“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.  God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.”

Psalm 46:4-5


Contemplation Notes for Using this Devotional:

  • This passage from the Psalm sometimes titled “God is Our Strength and Refuge,” reminds us that God is with us and within us, our Source and Sustenance, at all times, in all situations. The Psalmist uses the metaphor of the river so we know that God’s essence always flows in and through us. Morning symbolizes our intuition, our inner wisdom and knowing.
  • If we want to feel truly prosperous—that all our needs are met—we must understand that the Universe is filled with more than enough supply for everyone. In spirituality, this supply is called God-substance, or divine substance, and it can be recognized everywhere around us.
  • Substance is the essence and energy from which everything is formed and created. Substance is infinite and occupies space, even if we can’t see it. In chemistry, substance is anything having a specific composition or property.  So, while we may not initially notice divine substance, we still shape it with our thoughts, words, and actions.
  • Shaping substance is a discernment process of assessing what things cost, not just in money, but in time and energy. If we want water, for instance, we must turn on the tap and let the water flow. Likewise, whatever our specific needs, we must act to meet them.
  • In her 1916 text, How I Used Truth, Homeopath and Metaphysician H. Emilie Cady explains that “Divine Substance—call it God, Creative Energy, or whatever you will—is ever abiding within us and stands ready today to manifest itself in whatever form you and I need or wish to manifest.”
  • Demonstration is your evidence of how well your life works. You demonstrate your ability to shape substance when you understand that you can’t manifest anything if you reach outward first and try to grab your share. You must clarify what is yours to be, have and do.  For example, if you want to retire from your current job at age 65 and build a mountain cabin, you discern things such as how much money you need to save now, how much your current home might be worth, and what recreation you enjoy in the mountains.  You won’t just manifest a mountain cabin by snapping your fingers and saying a few affirmations.  You must continually shape the substance available to you to make your desire a reality.

Contemplation Questions:

As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:

  • What substance do I already have?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as you can.
  • In what ways do I want to shape this available substance?
    • List, word map, or illustrate all the ways.
  • In what ways do I want to demonstrate prosperity in my life now?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as you imagine.
    • Then, note what you will do to let this happen.
  • In what ways do I want to demonstrate prosperity in the future?
    • List, word map, or illustrate as much as you imagine.
    • Then, note what you will do to let this happen.

As you work with this devotional, let the stream of God life flow from within you so you can shape the substance you have, no matter how limited it may appear.  Remember that God can only do for you what God can do through you.  So, remember that Holy Spirit, the activity of God, is already at work.  Discern how you want to invest your money, energy, and time.  Set yourself in the stream and let your intuition guide you to your true prosperity.

© 2023 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.

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