Faith for the Open Road
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Faith for the Open Road
Patrick Henry Bellringer
Monday May 3, 2004,
Published in this website on May 14, 2004. Taken from:http://www.fourwinds10.net/siterun_data/bellringers_corner/writings/news.php?q=abf88cd09d49d5fde874375bb6ac459f .
The one most important factor giving stability to our lives, as people living on Earth Shan, is our belief in Creator God, and the creative power of our God Spirit within. Truthbringers throughout history have taught us, what we know through our God Spirit within to be true, that Creator God is a loving and compassionate God, who has a purpose for each of His creations.
Esu Immanuel Sananda has taught us that through our God Spirit within we can know all Truth. We need only ask. Each of us has a contract with Creator God. Each has a purpose for being here in this present lifestream. Within each of us lies the creative power and wisdom with which to cope with life’s daily insurmountable problems, as we learn our lessons in soul growth and complete our contracts.
Knowing that we have a contract to fulfill that we made with Creator God, a mission in life, gives us both hope and purpose in our living. It gives us faith to travel the «open road.» Too many travelers today lack the hope and the purpose that makes life meaningful. They have not yet awakened to their true potential. They have not yet found a belief system that would give them the faith to travel the «open road».
Let us examine the concept of belief, both what it is and how one acquires it. Understand that belief, faith and trust have the same meaning. Let us say that you are walking on a path through a forest in a mountainous region, and you come to a foot bridge spanning a very deep canyon. The bridge is supported by two ropes that swing out across the canyon to the other side. You are now faced with a very important decision. You must make a freewill choice which may be life-threatening. Do you trust the bridge to hold your weight as you cross it? Do you believe the bridge of rope is strong enough to support you? Do you have faith that the bridge will carry you to your destination on the other side of the canyon?
You set one foot on the bridge to test it. You set another foot on the bridge, the ropes creak, and you are about to panic. The bridge holds your weight, so you carefully continue on across the deep canyon, and safely reach the other side. You traversed the bridge with the assurance that the bridge was equal to the task. You traversed the bridge with the belief that you were equal to the task. Such belief comes from the power of your God Spirit within. That belief tells you that Creator God has the power to make the bridge strong enough to carry you. That belief, in fact, tells you that you have that creative power of Creator God, and that you can make the bridge as strong as necessary to support you. That, my friends, is what belief, faith or trust is all about. Faith involves an inner knowing that you possess the power of Creator God that is always equal to the task. That inner power supports your faith to travel the «open road».
The question is, «How does one acquire such faith, such belief, such trust»? In the «Good News According to John» much is recorded of the teachings of Esu Immanuel about belief. In John 4:7-15 is recorded the account of «the woman at the well.» The woman, who came to draw water from the well in this account was a Samaritan, a native of Samaria (today’s West Jordan). The Samaritans were Jews who had inter-married with non-Jews, and were, thus, rejected and hated by «pure» Jews. Jews were forbidden to have any dealings whatsoever with Samaritans, as Samaritans were considered to be outcasts of Jewish society.
The story goes that Esu Immanuel was traveling through Samaria. He came to Jacob’s Well, and because he was tired, he sat down beside the well. As Esu was sitting there, a woman of Samaria came to the well to draw water. Esu said to her, «Give me a drink». She said, «How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria»? Esu replied, «If you knew God’s gift of living water and who I am, you would be asking me for this «living water». Everyone who drinks of this well water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. The water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life».
Esu was speaking about belief, about spiritual awakening. As water maintains physical life, so does the living water of Creator God, the power within, maintain spiritual life and give hope and purpose. The «water of life» is a gift that is there for the asking. To receive it one must believe that it is real, and that it will quench your «spiritual thirst». Secondly, one must make a freewill choice, a decision to receive it. One must take the «living water» and drink it. One must go within to the well of «living water» at your heart center and drink of it. Then you will awaken to the power of this gift from Creator God to carry you forward, along life’s pathway. As water is essential for physical life, so is Creator God’s «living water» essential for one’s spiritual life.
My friends, belief is as simple as drinking water. The Samaritan woman said to Esu, «Sir, give me this water, that I may never thirst». She had a need. She was spiritually thirsty. She made a choice. She decided that this gift of «living water» would satisfy her spiritual thirst. She took action. She asked for and received the gift. She awakened to the «well of living water», within her, to the creative power she had at her disposal. The result was that she had belief. She had trust. She had faith. How do we know this to be true? The story goes on to tell us this woman was so excited that she left her water jar at Jacob’s Well, and ran into the city to tell her family and friends. Many Samaritans believed her testimony and asked Esu to stay and teach them Truth for two more days. Many more believed and «drank of the living water» because they heard in person Esu’s words of Truth. They, too, found faith for their «open road».
Another demonstration of the meaning of belief by Esu Immanuel is recorded in John 6. As Esu was teaching and healing the people, a crowd of at least 5000 had gathered along the Sea of Galilee. Esu said to Philip, «How are we to feed these people»? Philip replied, «Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.» Then Andrew said, «There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they among so many?» Esu’s response was to tell his disciples to have the people all sit down on the grass. Esu then took the five barley loaves and two fish, gave thanks to Creator God for them and then distributed this food to the people. Everyone ate their fill, and his disciples gathered up twelve baskets of food that was left over. How could this happen?
Esu Immanuel showed the people the potential of the power of Creator God within. Esu used this creative power to multiply the five barley loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of 5000 people. He did this to show them what belief in their true potential from Creator God was all about. From the story it is obvious that the people did not understand, for the next day they came again to Esu. He said to them, «Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw miracles, but because I fed you, and now you are hungry again. Do not labor for physical food which perishes, but for food which I give you, which brings spiritual life.»
«Moses was given manna, bread from Heaven for physical life, but I give you true bread from Heaven, for the bread of God is that which comes down from Heaven, and gives spiritual life to the world. I bring you the bread of life. He who eats of this true bread shall satisfy his spiritual hunger, and he who drinks of the «living water» shall satisfy his spiritual thirst.»
My friends, belief is as simple as eating bread. There first must be a need. One must be spiritually hungry. You must make a choice. You must decide that the gift to you of the «bread of life» will satisfy your spiritual hunger. Then you must take action. You must ask for and receive the gift. As you awaken to the «Bread of Life» within you to feed your spirit, to the creative power you have at your disposal, you know Truth. The result is that you now have belief. You have trust. You have faith—faith to travel «the open road»
A third demonstration by Esu Immanuel of the meaning of belief is found in John 5:2-18. In Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate was a pool of healing waters which had five porticoes. It was called the Pool of Bethzatha. At those times when the water was «troubled», those in the pool were healed. When Esu came to the pool it was filled with a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, and paralyzed people. Esu saw a man lying by the pool, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. He said to him, «Do you want to be healed?» The sick man answered him, «Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.» Esu said to him, «Rise, take up your pallet, and walk» and at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.
Why would Esu ask the sick man the question, «Do you want to be healed»? It was obvious that he was physically ill and that the sole purpose for being at the Pool of Bethzatha was to be healed in the healing waters. Esu asked the question to move the man’s thinking beyond the physical waters of the pool to the power of healing that he held within himself. The man did not comprehend the question as shown by his answer, «I have no man to put me into the pool». Esu ignored the man’s response, which was based on third dimension thinking, and pushed his belief system to new limits by his command. «Rise, take up your pallet and walk!»
It was very obvious that the man could not physically walk. He had tried to walk hundreds of times, and had failed. Why would this time be any different? Everyone around him knew that this man needed to be healed. This man had a great need, a great desire to be healed. In a split second he had to make a decision. He had to make a choice to respond to the command given to him. Then he had to take action and do the impossible. He had to get up and walk! In so doing he would be healed, instantly! In the act of getting up this sick man was exercising his power to heal himself. In taking action in faith he was aided by the healing Angels. The result was that he walked like any healthy person. He was healed! For thirty-eight years this man, as does everyone, had the power within himself to heal himself through the creative power of his God Spirit, but he never knew it. The result is that he now had belief. He now had trust. He now had the faith he needed to travel «the open road». He had awakened to his true potential.
Some forty-two years ago a seminary professor shared with me some thoughts that he had written. I include them here for your discernment.
THE FORD IN THE PARLOR
(Dr. Paul F. Barackman)
In the year 1909 a farmer bought a Ford. Their purchase confronted the farmer and his wife with a problem. How was this shiny new possession to be kept in its original beauty, if it were taken out onto the roads of that day to be driven through ruts and dust and mud? They solved the problem by wheeling the car into the parlor, which in a farmhouse has so often been the receptacle for sacred objects. There, free from the hazards of daily use, it was carefully dusted and periodically polished and admired for its appearance, while the owner gradually «got out of the notion» of learning to drive. Forty years passed. Both the farmer and his wife died. The Ford was auctioned to two boys who bought it for $47. We are not told what disastrous results ensued after the new owner took over. We surmise the splendid treasure soon found itself in the rough and tumble of the highway, where conditions had improved considerably since 1909, but still impose risks on those who use it.
Neither Fords nor faith are made to be kept in the parlor. And, whereas this may have been the only Ford in history to be treated in this considerate fashion, there have been a number of people who have sought to treat faith in this way.
Sometimes men who have come into possession of a faith have thought to preserve it from the rough and tumble of the highway. They have seen some of the things that happen when owners of such vehicles have fared forth on the open road. At the very least they are liable to have mud thrown on them by passing travelers. One way and another dents and scratches have been suffered. Exposure to the elements has removed the shine very effectively. There have been some wrecks also! All the risks plus the difficulty of learning to drive at all, have induced men to make the faith more of an ornament than a means of transportation.
Life’s road is full of intellectual and spiritual perils, known and unknown. It is smooth at times, but may become steep, stony, or narrow. Moved by such alarming considerations, some people have turned the faith from a means of assistance in making their earthly journey, into a burden for which they assume responsibility. When life is done, they may have succeeded in warding off all corrupting influences, but they may never have had a ride.
Everyone has to admit the risks that are to be found on the open road, but the faith has been equal to its task. We put the strain of our toil upon it. By it we travel the difficult roads and overcome their hardships. «The Ford in the Parlor» is therefore, a picturesque reminder that we have a great resource, for all the vicissitudes of a human career.
My friends, belief is like drinking water. Belief is like eating bread. Belief is like getting up and walking. There must be a need, a choice, a decision made to fill that need, an action taken to achieve the goal, and a result that is totally satisfying. Is your faith like the «Ford in the Parlor»? Are you hitch-hiking along life’s road because you have not learned how to drive? Do you have your «power» to travel hidden away because you are too afraid to try, and the risks are too great?
Many people have kept their faith in the «parlor» for forty years, polishing it every Sunday or Holy Day and admiring it, but never letting that faith, that belief, that trust take them somewhere. Faith comes, my friends, in our drinking of the «Living Water». Faith comes in our eating of the «Bread of Life». Faith comes in our rising up and walking. Faith comes in our crossing of the bridge. It comes as we exercise our God Power within. True faith can move mountains in an instant.
Do you dare to take your faith out on the open road, amid the dust and ruts of the highway, and with it shape your destiny? Do you dare to use your creative power within to help change your world and the destiny of others for good? I ask you to stand with all humanity, and use your great power within to create your way for the greatest good of all. We have at our disposal the «living waters», the «bread of life», the «healing forces»—the creative power within to make all things new. We have Faith equal to the task, for our Faith was truly designed for the Open Road!
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