Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Face to Face With God

Thy Spirit strengthens both my soul and my body, and I rest in the peace of wholeness and health. Every anxious thought is stilled. Thy mighty confidence and Thy peace infold me. Omnipresent Spirit substance fills my mind, and abundance is everywhere manifest

Many of those who are familiar with the idea of the omnipresence of God address Him in terms that imply His absence. Instead of talking directly to God, who is always right in our midst, we talk about Him. We are apt to say, “God strengthens both my soul and my body” instead of “Thy Spirit strengthens both my soul and my body.”

Our words betray our dominant state of mind, although the logic of Truth may belie this. We see logical that there cannot be any separation in spirit between the Creator and the Created, but the created has the power to think of itself as separate from its source, and this thought makes a mental vacuum in which there is a total absence of spiritual attributes.

The human family on this planet has set up this sort of a mental void, and unless we train our mind to think the truth, we find ourselves talking to God as if He were in the next room or in some faraway heaven in the skies.

No one save Jesus has fully bridged this gulf of separation, and we are excusable if we at times lapse into old consciousness of absence from the
Father. Jesus gives us the right cue when He affirms, “It is the spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and are life.”

“For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave He to the Son also to have life in himself.’’

We find that we must train our minds in trust, look persistently and continuously to
God for all things, and rest in the assurance that what we ask and affirm in Spirit will surely come to pass. Jesus had such supreme confidence and faith in the Father as the source of health and prosperity that His name has become synonym and open door for the manifestation of those things.

He said that whatever we ask of the Father in His name would be granted. Many persons get a very definite mental uplift and consciousness of Spirit by repeating audibly and silently the name of Jesus Christ. But the name does not represent the real character of the person unless it is known to us through our acquaintance with the person himself. Unless you have read about Jesus and tried to realise His love, wisdom, and supermind power, you have no conception of the meaning of His name. Paul urged that we let Christ be formed in us. That means that through the study of the life of Jesus and the discipline he gave His mind we shall put into our mind the same ideas that He had. These ideas will form in our mind a new kind of man, which is God’s man.

When you turn your attention to Spirit your mind makes contact with a realm of ideas very much above the level of your common thinking; and when you strike this mental stratosphere you are tremendously lifted up. Then you make your statements of Truth and whatever you decree comes to pass. Job’s friend Eliphaz said to him:

“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace; Thereby good shall come unto thee…
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways”

Teach us to pray; Face to Face with God, by Charles Fillmore, (1941);

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