Reach the Conviction of True Identity 3/5

You see, the most wonderful thing in the world happens when you learn that God is not a giving God, and God is not a withholding God. God never gives anything to anybody, and God never withholds anything from anybody. God just is.

Now you see, those are not fairy tales in the Bible, those are spiritual principles which you can prove. They are not impractical. They are so practical that for all these years I have been witnessing that very principle take care of everything needful in our work and for the many students who come to learn about supply. All you have to do is stop looking outside of yourself for your supply. Stop looking to man, and stop looking to God, and ask yourself, “What have I in my house?” And then begin to break it and share it. Begin right where you are. Look around in your clothing closet. Look around in your attic, or look around in your cellar, or look on your back. Look in your purse. Look somewhere and find what it is you’ve got, and it may be nothing of a material nature. 

You may have a lot more forgiveness than you’ve ever dreamed about, and you haven’t used it. You may not have used up that seventy times seven. That’s a lot of forgiveness, 490 times, you know, and you may not have used it all up, so you could begin with forgiveness. You may not have used up all the prayers for your enemies. Whatever it is, where there is lack or limitation, it has nothing to do with human conditions. It has nothing to do with how much crops there are or how little crops. It has nothing to do with how rich or poor your country is. It has to do with how rich or poor your consciousness is. 

Whether you can say, “I have.” or whether you insist on being human and saying, “I have not.” because there again scripture comes and reminds us, “To him that hath shall be given. From him that hath not shall be taken away even the little that he hath.” So, if you’d just like a little less than you’ve got, just claim that you’ve got nothing, and see how soon you’ll have less, but when you begin to acknowledge, “I have. I have. I and my Father are one, so I must have something. I must have love. I must have patience. I must have service. I must have some old clothing. I must have something. I’ve got to find it. I’ve got to seek within me until I find something that I can begin to give out and share to this world. Break and share. Pour. Make me a piece of meal. Make me a dinner.” Oh, that seems hard to tell a poverty-stricken widow to make “me” a dinner when she hasn’t enough for herself and her son, but you see she did have. The minute she was willing to acknowledge that she had and was willing to begin sharing it. 

You see, what I’ve learned out of all these years is that unless we know God, we’re lost spiritually, but that the very moment we begin to know him aright we discover life eternal, at least, the measure of it that we can at this time accept. You see, the most wonderful thing in the world happens when you learn that God is not a giving God, and God is not a withholding God. God never gives anything to anybody, and God never withholds anything from anybody. God just is. God doesn’t give sunshine today. No, the sunshine just keeps on going, going, going because behind it there’s the God that made it, and maintains it, and sustains it, but God doesn’t give it or withhold it. It’s just there all the time. God doesn’t give crops or withhold them. They are always in the ground. Our abuse may lessen them or our harmonies may increase them. 

How many times I’ve witnessed in my practice how people rightly taught in prayer increase the amount of fruit on their trees or the amount of milk in their cows. Not because they set out to increase it, merely because they began to live in accord with the law of God, and the law of God is abundance. The law of God is infinity. It showers down on you when you are in accord with it. And when you are not in accord it, it would look as if you would have to struggle for every little shilling that existed. 

The question here is: there can be no spiritual progress until you have overcome the world. That, too, is a matter of interpretation. To overcome the world doesn’t mean to go out here and battle it. It means to overcome the worldly instincts within ourselves. In other words, when you can fulfill, in some measure, the Sermon on the Mount, when you can refrain from wanting your enemies punished, in that degree you’ve overcome the world. When you can refrain from suing for something that you believe is your right, you have overcome the world. You are no longer using the weapons of this world. You have put up your sword. When you can forgive, when you can release, when you can pray in secret without your fellow man seeing it, when you can do your alms where nobody will know it and you can’t get any credit from the world, when you can do your alms so that even your minister doesn’t know what you are contributing to his church, when you can do your alms so that the person you’re sending money or food to doesn’t know who it came from, you have overcome the world. You have overcome your ego. You are no longer seeking to be glorified for that which really is just a normal natural act of brotherhood. 

Why do you think the Master says there are only two commandments? There are not ten. That belonged back to the old Hebrew days. It’s a sin for any man to have to be told not to steal. He isn’t a man when he has to be told that. He’s one of these creatures that Paul talked about. If a person has to be told not to commit adultery, that’s not man. That’s not man. That person hasn’t scratched yet even the surface of manhood, much more Godhood. 

When the spirit of God touches a person, they don’t have to be glorified because they did a good deed, because they supported their church or sent money to benevolence. But that’s nothing but glorifying the ego. That’s not a man. That’s why the Sermon on the Mount is a hard thing. It isn’t impractical.  It’s just difficult.  “Few there be that enter,” the Master says.

[There is an edit and some of the text repeats]

If a person has to be told not to commit adultery, that’s not man. That’s not man. That person hasn’t scratched yet even the surface of manhood, much more Godhood.

When the spirit of God touches a person, they don’t have to be glorified because they did a good deed, because they supported their church or sent money to benevolence. That’s nothing but glorifying the ego. That’s not a man. That’s why the Sermon on the Mount is a hard thing. It isn’t impractical. It’s just difficult. Few there be that enter the Master says because you have to give up feeding your ego. You have to give up believing that you deserve credit because you sent a hundred dollar check into somewhere, or that you fed the enemy. No, it was by God’s grace that you did it, and the minute you realize that you don’t need thanks. Oh, you’ll receive them and you’ll bow graciously and say, “You’re welcome.” But you won’t take it seriously. You won’t let it puff you up because you will know that you didn’t do it. It was the grace of God that worked through you. 

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