Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ninth Lesson: You Are United With The Father


Jesus said: “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30). When Jesus said, “The Father and I are one,” He expressed the truth of your unity with the Father. You and the Father are one.

This is not a goal that you can aspire to reach. This is truth.
Unity with the Father is not a special dispensation given to Jesus because He was special. Unity with the Father is a divine truth given to all of us because we are all special.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32, Jesus beautifully illustrated this truth of “Unity with the Father.” The younger brother “went off to the far country.” After cutting himself off from his father, he was feeding hogs for a living. This symbolizes life at its lowest level. I t could mean failure and poverty and illness. It could even mean health and wealth with an accompanying lack of meaning, confusion, and frustrations. After spending or losing all that he had, the younger brother came back. When he came back, the father feasted, robed, bejeweled, and embraced him. The father did not punish him. Like our Father in heaven, he cannot hate his son. When the younger brother realized his Unity with the father, he, once again, shared in his father’s abundance.

The older brother, however, became angry and told his father, “Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders, yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns, who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.” (Luke 15:28-30)

Although the older brother was always home with the father, he did not share in his father’s abundance because he did not realize his Unity with his father. The father told the older brother, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
The older brother, although he stayed with his father, was really the “prodigal son” at heart. Not realizing his unity with the father, he was experiencing “lack” in the midst of his father's wealth. He could have had a fattened calf, a ring, and a robe, if he asked for it.

God, the Father, is always with you and all that is His is yours. Listen to what He says. “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)

All you have to do to share in your Father’s abundance is ask for it. Like the older brother, you are a “prodigal” at heart. Although you are always with the Father and united with the Father, you chose to live in the “far country” by going out from a sense of oneness with the Father.
When are you going to come home and claim your inheritance?

What happens when you lose your sense of oneness with the Father? You cut yourself off from the inheritance of your Father’s abundant Kingdom and you begin to experience lack and illness. Confused, you will try to look for your Father in rituals and superstitions. Frustrated, you will pray in a manner that attempts to coax a miracle from a reluctant Father. Lonely, you will pray in tones that remind the Father that he is, supposed to be, Almighty. You will be urging Him to come and help you “flip the switch” to erase the darkness around you. Like the fish in the ocean that is looking for water and dies of thirst, you will die poor and ill swimming in an ocean of abundance in your Father’s Kingdom. The truth is: “You and the Father are one. Everything that the Father has is yours.”

Say with full candor the following affirmations:
I begin this day realizing that the Father and I are one.
I am heir to God’s abundant Kingdom and I claim my rightful inheritance now, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give me His Kingdom. Amen.

Ever thought why the rich are getting richer? Read the next post.



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Friday, August 11, 2006

Eighth Lesson: Stake Your Claim


You claim your inheritance from God’s abundant Kingdom by letting the will of God happen in your life and by letting God be God in you. It is God’s will that you become wealthy. So, let God. It is God’s will that you become healthy. So, let God. It is God’s will that you become happy. So, let God. Jesus, Himself, says that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom HERE and NOW. The time is not some time later, but NOW. The place is not some place out there, but HERE. The Kingdom is not outside you. Listen to what Jesus says. “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20 NIV)
The Kingdom of God is at hand. The Kingdom of God is here and now.
Many of us will spend our lives looking for God and His Kingdom out there, somewhere out there. Many of us will not find the Kingdom because we are looking for it at all the wrong places. If we continue to do this, we will be like the fish in the ocean that dies of thirst. We will, likewise, die thirsting for God’s blessings not knowing that the water of God’s abundance is all around and inside us.
Make your affirmations many times every day. Affirm the truth that you are a child of God. Affirm the truth that you are heir to God’s abundant Kingdom. Affirm the truth that God made you in His image. Affirm the truth that you are perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect.
Affirm the truth with sincerity. Affirm the truth that it is God’s will that you become rich. Affirm the truth that it is God’s will that you become healthy. Affirm the truth that it is God’s will that you become happy. Affirm the truth that it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom here and now.
Affirming the truth renews your mind and transforms you from being a non-believer to a believer. You are heir to God’s abundant Kingdom. Claim your inheritance now.
These affirmations are exercises that will strengthen your truth muscles. Soon, you will be strong enough to walk with it. Then, you will be strong enough to run with it. Like a child learning how to walk, you will stumble and fall at the start. You may even get a few scrapes on your knees. Just like the child, you will soon learn to walk and then run. Who knows, you may even “grow wings and fly.”
You are a child of God. You are heir to God’s abundant Kingdom. This is the truth that will set you free. Claim your inheritance now.

Affirmations:
1. I am a precious worthy creation of God.
2. I am a creation of God created in his own image.
3. I am perfect as God the Father in heaven is perfect.
4. I am perfect in health. The energy and healing power of God is flowing continuously through every cell of my body.
5. I am heir to God’s abundant Kingdom and I claim my inheritance now.
6. I am perfect and wise. God has given me the wisdom of the past, the present, and the future for my own benefit and enrichment and for the benefit and enrichment of all humankind through me. I am perfect and rich. All of God’s wealth is mine. God has given me the commitment and competence in my work. God has given me the dedication and efficiency in all other wealth-producing activities.
7. I am perfect and peaceful. All of God’s love is in my heart and in every heart of all humankind. I have forgiven and forgotten. I am facing the present and the future with courage and great expectation of all that is good.
8. I am perfect and happy. All of God’s gifts make all of humankind and me happy. I am enjoying to the fullest every exciting moment of my life like a child on Christmas morning.
9. I affirm all of these because they are true.
10. I am who I am. Amen.
I thank you, Lord, for the wisdom, health, wealth, happiness, love, and peace that you have given me and have given the world through me. Amen.

Next posting will tell you that you and the Father are one.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Seventh Lesson: How Affirmation Works


This is how affirmation works. The conscious (earth) mind makes the affirmation. Every affirmation made by the conscious mind will imprint into your subconscious (heaven) mind the truth of the affirmation. Your affirmations become more powerful if you make it with feeling and emotion. Be sure to put pictures into your affirmations. When you affirm health, see yourself doing things if you have perfect health. When you affirm wealth, see yourself doing things if you have perfect wealth. When you affirm happiness, see yourself doing things if you have perfect joy.

The quality of things imprinted in your “heaven” mind will determine your quality of life on earth. If you affirm that you are a child of God, created in His image, and loved with an everlasting love, you will be a loving person. A loving person projects a positive aura and attracts to himself a positive environment.

If you affirm that you are a child of God, perfect as the Father is perfect, you will have a high self-esteem. When you have high self-esteem, you will react positively to the challenges of everyday life.

People with high self-esteem are fun to be with and are more successful in their endeavors. Oftentimes, we say that they have high self-esteem because they are successful. The truth is: they are successful because they have high self-esteem.

If your affirmation clearly imprints in your “heaven” mind that you are perfect and healthy, you will react to things around you in a manner that healthy people do. You will be active, you will eat the right foods, and you will exercise.

If your “heaven” mind has a picture of a healthy you, the “heaven” mind will cause you to do things that will validate the picture of a healthy you.

If your affirmation clearly imprints in your “heaven” mind that you are perfect and rich, you will react to things around you in a manner that rich people do. You will recognize opportunities to make more money. You will recognize opportunities to get a better job.
If your “heaven” mind has a picture of a wealthy you, the “heaven” mind will cause you to do things that will validate the picture of a wealthy you.

The transformation is automatic. The transformation happens as if the whole universe is conspiring to make things happen for you.

Affirmation is a powerful prayer. It is a prayer believing that you will receive. Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

Next posting will tell you how to stake your claim.


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Monday, July 31, 2006

Sixth Lesson: Affirmations For Renewal

Here are some affirmations you can use to start your renewal.

  1. I am a child of God.
  2. I am a child of God created in the image of God.
  3. I am perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect.
  4. I am perfect in health. The healing power of God is flowing through every cell of my body.
  5. I am heir to God’s abundant kingdom and I am claiming my inheritance now.
  6. I am perfect and rich. All of God’s wealth is mine.
  7. I am perfect and peaceful. All of God’s love is in my heart and in every heart of all humanity.
  8. I am perfect and happy. All of God’s gifts make all of humanity and me happy.
  9. I affirm all of these because they are true.
  10. I thank you, Lord, for all these gifts. Amen.


This is the first step in your renewal process. Make these affirmations until they become part of your subconscious. Start by making these affirmations once when you wake up in the morning, as many times as you can during the day, and once before you go to bed at night.

When you are making each affirmation, be sure to say it in a manner that you can hear it. If you don’t want people to say that you are going crazy -- talking to yourself, be sure that you are alone when you do this. There will come a time when you can just “think it” and hear yourself making the affirmation. You can use “affirmation beads” to help you concentrate. But, you may ask: How does affirmation work?

Our next posting will give you an answer to that question.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YOU series


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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fifth Lesson: Truth And Affirmations



Affirmation of truth is the best way to renew your mind.
Following are some of the false beliefs that you must wipe out from your consciousness:

False belief: God will punish me when I am bad.

Truth: God loves me with an everlasting love.

False belief: It is the will of God that I am poor.

Truth: It is the will of God for me to be rich because I am heir to his abundant kingdom.

False belief: I may be suffering now, but I will get reward in the Kingdom of Heaven when I die.

Truth: God’s abundant Kingdom is here and now.

False belief: I was born a miserable sinner with the sin of Adam, unworthy of the love of God.

Truth: I am a child of God, made perfectly as He is perfect, and whom He loves with an everlasting love.

False belief: The Father has not answered my prayers because I have not prayed loud, often, and long enough.

Truth: I shall pray knowing that the Father knows of what I need even before I ask for it.

Truth will wipe out false beliefs the same way that light will wipe out darkness. When you go into a dark room and walk around the room without turning on the light, you will stumble and fall. The truth that will give you the light is “flip the switch.” Yet, you do not flip the switch. Your false belief tells you that if you pray long enough, the god of electricity will have pity on you and flip the switch for you; if you pray loud enough, the god of electricity will hear you and flip the switch for you. Your false belief tells you that if you pray often enough, the god of electricity will come down and flip the switch for you. It is no wonder you are still stumbling and falling.

There is nothing too complicated about the truth. It is so simple: “Flip The Switch.” Don’t wait for God to come down and flip the switch of life for you. Flip the switch. It is so easy. Jesus taught us the simple and easy way. Just do it! Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you . . . For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

He didn’t say, “Come to me, all you who are suffering, suffer some more, work hard, do not rest.” What He said was, “Come, my suffering brother, suffer no more because I am teaching you the easy way to abundant life. My way is the easy way.”

The easy way is to affirm the truth. Things do not become true, however, just because you affirm them. You affirm them because they are true. The way to renew your mind is through affirmations. Renewing is like reprogramming. You take the old program out and put the new program in. You reprogram your mind through the affirmation of truth.

Next posting will show you examples of some affirmations that you can use to start your renewal process.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YOU series


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Fourth Lesson: How To Be Wealthy, Healthy and Happy


You need to be transformed from a non-believer to a believer. You are a non-believer if you believe that God can love you only if you are good and He will punish you if you are bad.

You are a believer, however, if you believe that God loves you with an everlasting love whether you are good or bad. The bad things that happen in your life are not God’s punishment for your sins. These bad things happen every time you refuse to accept God’s everlasting love for you.
Unfortunately, your orthodox Christian upbringing led you to believe that God doles out punishment when you sin. The same culture gave you a picture of a God that doles out punishment as illness, poverty, bad luck, and broken marriages. The same culture has led you to believe that when you die with sin, your punishment will be eternity in a place called Hell. Eternal damnation is a very long time.

Your well-meaning teachers have led you to believe that you deserve this punishment because you have been bad. Now, is that a picture of a loving Father? Is this a picture of a Father whose good pleasure is “to give you the Kingdom?” Is this a picture of a Father who loves you with an everlasting love?

The truth is: you are a beloved child of God and because God loves you with an everlasting love, God gave you all the tools that you can use to achieve prosperity, health, and happiness. What have you done, so far, with these gifts? You have, undoubtedly, continued to refuse to use these tools properly. As a result of your refusal to use these tools properly, you are poor, ill, and unhappy. God has nothing to do with your sufferings. Your sufferings are by-products of your choices.

“... decide today whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15)

God, our Father, has provided us with all the tools for living. In His ministry, Jesus dedicated himself to teaching us the proper way to use these tools for living.

What is incomprehensible is that you still believe that every time you refuse to use the tools properly, God comes down to punish you.

For example: You gave two people a pair of shoes each. You told them to cross a dry river bed that was a hundred meters wide. On the river bed were razor-sharp stones with jagged edges that could cut flesh. One crossed the river bed with his shoes on. The other crossed the river without his shoes on. The person who wore his shoes reached the other side of the river without injury. The one who crossed the river without shoes suffered lacerations and injuries to his feet. When you saw the one who crossed the river without shoes, did you go and punish that person and cause his foot to suffer lacerations and injury? No, you did not. He, himself, caused his own lacerations and injuries. Yet, many of us believe that God is constantly watching us, and with every little mistake that we make, He comes down and punishes us.

If you continue to believe that God is always watching you and making a list of who is naughty or nice, you are a non-believer. To become a believer, you must follow what Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans: Renew your mind.

Nest posting will give you the necessary tools for the renewal of your mind.


GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YOU series


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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Third Lesson: Know That You Are Heir To God's Abundant Kingdom




Where is God’s abundant kingdom? Is it somewhere up there? Teachers of Christian doctrine are telling us of the “coming of the Kingdom” at the second coming of Christ. Sign of this second coming, they say, is the destruction of the present civilization and the ushering of a new heaven. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth ... Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:1, 5)

Since the early times of religious history, men have rationalized the hardships and sufferings of this life by dreaming of a future life where all will be perfect. In other words, we have to accept the sufferings and the inequities of this life hoping for our coming to God’s kingdom in the afterlife. We make reference to this place as the Kingdom of God, Heaven, or Kingdom of Heaven. No matter how we may reference it, however, it is still a kingdom somewhere, sometime in the future, reachable only after we die.

Jesus of Nazareth, however, was quite specific when he talked about the kingdom. He said that the kingdom of Heaven is ‘at hand.’ The phrase “at hand” means “here and now.”

“The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20 NIV)

Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of God is not here or there. The Kingdom of God is within you. The abundant Kingdom of God, of which you are an heir, is within you. Like the prodigal son’s father, God says to you: “... my son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)

The Kingdom of God is inside you. You don’t have to wait until after you die in order to experience the abundance of God’s Kingdom. You can experience the abundance of God’s Kingdom now. Would the Father give it to you? Jesus said: “... your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

God will give you His Kingdom because He is your Father and you are heir to His abundant Kingdom. It is His pleasure to give you the Kingdom NOW. It pleases Him to make you rich, healthy, and happy NOW.

If it is God’s pleasure to give you the Kingdom, why are you poor, sick, and unhappy?

Your answer will be in the next posting: How To Be Wealthy, Healthy, and Happy.

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO YOU series


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