Affirm: I follow Jesus and take charge of my uncultivated thoughts as I triumphantly ride into my habitation of peace and prosperity.
Scripture: The people “…took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord-the King of Israel!” John 12:13 (NRSV)
Dear Prosperity Partners and Friends,
I have just finished our Good Friday Service and I am ‘crossing out’ the ‘thought of delay’ so that I can say this newsletter “Is Finished’ today. What about you? What are you ‘crossing out?’
On Sunday, we accepted Jesus’ invitation to go with him to Jerusalem. Joining his procession, we proclaimed God’s authority, not Caesar’s authority. We surrendered to the power of God’s Kingdom and not Rome’s Kingdom. We sang ‘Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’ and refused to bow in worship to Caesar as Lord. We did this as we followed Jesus in demonstrating the necessity of elevating spiritual authority over human authority because Christ Consciousness is our goal.
- Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not an accident. It was planned to demonstrate the authority of God rather than the authority of Rome that was being proclaimed in another part of the city.
- Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem metaphysically symbolizes mastery and dominion of the ‘I AM’ over the ‘animalistic nature or tendencies of the human nature’ (donkey) within us. To ride your donkey is to make the human/animal nature obedient to God’s will or your spiritual nature. It’s the only way to attain spiritual mastery.
- ‘Hosannah’ translates to ‘save or heal now.’ The shouts of Hosanna come because when we exert spiritual mastery, there is a stirring in our soul in recognition that something powerful and spiritually meaningful is occurring. The soul cries out as it shifts from ‘‘my will and my way’ to ‘God’s will and God’s way.’ It is this consciousness shift that gives us the spiritual mastery to overcome every trial and ‘go all the way.’
I am still basking in the witness of Jesus, Mary of Magdala and the Roman Centurion on Mount Calvary. Truly, Good Friday is ‘God’s Friday.’ The crucifixion teaches us that there is never a time that God is not with us –a present help when troubles arise.
Mary of Magdala and the women, teach us to have the faith that Jesus had in God. When our faith in the indwelling God is elevated, we can endure all things that come our way.
The Roman Centurion reminds us of the mistakes we make. Don’t overlook them. Acknowledge them. The only way we can cross them out is to acknowledge them so that we can do something about them. We are empowered to let go and begin again.
Jesus reminds us that no matter the injustice, we experience justice as we look to God. In humility, he surrenders to a life of ministry, numerous challenges, confrontation of religion and politics, and condemnation by Roman authorities and his religious leaders. At every turn, Jesus gave God the glory, even unto death. The rest is history.
How will you spend your Good Friday? What will you crucify? Note, I did not say, ‘Who will you crucify?’ What limiting belief, fact, interpretation, mind-set, emotion must be ‘crossed out’ so that you may RISE into your greater yet-to-be? Only you can decide.
Let’s pray: God of triumph, God of victory, God in every circumstance, we thank You for Your ever-present presence. In all things, You are with us as an abiding faith, love, hope and joy. Therefore, we declare victory from the beginning of every circumstance. On this Good Friday, we remember the victory that Calvary could not cancel. To God be the glory. Amen.
Here’s the link to Palm Sunday’s Service if you missed the lesson or wish to watch it once more:
Here’s the link to Good Friday’s Service if you missed the lesson or wish to watch it once more: