There are many ways to define it, but essentially, faith is the perceiving power of mind, linked with the power to mold and shape substance. It is a force that draws to us our hearts desires right out of invisible substance. It is a deep inner conviction that that which we desire is already ours. Faith is the power to do the impossible – the power to do, be and have all things/anything. Jesus told us “All things, whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (Matt. 21:22)
In order to answer the question: “Did Jesus Have Faith?” we have to ask “Who was Jesus?” Charles Fillmore provides an excellent answer to that question. He said, “He was more than Jesus of Nazareth, more than any other man who ever walked the earth. He was more than man, as we understand the appellation in its everyday use, because there came into His manhood a factor to which most men are strangers. This factor was the Christ consciousness. The unfoldment of this consciousness by Jesus made Him God incarnate, because Christ is the mind of God individualized. We cannot separate Jesus Christ from God or tell where man leaves off and God begins in Him. To say that we are men as Jesus was a man is not exactly true, because He had dropped that personal consciousness by which we separate ourselves from our true God self. He became consciously one with the absolute principle of Being.”
Jesus was one who recognized, fully identified with and expressed His Christ being. The Christ is the essence of our being. It is spiritual man, the divinity of man, the seed and pattern of perfection. In its simplest terms, God put a measure of Himself in each of us and this is the Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote: “The mystery which has been hid for ages, Christ in you, the hope of Glory.” (Col. 1:27) Eric Butterworth wrote: “Christ in you IS your hope of glory, for it is that of you that is of God and IS God being projected into visibility as you. Christ in you is your own spiritual unity with the infinite, the key to your health and success.”
The Christ is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Life, Health, Wholeness, Abundance, Peace, Harmony and Love, that dwells within everyone, regardless of their life’s circumstances.
Another way of looking at it is to say that “Christ” is a title, not a last name. (Christ was not Jesus’ last name!) As such, we are all “the Christ.” We are “Jean the Christ,” “Carol the Christ,” “Bob the Christ,” etc. We all have the same spark of divinity within us that can help us to achieve our dreams, overcome our fears and live the type of life that we were created to live.
Jesus the Christ, revealed our inner divinity to us. He showed us that the presence and power of God was within us and that “. . . the things that I do, you can do also, and even greater things can you do.” (Jn. 14:12)
According to Charles Fillmore, youth is an idea, a feeling, a concept and not a chronological period in life. People grow old not because of what the calendar indicates, but because they do not hold onto to the idea of youth. In Keep a True Lent, he writes, “People grow old because they let the youth idea fall asleep.” He went on to state, “By using spiritual understanding, they can awaken it.” Spiritual understanding, he tells us, “is the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas one to another. It is that something through which we understand God and ourselves.” Charles Fillmore fully expressed the youth idea when at the age of 93 he stated, “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm.”
Most Christians are familiar with the statement of Jesus that we should “become as little children.” Children are eager and excited about life. They are willing to attempt and experience new things. They are not afraid of challenges and feel that there isn’t anything that they can’t do. As adults, we should regain that youthful confidence and positiveness. We should be confident in our abilities and in our present and future success in life, regardless of the obstacles and current conditions. We should not fall asleep to the youth idea that is embedded in our consciousness. Whereas young people feel and believe that they can do anything, wisdom lets us know that “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” We should affirm this statement whenever confronted with a challenging or difficult situation. In fact, we can personalize it and affirm, “I can do this thing (and name it) through Christ who strengthens me.”
Charles Fillmore also tells us that “Jesus came to save men from sin and to make them ready for an abundant entrance into the glorious kingdom of Christ, which is to be established on earth.” We know that “sin” is missing the mark; not living up to or expressing our full inner potential. The Apostle Paul told us that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) Jesus told us that He came so that we could live the abundant life, which means to enter into and abide in the glorious kingdom of Christ and experience health, wholeness, happiness, peace, love and prosperity in this life. We don’t have to wait for an “after life” to experience the “good life.” The Book of Isaiah gives us a message of hope, “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Is. 55:12) Also in Isaiah, it states, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongues fail for thirst, I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” (Is. 41:17-18) These are clear statements that God will provide for His children, regardless of the outer circumstances. These and other scriptures are reminders of the good that God has in store for us. It is for us to be open and receptive to our good coming from God. It is for us to be like children and eagerly expect our good to manifest, regardless of “facts” to the contrary.
There are three steps that we can take to conserve and revive our youthful energies and prepare us to receive our good.
- Walk by faith, not by sight. The Daily Word reading for March 1, 2010, states: “Today I stand firmly in my faith. I meet life courageously and confidently, seeing beyond appearances to the underlying good. Through faith I overcome every limitation. Through faith I walk in the light.”
- Let go and let God. It is necessary to let go of and release doubts, fears, insecurities and uncertainties about our future and the outcome of our endeavors. As we do this (which should be our goal during Lent), we can then allow God to do His perfect work in and through us.
- Be still. When you’ve done all that you can do on the outer, then be still and allow God to do his work. “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord . . .” (Ex. 14:13) Once you’ve put the law into action, allow it to work.
As we gain a greater understanding of the idea of eternal youth, energy and vitality, which is a part of our Christ being, then we will open ourselves up to experience more of the Abundant Life that was prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
Everyone has dreams and aspirations, deep-seated desires of things that they’d really like to accomplish. When people are young, they have so many choices available to them and they feel like they can do almost anything. Unfortunately, as people get older, “life” seems to get in the way of their dreams and they begin to settle for things. In many cases, people simply give up on their dreams and aspiration under the guise of being “realistic.” They wind up settling for things, instead of striving for their goals. The truth is that our dreams and goals came from God and He still wants us to achieve them. Just because we only think about them in passing, or not at all, doesn’t mean that they are gone. They are still within the depths of our being, in our super conscious and subconscious phases of mind. A powerful affirmation is, “God still wants me to achieve my dreams and goals.” We should affirm this often, in spite of the pressures of life and the seeming odds against achieving our dreams and goals. As we affirm this statement, it reminds us that “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” It reminds us that the One Presence and Power is supporting us and making a way even when there appears to be no way.
In the story of Abraham (Abram) in Genesis, Sarah (Sarai), his wife wasn’t able to bear children. To a Hebrew woman at that time, barrenness was a tragedy and sometimes regarded as a sign of divine disfavor. Even though they had wanted children, as Sarah got older, she gave up on the idea and accepted the “facts”, the seeming reality. Sarah had given up on her dream in spite of God repeatedly telling Abraham that she would bear him a son (Gen. 17: 1-4; Gen. 17:19; Gen. 18:10-14.) God practically had to chastise her by declaring, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” According to God’s plan, Sarah gave birth to their son, Isaac, when she was 90 years old and Abraham was 100. Sarah was so surprised and joyous that she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” (Gen. 21:7)
Just as God manifested their dream thousands of years ago, He is still in the “Dream Business” and can manifest our dreams today. There was a man who failed in business and the following year, was defeated for a seat in the State legislature. The following year he again failed in business, his sweetheart died the next year and he had a nervous breakdown the year after that. Several years later, we was defeated for Congress, and then defeated for the Senate. The following year he lost the race for the vice presidency and two years later, he was defeated for the Senate again. Most people would have given up at that point (if not earlier) and would have thought that they were destined to live a life of mediocrity. Fortunately for all of us, this man followed his dream (God’s dream for him) and ran for office again. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.
We shouldn’t let our past determine our future. We should remind ourselves often that it’s never too late and that “Dreams still come true!”
There are five practical steps that everyone can take to achieve their dreams.
- Decide what you want. It’s amazing how many people only have vague ideas as to what they want to accomplish or do. Now is the time to get definite, think big and determine what you want to accomplish, do or have.
- Make a list/write it down. Studies have shown that those who write their goals down are much more likely to accomplish them, than those who don’t. Put your goals down in categories: health, family, career, finances, etc. Update the list as often as necessary.
- Read your list daily. The best times are early in the morning and just before going to bed. It is at these times that your mind is more receptive to suggestion. It’s best to read the list audibly, but if that’s not possible, then reading it silently will also be very effective.
- Visualize the manifestation of your dreams. Make a mental image of your dream and ask yourself, “What does it look like, feel like, sound like??” Imagine yourself as you would like to be and doing all of the things that you’d like to do. Visualize it in detail.
- Be persistent and determined. Learn to live by the rule: “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Have faith in God and in the fulfillment of your dreams. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks and delays. Be persistent and faithful like Abraham.
As you raise your vision beyond your past and present circumstances and follow these steps, you will begin to manifest more and more of your God-given goals and dreams.
Thank you for making the 20th Anniversary Gala of Unity Church of Healing Light a success.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fabulous Victorian Room, 36 West Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706
- sit down dinner
- live band for your dancing and listening pleasure
- and much more