“Embracing Your Own Divinity”
Dr. Frank B. Smoot, MA, DD
The fundamental success principle for life on earth can be summed up as follows:
Once you truly understand your own divine nature — that you are created in the image and likeness of God — then all of your ungodly behaviors will begin to fall by the wayside, and you will start to live life as your Father intended you to.
You will no longer do things that are harmful to your body, mind, or spirit because you now recognize all three as the gifts from God they really are, and you start to take care of them accordingly.
In this new consciousness, the effort and struggle you once associated with healthy living simply evaporates like the morning dew, to be replaced by a deep and profound self-awareness and self-reverence that lead you — automatically and effortlessly — to make healthy choices in every area of your life.
You Are Not Just Your Body!
You are body, mind, and spirit. In fact, your spirit is the most important and the most powerful of the three, and actually determines what happens to the other two. Your spirit controls your mind which, in turn, controls your body and all the rest of your physical, material experience.
This is why Paul instructs the Church …
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2, NIV)
This is also why Jesus tells us,
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33, KJV).
Success in life is defined as getting what you want, living life your way. And whatever your way is, is perfect for you, so long as it is also in line with God’s plans for you.
Contrary to what some spiritual teachers suggest, you were not put here to suffer and struggle, but to discover your divine nature, to express it, and to live in the peace, happiness, and health that come from doing so. Your heavenly Father wants you to “have it all.” He wants you to be happy, successful, and healthy. In fact, He has provided a very detailed instruction book for how to do that.
We call it the Bible, and the New Testament in particular gives us an inexhaustible supply of keys and insights to discover our divinity and to live accordingly.
Why are we told to not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”? The second part of Romans 12:2 gives us the answer:
“Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Why is that so important? Because as long as your mind and spirit reflect the pattern of the earthly culture you grew up in, your desires will be fundamentally material, and therefore fundamentally out of alignment with God’s will for you and with your own divine nature.
You will live according to backwards (carnal) priorities, and what is truly least important will seem most desirable. You will steadily spiral downward, your life will become progressively more stressful and less joyful, and you won’t understand why. Worse, you won’t know how to fix it.
You’ll struggle ever harder to achieve and acquire what is least important and least soul-nurturing, while neglecting and ignoring the very things that would bring you the peace, happiness, and health you crave.
Ultimately, you find that your goals are untenable and unsatisfying, that your achievements are hollow, and that your life has lost its passion.
However, if you will get your priorities straight, if you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and if you will seek first the kingdom of God, you will discover rewards beyond anything you may now be able to imagine.
But What Does It Really Mean To
“Seek First The Kingdom Of God?”
First, it means that we need to make the spiritual aspect of life more important than material things. It means that we make our own spiritual aspect the number one priority in our life.
It means that we recognize our Creator as the ultimate source of blessings and wisdom and that we actively seek His blessings and wisdom. This calls for a serious, often radical, reordering of our priorities. It requires that we now focus most intensely on the aspect of our life that has probably been the most neglected.
Secondly, seeking the kingdom of God requires that we have the courage to see ourselves in a radically new way — as a divinely-created being made in the image and likeness of our Creator. We must also learn the answer to the question, “Where is the kingdom of God? Where will it be found?” And we must understand that it is not “out there” any more than God Himself is “out there.”
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold,
the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21, KJV)
The Kingdom of God is within you, and that is where you must seek it and find it.
However easy that may sound, it will require you to confront and, sooner or later, to acknowledge your own divine nature — which is probably the most challenging task any member of our contemporary culture could undertake. You see, we have all been so brainwashed with the lies and illusions of today’s thinking that any possibility of embracing our own divinity has been pounded out of out consciousness.
As always, Jesus understood this better than anyone, and constantly tried to get us to understand who we really are and what we are capable of
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have
been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” (John 14:12)
Which brings us right back to where we started, and to the most important point of all:
You are God’s own creation, made to be like Him.
Nothing you will ever do is more important than learning the truth of who you are: You are made in the image and likeness of God the Creator (Genesis 1:26-27), and you are therefore divinely empowered to create your own experience of life on earth.
In this knowledge lies the ultimate secret of making your dreams come true.
Once you truly grasp who you are and what you have been empowered by your Creator to do, your culturally-learned limitations will begin to melt away.
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible;
but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Whatever it is you truly want, you are already empowered to create it.
So what do you want?
Peace be with you,
Dr. Frank Smoot
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