The Living God
June 23, 1944
I AM THAT I AM
How Does God Describes Himself, as related in the Bible? God describes Himself as “I AM THAT I AM” and as “I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) Further on, we read, “Is there a God besides Me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8) How few these words, yet how all-inclusive, all-satisfying and absolute. Nor could they be more dynamic or more descriptive of Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience.
Dear Friend, if at any time you think “Truth” to be too wordy, too complicated or too vague and uncertain, then think of these words, for they contain the full and complete meaning of Life and Existence. They describe The Living God.
With what words did Jesus relate himself to the Christ? In a few simple words as follows: “I that speak unto thee am He.” (John 4:26) No other answer could be more explicit, more certain or absolute. How did he relate himself to the Father? In the words, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) Just small words, yet few in all ages have comprehended them.
It is being asked today, “How can I make Truth practical? How can I heal with it? How can I put it into use? How can I make it work for me?” Earnest, anxious, honest questions, nevertheless, any answer which sets forth or provides a human way would be imperfect and insecure; and, finally, useless and futile. Truth cannot be practiced upon untruth. Reality cannot be applied to unreality. That which Is cannot be mixed with the non-existent.
Seeing and accepting I AM THAT I AM, and besides ME there is none else, one is unable to point out anything in this Reality which needs healing, or see a place where Truth needs to be applied. The statement is so final, so all-inclusive, so absolute, as to preclude all thought of healing person or thing.
Verily, Truth cannot be practiced from the standpoint of applying it is as a means to an end, for the end is the same as the beginning, the object the same as the subject—I AM. Learning the meaning of “I AM THE WAY” he will have true Knowledge. Could the fact that the earth is round be practiced upon a flat earth? Think it over, and find out why not.
Be released from the notion to demonstrate the Truth, for how can you demonstrate the presence of that which is everpresent or overcome the thing which is not here? To know the Truth is Freedom and immunity.
Jesus did not teach metaphysics, nor was he a master metaphysician. He taught no method of healing disease or limitation; he gave no direction concerning thinking, excepting this: “Take ye no thought.” (Luke 12:11) Plainly he stated, “For this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth (show forth Reality as present here and now).” (John 18:37) Everyone who is of God can hear the Voice of Spirit.
“Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” (Mat. 5:48) Can a human ever be perfect? Can a human be brought into the perfect state of existence? Here is the answer: “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1Cor. 15:50) Dear friend, do not fail to remember that the Bible is for our instruction in Spirit, and only when we know our-Self to be Spirit—without beginning or end, changeless and eternal—can we comprehend that we must not give personality to Bible characters, nor ever believe that we must pass through the experiences they portray. The Message of Truth is what we look for, and when we have it in ourselves, then we know It in whatever book it is written.
“As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for The Living God.” (Psalms 42:1,2) “They shall be all taught of God.” (John 6:45) What is the meaning of Revelation or perfect Knowledge? The immediate consciousness of the Real.
The perfect Truth is simple Truth; the perfect Truth is the fact that Spirit is all, Spirit is the only Existence. “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) What Mind is this? It is the Mind which is I AM; it is the “I” which fills heaven and earth. (Jer. 23:24) Why call one thing Mind, and something else the manifestation of Mind? The light of the sun is sun; a leaf of the tree is tree; and the activity and manifestation of Mind is Mind.
Revelation is our perfect Savior and Deliverer—the Light of our World. In its glorious Light, our righteousness is revealed, our Perfection, Power and glory, even as it is written, as follows: “If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away…For then thou shalt lift up thy face without spot! Yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear: because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away. And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.” Moffatt states: “Your life will rise more radiant than the noon…you can feel secure…you can look around you and lie down in safety.” (Job 11:14-19)
Revelation silences every doubt and fear, raising us from glory to glory, delivering the perfect Answer without our effort, labor or thought. No joy can equal it, nor pen describe it. It is verily the indescribable.
“You are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells within you.” (Rom. 8:9—Moffatt) Believe not that you are flesh; a mortal; a human being. Since Spirit, God, is All, then everything that has existence is Spirit, and nothing else. Spirit is a Substance which is wholly pure, immutable, immaculate, unchanging and eternal. Until one identifies himself as Spirit—spiritual Mind, spiritual Being, spiritual Body and Existence—he must continue in the belief that he is a mortal, living in a human existence.
Insofar as we are able, we should depart from every belief and teaching which would identify us with de-flection, de-parture and de-generation, for they but lead to death. Spirit is Life, Spirit is Truth, Spirit is Reality—Here, Now, Always. Our all-absorbing devotion to Spirit as the all and whole of our Life, brings us the experience of Light and Revelation.
THE RIGHT WAY
The story of the fishing trip, as related in the Bible, is very illuminating when spiritually understood. We find Jesus telling his disciples to “launch out into the deep:” (Luke 5:4) meaning that we are to identify our-Self with the Infinite. It is significant to know their first words, as follows: ”We have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing.” Many of us have had such a trying and bewildering experience, toiling with words and thoughts, with books and teachings, yet getting nothing, nor knowing why.
In John 21, the sixth verse, Jesus said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find…And now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” Dear One, can you tell just what would be the right side of the ship, that you may cast here also?
When they followed the instruction, lo, everything was there that they sought, and in overwhelming abundance. Taken literally this account has no value, for the “right” side surely could not have been just the other side of the ship. It has but one meaning—the right side is the right Way. Looking into the infinite we shall see our-Self as we are: and claiming this Selfhood as our very own, here and now, we experience the abundance of spiritual realities. Identified with the Infinite, we are identified with the Self-existent, the Self-sustained and Self-complete. Each of us is complete in the One, each entitled to All. Since we are in and of the Infinite, we have all that the Infinite includes.
Only as Spirit, the one Selfhood, can we claim the right to all things, and be secure—our body safe from danger. Think, if it were possible to add materiality to the alphabet, how fatal would be the result. Every letter would then be subject to accident, loss and extinction. Think, how fatal it would be if Spirit could be materialized! Immediately, it would be subject to dissolution and annihilation. Truly, matter cannot be added to Spirit, nor weight and size. We are Spirit Now.
Fire or water cannot reach the letters of the alphabet, nor sword or pain. In exactly the same way we can think of our Body; as Spirit, it is immune, it is pure, it is undimensional. Therefore, instead of spending time in attempting to heal thought, body or disease, give your whole attention to the Light and Understanding that I AM SPIRIT; Spirit is my Being, Spirit is my complete Consciousness.
We need not affirm Truth when once we know that Truth is the only Existence, Truth is Spirit; we need not deny what we know has no existence in Truth, hence no existence at all. Why continue to struggle and strive with arguments, inconsistencies and confusions when the joy and glory of knowing that we are Spirit awaits us all? There is no place where Spirit is not present, for Spirit is the Everpresnce and the Undimensional.
Spirit is our own Consciousness. It has no opposite and no becoming. Ever free, flawless and absolute, Spirit is the right and only Way. Here alone shall we find that which satisfies us, enriches and glorifies us—everlastingly.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2Cor. 3:17) Moffatt’s translation is this: “’the Lord’ means the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is open freedom.” Spiritual readiness and a fasting from intellectualism, personalities and wrong teaching, brings us the Light which is Illumination. “Launch out into the deep!” “Cast the net on the right side!” Through love of Spirit, the Perfect, we know and experience spiritual Reality, spiritual Peace and Blessedness.
Dear Friend, we are destined to know the Truth of our own Being, and to know it in the right Way. Not for an instant have we ever been other than Spirit, for God is ever the Unchangeable All. Our own Reality is ours to experience in the Here and Now, since we are the Infinite One—Spirit, THE LIVING GOD.