“… behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ~ Luke 17: 21, KJV ~
“… Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty…” ~ Malachi 3:10 (NIV) ~
“… test and approve what God’s will is …” ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV) ~
From time to time, one may feel as though they are being tested by God. Perhaps you have experienced this. If so, it is a false belief about your relationship with The Divine. Old beliefs, such as a“sense of separation” from one’s Source, linger on until they are resolved through logical thinking and an unwavering faith in the ever-evolving consciousness of unity; i.e., the awareness that the nature of God and your inherent nature is one and the same.
Practicing the Presence of The Infinite One as our very own life may mean having to sit with the feelings, or emotional responses to the beliefs that were taught, developed, and cultivated during childhood ~ beliefs based on blind faith. Should this occur, instead of resisting or persisting the established beliefs that may suggest separation, let it be a time for focused discipline; a time to affirm Truth statements, such as: There is only One Life, that Life is God, and that Life is my life now.
Practicing Spiritual Awareness by embracing the nature of God as our very own, is often easier said than done. In fact, such a practice requires us to test God, the universal principle of Life. This takes time, focus, and dedication. First, we must start with a premise such as, “God in me, as me, is me.”
Such an affirmation gives us the courage to declare our divine inheritance (Love, Peace, Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom, Order, Abundance, Joy, etc.) and move forward claiming the highest good (God’s Will .. or Nature) moving through all the decisions we make. We move forward in life with confidence that the Perfect Law of God’s Love reveals perfect right action for all that concerns us. We prove the Principle of Unlimited Love and Law through the spiritual practice of affirmative prayer.
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With the Principle of Oneness undergirding all we think, say, and do; time and time again we prove the Reality of God in the midst of all our affairs. The more these expansive ideas are developed and cultivated, and the more we engage in the possibilities that Ernest Holmes and other New Thought metaphysicians agree; e.g., “Man, by thinking, can bring into his experience whatsoever he desires–if he thinks correctly, and becomes a living embodiment of his thoughts. This is not done by holding thoughts but by knowing the Truth.”
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” ~ Matthew 21:22 ~
Imagine for a moment, that the motive of every prayer you pray is to express and experience the nature of God as the particular thing you are praying about.
Imagine, for a moment, that our word of Truth spoken from a place of certainty is a transformative factor in the world; bringing peace on earth and good will towards all of humanity. So, we may move forward with confidence in the Principle of Oneness, while listening to the still small voice whispering, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
“I now practice the Presence of Oneness by affirming that there is One Life, that Life is God and that Life is my Life now.”
By Mary Jane LaBonte
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I start my morning by reading your words of wisdom,; thank you Rev. Mary.