Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
This coming Sunday we will be having a Community Meeting following lunch at noon. Please mark your calendars. This is an opportunity for us to come together and discuss what is working, what we can improve on and what is needed to keep our spiritual home in tip top shape. Your Board of Trustees wants you in the conversation!
The Power of Power was the topic for Sunday’s service. It is the chapter titled The Light of Power – The Power of Concentration, Self-Mastery, and Authority. I have been using the book Divine Audacity authored by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity says: “The Power that rules the world is within.”
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew 28:18: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
We are created for power.
Charles Fillmore (1940s in his Twelve Powers book) said: “Today men are striving to acquire power through money, legislation, and man-made government, and falling short because they have not mastered themselves.”
How do we cultivate power as a spiritual quality? Using concentration, self-mastery and spiritual authority.
Concentration is the opposite of multi-tasking. Concentration is about focus. It is our ability to be single minded and laser focused. From the website www.howtogetfocused.com research shows memory is less a factor in intelligence than “one’s ability to control their selective attention.”
Self-control and self-mastery are the keys to power.
Sikhism, World Scripture says: With the conquest of my mind, I have conquered the whole world.
2 Timothy 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
Self-mastery is a claiming of our wholeness and self-determination.
From the book, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett say this: Jesus’ spiritual authority came not from his personality and not from his intellect. His authority came “from the Father” – his source of inner wisdom. We too, must partner with wisdom in order to be centered in spiritual truth.
The affirmation for this week is:
I AM master of my thoughts, words, and actions. I master myself, respect myself, and hold myself accountable.
Join me next week when we look at the Power of Love.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey