share in my happiness, my joy, and my abundant prosperity, need only accept it with me. I know this is so. I let it be so. And so it is.

Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007 & There Is One Life

There is only One Life and that Life is God and that Life is my lLife now. I know I am now at the threshold of all good, wisdom and Truth. All the good I can embody is now mine. I have only to open the portals of my soul and accept that which is ready to express through me.

I expect, fully and emphatically, the answer to my prayer today. Right now do I possess this thing I so greatly desire. I remove my fear of lack and negation, for it is the only barrier which stands in the way of my experience of good. I alone can remove it, and I do remove it now.

In this moment my good comes to me, enough and to spare, to give and to share. I can never be exhausted, my good can never be depleted, because that Source from which my good comes is inexhaustible.

Today, in this moment, the Law responds to my thought. My word is one of affirmation, rising from the knowledge that the Good, the Enduring and the True are Eternalities in my experience. I cannot be apart from that which is my good. My good is assured me by God, the Indwelling Essence of my life. - Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

December 25, 2007 & Hope at Christmas

Today Spirit brought to my awareness the spirit of Hope and as I think about all that is happening in the world, I know that "hope springs eternal." I was very touched today to watch the troops on television as they recorded their messages to their families and those they love for the Christmas Holiday. My heart was filled with hope for them ... that they will "move through" this mission that they have been assigned, and return to their loved ones and family safely and sanely. My hope is never in vain, for my Hope is always in God ... knowing that as I trust in this Infinite Power and Presence to reveal harmony and peace ... that the way to the peace that we seek will be revealed. This Power Greater than we are can always be counted on to reveal to us the ideas and awareness to create a better world for you and me. And in this eternal guidance towards peace and love for one another, we can know that nothing is ever lost. No life is ever wasted ... as life never dies ... for Life is God and in God ... eternally. And this is the Hope that springs eternal in my heart and mind this day as I celebrate my Oneness with all the Soldiers and Military personnel all over the globe, and our Oneness with Almighty God, Infinite Spirit ... forever and ever expressing Itself as Life, Spirit, and Truth. My hope is always in Spirit ... and it can never be denied. And so it is.

(photo from Camp Striker, Baghdad)
Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates

Monday, December 24, 2007

December 24, 2007 & Silence

The most effective healing practice we can begin is to get as relaxed as possible and sit in the silence of our mind and mentally dwell on the Presence of God within us. From the scripture we can read, "Be still and know that I am God" ... and as we find God in the silence of our own mind, we will find our peace with our world of affairs:

Within me is peace for I know that the Peace of God indwells me, surrounds me, and permeates all things that concern me. "He perfects that which concerns me" ... and as I accept this as the Truth for me and for God, I feel a deeper sense of peace and a calm assurance that All is well in my life now. I affirm this in the silence of my mind. And so it is.

Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates

Sunday, December 23, 2007

December 23, 2007 & Life in God

Knowing that Life never dies, I recognize that the Life that I am living is God's Life expressing as me. As I accept and know that God lives as me, I realize that God lives as All of Life expressing Itself as infinite individuality. I know that I am not all of God, but I recognize that all that I am, is God. "When you see me, you see the Father" ... the Master Mind Jesus stated. And so I know that when you see me ... you see the love, the light, the beauty, the peace, the harmony and the happiness and joy ... of the Father within me. I accept and know that this is the In-Dwelling Presence of God in all people, as did Jesus. There is nothing in me that denies the Father in anyone ... and so all my relationships are filled with harmony and joy reflecting back to me the peace, harmony and joy within me. My mind is always focused on the Omnipresence of God expressing through those who come into my experience, and I keep uppermost in my mind, at all times, that this is the Truth for everyone. I realize and accept that anything that comes to me of a discordant nature, is merely that fragment of un-truth that is healed spontaneosly as I recognize it for the illusion that it is. I am always happy ... always friendly ... and always cooperative with those who come into my experience to support me in my Good ... even when the appearance may seem to contradict this Truth. I know that the Universe supports me at all times ... and that all things come to me for my Good. And so it is.

Keep the faith!
Rev. Bates