Rise Above Your Feelings!
Scripture: ‘Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid…make me a little cake…bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son…The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail…” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. I Kings 17:13- 15 (NRSV)
Affirm: I master my thoughts. I master my feelings. I AM the authority in all my dealings.
Dear Prosperity Partners and Friends,
Thank you for spending Mother’s Day with us. It was our pleasure to create the space for gathering in the name of those who have nurtured and who continue to nurture us. Whether you chose to worship with us in-person or virtually, we sincerely thank you.
In Sunday’s lesson, ‘Rise Above Your Feelings’, we turned our attention to God’s Prophet, Elijah, who was assigned to visit a widow in the town of Zerapath. Elijah met the widow as she collected sticks to cook what she felt would be her ‘last meal.’ With little resources, she had given up on life and living. As she prepared to eat and die, God was preparing for her to feed Elijah, herself and her son with plenty to spare and to share. Isn’t it interesting how God sees the widow
differently than she sees herself? God sees her with enough food to feed at least 3 people not just for a day, but for numerous days.
The potential God saw for the widow, her son and Elijah, is the same potential that God sees for you and me. When we see ‘little’, God sees ‘much.’ When we believe we can’t share, God sees plenty to share and to spare. Don’t be mis-led by feelings of hopelessness and smallness. God’s vision is larger than our vision for ourselves. Like the widow, we can rise above our feelings and claim the ‘larger vision’ that
God says is TRUE for us.
Here’s a re-cap of our Major Points:
- As spiritual beings, the wisdom of God is resident in every soul. It seeks to always guide you into right action. Your role is to choose to listen to your inner wisdom rather than rely on your feelings of defeat.
Thank goodness the widow who described herself as having a ‘handful’ of meal and a ‘little’ jar of oil, was generous enough to use it to feed Elijah. In feeding him, first, she discovered that there was plenty for her and her son. Her single act of giving yielded significant returns. She literally ‘gave’ her way out of poverty feeling and thinking. So can we. Her giving ‘shifted’ her feelings from ‘I only have’ to ‘Yes, I have.’ The rest is history. It will be for you as well. When your feelings say ‘don’t give’ find something to ‘give.’
- God’s intuitive wisdom differs from conventional wisdom. It often looks like foolishness in the face of the facts before you. Follow it anyway.
Elijah was hungry and so was the widow and her son. They all wanted one thing, food. Conventional wisdom says, ‘feed yourself and your son.’ Intuitive wisdom says ‘feed someone else and your family will be fed.’ Our human nature asks ‘how can this be?’ while our spiritual nature says ‘try me and see.’
What has conventional wisdom suggested to you lately? Before you act, listen to your inner voice of intuition. It has something to say about your situation. Allow it to guide you forward and prosper you beyond measure.
“When we rely on the spiritual truth, such as love, wisdom, strength, substance etc, ‘we are always victorious no matter how great the [feeling or] foe.’” Inspired by Elizabeth Sand Turner
Let’s pray: God, You are my Source of Infinite Supply. You feed me. You clothe me. You lead me. Your storehouse is infinitely filled with every good and wonderful thing. I lack nothing. In total dependence on You, I turn away from every suggestion of ‘not enough.’ Before I call, You have answered. I give thanks that this is so. Amen.
Here’s the link to Sunday’s Service if you missed the lesson or wish to watch it once more: