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The Kingdom of God/Spirit Within
by Rev. Timothy Gardner, Sr. Asst. State Prince of Wisconsin
Jesus tells in the bible that the kingdom of God (Spirit) is at hand. It is within reach here and now! Immediately available! And, that we should first and foremost in our life seek to find this kingdom. But just what is this kingdom that he promises to give us and where is it located? In Romans 14:17, it states that the kingdom of God (Spirit) is not meat and drink, (it is not material things, not a material adobe, or place), but it is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. So here we have the definition of the kingdom of God (Spirit): It is a state of everlasting peace, joy, happiness, and bliss in God, brought about by living in accordance to spiritual principles. The spiritual principles that recognize God as Omnipresent and Omnipotent. It is living in the conscious recognition of God as Omnipresence and Omnipotence. Jesus definitely located the kingdom of God (Spirit) in Luke 17:20-21, where we red ?and when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God (Spirit) should come, Jesus answered them saying, that the kingdom of God (Spirit) cometh not with observation, neither shall they say lo here or lo there for behold, the kingdom of God (Spirit) is within you. He said to look within you. To acknowledge its presence within you here and now.
People this is the doctrine that Jesus and Hurley came to show us. According to that great American mystic Joel Goldsmith, The kingdom of God (Spirit) is not in Holy teachers; it is not in Holy Temples; but the kingdom of God (Spirit) is within you and me. Therefore, we must relax from the search and acknowledge the presence of God right where we are. This is the importance for this statement; God is already there where you are. The very place whereon thou standest is Holy ground. Why? Because the presence of God is there. God is Omnipresent. So you do not have to spend time wondering how to reach him or how to bring him into your experience, or how to make yourself worthy of Him. For you move, live, and have your being in the realization that where you are God is!
Goldsmith proceeds to state that, It makes no difference whether you are sick, monetarily sinning, temporarily in lack or limitation, or even, if you are dying. Right where you are, God is. And your function is merely to keep remembering that. Don't try to make it happen because it is already has true. God is closer to you than your breathing. He is nearer than hands and feet. And we do not have to go anywhere to find Him. We need only to acknowledge Him. We need only to recognize that where we are God is. If we try to visualize something closer than our breathing, we shall understand that the very presence of God is right where we are. Psalms 139 tells us, ?Whither shall I flee from thy Spirit, wither shall I flee from thy presence.? The allness of the father is right here, right now, readily available by virtue of His omnipresence.
We must realize that because if Him being omnipresent there is no me, thee, and God, but only God. One life. One presence. One Power. The Master revealed to us the principle of our ?Oneness? with the Father in the 14th Chapter of St. John, where it reads, When Phillip demanded that Jesus reveal the Father to them, he stated Phillip have I been so long a time with you and yet thou hast not known me? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father, if you have known me, you would have known the Father also. I am in the Father and the Father in me.I speak not of myself, but of the Father that dwelleth within me, I and the Father are one. At the day ye shall know I am the Father, you in me, and I in thee. We are all one.
This was the Master's teaching. A teaching of oneness. The bottom line is, Jesus and Hurley told us where the Father is and that He is readily available if we change out thoughts, stop looking afar off, and realize that the kingdom of God (Spirit) is within you and me, right here, and right now. How are we to avail ourself of the kingdom? We must repent and turn from worldliness, and follow the spiritual doctrine. The holy scriptures tell us, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and also to let the mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who thought it not robbery to be equal with God. We must cleanse the temple of our mind and rebuild our state of consciousness. Jesus gave us the formula for the cleansing process in the 15th Chapter of St. John where he tells us, Now ye are clean through the word I have spoken unto you, abide in me and I in you. He tells us we must abide in the conscious acknowledgement of our oneness with the Father. I and the Father are one, is not a state to be attained for it already is. And until we reach that state of consciousness we must let his word abide in us. We must consciously acknowledge his presence within us. We must dwell in the secret place of the Most High; not read about dwelling there; but we must dwell there. We must acknowledge the Omnipresence and Omnipotence of God constantly in our life.
In Deuteronomy 30:20, it says to, cleave unto God for He is thy life. We must realize that which I am seeking I already am. We must practice the presence of God. Our first thought in the morning should be, I and the Father are one and we should dwell on the meaning of this statement. All throughout the day we should take a passage of truth in our mind and dwell upon its meaning and its relationship to us. We must cultivate with practice a state of mind in which we constantly think of the Lord. We must reach that state of mind where we pray without ceasing, asking God to reveal Himself to us. We mist walk with God, talk with God, sleep with God, and live continuously in the conscious awareness of His presence.
We must learn to sit before God and meditate upon Him and His word. We must surrender ourselves to Him, and long for Him to reveal himself to us. Our longing must be as strong as that of a frowning man who is craving for air. II Chronicles 15:2 tells us, the Lord is with you, while you be found of you. But if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. So do you see that the responsibility of bringing the presence of God into conscious awareness in out life rests with us. We must be constantly aware of our relationship to out Father for it to be of benefit to us. Unless we are consciously aware of something it is of no benefit. To cite an example, the Laws of aerodynamics existed in Jesus' day, but the men of his time were not aware of them, but did their ignorance of these laws make them non-existent? No! But, they were of no avail until we become consciously aware of them and out them to use. In the same way, the kingdom of God (Spirit) is within you and I; and it is true
that God is right there where you are. But we must be consciously aware of His presence in order for it be of benefit to us.
(Excerpts from Living the Infinite Way & The Contemplative Life by Joel Goldsmith; Citadel Press)
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