Week 20 – Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm has its origins from a Greek word meaning to be possessed by a god. For Christians, this is a natural product of the indwelling anointing. The New Testament speaks of the believer being "in Christ" and at the same time having "Christ in you." In Lesson 20, Haanel states that this is scientifically true.
When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself -- is you -- you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.
Paul calls this a "mystery"
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Jesus says that we should know a few things:
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Can you guess what my word was for this week? I am grateful that my pastor and friend has been teaching for six weeks on the union we have because of the indwelling anointing (the meaning of "Christ"). We looked at the union from the perspective of Jesus living in the believer. For the next several weeks, he will be expounding on the other side of the coin: the believer in Jesus.
Union with the Universal Mind
Haanel outlines the situation logically from what we have studied so far. We know that man is a spirit and theology tells us God is a spirit. Therefore man is the same kind and quality of God. The Bible states that we are created in His image, which means we are little gods. We have the power of thought and creativity, but we must align ourselves with the Universal for our own benefit.
11. We can fail to recognize this world within, and so exclude it from our consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence; and when we learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves, but in all persons, events, things and circumstances we shall have found the "Kingdom of heaven" which we are told is "within" us. 12. Our failures are a result of the operation of exactly the same principle; the principle is unchangeable; its operation is exact, there is no deviation; if we think lack, limitation, discord, we shall find their fruits on every hand; if we think poverty, unhappiness or disease, the thought messengers will carry the summons as readily as any other kind of thought and the result will be just as certain. If we fear a coming calamity, we shall be able to say with Job, "the thing I feared has come upon me"; if we think unkindly or ignorantly we shall thus attract to ourselves the results of our ignorance. 13. This power of thought, if understood and correctly used, is the greatest laborsaving device ever dreamed of, but if not understood or improperly used, the result will in all probability be disastrous, as we have already seen; by the help of this power you can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible, because this power is the secret of all inspiration, all genius.
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