Episode 32 – Ten Spiritual Truths: There Is No Lack
Most of us don’t think of ourselves as people who steal. But if we look deeper, we will see there are ways that we take from others. If we look closely, the thought under needing to take anything from another is ‘there is not enough’ – not enough substance or not enough power. This is self-deception because in Truth, each one of us is and has enough. Here we explore the ways we ‘steal’ in everyday life. The intention is not to make us feel bad or wrong, but to awaken us to ways we can live a fuller, more abundant life.
Ten Commandments: boundaries for a fulfilling life, challenges for a spiritual life
All major religions have some form of ‘rules for life’
Exodus 20: “Then God spoke all these words:
1. ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.’
2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, of any form.”
3. “Do not misuse the name of God.”
4. “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
5. “Honor your father and mother.”
6. “You shall not kill.”
7. “You shall not commit adultery.”
8. “You shall not steal.”
Steal = To corrupt, to debase or make impure by adding inferior materials or elements; to take from another without permission.
Going deeper…what are some of the things we steal?
Possessions that belong to another, Ideas, Dignity, Reputation, Time, Value, Freedom, Privacy
The thought under stealing is:
There’s not enough substance – “I don’t have enough”
There’s not enough power – “I need to have power over you”
Or “my wants are more important than your needs”
The Law of Compensation simply stated is, “You get back what you give.”
Your whole life is centered on giving! “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Be generous in whatever way is within your means. “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.” Matthew 10:8
What does this Spiritual Truth mean to you? What are other ways (possessions, ideas, dignity, reputation, time, value, freedom, privacy) that we steal?
Look at your life and reflect on the ways you may have tried to take what isn’t yours or get something for nothing. What was underneath that? Remember this is not just about money.
What happens when you live and give generously?
Share a story from your life about the Law of Compensation.
What else does this mean?
I believe in the sufficiency of God as my Source and Supply. There is no Good being withheld from me. My life is filled with an overflowing measure of blessings. Divine Power dwells within me and informs my every step. Divine healing energy flows through me. I am grateful that my physical needs are met and I embrace the peace that washes over me when challenges appear. Every spiritual desire of my heart is fulfilled. I am enough and I have enough.