The phrase, “In God we trust” first appeared in our coins in 1864 and in our paper currency in 1957. It implies that as a culture, and as a nation we place our trust in God or at least on a higher power of some sort. The fact that this phrase appears in our currency seems to indicate that we look to God as the Source of our prosperity. But the question is, how does God actually “provides” for us? Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we listen to Rev Coco’s lesson, Whats in Your Wallet. Cindy will be our guest artist
SCRIPTURE READING John 4: 7-24
(PPT) A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans). Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
11–12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
13–14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
Good morning.Today is the second message of a series that began las week based on the book, Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, (Insert Sub title here) by Rev Jim Rosemergy. Last week’s message basic premise was that God, Divine Spirit, Omnipresent Mind, however we refer to our higher power, does not express itself through our needs. And as long as we choose to focus on needs and lack, we experience more of the same. I briefly addressed a quote from the book that read, (PPT) God is our Source; A Consciousness of God is our Supply.
This quote inspired the title of today’s message, What’s In Your Wallet. And of course, what’s in our wallets, for the most part, is the phrase, In God We Trust, which we find in our currency. By the way, the phrase has been in our coins since 1864, however it did not make it to our paper currency until 1956, when it was also adopted as the official motto of our country.
So let’s explore this concept of supply. Usually we here the word, supply in the context of supply and demand. And if there is a demand, is because we have a need. Other than the obvious, why do we insist on focusing on our needs?
Emily Cady in her classic, Lessons in Truth says :
(PPT)The hunger that we feel is but the prompting of the Divine within us, which longs with an infinite longing to fill us. It is but one side of the law of demand and supply, the other side of which is unchangeable, unfailing, the promise: The supply is always equal to the demand, but there must first be a demand before supply is of use.
Now,inScripture we read: (PPT)
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Mt. 7:7).
Is this a promise or a lie? It is the Truth. Supply does equal demand, but Scripture also says that we “ask amiss” (Jas. 4:3 KJV). We have asked for earthly things, but it is God we want. This is our deepest heart’s desire. Let us ask for God. This is a request Spirit always fulfills.
We have said that God is our Source but a a consciousness of God is supply. Divine supply, an awareness of God, is available to everyone. Divine supply does not need to be stored for future use. Divine supply is never depleted. Awareness and acquisition are one. Because when we are in this awareness, or like Scripture would say, when we seek first the Kingdom, everything else is added onto us 6. PPT A deepened awareness of God grants us security and well-being as well as provides for our earthly needs. A consciousness of God does not depend upon our level of education or human abilities. . Supply equals demand. As long as we ask to have our needs met, we have not met our Creator. A new life opens to us when we ask for an awareness of God.
Thomas Merton a 20th century mystic once said A Rich Man has no needs. On one level this is true. If you are swimming in money, you can buy whatever you want, whenever you want it. On another level, it is not such an accurate statement. Look at Howard Hughes. At the time of his death, he was probably the riches man in the USA and maybe in the world. Did he have needs? Of course; otherwise he would not have died alone like he did. I personally have known a couple of millionaires that had all the money in the world, yet he had needs that money could not buy.
When we say that a consciousness of God is our supply, it is important to look also beyond financial supply. One of the definitions in the dictionary for supply is “the act or process of filling a want or need” that want or need can be for peace of mind, a fulfilling and meaningful relationship, wholeness of mind and body, etc, etc. Maybe the want or need is to free ourselves of a bad habit or to let go of an attachment. Whichever it is, having a consciousness that we can trust our heavenly Father, Spirit, Divine Mind, Christ within, or whichever name we call our Higher Power, to provide for our wants, placing our trust in God is all we need for the need to be fulfilled.
The reference in the song, bread of heaven is a metaphysical reference to God’s substance. It is the same reference as in “give us this day our daily bread” Bread and scripture means spiritual substance
I don’t think that Thomas Merton, being a mystic was talking about material riches when he said that a rich man has no needs. He was talking about the enlightened person with a conscious awareness of the presence of God everywhere, in him and through him, having no needs. Why? Because when you have such awareness, you lack absolutely nothing. Like Thoreau would say, “new and more liberal laws are established in your favor.
I remember when I consciously made the switch from thinking needs to thinking God. I had come out of a financial debacle and was starting a new school photography business. By traditional means, I needed money for equipment, I needed a place to stay in the opposite side of the island where I lived, while I was looking for clients and later while taking pictures. I needed clients, which I didn’t have. I needed, I needed, I needed.
But I stopped thinking need and started affirming God. Long story short, everything was provided. In a matter of minutes, literally, clients totaling thousands of school children appeared out of the blue. Another serendipitous encounter, provided a place for Alinda and I to stay for a month completely free. The equipment that I needed was also facilitated. And so on and so on. All I had to do, was to place my trust in God and not in my own ability to meet my needs.
At the beginning of the lesson we read the Scripture that says, (PPT)”…Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
According to Unity’s co founder, Charles Fillmore, the Samaritan woman represents the soul in its natural state who draws its life from the earthly side of existence (Jacob’s well), but as it evolves in awareness, ( discussion with Jesus) is destined to draw from a higher fount, which is omnipresent life.(represented here by Jesus) Jesus asked the woman for a drink- indicates the universality of Spirit. (in other words, available to anyone regardless of your race, beliefs, lifestyle, etc.) “If you knew the generosity of God” The “generosity (gift of God KJV) of God” to man is eternal life or an increasing awareness of God. The woman asking for the living water represents our own longing for everything God has to offer us once we have that consciousness of God. It is that place when we do not need to draw from the earthly well but instead draw from the well that never dries up.
How do we know that we have arrived at place in consciousness in which we always trust God?
Reverend Rosemergy, in his book suggest that we know that we have arrived when we stop asking. We stop asking when we know that our good already exists and is just waiting for our receptivity to become a visible manifestation We stop asking when we know that we know that we know. It is a place in which our thoughts, our feelings and our actions reflect a Consciousness of God. We think God, we feel God, we talk God.
In daily times of quiet focus on what you have and also on what God can give you. Do not even think about your needs.
Remember that God is your source and that and awareness of God is your supply.
Practice thinking about God anytime a thought of worry comes up. Journal your observations.
Next week, we will tap into the consciousness of Andy Williams when we listen to next Sunday’s lesson titled, Three Coins in a Fountain.
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