This is Part 3 of a series on Faith. Read Part 1
No conversation about Faith is complete until Gratitude is discussed so let’s talk about Gratitude a bit.
As you add to your Faith from Christ consciousness, you will feel Gratitude arising in your heart. Magnify that Gratitude and express it. Indeed, you won’t be able to contain it!
Take a look at the scripture where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead:
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Notice how Jesus expressed Gratitude to his heavenly Father before he called Lazarus out of the tomb.
This process of adding to your Faith works because it’s God’s way and you are one with God. This is the Christ consciousness that Jesus lived from. As you grow into this consciousness, Gratitude flows forth from within you because you begin to see the amazing connection you have with God. You grow into that oneness with God and you know that your prayers are answered even before you ask.
You cannot have true Gratitude any other way. It comes from Christ awareness, Christ consciousness. It comes from having this Faith born out of the consciousness that whatever you ask is given.
Here’s another scripture:
I John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Asking according to God’s will is asking in Faith – Without Faith it is impossible to please God as it tells us in Hebrews. This pleasing is all about being in alignment with God. Being in Christ consciousness, aware of your Oneness with God. From this awareness, anything we ask is given.
That is what Jesus the Christ demonstrated so perfectly for us. And stated that we could do the same.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Believing on Jesus IS having the Christ consciousness. It is the only Way. It is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is the way to the Father. It is the path whereby you receive the kingdom of Heaven. This is having Faith unwavering. It is having Gratitude because you know your prayers are answered even before you ask.
If you struggle with anything in your life, know that your Faith in that area is still based on appearances.
Acknowledge it and begin the daily process of spending time in stillness, waiting on God and getting in touch with the Christ consciousness.
Allow that new awareness to fill your mind with thoughts of lavish abundance, joy, peace, harmony and blessing. The storehouses of our God are full of everything you could ask or think. Get into that consciousness.
Tune in to your oneness with God. Celebrate with Gratitude that your requests are heard and given. Add to your Faith the thoughts that come, feed them, and allow them to replace your old way of thinking and being.
As you change your Faith, your life will change.
According to your Faith be it unto you!
If you’ve made it to the end, congratulations! I hope you benefit from these ideas as I have and that you’ll share your thoughts and comments below!