Pilate? “I can crucify you or set you free.” You? “Thou couldest have no power over me unless it came from God. If I didn’t submit myself to this, you couldn’t do a thing, because I’ve disappeared through crowds many a time when I wanted to. I’ve raised the dead. I’ve healed the sick. I’ve fed the hungry. You haven’t any power. Only God has power unless I can be made to accept some other power.” And so, the whole healing ministry of Jesus Christ proves that he never once acknowledged that there is a power in disease or death or lack—never once.
Now you and I have inherited this human heritage of the belief of two powers, and in some measure every single one of us in this room is under that universal belief. It isn’t your belief or mine. It was here before we were born. It will be here after we’ve gone away from here. It is a universal belief that we pick up the very moment we are conceived and born, and from then on, we suffer from it. All our lives, we are suffering from the belief of good and evil until at some point in your spiritual ongoing, you become acquainted with the teaching of Jesus Christ and you realize that he lived only for one purpose and that was to prove there is no power on earth but God, and that power is good, and to know that is to lift you up out of sin, disease or death.
Now remember, when John was a little bit dubious as to whether he’d made a mistake about this Master and sent and asked, “Art thou He that should come?” His answer wasn’t yes or no. His answer was, “Go show John what things ye have seen. The sick are healed. The dead are raised. The blind have their eyes opened. The deaf have their ears opened.” By what power? By not acknowledging that there is any power but one—one power, and that power is God.
Now, when you sit down to heal and you pray God to remove your diseases or your sins, you might as well save your breath because if you don’t, you’ll be as ludicrous as these people who write about Lourdes. A 100,000 people make a trek to Lourdes, all praying to God and all praying through the same church, and all praying through the same priests, and out of a 100,000 fifteen get healed and they give God the glory. They don’t say a word about what God did to 99,985. He just ignored their prayers as if they weren’t on earth.
Do you believe God healed that fifteen? Then you don’t have the least idea at all of the nature of God. If God healed those fifteen, he would have healed the whole 100,000. Those fifteen were healed because in some way in their own mind they broke through the limitation of this double power and rose out of themselves. They became bigger than themselves. But if you think for a minute that God had anything to do with it, what must you think of that God that turned his face away from 99,850, and look at the lives of those fifteen and see whether you think their lives were any more worthy than the 99,850 whom He ignored. Never again will you be made to believe that you can pray to God for a healing and get it.
You don’t get a healing by praying to God. You get a healing by conforming your life to the Christ principle of living, learning how to purge yourself so as to be one with God, which you can’t be unless you’re forgiving; unless you are loving; unless you are praying even for your enemies; unless you are taking all mankind in your prayers and saying, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do. Father, open their eyes; give them grace to see thy kingdom.” Then you’ll be healed. You’ll be healed, and you’ll heal others, but don’t waste your time asking God to heal you because that’s as much of a waste of time as it is to ask God to feed you.
God isn’t going to feed you. God has filled this earth with his goodness, cattle on a thousand hills, farms loaded with food: it is man that’s wrecking it, not God. God has filled these waters with fish, and the air with birds, and the land with crops. It isn’t God that’s withholding. God can’t add to that. If He had a sense of humor, He’d look down and say, “You better give me some more land to place it in. I’m already placing gold, and diamonds, and platinum, and uranium, and apples, and peaches, and pears, and birds…What more do you want me to plant down there? Take better care of it after you get it; see that it’s divided in a better way. Don’t sit back holding it because you want a monopoly on it and this country won’t let loose of it, and that country won’t let loose of it.
That has nothing to do with God, but that doesn’t mean that you should ever know lack, and you never will know lack. If you are out on the desert manna can fall from the sky, ravens can bring you food if you know how to pray, and that isn’t praying to God to feed you. That’s praying to God to forgive you your debts, your trespasses, to cleanse you from hidden faults, to purify your consciousness, to give you the gift of Himself that His grace may touch your soul. When your absent from the body, and not thinking of your sins, and your diseases, and your lacks, you’ll open your eyes and probably find that the ravens did bring you some food, or that manna fell from the sky or that the spirit of the Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes that were right there, because in two places in scripture we were given the secret of how to have an abundant supply.
Now there isn’t anybody on earth who becomes a student of the Bible who should ever know lack or limitation because the lesson has been given in two places of how to live in a continuous state of abundance. The first is when the Hebrew Master meets this poor widow who is to lose her son into slavery because she can’t pay her debts. The Hebrew prophet says, “What have you in your house?” And right there, that is the $64,000 foolish question because what can she have in the house if she’s going to lose her son into slavery for poverty? But the question isn’t as foolish as it sounds because she does remember, “I have a few drops of oil and a little meal.” Ah, that’s the secret: begin to pour. And she began to pour, and it never did stop running. There it was just running, and running, and running, until every need had been met.
What was the principle? Don’t pray to God for something. Ask yourself, “What have I in the house? What have I that I can begin to pour? Supply isn’t going to come to me from heaven. Supply isn’t going to come to me from man whose breath is in his nostril, it’s got to come out of something that I already have.”
Jesus picked up this principle, and when he had a multitude who were hungered also, and the disciples came wondering how they were to be fed, He asked that same foolish question, “What have we?” Now you know it was a foolish question because He knew they didn’t have anything. He knew it. They’d been up there in the mountains there for several days, but He asked it, and those disciples showed the same spiritual insight that the widow did. They said, “Well, we do have a few loaves and fishes. Ah, that’s enough. Break and share.” In other words, begin to pour; begin to give, and they fed everybody and had twelve baskets full left over.