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Sunday Message for November 8, 2015

CROSSING THE RED SEA AND GATHERING MANNA

There is more than enough in the Land of Milk and Honey. Our theme for this month is inspired by the classic Catherine Ponder book, The Millionaire Mosesa. And if you remember from last Sunday, we sourced the origins of the term "Land of Milk and Honey" from the book of Exodus. It is the promise God made to Moses from the Burning Bush regarding the Israelites who were enslaved in Egypt. It reads: "And the Lord said I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I have come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land and to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey."b

Each week this month, we are revealing and exploring the metaphysical code contained in the exodus experience of Moses and the Israelites. We are exploring the consciousness that is required to live in our own personal land of milk and honey. Because it is first about consciousness, right?!! The Land of Milk and Honey really isn't a place to get to or conditions to experience, but rather, it is a state of mind or consciousness. And, when we come from that consciousness, the Land appears in our lives.

I am very excited this month to be delving into the prosperity secrets of Moses and unveiling the mysteries Moses knew for creating that consciousness that are just as applicable for us here in 2015 as they were 3,500 years ago. Not only are they applicable now, they are vital right now! Because we are at a time in the evolution of humankind where we need to "fish or cut bait" about our prosperity consciousness! Yes?

As I said last week, it is time we finally mastered this one, so we can get on to more important things.
* Like expressing the brilliance of God that we are.
* Like sharing our gifts.
* Like having a hand in making this a world that works for everyone.

Those things are a heck of a lot easier to do when we have an abundant flow of financial resources in our lives. Right? Good, I'm glad you agree.

So we are spending 4 weeks looking at some ancient codes and practices to master this prosperity consciousness thing!

Today we are going to look at the consciousness lessons contained in two "miracles" that occurred in the third 40-year period in Moses' life, 40 symbolizing "all the time it takes for transformation."

Last week, we learned that Moses had three such periods of transformation.
* The first 40 years were spent in Egypt as the son of the Pharaoh where two important things happened - what were they?
First, he became accustomed to opulence;
Second, he learned the great secret of manifesting, which is? "Substance is the key to all abundance"
* The second 40 years were spent in the Midian Desert, where he connected with - for the first time - the God of his being and listened to his inner voice. It is where we get the lesson of the Great I Am; and
* The final 40 years in the Wilderness where he demonstrated and taught all he had learned despite challenges, obstacles, and setbacks.

If you weren't here last week and want more, jump on line to listen to it!

Today, we will focus on some of the prosperity lessons learned in the Wilderness period, the final period, the famous period!

MIRACLES

Right at the outset of their move from bondage and slavery to freedom and abundance, the Israelites needed two seemingly impossible things to occur - they needed two miracles. These two miracles will be our context for today.

First, when Pharaoh changed his mind about letting them go and sent his army after them, they met a huge obstacle in their attempt to get away - what was it? Of course, a vast body of water called the Red Sea. Yipes!

The Israelites' options were to walk into the sea and surely drown or stay and surely be killed by the Egyptians. That was the first miracle they needed.

Second, assuming that the first miracle actually occurred and they escaped the Egyptians, now what? They would need to have enough food and water to sustain them on their journey for who knew how long.

Now listen to this . . . According to calculations made by the U.S. Army's Quartermaster General (who apparently doesn't have enough to do), Moses would have needed 1,500 tons of food each day to feed the Israelites. Just think about this . . . to bring that much food in each day, it would have taken two freight trains, each at least a mile long. Of course, there were no freight trains at that time, so that couldn't have happened!

Now, what about the water? If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would have taken 11 million gallons each day and a freight train, which didn't exist, with tank cars 1,800 miles long to bring it.

Clearly, in the physical realm, it was impossible to escape from the Egyptians, and it was equally impossible to have enough sustenance to sustain them if they did. Yet, they did escape from the Egyptians, and they did have plenty of food and water for a journey that turned out to be much, much longer than anyone thought!

Let's look at what these two miracles have to teach us about building our "Land of Milk and Honey" consciousness. I want to take them in reverse order:

* First, Gathering Manna; then Crossing the Red Sea

MANNA

1. Gathering Manna

Catherine Ponder in her book Millionaire Moses defines the word "manna" as: . . . any needed sustenance that seems miraculously supplied

And she writes: "Any time you have a challenge in your life, especially in a financial form, you need to know how to meet that need by gathering manna. When you learn how to, your need is often supplied in as miraculous a way as were the needs of the Hebrews during this Wilderness experience."c

She suggests a number of ways we can put ourselves in the position to gather our manna. We will look at three.

a. First, Gather Your Manna by Speaking Forth Definite, Rich Words of Supply, Even (Especially) in the Face of Apparent Lack

Ponder writes: "One of the quickest ways to gather your manna is by calling on Divine Substance through repeated prosperity decrees spoken aloud. This stirs up the wealth of the Universe and causes it to be manifested for you in the appropriate form."d

Remember our conversation last Sunday about the definition of "Substance" according to Wallace Wattles in his book, The Science of Getting Rich. He writes: "Everything we see on earth is made from one original substance, out of which all things proceed. New things are constantly being made and older ones are dissolving, but all are made out of one thing. There is no limit to this formless substance. The spaces in, through and between the forms of the visible universe are permeated and filled with this original substance, the raw material of all things. Ten thousand times as much as has been made might still be made, and we still would not have exhausted the supply of universal raw material. The formless substance is alive and is always impelled toward more life."e

So, what is "Substance?" Substance is God - Universal Energy, Source, whatever you want to call it - before taking form, as form and in ever-changing forms!! And we form "substance" through our consciousness!

There is nothing new about the practice of speaking affirmations of Truth. For centuries people have mystically gathered manna by dwelling upon thoughts of "substance."

Moses spent the first 40 years of his life learning this secret teaching in Egypt. Then, he spent another 40 years mediating upon it in the Midian Desert. Then, during his last 40 years, he proved it for himself and his followers.

So, don't worry if you don't have IMMEDIATE results from your words - it took Moses 80 years! But as you work these principles, it can happen much quicker than that.

If it doesn't, it may be because we speak our Definite, Rich Words of Supply through affirmations and/or affirmative prayer for a few minutes a day and then we spend the rest of the day negating them!

I love this passage from SOM founder Ernest Holmes in Love and Law: "We cannot make affirmations for fifteen minutes and spend the other twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes denying the thing we have affirmed and affirming the thing we have denied and obtain the results we seek. We send out the word and it sets in motion the power, but if we begin to think the opposite thing, it neutralizes the word and destroys any possibility of its effect."f

If we really stick with it, miracles do occur!

b. Gather Your Manna by Using Something Close at Hand to Meet Your Needs.

I've said it this way: Do all you can with what you have where you are. This morning I want to rearrange it a bit and add an addendum to it: Do all you can where you are with what you have - and you always have more than you know!

So often we don't gather our good because we don't realize the resources (internal and external) that we already, already have! But it is when we start using what we already have (and we always have more than we know), then our needs get met!

Catherine Ponder suggests we begin by saying: "Divine Substance, show me how to gather my manna. Lead me to the abundance at hand. Show me how to use it, and how to multiply it."g

You may want a different job, so give your FULL self to the one you have.

You may want to be a philanthropist, so starting giving in small ways.

c. Gather Your Manna by Doing Something Fearless

Our third idea for gathering manna is by doing something fearless, which takes us directly to crossing the Red Sea, which is also our second miracle point this morning. So this practice is doing double duty!

CROSSING THE RED SEA

2. Crossing Your Red Sea

I've heard it said that: When you are only willing to do what is easy, life will be hard; but when you are willing to do what is hard, life will get easy.

And what are the hardest things we have to do? Those things we fear!

When Jehovah (the God within - Moses' inner guidance system with which he connected in his second 40 year period) . . . when Jehovah told Moses he was to go to Pharaoh and demand freedom for the Hebrews, Moses was what? Afraid!

He had an excuse, a pretty darn good excuse, "I have an impediment; I'm not a good speaker." What are our excuses but our fears disguised as reasons?

But God is always, always, always with us to help us move through those fears! This is symbolized by God sending Moses' brother, Aaron, to help. "Aaron" stands for strength. It took great strength for Moses to appear repeatedly before Pharaoh asking for freedom, especially when his requests were not being granted.

But by having to do what he feared a number of times by speaking words of freedom over and over (our first way to gather your manna), Moses gained the inner strength he would need later - not only to get the Hebrews out of bondage, but to keep them out!

When you do something you are afraid of, you gain inner strength! When you are afraid, yet do something anyway, you break through an invisible wall that has kept you small and weak - and perhaps broke!

Here's something really, really important for you to know. Nothing happened - the Red Sea did not part - the miracle did not happen - until the Hebrews did something fearless. What was it? They had to walk into the sea. Nothing happened as they stood merely looking at it from a distance waiting for it to part, and thinking that when it did, then they would go through it to dry land.

No, at Moses' command, they went forward right into to UNPARTED sea - and it is ONLY then that it parted. They did the fearless thing and then the sea parted. Do you get that?!

When challenges confront you, don't run from them; don't try to avoid them, don't get all excited about them - or as I like to say in a very unministerial-like way - don't get your panties in a bunch! Simply face them and move forward.

The prosperity lesson here is that challenge will divide and will open up for you. You will pass through it, divinely protected, to your new good.

CONCLUSION

Perhaps you are trying to cross a Red Sea of financial difficulties right now. Perhaps you are in need of gathering manna. If so, do this fearless act. Are you ready? Are you ready?? Good, then get a mental image/idea of the challenge. Now face it square in the face and say: You do not scare me!

Then stretch forth your great rod of power by saying (eyes closed, hands on heart): Divine Substance is the one and only reality. Divine Substance is doing its bountiful work here and now. I use what I have to multiply my good. . . Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.
Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.
Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.


With eyes still closed and hands still over your hearts, breathe in the energy of faith right now. Breathe in the energy of Divine Substance, God in the great unformed, right here right now. Feel it. Bring it completely into the very beingness of your heart.

And in this moment, once again, get a picture of whatever financial situation you may be facing right now that has frightened you and say powerfully but softly: You don't scare me!

And repeat after me again powerfully but softly:
Divine Substance is the one and only reality. Divine Substance is doing its bountiful work here and now. I use what I have to multiply my good.
Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.
Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.
Knowing this I have fearless faith that every need is now met.. And so it is.



aCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses
bExodus 3:7-8
cCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 71
dCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 71
eWallace Wattles The Science of Getting Rich
fErnest Holmes Love and Law (p. 9.4-5)
gCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses p. 80



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