All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:18

While Jesus said that all power was given to him in heaven and earth, at another time he said that he of himself could do nothing.  This sounds like a contradiction until we understand the subtlety of its meaning.  Jesus realized that there is but One Power and One Presence and he knew that when he surrendered himself to the Presence, that is, when he thought the thoughts of God after Him, then the Power would automatically respond to him.  Therefore, in surrendering himself to the Presence of Good he commanded the Law of Good.  This is fundamental to our whole concept of what we believe and the way we use it.  For we use the Law of Good, which of itself is entirely independent of us, like all other laws of nature.  Responding to the Presence of Love, we use the Law of Good.  This is what meditation, affirmation and prayer mean.

I am now depending on the Power that is greater than I am and the Law of Good that is available right here and now.  I identify my life with the Presence and the Power and the Love of God.  I recognize the Divine Presence within and around me, and in all people.

If there is anything in me that denies this Presence or this Power, I loose it and let it go.  I am surrendering myself in faith and with complete conviction to the acceptance that everything necessary for my well-being, my physical, mental and spiritual self-expression, is now operating in, through and around me. I know that everything I so shall prosper.  I know that the One Life, which is God, is my life now.  Therefore I accept this gift of Life and Love, for myself and for all people.


Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker


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