YOUR SECRET WEAPONS FOR PROSPERITY
This month, we are delving into the prosperity secrets of Moses, one of the wealthiest men of the Bible using Catherine Ponder's classic book The Millionaire Moses as our reference.a I am loving the feedback I have been receiving from you in the ways you are using these concepts. It's really exciting!
Today's talk is entitled "Your Secret Weapons for Prosperity," and the title as well as our concepts today come straight out of Chapter 5.
There are three of them and they are symbolized in two incidents in Moses' life during the 40 years in the wilderness. One incident occurred early in the wilderness period; the other occurred much later. Are you ready to jump right in? Good. Let's go!
Let me set up the circumstances for our first two Secret Weapons for Prosperity that Moses can teach us. Soon after getting out of Egypt, after facing their fear and crossing the Red Sea, and after entering the wilderness, the Hebrews faced another problem. A pretty big problem. They were attacked by a desert tribe known as the Amaleks.
The word "Amalek" means "warlike" or "dwellers in the valley." The Amaleks were plunderers. For us, they are our problems, our challenges, the experiences in our lives that don't go the way we want them to go. They are those experiences that plunder our emotions, so to speak, bringing about frustration, disappointment, discouragement, even depression. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Moses' experience with the Amaleks gives us our first two secret weapons for Prosperity.
YOUR FIRST SECRET WEAPON
1. Your First Secret Weapon - Know the Meaning of Your Amaleks
This first secret weapon is a deep metaphysical teaching and one that I hope this morning we ALL get! It is really, really important! So are you ready to hear it? Lean forward in your seat, cup your hands over your ears!
The first step toward overcoming them, winning the war against the Amaleks, is to realize that there is nothing negative about having to overcome problems or to meet challenges in life.
Let me say that again, because it is huge! there is nothing negative about having to overcome problems or to meet challenges in life.
You can begin to overcome your Amaleks when you realize that there are two kinds:
First: There are the challenges that, frankly, are brought on by your own negative thoughts, words and actions. We've spent a good deal of time the last two weeks exploring the importance of your words - Remember your I AM rod of power? I Am words pointed upward bring about blessings, I Am words pointed toward the ground bring about plagues. If you are facing your Amaleks because of what you are thinking and saying and how you are behaving, look to what Charles Fillmore said in Unity Bible Lessons "We deceive ourselves when we imagine that we can think thoughts or speak words without getting definite results in mind, body and affairs."b
So if you are experiencing Amaleks because of the way your thinking, speaking, or acting is misaligned with your good, you know what to do and I will offer you words of council from the great guru Nike: Just do it!!!
Second: Here's the exciting one. There are also the Amaleks that result not from negative thinking, words or actions but from the mere necessity for growth.
As you take up prosperous attitudes, you may encounter "growth problems," but they are not problems at all, though their guise is impressive. They are times of soul expansion into the light of increased understanding and use of one's own God-given power.
In our evolution, turbulence is a natural progression. Attitudes must be dismantled before they can be fitted back together in a greater pattern. As we spiral up into a higher order, we have a period of peace before the mixer whizzes through again.
There will always be periods of chaos in life. The rickety walls of old structures are being torn down, and lots of dust flies up into the air. You're expanding out of your comfort zone.
One of the founders of New Thought, Emma Curtis Hopkins, called it "chemicalization." A chemical reaction takes place in your life, such as when you pour a baking soda solution on a corroded car battery terminal.
The baking soda reacts with the corrosion, foaming as it neutralizes and eliminates the unwanted compound. Some of your beliefs have outlived their usefulness, just as the corrosion has. The old ideas are being wrested away from you as you're forced to transcend them.
Chemicalization is a natural part of the process of expansion and growth in consciousness. It is the change that literally takes place in your thoughts and feelings, which is then reflected in your body and affairs.
Catherine Ponder, in her book The Dynamic Law of Healing writes (p. 202): "When people have lived for years in wrong thought, they have molded these negative notions into their bodies and affairs. Now they have begun to do an about-face, thinking in terms of love, praise, forgiveness, release. Such reversed thoughts are a big dose for their system to take, and so there is a clash between their old and new ways of thinking - this sets up a chemical reaction in the mind, body and affairs. At such times, the good thing to remember is that one positive thought is more powerful than a thousand, rowdy negative thoughts; the old way of thinking is on its way out, no matter how much noise it makes in the process. It has to go! But having been in control for so long it doesn't give up without a fight. Even while it is flaring up for the last time, you can know that it is actually unconditionally surrendering and will soon be gone completely. Meanwhile, there seems to be a lot of excitement as it takes its last stand. Chemicalization sounds like a negative process but is actually a very positive and natural one."c
So knowing this, you can embrace the obstacle as something that is clearing the part for what you really truly want! This knowledge is your first secret weapon.
YOUR SECOND SECRET WEAPON
2. Your Second Secret Weapon -- Aaron and Hur
When Moses learned that the Amaleks were planning to attack, he sent Joshua and his men out to meet them. Moses stood on a hill and held out his arms. As long as Moses' arms were out, the Hebrews were winning. When Moses' hands were down, the Hebrews began to lose.
Moses took Aaron and Hur to the hilltop with him. When Moses tired of holding up his arms, Aaron and Hur held them up for him. They helped him keep his arms raised and Joshua and his men defeated the Amaleks.
Aaron, symbolizing "strength," and Hur, symbolizing "affirmation." The hands of Moses symbolize for us the strength and power of our mind. When the mind is uplifted, we overcome. When the mind is downcast, we are inclined to lose life's challenges.
You may tire of your challenges, your Amaleks, but remember, just like Moses, you have Hur, or the power of positive words, to help you. And you have Aaron, the power of strength, to uplift you! You can call upon your Aaron and Hur at any time to help hold you up until you overcome.
Like Moses, you never have to hold up your thinking alone. For goodness sakes, that is why WE are here! To be your Hur - to be your Aaron. That is what our Prayer Chaplain does for you. That is what we do every Sunday morning. That is what our classes do. That is what you can do for each other!
So your second secret weapon to defeat your Amaleks is, first, to use your internal strength and power through affirmative words and thoughts and, second, remember you don't have to go it alone! Your spiritual community is here to help you hold your arms up when you get tired!
YOUR THIRD SECRET WEAPON
3. Your Third Secret Weapon - Speak Your Divinely Inspired Words of Power to Your Amaleks
This third secret weapon comes from another period later in the time of Moses in the wilderness. But before we talk about it, we must back track a bit.
Early in their wilderness wanderings, the Hebrews were without water and Moses did what he did every time there was a need - he went to the Source! He turned to God. He always asked for specific guidance, Jehovah always gave it and Moses followed it.
Two important questions here for you. First, who remembers what Jehovah symbolizes specifically? The God within. Yes, so it's the inner voice. Inner guidance. Intuition. Knowing. Second, what did God instruct Moses to do? Strike the rock. This is important to remember -- Moses was instructed to take an outer action. That is what served him and the Israelites at that time.
So now here we are, years later in their wanderings, and they are in need of water again and there isn't any around. Moses again asks for specific guidance. This time Jehovah said: "Take the rod, gather the assembly together, you and Aaron your brother, and speak over the rock before their eyes and it shall give forth water."d
So Moses' inner voice, the God of his being, tells him to speak to the rock, but did he? Let me read the scripture: "And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. . . . and he lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his rod twice, and the water came out abundantly, and the people drank and all their cattle also."e
Problem solved. The people have water and their cattle have water. But wait, do you see something wrong with this picture?
This time Jehovah gave fresh new instructions. He specifically said to speak to the rock, but Moses did not listen. He used the old way; the way he knew to do; the way that had worked before. And yes, the immediate need was met, but for Moses, there was a long-term ramification for this. Here's what the Scripture said: "Because you did not believe me, you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."
I know that seems harsh, even punitive. But it really wasn't. It is, however, a terrific example of the Law of Cause and Effect. And of how, when we do not follow our guidance, our intuition, our inner knowings, when we do it the way we have always done it (perhaps using some force), we may temporarily get what we want, but in the long term we won't! If we ask for guidance and then don't follow it, it may seem that our promised land evades us as well!
Most of us are trying to dissolve the hard conditions in our lives by striking out at them with force. Earlier Moses had solved a problem that way and it had worked. But now, much later, he had outgrown that method. Instead of using outer force, he was guided to use inner power.
If there is a hard condition in your life that hasn't yielded to your prosperity thinking, you may have been using an old method that has worked for you in the past, but which will not work for you now because growth has taken place. Ask for guidance and follow it!
The secret weapon here is that you can dissolve hard conditions in your life with your Divinely guided and inspired words. There is tremendous magic even in ordinary words. Because of the creative power of your words, you need not hesitate to speak to a rocky condition. It will respond.
Ponder writes: "When there is a great need or a hard condition in your life, meet it on its own terms - by emphatically speaking good words about it. Be deliberate, definite, positive and persistent. This method has worked for thousands of others and it will clear rocky conditions in your life too."f
So, my friends, if you are facing Amaleks right now take a good look at them. See if they are coming from your own thinking and speaking that is misaligned with your good, if so - just stop it!! But they may simply be the process of chemicalization - the old is breaking away so that the new can be birthed forth. Call it good, very good! That's your first Secret Weapon.
Your second -- remember your metaphysical Aaron - strength - and Hur - affirmations - and your physical Aarons and Hurs - us!!
And your third - Speak your divinely guided and inspired words. Speak forth your good! Be deliberate, definite, positive and persistent.
aCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses
bCharles Fillmore Unity Bible Lessons
cCatherine Ponder The Dynamic Law of Healing p. 202
eNumbers 20:9, 10
fCatherine Ponder The Millionaire Moses