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in All Things
THERE IS THAT within every
human being which is capable of being brought forth into the material,
everyday life of any person as the abundance of every good thing that he
Here and there a man who is
consciously abiding in the secret place of the Most High, and being taught
by the Spirit of truth, dimly recognizes this, and says, "The Holy
Spirit abiding within us is able to do all things for us"; while occasionally
a metaphysician, in whom the intuitional is largely developed, is beginning
to apprehend it as demonstrable Truth, and, carefully avoiding all pious
words, lest he be considered in the old rut of religious belief, says,
"The outer or visible man has no need that the inner invisible man
Let us not haggle over terms.
There need be no schism. Each means the same thing. The only difference
is in words. Each one is getting at the same Truth in his own way, and
eventually the two will clasp hands in unity and see eye to eye.
The Spirit of the living God
within us, fed ever from the Fountainhead, is not only the giver of all
good gifts, the supplier of all supply, but is the gift itself. We must
come right up to this point. The giver and the gift are one.
God Himself is the fulfillment--or
the substance which fills full--of every desire.
Truly our eyes have been holden,
until now, in these later days, we are coming to know of "God in His
world"; of Him, the immanent creative Cause of all things, ever dwelling
in man, ready and willing at any moment to re-create or renew our body
and mind, or to manifest Himself through us as anything needed by us.
The certainty of this manifestation
depends on ability to recognize and accept Truth.
One recognizes God within as
indwelling purity and holiness. To this one He is sanctification, and just
in the proportion to the recognition and the trust with which this divine
Presence is regarded as immanent holiness, does it spring forth into the
outer, everyday life of a man as holiness, so that even they who run may
read a something more than human in him.
Another recognizes and accepts
the God within himself as the life of his body, and instantly this divine
life, always perfect, strong, and vigorous, and always desiring with the
mighty desire of omnipotent love to manifest itself through somebody or
something as perfection, begins to flow through his body from center to
circumference until his entire body is charged with a fullness of life
that is felt even
by others who came in contact with him. This is divine healing, and the
time required for the process of complete healing depends, not on any changeableness
of God--for God knows no time but the eternal now--but entirely on the
ability of the person to recognize and trust the power that works in him.
The one who recognizes the indwelling
God as his holiness, but cannot mentally grasp any more Truth, lives a
holy, beautiful life, but perhaps lives it all through years of bodily
disease and sickness. Another who recognizes the same immanent God as his
health, and is made both holy and physically well by the recognition and
acceptance, stops there, and wonders, when he is well and living a life
entirely unselfish and Godlike, why he should always be poor, lacking even
the bare necessities of life.
O fools and slow of heart to
believe! Can you not see that this same indwelling God who is your holiness
and your health, is also your sustenance and support? Is He not our All-Sufficiency
in all things? Is it not the natural impulse of the divine Being to flow
forth through us into all things--"Whatsoever ye pray and ask for"?
Is there any limit, except as our poor human mind has set? Does He not
say, "Every place wherein the sole of your foot shall tread shall
be yours"? What does this mean? "Whatsoever you dare to claim,
that will I be to you"?
This divine energy is the
substance (from sub, under, and stare, to stand), the real
thing that stands under or within the visible or unreal of all things--food
and clothing as well as life and health.
How do we get holiness? Not
by outside works of purifying ourselves, but by turning to the Holy Spirit
within and letting it flow forth into our human nature until we become
permeated with the Divine. How is perfect health through divine or spiritual
healing obtained? Is it by looking to or trusting external efforts or appliances?
Surely not; but rather by ceasing entirely to look to the without, and
turning our thoughts and our faith to the Father in us.
How, then, are we to get our
abundant supply--aye, even more than we can ask or think (for God gives
not according to our need, but "according to his riches" we are
told)? "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good
shall come unto thee. . . . If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt
be built up. . . . And the Almighty will be thy treasure, and precious
silver unto thee."
It is not enough to believe
simply that God is our supplier--the One who shall by His omnipotent power
influence the mind of someone possessing an abundance to divide with us.
This is limitation. God's being our health means far more than God's being
our healer. God as our supply is infinitely more than
God as our supplier. God is the Giver and the gift.
When Elisha multiplied the widow's
oil, he did not, recognizing God simply as the supplier, ask, and then
for answer receive a few barrels of oil from someone over-rich in that
commodity, someone in whose heart the Spirit of God was working. That would
have been a good but a very limited way, for had the demand continued,
in time not only the village but the whole country around would have been
destitute of oil.
Elisha understood the divine
law of working, and put himself into harmony with it; then God Himself,
the substance of all things, became manifest as the unlimited supply--a
supply which could easily have flowed until this time had there been need
and vessels enough.
Jesus' increase of the loaves
and fishes did not come up from the village in response to some silent
word spoken by Him to a person having a quantity. He never recognized that
He had any right to seek the surplus possessions of another, even though
He was going to use them to benefit others. In order to feed the multitude,
He did not reach out after that which belonged to any man, or even that
which was already in manifestation. The extra supply was a new and increased
manifestation of divine substance as bread
and fish. So with the oil of Elisha, who was a man "of like passions
with you." In both these cases, nothing came from without to supply
the need, but the supply proceeded from within outward.
This divine Substance--call
it God, creative energy, or whatever you will--is ever abiding within us,
and stands ready today to manifest itself in whatever form you and I need
or wish to manifest, just as it did in Elisha's time. It is the same yesterday,
today, and forever. Our desire is the cup that shapes the form of its coming,
and our trust--the highest form of faith--sets the time and the degree.
Abundant supply by the manifestation
of the Father in us, from within outward, is as much a legitimate outcome
of the Christ life or spiritual understanding as is bodily healing.
The Word--or Spirit--is made
flesh (or clothed with materiality) in both cases, and both are equally
in God's order. The law of "work-to-earn" is only a schoolmaster
beating us with many stripes, breaking us into many pieces when we fall
across it in out failures, just to bring us to Christ. "But now that
faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor." Then Christ--the Divine
in us--becomes the fulfillment of the law.
"I work not for the food
which perisheth," said the Nazarene. Cease to work with the one object,
viz., for a living or for supply.
Be forever free from the law of poverty and want, as you are from the law
of sin and disease--through faith in Christ; that is, by taking the indwelling
Christ, or Spirit, or invisible man as your abundant supply, and, looking
up to no other source, hold to it until it manifests itself as such. Recognize
it. Reckon it. Be still and know it. Do not struggle and work and worry
while you know it, but just be still. "Be still, and know that I am"--
what? Part of God? No. "Know that I am God"--all of God, all
of good. I am life. I am health. I am love. I am supply. I am the substance
of all that human souls or bodies can need or want.
The law says, "In the sweat
of thy face shalt thou eat bread." The Gospel brings "good tidings
of great joy which shall be to all the people." The law says: Work
out your salvation from sin, sickness, and poverty. The Gospel teaches
that Christ, the Father in you, is your salvation. Have faith in Him. The
law says: Work all you can, and God will do the rest. The law is a way;
Gospel, or Christ, is the Way, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."
"But," says someone,
"will not such teaching that our abundance is not at all dependent
on the labor of our hands or head foster selfishness and indolence? Is
it not a teaching dangerous to the masses?''
Jesus never thought the Gospel
dangerous for the masses. It has not proved dangerous to teach that health
is a free gift of God to His children--a gift that they need not labor
for, but just recognize and accept.
Does anyone attempt to hide
away from others, like a talent hidden deep in the earth, the newborn health
that is God-manifest in response to recognition and faith? If he does,
he soon finds that his health has disappeared, for selfishness and the
consciousness of an indwelling God cannot both abide in the same heart.
Let not anyone for a moment
suppose that he can use Gospel means for selfish ends. As well suppose
he can go west by going east. A thousand times better that a millstone
be hanged about his neck and he be drowned in the depths of the sea, than
to attempt to use God's free gift for selfish purposes. The divine abundance
manifested through you is given you for ministry to others. You can neither
receive it indolently, or retain it selfishly. If you attempt either, the
flow of divine oil will be stayed.
In Christ, or in the consciousness
of the indwelling divine Spirit, we know that every man and woman is our
father and mother, brother and sister; that nothing is our own, but all
is God's because all is God.
And because we know this,
we give as we work without thought or hope of return, because God flows
through us to others. Our giving is our only safety valve. Abundance is
often a snare to those who know not God, the indwelling One, who is love.
But the abundance that is manifested from within outward is only the material
clothing of perfect love, and cannot bring selfishness. "The blessing
of Jehovah, it maketh rich; and he addeth no sorrow therewith."
Will God, being manifest as
our abundant supply, foster idleness? A thousand times, no! We shall then,
more than ever, be co-workers with God, working but not laboring, working
always for others. Work is labor only when it is for self. Labor, not work,
brings weariness, sorrow, and sickness. Labor not for meat, that is, for
any good to yourself. Working as God works does not weary, for then the
current of unlimited divine life is always flowing through us anew to bless
"There is a river, the
streams whereof make glad," but we must always keep the stream flowing
from within--the source of its uprising--outward if it is to make glad.
When we work in harmony with divine law we have with us the whole force
of the stream of living waters to carry us along.
Better than he knew, spoke the
poet when he said:
"Earth has no sorrow that
heaven cannot heal."
Not the faraway heaven after
death, when a whole lifetime has been spent in sorrow and trouble, but
the "kingdom of heaven is at hand," here, now, today. The mortal,
human, earth part of you has no sorrow that cannot be healed, overcome,
wiped out at once and forever by this ever indwelling divine Spirit.
If any man would hasten the
day of every man's deliverance from all forms of human sorrow and want,
let him at once begin to withdraw himself from outside sources and external
warfare, and center his thoughts on Christ the Lord within himself.
"Jehovah . . . is in
the midst of thee, a mighty one.
"Acquaint now thyself with
him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee."
"Prove me now . . . if
I will not . . . pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it."
Let us prove Him. "Commune
with your own heart upon your bed, and be still." Be still and know.
Be still and trust. Be still and expect.
"My soul, wait thou
in silence for God only. For my expectation is from him."
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