THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE
Today we continue our "Recess from the Recession" theme and conclude what we have been working on for the past two weeks - The Ten Demandments of Abundance! Ten demandments made by the universe (not by me, or Unity of Castro Valley or Unity Worldwide Ministries) that shift, open and move us internally so that we will see and experience a shift, an opening, or movement externally. Ten demandments of the universe, which if met, will cause you to be a catalyst for good in your own life and in the world! An economic good to be precise!
Someone posted on Facebook: "Did you really have a bad day or did you have 10-20 minutes where you let your thoughts run undisciplined which led you to a bad vibe that you let carry you away? C'mon bro... you run this schtuff, pay attention." And getting our minds right is the key!
Bringing the idea of our minds being right back to our theme of Recess from the Recession, Ernest Holmes tells us in his book, Can We Talk to God: "Prosperity is inevitable if a person's mind is right."a So, the question of the morning is: Are you in your right mind?!
Ernest Homes went on to write: "God has given each and every one of us the power to receive the riches of the universe; and that power is our thinking."b
And so, over the past two weeks, we have explored 9 of the 10 Demandments, all of which change our thinking. As you may remember, I simply couldn't squeeze the 10th one into a small amount of time last week, so we saved it for today.
Today's talk is entitled "The Father's Good Pleasure," obviously taken from a verse in Luke 12. "It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."c I've been quoting this month from the Lamsa version, which reads: "Your father is pleased to give you the kingdom."
Do you have your mind right around this concept? That is, do you really believe it is "The Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom?"
Now I understand that your reactions and feelings, and thus your beliefs, around this statement may be affected by your relationships with your human fathers as well as your religious upbringing. If you had a punishing, unloving father or were raised in a religion where God, the Father, was demanding, judgmental and angry, then you most likely bring some emotional, psychological and spiritual baggage to that statement. It doesn't give you a lot of comfort!
So this morning, we are going to look at this concept of God as our Father (and perhaps heal wounds around it) wrapped around the 10th Abundance Demandment - which is . . . .
10. THOU SHALT LOOK TO NO OTHER SOURCE BUT GOD FOR THY SUPPLY
10. Thou shalt look to no other source but God for thy supply.
We'll return to the issue of "God the Father" in a few minutes. First, the idea of looking to no other source but God for our supply.
This doesn't mean we should sit in the corner and "OM" our way through life expecting our supply to drop out of the sky, but it does mean we may need to have a shift in whom or in what we believe is the source of that supply.
The SOURCE is not our jobs, not our investments, not our child support, not the government sending out economic stimulus checks! No, God is the Source and those things (job, investments, etc.) are all avenues/vehicles/channels through which Source works, but they are NOT the Source.
We say this a lot, but do we really believe it? Well it certainly is a fundamental tenet of New Thought thinking. Ernest Holmes says quite succinctly in the Science Of Mind textbook: "The Substance of the Spirit is My Daily Supply."d
Or: ". . . God is the giver and the sustainer of human life and expression. God is all there is. God is Substance and Supply. We must learn to accept this. If it is God's pleasure to give us the Kingdom then it should be our privilege to accept the gift."e
And he writes: ". . . there is only one Substance, out of which everything is made . . cabbages and kings, hands and houses, money and men."f
Or I love this statement where Holmes describes the mysterious nature of God by saying: "This is the great mystery, the limitless wonder of the universe - [God is] that, which out of nothing, can make something. [And] Its nothing is really the Substance of every something."g
So where did Holmes get his ideas about this? Well, we know that he was a student of the world's sacred scriptures, including the Judeo-Christian Bible. He read the Bible as a young boy, he studied it as an adult, and he brought its Truths into the spiritual system he developed. So these statements in the textbook, weren't pulled out of a hat.
Let's look at some Biblical passages I am sure he used as the source of his belief.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."h That pretty much sums it up doesn't it? In the beginning, God created everything! Everything you will ever want, need or desire is already created.
Does this mean that it has already been manifested here in physical form? Does that mean there was harnessed electricity during Adam & Eve's day? Does this mean there were microwaves and televisions and computers in use during Moses' day? (They probably would have got across the desert quicker with Google.) Does that mean we currently have all the means, for example, to get us off dependency on fossil fuel?
No, but what it does mean is that all the spiritual principles (heaven) and all the substance (earth) necessary to manifest these things were, are and always will be in existence.
It is our job to expand our consciousness to be able to demonstrate the principles and utilize the substance - that's where being in our right mind comes in -- but they have always been available, because: "In the beginning, God created heaven and earth."
In Haggai 2:8, we are told that there is only one source of all wealth; and that source is God: "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts."i
So the Bible says that everything has been in existence since the beginning and everything belongs to God, but it goes even further, and in many places tells us that it is God's intention to supply it to us to meet all of our needs. (The Substance of the Spirit is my Daily Supply!)
Aren't we told, in some of the most beautiful words in the Bible, which are found in the 23rd Chapter of Psalms: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head in oil; my cup runneth over."j
Or at Philippians 4:19: "And my God will supply every need of yours . . . "k
Or, 1 Corinthians 2:9: "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."l
Or our theme words of the day from Luke 12:32: "Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."m
Over and over and over again, we are told in the sacred text of the Bible that:
(1) God is the source of it all
(2) everything has existed since the beginning; and
(3) God wants to supply it to us to meet our every need and will just keep pouring it over us!
In order to be truly prosperous, in good economic times or bad, we absolutely must have a shift in consciousness and begin to embody the idea that: There is only one source and substance of our supply and that source is God, the Father!
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father
And so we return to the idea of God as the Father. And when we think of the divine ideal of the term Father, what do we think of - provider, protector, supporter, giver.
But for those who had fathers who were far on the other end of the spectrum from those qualities, having an Infinitely larger version of that in the form of God really isn't very comforting, is it?
Now here's an interesting piece of information . . . In the May 2008 issue of the Science of Mind magazine Rocco Errico, an Aramaic scholar, tells us that when Jesus referred to God as "Father," in the context of his language and time, it was a term of endearment and not necessarily a reference to God in a masculine role.
"Father" simply meant beloved. Errico wrote that among Aramaic and Arabic speaking people, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, called each other "father." One sister will call her sister "Father." A mother will call her son "father." Even a father will call his son by that endearing term.n
So, try this on for size: Fear not, little flock, for it is Your Beloved's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
So let's close our eyes for a moment and just breathe. Let your breathing slow and your mind be at peace. Put your hand over your heart and just imagine breathing in and out of your heart.
Now locate any old idea of God or Father as punishing, angry or judgmental. Let that God or Father be represented in your mind as a cartoon. Imagine what that cartoon character would look like.
Now let that cartoon fade into the background, see it in black and white, no color and let it become very tiny as we release any negative energy around it..
Let's imagine a new God - God the Beloved. Flesh that out in your mind. Give it all the positive characteristics you would imagine your Beloved having. Make all the colors of it very bright and vivid. Feel the positive energy of the Beloved.
Fear not, little flock, for it is Your Beloved's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
"The Substance of the Spirit is My Daily Supply.
I cannot be without my Good.
I can see that the constant stream of Life, flowing to me, brings into my experience all that makes Life happy and worthwhile.
I rest in security, knowing that Infinite Good is within and is expressing through me.
I receive my good."o AMEN
aErnest Holmes Can We Talk to God, p. 11
bErnest Holmes Can We Talk to God, p. 11
dErnest Holmes Science Of Mind, pg. 535
eErnest Holmes Science Of Mind p. 404
fErnest Holmes Science Of Mind p. 235
gErnest Holmes Science Of Mind p. 402
l1 Corinthians 2:9
nMay 2008 Science of Mind magazine Rocco Errico
oErnest Holmes Science Of Mind pg. 535