Lent 2012 – Day 13

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13th Day, Wednesday. Read Galatians 6:1-10, 16.

Divine law is the logical process by which divine principle, or God, manifests. The inner spirit of the law is the spiritual way of life that Jesus taught and lived.

Divine law is the universal something in us of which we all are conscious, and tells us when we are doing right and when we are doing wrong. It may be defined as the innate knowing of right and wrong, and this knowing may be quickened. The quickening does not come by the study of material things, but by concentrating the mind on the Christ. We do not make the law; the law is, and it was established for our benefit before the world was formed.

There is a law of spiritual and mental growth constantly at work in the mind, raising us from sense consciousness to spiritual consciousness. The nature of the universe is purity and goodness. Abiding in the Christ consciousness, we align ourselves with divine law. We become “the light of the world.”

Today I find I am one with the infinite law of expansion–one with the principle of never-ceasing growth and development toward the fulfillment of God’s perfect idea that is firmly infixed in all creation.

Divine law cannot be broken. It holds us responsible for the result of our labors. “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” is the action of true ideas working in my mind and in my body.

I affirm: “My house is set in order, and I press forward toward the goal of perfection.”

Questions:

1. What is divine law?

2. What is divine law in us?

3. Do we make the law? Explain.

4. How do we align ourselves with divine law?

Father-God, give me the wisdom and understanding to see Your divine law of good at work in every part of my life. Let me walk unafraid through every experience, secure in the knowledge that You are always present.

 

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Divine Order

This morning, when I went outside to pick up the newspaper at 5:30, the night sky was clear and filled with stars. I was reminded of when I served in the British Royal Navy many years ago and I was on night watch while we sailed the Indian Ocean; the night sky was filled with stars that looked like huge jewels in the far reaches of space.

It must have been on such a night when the psalmist looked up in the sky and spoke the words recorded in Psalms 8: “When I look at thy heavens the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” (Ps. 8:3-6)

As I read those words again, my heart is filled with inspiration, gratitude and wonder at the Divine Order in which we live, move and have our being. In this month of November, the month of giving thanks, there is perhaps no better time to recognize and give thanks for the divine order that permeates every area of our lives.

Even when we are not aware of it, order is here, because God is here. Divine order is the very essence of God which brings to us the experiences that help us learn and grow. Its presence in our lives assures us that all is well, that everything will work out for the best.

Divine order is not something we earn or achieve. We do not have to search for order, because it was there all along. To know this is true, we need only perceive it with the faith of spiritual vision and spiritual understanding.

The former Unity minister and author Eric Butterworth once told of being involved in an experience of square dancing. He said that he was never very good at it, but he remembered the caller giving instructions. Eric was having a difficult time, running into people and generally disrupting the entire group. The caller finally came over and said quietly to him, “You gotta keep in step or you’ll bump into the person next to you. In dancing you either cooperate or collide.” Cooperate or collide . . . Eric said he always remembered that.

Certainly we must keep in step with divine order, the divine plan within ourselves, or we shall find ourselves bumping into people and things all about us. When we fail to operate in accord with the laws of God, we are sure to collide with people or situations or things sooner or later.

And what is cooperation? It is love. It is the attitude of mind wherein we do not work alone. We do not operate, we cooperate. We work with God. We work with people. The same law that guides the planets in their courses is in control right here on earth for those who accept the law. In the scriptures we are told, “Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” Cooperate or collide is a good law of life.

Our success, our well-being and indirectly our prosperity are very much dependent upon how well we get along with other people. We are told in Romans 13:10 that “love is the fulfilling of the law.” Love is the expression of the natural law of divine order in the universe as the strongest single force in existence. No other human force is so thoroughly impregnated by the power of God.

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (I John 3:1) There is no element of trying to change or make or shape things into a new pattern. Open your eyes and see; recognize something that actually exists. For example, a man in a dark room feeling his way about suddenly touches the light switch. He doesn’t alter anything in the room, he doesn’t make anything, and he doesn’t add anything or take anything away. Yet, suddenly, everything is changed. The things that acted as stumbling blocks in the darkness are found to be the most useful and beautiful. Everything is in harmony which seemed before to be naught but evil to his darkened vision.

The electric switch that transforms and transmutes the miracle before our eyes in the relationships of life is our right use of divine love. It changes our whole perspective. Think of yourself not as a worker, but as a co-worker with God, with the divine law, and a partner with those who work with you. The spirit of love will lead you into the ways of cooperation, and into giving from the abundance and benevolence of divine order. For, as Amy Carmichael said, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Begin right where you are to turn on the light of love. Love will make you non-resistant, cooperative, and helpful. Love will lead you to a greater spirit of service and a keener sense of fair-play. Love will enable you to have greater drive and more enthusiasm. Love will make you creative and successful.

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev.  Alan A.  Rowbotham

 

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In Touch With the Divine

“The whole world is filled with divinity,” says Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.  “The divine is really the living power, the existence of everything. The existence of everything is what we call the divine rule.”

In other words, God is everywhere present, and that presence and power is everywhere present in divine order. If it often seems otherwise, it may be because “. . . my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

In the book, Mysteries of Genesis, Charles Fillmore asserts that “Order is the first law of the universe.” And he goes on to say, “Indeed there could be no universe unless its various parts were kept in perfect harmony. In the sense mind there is disorder, manifest in confusion of thought and action, while in Divine Mind everything is in perfect order.”

There has always been divine order in the universe and there always will be. When things do not seem in divine order, remind yourself that the lack of order is not in the universe, but in your own attitudes and emotions. If you can get your own thoughts and feelings in order, then the people, situations and even the universe about you will respond in a more orderly way.

Fillmore said “This order is established in our body and affairs when we live up to the higher convictions of our being under the guidance of spiritual understanding. . . . Only when man becomes conscious of who and what he is can he exercise his God-given dominion and bring his life into line with the principle of divine order, which is mind, idea, and manifestation.”

In an article titled A Reverence for the Divine, author Peter Kingsley refers to Empedocles, the ancient Greek prophet and teacher, as saying right at the start of his teaching about the cosmos and about the elements of existence, about biology, about astronomy, about everything, that people will never understand anything about any of these subjects, or ever be able to approach them rightly, unless they first learn to breathe in the right way; unless they learn to respect the life all around them; unless they cultivate a reverence for the divine in everything.

“How can you order your life by the divine plan?” asks Fillmore in Jesus Christ Heals. “Ask for wisdom; then affirm divine order. Put yourself in unity with Spirit. Then you will come into the consciousness of a new world of thought and act and find yourself doing many things differently because the orderly Mind that directs the universe is working through you. A harmonious relationship will be established in all your ways.

“Get your ideas in divine order, and a mighty mind force will begin to work for you right away. This divine order is necessary to the upbuilding of both mind and body. This divine order is the ‘kingdom of heaven’ so often referred to by Jesus. To attain this unity and harmony of mind it is necessary to have perfect statements of Truth and to adhere to them in thought and word.

“Jesus laid great stress upon the power of the word. . . . He said, ‘The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me’ and ‘The words that I have spoken to you are spirit, and are life’.”

And in Isaiah 55:10-11, we read: “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

As Fillmore says, “The better we realize our spiritual relationship to creative Mind and conform our thoughts and words to its laws the greater is the power of our words.”

I’d like to suggest, then, two particular ways whereby you can get in touch and stay in touch with the divine.

The first way is to create a covenant, or agreement, with the spirit of God within you. It is an agreement that, yes, you live and move and have your being in God; and the very spirit of God animates you, moves through you, lives through you, expresses as you. That very spirit of God is accessible to you now and always.

Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, co-founders of the Unity movement, created such a covenant in the early days of Unity and on December 7, 1892, together signed a “Dedication and Covenant,” which read:

“We, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, husband and wife, hereby dedicate ourselves, our time, our money, all we have and all we expect to have, to the Spirit of Truth, and through it, to the Society of Silent Unity. It being understood and agreed that the said Spirit of Truth shall render unto us an equivalent for this dedication in peace of mind, health of body, wisdom, understanding, love, life and abundant supply of all things necessary to meet every want without any of these things the object of our existence. In the Presence of the Conscious Mind of Christ Jesus this 7th day of December, 1892.”

They did not share this covenant with others, and it only came to light after their deaths. It is important for you, also, that you prayerfully consider the wording of your covenant; and do not share your covenant with others except anyone who may also be a partner of that agreement. Your covenant is only between you and God and is to be a guiding principle for your life expression in whatever circumstance or situation.

The second way you stay in touch with the divine is through your words.

Be conscious of the words you are speaking. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) This Word is the “Logos,” the creative power of Mind in everyone. Every word you speak creates your life. With your word you are using the creative energy of the God source.

The word is power, and when you use the words consciously you create what you want in your world.

In the book, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, he says emphatically, “The first agreement is the most important one and also the most difficult one to honor. . . . It is to be impeccable with your word. It sounds very simple, but it is very, very powerful. . . . Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself.”

Author Catherine Ponder, in her book, The Healing Secrets of the Ages, suggests using the power of your word to invoke the healing power of order in this way:

“Divine Order is now established in me by the power of the indwelling Christ. Divine Order is now established in my mind, body and affairs by the power of the indwelling Christ. I am in Divine Order! My mind is in Divine Order. My body is in Divine Order. My affairs are in Divine Order. My relationships are in Divine Order. Every phase of my world is in Divine Order. Divine Order heals, prospers, and guides me now.’”

She says, “If you will decree divine order, somehow it will work in every phase of your world. More and more you will see harmony and order begin to work quietly, harmoniously, thoroughly. You will realize the wisdom of Paul’s advice to the Corinthians: ‘Let all things be done decently and in order.’ (I Cor. 14:40)

“One of the highest forms of prayer is to give thanks for divine order in your mind, body, and affairs, whether it seems to be there or not. . . . Look for, expect, and give thanks for divine order often. By doing so, you release one of your most important mind powers to work for you and through you to bless yourself and all mankind.”

As you get in and stay in touch with the divine and the underlying reality of divine order, it will be reflected in every area of your life.

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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