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It's a Basic Faith We Need

By Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis

For generations, mystics and prophets have proclaimed this time to be an age of crisis; a turning point; a crossroad, so to speak; a time when we people of this good earth shall be confronted, in no uncertain terms, with the outward manifestation of our thoughts, our emotions, and our actions. We shall meet history, once again, that we might determine: have we changed; have we grown up; have we matured ‑‑ not in technology, but in Spirit? In many ways, we bear witness to this time of spiritual dis­pensation and repercussion through our suffering, through our tears, through our frustrations, through the needless killing in our societies; through hunger; through prejudice; through political upheaval; and through our seemingly lost hope.

 

We have work to do, people to help, and a mighty sound to make. If we are to be builders of a New Kingdom; a New Age; a New Dispensation of Religious Freedom ‑‑ if we are to receive that which is about to happen ‑‑ if we are to carry within our Spirits the seeds of a New Dispensation, a new vision in Christ's appearance on earth -- not only in principle, but in living practice -- we must instill within ourselves certain attitudes and certain mind‑sets. We must set the stage for change, if, indeed, change is what we seek to manifest, in our lives, in our society, and in our respective houses of worship.

 

Between what has happened recently in our own country and in other parts of the world, people are hurting; they are angry; they are frustrated; and they are scared. Security and foundation stones have been shattered for so many within a nation which felt it was impervious so such atrocities. In all of this, people need to find God and to get back to what I feel are the basic of life, living, and of faith.

 

It's a basic faith that we must nurture within our lives and within our society; but, it's also got to be a tough faith, because it will be challenged. It cannot be an unyielding or a dogmatic faith, but it must be a tough faith: a faith that will hold us up when everything else seems to push us down; a faith that will strengthen us, when everything else seems to weaken us and our beliefs; a faith that will allow us to get up and take two steps forward, every time we seem to take one step back; a faith which allows us to stand upon principle, when life seems to dictate otherwise. It’s a basic faith; it’s a simple faith; it’s a tough faith which God asks of us.

 

Abraham was asked to demonstrate such faith, when he was about to sacrifice his son. That's faith. He didn't have faith classes. Abraham didn't have political candidates trying to dictate a specific straight and narrow pathway, calling it faith and everything else evil or ungodly. He was a simple man, with a profoundly simple faith. He obeyed the Will of God, to the point where he was about to kill his son, because he believed in God's Will.

 

Time and time again, Moses stood up against Pharaoh, the most powerful human figure on earth at the time. Why? Because he believed in a Being far more powerful than any human; far more powerful than any deity carved into the recesses of stone. Through the wanderings in the desert, Moses had to put up with a barrage of bickering, complaining, nagging, and back‑stabbing by some rather ungrateful people. But he stood upon his belief and he led a nation to the portals of the Promised Land. Why? Be­cause he believed in the Will of God. He believed in the Promise, given to him by God. He believed in the Kingdom! And his faith was simple, basic, and tough.

 

Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem, knowing that his earthly days were num­bered. He knew, within his spirit. He rode through the streets of Jerusalem, listening to the crowds cheering and proclaiming: Hosanna, Hosanna, knowing full well that, within a few short days, those same people would be calling for his crucifixion upon a cross. But he believed. He knew. He believed in the Promise. He believed in the Kingdom. He believed in the beloved Father within.

 

Now, do we have to be that faithful in that which we profess? Do we have to be as faithful as Abraham, as trusting as Moses, as believing as Jesus Christ? That's asking a lot from us denizens of planet earth. Is this the type of faith needed to help build a new Kingdom, one based solely on Love and Forgiveness? Is this the type of faith needed to plant the seeds of things yet to come? Is this the type of faith that will allow us to be a voice for Spirit; a voice which seems to be dying in the land? Quite frankly, it is. It's a lot to ask of us, but it's a powerful task that lies before us. I believe we can do it. I believe we have it within us to usher in a new spirituality. I believe we have it within us to create a world in which Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Men, Women, Blacks, Whites, and all the wonderful shades in between can sit together in love and communion, because we recognize that which is common and good in all of us: Spirit. We can do it, if we all share in a common cause, a common commitment, a common plan., and a common faith in ourselves and in each other.

 

In the letter of James, it is written: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.” (JAMES 2:26).  Therefore, it's going to take a bit more than saying we can do it. We must want to do it. We must want to succeed in our lives, and we must want to succeed in our society. It's a mind‑set, and it's a mind‑set which may require old mind‑sets of negativity, exhaustion, overwhelm-ness, anger, resentment, and pessimism to be shattered and cast away.

 

If our faith is to be alive and vital, we must be excited about God's vision and our part within that vision, individually and collectively.

 

We should be excited! Why? Because God is an exciting God? We should be excited! Why? Because God's Kingdom on Earth, as in Heaven, really is an exciting place to be. We should be excited! Why? Because our faith excites, within us, holy living. We should be excited! Why? because the message of Jesus Christ and the Prophets ex­cites something wonderful within us. We should be excited! Why? Because we know that this message is not dead and buried within the pages of a book. We should be excited about Spirit! Why? Because Spirit is excited about us. We should be excited! Why? Because our Spirits are on fire, and we are excited to be alive! We should be excited! Why? Because our collective mission is to create a culture in which that same Spirit moves with us, walks with us, guides us, and has a voice!

 

Something wonderful is happening upon our planet. Something dreadful is also happening upon this planet. The forces of darkness and deceit; the forces of prejudice and bigotry; the forces of hatred and animosity are all wending their way into the hearts and minds of people. And they all come in response to us. Let us not blame any one can­didate, or any one religious movement for the ills which may plague us. We, collectively, have set the stage for the drama which is unfolding in our midst. Let's make no bones about it: We have paved the pathway for this time of crisis, and only we, with God's loving grace and help, can change things around. It's the law: what we sow, we shall reap. We are reaping that which we have sown for centuries.

 

Some time ago, I was sitting in a small park in Frankfurt, Germany. My week in Germany was going well. I loved the people I met and the experiences taught me so many wonderful things. But, I had this nagging and, quite frankly, unsettled feeling throughout my whole trip. Something was bothering me, and I just could not figure out what it was.

 

On a Thursday afternoon, during some time off, I was sitting down in a small park and I asked God to help me understand my uneasiness. I closed my eyes, and there it was, right before me.

 

I saw this young man and woman and child. They were drawn; they were wounded; they were tattered; and they seemed nearly starved to death. Death was written all over their faces. They looked at me and – with a look which I shall never forget, especially from the young girl – they said a few words: “The evil still wanders around.”

 

I immediately knew what this was all about. These three people were about ready to be gassed in a concentration camp. It’s not an energy which dissipates within a short 60 or 70 years. I was in a country which witnessed the near annihilation of a race of people by an evil and a power unleashed upon the earth.

 

Later, that evening, I was to conduct a large meeting for Spirit communication. About 225 people attended. It was a good evening, and I was well received by the German people. Toward the end of the evening, as I was giving communication to a gentleman from his brother, I saw these three people again, off to the side.

 

As soon as I finished with the gentleman, I saw these three people suddenly encircling an elderly woman somewhere toward the middle of the audience. I took a deep breath and went to this elderly lady and stated to her, “Am I correct in saying that you have a mother, a father, and a sister who were killed in the concentration camps, but, somehow, you were separated and you managed to escape this tragedy?”

 

Immediately, she began crying, and I proceeded with the communications. She really was choked up in tears; something which, I discovered, Germans were not prone to doing. When I ended the communication, she motioned that she wanted to say something. Still in tears, with broken English, she thanked me for this experience and affirmed that everything I said was accurate, except one thing. She said, in a most quivering voice, “I did not escape this tragedy. Had I died with my family, I would have escaped this tragedy.”

 

Boy, did that little, elderly German woman teach me something!

  • Take nothing for granted.

  • Appreciate all that we have.

  • Be grateful for life.

  • Stop griping about the silly, little things that we do not have and begin focusing on the blessings which we do have.

  • Honor and respect Spirit.

  • Praise God for Life and the gifts of the Spirit which He has given us. And, if you are blessed with any such gift, regardless of what it is, use it wisely, humbly, with honor, and always in His Holy Name.       

 

Jesus asked us to behold the signs of the times. I do not believe that any one of us can deny that the signs of the times are speaking loudly, and they are speaking clearly!

 

In a few shorts weeks, Christians around the globe will welcome in the Advent Season. Shortly thereafter, Jews around the world will commemorate the Miracle of the Oil and what obstacles and tragedies a small group of people who truly believe in the sanctity of their God can overcome. Through the seasons of Advent and Chanukah, more candles are progressively lit – week by week; day by day. It is a season of Light, Hope, Faith, Strength, Determination, and Courage.

 

So many people suffer what is known as the “post-holiday blues”. Why? Because once the Christmas gifts are opened and the decorations are put away; once the eighth candle of the Chanukah Menorah is extinguished, so, too, does the Light of the season seem to be extinguished.

 

Let us all make ourselves and our God a promise this upcoming holiday season: To keep the Light and the Spirit of these two majestic celebrations alive and kindled throughout 2018 and the years to come!

 

Upon awakening each morning and just before retiring each evening, amidst my prayers, I recite The Great Invocation, given by The Tibetan, through the great mystic, Alice A. Bailey. I close this message with The Great Invocation, as originally given by The Tibetan.

 

 

THE GREAT INVOCATION

 

From the point of Light within the Mind of God

Let light stream forth into the minds of men.

Let Light descend on Earth.

 

From the point of Love within the Heart of God

Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.

May Christ return to Earth.

 

From the centre where the Will of God is known

Let purpose guide the little wills of men—

The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

 

From the centre which we call the race of men

Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.

And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

 

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth

 

Godspeed.

 

 

 

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