Prosperity’s Ten Commandments

Published November 25, 2014 by

Thou Shalt Not Abase Thy WealthAbundance2

“Thou shalt not commit adultery” is the original commandment and is self evident in its Old Testament setting.  West consistently presents each commandment in the context of our relationship with God and with others, both the family and the stranger.  The adulterer seeks his or her good from external sources outside a committed relationship, thereby debasing that relationship. 

The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of adulterate is:  to render poorer in quality by adding another substance.  If we add water to milk, the purity and nutritional balance of the original is debased.  Cognitive Dissonance is a psychological concept used to explain the difficulty in simultaneously  holding two conflicting beliefs or world views.

If I was taught as a child to believe that I am a miserable sinner, but then as an adult, I come to believe that I am a child of God, made in the image and likeness of God, I must set aside the old, contradictory belief.  Once upon a time scientists and theologians were convinced that the earth was flat, therefore, if you sailed to close to the edge, you would fall off.  Now, logically, that kind of thinking has a really negative impact upon would be explorers.  How do you know where the edge is unless you go to the edge–but if you go to the edge, you fall off.

If I allow old, limiting beliefs to dictate the way I see the world and my relationship with God, then my spiritual journey to wholeness will be still born.  Think of being completely enclosed in a box with all of my beliefs, my fears and doubts–convinced that I know what the world out there is like.  I can’t feel the breeze.  I can’t see and feel the sunlight.  I can only sit in the dark and conjecture about what the real world is like.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?*

If my body is the temple of God, then it is imperative that I treat myself as truly worthy of and one with God in all things, allowing no unworthy thoughts and beliefs to adulterate my consciousness, my words or my actions.  I choose my path, I choose my life and I open myself to God’s abundance.

Thou Shalt Not Seek Something for Nothing

Thou shalt not steal” isn’t just about moral behavior in the world.  We really can’t steal from others without inflicting loss upon our own souls.  While we may blithely ignore the damage we do to ourselves as we try to cheat the world, we do ultimately pay the price of our behavior. Payback can be blatant or subtle.  It can manifest in digestive disturbances, restless sleep, distracted mental acuity and missed  opportunities.

I knew a young man who went to jail for a string of bad checks.  His attitude toward incarceration was disbelief because bounced checks were not real crimes–they ought to be after muggers and murderers, not small businessmen like himself.  But when one of his tenants bounced the rent check, he was furious because it meant he didn’t have the money for the mortgage payment.  Even when the payback smacked him in the face, he really didn’t ‘get it’.  It just wasn’t the same thing at all!

If we do not like what we are getting out of life we must consider carefully what we are giving to life.**

What do I have to change in my life to improve the quality of my life and the presence of joy in my heart?  My consciousness, my awareness and understanding of my Source.

1.  I accept God as my Source.

2.  I image the positive and the good in my life.

3.  I speak only Truth, declaring God as my Source, my life.

4.  I trust God in all things, doing my part and leaving the rest to God.

5.  I establish right relationships, beholding the Christ in everyone I meet.

6.  I activate the good in my life through the power of my attention and intention .

7.  I affirm with passionate conviction the vision I hold of God’s good manifesting in my life.

8.  I seek to express more abundance in my life through my every thought, word and action each day.

Rev. Claudia Naylor

I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19 *

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