Rev. William's Points to Ponder
A written rendering of the Sunday lesson

Sunday, April 18, 2010 – “God Is The Source of My Supply” (1st in series)
Series based on the book Prosperity's Ten Commandments, by Georgiana Tree West

Affirmation: God is the source of my supply.

Questions to ponder: Out of the 24 hours in a day, for how many hours is the above affirmation a true statement for you? Does everything in your life come from God? Does every thought come from God? Does every action you do come from God? Does every relationship you have come from God?

Affirmation: God is the source of my supply.

Sometimes we, myself included, do not acknowledge God as the source of every supply in our life. When I experience conflict, I am not acknowledging God as the source of my supply. When I do not have enough money for my needs, I am not acknowledging God as the source of my supply. When I feel depressed, dejected, and lonely it is because I am not acknowledging God as the source of my supply, because in God there is only peace and fulfillment. Regardless of my financial or social status, if God is the source of my supply, I have peace and fulfillment. My supply and well-being do not come from the dollars that I own or the relationships that I maintain; they come from my connection with Spirit.

Many of us spend more time going to the bathroom than we do connecting with Spirit. Going to the bathroom is not optional; it is necessary. Connecting with Spirit is even more necessary, even less optional. If it is true that God is the source of my supply and I do not connect with God, from where will my supply come? Is any supply coming to me? Are dollars coming to me? Are loving relationships coming to me? Are the organs and tissues and cells in my body working together harmoniously to bring optimum health to me?

Expanding on that idea, can an organization thrive if God is not its source of supply? Think about it. An organization is a macrocosm of a human being. It is an entity created to accomplish a specific goal (life), composed of people (cells) operating in departments (organs) and communicating with each other by various means (tissues). An organization, whether family, church, business, community, nation, or world, receives its supply from God. If it is lacking in any way, it must renew and strengthen its connection to its source of supply, God.

God supplies your spiritual nourishment, not your minister. Your minister is a channel for God. Your country may be a channel for God to provide a supply of security and protection. Your life partner may be a channel for God to supply love to make your heart sing. The earth itself is the channel for God to supply your physical nourishment. Your job may be a channel for God to supply your financial means. Your needs are supplied through many channels, and the source is always, always, God.

Understanding that God is always your only source of any supply is the foundation of your well-being.

Affirmation: God is the source of my supply.

Georgiana Tree West in her book, Prosperity’s Ten Commandments, makes an analogy between the allegory of the Ten Commandments written around 2,600 years ago in the book Exodus in the Jewish scriptures, and the principles of manifesting prosperity. The Biblical first commandment is: “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3 NRSV) The writers of the book of Exodus had figured out that God was the one and only source of all that is, including the supply of everything that supports life and well-being. It followed that there must be an unobstructed connection with that one and only God for things to go well.

My job here on planet Earth is to learn how to stay connected with God. My job as your spiritual teacher is to teach you how to stay connected with God. Here is my entire course of “Connection to God 101” in one sentence: Prayer and meditation are the direct line to God. I find my life working better as I connect with God more consistently. Dollars show up. Loving relationships fill my life. Aches and pains in my body disappear. Doors open that need to be open and doors close that need to be closed. This is a result of my practice of prayer and meditation, connecting with God. It is a result of my believing with every atom in my body and the deepest recesses of my consciousness and the totality of my soul that there is only one presence and one power in my life and in the Universe, God the good.

At our church we open our Sunday morning service with the statement: There is only one presence and one power in my life and in the Universe, God the good, omnipotent. We start our day of celebration and sacred time together with this statement of Truth. What would it sound like if it were different, and if it did not affirm God as the source of our supply? Let's see… “Good morning. Welcome to our church. We don’t like ourselves or anybody else.” hmmm… what kind of day will such an affirmation bring onto us? Let’s try it again… “Good morning. Welcome to our church. We are flat broke and there’s no end in sight.” hmmm… not too good either.

Is this the kind of life that we want for ourselves? Is that the life you want for your church? Is that the life you want for your loved ones? If you do not know that God alone is the source of all-good, then you are affirming, actually you are guaranteeing, a deficit of money, love, health, joy, and peace. Start your day from the highest place of your Christ consciousness, then proceed to act from that place the rest of the day.

The writers of Exodus knew that the source of their happiness was God. That God was the one God that resided deep within each one of them. When Jesus, who was Jewish, began his public teaching, it was not to undermine Hebrew law but to accurately interpret it. Jesus’ message was: When you come to God with a clean heart, at ease and without worry, you will find the treasures of your Father’s heaven. (see Matthew 5:23-24) He meant that you would live the life that you want when you have a clean heart and come to God with your requests. A clean heart is one that harbors no resentments, no thoughts of harm, wants only good for others and seeks to do every act with great love. Coming to God with your requests implies recognition that God is the one and only source of supply in your life.

When things don’t go well, the first place to check is your connection to God. Ask yourself: Am I connected to Sprit by prayer and meditation? Am I connected to Sprit by my thoughts, words, and actions? Am I acting as if I truly am a piece of God expressing through this body? When I experience a lack of money, love, health, or any other supply, do I first check my connection with Spirit? Or do I blame other people and circumstances for my misfortunes? When the supply of anything is missing, check your connection to the Source of all supply.

Unity has no dogma, but if it did, the first commandment in its doctrine would be: There is only one God and you shall have no other gods. You shall not look anywhere else for your supply; look only to the one presence and one power of God.

Every day in your life, not just Sundays, should begin with a statement of Truth like this one: “Good morning. Welcome to my life, where there is only one presence and one power active every second. That presence and power is God, good all the time, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent throughout the Universe.”

This is my life. This is your life, too; make it good.

References:
- West, Georgiana Tree. (1946, 1944). Prosperity’s Ten Commandments. Unity Books. Unity Village, MO.
- Coogan, Michael (Ed.). (2001). The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press.


Rev. William A. Gill
Unity Church of Martin County
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