REFLECTIONS on the Our Father -- part 1
I don't think calling God Father is a gender issue anymore . A Father is one who gives origin to, or brings forth into the world. So we are all fathers to our own experience. We are all the creators of our life. Whether you are doing it consciously or not, you are the creator of your life. Our aim is this church is that we do so consciously. That we become consciously aware of the creative process and aware that we can bring forth into our lives the events and conditions that we desire.
God, as Father is the great cause, the cause of all life. There is only one source from which all ideas and all living objects proceed and that is First Cause - God the Father. Jesus, the Great Example used the word Father in referring to the Creative Principle we call God. "It is not I but the Father within that does the work." Father was a word understood by the people as the head of the household. Father stands for the head of our spiritual house or spiritual nature. The creative force, spiritual cause behind all manifestation. E.H. said "The Spirit of God, which we think of as the Heavenly Father, is a Divine Presence." We should honor that Presence every day.
SOURCE of all life in the Universe
Is God really source in your life?
Worried about lack and limitation of ANY Kind – financial, or physical – Antidote is to note God as Source
All is created out of the unlimited Substance of the Universe. If we are blaming anyone or any circumstance – The God in me is the source of my experience. I am source. We are source Anytime you hear the word Because – BE Cause..
Get this deeply and it will change EVERYTHING in your life… Nothing can ever harm you – nothing can ever stop you…your vibration attracts ALL experiences to you…. So it goes on to tell us how to change that vibration…
You cause my whole being to vibrate at the thought of your great love for me. --- change your vibration?
Admittedly, not everyone has favorable father experiences. But all can take comfort today in the remembrance of their Heavenly Father. God loves without condition. There are no strings attached. It is understood in our teaching that God is Love. This means that God never withholds love and could not withhold love, because then God would not be God. Our perception however can cloud our view of reality. God loves everyone of us equally, as well as unconditionally, we need never be jealous or envious of anyone.
Reminds me of a story about a man who had grown up bitter, convinced his father loved his younger brother, but not him. That was an interpretation he had carried with him since he was seven years old - when he saw his father secretly give his brother a silver bar, and he didn't get one. From that moment forward, an icy chill settled in between father and son, and eventually, communication ceased entirely. They hadn't talked to each other in over ten years when the son decided to confront his father about that long ago memory. To his total amazement, he found out the silver bar he remembered so well had been the foil from a stick of chewing gum, and that was the injustice - the perception around which He had built his entire life.
More to follow tomorrow...
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
Stephen R. Covey
Motivation comes from within.
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
Norman Vincent Peale
You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Your Inheritance of Wealth and Riches
Poverty is not the will of God for any believer. Despite this truth, some people have taken a "vow of poverty." Some Christians believe that poverty is part of being holy and righteous. This is far from the truth.
Poverty has nothing to do with godliness. To be poor or impoverished means, "to be without; in lack; deprived." You and I don't serve a God of lack and insufficiency. He's the God of the exceeding and abundant Who wants to lavish you with His goodness (Ephesians 3:20).
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible proves that poverty goes against everything God desires for believers. Poverty is a spirit designed to keep believers in financial bondage. The devil uses this spirit to hinder Christians from prospering and ultimately fulfilling their destiny of being a blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12:2-3).
God favors prosperity. According to Psalm 35:27 and 3 John 2, He is pleased when you prosper in your spirit, soul and body. His desire is that you prosper economically, socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. That's total life prosperity. If you truly want to live holy and righteous before God, renew your mind by studying God's Word concerning true prosperity.
Claim Your Spiritual Birthright
Although God's perfect will is for you to succeed in all aspects of life, let's concentrate on your financial prosperity. Finances are a major dilemma for most people. Debt and insufficiency are common causes for divorce, depression, suicide and murder.
As a believer, you are a member of God's family and have a royal, spiritual birthright (John 1:12; Galatians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 2:9). Romans 8:17 in The Amplified Bible says, "…if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]…." Not only does the universe, earth and everything in them belong to Jesus, they also belong to you as part of your inheritance (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 115:16)!
You were made wealthy and rich before you came into existence. You've been predestined to prosper financially. According to Ephesians 1:4-5, God chose to bless you before the foundation of the world as evidence of the holiness and righteousness made available to you through Jesus' death and resurrection (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As the righteousness of God, your inheritance of wealth and riches is included in the "spiritual blessings" (or spiritual things) the Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 1:5. Based on Psalm 112:3, righteousness, wealth and riches go hand in hand. You have every right to live wealthy and possess material riches-clothes, jewelry, houses, cars and money-in abundance.
The Bible says that wealth is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22, New American Standard). However, it will remain stored up until you claim it. Therefore, claim it NOW! You possess the blessing to seize and command wealth and riches to come to you (Deuteronomy 8:18). Exercise that power by speaking faith-filled words daily and taking practical steps to eradicate debt. Like God, you can speak spiritual blessings into existence (Romans 4:17). Remember, doubt keeps silent, but faith speaks!