LENTEN FOCUS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

  The twelve powers of God present within us are the tools and raw materials out of which we are to complete the creative process of God by transforming the infinite potential of the Garden of Eden into the manifest perfection of the kingdom of heaven, represented in the Bible by the New Jerusalem described in Revelation.

The first of these great powers is FAITH. According to the unknown writer of the New Testament book known as the Letter to the Hebrews, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. By faith,” he adds, “we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear (Hebrews 2:1-3).”

The activity of faith requires an object: Faith in what? To Jesus and his contemporaries, the idea of faith in God would have seemed as strange as if we were to talk today about having faith in air. God was a given in their lives, just as air is a given in ours. There is not really a question of faith involved.

If we are to play our essential role in creating the kingdom, more is required than faith in God. We must also have faith in ourselves. We must believe that we are God in expression, and have faith in the guidance and inspiration we find within ourselves. Otherwise we will be paralyzed, waiting for an external God to do the work, while the Presence and Power of God waits for us to recognize and claim our own divinity so the work can be done through us.

“Faith working in spiritual substance accomplishes all things,” Charles Fillmore writes in Keep A True Lent. “This is the faith that cooperates with creative law. Exercised in spiritual consciousness, it finds its abode, and without variation or disappointment it brings results that are seemingly miraculous.”

Today we affirm our faith in the spiritual Presence and Power we find everywhere expressing. We affirm our faith in ourselves as perfect expressions of that Presence and Power. We surrender our ego minds to indwelling Spirit, with perfect faith in the guidance we receive.   

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