2019 MKE Week 13
This Week's Exercise
26. We can best conserve our interests by recognizing the Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind, and in this way become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization of our desire. This means that recognition brings about realization, therefore for your exercise this week make use of the principle, recognize the fact that you are a part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference there can possibly by, is in degree. 27. When this tremendous fact begins to permeate your consciousness, when you really come into a realization of the fact that you (not your body, but the Ego), the "I," the spirit which thinks is an integral part of the great whole, that it is the same in substance, in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing different from Himself, you will also be able to say, "The Father and I are one" and you will come into an understanding of the beauty, the grandeur, the transcendental opportunities which have been placed at your disposal.
How We Can Say That
For those of us who believe in the Infinite, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God (the Creator spoken of above), we tremble at the thought of blasphemy. We have been conditioned to think that God is so far above us as to be unapproachable. We cannot comprehend that He would like us to think we are the same. Isn't that interesting in light of what the Bible actually says:
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
In this short text the Bible emphasizes that man is in the image of God three times (four, if you count "after our likeness"). Notice that Man (inclusive of woman: "male and female") is to have dominion over all the earth and all creatures. Wow!
So the question would be, "What is the image of God?" Surely not physical appearance as we are diverse in that aspect. We are creators, as is God. Hang in there with me a minute. This will help you as it helped me when the fact "permeated my consciousness." In the first chapter of Genesis, the Bible gives a summary of creation and you will note the method used by God: "And God said" occurs nine times. The second chapter of genesis begins to give more details about the creation, but the summary is important to see the operation of the Creation.
God did not say "Wow! It sure is dark!" No, he said "Light Be" and (bang!) there was light. To me, it is instructive to notice the order of things:
- The physical plant
- Herbs and grasses
- Sea life
- Animal life
Doesn't this correlate with the order proposed by evolution? But I digress.
How Words Work
The Carpenter from Galilee talked about the importance of words.
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
He elaborates on this concept when he talks about the heart and mouth connection in terms of getting things done.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
You could say that the Bible story shows that God did not doubt in His heart, but believed that those things He said would come to pass. Paul touches on this when he speaks of Abraham.
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
If you are familiar with the story, you know that at the time God said "I have made thee a father of many nations", Abraham had no children at all. Notice the past tense use here ("have made") even though the present had no children. This is extremely important in light of the following:
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
See the principle? Believe now. Receive later. We can speak things into existence because we are of the same kind and quality of the Creator. You were made in His image and there is nothing preventing you except your old conditioning. The Bible declares that God loves the world, not some special group. Whoever believes that receives that.
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