12 Powers Required for Ascension
Nancy B. Detweiler
The number 12 is one of the most sacred symbols in the Bible because it represents the achievement of wholeness that results in an expansion of consciousness into the higher realms of spirit. As we saw when Jesus' disciples elected Matthias to take Judas' place, it is essential to focus on 12 qualities symbolized by the 12 tribes, the 12 zodiac signs, and the 12 disciples.
In the words of Charles Fillmore, in LET’S KEEP A TRUE LENT, these 12 qualities are: faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, law of order, zeal, renunciation, and life.
The Lenten Season is a powerful time in which to evaluate ourselves in relationship to each of these 12 qualities. Today, we will focus on the 1ST QUALITY OF FAITH.
Quoting Fillmore: "FAITH is the perceiving power of the mind linked with a power to shape substance. It is spiritual assurance, the power to do the seemingly impossible. It is a force that draws to us our heart's desire right out of the invisible spiritual substance."
Faith is the means by which we follow Jesus' instruction in Mark 11:24 --- "So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you HAVE RECEIVED IT, and it will be yours."
Quoting Fillmore: "Faith working in spiritual substance accomplishes all things. This is the faith that co-operates with creative law. Exercised in spiritual consciousness, it finds its abode, and without variation or disappointment it brings results that are seemingly miraculous. Faith in the reality of things spiritual develops the faith center in man's brain. When the mental eye is illumined with faith, it sheds a radiance that hovers like a halo around the head and extends in lessening degree throughout the whole body. [In the words of Jesus], 'When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.'" (Matthew 6:22)
On this 8th day of Lent affirm: "I have faith in the glorious infusion of the more abundant life of Christ vitalizing me. I am lifted up and healed." ---Fillmore, LET’S KEEP A TRUE LENT
Meditate on this affirmation until it becomes a part of your thought patterns. Whenever negative thoughts try to take over your mind, replace them by repeating this affirmation. The spoken word is much more powerful than repeating the affirmation silently.
ALWAYS END YOUR AFFIRMATION WITH "THANK YOU, GOD!" Visualize your life opening to the influx of God's glorious gifts to you!
AMEN ... SO IT IS!